University Legal Services

University Legal Services

The following teams provide a variety of legal services to the Board of Trustees, the NIU University administration and community.



Processes and manages records of division personnel, scheduling and records, accounting,  purchasing and reconciling issues,  maintains division Key Control Records, and administrative reporting.  The Division Staff additionally coordinates Liquor License Applications Processing, Payroll Garnishments, requests for employee or student restitution and state-mandated university vehicle certifications.



Contracts and Agreements

Initiation and review of University contracts, agreements, University Press Contracts, intellectual property and publishing agreements.


Individual Claims

Individuals filing claims against the University please submit a statement including the contact information, along with the nature and specific details of their claim to the Coordinator, Claims Management.

Filing a Request for Compensation with NIU


Collections for Bursar's Office

If you have received a letter from University Legal Services regarding your outstanding balance with the Bursar’s Office:

To inquire and resolve your balance please contact an Account Counselor at (815) 753-1885.
If you have a pending court date in connection with a past-due account, please contact us to discuss the status of your case.


Litigation and Arbitration

Litigation involving representation of the University and its staff is managed by the University's legal team.  This team also processes subpoenas and third-party requests for employee or student records.





Legal Counsel for Governance and Administration

Policy development, university governance, and Board of Trustees' and administation's legal counsel.




Clery Act Compliance

The Office of General Counsel provides legal counsel to the Division of Police and Community Relations in understanding the legal requirements of the Jeanne Clery Campus Safety and Security Act.  Along with the Compliance Division, the Office of General Counsel assists with the University's coordination of safety and security policies, procedures, and safety related initatives.

Current Clery and Fire Safety Reports