The Faculty Handbook is a guide to the faculty and is designed to present general information about New York University, and some of the more important University policies and practices as they apply to the Faculty of the University. It is also meant to inform and serve other members of the University community. The Handbook is compiled from a number of sources and is maintained by the Office of the Provost.
The policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook as in effect from time to time form part of the essential employment understandings between members of the Faculty and the University. Other University policies and guidelines are available here. In addition, schools and units have their own internal rules, procedures, and policies, such as School statements on Faculty appointment policies and procedures, particularly those concerning promotion and tenure criteria and review procedures, which may supplement – but do not supersede or replace - policies outlined in this Faculty Handbook unless an exception has been granted by the Board of Trustees or President.
As of spring 2012, the Faculty Handbook is available in a digital searchable format, thus enhancing access and usability. The text of the Handbook on the Web includes hyperlinks to University policies and resources available on NYU Web sites. Readers can navigate through the interactive version by clicking on an item in the Table of Contents, or access and print the Handbook as a PDF document by clicking on the right.
The process for amending the Faculty Handbook, which was approved by the University Board of Trustees, is outlined within the Faculty Handbook in the Foreword. The history of the Faculty Handbook is preserved in the Archive of Faculty Handbooks, Archive of Amendments to the Text of the 2012 Digital Faculty Handbook, and Archive of Amendments to University Policies Accessed from Links in the Faculty Handbook. Members of the NYU community can navigate through these three archives by clicking below to view the materials contained therein.
In accordance with the Foreword, Procedures for Amending the Faculty Handbook, and the Principles of Joint Shared Governance, described under Organization and Administration, this current edition of the Faculty Handbook was reviewed by the Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty Senators Council and the Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty Senators Council, each of which provided input.
Since 2012, the Faculty Handbook is posted online in a digital searchable format. Previously, the Handbook was published as a paper document, and addenda or amendments were announced and/or distributed to the NYU community. The current and past editions of the Faculty Handbook can be accessed below.
The text of the Faculty Handbook is changed from time to time. Redline changes to the text that have been made since the 2012 Edition of the digital Faculty Handbook can be accessed below. Redline changes to University policies that are accessed from links to the Handbook can be viewed here.
The Statement of Policy on Faculty Responsibility, 1984; the Supplemental Guidelines for Disclosure Of Conflicts of Interest, 1995; and the Conflict of Interest, 1966, were replaced in 2011 by the Policy on Academic Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment.
The Statement of Policy on Equal Opportunity, 1972; and the Anti-Harassment Policy, 2006, were replaced in 2011 by the Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures for Employees.
The Guidelines for the Implementation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 was replaced in 2009 by the Guidelines for Compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
The Policy on Substance Abuse and Alcoholic Beverages was revised in 2011.
The Statement of Policy on Smoking was replaced in 2010 by the University Smoke Free Campus Policy.
Posted: April 2012
History: Digital format reviewed by Faculty Senators Council; approved by University Board of Trustees June 28, 2011.
The digital Faculty Handbook includes “Selected University Policies” that are incorporated by link to the University Policies and Guidelines website. Links in the Faculty Handbook are updated as necessary when policies are added, amended, or superseded. University policies that have been added or amended and policies that have been superseded since the release of the digital 2012 Handbook can be accessed below.