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University employees are invited to visit YU Link for additional Counsel-related information including frequently asked questions, legal services, fact sheets and presentations on a variety of topics.

GOALS: Advance University Academic Plan (UAP), Enhance Service, Reduce Cost and Risk

VISION: To proactively further the UAP priorities and reduce risk by providing timely, cost-effective, high quality and service-oriented legal and compliance services.

The Office of the Counsel provides advice and representation to the University on a variety of matters, including:

  • student academic and non-academic discipline, petitions and appeals
  • student professional behaviour reviews
  • policies and procedures that protect the University from undue liability
  • risk assessment and control
  • human rights and accommodation issues
  • complaints filed with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and other administrative tribunals
  • representation of the University in Court in litigation matters
  • compliance with various regulatory regimes (e.g. FIPPA, AODA, CASL, GDPR, copyright and trademarks)
  • employment issues
  • labour relations matters
  • contracts and agreements of a wide variety of matters (academic, commercial, experiential learning, donor agreements and many others)
  • research and intellectual property (IP) issues, commercialization of IP
  • land, property and development projects, including financing
  • procurement
  • the governance of the University as per theĀ York University Act, 1965

The Office of the Counsel also provides seminars and other education-oriented initiatives on legal issues affecting the University.