Legal Services, Risk Mitigation & Affirmative Action

Mission

The mission of the Office of Legal Affairs is to provide high quality legal advice, guidance and representation to advance and protect the mission and vision of the College. The department seeks to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations; maintain, monitor and implement a comprehensive risk management function; foster a premier learning and working environment that is equitable, accessible, diverse and inclusive; and develop and maintain collaborative relationships with governmental entities.

The Office of Legal Affairs manages and coordinates all legal and employment services for the College; advises on the legal ramifications of College policy and decision-making; and promotes compliance through sound legal advice, representation and training.

 

Goals and Outcomes

Goal

To provide timely, useful and effective legal advice to the College’s Board of Trustees, President, administration and departments that reduces and minimizes legal liabilities, and aids in the efficient operation of the College

    Outcomes

    Negotiate, draft and review legal documents, including contracts, agreements and memoranda of

    understanding, entered into between the College and third parties in connection with the College’s

    business and operations

    Provide litigation support to the Office of the Suffolk County Attorney by gathering factual information

    and assisting in the development and furtherance of the College's position in judicial and administrative

    forums.

    Receive, review and respond to Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests

    Provide legal assistance and guidance in matters concerning employees and labor relations

Goal

To provide concise, clear and easily accessible policies and procedures

    Outcomes

    Draft and amend College policies and procedures, and prepare resolutions, for consideration and adoption

    by the College’s Board of Trustees

    Communicate and disseminate policies and procedures which govern all members of the College

    community

Goal

To ensure that college employees will meet their workplace obligations consistent with the College’s mission and objectives

    Outcomes

    Train faculty and staff to ensure compliance with College policies and relevant state and federal laws, rules

    and regulations, including those relating to equal opportunity and affirmative action, to ensure that they

    will have an enlightened understanding of the legal implications of their actions

    Provide leadership, support, advice, education and intervention in support of the College’s efforts to

    recruit and retain a diverse workforce and increase areas of underrepresentation

Goal

To maintain, monitor and implement a comprehensive risk mitigation function, including emergency response planning, insurance and indemnification, and risk assessment

    Outcomes

    Continually update and evaluate the College’s Emergency Response Plan to ensure  institutional

    crisis management capabilities

    Conduct a continual College-wide assessment and analysis of threats, challenges, and risks to employee

    and institutional integrity, security and safety, and the preservation of physical assets and reputational

    strength

    Reduce liabilities as more of the College’s risks are brought under commercially-underwritten insurance

    plans and removed from the self-insurance budget line

Goal

To develop and maintain collaborative relationships with government entities, including the State of New York and the County of Suffolk

    Outcomes

    Continually inform external stakeholders of the College’s achievements and the reasons for the

    College’s operating and capital needs

    Successfully facilitate the adoption of the College Budget by the Suffolk County Legislature

2013-2014 Assessment Plan