Weatherdord Hall archwayThe Office of the General Counsel includes six attorneys: the General Counsel, two Senior Associate General Counsels, one Associate General Counsel, and two Assistant General Counsels. The General Counsel reports to the President and the Board of Trustees. As a member of the President's Cabinet, the General Counsel participates in Cabinet deliberations and recommendations to the President on policy issues before the University.

The Office of General Counsel works closely with many offices on campus and is engaged in a variety of legal activities on a daily basis, including:

  • Providing legal advice and assistance to the OSU Board of Trustees, President, Provost, central administration, deans, directors and faculty; 
  • Representing the University, its officers and employees on a variety of legal matters;
  • Reviewing University activities to determine compliance with applicable law;
  • Monitoring the legal impact of changes in University policy, procedures and rules;
  • Drafting, receiving, and interpreting contracts, and handling contract disputes;
  • Responding to official claims made against the University;
  • Providing legal advice concerning University intellectual property;
  • Drafting and receiving documents for real property transactions;
  • Responding to subpoenas;
  • Providing legal advice on all aspects of the employment relationship;
  • Working with University employees when legal questions arise in connection with their job duties; and
  • Advising faculty and administrators on student activities and student conduct matters.

A faculty or staff member should contact the General Counsel’s office as soon as possible upon receiving any of the following documents:

  • A subpoena related to the recipient’s responsibilities as an OSU employee;
  • A threat of filing litigation or an official claim; or
  • A Complaint filed with a court.

The General Counsel may give advice only on official University business and may not give advice to employees or students on personal legal matters.  Students with personal legal problems should contact the ASOSU Legal Services.

Communications between General Counsel staff and university employees regarding university business are generally attorney-client privileged and confidential.  For more details, see the comprehensive policy (PDF).