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Office of General Counsel

Frequently Asked Questions

In an effort to assist the University community in its understanding of the function and role of the Office of General Counsel and to provide clarity on some pertinent procedures, we list some frequently asked questions. These questions and answers do not constitute legal advice and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

General

  • Who does the Office of General Counsel represent?

    The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice and representation to Hofstra University and all of its schools and departments. This office represents trustees, employees, and officers to the extent any of these persons are acting in their official capacities relating to University business. The Office does not represent or advise individual employees or students on personal legal matters.

  • Is the Office of General Counsel able to give me personal legal advice?

    No. The Office of General Counsel may not provide personal legal advice to employees or students of the University.

  • Are my conversations or communications with lawyers in the Office of General Counsel confidential—in other words are they subject to the Attorney Client Privilege?

    In general, communications between lawyers from the Office of General Counsel and employees of the University are privileged—or confidential—and should not be revealed or disclosed to third parties when those communications are made for the purpose of obtaining or providing legal advice. The communication loses this privilege, in other words, loses its confidential nature, if an employee discloses the communication to a third party. Therefore, it is important for employees of the University to be careful to keep the confidentiality of communications—e.g. emails, memoranda, conversations—with lawyers from the Office of General Counsel. For example, if a lawyer from the Office of General Counsel responds to an email from you with advice on how to proceed on a University matter, you should not forward that email to third parties, copy third parties on that email or repeat the advice to third parties (e.g. “our legal department told us….”). If you are unsure if a communication with a lawyer from the Office of General Counsel is “privileged” or may be disclosed to someone else, do not disclose the communication and follow up with the Office of General Counsel.

  • What should I do if I receive a call or a letter from an attorney relating to University work?

    If an attorney contacts you by mail, email, telephone or otherwise regarding any University matter, you should notify the Office of General Counsel immediately and we will work with you to determine appropriate next steps. You should not correspond or communicate with an attorney regarding University matters other than to refer the attorney to the Office of General Counsel.

Visits by/Communications from Government Agents/Officials or Process Servers; Service of Subpoenas and Other Requests for Information/Records

Contracts and Agreements

Conflicts of Interest

Raffles

Use of Hofstra Name, Logos, Trademarks

How to Report Various Incidents

  • Workplace accidents or injuries: contact the Department of Public Safety and obtain and complete an accident report.
  • Other Campus accidents or injuries: contact the Department of Public Safety to report the accident or incident.
  • Unlawful Harassment, Discrimination, Sexual Violence or Retaliation: See the University’s Nondiscrimination Policy for the University resources and contact information.
  • Employee Misconduct: See the Policy on Reporting Employee Misconduct (Whistleblowing Policy)

Nondiscrimination