The Office of Legal Affairs provides legal advice and representation to Suffolk County Community College which includes the Board of Trustees, Administrators, Faculty and Staff in their official capacities.
The Office of Legal Affairs is responsible for providing a full range of services to the College in a variety of practice areas. Some of those areas include labor and employment, business matters, contract review, litigation, environmental, copyright, property acquisition and student and faculty issues.
No. The Office of Legal Affairs provides legal advice and representation related to College business only.
No. Only the Office of Legal Affairs can retain outside counsel.
The President, Executive Vice President and certain other senior officers are authorized to sign on behalf of the College. Contact the Office of Legal Affairs if you have questions as to whom should sign a particular document.
Generally yes, as long as you are acting in good faith and in the scope of your employment.
You should refuse to accept these documents and refer the person to the Office of Legal Affairs. You should then call the Office of Legal Affairs at (631) 451-4235 to alert us that someone is coming over with legal documents. If you receive a summons or subpoena in the mail, or mistakenly accept one from a process server, please contact the Office of Legal Affairs immediately. Note that a delay in responding to these documents could have serious legal consequences for the College.
A member of the Office of Legal Affairs may accept properly made service of process on behalf of the College or the Board of Trustees. However, if a member of the College community is being sued in his/her personal capacity, typically that individual must be served personally unless you authorize the Office of Legal Affairs to accept service on your behalf.
You should immediately fax all legal correspondence relating to the College to the Office of Legal Affairs at (631) 451-4974 and hand deliver or interoffice the original.
Federal law and College policy governs the confidentiality of student records. Do not respond to any request for student records without speaking first to a representative in the Office of Legal Affairs or the College Registrar.