No. The Office represents the University and its employees in their official capacities, and we cannot advise employees on matters which are not within the scope of their employment.
No. The Office does not provide legal assistance to students, unless a student is also acting as an employee, or agent, of the University in a particular matter.
A valid and properly served subpoena generally requires a person to appear at a deposition or court proceeding to give testimony under oath. If the subpoena is in a matter in which the University is a party, or in which the University is a witness, you may contact the OGC attorneys in the OGC Litigation unit for information. You may receive a subpoena because you are a witness in a matter not involving the University. If so, the Litigation unit can provide you with general information about your rights as a witness, but we cannot represent you in any private matter.
The IP attorneys in our OGC unit advise employees about the use of photos, text, or other material on University websites or other locations and can advise you on this issue.
University employees who were acting in the scope of their employment duties and in the interests of the University will generally be defended and indemnified by the University or the AGO in the event they are subject to legal action. However, each situation is different and you should contact our Office immediately if you are served with a complaint so that we may review and respond. Information about the University’s insurance and indemnity policies is on the Treasurer’s Office General Insurance Information page.
You can contact Evelin Szymborn, Trademark & Licensing Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. The Trademark and Licensing Administration manages all University trademark or logo requests.
Do not provide, share, or confirm any information regarding a student or employee. Inform the law enforcement or government agent, “UMass procedures do not permit me to share information with you. I do not have authority to consent to anything or to accept service of documents. I’m happy to escort you to our Office of Public Safety who can assist with your request.” Immediately notify the Public Safety or Police Department and escort the law enforcement agent or officer to that Department. Alert your supervisor and copy Office of General Counsel.