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100.01 State Laws and Policies

  1. Laws enacted by the New York State Legislature applicable to the State University of New York are found in the New York State Statutes-Consolidated Law Service, available in the Reference Section of Drake Memorial Library.
  2. Agency rules and regulations applicable to State University are in the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the state of New York (NYCCRR), also in the Library.
  3. Policies of the SUNY Board of Trustees are provided to every faculty member and member of the professional staff on a regular basis.
  4. Internal policy of the State University of New York is contained in the Policy Handbook, State University of New York, published by the office of the Chancellor, and is amended as needed through the Chancellor's Memorandum to Presidents.


  1. The State University of New York (SUNY), and the SUNY College at Brockport (College) as one of the Colleges of the University, is governed and all its corporate powers exercised by the SUNY Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees consists of 16 members, 15 of whom are appointed by the Governor, and one who is the President of the Student Assembly of SUNY.2. The Board of Trustees in its planning function is mandated to formulate, once every four years, the SUNY Master Plan for the organization, development, coordination, and expansion of SUNY.3. In its administrative function, the Board of Trustees is responsible for:
    1. Overall administration, supervision and coordination of state-operated institutions and statutory and contract colleges in the State University.
    2. Review and coordination of the budget and appropriation requests of SUNY.
    3. Making and establishing and from time to time altering and amending rules and regulations, not inconsistent with law, for the governance of the system.
    4. Granting degrees, diplomas, and certificates which have been authorized to be granted upon completion of approved courses of study.
    5. Completing details of the other functions are contained in NYS Education Law, Article 8, Section 355.


  1. The Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University and executes and enforces the Policies of the Board of Trustees and performs such other duties as assigned by that Board. The Chancellor makes all appointments of employees, other than officers, to positions in the Central Administration of the University in the classified service of the civil service of the State.
  2. Central Administration plays a number of roles and its organizational structure reflects this. In addition to its leadership responsibilities, it is staffed and organized to provide timely and helpful assistance to the campuses, to interact effectively with the Executive and Legislative branches of government, to maintain liaison with the University's constituencies, to develop policies, plans and directions for consideration of the Board of Trustees, and to ensure that the Trustees are appropriately informed of matters which require their action or guidance or are of interest to them.


  1. The Faculty of the University is comprised of the Chancellor, who is the presiding officer, the executive and administrative officers of the University, and all members of the faculty of each college of the University as defined in Trustees policy.
  2. The University Faculty Senate is the official agency through which the University Faculty engages in the governance of the University. The Senate is charged with promoting effective educational policies with the University and works to improve terms and conditions of employment of the University's professional staff.


  1. Under the Taylor Law collective bargaining is assured for all full-time employees of the State of New York. The fulfillment of the intent of the law is governed by the Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) and aided by the Office of Employee Relations (OER) of the Governor's Office.
  2. Copies of the appropriate collective bargaining agreements between the various bargaining agents and the State University are supplied to all employees in the bargaining unit.
  3. The provisions of the Policies of the Board of Trustees, insofar as they apply to employees in negotiating units established pursuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service Law, are continued in effect, provided, however, that during periods of time where there is in effect an agreement between the State and an employee organization pursuant to the provisions of said Article 14, the provisions of such agreement and the provisions of said Policies shall both be applicable. In the event the provisions of the agreement are different from the provisions of the Policies of the Board of Trustees, the provisions of the agreement shall be controlling.

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Last Updated 8/28/17

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