Office of the General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel is dedicated to serving the Jesuit Catholic mission of the University, by serving the University’s President and Board of Trustees, University Administration, faculty and staff when acting in their official capacities.  The office’s attorneys and professional staff work proactively within the University community to protect and represent the legal interests of Xavier University.

Rebecca Cull serves as Xavier University’s chief legal officer, reporting directly to the University President, and as the Secretary on Xavier's Board of Trustees.

Function of the General Counsel’s Office

The General Counsel’s Office is responsible for all legal issues impacting the University.   The General Counsel ultimately reports to the Board of Trustees and the President, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the University, pursuant to the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees.  Areas in which the Office of General Counsel may advise University Administration include all of the following: 

  • Board Governance
  • Policy and Procedure Review and Drafting
  • Contracts/Leases
  • Employee Relations
  • Student Affairs
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Financial Matters
  • Government and/or Municipality Relations
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Crisis Management
  • Dispute Resolution and Mediation

Attorney-Client Privilege

Communications with lawyers in the Office of General Counsel may be protected and regarded as confidential under the attorney-client privilege if the communications are made for the purpose of seeking or providing legal advice on behalf of the University.  The privilege belongs to the University.