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Office of System Affairs

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Legal Services

The Office of General Counsel provides, manages, and coordinates all legal services for all campuses comprising the University of South Carolina.


  • Provides legal advice and counsel to University officials, faculty and staff on all USC campuses
  • Provides representation and litigation support in all lawsuits involving a USC campus
  • Handles all internal and external administrative and regulatory matters and grievances involving a USC campus (e.g., SC Human Affairs Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, US Department of Justice, US Office for Civil Rights, SC Inspector General, SC Employee Grievance Committee)
  • Coordinates the employment of outside counsel engaged to assist a USC campus in specialized legal matters
  • Negotiates, drafts and reviews all institutional contracts and property transactions involving a USC campus
  • Serves as a clearinghouse to gather and provide public documents in response to subpoenas received by and Freedom of Information Act requests made to USC campuses

Key Contacts

Terry Parham, General Counsel and Director of Compliance Programs

Office of System Affairs

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