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.
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.
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.
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, [...]
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 [...]