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The Administration of Student Affairs

Each school makes provisions for the organization, conduct, and supervision of intraschool
student affairs including its own student government and student service groups. The Student
Senators Council, acting with the University Committee on Student Life, has special
responsibilities for studying and making recommendations in areas of student concern.

The University also offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, programs, and support services for students under the jurisdiction of the Vice President for Student Affairs. When relevant issues or problems arise in working with students, faculty members may find usefulresources and expertise in the following areas:

The Office of Student Life also coordinates All-University Orientation, the Human Relations
Committee, the Parents Helpline, and Parents Day activities, as well as a strong peer education program and leadership training activities. This office produces the Student’s Guide to NYU and the Faculty Guide to Student Services at NYU.

For further information, contact the appropriate school-specific office or the Office of the Vice
President for Student Affairs (see the NYU Public Directory for contact information). For the
School of Medicine, contact the Office of the Dean (see the NYU Medical Center Telephone


University Bylaw 76 provides that “the power of suspending or dismissing a student in any
school is lodged with the voting faculty of that school, but the President and Chancellor or the
dean of a school, or their respective representatives, may suspend a student pending the
consideration of his or her case by his or her faculty. The Senate shall have power to act in
situations involving more than one school.” In general, each school handles breaches of academic discipline, such as plagiarism or cheating on examinations. Matters involving breaches of the peace or disruptive disturbances may come within the jurisdiction of the Faculty or the Senate, depending on the nature of the circumstances. The Senate has approved a “Statement of Policy on Student Conduct at New York University” and the “Student Disciplinary Procedures”, as well as a general set of “New York University Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order”. For further information, contact the Dean’s Office in the appropriate school or the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Student Press

The general undergraduate newspaper is the Washington Square News, published daily and
available free of charge throughout the Washington Square campus.

Privacy of a Student's Educational Records

Among its several purposes, the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
(FERPA) was enacted to protect the privacy of a student’s education records, by limiting access to student records and the disclosure of information contained in them, to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide students with an opportunity to have inaccurate or misleading information on their education records corrected. See “Guidelines for Compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974”.

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