Faculty Liability in Legal Matters

Faculty often question what legal protection is afforded them in regard to their duties as a state employee at The College at Brockport

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These protections are described in the Public Officers Law, Section 17, an outline of which can be found in the Faculty/Staff Handbook (Chapter 292). The main point of that section is as follows: "The State shall indemnify and save harmless its employees in the amount of any judgment obtained against such employees in any State or federal court, or in the amount of any settlement of any claim, provided that the act or omission from which such judgment or settlement arose, occurred while the employee was acting within the scope of his public employment or duties; the duty to indemnify and save harmless prescribed by this subdivision shall not arise where the injury or damage resulted from intentional wrongdoing or recklessness on the part of the employee." Faculty who need to examine this issue more closely may want to consult with Human Resources.

Last Updated 5/7/19

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