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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 

Deidre Hopkins
Executive Assistant

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.

Shea Browning
General Counsel
Shared Responsibilities
Deidre Hopkins, Executive Assistant
Ivy Gibson
Associate General Counsel
Title IX Coordinator
Chief Compliance Officer
Assistant General Counsel
Chancellor's Office Law Enforcement Sponsored Research  
BOT/Governance/Corporate Public Records Export Controls  
Policies/Regulations Open Meetings Immigration/International Programs  
Tax-exempt Financing Threat Assessment/Campus Violence (Organization) Contracts/Procurement  
Tax-exempt Organizations Employment Matters - SPA, EPA non-faculty/faculty Emergency Preparedness  
Tax Matters - State and Federal Personnel Records Student Affairs
DSCE/Criminal Convictions
Development and Foundation Faculty Hearings
Chancellor/BOT - MA
Administrator - Shea
Grievance committee - Deidre
Harassment/Civil Rights
Millennial Initiative Development FERPA Administration matters - OCR, EEOC, DOAH  
Transactions/Affiliations   Litigation  
Construction   Policies/Regulations  
Worker's Compensation   Umstead Act  
Retirement Benefits/TSERS ORP/
Supplemental 403(b), 401(k), 457(b)
Utilities (w/Deidre)   Constitutional Law - Free Speech/
Public Assemblies/Religion
Radio/TV/FCC (w/Deidre)   Threat Assessment/
Campus Violence JWC - SCRT
Real Estate (w/Deidre)   Copyright  
Estates (w/Deidre)   Fair Use  
Bankruptcy (w/Deidre)   The Clery Act  
Immigration/International Programs   Teach Act  
Athletics (General)    Insurance/Risk Management  
Intellectual Property
Technology Transfer
  Inforamtion Technology
e-discovery/Litigation Hold
Privacy & Security
Voice-over IP
Threat Assessment/
Campus Violence SRB - BAT
   Athletics (Compliance)  
Ethics Liaison   Conflicts of Interest  
    Employment Matters - SPA, EPA non-faculty, faculty  
    Personal Records  
    Record Retention  

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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