Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel

Holiday Reminder – Acceptance of Gifts, December 7, 2015

December 4, 2015 | Bulletin, Ethics

Please be reminded that CUNY’s Conflicts of Interest Policy and the New York State Public Officers Law prohibit the acceptance of gifts of more than nominal value from interested sources. Accordingly, as a CUNY employee you may not solicit or accept such gifts, either directly or indirectly, from any interested source, regardless of whether the […]

Drug/Alcohol Use – Amnesty Policy

March 3, 2015 | Bulletin

Drug/Alcohol Use – Amnesty Policy

Policy on Reporting Alleged Misconduct

March 3, 2015 | Bulletin

Policy on Reporting Alleged Misconduct http://policy.cuny.edu/manual_of_general_policy/article_v/policy_5.181/pdf/#Navigation_Location

Article 15 Student Disciplinary Procedures

March 3, 2015 | Bulletin

Article 15 Student Disciplinary Procedures http://policy.cuny.edu/bylaws/article_xv/text/#Navigation_Location

CUNY Policy on Sexual Misconduct

February 27, 2015 | Bulletin, Ethics


Ethics Bulletin: Gifts to Faculty

December 14, 2012 | Bulletin, Ethics

As the academic year is well underway and the holidays are upon us, many of you are invited to attend a seminar or conference paid for by a CUNY vendor; to participate in a golf outing sponsored by a publisher; to review or write textbooks; or to accept certain “tokens of appreciation” from your students or their parents. In connection with such activities, there are a number of rules to keep in mind. Under the New York State Public Officers Law, which governs all CUNY employees, including faculty at the senior and community colleges, attendance at a seminar or a conference given and paid for by a CUNY vendor, or acceptance of an incentive from a publisher or a “token” from a student, may constitute an acceptance of an unauthorized gift and a violation of the Public Officers Law.

A Message from Senior Vice Chancellor and General Counsel Fredrick P. Schaffer Regarding FAQs For CUNY Faculty and Financial Disclosure Statement Requirements

October 9, 2012 | Ethics

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”) will be notifying CUNY faculty shortly (required filers only), by email, around October 14, 2012 regarding the requirement to file a Financial Disclosure Statement (“FDS”). The following questions and answers are intended to summarize for you the most important principles and dates.


January 2, 2012 | Uncategorized

This brief introduction to the principles of academic freedom is intended for attorneys and other administrators who represent or work at colleges and universities. It has two purposes. The first is to introduce them to academic freedom as a set of professional principles regardless of whether or not they are legally enforceable. Attorneys and administrators need to understand the culture of the institutions they represent or serve. […]

A Message From General Counsel and Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs Frederick P. Schaffer On The Pathways Project and Faculty Authority Regarding Academic Policy

November 3, 2011 | Bulletin

Questions have been raised as to whether the resolution adopted by the CUNY Board of Trustees at its meeting on June 27, 2011 regarding the establishment of an efficient transfer system and the subsequent implementation of that policy by the Chancellor are inconsistent with certain authority granted to faculty councils and the University Faculty Senate (“UFS”) by the Board’s Bylaws as interpreted by case law.

Reminder: Social Security Numbers on Class Rosters

October 18, 2010 | Advisory Memoranda, Bulletin

To: Provosts and Chief Academic Officers, Registrars and Legal Affairs Designees This is a reminder that since 2000 New York State’s Education Law has prohibited the inclusion of students’ social security numbers on class rosters or lists of students provided to teachers. Registrars should not be providing rosters with social security numbers to faculty. Faculty should […]