Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, September 23, 1980, Section B, Page 20, Image 51

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By PAUL STRAND
For the Emerald
Thinking legal advice is
expensive, people often get no
closer to a lawyer than watching
Perry Mason reruns.
But University students can
get the pre-paid services of
Chuck Spinner, attorney-at-law.
"I don’t come for free," Spin
ner points out. "My time here is
paid for by incidental fees. I cost
each student about $3 a year."
For that, Spinner spends
some 20 hours a week on
campus counseling students
about "legal problems with the
university or the outside world."
It's a non-litigation service
"We don’t go into court for
students and sue people,” he
says. "Most of the court work I
do is divorces, name changes,
adoptions and child support
matters.”
Spinner also will help with
contracts. “But I will not
perform incorporations for
profit-making businesses.”
Much of the attorney’s time
involves landlord-tenant
problems.
The counseling isn't always
pro-tenant. “If a student is a
landlord having legal problems
with tenants, I could counsel the
landlord.”
But the lawyer can’t assist
students when the adverse
party is another student. "Since
I’m here to help all students,
there’d be an obvious conflict
of-interest."
Spinner also advises about
personal injury, property
damages and consumer com
plaints, in addition to contract
and collection disputes.
He will advise on tax matters,
“but I don’t fill out tax forms.”
Spinner may be able to help in
hearings about Social Security
or unemployment benefits.
“I also do a lot of referring,”
he says. "We’re aware of many
different services and offices
that can help people.”
But what Spinner does most
of all is let students know just
where they stand legally. “I give
them a reality check.”
In many areas he feels he
could be more effective through
“pre-problem” advice.
“Like with people just
accepting verbal guarantees. If
they get it all in writing and
there’s trouble later, they’re in
so much better shape.”
Those with questions about
services offered or wishing to
see Spinner can call 686-4273
or 686-4274. The wait for an
appointment is usually one day
to a week.
Students also have a student
advocacy executive coordina
tor and student defender divi
sion to turn to when they have
non-legal, administrative
problems with the University.
Those having Code of Student
Conduct, residency or financial
aid disputes or individual
grievances against a teacher or
department can call 686-4273.
Affirmative action probes
discrimination problems
A long time ago, being a
student meant unconditional
obedience to the University
staff, administration and faculty
members. Now, the message
from the affirmative action of
fice is “students have rights,
too."
Since 1972, it has been
unlawful to discriminate in pub
lic educational programs on the
basis of age, sex, race, marital
status, religion, handicap,
national origin or Vietnam-era
veteran status.
The University’s affirmative
action office keeps the Univer
sity in compliance with federal,
state anc! local laws designed to
protect student rights.
“Basically, we make sure
everyone has equal opportunity
to both education and
employment at the University,"
says Bean McFadden, director
of the office.
“If a student feels he or she
has been discriminated against
either intentionally or uninten
tionally, he or she should
contact this office,” McFadden
says. The person to contact is
Sherry Oeser, the office’s equal
opportunity specialist.
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If the problem can't be solved
informally, a student may file a
formal complaint, which will
force an investigation within 30
days.
Most of the time, discrimina
tion is subtle, McFadden says.
For example, an instructor un
consciously encouraging male
students to excel academically
while discouraging female
students, or a teacher
scheduling a test on a religious
holiday.
The office is also responsible
for monitoring and reporting
statistical information about hir
ing, promotions, terminations
and other employment actions
during the year, as well as the
University’s progress and
problem areas in affirmative
action. A yearly report is
available each spring.
Employment information is
also available at the office.
Affirmative action is always
evolving as additions are made
to the laws, McFadden says.
"Regardless of what the law
is, the University doesn’t intend
to let anyone get discriminated
against on this campus," she
says.
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