Office of the General Counsel

Welcome!

The Office of the General Counsel provides professional legal advice, representation, and counsel to the USF System including USF Health and campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee. Our experienced attorneys and support team work closely together to provide responsive, timely and accurate legal advice and counsel to the University of South Florida including its component units, direct support organizations and the Board of Trustees. Our daily work is focused on facilitating the implementation of USF’s strategic vision, priorities and goals. We remain dedicated to a tradition of excellence, professionalism, fairness, ethics and diversity. Our attorneys combine many years of service in higher education and we look forward to empowering our clients with the legal knowledge needed to enhance independent decision-making.

On this website you will find helpful links to legal research, regulations, policies and other client resources. We hope that you will find these resources beneficial and we actively seek your input regarding additional content.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone at 813-974-2131 or in writing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can students seek legal assistance for non-USF concerns?

Student Legal Aid, which is a branch of Student Government. Visit them on the 1st floor of the brand new Marshall Student Center, Student Government Suite 4300 or call them at 813-974-0101.


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I just received a public records request. What should I do?

Tell your supervisor and if any assistance is needed, contact the Office of the General Counsel for handling or review.


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What should I do if I am contacted by an outside attorney or investigator?

Please contact the Office of the General Counsel. If we are unable to assist, you will be referred to an appropriate resource.


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I received a legal document relating to USF business, what should I do?

If you are served with any court papers or if you receive letters from an attorney, due to required response times, immediately contact the Office of the General Counsel.


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How can I submit feedback to the Office of General Counsel?

"Please either use the Contact Us form, Take our Survey, or Contact the Webmaster to submit your feedback to us.".


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