Maine's Public Universities - University of Maine System

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Office of University Counsel

The University of Maine System is a corporate and independent legal entity created by and organized under the private and special, and public laws of the State of Maine and as such may sue and be sued only in its corporate capacity as the University of Maine System.

The Office of University Counsel was created to provide all legal advice significantly affecting the legal position of the University of Maine System through the University Counsel acting in his/her role as legal counsel to the University of Maine System or by outside counsel authorized by University Counsel:  Board Policy - Governance & Legal Affairs - 210            

Contact the Office of University Counsel

Laws Governing Higher Education



ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Campus Crime Act
Clery Act

Code of Federal Regulations

FERPA Regulations as effected by the USA Patriot Act
Health Insurance Portability and the Accountability Act (HIPAA) (pdf)

Solomon Amendment

Title VI
Title VII
Title IX
U.S.A. Patriot Act Basics
U.S.A. Patriot Act Text

U.S. Code

Freedom of Access

Freedom of Access Requests

Good Samaritan Law 14. M.R.S.A. 8101 et seq
Human Rights Act

Laws of the State of Maine Affecting the University

Maine Statutes

Maine Tort Claims Act
Notice of Risk to Personal Data

Pending Legislation

Smoking in Public Places

    Workplace Smoking Act

State of Maine Home Page

State of Maine Law Library

Whistleblower Protection Act

Workers Compensation Act

University of Maine System - is made up of seven universities

Anticipation of Litigation and Legal Holds

          Litigation Hold Policy

          Litigation Hold Sample Letter

UMS Policies & Procedures

Accident and Incident Reports

Administrative Practice Letters (APL's)

Alleged Misconduct in Research

Board of Trustees Policies

Collective Bargaining/Grievance Policies

Conflict of Interest Policy

     Other Applicable Statutes

       Public Offices and Officers

       State Officers and Employees of the State

Equal Opportunity - Affirmative Action Policy

Employee Handbooks

Employee v. Independent Contractor

Environmental and Safety Policy

Free Speech & Assembly

Freedom of Access Requests

HIPAA General Operating Policy and Forms (UMS) Immunizations

       State Immunization Requirements for Students

Human Subject Research

Information Security


    Certificate of Insurance

    Workers Comp


Political Activity

Procedures for Displaying the Flag


Reporting Workplace Wrongdoing

    Whistleblower Protection Act


     Alleged Misconduct in Research

     Human Subject Research


Sexual Harassment Policy

  Guidelines Regarding Consentual Relationships

Signature Authority


   UM - See Tobacco-Free







Student Code of Conduct






   Travel & Expense Procedures

   Worldwide Travel Assistance

Vehicle Administration

Violence in the Workplace Policy

Weapons Policies

 UM Weapons Policy - Student

 UM Weapons Policy - Employee

 UMA Weapons Policy

 UMF Weapons Policy

 UMFK Weapons Policy

 UMM Weapons Policy

 UMPI Weapons Policy

 USM Weapons Policy

Workers' Compensation

     Workers' Compensation Act

     Reporting Job-related Injuries

Policies Requiring University Counsel Review

APL II-F - Sale, Lease or Use of Real Property

APL II-G - Acquisition of Real Property Through Purchase, Gift, Lease or License

   See:  1. Purchase of Real Property, Title Search, Purchasing Agreements

            2. Gift or Bequest of Real Property - Title Review 

APL IV-C - Signature Authority

            See:  Section II

            1. Contract

            2. Capital Projects

            3. Engagement of Outside Counsel

            See:  APL VII-A VIII

            See:  Board Policy 210

APL VII-A - University of Maine System Purchasing Procedures

            See: Section VII-A

            1.   Leases of Equipment

            See: Section VIII

            1.   Procurement of Professional Services

            2.   Alternate Contracts from Approved Standard Forms

Logos & Trademarks            

           1. APL IV - C III

           2. Board Policy 208

Contracts / Agreements/ Releases/ License Agreements

    CONTRACTS Welcome

2+2 Agreement - Standard

Affiliation Agreement Cover Sheet

Artist Performance Agreement - Standard

Clinical Affiliation Agreement - Interns - Standard

Clinical Affiliation Agreement - Employed

Contract to Provide Services - Standard

Copyright License - Standard

FERPA Consent Form

Foreign Travel Release - Standard

Health Authorization for Research - Standard

Movie Location Agreement - Standard

Photo Release - Standard

Publishing Agreement - Standard

Residential Lease - Standard

Risk and Release Form - Standard

Site License Agreement - Standard

Tower License - Standard

Trademark License Agreement- Standard

Work Made for Hire (Authors, Writers, etc.) Agreement - Standard

Links of Interest
Athletics: NCAA Rules and Eligibility

Informational Resources

Registration for Selective Service



Intellectual Property


Copyright Crash Course by Georgia Harper, Univ. of Texas

Illegal Downloading and Sharing of Music

Intellectual Property Policy

Invention Reporting Compliance

Maine Patent Program



University System Links
Academic Affairs

Finance and Treasurer

  Treasurer - Definition

  Treasurer - Powers & Duties

   Authority of Treasurer
Governmental Relations

Human Resources
Risk Management

Strategic Procurement

System Office Directory

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