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Letter from the President

I have the great privilege of greeting you as president and professor of New York University. In both capacities, I salute you for intellectual endeavor of the highest order—in the classroom, laboratory and beyond—mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students. In all this and more, you internalize our collective interest as part of your own interests and thereby embrace the notion of a common enterprise university. For the inescapable challenge of stating, debating, and renewing the purpose of such a university demands that all faculty act as true partners, each contributing to the university's self definition as it emerges over time.

At the core of every great institution of learning is its faculty. And you join us at an exciting time in the University’s long and distinguished history. We are at a threshold moment, for we have chosen to transform our institution from one of the leading research universities in the world into an institution that will establish a new level of educational excellence. You are at the core of that effort, and we will not compromise in our ability to secure the best possible talent to join you as we build an institution of unique stature.

John Sexton

Photo: President John Sexton

President John Sexton

Ethical Commitment

New York University has a strong institutional commitment to lawful and ethical behavior, and a fine reputation, which its faculty members have earned over the years. This is one of the
University’s most valuable assets. In an increasingly complex world, the University can maintain its leadership in education and research only if it continues to merit the trust of its entire constituency.

All New York University faculty and employees are expected to carry out their institutional
responsibilities in accordance with applicable legal and ethical principles. If any questions arise about how the University’s principles, standards, or policies apply, they should be brought to the attention of the appropriate dean or University administrator.

Please refer also to the “NYU Code of Ethical Conduct".


Purpose of Handbook

This Handbook is designed to acquaint members of the faculty and administration of New York University with the general organization and functioning of the institution and with various policies, procedures, and conventions. In keeping with this purpose, it has been compiled from a number of sources. Some parts quote those formulations that have a controlling effect throughout the University, such as the Charter granted by New York State, the University’s Bylaws, and various policy statements and procedures formally adopted by the Board of Trustees. A careful attempt has been made to set forth such passages in a way that will prevent their being confused with those statements that merely describe practices that have evolved or have been adopted administratively over the years. Matters that have a controlling effect are subject to reasonable interpretation by the officers charged by the Bylaws with that responsibility, but can be changed only by action of the body or bodies that enacted them. Matters not in this category may be modified by administrative action from time to time as may prove advisable.

Important Additional Information

The separate schools and colleges will supplement this text with information on local procedures and day-to-day operations. Some schools have written statements on faculty appointment policies and procedures, particularly those concerning promotion and tenure criteria and review procedures, supplementing policies outlined in this Faculty Handbook. It is important to become familiar with these policies and procedures. Department chairs or deans should be contacted for more information.

Names, addresses, and telephone numbers have not been cited, because of the expected long life of this Handbook. Such information is available on-line through the NYU Public Directory and the directories of the individual schools, which provide contact information for particular offices and services, as well as for individual faculty members. It should be noted that many administrative departments have policies, consistent with the rules of the Handbook, that affect the operations of those departments, as well as the privileges and responsibilities of faculty members. These are available through the individual schools and departments and may be posted on their websites. Faculty should become familiar with this array of policies as necessary and appropriate.

It is expected that the number of policies available on the web will continue to increase over time. It is expected that this Handbook will be brought up to date periodically and that a version will be created for and kept up to date on the NYU web site. A faculty member may verify information cited in this Handbook with the Dean’s Office.

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