A Guide to Academic Freedom by Frederick P. Schaffer

July 13, 2016 | Advisory Memoranda, Bulletin, Uncategorized

A GUIDE TO ACADEMIC FREEDOM by Frederick P. Schaffer*   Introduction 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 […]

Statement in Support of Policy on Freedom of Expression and Expressive Conduct

June 13, 2016 | Advisory Memoranda, Bulletin

To the University Community, I am writing to address some misunderstandings that have arisen concerning CUNY’s proposed Policy on Freedom of Expression and Expressive Conduct (the “Policy”).  The purpose and effect of the Policy is to strengthen, not weaken, the University’s commitment to freedom of speech and assembly on our campuses. The Policy begins by […]

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 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 […]