Office of the General Counsel
About the Office of the General Counsel
Columbia College’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for supporting the dynamic educational environment of the College. OGC achieves this by providing legal services on the wide range of matters having legal significance to the College. These services include, but are not limited to, legal advice, guidance and representation to the College, its trustees, officers, leadership, faculty, staff and employees while acting on behalf of the College.
OGC seeks to minimize legal issues by offering timely proactive and preventative services and solutions, anticipating areas of risk, formulating appropriate and strategic responses, and working to resolve legal issues as effectively and efficiently as possible in the best interests of the College. OGC strives to be a valued and trusted strategic partner and to work in collaboration with the College community while advancing and supporting the mission, vision and values of the College.
This website is intended to serve as an introduction to OGC and to provide a broad overview of what OGC does. Information on this website is not intended as a substitute for legal advice. You are encouraged to contact OGC directly for assistance with legal issues involving Columbia College.
The mission of OGC is to provide quality and thoughtful counsel and representation to the College in order to minimize legal risks, reduce liability exposure, and ensure legal compliance in the College’s operations through awareness, education, creative problem-solving, and critical analysis and evaluation of matters affecting the College in accordance with the highest standards of integrity and ethics.
As a general matter, communications with attorneys in OGC are protected and regarded as confidential under the attorney-client privilege if the communications are made for the purpose of seeking or providing legal advice on behalf of the College. These communications may be revealed only to other College officials or other attorneys of the College who may need to know the information. Communications with attorneys on non-legal matters, or on personal legal matters, are not privileged or confidential. If you are unsure as to whether or not your matter is College-related or personal, it is advisable to meet with or call OGC before sending any communication you may wish to remain confidential.
From time to time, OGC engages outside counsel to work on particular matters when considerations such as cost, resources and specialized subject matter make it prudent to do so. College personnel should not contact outside counsel directly concerning College business or operations without prior consultation with the OGC. Similarly, all communications from outside non-Columbia College attorneys should be referred to the OGC.