Campus Connection-Division of Institutional Integrity

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 the following enterprise-wide legal, risk and compliance functions that report to the General Counsel:

    • Office of General General Counsel
    • Office of Enterprise Risk Management
    • Office of Disability Resources
    • Office of Title IX Compliance
    • Office of Compliance and Ethics (which is under development and will include Clery Act Compliance)
    • Office of Internal Audits

    The Division of Institutional Integrity supports Appalachian by driving a campus culture of compliance and facilitating the University’s ability to maximize strategic opportunities while minimizing liability exposure.  This allows the University to achieve its academic mission and strategic plan while adhering to ethical, legal and regulatory responsibilities, thus creating a unique environment to comply with the extensive regulations and administrative oversight applicable to operations.

    On September 12, 2022, the Office of General Counsel hosted the first retreat of the newly formed Division in order to further develop the relationships of the units making up the Division.

        

    Community Connection-Justice Paul Newby

    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 Court Office, Mediation and Restorative Justice Center, Watauga County Courthouse and other distinguished community members welcomed Chief Justice Paul Newby to Watauga County.

    Chief Justice Newby and his wife Macon have embarked on a journey to visit all 100 counties in North Carolina. The Watauga County Courthouse stop marked the 85th county they have visited.  During his visit, Chief Justice Newby expressed his sincere thanks to all the staff that has kept the court system running while working through a global pandemic and along with his wife Macon, honored Courthouse staff who have worked 20 years or more with thank you cards and handed out lapel pins to all staff.

    Picture of Meaghan Wills, Sarah Rupp, Chief Justice Newby, Crawford Cleveland and Lane Moody

    Campus Connection-Beaver College of Health Sciences

    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 its inaugural lunch and learn at the  Beaver College of Health Sciences at Leon Levine Hall.  The college offers nine undergraduate degree programs and seven graduate degree programs, which are organized in six departments: Nursing, Nutrition and Health Care Management, Public Health and Exercise Science, Recreation Management and Physical Education, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Social Work and serves over 3,700 students. The OGC staff met with Beaver College of Health Sciences Dean Dr. Marie Huff, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Denise Levy, and Dr. Gary McCullough, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education who provided an update on upcoming program offerings, including the new master’s degree program in Occupational Therapy beginning in the fall of 2024 and potential affiliations for student internships.  We were given a tour of the beautiful, 203,0000 square foot building voted one of the “Best New Structures” in 2019 by Business North Carolina and certified “Silver LEED” by the U.S. Green Building Council.  It has 33 classrooms and 27 labs, including nursing simulation labs and exercise science assessment and treatment rooms, and an altitude chamber. Many thanks to Jenny Cancro and Lindsay Ford who assisted with the luncheon. If you are interested in scheduling a lunch and learn with the Office of General Counsel, please contact paralegal Lane Moody at moodyls@appstate.edu