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

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 […]

Notice To All CUNY Employees Of Their Obligations

May 11, 2007 | Advisory Memoranda

A copy of the State Ethics Law and Regulations are available upon request from the college’s ethics officer (labor designee) or the State Ethics Commission (1-800-87 ETHICS), or online at www.dos.state.ny.us/ethc/ethics.html. Ask for a copy of the blue ethics booklet. HONORARIA AND TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENTS I. Annual Reports. Annual reports of honoraria (all references to honoraria […]

A Message from CUNY General Counsel on Governor Spitzer's Executive Orders

January 23, 2007 | Advisory Memoranda

Dear Members of The CUNY Community: On his first day in office, Governor Spitzer issued five executive orders of which the first three are relevant to CUNY. The purpose of this memorandum is to summarize the contents of those executive orders insofar as they apply to CUNY or its officers or employees. Executive Order No. […]

High Court Rejects PSC Challenge To CUNY Intellectual Property Policy

October 19, 2006 | Uncategorized

The New York Court of Appeals, the State’s highest court, ruled yesterday that The City University of New York acted lawfully when it revised its policies on intellectual property in November 2002 without engaging in collective bargaining with the PSC. In a unanimous decision, the Court held that a provision of the collective bargaining agreement […]

Requirements of the Open Meetings Law

January 2, 2006 | Uncategorized

The New York Court of Appeals recently decided Perez v. CUNY, a case holding that the New York State Open Meetings Law and the New York State Freedom of Information Law apply to the Hostos Community College Senate. (These statutes are codified in the Public Officers Law.) I know that a number of questions have […]