Legal Counsel and Compliance

The Office of University Counsel provides legal advice to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, the administration, faculty, and staff on legal matters involving or affecting the institution; advises the University administration on a broad range of initiatives, policy matters, and issues; and serves as a liaison between the University and its related and affiliated entities on legal issues. In addition, the Office of University Counsel includes the Office of Compliance, which supports administration, faculty and staff in our mutual effort to maintain compliance with all rules and regulations applicable to WCU.

The Legal Counsel Office does not represent individual faculty, staff members or students in personal legal matters.

Legal Counsel and Compliance Staff

Mary Ann Lochner
General Counsel
lochner@email.wcu.edu

Shea Browning
Associate General Counsel
Title IX Coordinator
srbrowning@email.wcu.edu

Glenna Young
Paralegal
gyoung@email.wcu.edu

J. Wesley Chancey
Chief Compliance Officer
jwchancey@email.wcu.edu

Legal Counsel Practice Areas

To maintain efficiency, we have divided the work-flow into primary attorney assignments.  If you have a legal question about an area not listed, please give us a call.

Mary Ann Lochner Shared Responsibility Shea Browning
Chancellor's Office Law Enforcement Intellectual Property
Board of Trustees Public Records Patent Committee
Policies/Regulations Record Retention Technology Transfer Licenses/NDAs
Ethics Liaison/Conflicts of Interest Open Meetings Sponsored Research
Tax-exempt Financing Constitutional Law - Free Speech/Public Assemblies/Religion Information Technology
Tax-exempt Organizations Threat Assessment Export Controls
Tax Matters - State and Federal Employment Matters - SPA, EPA non-faculty/faculty Immigration/International Programs
Development and Foundation Personnel Records Contracts/Procurement
Millennial Initiative Development Litigation Hunter Library
Transactions/Affiliations Faculty Hearings Emergency Preparedness
Construction Student Affairs Student Affairs/DSCE
Umstead Act FERPA Athletics/NCAA/Contracts
Insurance/Risk Management   Discrimination/Harassment/Civil Rights
Worker's Compensation   Administrative Matters - OCR, EEOC, DOAH
Health/HIPAA/Counseling    
Retirement Benefits    
Utilities    
Radio Station/TV/FCC    
Real Estate    
Estates    
Bankruptcy    

DISCLAIMER: These web pages were prepared as an informational service to the Western community. They are not intended to be a comprehensive statement of the law. North Carolina and Federal laws change frequently. Office staffing does not allow immediate updating of these web pages to reflect changes in the law. If you have specific questions with regard to any matter contained in these web pages, please contact University Legal Counsel.

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