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Office Of University Counsel


Subject Areas

The following is provided as a guide for identifying a legal resource generally. If your issue does not appear to fit within one of the listed categories, please contact the Office of University Counsel for referral to an appropriate attorney.

If you have a legal question pertaining to the following areas, please contact Donna Gooden Payne:

  • University policies and procedures
  • Board of Trustees
  • Chancellor's Executive Council & Cabinet
  • Open meetings law
  • University contracts that exceed $25,000
  • Athletics
  • Public Records Requests
  • Misuse of State Property reports
  • Tort Claims

If you have a legal question pertaining to the following areas, please contact John W. Bellflower:

  • Policies and procedures relating to Student Affairs
  • FERPA
  • Service of subpoenas on the University or University employees
  • Affiliation agreements for East Campus internships
  • Student Disciplinary Matters and Title IX
  • Contracts less than $25,000
  • SHRA (SPA) employment issues
  • Bankruptcy Matters

If you have a legal question pertaining to the following areas, please contact Meagan I. Kiser:

  • Service of subpoenas on the University or University employees
  • Affiliation agreements for East Campus internships
  • EHRA (EPA) and SHRA (SPA) employment issues for the East Campus
  • Contracts less than $25,000
  • Faculty employment issues for the Academic Affairs Division
  • Police matters
  • Title IX

If you have a legal question pertaining to the following areas, please contact Amanda H. Williams:

  • Policies and procedures relating to employment, academic matters, student affairs, and student disciplinary issues for the Division of Health Sciences
  • Division of Health Sciences EHRA (EPA), CSS, and Faculty employment issues
  • Division of Health Sciences Student Affairs issues
  • Contracts less than $25,000
  • Affiliation Agreements for Health Sciences Division

If you have a legal question pertaining to the following areas, please contact Paul H. Zigas:

  • Research, Grants, and Compliance
  • Sponsored Programs
  • Technology Transfer
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurial Projects
  • Intellectual Property (copyrights, patents and trademarks)
  • Division of Research, Economic Development, and Engagement Policies and Regulations
  • Division of Research, Economic Development, and Engagement EHRA (EPA) and SHRA (SPA) employment issues
  • University-associated entities
  • Contracts that exceed $25,000
  • Umstead Act
  • University and Medical Center Institutional Review Board (UMCIRB)
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Clinical Trial Agreements
  • UBIT and Finance issues

If you have a legal question pertaining to the following areas, please contact Steve Serck:

  • Litigation and administrative appeals
  • Open meetings law
  • FERPA
  • Athletics
  • Policies and procedures relating to the Division of Academic Affairs
  • Academic issues related to Graduate Studies
  • Division of Academic Affairs EHRA (EPA) and Faculty employment issues
  • Real estate matters, including leases
  • Development, Gifts, and Bequests
If you have a legal question pertaining to the following areas, please contact Dan Sweat:
  • Contract review for the Division of Health Sciences
  • Medical and Dental faculty practice plan matters
  • Vidant Health Systems, Vidant Medical Center, and affiliates
  • Health care law (including HIPAA, Risk Management and Compliance)
  • Leases involving any clinical facilities
  • Clinical Trial Agreements

If you have a question about tort liability and tort claims processing, the Office of University Counsel can address questions and provide assistance related to accidents involving property damage or personal injury on campus. Forms for initiating tort claims may be obtained from Ms. Payne or Ms. Kimberly Nicholson, at 328-6940.

If you have a question about workers' compensation, you may contact Donna Davis, Environmental Health and Safety, at 328-6166.

If you have a question about public records requests, you may contact Patricia Valentine, Public Records Officer, at 737-5019. For additional information related to public records requests, visit http://www.ecu.edu/prr for ECU's policy.

If you have a question about the status of contracts under review, you may contact Misty Waldroup, Paralegal, at 737-4687.

If you have questions about the destruction of records, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/archives/recman.cfm .

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