Office of University Counsel
We welcome you to the website of the Office of University 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, Rebecca Todd and Mary Granger bring nearly 40 years of legal experience to Antioch University.
We in the Office of University Counsel look forward to working with you to help identify, prevent, and mitigate legal risks for the University. We are located on the AUNE campus in Keene, NH.
Rebecca E. Todd, University 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 Symbiosis Law School in Pune, India.
As University Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Rebecca is responsible for ensuring that Antioch University is in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations. Rebecca and her husband have two children and live on an old farm in New Hampshire, where she serves as Town Moderator. A devoted foodie, Rebecca enjoys all manner of outdoor activities.
Mary Granger, Assistant University Counsel
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. In March 2015, Mary joined the Office of General Counsel as Contracts Specialist. Mary works from the Antioch University New England campus, and resides in Keene, New Hampshire with her husband, son and cat. Outside of work, Mary serves on the Board of Directors of the Cheshire Children’s Museum.
Clara Frechette, Paralegal / Legal Assistant
Clara Frechette joined our team as Paralegal / Legal Assistant in July 2018 bringing with her a breadth of experience to the position. Prior to Antioch University, Clara worked in legal areas including litigation, labor and employment law, corporate law, compliance, real estate law, personal injury law, family law, and tax. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Keene State College and paralegal certification from Franklin Pierce University.
Q: Who does the Office of the University Counsel represent?
A: The Office of the University Counsel provides legal advice and representation to Antioch University, including all its campuses and programs. This includes providing advice and counsel to the Board of Governors, administrators, faculty and staff acting in their official capacities on a variety of issues affecting the University. The Office of University Counsel does not represent individual faculty, staff members or administrators in personal legal matters outside the scope of University business.
Q: What type of legal services does the Office of University Counsel provide?
A: The Office of University Counsel provides a full range of legal services from risk management to litigation in the wide variety of fields affecting higher education, including student and faculty issues, labor and employment, and corporate governance, among many others.
Q: Will the Office of University Counsel represent me if I am sued?
A: If you are sued in your official capacity as a University employee, the Office of University Counsel may represent you directly or through counsel engaged by the University. The Office of University Counsel cannot provide legal advice or representation for personal matters.
Q: Can I retain outside counsel for a University matter?
A: If sued in your official capacity as a University employee, you should not contact outside counsel without prior written authorization from the Office of University Counsel. If you believe outside counsel is needed for a University matter, please contact us. Only the Office of University Counsel can retain and approve compensation for outside counsel on behalf of the University.
Q: Are my communications with attorneys in the Office of University Counsel confidential?
A: Your communications with attorneys in the Office of University Counsel are privileged and confidential as to third parties, but not as to other Antioch University officials. However, we will make every effort to keep your communications confidential to the extent possible. If you have a question about the confidentiality of a particular conversation with an attorney in the Office of University Counsel, please ask before that conversation begins.
Q: What should I do if I receive a document, email, or call from an outside attorney?
A: If you are contacted by an attorney by mail, electronically or by phone about some aspect of the work of Antioch University, notify the Office of University Counsel immediately. The Office of University Counsel will work with you to determine what steps are necessary. Please do not communicate in any way with an attorney representing someone who is contemplating, threatening, or engaged in a lawsuit against Antioch University.
Q: What do I do if I learn of something that I think may be unethical or illegal?
A: If you learn of something that you think may be unethical or may lead to a claim or lawsuit being filed against Antioch University, you should immediately report the matter to the Office of University Counsel. For easy anonymous or acknowledged reporting of concerns, the Office of University Counsel maintains a toll-free number and web reporting listed below:
Q: Where can I find the policies for the Office of University Counsel and Antioch University?
A: The Office of University Counsel Policy, which provides greater detail on many of the questions raised here, is Policy 3.111. All the policies that pertain to Antioch University are available on the Office of University Counsel website.
Q: Should I contact the Office of University Counsel directly?
A: The primary objective of the Office of University Counsel is to ensure that Antioch University is operating within the law at all times. To do this, the Office of University Counsel should be aware of all transactions and activities of the University including those that are in preliminary stages. Early involvement will ensure limited risk exposure to the University’s finances, personnel, and public image. While encouraging communication, however, the Office of University Counsel must also effectively manage communications, prioritize needs, and optimize the use of limited resources. The Policy of the Office of University Counsel provides that the Chancellor, Board of Governors, Vice-Chancellors, and Provosts shall have direct access to attorneys in the Office of University Counsel. Faculty and staff should ordinarily raise concerns through the Provost or Vice Chancellor as appropriate.
Q: How can I contact the Office of University Counsel?
A: The Office of University Counsel is located at 40 Avon Street in Keene New Hampshire 03431. We can be reached by telephone at 603-283-2436.
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.
The Office of University 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.
Compliance Calendar: We have developed an Antioch University Compliance Calendar which provides the due dates when particular compliance documents must be filed by each campus or program. If you are responsible for filing any of the reports on the Compliance Calendar, you can click on the due date of that report and copy that calendar event to your personal Gmail calendar on your computer and put a reminder to alert you a month, six weeks, etc. before the report is due.
The Antioch University Compliance Hotline allows you to report a concern confidentially or with attribution any time of the day or night. We offer both a toll-free telephone number as well as a web-based form:
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 online – 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
Higher Education Compliance Alliance: Comprised of 27 participating associations, the Compliance Alliance was created to provide the higher education community with a centralized repository of information and resources for compliance with federal laws and regulations. There are resources available on everything from accounting to telecommunications.
The Office of University Counsel is required to review all contracts prior to execution, in accordance with AU policies 3.425 Contract Review and 2.403 Expenditure, Contract and Signature Authority. To help the contracting process go more smoothly, the Office of University Counsel is available to consult on contracts during the drafting and negotiation stage. The Office of University Counsel is also available for consultation at any point in negotiation, drafting, administration and/or termination of contracts.
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. As the annual reports show, all campuses of Antioch University have extremely low crime rates. 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 inquiries 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 current Clery Reports for the five Antioch University campuses below:
The Office of University 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, administrators, faculty and staff acting in their official capacities on issues affecting Antioch University. The Office of University Counsel does not represent individuals in personal legal matters outside the scope of University business.