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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
srbrowning@wcu.edu
828.227.7116

Ivy Gibson
Associate General Counsel,
Title IX Coordinator,
Section 504 Coordinator,
Chief Compliance Officer
igibson@wcu.edu
828.227.7116

TJ Eaves
Assistant General Counsel
teaves@wcu.edu
828.227.7116

Deidre Hopkins
University Investigator
dshopkins@wcu.edu
828.227.7116

Shelly Fulk
Executive Assistant
safulk@wcu.edu
828.227.7116

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.

Public records requests

Email all external public records requsts to TJ Eaves and copy Shelly Fulk.

Shea browning - Primary attorney assignments

  • Behavioral Assessment Team
  • BOT / Governance / Corporate
  • Chancellor's Office
  • Constitutional Law - Free Speech / Public Assemblies / Religion
  • Construction
  • Development & Foundation
  • Estates (w/ TJ)
  • Ethics Liaison
  • Faculty hearings - Chancellor / BOT / Grievance Committee
  • Immigration / International Programs
  • Millennial Initiative Developmen
  • Policies / Regulations
  • Real Estate (w/ TJ)
  • Retirement benefits / TSERS ORP / Supplemental 403(b), 401(k), 457(b)
  • Technology Transfer Licenses / NDAs
  • Title IX Panelc
  • Utilities (Energey Resale/Radio/TV)
  • Workers' compensation

ivy gibson - primary attorney assignments

  • Athletics (Compliance)
  • Copyright / Patents / Trademark
  • Discrimination/ Harrassment / Civil Rights
  • E-discovery / litigation hold / privacy & security / voice-over IP / DSSC / NCITP
  • Employment matters - SHRA, EHRA non-faculty, Faculty
  • Export Controls
  • Faculty hearings - Administrator
  • Health / HIPAA / Counseling
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance / Risk Management
  • Intellectual Property
  • Personnel records
  • Sponsored Research
  • Title IX (Student / Employees w/Deidre)

tj eaves - primary attorney assignments

  • Athletics
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Contracts / Procurement
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • FERPA
  • Issues Involving Students (non-Title IX)
  • Law Enforcement
  • Litigation
  • OCR, EEOC, DOAH
  • Policies / Regulations
  • Public Records
  • Record Retention
  • Threat Assessment / Campus Violence
  • Transactions / Affiliations
  • Umstead Act

Shared attorney responsibilities

  • Open Meetings
  • Tax-exempt financing
  • Tax-exempt organizations
  • Tax matters
  • Threat Assessment / Campus Violence

deidre hopkins - univesity investigator assignments

  • Policy 53 - Unlawful Discrimination
  • Title IV Investigations
  • Title IX Investigations
  • Training and Development
  • Other Investigations as necessary

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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