The Office of General Counsel and Secretary to the University
Mission and Vision
The Office of the General Counsel and Secretary of the University (the “Office”) is unique within Arcadia University (the “University”) because it reports directly to the President and also to the Board of Trustees, as needed. Its purpose as General Counsel is to provide legal counsel to its client, the University, offering legal services to the Board of Trustees, President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Deans, Faculty, and Staff who raise questions related to the issues affecting the University. Its purpose as the Secretary is to support and facilitate the work of the Board of Trustees as they perform their fiduciary duty for the University, striving to promote effective governance among the Board and other constituencies of the University; preserve institutional memory by maintaining the official record of the Board; prepare for the future through strategic planning; and serve as the liaison between the Board, committee and subcommittee chairs, senior administrators, and the University community. We aspire to provide accessible and responsive advice, a collegial and constructive approach to solving problems, and excellent legal assistance in support of the University’s mission, as set forth below:
Arcadia University provides a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience for intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students in preparation for a life of scholarship, service, and professional contribution.
The Office of General Counsel and Secretary to the University’s strategic vision is guided by a desire to streamline, to increase efficiency, to reduce delay and administrative burden, and to ultimately increase effectiveness while leading the University through exemplary governance practices and fostering an environment in which all members of the University community can contribute, grow, and feel a sense of belonging.
About Our Office
The Office of General Counsel and Secretary to the University coordinates and supervises all legal services for Arcadia University by providing timely legal guidance; addressing existing and potential legal problems; reducing exposure to legal risk; and helping University units effectively and efficiently achieve their objectives.
The University is our client, but our legal services are provided to the Board of Trustees, the President, University Officers, deans, and heads of academic units, department heads, or other designated representatives of the University. We provide legal advice and representation to those employees acting within the scope of their duties, but we cannot provide personal legal advice to any individual.
The Office of General Counsel and Secretary to the University provides legal advice in a wide variety of practice areas.
Legal advice to Trustees, President, and Administration
Contracts and agreements
Copyright and trademark
Discrimination and harassment
Ethics and conflict of interest
Litigation, subpoenas, and government investigations
Management of policies, policy development, drafting, and interpretation
Student education records requests (FERPA)
For information about the following Risk Management responsibilities, please contact the Director of Auxiliaries, Risk & Insurance, (215) 572-2941.
Office of General Counsel and Secretary to the University
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
The Office of General Counsel and Secretary to the University provides legal advice to members of the Arcadia University community solely within the context of the course and scope of their employment with, or as authorized agents or representatives of, the University. Legal information provided by The Office of General Counsel and Secretary to the University is intended ONLY as general legal information to Arcadia University and does not provide legal advice or representation to individual members of the University community with respect to personal matters or personal legal issues.