University General Counsel (UGC)

Mission

The University General Counsel (UGC) supports the mission of NMSU and enhances risk management efforts by providing timely, accurate and highly valuable legal advice and representation for the institution’s board and executive leadership, as well as other campus stakeholders as assigned.

Vision

UGC serves the university by finding appropriate legal avenues to support opportunities which advance the institution’s mission, without creating unnecessary or unacceptable levels of legal risk.

Values

UGC values independent analysis, timeliness, truth and accuracy in every project, communication and statement of advice that we provide to NMSU’s stakeholders.

Services

UGC is tasked with delivering timely and effective legal counsel to New Mexico State University, as its institutional client, including all campuses and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.  The following are examples of the type of services it provides:

  • Legal advice to the Board of Regents and senior executive management including the NMSU chancellor, community college presidents, the executive vice president and provost and the college deans, as well as to NMSU supervisors.  Advice is also provided to faculty and staff in their official capacities as it relates to university business, as may be requested through the cognizant dean or vice-president.
  • Representation of NMSU in administrative actions and court proceedings, or litigation support and oversight when outside counsel is retained.
  • Legal advice and assistance to the Board of Regents and the Director/Secretary and senior executive management of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA), including issues relating to enforcement actions and the development or amendment of state regulations.
  • Maintenance of the Regents Policy Manual (RPM) and the Administration Rules and Procedures of NMSU (ARP) as the two primary sources of policy, rules and procedures at NMSU, including coordination and advice to NMSU constituents regarding new developments and revisions.
  • Oversight to the Office of Institutional Equity and the Athletics Compliance department.

The attorneys in University General Counsel do not provide legal services to faculty, staff or students in their personal matters. UGC attorneys do not represent or advise employees with claims against the university or its management. Students with complaints may seek assistance from the Office of the Dean of Students, and those with personal legal issues may obtain services through ASNMSU’s Student Legal Aid program.