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Organization of Schools, Colleges, and Departments

Schools, Faculties, and Divisions of the University

[Bylaw 69]

(a) Colleges and Schools. The University comprises the following integral colleges and schools, listed in order of their establishment:

  • 1832 College of Arts and Science
  • 1835 School of Law 1841 School of Medicine
  • 1865 College of Dentistry
  • 1886 Graduate School of Arts and Science
  • 1890 The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  • 1900 Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Undergraduate College
  • 1916 Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Graduate Division
  • 1934 School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • 1938 Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • 1948 Post-Graduate Medical School
  • 1960 The Silver School of Social Work
  • 1965 Tisch School of the Arts
  • 1972 Gallatin School of Individualized Study

(b) Separate Faculties. The colleges and schools of the University are governed by their separate faculties, except that the Faculty of Medicine is responsible for the School of Medicine and for the Post-Graduate Medical School, that the Faculty of Arts and Science is responsible for the College of Arts and Science and for the Graduate School of Arts and Science, and that the Faculty of Business Administration is responsible for the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Undergraduate College and for the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Graduate Division.

(c) Division of Libraries. The University also comprises the Division of the Libraries which performs academic functions across school lines and is governed by its faculty and officers in accordance with procedures defined and approved by the President and Chancellor.


The dean of each school, as the administrative head of the school, is “responsible for carrying out the policies of the University” and for executing “such rules as his or her faculty may from time to time adopt.” The dean presides at faculty meetings, supervises the work of faculty members, and makes recommendations to the Chancellor of the University for the appointment, promotion, tenure as appropriate, dismissal, and retirement of officers of instruction and administration in the school. The dean is responsible for the preparation and submission of the budget for the school and for its implementation when approved. (See Bylaw 70.) Offices such as that of Executive Dean or Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science have from time to time been created to supervise or coordinate the activities of two or more schools or of their faculty members.

Departmental Organization

The President and Chancellor is authorized to divide courses of instruction into departments. The chief executive officer of a department within one school bears the title of “chairperson” and is responsible to the dean of that school. The chief executive officer of a University department, created to provide instruction in more than one division of the University, bears the title of “head” and is responsible through the appropriate deans to the President and Chancellor and the Provost. (See Bylaws 70 and 71.)

Responsibilities of the Faculties

[Bylaw 75]

(a) Educational Conduct and Functions. The educational conduct of each of the several schools and colleges, within the limits prescribed by these bylaws or by the Board, is committed to the faculty of each of the schools, and to such officers of the schools as the Board may appoint. The educational functions of the libraries of the University, as defined and structured by the President and Chancellor, are similarly committed to the faculty and officers of the Division of the Libraries.

(b) Entrance Requirements, Courses of Study and Degrees and Certificates. Subject to the approval of the Board and to general University policy as defined by the President and Chancellor and the Senate, it is the duty of each faculty to determine entrance requirements of the school under its care, to determine courses of study to be pursued and the standards of academic achievement to be attained for each degree offered, to prepare a schedule of lectures, to make and enforce rules for the guidance and conduct of the students, and to certify to the President and Chancellor, for recommendation to the Board, qualified candidates for degrees and certificates.

(c) Athletics and Other Extracurricular Activities. Each faculty will make and enforce rules of eligibility for the participation of its own students in athletics and other extracurricular activities. However, the University requirements for student participation in intercollegiate athletics will be determined by the Senate on the recommendation of an appropriate committee of the several faculties and will be uniformly applied in the schools concerned therewith.

(d) Libraries. It is the duty of the faculty of the Division of the Libraries to develop and implement the acquisition policies of its various libraries in accordance with the instructional and research needs of the University and in collaboration with the academic units which the libraries serve and support; to provide access to the content of the collections by organizing them, by developing bibliographic guides, and by providing bibliographic assistance and instruction; to promote and develop the use of the libraries and their resources through interaction with the University community and through research and publication; and to make and enforce rules concerning the use of the libraries’ collections.

(See also “The University Senate” and “Faculty Membership and Meetings”)

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