University Legal Services

University Legal Services

The following teams provide a variety of legal services to the Board of Trustees, the NIU university administration, faculty and staff.



Processes and manages records of division personnel, scheduling and records, accounting, purchasing and administrative reporting. The division staff additionally coordinates payroll garnishment orders, 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.


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, Mediation 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

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


Clery Act Compliance

The Office of General Counsel provides legal counsel to the NIU Police and Public Safety Department, Division of Operations and Community Relations, in implementing 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 initiatives.

Current Clery and Fire Safety Reports