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Office of University Counsel

The Office of University Counsel serves to foster an environment of mutual respect in which all members of the Coastal Carolina University community may flourish. The Office of University Counsel provides timely, accurate legal counsel and advice on University-related matters to administrators, faculty and staff in performance of their duties.

When To Consult the Office of University Counsel

The Office of University Counsel is most effective when providing early, preventative and prospective advice on matters by identifying, managing and avoiding risk and legal situations rather than waiting until a controversy or problem has been encountered.

The Office of University Counsel should always be contacted in the following situations:

  1. When the University receives a subpoena, a notice or threat of a lawsuit, claim, proceeding, investigation or contract dispute.

  2. When you receive a notice or complaint from agencies such as the offices or departments of: Civil Rights (OCR), Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Inspector General (OIG), Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Department of Labor (DOL), or Administrative Hearings (OAH).

  3. When an outside party demands payment for a “wrong” that is alleged to have been committed by the University or by an agent of the University.

  4. When the University receives a public records (FOIA) request.

  5. When you are asked to sign a contract (e.g., agreement, memorandum of understanding, license).

  6. When a faculty member files a grievance or requests a hearing.

  7. When an individual has suffered a serious injury or death occurring on property owned, leased or managed by the University.

  8. When a University employee in the course and scope of work has suffered a serious injury or death.

  9. When an enrolled student has suffered serious injury or death while participating in a University-sponsored activity, program or travel.

  10. When significant property damage has occurred to property owned, leased or managed by the University.

  11. Prior to acquiring or disposing of “real” property.

  12. When an attorney or representative of an external law firm or agency contacts you about a matter relating to the University.

  13. When a government inspector or investigator is in your office or workplace.

  14. When you need legal advice pertaining to your official responsibilities at the University.