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Title IV

General Disciplinary Regulations Applicable to Both Tenured and Non-Tenured Faculty Members

  1. [General obligations] Quite apart from any question of tenure or the termination for cause of the service of a faculty member with tenure, all faculty members have an obligation to comply with the rules and regulations of the University and its schools, colleges, and departments. These rules protect the rights and freedoms of all members of the academic community.
  2. [Particular obligation] In particular, the faculty member is obligated to live up to the standards of academic freedom as outlined in this statement. Disciplinary action may also follow when the faculty member engages in other conduct unbecoming a member of the faculty, such as violation of the New York University Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order, any action which interferes with the regular operations of the University or the rights of others, any serious violation of the law, or any other conduct prejudicial to the teaching, research, or welfare of the University, and so forth.

Disciplinary Procedures

A. The following procedure is applicable where a question arises concerning an alleged violation by any member of the faculty of a rule or regulation of the University, with the exception of the proceedings brought by the appropriate official to terminate the services of a faculty member with tenure.

B. Initiation of Disciplinary Proceedings

1. [Who may file a complaint] Any officer of the University, any member of the faculty or staff, or any student may file a complaint against a member of the faculty for conduct prohibited by the rules and regulations of the University, or its schools, colleges, and departments.

2. [Summary suspension] Summary suspension pending investigation and hearing is an extraordinary remedy, but nothing in this statement shall be interpreted as precluding such action by the President and Chancellor or the Provost or the dean of the college, school, or division involved with the assent of the President and Chancellor or Provost, whenever, in the judgment of either, suspension is necessary in the interest of the University community.

3. [Where to file a complaint] The complaint shall be filed with the dean of the faculty member’s school, except that a complaint against a dean shall be filed with the Chancellor of the University and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Complaints must be filed within a reasonable time after an alleged violation.

4. [Informal resolution at school level] When a complaint is filed against a member of the faculty, an effort shall be made to resolve the matter informally under the direction of the dean of the member’s school at the departmental level or with a committee of the faculty of that school. Where the charge is against the dean as a faculty member, the informal effort shall be under the direction of the Chancellor of the University and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Where the matter cannot be resolved in this manner, disciplinary proceedings shall proceed.

5. [Hearing committee for the non-tenured] Where the faculty member does not have continuous or permanent tenure, the matter shall be referred, with all pertinent information, to the Chairperson of the Faculty Council, who shall appoint a special committee of the faculty, either members of the Council or not, to hear the matter. The majority of the committee members shall be from the school in which the faculty member holds primary appointment. The Chairperson of the Faculty Council shall appoint the chairperson of the committee.

6. [Procedures and authority under Item 5] The special hearing committee shall adopt its own rules of procedure and shall have authority to impose any of the penalties, other than dismissal, listed in paragraph B.9 and to recommend dismissal. Decisions shall be by majority vote. A recommendation for dismissal must be approved by the dean (except where he or she is the subject of the charge) and the Chancellor of the University and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

7. [Hearing committee for the tenured] Where the faculty member has continuous or permanent tenure, and the proceeding or charge was not brought by the President, and Chancellor, the Provost, or the dean of the member’s school or college, specifically in order to terminate service (Title III), the matter shall be referred to the chairperson of the Faculty Tenure Committee, who shall appoint a special hearing committee and chairperson from the membership of the Faculty Tenure Committee. One member of the hearing committee shall be from the college or school in which the faculty member holds primary appointment.

8. [Procedures and authority under Item 7] The special hearing committee of the Faculty Tenure Committee shall adopt its own rules of procedure and shall have authority by majority vote to impose any of the penalties, other than dismissal, listed in paragraph B.9. If the possibility of dismissal should be at any time involved, the procedure must follow that in Title III.

9. [List of penalties] Penalties for violations of the rules and regulations of the University, or its schools, colleges, and departments shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

a) Reprimand
b) Censure
c) Removal of privileges
d) Suspension
e) Dismissal

10. [Appeal] A faculty member may appeal the decision by the hearing committee to impose a penalty. Appeal shall be to the Chancellor of the University. Grounds for an appeal shall be that the decision was not supported by substantial evidence in the record taken as a whole or that the proceedings were not conducted in substantial compliance with the principles enumerated herein. In cases involving scientific misconduct, substantial deviance from procedures set out for fact-finding within the affected school shall also be grounds for appeal. Any such appeal must be made to the Chancellor within fifteen calendar days after receipt of notice of the decision of the hearing committee. The Chancellor may seek the advice of such individuals or groups as he or she deems appropriate.

In deciding the appeal the Chancellor may affirm or reverse the decision of the hearing committee, may remand the case for a new or further investigation by the same or a different committee, or may increase or decrease the sanction imposed as the interests of substantial justice appear to him or her to require. Where scientific misconduct is at issue, the Chancellor may also remand the case to the dean of the appropriate school with a request for a new or further fact-finding by the same or a new committee, appointed in accordance with the provisions of the rules governing such cases.

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