No, the Office of Legal Affairs only represents the interests of Augusta University. We do not provide legal advice, on personal matters or concerns outside the scope of their employment at Augusta University, to students, or employees. If you need assistance, you may consider contacting any of the following or consult with a private attorney:
Unless you have expressed written authority from Augusta University's President to sign an agreement on behalf of Augusta University, you may not sign any agreements on behalf of the university or the Board of Regents. Please review the information below for more information. If you have other questions about signature authority, please contact the Office of Legal Affairs at (706) 721-4018.
1. Do contracts need to be reviewed before signing?
All contracts between Augusta University and another individual or entity should be reviewed by the Office of Legal Affairs. This includes any agreement made on behalf of Augusta University which commits the funds, personnel, facilities, equipment, property or other resources of the University. Other terms sometimes used to refer to a contract include, but are not limited to:
If you have any questions regarding agreements, please contact Legal Affairs.
For more information, please refer to the Negotiation and Excecution of Contracts Policy.
2. How long will it take for a contract to be approved?
After appropriate review and signature have been given at the department, dean and/or VP level, agreements should be forwarded to the Office of Legal Affairs. All agreements must be accompanied by the appropriate routing form. Please allow approximately two weeks for contract routing and approval and signature. If you have any questions about the routing process, please contact Legal Affairs.
3. Which types of agreements need to be reviewed by Office of Legal Affairs prior to authorized signature?
Clinical Affiliation Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding for Student Applied Learning Experiences should be reviewed by the Office of Legal Affairs prior to signature by the designated signing authority for the University. Please contact Legal Affairs if you have any questions regarding this process.
Augusta University prohibits sexual misconduct in any form including sexual harassment and discrimination based on sex. Augusta University Sexual Assault Prevention provides resources, guides, policies, and reporting procedures for students and employees.
Augusta University is strongly committed to ensuring its learning and working environments are free of discrimination and harassment. Any member of the university community may report complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination.
Augusta University provides a variety of channels for people to report concerns:
Sexual Harassment FAQ's
1. How is sexual harassment defined?
2. How are sexual harassment complaints handled?
To report incidents of sexual harassment or retaliation, faculty members should contact the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; classified employees may contact the EEO/AA officer or the Division of Human Resources; and students may contact the Vice President for Student Affairs or Director of Student Affairs. They receive complaints of sexual harassment from members of the Augusta University community, explain the Augusta University procedures, and may refer individuals to appropriate resources. If your situation permits, you may bring your complaint directly to your supervisor, manager or department chair. They may assist you in bringing the matter to the attention of the appropriate Augusta University official. However, a complainant need not report directly to his/her immediate supervisor but may report the situation directly to the appropriate individual named above. Faculty complaints will be handled using the Faculty Grievance Procedure found in the Faculty Handbook. Student complaints will be handled by using the procedures found in Appendix E of the Student Handbook.
3. Who may make a complaint of sexual harassment?
Any member of the Augusta University community may report complaints of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can occur in all types of circumstances and relationships including those between or among individuals of different sexes or of the same sex; in relationships of unequal power (for example, between supervisor and employee, faculty member and student, employee and job applicant); and in relationships of equal power (for example, between fellow employees or fellow students).
4. Must sexual harassment complaints be made in writing?
No. Sexual harassment complaints may be made by speaking to any of the individuals named in question 2. They may, however, request that you prepare a written statement setting forth the particulars of the complaint.
5. Are sexual harassment complaints kept confidential?
It is not possible to guarantee absolute confidentiality or anonymity. The privacy of persons who make complaints of sexual harassment will be respected. To the extent permitted by law, the confidentiality of each party involved in a sexual harassment investigation, complaint or charge will be observed, provided it does not interfere with Augusta University's ability to investigate the allegations or take corrective action.
6. Are there time limits for reporting sexual harassment to an Augusta University official?
There are no time limits for reporting sexual harassment to an Augusta University official. However, allegations of sexual harassment should be reported as promptly as possible. Delay in making a complaint may make it more difficult for Augusta University to investigate allegations.
7. What should be done upon learning of an incident of sexual harassment involving another person?
Each dean, director, department/section chair, department manager, or other person with supervisory responsibility is required to report any complaint of sexual harassment to the appropriate individual named above. Other members of the Augusta University community who become aware of allegations of sexual harassment should encourage the aggrieved individual to report the alleged sexual harassment to an Augusta University manager or the appropriate Augusta University official indicated in question 2. All members of the Augusta University community are required to cooperate in any investigation of a sexual harassment complaint.
Please read the Faculty Grievance Policy for the process and procedures of filing a Grievance. Examples of grievances include academic freedom, facilities, equipment, and leaves of absence.
Augusta University is committed to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons without regard to: age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam War Era Veteran. The EEO Officer is responsible for investigating violations of Title VII.
The EEO Officer coordinates Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects qualified individuals with disabilities in employment practices. Additional information on ADA accommodations, including request forms, can be found here. For more information on the ADA process, contact Human Resources at 706-721-1896.
For complaints not related to protected class status, contact the Director of Employee Relations at 706-721-6197.
Students are required to disclose to the Office of the Dean of Students in writing any criminal convictions that occur after their admission and enrollment. Disclosures should be made within 30 days of conviction. Please see our Criminal Conviction Disclosure Policy.
Any current employee charged with a crime (other than a minor traffic offense) shall report being charged with such crime to Employee Relations, Human Resources within 72 hours of the employee becoming aware of such charge. Any current employee who is convicted of a crime (other than a minor traffic offense) shall report such conviction to Employee Relations within 24 hours of the conviction. Failure to report is cause for immediate discharge. Please see our policy on Employee Background Investigations.
Use of Augusta University’s logos and trademarks is subject to AU policies. Please review guidelines about how to use and download our logos. Contact the Division of Communications and Marketing if you have any specific questions regarding size, color, usage, or application of the logos.
Intellectual property includes patents for inventions, copyrights for written works, trademarks, service marks, and so forth. The University's Intellectual Property Policy describes how such property is owned and commercialized.
If an AU faculty member, staff member or student has invented or created intellectual property which may have commercial value, they should report this to the Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee, Charles Nawrot by using the Intellectual Property Disclosure Form. Disclosure Forms are available in the Office of Innovation Commercialization, Interdisciplinary Research Facility, Room 2105, Phone: (706) 721-9822, Fax: (706) 721-2917.
No. Your Augusta University email is not confidential, and it is subject to disclosure under the Georgia Open Records Act, and other applicable laws. View the email policy.
Immediately contact the Office of Legal Affairs. If an attorney attempts to communicate with you, inform the attorney that he or she should contact this office. If you receive a legal document, such as a summons, lawsuit, or a subpoena, you should contact this office immediately and provide us with a copy of the document. The office will inform you of any necessary actions you should take.
Service of Lawsuits
Responding to Requests for Information
Testifying as a Witness
Occasionally, departments, student organizations, or other groups plan to host raffles or events with door prizes to raise money to benefit Augusta University or a group affiliated with Augusta University. Under Georgia law generally, however, gambling is illegal. "Gambling" includes raffles or door prize events where participants pay for a chance to win an item of value.
There is an exception to this law for tax-exempt entities: Raffle events may be authorized by advance permit to raise money for a nonprofit tax-exempt church, school, civic organization, or related support group. See Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 16-12-22.1.
Accordingly, departments or groups interested in hosting a fundraising event using a raffle or door prizes (where participants must pay to have a chance to win) must complete an application form for a raffle permit through the Augusta, Georgia License and Inspection Department (phone: 706-312-5053; fax: 706-796-5037) well in advance of the event. (Note that $100 permit fee is often waived for tax exempt organizations.)
This does not apply if participants do not have to pay or contribute in order to win.
The use or possession of alcoholic beverages on the campus and institutionally sponsored off-campus events shall comply at all times with Federal, State and local Laws governing use, manufacture, distribution, possession, sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages. The President or his/her designee may authorize alcoholic beverages to be distributed and consumed at approved events, with the understanding that both the organizers and the participants of the event are subject to all federal and state laws pertaining to alcohol distribution and consumption. Additionally, a Public Safety officer must be present at all events involving alcoholic beverages. This expense for the officer will be incurred by the group. For additional guidance on the use of alcohol at Augusta University, see the University Alcohol Policy.