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Office of the General Counsel

Administration 208
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4730





faq

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Office of the General Counsel's FAQ page. If you have any questions that this page does not answer, please contact us.

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal services for the benefit of UCM. All communications with the office are confidential and some are protected by the privilege for attorney-client communications. To be privileged they must be for the purpose of seeking legal advice on behalf of the university.

Assistance with personal legal matters is not available through the Office of the General Counsel. Feel free to contact the Missouri Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service.

What is the General Counsel's function at UCM?
The General Counsel's priority is to keep the Board of Governors informed about legal issues, to coordinate the delivery of legal advice and representation on behalf of the university, to coordinate investigations as needed, to play an active role in policy development and coordination and to support university officials and employees in implementing their portion of the mission of the university.

Who does the Office of the General Counsel represent?
The UCM General Counsel represents the Board of Governors and acts in the best interest of the university. If your personal interests as a student, faculty or staff conflict with the legal interests of the university, you may want to consider obtaining advice from your own attorney.

When should I contact the Office of the General Counsel?
You should contact the Office of the General Counsel whenever you have a question about legal risks or actions at UCM. Processes exist for you to reach resolutions with the people who work most frequently with those issues. These differ based upon your university role. Students should consult the Student Handbook and contact the Office of Student Affairs with any questions. Faculty and Academic Administrators should consult the Faculty Guide and contact Human Resources with any questions. You can also contact the Office of the General Counsel with any concerns or questions.

A parent of a current student called wanting to know their grades and whether they are attending classes. Can I provide this information to a parent?
The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits the release of non-directory information about a student without the student's consent. Contact the Office of Student Affairs to find out whether the student has restricted their information or signed a consent to release information to parents.

Can the Office of the General Counsel represent me in private legal issues?
Assistance with personal legal matters is not available through the Office of the General Counsel. Feel free to contact the Missouri Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service.