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.
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. […]
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: 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 […]
This is a reminder notice regarding the requirement to file a Financial Disclosure Statement (FDS) as mandated by the New York State Public Officers Law. All FDS (for academic filers) must be filed by November 15, 2010 for year 2009. The New York State Commission on Public Integrity (NYSCPI) will email you your ID number, […]
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
In our memo of September 4, 2008 (copy attached), I advised you of new State and federal legislation regarding the marketing, pricing and purchasing of textbooks and other course materials. The new State law will go into effect on July 1, 2009 and the textbook portions of the federal law, known as the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), will go into effect on July 1, 2010.
It is the time of year for filing annual Financial Disclosure Statements (“FDS”) and for reporting Honoraria. The annual FDS for calendar year 2008 must be filed by Friday, May 15, 2009, by all employees in “policy making” positions and by those non-exempt employees who earn over the threshold amount. New for this year, the […]