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University Counsel

The University Counsel assists in the development of legal positions for the University and represents University positions to Federal, State, and other governmental entities. The University Counsel is responsible for advising the President and the Board of Trustees on all legal issues relating to the statutory and regulatory environment of higher education in New Jersey; reviewing all contracts involving the University; and reviewing the legal aspects of internal University policies and procedures.

The University Counsel processes appeals to the University Board of Trustees. An individual aggrieved by the determination of a final University authority may petition the Board for review of the decision. The guidelines for appeals to the Board are available in the office of the University Counsel and Sprague Library.

The University Counsel processes all employment-based immigration applications and petitions for international faculty and staff sponsored by the University, and assists and advises undocumented students. Additionally, the University Counsel provides the University community with information, direction, and support regarding national immigration issues, as well as compliance-related training.

Contact University Counsel
College Hall Room 231

Important Links

All University employees who do not initiate a contract to purchase goods and services through Procurement Services are required to complete a Contract Approval Sheet and submit it with any contract to the Office of University Counsel for review. The Contract Approval Sheet and instructions for completing it can be found on the Procurement Services webpage.

University Counsel Office Staff

  • Althea Broomfield-Michel, University Counsel
  • Elizabeth A. Gill, Director of International Employment and Immigration
  • Paul Apicella, Director of Institutional Compliance and Title IX
  • Natalia Campos, Paralegal
  • Michelle Affinito, Executive Assistant