The mission of the Office of the General Counsel is to render timely and thoughtful advice on a broad range of legal issues in support of FIT. While the college as an institution is our client, legal services are provided through the board of trustees, the president, vice presidents, deans, and heads of other academic units, administrative department heads, and other representatives of the college who raise questions relating to the interests of the college. It acknowledges its fundamental role as a support unit that serves its many clients through the exercise of professional competence and independent judgment. At all times it acts to avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof, and to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct.