Trust

The members of the Office of General Counsel are highly respected leaders in the legal and risk management communities. We are each personally invested in the mission and vision of the university. We strive to always act with the highest professionalism and integrity and to treat our campus partners with the respect that they deserve as we work collaboratively to achieve Appalachian’s strategic goals. We value the trust our campus partners place in us every day and we will continue to work hard to maintain that trust and to build even greater trust.

Confidence

The members of the Office of General Counsel have nearly seven decades of collective legal and risk management practice experience. Our backgrounds span a wide spectrum of legal practice areas, which allows us to be efficient and effective problem solvers as we address the varied legal and risk management concerns of the university. Our campus partners can have confidence that the university’s legal and risk management team will always provide the soundest advice and counsel possible, drawing on the wisdom gained over many years of practice.

Reliability

The members of the Office of General Counsel have a proven track record of successfully resolving issues of legal significance to the university. We focus daily on honing our craft and becoming ever stronger practitioners to ensure that we can always effectively tackle the legal needs of our campus partners. We strive to always be a consistent, trustworthy and reliable legal partner to our campus partners.

Responsiveness

The members of the Office of General Counsel stand ready to respond to the legal and risk management needs of our campus partners. We understand that the value we bring to the table as strong legal and risk management practitioners is useless to our campus partners if we cannot respond to their needs quickly enough. We strive to bring a level of responsiveness with our legal and risk management services that will allow our campus partners to take full advantage of opportunities and help the university achieve its strategic goals.

Trust

Confidence

Reliability

Responsiveness

Our Mission

Whom We Can Help


The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice, counsel and representation, training, and risk management services to Appalachian State University, to its constituent units and affiliated entities, and to its trustees, officers, employees, and student leaders while acting on the university’s behalf.

Not one of these people? Try our campus partner at the Appalachian State University Student Legal Clinic, in the Division of Student Affairs.

Services We Provide


Our legal team provides a wide range of services on all matters having legal significance for Appalachian. Learn more about our services.

For specific advice, browse our Legal Topics or check out our Legal Practice Groups. 

Legal Topics

Record Retention

The UNC System Records Retention and Disposition Schedule (the "Schedule") is a tool for the staff and faculty of Appalachian State University to use when managing the records in their offices. This schedule lists records commonly found at Appalachian and gives an...

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Public Records

Under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 132 et seq., public records may be released to the public upon request. Public records are defined as any document, regardless of physical form or storage location, that is made or received in the scope of conducting University business....

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Intellectual Property

Appalachian State University encourages faculty, staff, and students to participate in scholarly research and creative activities that create knowledge and enhance the education of our students and community. Intellectual property is a general term that describes a...

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First Amendment

Appalachian State University ("University") is a supporter of the concepts of free speech and academic freedom and acknowledges the differences between speakers, opinions and beliefs. Still, the University must balance respect for and obligation to the First Amendment...

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Facility Use

Appalachian State University encourages the free exchange of ideas on its campus while assuring that other important University interests and activities are not infringed upon or disrupted. As such, the Facility Use Policy is designed to support the University's...

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Delegation of Signature Authority

Pursuant to applicable provisions of the North Carolina General Statutes and Board of Governors' policies, the chancellor at each institution has the authority to sign contracts, leases, and other legal documents. Accordingly, Appalachian State University's Chancellor...

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Contracts Process/Management

A contract is any document that imposes an obligation on the University or legally binds the University to another party. Contracts can be used to purchase goods or services, detail a relationship between two entities or persons, or include the responsibilities and...

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OGC

Connects

September 2022 Campus Connection

In response to the ever-shifting regulatory landscape in higher education, which has been exacerbated by the advent of COVID, Chancellor Sheri Everts authorized the creation of a new division in the fall of 2021-the Division of Institutional Integrity-that includes...

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August 2022 Community Connection

On August 24, 2022, the Office of General Counsel staff, alongside The Honorable Ted McEntire, The Honorable Becca Eggers-Gryder, Senator Deanna Ballard, Clerk of Court Charles Haynes, Sheriff Len Hagaman, Deputy Preston Russell, as well as staff from the Clerk of...

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July 2022 Campus Connection

In an effort to strengthen relationships and build the knowledge base of campus-wide events, activities, and operations, the Office of General Counsel has begun having “lunch and learn” style connection opportunities throughout campus.  On July 27, 2022, the OGC had...

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