Communications with the General Counsel are protected by the privilege for attorney-client communications, and therefore are confidential, if they are made for the purpose of seeking legal advice on behalf of the University. Such communications can be revealed only to other University officials, on a need-to-know basis. Communications with the General Counsel on personal legal matters (including matters against the University) or on non-legal matters are not privileged or confidential. We may be affirmatively obligated to disclose any such communications to other University officials if the communications implicate the University's legal interests. If you are not sure whether your matter is university-related or a personal one, please check with us before sending us any communications that you wish to remain confidential. Although e-mail communications are protected by the attorney-client privilege to the same extent as communications made by other means, e-mail is not completely secure. We therefore encourage you to exercise appropriate discretion in using e-mail to communicate with us about sensitive matters.