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UNIVERSITY COUNSEL

The Office of University Counsel is the in-house legal office for Binghamton University.  A branch of the SUNY University Counsel's office, this office at the University at Binghamton was established in November 1998 to provide the campus, its administrators, faculty and staff with timely, cost-effective, high quality legal services on all matters affecting the management and operation of the institution.

Reporting to the Vice President and President's Office, Binghamton's University Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice to Binghamton's Council, administrators, faculty and staff on a broad spectrum of issues including contracts, federal and state laws and regulations, due process matters, campus security, NCAA issues, Human Resources, University and SUNY system policies, financial aid, OSHA compliance, open meetings laws, and the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  The Office represents the University in administrative hearings, monitors and responds to ongoing litigation, reviews and drafts contracts, leases and other legal documents and offers on-going guidance to the University community to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations and to minimize the legal risks associated with the conduct of the University's business.  

The University Counsel also works closely with the NYS Attorney General's Office on litigation involving the University in federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

The office is staffed by one full time attorney: 
Barbara Westbrook Scarlett
Associate Counsel
Email: scarlett@binghamton.edu
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Last Updated: 1/3/11