The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice and services
to the President and College officers and employees across all
campuses. The General Counsel is responsible for
managing the legal affairs of the College in the areas of business
law, employment law, labor relations, real estate, contract
drafting, negotiation and review, intellectual property,
governance, compliance, policy development and risk management, and
represents the College in legal proceedings involving outside
agencies and complainants.
Board Policy II.06 sets forth the circumstances under
which faculty and staff should consult with the General Counsel for
legal advice. In general, the General Counsel should always
be consulted when the College receives subpoenas, a Right to Know
Request, a notice of the filing of a lawsuit, or notice of a
governmental audit or investigation. In addition,
contractual matters that do not involve a pre-approved contract
form or in which the other party is represented by counsel should
be reviewed and approved in advance by both the Director of
Contracts and the General Counsel. Other specific
matters requiring legal review are listed in
Board Policy II.06. Outside counsel may not be
hired to assist in legal matters unless such counsel are selected
and retained by the General Counsel.
It is imperative that all College employees understand that the
General Counsel represents CCAC, as a separate and independent
legal entity, and does not and cannot represent the interests of
any employee of the institution in their individual or personal
capacity. When acting in connection with an
internal investigation or other legal matter, the General Counsel
may interact and gather information from College employees for the
purpose of providing legal advice to the institution. Although communications with the General Counsel will generally be
protected by the attorney-client privilege in such cases, all
employees must understand that the attorney-client privilege
belongs solely to the institution of CCAC, and not to any
individual employee. This means that only CCAC may elect to waive
the attorney-client privilege and reveal communications or
discussions with the General Counsel to third parties. Employees are further advised that CCAC may, in its
sole discretion, elect to waive the privilege and disclose such
information to third parties or governmental agencies with or
without notice to the employee.
In order for communications with the General Counsel to be
subject to the privilege, the communications must be kept in
confidence. In other words, with the exception of an
employee's own personal attorney, the employee may not disclose his
or her communications with the General Counsel to any third party,
including other employees or anyone outside of the institution.
If at any time in the course of an investigation a conflict of
interest arises between the institution and an employee, the
General Counsel will advise the employee of the potential conflict,
and expressly notify the employee that the General Counsel
represents the institution and not the employee.