Office of General Counsel
We welcome you to the website of the Office of General Counsel. We hope that you will use the resources that we have compiled here, from the Antioch University Policies to our many Compliance Resources.
As the legal department of Antioch University, we help ensure that we meet our mission by properly navigating the legal, ethical and regulatory environment in which we operate. Our work broadly includes governance and enterprise risk management, ethical and regulatory compliance, a wide array of transactional work, and traditional legal matters such as claims and lawsuits. All our work is undertaken in the best interest of Antioch University and we act in accordance with the ethical and professional standards of the legal profession.
Together, Bill Groves and Rebecca Todd bring over 60 years of legal experience to Antioch University. In the summer of 2015, Mary Granger joined them as Contracts Specialist. She works closely with Rebecca in reviewing the wide range of agreements in which Antioch University is a party. Jeannie Spinnati, with significant experience as a paralegal, assists with the work of the Office of General Counsel.
We in the Office of General Counsel look forward to working with you to help identify, prevent, and mitigate legal risks for the University. If you have questions about how the Office of General Counsel operates, please see FAQs below.
Each year, Antioch University publishes a campus security report for each of its five campuses (Antioch University Los Angeles, Antioch University Midwest, Antioch University New England, Antioch University Santa Barbara, and Antioch University Seattle) in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or the Clery Act. This federal law requires institutions to publish an annual report that includes crime statistics for the prior three years, policy statements regarding campus safety and security measures, crime prevention program descriptions, and procedures to be followed in the investigation and prosecution of alleged sex offenses. The Clery Act also requires colleges and universities to keep an up-to-date crime log, to issue warnings in the event of a crime that may threaten the safety of students or employees, and to keep accurate crime statistics.
The United States Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education provides a rapid customized report for public inquires relating to all campus crime data, called the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool. All Antioch University campus crime data can be found on the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting tool website at http://ope.ed.gov/security/ Antioch University encourages strongly all students and employees to report accurately and promptly any suspected crime to security personnel and appropriate law enforcement agencies. In addition, you may view the 2016 Clery Reports for the five Antioch University campuses below:
The Office of General Counsel has created these Compliance Resources to assist with Antioch University’s federal and state compliance efforts. All institutions of higher education must comply with a wide range of ever-changing federal laws and regulations. And being a multi-campus University we must also comply with state laws and regulations in California, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Washington State.
If you have a compliance related question, please feel free to contact Rebecca Todd, Associate General Counsel, at email@example.com.
The phone line is staffed by trained intake specialists from an independent third party based in the United States. Your report – whether by phone or on line – will trigger an independent investigation and you will be informed of the results of the investigation if you provide your identity.
Please note: Antioch University will not tolerate retaliation against any individual for the reporting of a concern.
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Higher Education Compliance Alliance
The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice and representation to Antioch University, including each of its campuses and programs. This includes providing advice and counsel to members of the Board of Governors, Boards of Trustees, administrators, faculty and staff acting in their official capacities on issues affecting Antioch University. The Office of General Counsel does not represent individuals in personal legal matters outside the scope of University business.
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Q: Where can I find the policies for the Office of General Counsel and Antioch University?
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Antioch University develops and implements policies to advance its mission, manage institutional risk, promote operational efficiency and achieve compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements. The links on this page provide convenient access to university-wide policies and rules. This page does not contain an exhaustive list of university policies. Antioch University is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of all university policies and is working diligently to review, revise and develop additional policies. Any new or revised policies will be uploaded after final approval. Please check back frequently. It is the responsibility of all Antioch University employees to review and familiarize themselves with university policies. View all Antioch University Policies
William R. Groves
William R. Groves, Acting Chancellor
Bill was hired by the University in October, 2010 to form its first Office of General Counsel. Prior to then, he had been outside University Counsel as a partner in the law firm of Martin, Browne, Hull & Harper, PLL, located in Springfield, OH. The firm had a long history of involvement with Antioch. Partners of that firm had been members of the board of trustees of Antioch College (now Antioch University) and had represented the College and University for many decades. Bill provided legal services to the University throughout his thirty year career at the firm. In 2007, Bill became the lead counsel responsible for representing the University in its efforts to discontinue operations of the college. He thereafter led the negotiations for an asset transfer to the newly formed corporation established by a group of College alumni to begin operations as an independent institution. Beyond his work for Antioch University, Bill has a wide variety of experience in representing non-profit organizations, hospitals, colleges, universities, school boards, and municipalities as well as for-profit entities. He has also served as an officer and board member of numerous charitable and non-profit organizations.
B.S. Ohio University, (1976), summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with Honors in Government. J.D. The Ohio State University College of Law, (1979). He is the father of two adult children, has two grand-children and now lives with his partner, Joel, in Springfield, Ohio, where he enjoys his outdoor passions of gardening, running and cycling. For the past several years, he has coached high school mock trial teams to nurture their understanding of the legal system generally, and Constitutional law concepts specifically, In 2013, his team advanced to the State competition in Ohio.
Rebecca E. Todd
Rebecca E. Todd, Associate General Counsel
Since graduating from Cornell Law School in 1989, Rebecca has represented non-profit organizations, public colleges and universities, state and municipal governments, individuals and businesses. She practiced public interest environmental law for the Natural Resources Defense Fund and the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund before turning to higher education law in 1996. Rebecca joined Antioch University New England in 2001, where in addition to managing her own law firm she taught environmental law, school law, and alternative dispute resolution. In addition, she served for one year as Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. In 2007, Rebecca received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at a law school in Pune, India.
As Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Rebecca is responsible for ensuring that Antioch University is in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations. Rebecca lives with her husband and two teenaged children on an old farm in New Hampshire. She enjoys reading, gardening, eating, traveling, and all manner of outdoor activities.
Jeannie Spinnati, Legal Assistant
Jeannie provides confidential administrative and legal support to the Office of General Counsel, Human Resources and is the executive assistant to the CFO. She has over ten years of experience as a paralegal / legal assistant. Jeannie assists in editing and formatting all University policies for approval and is responsible for posting new or revised policies to the University’s website. She is also responsible for taking minutes for several of the University Resource Groups. Jeannie lives in Hilliard, Ohio. In her spare time she enjoys softball, golf, Ohio State football and spending time with her family, friends and her adorable puppy.
Mary Granger, Contracts Specialist
A 1997 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, Mary has practiced real estate and environmental law in Vermont. She joined Antioch University New England’s Office of Academic Affairs in 2013. As Contracts Specialist for the Antioch University Office of General Counsel, Mary reviews incoming contracts from outside vendors and provides contract drafting assistance to Antioch University’s campuses and departments. Mary works from the Antioch University New England campus, and resides in Keene, New Hampshire with her husband and son. Outside of work, Mary serves on the Board of Directors of the Cheshire Children’s Museum.