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The Faculty Handbook is a guide to the faculty and is designed to present general information about New York University, and some of the more important University policies and practices as they apply to the Faculty of the University. It is also meant to inform and serve other members of the University community. The Handbook is compiled from a number of sources and is maintained by the Office of the Provost.

The policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook as in effect from time to time form part of the essential employment understandings between members of the Faculty and the University. Other University policies and guidelines are available here. In addition, schools and units have their own internal rules, procedures, and policies, such as School statements on Faculty appointment policies and procedures, particularly those concerning promotion and tenure criteria and review procedures, which may supplement – but do not supersede or replace - policies outlined in this Faculty Handbook unless an exception has been granted by the Board of Trustees or President.

As of spring 2012, the Faculty Handbook is available in a digital searchable format, thus enhancing access and usability. The text of the Handbook on the Web includes automatic links to University policies and resources available on NYU Web sites. Readers can navigate through the HTML version by clicking on an item in the Table of Contents, or access and print the Handbook as a PDF document by clicking on the right.

The process for amending the Faculty Handbook, which was approved by the Faculty Senators Council (February 20, 2014) and by the University Board of Trustees (March 14, 2014) is outlined within the Faculty Handbook in the Foreword. The history of the Faculty Handbook is preserved in the Archive of Faculty Handbooks, Archive of Amendments to the Text of the 2012 Digital Faculty Handbook, and Archive of Amendments to University Policies Accessed from Links in the Faculty Handbook. Members of the NYU community can navigate through these three archives by clicking below to view the materials contained in each archive.

NOTE: THE FACULTY HANDBOOK IS BEING UPDATED TO INCORPORATE RELEVANT UNIVERSITY BYLAWS EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2014.

 


Archives

Archive of Faculty Handbooks

Since 2012, the Faculty Handbook is posted online in a digital searchable format. Previously, the Handbook was published as a paper document, and addenda or amendments were announced and/or distributed to the NYU community. Past editions of the Faculty Handbook can be accessed below.

  • April 2014 Edition
    Purpose in releasing a new edition: To amend the Foreword to the Faculty Handbook to revise the existing section, "Purpose of the Handbook" and add a new section, "Amending the Faculty Handbook," as reviewed by Faculty Senators Council and approved by University Board of Trustees, March 14, 2014.

  • February 2014 Edition
    Purpose in releasing a new edition: To incorporate amendments to University Bylaws approved by University Board of Trustees, December 18, 2013.

  • February 2013 Edition
    Purpose in releasing a new edition: To incorporate the Principles of Shared Governance reviewed by Faculty Senators Council and approved by University Board of Trustees, December 12, 2012.

  • April 2012 Edition
    Purpose in releasing a new edition: To make the Handbook available in a digital searchable format providing links to University policies and resources available on NYU websites, while permitting readers to access and print the Handbook as a PDF document. To incorporate amendments to University Bylaws approved by University Board of Trustees, September 2011.

  • 2008 Edition
    Purpose in releasing a new edition: To incorporate amendments to the University Bylaws approved by University Board of Trustees in 2001, 2003, and 2006. To update the text in introductory sections, including the President’s Letter, History and Traditions of the University and University Traditions, the University Senate, Libraries and NYU Press, Public Affairs, the Office for University Development and Alumni Relations; and other sections including Title I of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Statement, Faculty Titles, Responsibilities of the Faculty Member, Leave of Absence, Faculty Resource Network, The Center for Teaching Excellence, NYU Code of Ethical Conduct, Affirmative Action Policy, Preventing Threatening Behavior in the Workplace, Guidelines for Sponsored Research, and Statement of Policy on Smoking.

  • 1999 Edition

  • 1982 Edition

  • 1972 Edition


Archive of Amendments to the Text of the 2012 Digital Faculty Handbook

The text of the Faculty Handbook is changed from time to time. Blackline changes to the text that have been made since the 2012 Edition of the digital Faculty Handbook can be accessed below. Blackline changes to University policies that are accessed from links to the Handbook can be viewed here.

  • APRIL 2014: UPDATES TEXT TO AMEND FOREWORD TO FACULTY HANDBOOK

    Action: Amends the Foreword to the Faculty Handbook to revise the existing section, "Purpose of the Handbook" and add a new section, "Amending the Faculty Handbook."
    Posted: April 25, 2014
    Issuing Authority: Office of the Provost
    History: Reviewed by Faculty Senators Council; approved by University Board of Trustees, March 14, 2014.

  • FEBRUARY 2014: UPDATES TEXT TO INCORPORATE UNIVERSITY BYLAWS APPROVED DECEMBER 2013

    Action: Updates the numbering of the University Bylaws as amended by University Board of Trustees in December 2013 and cited in the Handbook. Incorporates by temporary footnote (Page 11) the "Interim Amendment to the Amended and Restated Bylaws with Respect to Senate Representation for the University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering,” that amends the composition of the University Senate beginning on January 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014. Additional changes to the text are: Updating Bylaw 34 (Page 8), updating Bylaw 70 to add Polytechnic School of Engineering to the list of Schools (Page 13), correcting a typo (Page 43), and inserting the date of the most recent amendment to University Bylaws (Page 44).
    Posted: March 1, 2014
    Issuing Authority: Office of the Secretary of the University
    Supersedes: University Bylaws amended September 1, 2011
    History
    : All Bylaw amendments approved by University Board of Trustees, December 18, 2013; Bylaw 70, among other amendments, approved by University Senate and Faculty Senators Council.

  • FEBRUARY 2013: AMENDMENTS TO INCORPORATE PRINCIPLES OF JOINT SHARED GOVERNANCE

    Action: Amends text to add Principles of Joint Shared Governance.
    Posted: February 6, 2013
    Faculty Handbook: University Councils and Commissions/Faculty Senators Council.
    History: Reviewd by Faculty Senators Council; approved by University Board of Trustees December 12, 2012.

  • APRIL 2012: UPDATES TEXT TO INCORPORATE UNIVERSITY BYLAWS APPROVED SEPTEMBER 2011

    Action: Updates the numbering of the University Bylaws as amended by University Board of Trustees in September 2011. Includes by link all Selected Policies Concerning the Protection of Rights and Other Matters; replaces policies that were superseded since the 2008 Faculty Handbook:

The Statement of Policy on Faculty Responsibility, 1984; the Supplemental Guidelines for Disclosure Of Conflicts of Interest, 1995; and the Conflict of Interest, 1966, were replaced in 2011 by the Policy on Academic Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment.

The Statement of Policy on Equal Opportunity, 1972; and the Anti-Harassment Policy, 2006, were replaced in 2011 by the Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures for Employees.

The Guidelines for the Implementation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 was replaced in 2009 by the Guidelines for Compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

The Policy on Substance Abuse and Alcoholic Beverages was revised in 2011.

The Statement of Policy on Smoking was replaced in 2010 by the University Smoke Free Campus Policy.

 Posted: April 2012
History: Digital format reviewed by Faculty Senators Council; approved by University Board of Trustees June 28, 2011. 


Archive of Amendments to University Policies Accessed from Links in the Faculty Handbook

The digital Faculty Handbook includes “Selected University Policies” that are incorporated by link to the University Policies and Guidelines website. Links in the Faculty Handbook are updated as necessary when policies are added, amended, or superseded. University policies that have been added or amended and policies that have been superseded since the release of the digital 2012 Handbook can be accessed below.

  • UNIVERSITY SMOKE FREE CAMPUS POLICY

Action: New policy superseding existing policy
Posted: October 15, 2014 University Policies and Guidelines/Operations & Safety
Effective Date: June 1, 2014
Issuing Authority: Executive Vice President, Operations; Provost
Faculty Handbook: Selected Policies Concerning Good Order in the Conduct of University Affairs
Supersedes: University Smoke Free Campus Policy, September 2010
History: Faculty Senators Council was advised of amendments, as falling in that category of amendments that have little or no effect on faculty with respect to educational and administrative policy.


Faculty Handbook Table of Contents

NOTE: THE FACULTY HANDBOOK IS BEING UPDATED TO INCORPORATE RELEVANT UNIVERSITY BYLAWS EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2014.

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