The fiscal years for New York University extend from September 1 through August 31. In most divisions (except certain professional schools, where slightly different schedules obtain) the regular teaching year consists of two terms, beginning in early September and mid-January, respectively. The summer sessions conducted by the various divisions extend for the most part from May to August. The calendars published in the University-wide and individual school bulletins will cite specific dates conforming to local variations. This information is also available online. The annual Commencement exercises are ordinarily held in May.
Each school and college of the University, under the direction of its dean, issues its own bulletin or bulletins describing entrance and degree requirements, programs of study, and the like. Because this is the official publication of the school’s or college’s requirements and programs, it must be as accurate and up-to-date as possible.
It is incumbent upon the individual faculty member whose particular courses are described therein to inform the departmental executive officer of all essential changes that may necessitate a revision of the course description in the bulletin.
Restriction on Outside Employment
All faculty members compensated on a full-time basis are expected to devote their major energies to teaching, research, service, student counseling, and related activities at New York University. This implies a limit on outside activities, particularly those that involve the rendering of service for extra compensation.
No one appointed to a tenure or tenure-track faculty position at NYU may simultaneously hold a tenure or tenure-track position elsewhere. Teaching service at other institutions during the academic year must be approved in advance by the Dean.
For tenure or tenure-track faculty, extramural activities that are consistent with the individual’s overriding obligation to the University, including consulting and other gainful employment, must be consistent with the principles outlined above and may not require on the average more than one day per week in any academic semester or in any summer month in which the faculty member is receiving compensation for full-time employment at the University.
Circumstances thought to merit exceptional treatment should be referred in writing to the appropriate dean and the Office of the Provost.
All faculty members shall on a yearly basis report to their deans on (i) teaching outside the University; if the course taught is the same or similar to a course s/he teaches at the University, an outline of the curriculum taught at both institutions must be provided, (ii) other compensated activities outside the University and (iii) significant financial interest in entities having a relationship to the University (see Statement of Policy on Faculty Responsibility to the University)
It is the responsibility of departmental chairpersons or heads and of the deans of the various schools to protect the interest of the University in the full-time service of its full-time faculty, professional research and library staffs, and administration.
Limitation on Degree Candidacy
Special attention is called to Bylaw 77(c), which reads as follows:
No officer of instruction holding professorial rank in the University, that is, rank above the grade of instructor, shall be permitted to enroll as a candidate for a degree or be recommended for a degree in course. A degree candidate who accepts appointment to professorial rank must thereupon relinquish such candidacy.
While the rule does not prohibit a teacher of professorial rank, whether on temporary or permanent appointment, from taking courses at this institution for credit to be applied elsewhere toward a degree, it does prohibit such an appointee from pursuing a course to be credited toward a degree at New York University. In applying the rule, the prohibition has been extended to all holders of professorial titles, including visiting, research, adjunct, and clinical professors of each grade, and to administrators of policy-making rank. The holder of any professional librarian’s rank may pursue graduate work and be a degree candidate at the University.
New York State Oath Requirement
Section 3002 of the Education Law of the State of New York, as amended, requires in part that any United States citizen employed within the state as a teacher in a tax-supported or tax-exempt institution sign an oath or affirmation to support the Constitutions of the United States and of the State of New York.
This oath or affirmation must be executed by every newly appointed teacher before the first class session and returned for filing with the records of the institution.
The requisite form for complying with the law is available from the Office of Academic Appointments and in the offices of the deans of the schools and colleges (see the NYU Public Directory for contact information). Foreign nationals, of course, are not subject to this requirement.