The Office of General Counsel is responsible for managing the legal affairs of the university, which includes:
- Providing legal and strategic advice and direction to the University and the Board of Governors;
- Acting as the central contact for legal inquiries and assistance;
- Providing strategic leadership to the University;
- Managing compliance with all legislative and regulatory requirements;
- Managing and providing advice on legal matters for the University, including in relation to contracts, legal liability and risk, and administrative law;
- Informing management, Board of Governors, faculty and staff of laws and legal issues that affect operations of public post-secondary institutions;
- Negotiating, drafting and reviewing agreements, and advising on template agreements for use in academic and service areas to standardize contract formation activities;
- Maintaining a central contract repository and management system;
- Drafting and advising on all manner of documents that represent the University’s position on legal and governance matters;
- Instructing and managing external legal counsel on behalf of University officers and monitoring the efficiency and effectiveness of external legal services;
- Providing legal education to faculty and staff;
- Overseeing the development, review and monitoring of institutional policy;
- Managing and leading teams that work independently and have a strong understanding of the University students, alumni, faculty, administrators and staff; and
- Ensuring ongoing commitment to the quality of services through ongoing evaluation and implementation of best practices.
The Office of General Counsel represents the university and cannot provide legal advice or services relating to personal matters.