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Legal, Compliance, Title IX, and Section 504

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, Compliance, Title IX, and Section 504 Staff

Shea Browning
General Counsel

Ivy Gibson
Associate General Counsel,
Title IX Coordinator,
Section 504 Coordinator,
Chief Compliance Officer

TJ Eaves
Assistant General Counsel

Deidre Hopkins
Executive Assistant

Legal Counsel Practice Areas

Our service philosophy is to provide excellent legal services that also advance the business objectives of our clients with sound, common-sense solutions.  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.

General Counsel
Associate General Counsel
Title IX Coordinator
Chief Compliance Officer
Assistant General Counsel

Executive Assistant
Chancellor's Office Sponsored Research Immigration / International Programs Law Enforcement
BOT / Governance / Corporate Export Controls Contracts / Procurement Public Records
Policies / Regulations Conflicts of Interest Emergency Preparedness Open Meetings
Development & Foundation Insurance / Risk Management Student Affairs
DSCE / criminal convictions / SCRT
Threat Assessment / Campus Violence (Organization)
Millennial Initiative Development Health / HIPAA / Counseling Administrative matters
Employment matters
SHRA, EHRA non-faculty, Faculty
Transactions / Affiliations Employment matters - SHRA, EHRA non-faculty, Faculty Litigation Personnel records
Construction Personnel records Policies / Regulations FERPA
Faculty hearings - Chancellor / BOT / Grievance Committee Faculty hearings - Administrator Umstead Act Tax-exempt financing
Constitutional Law - Free Speech / Public Assemblies / Religion Discrimination/ Harrassment / Civil Rights FERPA Tax-exempt organizations
Workers' compensation Information Technology
e-discovery / litigation hold / privacy & security / voice-over IP / DSSC / NCITPA 
Threat Assessment / Campus Violence Tax matters
State & Federal
Retirement benefits / TSERS ORP / Supplemental 403(b), 401(k), 457(b) Athletics (Compliance) Record Retention  
Utilities (w/ Ivy) Intellectual Property
Copyright / Patents / Trademark 
Athletics (other)  
Real Estate (w/ TJ) Utilities (w/ Shea) Radio / TV / FCC  
Estates (w/ TJ)      
Bankruptcy (w/ TJ)      
Athletics (General)      
Immigration/International Programs      
Athletics (General)      
Technology Transfer Licenses / NDAs      
Threat Assessment / Campus Violence - BAT      
Ethics Liaison      

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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