Office of General Counsel

Welcome to the website of the Office of General Counsel (OGC). This site is intended to inform the W&L community about various University policies and procedures, to provide information on topical legal issues that may affect University operations, and to answer frequently asked questions. We also have provided links to W&L resources and legal research sites that may be useful to the W&L community. While it is our goal that you find this website helpful, please note that nothing on this site is intended to constitute legal advice. For specific legal advice, please contact an OGC attorney.


Political Activity

With the fall election campaign season in full swing, and in light of IRS mandates regarding political activities of tax-exempt organizations like Washington and Lee University, it is important for all of us to review the rules regarding political activity that should guide employees and students. IRS prohibitions, guidance and FAQs are available on the OGC website.

University Vehicle Use Policy

The University's Vehicle Use Policy was updated July 1, 2018, to clarify the University's right to conduct license checks on volunteers; add additional detail regarding compliance with applicable driving laws and prohibition on texting/emailing while driving; clarify allowed use/capacity of 12-passenger vans; prohibition of use of 15-passenger vans except retrofitted fleet vans; and to specify that golf carts may not be driven by third parties or used for non-University business. Any questions should be directed to the Office of General Counsel.

Signing Contracts for W&L

What do I do if I need to have a contract reviewed or prepared? Can I sign this agreement (contract / letter agreement / lease / purchase agreement) that's on my desk? Before you sign anything, consult the policy and know your obligation.