UC Legal - Office of the General Counsel
Legal status and role
Who does the Office of General Counsel represent?
Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel represent the University as an institution. Members of the Office of the General Counsel advise and represent University employees acting within the course and scope of their employment in matters concerning University business (they do not advise or represent employees in their individual capacities).
What is the legal status of the University?
The University is a corporation established by the California Constitution (Article IX, Sec. 9).
The formal name of the University is “The Regents of the University of California.” All legal obligations and commitments of the University must be established with this entity.
What is the tax status of the University?
The University has received a determination from the United States Internal Revenue Service that it is a tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The University is also considered an exempt state government entity for certain state and Federal and tax purposes.
Who has authority to act on behalf of the University?
Legal authority to bind the University resides exclusively with Board of Regents and the Officers of The Regents of the University of California in accordance with the Bylaws and Standing Order 100. Specific responsibility and authority may be delegated in writing by the Board of Regents and the Officers to designated officers and administrators in accordance with the Board of Regents’ Delegation of Authority Definitions and Protocol. University managers and administrative officers should insure that they have appropriate delegated authority before signing or approving contracts on behalf of the University, and before committing any University resources.