FAQs

I've been personally named as a defendant in a lawsuit related to my job. Will the university defend me?

It is the university's policy to defend and indemnify employees who become parties to legal proceedings by virtue of their good faith efforts to perform their responsibilities of employment. An employee personally named as a defendant in a lawsuit should contact GC immediately.

My department has been served with a lawsuit. What should I do?

Contact GC immediately. By law, the university must respond to lawsuits within a specified time period after being served. Therefore, it is imperative that you notify GC as soon as you are served so we can review the matter and respond in a timely manner.

Does GC provide legal services to the Regional Campuses?

Yes.

I am a student. Can I obtain legal advice and services from the GC office?

Not unless the legal matter is related to your employment at Kent State or a university-sponsored event or activity.  The university does offer legal services to students through the Student Legal Services office at (330) 672-9550.  Students must have paid an elective tuition fee to use the services. You can also contact Western Reserve Legal Services at 330-297-1569 to obtain personal legal advice and services.

Can I obtain personal legal advice and services from a GC attorney?

No. The office provides legal services related to University business only. You can consult with a GC attorney regarding university legal matters related to your employment at the university; however, you are responsible for hiring your own attorney to handle personal legal matters. If you need help finding an attorney, the Portage County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service may be able to help. They can be reached at 330-296-6357.  You can also contact Western Reserve Legal Services at 330-297-1569 to obtain personal legal advice and services

What type of legal services does GC provide?

GC is responsible for providing a full range of legal services to the University. The attorneys work in a variety of practice areas including: labor and employment, business matters, contract review, litigation, copyright, property acquisitions, student and faculty issues, tax law, and constitutional law, among others. All GC attorneys also maintain the designation of Associate Attorney General for the state of Ohio.

Who does the Office of General Counsel (GC) represent?

GC provides legal advice and representation to Kent State University. In that capacity, GC attorneys advise the Board of Trustees, Executive Officers, Faculty and Staff, all in their official capacities, on various legal issues impacting the University.

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