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NYU Policy on Taking Leave due to Domestic Violence

Any employee who is the victim of a domestic violence offense or has witnessed a domestic violence offense may be granted, upon request, unpaid time off to appear as a witness, consult with the district attorney, or exercise his or her rights provided in criminal procedure law, the family court act, or the executive law, provided that the request is made prior to the date of the absence. The employee must provide verification of the employee’s service from the party who sought the employee’s attendance or testimony.

Retaliation against an employee for requesting or obtaining such a leave is prohibited.

If you are an employee in need of a leave due to domestic violence, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 212-998-2375 or

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About This Policy

Effective Date: September 01, 2008
Issuing Authority: Executive Vice President and Provost
Responsible Officer: Vice President for Human Resources and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Office Name: Offices of the Provost and Executive Vice President

The purpose of this policy is to comply with the provisions of Section 215.14 of the New York State Penal Law, which prohibits employers from penalizing eligible employees for taking leave to participate in a domestic violence proceeding.

This policy applies to all employees who are employed by New York University. Such employees are deemed “eligible”.

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