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


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 […]

Reminder Notice to all CUNY Faculty regarding the requirement to file Financial Disclosure Statements

September 29, 2010 | Uncategorized

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, […]

Ethics Bulletin: FAQs For CUNY Faculty regarding Financial Disclosure Statement Requirements

September 24, 2010 | Bulletin, Ethics

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.

January 28, 2010 | Advisory Memoranda, Bulletin

New Amendments to New York Laws on protecting employee private information including social security numbers

Textbook Legislation Update

May 21, 2009 | Uncategorized

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.

Financial Disclosure Filing Notices and Honoraria Reporting Reminders NEW: Financial Disclosure Filing Notices by Email Only

April 10, 2009 | Advisory Memoranda

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 […]

New York State and Federal Laws Passed to Regulate Sales of College Textbooks

October 7, 2008 | Advisory Memoranda

Over the summer, both New York State and the federal government enacted legislation designed to help make college textbooks more affordable to students by regulating the marketing of those textbooks and improving students’ access to information about textbook pricing. Both laws impose requirements on universities, as well as textbook publishers. Further, faculty members should be […]

ETHICS BULLETIN: FAQ's for CUNY Faculty* re Financial Disclosure Statement Requirements

October 6, 2008 | Advisory Memoranda

As public employees, all CUNY faculty are subject to New York State ethics laws. Pursuant to Public Officers Law § 73-a, certain CUNY faculty (those without exemptions), are required to file an annual Financial Disclosure Statement (“FDS”). Shortly, the New York State Commission on Public Integrity (“NYSCPI”) will be notifying CUNY faculty by email regarding […]