This memorandum is being sent to inform and remind the University community of the University’s obligations not to discriminate against students on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions.
The University’s Policy on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination makes clear that CUNY does not discriminate against persons on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities. The legal prohibition against sex discrimination in education comes from, among other places, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (“Title IX”). Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and related conditions—in educational programs and activities that are eligible for federal funding.
On November 26, 2012, the University’s Board of Trustees revised its policies on equal opportunity, non-discrimination and sexual harassment. The purpose of this memo is to make students aware of a significant change contained in the University’s revised policy against sexual harassment, relating to intimate relationships between CUNY employees and students. CUNY policy now prohibits faculty members and other employees from engaging in consensual intimate relationships with students for whom they have a “professional responsibility.” For example, a faculty member has a professional responsibility for a student in his/her class, or for a student for whom the faculty member is serving as an academic advisor, faculty counselor, or member of a thesis committee. In the case of a non-faculty employee, having a professional responsibility for a student would include coaching a student on an athletic team, supervising a student in a part-time job, or providing the student with guidance or counseling.
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.
Please be reminded that CUNY has established a zero tolerance policy regarding gifts of any value from prohibited sources.  Accordingly, as a CUNY employee you may not solicit or accept gifts, of any value, either directly or indirectly, from any prohibited source, regardless of whether the gift was intended to influence or reward you.
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.
To: All CUNY Employees and Faculty From: Frederick P. Schaffer Re: Holiday Reminder – Acceptance of Gifts During this holiday season, please be reminded that in keeping with the New York State Commission on Public Integrity’s (NYSCPI) guidelines interpreting the Public Officers Law, CUNY has established a zero tolerance policy regarding gifts of any value, […]
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 […]
The New York State Commission on Public Integrity (“NYSCPI”) will be notifying CUNY faculty shortly, by email only, 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. Q1. When must I file? A1. If you are required […]
New Amendments to New York Laws on protecting employee private information including social security numbers