Legal Affairs

Legal Affairs


The Legal Affairs Unit handles all of Elizabeth City State University's legal matters at the campus level. Legal Affairs aims to provide responsive, preventive and comprehensive legal advice within the bounds of applicable laws, regulations and policies to aid in advancing ECSU's mission of offering academic programs for a diverse student body and providing a student-centered environment through teaching, research and community engagement.

What We Do

General Counsel

As a primary function, the General Counsel reports directly to the Chancellor and serves as advisor on all university legal matters at the campus level. The General Counsel responsibilities include but are not limited to: providing legal advice to the Chancellor, Senior Academic and Administrative Officers and the Board of Trustees; conducting legal research; drafting and review of contracts and other legal documents; providing assistance on policy issues; managing ECSU's Policy and Procedures Manual; employment matters; administrative policy; opening meetings; public records; student discipline; governance and ethics; handling the university's non-litigation responses to charges filed before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; assisting the Office of the North Carolina Attorney General, in preparation of the university's defense of litigation or administrative hearing matters; and maintaining institutional effectiveness of the unit.


The Paralegal serves as support for the General Counsel and assists with various administrative duties and assignments including but not limited to: preparation and preliminary review of legal documents; legal research; updating ECSU's Policy and Procedures Manual; preparation of SBI Reports and Motor Fleet Management responses; and assisting with litigation support to the NC Attorney General's Office.

Internal Requests for Legal Action

All internal requests for legal action must be submitted electronically via the e-mail address established for Legal Affairs, through the Office of a Division or Unit Head. Once a request for legal action has been received by Legal Affairs, an initial reply will be generated to acknowledge receipt of the request and indicate the anticipated response time.


ECSU's Legal Affairs Unit does not advise or represent administrators, faculty, staff or students on personal legal matters.


The content contained on this website and any related links is provided solely for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice.