Q: Who does the general counsel represent?
A: The general counsel represents Augustana College, which is a single legal entity. This representation includes advising officers, trustees, faculty and staff in their official capacities on legal matters impacting the college.
Q: Can I get legal advice related to a personal matter?
A: No. The general counsel represents the college and provides legal advice on college-related matters only.
Q: What should I do if someone asks me to sign for legal papers on behalf of Augustana College?
A: You should refuse to sign the papers and send the individual to the president's office. The individual may leave papers with you. Note the date and time the documents were received, and forward them to the general counsel immediately.
Q: Will the college represent me if I am sued?
A: If you are named as a defendant in a lawsuit, and lawsuit is based on acts or omissions within the scope of your employment with the college, the College will likely represent you, provided you have acted in good faith and lawfully. If the lawsuit stems from personal activities, the college will not provide legal representation.
Q: I received a subpoena to appear as a witness and provide records related to a student. What should I do?
A: Contact the general counsel's office. At any time that you are asked to provide records or appear as a witness related to your duties as an employee of the college, you must contact the general counsel before appearing or providing information.