Student Handbook: U.S. Edition
New York Institute of Technology aspires to excel in teaching, research, and service. What makes it distinctive is its mission to provide:
Career-Oriented, Professional Education
New York Tech proactively responds to students' career concerns and schedules career-related courses in their first year. The university is guided by the belief that supporting career interests helps students develop a full range of capabilities and viewpoints. Because today's students are likely to change jobs frequently throughout their working years, New York Tech aspires to provide its students with lifelong learning competencies. The core curriculum, which is liberal arts-based and interdisciplinary in nature, is structured to help students improve written and oral communication skills and mathematical reasoning, as well as develop the most up-to-date technological literacy.
Access to Opportunity for All Qualified Students
New York Tech makes higher education possible for those who otherwise might not be able to attend college. This commitment involves providing academic offerings that take varying abilities into account and offering a highly supportive student environment. Access also involves providing success opportunities for a diverse population of students—different ages, nationalities, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Classes are offered days, evenings, and weekends, and students may enroll at the New York City or Long Island campus or online. The university offers generous scholarship and financial aid options, including federal, state, and exclusive institutional opportunities. The entire campus community is student centered, and dedicated to motivating and stimulating students to achieve the university's and the student's professional and personal goals.
Applications-Oriented Research That Benefits the Larger World
New York Tech is committed to undertaking research and professional projects with practical applications. Its renowned faculty—academic experts and respected professionals in their fields—aim for goals and outcomes that can be applied toward solutions to real-world issues in a wide range of STEM fields.
Brief History and Campus Overview
New York Institute of Technology is an independent, comprehensive university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Our nearly 8,000 students are enrolled in one of our six academic schools:
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Engineering and Computing Sciences
- College of Osteopathic Medicine
- School of Architecture and Design
- School of Health Professions
- School of Management
Chartered as a not-for-profit educational institution in 1955, New York Institute of Technology receives consistently high rankings in national publications for its academic reputation and campus diversity. Its numerous professional accreditations and outside recognition place it among some of the nation's most prestigious institutions of higher learning.
Long Island Campus
The Long Island (Old Westbury, N.Y.) campus was developed around the nucleus of the former C.V. Whitney estate and includes several former North Shore estates. Original buildings have been reconstructed for educational use while retaining the charm of traditional exteriors. To preserve the natural beauty of the landscape, other buildings are clustered in low, modern structures surrounded by trees and open vistas. Classroom buildings and parking areas are connected by walkways through woods and meadows untouched by construction. Plazas connect classroom buildings and act as outdoor rooms for students and faculty. Lectures and informal recreational events are frequently scheduled on campus.
New York City Campus
The New York City campus is housed in buildings on Broadway and West 61st Street, just north of Columbus Circle. Its central location, within walking distance of Lincoln Center and Central Park, is easily accessible via subway and bus routes and is close to concert halls, theaters, museums, and libraries.
Like the Long Island campus, the New York City campus includes the Offices of Student Life, Counseling and Wellness, Accessibility Services, Career Services, Residence Life, Enrollment Services Center (Enrollment Services, Bursar, Financial Aid, and Registrar), and Experiential Education.
Student Engagement and Development
Offices within Student Engagement and Development:
- Student Life
- Housing and Residence Life
- Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
- Career Success and Experiential Education
- Military and Veteran Affairs
In alignment with the academic mission of New York Tech, Student Engagement and Development supports students' professional and personal development through holistic and intentional opportunities for engagement with faculty, administrators, fellow students, and external partners. Through fostering inclusive and collaborative experiences, Student Engagement and Development encourages students to:
- Develop a sense of self, critical thinking skills, and growth mindset
- Feel a sense of belonging within our New York Tech community
- Present a global perspective in their actions
- Demonstrate social awareness in their communities
- Use their voice to advocate for their academic needs
- Be career-focused individuals who impact the greater community
Student Engagement and Development will:
- Advocate to ensure student needs/interests and career and professional development are served in all aspects of university operations and have a particular interest in supporting underserved, underrepresented, and special-interest student populations
- Collaborate with academic programs to advance student engagement, a sense of belonging, persistence, and a commitment to social justice
- Support students' professional development with programming to build future work skills, including social intelligence, cross-cultural competency, virtual collaboration, trans-disciplinarity, and novel and adaptive thinking
- Promote social responsibility in students by creating experiences that allow students to develop a sense of responsibility and purpose
- Nurture a climate of inclusivity, care, and respect for New York Tech's diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and visitors
Student Support Services
The role of the dean of students is to represent New York campus students' needs to the administration, faculty, and academic departments. The dean of students provides administrative leadership, supervision, and coordination for a number of services and programs, including student engagement, first-year programs, research and assessment, judicial and mediation services, and residence life. In addition, the dean of students is involved in the overall management of disciplinary matters, academic dishonesty issues, new student orientation programs, community service programs, the student handbook, student publications, and commuter programs. Students should contact the dean of students as a primary resource for assistance in navigating campus resources.
Student Activity Center, 2nd Floor
New York City:
26 W. 61st St., Lobby Level
The first year of college life is crucial to a successful transition and strengthening a student's ability to connect with the New York Tech community. The first-year programs in Long Island and New York City are designed to make the transition easier and focus on teaching students strategies to enhance academic skills, while addressing the need for early social and intellectual bonding with faculty, staff, and peers.
New Student Orientation
The orientation program helps new students and their families become acquainted with the college environment on the New York campuses. Students learn to identify campus resources as well as key faculty, staff, and administrators, and are introduced to the college and student-life environments.
Orientation leaders assist new students with their transition to New York Tech. Orientation leaders are selected for their academic achievement, leadership skills, and interpersonal qualities. The leaders play an integral role in all facets of first-year programs, including welcoming, mentoring, and providing peer support resources for incoming students.
Office of Student Life
The Office of Student Life on the Long Island and New York City campuses provides transformative learning and engagement experiences for all students. The office oversees the Student Government Association, the Inter-fraternity Sorority Council (governing body of fraternities and sororities), student clubs and organizations, student events, and programming boards. Becoming actively involved in co-curricular activities and leadership opportunities enriches students' personal and professional development, as well as their sense of belonging within the New York Tech community. New York Tech has student clubs and organizations, wellness programming, concerts, lectures, films, and newspapers. Participation in these activities helps students develop skills and network with new people, some of whom will become lifelong friends.
Student Activity Center, Room 210
New York City:
26 W. 61st St., Lobby Level
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the governing body, student voice, and representative organization of New York Tech students. The SGA is made up of student leaders, including an executive board and various senators/representatives from each academic school and special interest group (e.g., residential students). The SGA works with the administration to discuss and resolve students' issues or concerns, including suggestions on campus quality of life, security, housing, academic operations, parking, busing, food service, and other student concerns. The SGA is also the coordinating and main funding body for student life programs, events, and activities such as movies, lectures, concerts, parties, educational speakers, student clubs and organizations, student academic affiliations, and other special events.
New York City:
Student Programming Boards
The Student Programming Association (SPA) in New York City and Campus Programming Board (CPB) in Long Island are our student-based organizations, funded through the student activity fee, to provide quality, diverse entertainment, including special events, multicultural programs, theater and art programs, concerts, competitions, speakers/lecturers, and off-campus activities that support unity, friendship, learning, and fun. The SPA and CPB are the central programming groups at each campus. Students are encouraged to get involved in student programming by helping in the planning and implementation of programs or sharing their opinions and feedback on both past and future events. All meetings and events are open to New York Tech students.
Student Clubs and Organizations
On the Long Island and New York City campuses, the university has 100 officially recognized academic, social, cultural, and recreational clubs and organizations. For a list of recognized organizations by campus, visit The Cub Hub. Student clubs and organizations augment the academic experience, and involvement in any campus activity is a plus for success. Students who are unable to find an existing club of interest should consider starting one of their own. To do so, they need only identify a small group of students who share a common interest. For additional information on joining or starting a club or organization, students should contact the Office of Student Life at email@example.com.
Fraternities and Sororities
Greek-letter organizations have maintained a proud tradition on college campuses for well over 100 years. Founded upon principles of brotherhood/sisterhood, high academic achievement, and service to the community, these organizations add to the overall quality of life on campus. In Long Island and New York City, New York Tech has long recognized these attributes and has welcomed the formation of these organizations throughout the university's history. Students interested in joining a Greek-letter organization should discuss the possibility with the current members of several different organizations to find the one that best fits their needs. First-semester freshmen may join a Greek-letter organization if their cumulative high school GPA is 3.0 or better.
Office of Residence Life
New York Tech provides housing options in New York City and off-campus housing information for Long Island.
The Office of Residence Life is committed to creating a positive living-learning experience for students living in our New York City residence hall. Our goal is to provide a safe and clean living-learning environment where students can flourish in meeting their academic goals. Highly trained professional and student staff assist as educators, mentors, and role models to foster students' aspirations for high ideals, effective communication, ethical behavior, and knowledge for effective and contributory participation in a community. The Office of Residence Life assists students in creating living-learning environments wherein the worth and dignity of each individual is held paramount, reflecting the needs and aspirations of a diverse community.
To review information about residential options at the New York City campus, as well as to obtain information about residential staff roles, the housing application process, room assignments, room selection and placement, opening and closing dates of residence halls, termination/cancellation of housing processes, safety and security, emergency response, housekeeping and custodial services, and other applicable amenities, including computer, TV/cable, telephone, dining and laundry facilities, students should visit nyit.edu and select their campus of interest. For housing information on Long Island, students should see our Off-Campus Housing Guide.
Director and Assistant Director of Residence Life: The director and assistant director of residence life at the New York City campus are full-time, professional staff members who are responsible for the overall coordination and operation of residence life. Responsibilities include oversight of professional staff selection, training and supervision, developing and monitoring the co-curricular program format, fiscal management, facilities maintenance and upgrade, long-range planning, and monitoring community standards.
Hall Directors (HDs): HDs are student staff members (typically graduate students) who live in the New York City residence hall and assist the director in creating successful living environments. Each HD receives training in advising, emergency and administrative procedures, mediation, conflict resolution, community development, and campus and community resources, as well as communication and supervisory skills.
Resident Assistants (RAs): RAs are student staff members who live in the residence halls and are available to assist students with life in a residential community. As peer leaders, these undergraduate or graduate leaders receive training in advising, emergency and administrative procedures, mediation, conflict resolution, community development, campus and community resources, communication skills, programming, and limit-setting. Each residence hall has RAs available on duty every day. It's important that students know their RA and the other RAs in their building. RAs can be invaluable in assisting students with the complexities of adjusting to community living.
For questions, please contact:
New York City:
Office of Residence Life
Counseling and Wellness Services
Counseling and Wellness Services provides free confidential counseling for Long Island and New York City students who may be experiencing personal, academic, or social concerns. Professional counselors assist students in developing greater self-understanding as well as problem-solving strategies to enhance personal development. Individual and group counseling services are learning-based, short-term, and focus on assisting students to develop self-confidence, self-reliance, and self-identity to manage emotions and solve problems in their academic, vocational, personal, and social lives. The centers provide a holistic approach to wellness education, promoting individual and community wellness through programs and outreach activities. Special programs, workshops, and time-limited groups are offered on topics such as test anxiety, interpersonal skill building, personal growth, alcohol and other drugs, relationships, wellness, human sexuality, and other personal concerns. The Counseling and Wellness Centers provide resource information and referral services to hospitals, clinics, and private practitioners when more specialized assistance is needed. Appointments are available during the day and evening. For more information, visit nyit.edu/counseling.
Student Activity Center, 3rd Floor
New York City:
33 W. 60th St., Room 308
Email Disclaimer: The counseling staff cannot guarantee the privacy of email communications, and confidentiality cannot be assumed. Although we may be able to answer general questions about services and programs via email, we cannot guarantee when an email message will be read. We cannot provide personal counseling through email. If a student wants to receive counseling, they should call or visit our offices to make an appointment with a counselor.
Office of Accessibility Services: In addition to monitoring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws, the Office of Accessibility Services actively supports students on the Long Island and New York City campuses in the pursuit of their academic and career goals. All services pertaining to students with disabilities are coordinated by this office and are meant to foster a barrier-free academic environment. Identification of oneself as an individual with disability is voluntary and confidential. The Office of Accessibility Services assists with referrals and support services and sponsors activities to increase opportunities for employment, as well as academic success, disability awareness, and knowledge of disability-related issues. Students wishing to receive accommodations, referrals, and/or other services are encouraged to contact the Office of Accessibility Services as early in the semester as possible although requests can be made throughout the academic year. For more information, visit nyit.edu/accessibility.
Student Activity Center, Room 304
New York City:
33 W. 60th St., Room 308
Office of Wellness Services: The Office of Wellness Services provides Long Island and New York City students with information on immunization compliance and maintains the university's immunization records. The office also provides assistance with, and information about, the student accident and sickness insurance claims. In addition, monthly health and wellness lectures and programs are offered as well as annual health and wellness fairs on the New York campuses.
Immunization Records and Requirements: New York state public health law §2165 and §2167 require all students enrolled for at least six semester hours or equivalent per semester, or at least four semester hours per quarter in New York, to provide written proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, and meningococcal meningitis vaccination response. Students must submit a completed copy of the Student Immunization Form to the Office of Wellness Services. The immunization form can also be found in your admission package and at the Office of the Registrar. Students will not be permitted to register for classes or attend classes without such written proof until the Office of Wellness Services has cleared them. Only the coordinator of Wellness Services may clear a student, record an exemption or grant an extension. Extensions must be supported by a student acknowledgement letter.
Student Accident and Health Insurance: All New York Tech students receive coverage for medical expenses incurred as a result of accidental bodily injury. The cost of the accident policy is automatically charged to all students' bursar accounts each semester. Full-time students are covered 24 hours a day, worldwide. Part-time students are covered only while on any New York Tech campus, or while participating in an activity sponsored by New York Tech. In addition, all students who are legally required to have health insurance will be enrolled in the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan, which includes: all full-time undergraduate students, School of Health Professions students, and international students holding an F-1 or J-1 Visa. The cost of premiums is automatically billed to the student's account each semester. The university has no financial stake in promoting this plan.
Online-only students are not automatically enrolled in Aetna student health insurance. Depending on your insurance, you may be able to waive Aetna if you have other coverage that meets the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements. International students are not eligible for the health insurance waiver.
Think Before You Waive
Even if your current coverage meets ACA requirements, Aetna Student Health may be a more affordable and convenient option.
If you need to see a doctor, fill a prescription, or go to the emergency room, you'll pay a fixed dollar amount when you use a network provider. The plan pays the rest. Copays keep your out-of-pocket costs predictable and manageable.
There's a wide network of participating providers.
Qualifying Life Events
If you are not automatically enrolled in Aetna Health Insurance and experience a qualifying life event, you may be eligible to enroll. However, you must provide documentation within 30 days of the event in order to add coverage. Qualifying life events include:
- Changes to your parent's or spouse's plan
- Getting married or divorced
- Aging out of coverage provided by a parent's plan
- Loss of a job
We look forward to assisting you with any questions you may have regarding the mandatory enrollment and waiver. Please feel free to contact the Office of Counseling and Wellness.
Student Activity Center, 3rd Floor
New York City:
33 W. 60th St., Room 308
Looking for hands-on experience? Experiential Education offers opportunities for all students, in all majors and academic levels, the opportunity to gain practical experience. The Internship Certificate Program supports students during their internships by providing one-on-one guidance throughout the experience, through reflection workshops after the internship, and by securing employer evaluations of work at the mid- and end-term. The Micro-Internship Program offers students and alumni paid, project-based internships that typically do not exceed 40 hours over the course of a semester. Consultants for the Public Good is our project and skills-based volunteer program open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Sign up for an individual project or join a consulting team to gain experience while you make a difference in your community. Service Learning is any service that is connected to an academic class. In this program, experiential education staff support student classes as they apply course theory to the public good. Our Community Service Centers are student-run centers designed to get the campus community civically, electorally, and politically engaged through workshops, training sessions, campus conversations, and hands-on, community-based projects.
Get experience early and often, even in your first year! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us on campus.
Student Activity Center, 2nd Floor
New York City:
26 W. 61st St., Room 215
The Office of Career Success provides personal career guidance and professional development training through a series of workshops that address self-assessment, career choices, employment opportunities, résumé and portfolio preparation, interview skills, and successful job search techniques. Students have access to career resources and online tools, which provide practical direction and assistance in maintaining contact with companies and organizations seeking qualified candidates.
Handshake is New York Tech's online career platform for students to schedule an appointment with a career advisor, upload résumés, search for employers, apply for jobs and internships view events and fairs, and access career resources.
Business, government, not-for-profit, and industry representatives actively participate in on-campus recruitment activities, including industry panels, employer lunch-and-learn information sessions, networking events, and annual career fairs conducted during the fall and spring semesters. Finding a job and building a career can be a job in itself, so whether you're looking for an on-campus job, internship, full-time job, or are unsure where to start, Handshake and New York Tech's career center are here to help.
On-campus student employment is also managed through our office. New York Tech provides a variety of on-campus employment, and off-campus paid community service opportunities for New York Tech students, which foster and promote career and leadership development.
These opportunities foster and promote career, personal, and professional development and aids in the ability to enhance the necessary skills needed for success after graduation. Students have the ability to apply learned skills and theories in a practical setting while earning income to assist with college expenses.
Student Employment strives to:
- Assist students seeking part-time employment that will complement and support their academic experience
- Provide training for career and professional development
- Expose students to experiences that foster lifelong learning and job development
- Assist students in financing their education
- Educate supervisors and employers to create an impactful student experience
Student Activity Center, 2nd Floor
New York City:
26 W. 61st St., Room 211
New York Tech offers a number of services to help students achieve success in their academic pursuits. Please refer to the website for each office to obtain more detailed information.
Registrar, Bursar, and Financial Aid
The offices of Registrar, Bursar, and Financial Aid are located in the Enrollment Services Center (ESC) in Long Island and New York City. Each office offers a variety of services with which all students should become familiar.
Students register for courses and request academic transcripts at the Office of the Registrar; grades are also processed through this office. At the Office of the Bursar, students and their parents pay tuition and fees and receive information on payment dates and payment plans. At the Office of Financial Aid, students may obtain information on grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. The ESC is a one-stop resource where students can get answers to their questions, take care of their registration and financial needs, and learn more about all that New York Tech has to offer.
Harry J. Schure Hall, 1st Floor
Bursar: 516.686.7510 / Fax: 516.686.7833
Financial Aid: 516.686.7680 / Fax: 516.686.7997
Registrar: 516.686.7580 / Fax: 516.626.0673
Enrollment Services Center: 516.686.7878 / Fax: 212.261.1750
New York City:
16 W. 61st St., 1st Floor
Bursar: 212.261.1620 / Fax: 212.261.1646
Financial Aid: 212.261.1590 / Fax: 212.261.1501
Registrar: 212.261.1600 / Fax: 212.261.1608
Enrollment Services Center: 646.273.6077 / Fax: 212.261.1750
New York Tech's libraries provide a variety of resources to support students in completing their assignments. Internet and word processing access is available to students with valid New York Tech ID cards. The library's catalog, subscription databases, and e-book collection (NetLibrary) can be accessed at nyit.edu/library. An interlibrary loan system provides access to materials located at all campus libraries. At each facility, professional staff are ready to assist students with research needs. Instruction on library use may be arranged on an individual or class basis.
Reference Commons at Salten Hall: 516.686.7633
Art and Architecture Library, Education Hall: 516.686.7422/7579
College of Osteopathic Medicine Library, Nelson A. Rockefeller Academic Center: 516.686.3743
New York City:
Manhattan Library, 1855 Broadway, 1st and 2nd Floors: 212.261.1526
New York Tech's online bookstore, operated by Akademos, Inc., is now offering a selection of branded merchandise! Get your spiritwear, gifts, and other New York Tech items in time for new student orientation, commencement, and other traditions and events.
Visit the website to place orders for course materials online and have textbooks shipped to your home (digital course material access is emailed). Created in partnership with Akademos, Inc., the online bookstore simplifies the textbook process for students and professors while providing them with a variety of physical and digital textbook formats.
Our Online Bookstore offers:
- Quick ordering process—complete your entire order in five minutes
- New, used, eBook, and rental textbook formats
- An average savings of 60% off list price on "Marketplace" items
- Price match guarantee on new books
- Free shipping on retail orders over $49 (not including Marketplace)
- Post and sell any textbook on Marketplace—you name the price
- School spirit merchandise including clothing, hats, and gift items for students, family, alumni, and friends!
Advising and Enrichment Center
The Advising and Enrichment Center (AEC) develops, promotes, and supports effective academic advising programs. Though students receive primary advising from assigned faculty or staff within their academic departments, the AEC provides supplemental professional and student-led advising support. With the assistance of information technology and videoconferencing, based on sound advising and teaching skills, the AEC provides timely and accurate information about New York Tech academic requirements, policies, procedures, and resources. The AEC also provides students assistance with the inter-school transfer process.
Senior Director, Anna Rubin Hall, Room 317A: 516.686.7615
Coordinator, Harry J. Schure Hall, Room 209A: 516.686.3963
Manager, Whitney Lane House, Room 105: 516.686.7591
New York City:
33 W. 60th St., Room 326: 212.261.1744
The Learning Center supports the mission of the institution by providing high-quality academic support services to students in order to maximize their potential for academic success. The Learning Center provides free individual and small-group tutoring, and skills-based workshops to all New York Tech students who request academic support. Peer tutoring is offered in a broad range of courses, including mathematics, sciences, engineering, architecture, and business. Students also have access to online tutoring offered as a supplement to existing academic support services. Online tutoring is accessible via the student menu on my.nyit.edu. The most important goals of the Learning Center are to provide students with the basic academic skills and confidence they need to become self-directed and independent learners.
Harry J. Schure Hall, Room 215
New York City:
33 W. 60th St., Rooms 205/206
New York Tech established EduPlus as part of its mission to provide access to opportunity for qualified students. It provides supplemental enrichment for motivated students who would benefit from additional academic and personal support to reach their full potential. Incoming first-year students who demonstrate a strong willingness to learn and work toward their goals, but whose grades and test scores do not meet the regular admissions criteria may be admitted to EduPlus at the Long Island or New York City campus. EduPlus provides a wide range of support that includes academic advising, skill building, academic monitoring, professional individual tutoring, personal and career counseling, and guided access to resources. Please note: the EduPlus program has been suspended for the 2021–2022 academic year.
Harry J. Schure Hall, Room 215
New York City:
33 W. 60th St., Room 328
New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program
New York Tech sponsors and administers the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) on the New York City campus in conjunction with the New York State Education Department. To be eligible for the program, students must be New York State residents whose educational experience and economic status indicate a need for academic and financial assistance to complete a college degree. The program provides a wide range of support that includes a five-week summer program for all incoming first-year students, strengthening of study skills, tutoring, individual and group counseling, and financial assistance. Participation requires enrollment in a full-time program at the New York City campus.
New York City:
33 W. 60th St., 3rd Floor
Enrollment Services Center
The Enrollment Services Center (ESC) is committed to helping students stay on track both academically and financially to maximize their New York Tech experience. All undergraduate students work with a personal ESC manager who is dedicated to enhancing student satisfaction and retention by streamlining all administrative procedures including those relating to financial aid, billing, registration, and advisement. In addition, the ESC facilitates the successful transition of all new students to the university and supports the academic success of each student from the first year through graduation. The ESC provides a wide range of services intended to promote student success and retention.
Harry J. Schure Hall, 1st Floor
New York City:
16 W. 61st St., 1st Floor
Tuition Refund Insurance
The Tuition Refund Plan offered by A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. is an elective insurance plan that provides 75% or 100% coverage of the insured term's tuition, fees, housing costs, and meal plans (if applicable) if you need to withdraw from classes and leave school due to medical or mental health reasons. All students registered for classes in the fall, spring, or summer terms are automatically enrolled in the plan. To opt out, email email@example.com from your university-issued email account no later than midnight the day before the semester begins. For more information, call 516.686.7510.
Processes connected to tuition refunds due to medical withdrawal are managed by the dean of students.
School Closing Announcements
In the event of severe weather or large-scale emergency, senior administration may cancel classes, close the university, or delay the day's opening. If this becomes necessary, students, faculty, and staff have several resources from which to receive more information. Details about closings or delayed openings are available as soon as decisions are made on the emergency information number (516.686.1010), on the university's home page, and on the my.nyit.edu portal. In addition, all current full- and part-time students automatically receive emergency alerts. Because the security of our community is of utmost importance, New York Tech Alerts is an opt-out system.
For information on academic regulations, please refer to the Academic Catalog.
Campus safety and security does not just happen. It takes the commitment and cooperation of every member of the college community, from students and faculty to staff and visitors. New York Tech takes very seriously the safety of those who study, live, and work on its campuses. Through Campus Security, the university works to deter and respond to campus safety issues. Upon request, an Advisory Committee on Campus Safety can provide all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. This information may be obtained from the Security contacts listed below or from the United States Department of Education's website for campus crime statistics.
New York City:
26 W. 61st St., Room 020
We're Here for Your Protection
On each campus of New York Tech, students will find an Office of Campus Security that provides continuous, year-round security. These offices are staffed with private security officers who receive ongoing training throughout the year. These security professionals respond to a variety of calls for assistance, from medical emergencies to crimes in progress. Foot and vehicle patrols of campus grounds, buildings, and residence halls are made 24 hours a day on the Long Island campus, and the New York City campus has security coverage at all times that buildings are open. During these patrols, officers also report any conditions they notice that might pose a threat to campus security (such as broken windows or inoperative lights). In addition, the Office of Campus Security provides vehicle assistance to the college community for jump-starts and lockouts. If a student is in need of vehicle assistance, they should call security and give their location and vehicle description. They will be given an estimated time that an officer will arrive.
Student Code of Conduct
Section 1 – Introduction
New York Institute of Technology (New York Tech) is committed to the philosophy of educating its students through rational inquiry, discourse, and cooperative resolution of controversial issues. To achieve and support the educational mission and goals of the college, to create an environment where all students have the same opportunity to succeed academically, and to promote health and safety, New York Tech has established policies that set minimum standards for student behavior. As an institution of higher education, New York Tech encourages students to rise above the minimum standards, and works to build a community of learners where all members of the college community show respect for the views of others and accept responsibility for their actions. Individuals and groups have the right to the freedom of expression, but they must at all times respect the rights of others. The deliberate violation of established rules or procedures at New York Tech is unacceptable to building a learning community. New York Tech will act immediately to protect life and property, while maintaining and balancing the rights of students and the New York Tech community. The right of every student to learn will be protected through enforcement of the Student Code of Conduct.
Every student who accepts enrollment at New York Tech thereby agrees to abide by all policies, rules, and regulations published at the college. The following policies, deemed the Student Code of Conduct, govern conduct of all students, their guests, as well as visitors to any New York Tech campus or facility. These policies provide students, faculty, and staff with guidelines regarding the expectations for responsible participation in the educational community, as well as offer information regarding consequences for violating such expectations. The code is intended to preserve community standards, including the pursuit of academic integrity, safety, health, and welfare of all members within the New York Tech community. This Student Code of Conduct does not govern students at the New York Tech College of Osteopathic Medicine or any of New York Tech's international locations. Those programs have developed their own codes of conduct for registered students.
Section 2 – Definitions
a. Appellate Body
The term "appellate body" means any person, persons, or committee authorized by the president or designee to consider an appeal from a student conduct body's determination that a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct or from the sanctions imposed by the judicial body.
The terms "code," "student code," "code of conduct," "student code of conduct," or "New York Tech code of conduct" can all refer to the New York Tech Student Code of Conduct.
The terms "institution," "university," or "New York Tech" mean New York Institute of Technology or any of its subsidiaries, unless noted otherwise in this code.
The term "instructor" means any person hired by the institution to conduct classroom activities.
The term "investigator" refers to a New York Tech official who may be assigned to investigate a case in order to represent findings to a student conduct body.
f. New York Tech Community
The term "New York Tech community" includes any person who is a faculty, staff, student, or any person employed by or visiting New York Tech. A person's status in a particular situation shall be determined by the dean of students (or designee).
g. New York Tech Official
The term "New York Tech official" includes any person employed by New York Institute of Technology who performs assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
h. New York Tech Campus
The term "New York Tech campus" includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of New York Institute of Technology, meaning all areas owned, used, leased, or controlled by the university, including adjacent streets and sidewalks.
The term "student" includes any person who is taking courses at the institution, both full-time and part-time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate, professional, or distance-learning courses. In addition, persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular semester or term but who have a continuing relationship with New York Tech are considered "students." If a student's enrollment lapses for more than one academic year, the student will not be subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct until re-admission to New York Tech; students who are employees and/or in positions of student leadership at New York Tech are governed under the policies set forth by the department managing the employment or leadership relationship.
j. Student Conduct Body
The term "Student Conduct Body" means any person or persons (e.g., Student Conduct Officer, Student Conduct Hearing Panel) authorized by the president or designee to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct and to impose sanctions.
k. Student Conduct Officer
The term "student conduct officer" (or "conduct officer") means a New York Tech official authorized by the president or designee to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct and to impose sanctions. A conduct officer may serve simultaneously as one of the members of a Student Conduct Hearing Panel. The Student Conduct Officer also serves as the chair of the Student Conduct Hearing Panel.
l. Student Organization
The term "student organization" means any number of persons or group who are currently registered or recognized by an official New York Tech department, program, or office, including, but not limited to, student clubs, sports clubs, honor societies, intramural teams, and Greek letter organizations.
Section 3 – Student Conduct Authority
- The president of New York Institute of Technology is ultimately responsible for the administration of the Student Code of Conduct and all student conduct processes for all students at the institution. Administrative authority and responsibility for conduct policies and procedures is delegated to the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, overseeing the division of Student Life.
- Within the division of Student Life, direct supervisory jurisdiction of conduct matters involving violations of the Student Code of Conduct is assumed by the dean of students and the associate deans of students who serve as the chief student conduct officers for the institution. Cases involving an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct that occur in a residence hall either by a student resident or guest, with the possible exception of cases that may result in suspension or expulsion from New York Tech, may be handled by the director of Residence Life or designee(s).
- The dean of students (or designee) shall determine the composition of student conduct bodies and appellate bodies and determine which student conduct body, student conduct officer, and appellate body shall be authorized to hear cases.
Section 4 – Jurisdiction
Students and student organizations will be considered for conduct review whenever conduct that may be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct occurs on campus and/or conduct that adversely affects the New York Tech community. For violations that do not occur on New York Tech property, action will be considered if New York Tech officials decide that institutional interests are involved. Disciplinary action may be taken by New York Tech for any act constituting a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, or of the federal or state law or city ordinances when the act is contrary to New York Tech's interests as an academic community, including acts that threaten the lives, health, safety, and academic success of New York Tech students. Students or student organizations will be held responsible for the actions of their guests under this code. Approved constitutions governing organizational behavior may take precedence, depending on the alleged violation. The dean of students (or designee) will determine which document prevails.
Section 5 – Offenses
A student conduct review may be initiated by New York Tech and sanctions imposed against any student or student organization found responsible for committing the following prohibited forms of conduct:
a. Academic Integrity
Violation(s) of New York Tech's Academic Integrity Policy (referred to later in this student handbook). All policies, procedures, and definitions applicable to other violations of the Student Conduct Code apply to violations of the Academic Integrity Policy, except as specified in that policy.
Violation(s) of New York Tech's Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs, which may be found on the university website.
c. Conduct Unbecoming
Flagrant disrespect for persons, flouting of common standards of decency, behavior unbecoming of a New York Tech student, on or off campus, and/or continued behavior that demonstrates contempt for the generally accepted values of the intellectual community.
d. Computer Misuse
- Unauthorized access, entry, or use of a computer, computer system, network, software, password, account, or data.
- Unauthorized alteration or degradation of computer equipment, software, network, data, or system performance.
- Unauthorized copying, downloading, or distribution of computer software or data.
- Unauthorized use of New York Tech computer resources for commercial purposes or personal financial or other gain. This includes, but is not limited to, advertising a product or service on any internet site, fundraising, or advertising on behalf of unsanctioned non-New York Tech organizations, publicizing of unsanctioned non-New York Tech activities, the reselling of New York Tech resources, and the unauthorized use of New York Tech's name or logos. Use of New York Tech's network for any of these purposes, even if using their own personal computer, constitutes an offense.
- Posting of any inappropriate or unauthorized images, messages, text, sounds, or any other format on any internet site constitutes a violation of this code. Posts that are deemed offensive will be removed from New York Tech-sponsored social media accounts.
- Any other violation of New York Tech computer use and web policies, which can be found on the university website.
e. Disruptive Behavior
- Behavior that disrupts, impairs, interferes with, or obstructs the orderly conduct, processes, and functions of New York Tech or the rights of other members of the New York Tech community, including administration, disciplinary proceedings, athletic contests, or other New York Tech-sponsored events and activities conducted on or off campus.
- Behavior that disrupts, impairs, interferes with, or obstructs the orderly conduct, processes, and functions within an academic classroom or laboratory. This includes interfering with the academic mission of New York Tech or individual classroom or interfering with a faculty member's or instructor's role to carry out the normal academic or educational functions of the classroom or laboratory, including teaching and research.
- Behavior that is deemed reckless in that it creates a danger, real or perceived, to the safety of persons or property.
Violation(s) of New York Tech's Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs, which can be found on the university website.
- Physical violence toward another person or group.
- Behavior that endangers or threatens the mental or physical health, safety, or well-being of another person or group.
- Interference with the freedom of another person or group to move about in a manner considered lawful or reasonable within an educational community.
h. Failure to Comply
- Failure to comply with a request or directive of a New York Tech official (i.e., faculty, staff, administrator, residence hall staff, campus security, etc.) or non-New York Tech law enforcement official in the performance of their duty.
- Failure to comply with the final decision/sanctions rendered by a student conduct hearing or review body.
- Failure to comply with the final decision/sanctions rendered by a student conduct body in the timeframe put forth by the student conduct body.
- Failure to identify oneself and/or produce identification upon request by a New York Tech official (i.e., faculty, staff, administrator, residence hall staff, campus security, etc.) or non-New York Tech law enforcement official in the performance of their duty.
- Failure to comply with traffic rules and parking regulations in effect for each campus.
- Failure to comply with college policies concerning the registration of campus activities, student organizations, the use of college facilities, and public assembly.
i. Falsification/Fraud/False Testimony
- Providing false or misleading information to and/or withholding or omitting information from a New York Tech official or student conduct body.
- Providing false or misleading information and/or withholding or omitting information on college documents/records, including but not limited to admissions applications, grade transcripts, student identification, computer records, and other official documents.
- Misuse, reproduction, alteration, or forgery of any type of identification, document, key, or property of New York Tech or a New York Tech community member.
- Permitting another person to use one's New York Tech-related identification.
- Use of another person's New York Tech-related identification.
- Impersonation or misrepresentation, including acting on behalf of another person, group, or New York Tech without authorization or prior consent.
- Impersonation or misrepresentation, including acting on behalf of another person, group, or New York Tech, with or without prior consent, in such a manner to cause disruption.
- Providing a worthless check, money order, credit, or any monetary form in payment to New York Tech or to a member of the New York Tech community.
- Any other acts of falsification/fraud/false testimony.
j. Fire and Emergency Safety
- Action(s) that result in a fire or explosion, or the possibility of such an occurrence.
- Inappropriate activation of any emergency-warning equipment or the false reporting of any emergency.
- Removing, damaging, interfering, or tampering with fire safety or other emergency-warning equipment, including smoke detectors, extinguishers, sprinklers, and/or fire and door alarms.
- Failure to evacuate a New York Tech building, facility, or residence hall when a fire alarm is sounded.
- Interfering with the carrying out of emergency response and/or evacuation procedures.
- Items placed or hung from, or blocking, sprinklers or smoke detectors.
k. Harassment and/or Bullying (Other than Gender-Based Misconduct; see "p" below)
- Conduct, not of a sexual nature, (including, but not limited to, physical contact, verbal, graphic, written, or electronic communication), that creates an intimidating, hostile, or threatening environment for another person and/or group.
- Conduct, not of a sexual nature, regardless if via physical, verbal, graphic, written, or electronic communication, that threatens, harms, or intimidates another person and/or group, including, but not limited to, New York Tech personnel, student conduct body, or persons involved in student conduct processes.
- Conduct, whether passive or active, related to bystander behavior that supports acts of harassment or bullying.
Any group or individual action or activity that inflicts or intends to inflict physical or mental harm or discomfort, or that may demean, disgrace, or degrade any person, regardless of location, intent, or consent of participant(s). Although hazing may be related to a person's initiation or admission into, or affiliation with, a student group or organization, it is not necessary to have direct proof that a person's initiation or continued membership is contingent upon participation in the activity for a charge of hazing to be upheld. The actions of either active or associate members (inductees/pledges) of an organization may be considered hazing. Hazing includes, but is not limited to:
- Interference with a student's academic performance.
- Forced or coerced consumption of any food, alcohol, controlled substances, drugs, or any other substance.
- Forced or coerced physical activity.
- Deprivation of food or sleep.
- Kidnapping, including restricting a person to move about in a free and lawful manner.
- Physical abuse of any nature.
- Performing personal chores or errands for members.
- Verbal abuse or degradation, including yelling or demands.
- Assigning or endorsing pranks (e.g., stealing, harassing other organizations, defacing property, etc.).
- Any action or threatened action that would subject the individual to embarrassment, humiliation, or mental distress, including the use of demeaning names or games.
- Any additional definitions of hazing as set forth by New York State or local hazing laws.
m. Housing Violations
Violations of policies, rules or regulations specific to residence life as outlined in the Residential Community Living Standards, which can be found on the university website.
Dispersing litter in any form or from any point on New York Tech grounds, property, or facilities, including the throwing of objects out of windows or the dispensing of cigarette butts, flyers, cans, bottles, etc.
The use or operation of rollerblades, skates, skateboards, bicycles, mopeds, hoverboards, etc. inside all of New York Tech facilities (e.g., libraries, classrooms, hallways, student unions, etc.). This also includes the hallways, balconies, courtyards, lounges, and lobbies of residential facilities owned, operated, or leased by New York Tech. Outdoor use of such items is prohibited if the activity or behavior is potentially harmful to others or property, if it interferes with the normal functioning of the academic community, or is expressly prohibited.
p. Violations of the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy
Violation(s) of the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy that are not subject to the Title IX Procedure. All references to Gender-Based Misconduct in this Code of Conduct refer only to violations that are not subject to the Title IX Procedure.
q. Shared Responsibility
- Failure to remove oneself from an area, room, place, or activity in which a violation of the Student Code of Conduct is occurring.
- Failure to appropriately notify New York Tech officials of a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
- Attempting to commit, soliciting another to commit, aiding or abetting the commission of any conduct that is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
- Pursuant to New York Public Health Law Article 13E (New York State Clean Indoor Act), Regulation of Smoking and Vaping in Certain Public Areas, smoking is prohibited in all New York Tech buildings and/or sections thereof, owned, leased, or operated by New York Tech. This includes, but is not limited to, classrooms, stairwells, bathrooms, offices, hallways, labs, roofs, libraries, common areas of residential facilities, or private areas of residential facilities where smoking is prohibited.
- Smoking is prohibited at the entrances and exits of New York Tech facilities or residence halls. Actions that cause smoke to enter into New York Tech facilities or residence halls are prohibited. Smoking is prohibited in all residence hall areas as of August 2008 per New York State Law.
s. Theft and Trespass
- Removal or use of the property or services of another person or of New York Tech without prior written consent or authorization
- Possession, use, or sale of property or services of another person or of New York Tech without prior written consent or authorization
- Entrance into any New York Tech building, office, area or residence hall unit, room, class, laboratory, or athletic field when or where not authorized
- Unauthorized use of New York Tech property for personal gain or personal business practices
- Unauthorized use of New York Tech's name or logos
Damage, destruction, or defacing of property of another person, group, or New York Tech.
u. Weapons, Firearms, Explosives
- The display, possession, or use of weapons or other dangerous items or apparently dangerous items (such as replica or simulated weapons), including but not limited to firearms, explosives, ammunition, knives, swords, blackjacks, martial arts weapons, and containers of noxious material.
- The use or discharge of firearms, explosives, ammunition, noxious material, and/or other objects or substances.
v. Other Violations
- Violations of other written expectations for students as members of New York Tech organizations
- Suspected or convicted violations of other federal, state, and/or local laws or ordinances
a. Charged Student's Rights
A student charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct has the right to:
- Clear and complete notice of the charge(s) within 15 business days (or as soon as reasonably possible) of receipt by the appropriate New York Tech official of a written report or documentation of the incident (breaks, including summer, may extend this time period to 25 days).
- The opportunity to attend an Information Meeting in which the student may review relevant information in their student conduct file concerning the allegations.
- A fair and impartial hearing
- An opportunity to present relevant evidence and information on their behalf, including presenting witnesses and/or signed, written statements, unless waived for informal resolutions or where a student accepts responsibility for the charge. The student conduct officer determines the relevance of all witnesses to a student conduct hearing.
- Question witnesses as circumstances permit. Appropriate witnesses may be called by the college to all formal hearings. Those witnesses who appear may be questioned by the student in an appropriate format determined by the student conduct officer. If a witness is called but does not appear, their written or recorded statements, or representation of their statements as obtained by a New York Tech official, may be considered by the hearing body. In certain cases, where a witness refuses to participate in a hearing out of concerns for personal safety, or where it may be determined that a witness's active participation in a hearing may result in undue repercussions, witnesses may be granted the opportunity by the student conduct advisor or officer to remain anonymous in the hearing process; in such cases, a New York Tech investigator will represent the statement of the witness.
- Accompaniment by an advisor of the student's choice. The advisor may not speak, serve as a witness, or represent the student before the hearing body. The advisor may not serve as a legal representative. Students must speak for themselves. (For exemptions, see "Auxiliary Aids and Services" later in this handbook).
- Not provide self-incriminating information. Choosing not to provide information does not constitute an admission of responsibility. However, absent a full statement, the hearing body may lend more weight to written documents and statements of witnesses. This protection from self-incrimination does not extend to student organizations or Greek letter organizations.
- For cases involving alleged Gender-Based Misconduct, the right to exclude their own prior sexual history with persons other than the complainant, and their own mental health diagnosis and/or treatment. However, past findings of Gender-Based Misconduct by the charged student may be admissible in the sanctions phase.
- Receive notification of the decision of the hearing, with the exception of recommendation for expulsion, within 15 business days after the final decision of the student conduct body. All hearing decisions will be communicated in writing (may also be orally provided at the discretion of the hearing body, except in cases of Gender-Based Misconduct) to the charged student and will include the hearing decision, sanctions imposed (if applicable), the rationale for both the decision and sanctions, and the appeal process.
- Appeal the decision, in writing, within five business days of the receipt of the hearing outcome. (See "Appeals," below.)
b. Complainant's Rights
Offenses implicating complainant's rights include:
- Gender-Based Misconduct
- Property (damage)
- Property (theft)
The complainant has the right to:
- Attend an information meeting with the conduct officer or designee
- Have an advisor, who is not acting as legal counsel, of the alleged victim's choice accompany them when presenting information to the hearing body and to any other relevant meetings held throughout the disciplinary process. The advisor may not act as a legal representative.
- Submit a complainant's impact statement to the hearing body. This information will be used only in the sanctioning phase of deliberations, if the charged student is found responsible for the charge(s).
- Remain anonymous, if possible. A complainant who is unwilling to participate in the disciplinary proceeding needs to understand that this may compromise New York Tech's ability to present its case against the respondent student. In certain cases where it is determined that the complainant's active participation in a hearing may result in undue repercussions, and the charged student's ability to respond is not unduly limited, the complainant may be granted the opportunity by the conduct officer to remain anonymous in the hearing process; in such cases, a New York Tech investigator will represent the statement of the complainant. In such cases, the conduct officer (or designee) may request that the victim submit written documentation for consideration.
- Have unrelated past behavior excluded from the hearing. The conduct officer or designee will decide if such information is unrelated. For cases involving alleged Gender-Based Misconduct, this includes the right to exclude their own prior sexual history with persons other than the charged student, and their own mental health diagnosis and/or treatment.
- An opportunity to present relevant evidence and information, including presenting witnesses and/or signed, written statements and submitting questions to the hearing body. The student conduct officer determines the relevance of all witnesses and questions in a student conduct hearing.
- Provide a statement to student conduct bodies in limited privacy, as long as the process does not unduly/unreasonably compromise the ability of the student who is alleged to be in violation of policy to question witnesses. Determination will be made by the conduct officer of the Student Conduct Review Board.
- Be present throughout the entire hearing, or portions thereof. Determination will be made by the conduct officer of the Student Conduct Review Board.
- Be notified of the conduct hearing outcome and appeals outcome. In cases of Gender-Based Misconduct, such notice will:
- be in writing
- will be provided at the same time notice is given to the charged student
- will include sanctions imposed, if any, and the rationale for both the decision and sanctions
- Be notified of the right to appeal the hearing decision in accordance with the procedures outlined in "Appeals, section (d)," below.
- Complainants in cases which involve alleged Gender-Based Misconduct have additional rights as set forth in the "Gender-Based Misconduct Policy," below.
Conduct Bodies and Forums
There are four types of conduct forums: warning letter without a hearing, summary resolution meeting, informal hearing, and formal hearing. Generally, students and student organizations may choose which conduct forum they would like to conduct their disciplinary case. However, the associate deans of students (or designee) or director of residence life (or designee) reserve the right to choose the appropriate forum for administrative or case-related reasons.
a. Warning Letter Without a Hearing
For minor infractions of this code, the associate deans of students (or designee) or director of residence life (or designee) may send the student a warning letter. The letter states that if the student takes full responsibility for the alleged violation, and any imposed sanctions, then the letter will act as a warning. If the student does not accept responsibility for the alleged violation of the code, then the student must schedule an information meeting to schedule an informal or formal hearing.
b. Summary Resolution Meeting
Summary resolution meetings are for students electing to accept responsibility for the alleged violation as presented. These meetings are not recorded and are conducted by the associate deans of students (or designee) as the student conduct officer or by the director of residence life (or designee) for cases related to residence life.
c. Informal Hearings
Informal hearings are for students electing to enable the determination of responsibility for the alleged violation to be made by the associate deans of students (or designee) as the student conduct officer or by the director of residence life (or designee) for cases related to residence life.
d. Formal Hearings
The student conduct body for formal hearings: the associate deans of student life (or designee) serves as the chair/non-voting capacity and selects the hearing panel from a pool of: faculty members appointed by the provost and vice president for academic affairs, students appointed by the Student Government Association, and administrators appointed by the dean of students (or designee). The chair selects one faculty member, one student, and one administrator to hear each case that does not involve violations of the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy. For cases involving violations of the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy, students will not serve on the hearing panel. Rather, the chair will select three panel members from the pool of faculty members and administrators, and only those faculty and administrators who have completed additional training in the area of gender-based misconduct will be eligible to serve in such cases. Hearings may also include an Investigator, a New York Tech staff member appointed to review the case and present findings to the student conduct body. Formal hearings:
- Require the student conduct body to call relevant witnesses to provide information regarding the alleged violation
- Will be held at least five business days after notice is received by the charged student; exceptions to be made by the student conduct officer in conjunction with the charged student
- Allow the presence of an advisor who does not act as a legal representative
- Will be recorded by New York Tech only
- Require that a decision letter be sent to the student within 15 business days from the conclusion of the student conduct body's deliberation and final decision
Burden of Proof Standard
- The standard used in all conduct review cases within this Student Code of Conduct is "preponderance of the evidence." The term "preponderance of the evidence" means that the evidence, considered as a whole, indicates that it is more likely than not that the alleged behavior did violate the Student Code of Conduct.
- The burden of proof rests with the institution. The charged student is presumed to be not in violation, and their responsibility must be established to the satisfaction of the student conduct body by a preponderance of the evidence.
a. Initiating Charges
Any person may make a complaint and request a review of the alleged actions of a student that may violate the New York Tech Student Code of Conduct, federal or state law, or local ordinances. A review for possible violations of the Code of Conduct may be initiated in the following ways:
- Filing an incident report with New York Tech campus security or requesting the submission of a report from another law enforcement agency to campus security. Campus security will forward all incident reports involving the conduct of students to the dean of students (or designee).
- Providing a written and signed statement to the dean of students (or designee) or Office of Residence Life. In complaints involving alleged Gender-Based Misconduct, the New York Tech official receiving the complaint may transcribe the complainant's verbal complaint into writing. Written statements should be sent to the appropriate office responsible for handling the incident, based on the person(s) involved or location of incident (see Section C, below). Any statement submitted in writing from an email account must come from the person's official New York Tech account if the person is a member of the New York Tech community. The appropriate conduct officer will determine the appropriate course of action for the complaint. The student conduct officer or student conduct body reserves the right to request additional documentation, if appropriate.
- If the student conduct officer determines that documentation is insufficient or there are no grounds to file charges on behalf of New York Tech, no charges will be filed and the individual initiating the report will be notified about the decision.
b. Filing Time
Reports must be filed with the appropriate New York Tech official within ninety (90) business days of the incident or knowledge about the incident except in cases of alleged Gender-Based Misconduct, which reports must be filed within twelve (12) calendar months of the incident or knowledge about the incident. However, New York Tech reserves the right to exercise professional discretion to extend these filing times in exceptional circumstances.
c. Notice of Alleged Violation
The notice given to any student alleged to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct will include the following:
- Notice of the alleged violation, including specific section(s) of the Code(s) under consideration, and a brief description of alleged offense(s), within 15 business days from receipt of an incident report or written statement, except in cases of Gender-Based Misconduct, which will be noticed as follows:
- The student will receive initial notice of the complaint and notice of the commencement of an investigation within 5 business days from receipt of an incident report or statement.
- The student will then receive a subsequent notice within 10 business days of the completion of the investigation, which will inform them of the results of the investigation and notify them of any conduct charges against them. This notice makes the student eligible for an information meeting as described in #2, below.
- The student will be informed of the factual allegations, including the date, time, and location of the alleged offense(s), the specific alleged Code of Conduct violations, and possible sanctions, prior to the information meeting.
- In cases of Gender-Based Misconduct, the conduct process will run concurrently with any criminal justice investigation and proceeding, except for temporary delays as requested by external municipal entities while law enforcement gathers evidence. Temporary delays should not last more than ten days except when law enforcement specifically requests and justifies a longer delay.
- After receiving the notice(s) as described above, the student will be provided an opportunity to attend an information meeting, except in cases involving interim suspension, during which the student may review all materials to be used in their student conduct case, receive information regarding their rights and procedures used in a student conduct proceeding, and have an opportunity to select the forum in which the case will be heard (unless otherwise determined by the associate deans of students, director of residence life, or designee, per Student Conduct Bodies and Forums). In addition, the student will receive information regarding the resources available to the student in preparation for their student conduct case.
- If a student fails to respond to a request to schedule an information meeting and/or attend a scheduled information meeting, or 10 business days have expired since the date of the notification letter, the student waives their right to an information meeting, and the student conduct officer will select a hearing forum for the student and provide the student with notice of the hearing date.
d. Information Meeting
During the information meeting, the student will be provided the following:
- Clear and complete description of the Student Code of Conduct and brief description of the allegations to be considered.
- Information related to the student's rights and responsibilities.
- An opportunity to understand all information in their student conduct file.
- Information regarding the resources available to the student in preparation for their student conduct case.
- The right to accept responsibility for all charges and enter into a summary resolution or the right to dispute the allegation and request an informal or formal meeting hearing:
- If the student accepts the charges as presented, assumes responsibility for the violation, and agrees to a summary resolution, the student conduct officer will provide the appropriate sanction(s), in writing, to the student at that time or within 10 business days from the summary resolution. Grounds for appeal for students whose case was determined through a summary resolution is limited solely on the basis that the severity of the sanction is disproportionate with the nature of the offense.
- If the student does not accept responsibility or disagrees with the allegation, they may request an informal or formal hearing be conducted on the matter.
e. Hearing Notification
Students requesting an informal or formal hearing shall be afforded reasonable written notice, at least five business days prior to the hearing, unless the student waives their right and requests a hearing within five business days. Written notice shall include:
- A statement of the time, place, and nature of the hearing.
- A statement of the nature of the case and of the forum under which it is to be heard.
- A brief statement of the behavior of the student alleged to be in violation of this code that serves as the basis for the violation(s) being considered. If the student fails to appear at the scheduled information meeting and fails to provide adequate written notice prior to the scheduled hearing, the hearing will be held in the student's absence. No student will be found responsible for a violation of the code solely because the student failed to appear before a student conduct body. The decision of the student conduct body will be determined based on all the documentation and testimony presented at the time of the hearing.
- Proper notification given to the student if the college has sent the hearing notification by one of the methods set forth in "Delivery of Disciplinary Notifications and "Official Forms of Communication," below.
- A student may request a hearing to be rescheduled once if proper notice is given, at least two business days prior to the hearing, and for reasonable cause. A student requesting to reschedule after the first time may only do so at the sole discretion of the student conduct body and under extraordinary circumstances.
f. Scope of Inquiry
A student's previous student conduct record from the New York Tech student conduct process (if applicable) will only be considered at the discretion of the student conduct officer when determining whether the student has violated the Student Code of Conduct. However, after a student is found responsible for a violation of the code, any academic or previous disciplinary record may be taken into account when determining the appropriate educational sanction(s).
g. Disciplinary Consolidations
- Whenever possible, cases where more than one student is alleged to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and the students' conduct arose out of the same incident(s), each case should be heard by the same student conduct body.
- In cases where more than one student is alleged to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and the students' conduct arose out of the same incident(s), a single hearing may be held for all the students charged. Such students may request their case be consolidated with the others or separated from others.
- The student conduct officer shall make determinations regarding consolidation with the students, and, if necessary, with the party filing the complaint. The student conduct officer shall make the final decision on all consolidations.
h. Role of the Student Conduct Officer
The role of the student conduct officer when presiding over a formal hearing will be to:
- Advise the student of their rights under the Student Code of Conduct.
- If an advisor is present, review the advisor's role and limitations during the hearing as outlined in "Student Rights."
- Make all administrative decisions on matters relating to the conduct of the hearing, including matters regarding admission of relevant evidence, statements, and questions.
- Ensure there are no conflicts of interest between any of the hearing panel members and the student parties (including the charged student and complainant, if any).
- Ensure that all questioning of witnesses is done in an orderly and respectful fashion. The student conduct officer reserves the right to determine the method for delivery of questions between the respondent student and witnesses.
- Maintain an orderly hearing and permit no person to be subjected to abusive treatment, intimidation, or harassment. The student conduct officer, at their discretion, may remove anyone who refuses to be orderly and conducts themself in a manner conducive to a learning environment.
- Administer an appropriate oath of truthful testimony to the charged student and all witnesses.
i. Hearing Procedures (Formal)
All formal hearings are private and closed to the public. Formal hearings are recorded by New York Tech only via audio or video recording (at the sole discretion of the chair), and the recording will act as the official record of the hearing. The following procedures are applicable to formal hearings before all student conduct bodies:
- Presentation of the incident and the sections of the code alleged to be violated by the student conduct officer (or chair of the Student Conduct Board).
- Brief review and affirmation of student rights and responsibilities by the student conduct officer.
- Administration of an appropriate oath of honesty and truthful testimony to the charged student prior to testimony before the hearing body.
- Opening statement by the charged student.
- Questions directed to the charged student by the student conduct board.
- Administration of an appropriate oath of honesty and truthful testimony to each witness prior to testimony before the hearing body.
- Presentation of witnesses, or witness statements by the Investigator, followed by questioning of those witnesses by the hearing body and the student, if appropriate. The student conduct officer reserves the right to determine the relevance of the questions and the method for delivery of questions by the student to the witnesses. Witnesses are then dismissed. At the discretion of the student conduct officer, witnesses may be excluded from the hearing during the testimony of other witnesses. Written statements may not be considered evidence unless signed by the witness or witnessed by a New York Tech official (a statement sent from an official New York Tech email account may serve as a proxy signature). A copy of written statements will be furnished to the student and hearing body. All paperwork presented must be collected by the student conduct officer at the end of the hearing. In certain circumstances, the student conduct officer may determine that a witness may testify outside the presence of the charged student (or the written statement may not be furnished to the charged student), where there are potential repercussions to the witness of being identified to or testifying in the presence of the charged student. In such cases, the student conduct officer must take all reasonable measures to protect the rights of the charged student, including providing the student with a summary of the testimony and the opportunity to provide written questions to the witness.
- Follow-up questions to the charged student.
- Closing statement by the student.
- Meeting adjournment. The student conduct officer will exercise control over the hearing to avoid needless consumption of time and to prevent the harassment or intimidation of witnesses. The student conduct officer has the right to make the appropriate revisions to the hearing procedure so long as the student's rights are upheld and maintained. Any person, including the advisor, who disrupts a hearing or who fails to adhere to the facilitation of a student conduct officer, may be excluded from the proceedings.
- Deliberations are closed, except for members of the student conduct hearing panel, and are not audio or video recorded. In cases of a formal hearing involving Gender-Based Misconduct, the student conduct officer may request the presence of the Title IX Coordinator during the hearing and deliberations. Responsibility is determined by the student conduct officer, or in cases resolved by the student conduct board, by a majority vote of the student conduct board members. The vote and final decision of the student conduct hearing panel, including the determination of responsibility and sanctions, if appropriate, are recorded and become the official record of the hearing.
- The student and the complainant, if any, shall be informed of the outcome of the student conduct proceeding, the sanctions imposed, and the rationale for both. Witnesses will not be notified of the outcome of the hearing.
Within 15 business days after the conclusion of deliberations, the student conduct board shall provide to the student the outcome, in writing, which will include:
- A summary of the evidence/finding of fact used to support its determination.
- The determination of, and rationale for, the appropriate sanction(s).
- The process for appealing.
The student's enrollment status shall remain unchanged pending New York Tech's final decision in the matter except in cases of interim suspension or where the dean of students (or designee) determines that the safety, health, or general welfare of any individual, or any part of New York Tech, may be at risk.
Response to COVID-19 Policy Violations
Updated September 2, 2021
New York Institute of Technology acknowledges the unique, unprecedented situations that have arisen during the global pandemic and remains committed to delivering a quality education to all students. Although it is essential that the university address noncompliance of important safety requirements, it also understands the need to take an educational and measured approach to noncompliance. The safety of all members of the community and the education of students should be the focus of responding to those who fail to comply. This is subject to change based on CDC and/or NYS guidance.
Members of our campus community and guests/visitors are expected to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols and policies. Signage will be placed on campus to remind students, faculty, staff, and guests that face coverings are required and to demonstrate how to properly wear a face covering in public indoor settings in areas of high and substantial transmission risk. Do not come to campus if you do not feel well. Upon arrival to campus, security guards at the checkpoint will confirm that community members and guests are wearing face coverings. Face coverings will be provided, if necessary. Additionally, community members will need to complete the COVID-19 Health Screen each time they plan to visit the New York campuses. To maintain a safe, effective, efficient, sustainable learning and working environment students, faculty, and staff will be subject to “validation checks” of the COVID-19 health screen. For additional information, please read the reopening plans for the New York campuses.
New York Tech expects all members of our community to adhere to and assist with enforcing these standards of behavior, as public health and safety is everyone’s responsibility. Members of the community should express any concerns if they encounter someone violating the face-covering policy. For example, using an informal, personal intervention with friends and colleagues, such as saying, “Wear the Bear” or “No mask, no class” may often be an appropriate and friendly reminder. Students who fail to wear face coverings as required may be reported for noncompliance to the Office of the Dean of Students (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Everyone on campus is required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when indoors regardless of vaccination status. This includes, but is not limited to, classrooms, public restrooms, open office and common spaces, hallways, meeting rooms, libraries, elevators, and other indoor spaces. Students, faculty, and staff who enter facilities without a face covering and do not put on a face covering will be asked to leave.
- Students, faculty, and staff may use face coverings provided by the university or supply their own.
- Students may remove face coverings in their own residence hall rooms.
- Students, faculty, and staff should have a face covering with them whenever they are on campus.
- Students, faculty, and staff may remove face coverings when actively eating or drinking.
- Face coverings with one-way valves or vents allow exhaled air to be expelled out through holes in the material. This can allow exhaled respiratory droplets to reach others and potentially spread the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, New York Tech (and the CDC) do not recommend using face coverings if they have an exhalation valve or vent.
- At no point should a community member place themselves in an unsafe, threatening situation while attempting to enforce the face-covering policy. Please contact the Office of Safety and Security (Long Island campus: 516.686.7789 or New York City campus: 646.273.7789) for immediate assistance should an unsafe emergency arise.
New York Tech may utilize existing policies, including but not limited to policies related to behavior that endangers self or others, for enforcement when intentional or unintentional violations of COVID-19 policies occur.
STUDENT CONDUCT AND RESPONSE PROTOCOL
The protocol below is for incidents of mild to moderate severity in which a student fails to comply with university policy stated in the reopening plans for Long Island and New York City campuses and/or the reasonable directives of a university official. Students will be afforded the opportunity to be heard under the student conduct process.
- First Incident Reported:
The student will be sent a warning letter and referred to educational resources related to the importance of following safety regulations and where to find face coverings while on campus. The warning letter is not a conduct violation but will be maintained in the student’s conduct file for reference purposes. In case of immediate non-compliance in the classroom, a student may be asked to leave.
- Second Incident Reported:
The student will be charged with a conduct violation under the Student Code of Conduct for failure to comply with university policy. The conduct process will be instituted, and the range of sanction can be a disciplinary reprimand and/or educational workshop on COVID-19. The student will also be advised that future violations may lead to more impactful sanctions including disciplinary probation, suspension from university-sponsored housing, etc. In case of immediate second violation of non-compliance in the classroom, a student may be asked to complete the courses online for the duration of the semester.
- Third Incident Reported:
The student will be charged again with a conduct violation under the Student Code of Conduct for failure to comply with university policy. The conduct process will be instituted to address the alleged behavior, and the student will be advised that future violations may lead to more impactful sanctions including loss of housing or suspension from the university for a length of time, etc.
Although a last resort, students who demonstrate a willful pattern of non-compliance or expose community members to a serious, demonstrable health risk are subject to immediate suspension. All reports should be filed with the Office of the Dean of Students at email@example.com.
Individuals who are unable to wear cloth face-coverings due to a medical or behavioral condition or disability may wear an alternate face covering, such as a shield, and should maintain a minimum six-foot physical distance at all times.
a. Application of Sanctions
One or more of the following sanctions may apply when a student, student organization, or Greek letter organization is found responsible for violations of the Student Code of Conduct:
- Warning Letter without a Hearing: For minor infractions of this code, the associate dean of students (or designee) or director of residence life (or designee) may send the student a warning letter. The letter states that if the student takes full responsibility for the alleged violation, and any imposed sanctions, then the letter will act as a warning. If the student does not accept responsibility for the alleged violation of the code, then the student must schedule an information meeting to schedule an informal or formal hearing.
- Warning: Oral or written reprimand, when appropriate, to the student or student organization that the student/student organization has violated the Student Code of Conduct and that further violation of the code will result in more serious disciplinary action.
- Educational or Community Assignments: An educational or community sanction is a developmental task for the purpose of making a positive contribution to the student's well-being or the college community. Assignments may include, but are not limited to, attendance at educational workshops/seminars, research projects, essays, apology letters, meetings/interviews with New York Tech officials, planning and implementing educational programs, special assignments, community service projects/work assignments, or other educational activities. For violations of the Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs, an alcohol and drug education sanction is required.
- Fine: A written warning that requires payment of a monetary sanction, not to exceed $500. Failure to pay all fines, in full, may result in a student conduct hold for registration, denial of a final grade report, diploma, and/or transcripts.
- Restitution: Restitution for damages may be a part of any sanction, and may include monetary compensation, property replacement, or services up to the amount of the damages incurred. Failure to make restitution, in full, may result in a student conduct hold for registration, denial of a final grade report, diploma, and/or transcripts.
- Residential Relocation: Relocation to another residential assignment, which may include relocation to a different room assignment and/or residence hall.
- Residential Probation: A specified period of time, during which more severe student code of conduct action can be taken and/or a student's New York Tech residential contract may be terminated if further violation(s) of residence policies and/or the Student Code of Conduct occur.
- Residential Suspension: Termination of a student's New York Tech residential contract. The student is prohibited from entering into or being near the vicinity of specified residence hall(s). The student is not entitled to a refund of their residential contract. A sanction of residential suspension shall set forth, in writing, the conditions that will permit the student's re-acceptance into the residence hall, if appropriate.
- Campus Access Restrictions: Termination of a student's or student organization's privilege to enter into and be near the vicinity of one or more campus buildings. A student may also lose the privilege to enter onto campus grounds entirely.
- Disciplinary Probation (Individual Student): A specified period of time during which a student has an opportunity to demonstrate the ability to be a responsible member of the New York Tech community. A student on probation may be prohibited from holding an office or being elected to any honorary organization; may be required to complete additional educational activities; and may be restricted from participation in certain specified events/activities; from entering certain facilities, classes, or offices; or from contacting/communicating (verbal, nonverbal, physical, or electronic) with specific individuals or groups. Any further violation of the Student Code of Conduct places the student's or student organization's status with the college in jeopardy. Disciplinary probation may be extended beyond a previously specified time for prior violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
- Disciplinary Probation (Student Organization/Greek Letter Organization): A specified period of time during which a student organization's membership has an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to be responsible members of the New York Tech community. A student organization may be required to complete additional educational activities and may be restricted from recruitment activities; participation in certain specified events/activities; entering certain facilities, classes, or offices; or contacting/communicating (verbal, nonverbal, physical, or electronic) with specific individuals or groups. Any further violation of the Student Code of Conduct places the student organization's status with the college in jeopardy.
- No Contact (Individual Student): A mandate to refrain from contact with a designated student or students. Contact may include, but is not limited to, communication through email, phone, voicemail, websites, or friends.
- Suspension (Individual Student): Suspension from academic enrollment and revocation of other privileges or activities, and the privilege to enter all campuses for a period of time not to exceed two years. Conditions that will permit the student's readmission, if appropriate, will be specifically outlined in writing. Any communications with the institution and student during the period of suspension will be directed to the dean of students (or designee).
- Suspension (Student Organization/Greek Letter Organization): Suspension from and revocation of all privileges or activities for a period of time not to exceed two years. Conditions that will permit the student organization's reinstatement, if appropriate, will be specifically outlined in writing.
- Expulsion (Individual Student): Complete termination of student status and academic enrollment for any indefinite period of time. This sanction may be recommended by any New York Tech student conduct body, but shall be imposed, after review of the file, by the dean of students (or designee). Conditions that will permit the student's readmission, if appropriate, will be specifically outlined in writing. If the dean of students (or designee) does not agree with the recommendation, the case will be sent back to the student conduct body for re-sanctioning. Any communications with the institution and student during the period of expulsion will be directed to the dean of students (or designee).
- Expulsion (Student Organization/Greek Letter Organization): Complete termination of a student organization's status and recognition by New York Tech and revocation of all privileges and activities for an indefinite period of time. This sanction may be recommended by any New York Tech student conduct body but shall be imposed, after review of the file, by the dean of students. Conditions that will permit the student organization's reinstatement, if appropriate, will be specifically outlined in writing.
b. Counseling Assessment
Referral for assessment at the Counseling and Wellness Center or a certified/licensed agency may be required for alcohol/drug cases, general mental health, or other mental health issues. In cases of probation, suspension, or expulsion, counseling assessment conditions that permit the student's satisfactory completion of the probationary status or readmission to New York Tech will be specifically outlined in writing.
Any student found responsible for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, or any complainant in one of the cases listed in "Student Rights, Section B." above, may request a review of the determination and/or of the sanction(s) imposed by the student conduct board, subject to "Section C. Grounds for Appeal," below.
a. Burden of Proof
The burden of proof at the appellate level rests with the student to clearly show that an error has occurred during the conduct process; this is not a re-hearing of the student conduct case but rather a review of the specified error as outlined in "Section C. Grounds for Appeal," below.
b. Appellate Forums
- Decisions of the residence hall director/area coordinators or assistant director of residence life will be appealed to the director of residence life.
- Decisions of the director of residence life, or associate dean of students (or designee), will be appealed to the dean of students (or designee).
- Decisions of the dean of students will be appealed to the assistant provost of student engagement and development (or designee).
- Decisions of a student conduct board that do not involve violations of the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy will be appealed to the dean of students, with the exception of expulsion.
- Decisions of a student conduct board that involve violations of the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy will be appealed to an appellate review panel as determined by the dean of students, with the exception of expulsion.
- For cases not involving violations of the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy in which the final decision of the student conduct board is expulsion, the appeal will be decided by the president of the university (or designee).
- For cases involving violations of the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy in which the final decision of the student conduct board is expulsion, the appeal will be decided by an appellate review panel as determined by the president of the university (or designee).
c. Grounds for Appeal
Failure to describe the nature of the evidence in full detail in the appeal letter will result in the denial of an appeal. Appeal considerations are limited to:
- A violation of student's rights (see "Student Rights") or other procedures occurred that substantially affected the outcome of the hearing. Appeals based on this consideration will be limited solely to a review of the record and recording of the conduct hearing.
- New evidence, which was not available at the time of the original hearing and could have substantially affected the outcome. The nature of the evidence must be described in full detail in the appeal letter.
- The sanction(s) imposed were disproportionate to the violation of the Student Code of Conduct for which the student was found to be responsible.
- The grounds for appeal for students whose case was determined through a summary resolution is solely that the severity of the sanction is disproportionate to the nature of the offense.
- Failure to attend a hearing, if proper notice was given as set forth in this code, is not sufficient grounds for an appeal.
d. Appellate Review Process
- Initiating Appeal: A written appeal must be submitted within five business days of the receipt of the written decision, to the appropriate appellate body listed above in "Section B. Appellate Forums." If the student conduct board decision is not appealed within that time frame, that decision of the student conduct board becomes final.
- Record of Appeal: The record of appeal will consist of and be limited to the written appeal, written decision of the student conduct board, and any documentation relevant to the grounds for appeal.
e. Appellate Review Panel
The appellate body may convene an appellate review panel at its sole discretion.
f. The Appellate Body
The appellate body may:
- Affirm the decision previously rendered by the student conduct board.
- Return the case to the student conduct board for further review and adjudication.
- Reverse the decision rendered by the student conduct board and/or dismiss the case.
- Modify the decision rendered.
- Modify the sanctions (reduce or increase the sanctions imposed).
g. The Appellate Decision
- The appellate decision is sent in writing to the student, and to the complainant, where appropriate or required, within five business days of an appellate review unless notification is given that additional time is necessary for consideration of the record on appeal.
Record of Disciplinary Proceedings
An audio or video recording will be made of formal hearings. If a recording malfunction occurs, the hearing body shall include a summary of the testimony sufficiently detailed to permit review in case of appeal. The recording shall be maintained by the dean of students (or designee) or director residence life (or designee) as outlined in "Student Conduct Records." A charged student may review the recording of their hearing by scheduling an appointment with the dean of students (or designee) or the appropriate residence life hearing officer that conducted the hearing. A student may not have a copy of the audio or video recording or any other written materials involved in the hearing other than direct correspondence between the student conduct body and the student.
Failure to Comply with Conduct Body Action
A student who fails to complete a sanction within the specified time frame will be considered to be in violation of the code. It is the student's responsibility to notify the appropriate student conduct body if there are mitigating circumstances that prevent them from completing the sanction(s) in the specified time frame. The student conduct body may extend the deadline time, at its discretion. It is the student's responsibility to complete all sanctions within the specified time frame to avoid student conduct holds and/or a charge of failure to comply.
- The associate dean of students (or designee) or the director of residence life (or designee) will place a student conduct hold on the records and registration of any student who fails to respond to a conduct notice or fails to complete a sanction as determined through final New York Tech action. Any pending conduct matters must be resolved prior to re-registration or a student's graduation. No student will be allowed to register, graduate, receive grades, or have transcripts released until the pending disciplinary matter(s) is/are resolved. Student conduct holds may also affect financial aid.
- The dean of students (or designee) will place a student conduct hold on the records and registration of a student that is under suspension or expulsion from the institution. The student conduct hold will not be removed until the student's suspension status has expired and/or the requirements as set forth by the student conduct/appellate body for readmission have been successfully met. This determination will be made by the dean of students (or designee).
- The provost and vice president for academic affairs or dean of students (or designee) is authorized to place or remove student conduct holds.
Students are encouraged to notify their parents of pending student conduct proceedings. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), New York Tech officials may provide information to a student's parents or legal guardians, without the student's consent, under certain circumstances, including the following:
- If it is determined that a student (under age 21) has committed a violation of law or the Student Code of Conduct, which involved the use or possession of alcohol or controlled substances
- If New York Tech determines that there is a significant threat to the health or safety of the student or other individuals
- If a dependent student has been placed on suspension or expulsion
Delivery of Disciplinary Notifications
- Permanent and/or local addresses on file with the Office of the Registrar and/or the student's official New York Tech email account are considered appropriate and official venues for notifications regarding violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
- In cases, where appropriate, written conduct notices may be delivered by hand to a student's class, other campus location, or residence hall.
a. Official Record Management
All student-conduct records will be managed in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Official student conduct records are maintained, as follows:
- Complete conduct records and appellate records of the Office of Residence Life, including all documentation and recordings (if applicable), will be maintained by the Office of Residence Life.
- Complete student conduct records and appellate records of the dean of students, including all documentation and recordings (if applicable), will be maintained by the dean of students.
- Copies of the meeting and appellate decisions (outcome letters or sanctions, if applicable) of the Office of Residence Life, will be maintained by the dean of students.
- For crimes of violence, including, but not limited to sexual violence, New York Tech will make a notation on the transcript of students found responsible after a conduct process that there was a sanction of suspension and/or expulsion after a finding of responsibility. For respondents in cases of sexual violence who withdraw from the institution while conduct charges are pending, and decline to complete the student conduct disciplinary process, New York Tech will make a notation on the transcript of such students that they withdrew with conduct charges pending. Appeals to seek the removal of transcript notations of suspensions (but not expulsions) may be submitted in writing to the dean of students no less than one year following the conclusion of the suspension period.
- If a finding of responsibility is vacated for any reason, any such transcript notation shall be removed.
b. Student Conduct Records Duration
- Student conduct files are kept for seven years after graduation, except that in cases involving suspension or expulsion, the files are kept indefinitely.
- After the seven-year period, the conduct record is removed from the student's files.
c. Student Conduct Records Request
Students may not obtain a copy of the information in their student conduct file unless required under federal or state law.
Interpretation and Evaluation
- Any question of interpretation regarding the student code shall be referred to the dean of students or designee for final determination.
- The dean of students or designee shall review the Student Code of Conduct from time to time under the charge from the president, provost and vice president for academic affairs, or their designee.
Privacy and Confidentiality: Student Conduct Records
- All conduct proceedings and records are confidential. In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), New York Tech will abide by all laws requiring confidentiality and privacy with regard to the student conduct process. This confidentiality extends to all student conduct bodies and forums.
- In cases involving alleged behavior, where the complainant's rights are impacted, the associate deans of students (or designee) will inform the complainant whenever appropriate of the outcome of the conduct meeting. In cases of violation of the gender-based misconduct policy, the complainant will receive notification of the outcome.
- All conduct proceedings are private and closed to the public, unless the student alleged to have violated the policy and the complainant (if applicable) agree in writing to an open hearing. However, the student conduct body, when necessary to maintain order or to protect the rights of other participants, can deem the proceedings closed to the public.
Release of Disciplinary Records
- A student may choose to sign a release form granting the appropriate student conduct body permission to discuss information related to the student's conduct file with any individual that the student designates. This form is available from the associate dean of students (or designee) or the Office of Residence Life.
- Any educational institution or other agency requesting information about conduct related to a current or former New York Tech student is required to submit a request, in writing, to the dean of students (or designee). All written requests must include the signature of the student granting the release of information related to the student conduct record and the student's current contact information. The dean of students (or designee), may contact the student for verification prior to the release of any conduct information.
Auxiliary Aids and Services for Student Conduct Hearings
Students with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requiring special accommodations should notify the associate dean of students (or designee), in writing, at least five business days prior to the hearing. The associate dean of students (or designee) will consult with the student disabilities coordinator to determine the appropriate steps that may need to be taken to accommodate the student.
Official Forms of Communication
The university's official mode of communication with students is through New York Tech-issued emails and the U.S. mail. Students are expected to check their official email accounts on a regular basis, and failure to check email is not considered an excuse for failing to respond to a communication, missing deadlines, or failing to complete required documents. Student conduct notification and letters may be sent by email, hand delivery, U.S. mail, registered U.S. mail, United Parcel Service, DHL, Federal Express, etc. Regardless of the mode of communication, the student is deemed to have received the communication upon proper mailing, sending, delivery, or email of the communication to the student.
Interim and Emergency Suspension
a. Interim Suspension
In situations of potential code violations where there is reasonable cause to believe a student's alleged behavior or action and/or continued presence at the institution poses a clear and present danger to the health, safety, or general welfare of individuals, the campus community, or continuance of normal New York Tech functions, the dean of students (or designee) will temporarily restrict a student from specific New York Tech facilities including, but not limited to, residence halls, buildings, and classrooms or temporarily suspend the student from New York Tech for an interim period of time pending disciplinary proceedings. Such situations may involve emergency, medical, mental, or some other chronic matter, including but not limited to physical assault, harassment and/or bullying, sexual assault or misconduct, hazing, possession of firearms, explosives, weapons, felony drug possession, and other acts of a similar nature that threaten or have the potential to threaten the health and/or safety of individuals and/or the property of New York Tech. The dean of students (or designee) may require specific evaluations to take place. Outside evaluations are conducted at the expense of the student.
b. Emergency Suspension
In situations not necessarily involving potential code violations, but where there is reasonable cause to believe a student's alleged behavior or action and/or continued presence at the institution poses a clear and present danger to the health, safety, or general welfare of individuals, the campus community, continuance of New York Tech functions, or New York Tech property, the dean of students (or designee) will temporarily restrict a student from specific New York Tech facilities including residence halls, buildings, and classrooms or temporarily suspend the student from New York Tech for an interim period of time pending an evaluation of that student's well-being by an outside licensed practitioner and/or the dean of students. The dean of students (or designee) may require specific evaluations to take place. Outside evaluations are conducted at the expense of the student.
A student placed on interim or emergency suspension is not allowed on any New York Tech campus or property without express permission of the dean of students (or designee). In addition, the student may not contact any other student, staff, faculty or administrator with the exception of the dean of students (or designee) without prior permission. In cases of interim suspension, the student is entitled to a student conduct hearing as set forth in this code, but not an informational meeting, unless approved by the dean of students (or designee).
Academic Integrity Policy: U.S. Campuses
Section 1 – Preamble
In its mission to provide a career-oriented education, New York Institute of Technology strives to create a community of students, faculty, and staff intent on teaching, learning, and researching. As members of this learning community, students and faculty must work together to ask difficult questions of what we know and to discover what we have yet to learn.
The foundation of academic work is intellectual integrity, credibility, and trust. A learning community can only be maintained if its members believe that their work is judged fairly and held to the highest academic and ethical standards. For these reasons, it is essential that all members of the New York Tech community understand our shared standards of academic honesty. More than just a series of regulations, the Academic Integrity Policy serves as a guide and resource for students and faculty for understanding these standards and their importance in the mission of the university.
Section 2 – Definitions
a. Academic Integrity
Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly work in an open, honest, and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity, and all members of the university community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Academic integrity includes a commitment to engage in academic work that adheres to the highest standards of academic honesty. These standards include purposeful avoidance of plagiarism, cheating, misrepresentation, unauthorized collaboration, or any efforts at facilitating any academic deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental and ethical principles of the community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.
Additionally, dishonesty in a workplace can also lead to serious consequences, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion from school. New York Tech takes seriously its mission to uphold academic integrity and to educate its students to use integrity in all of their work.
b. Academic Dishonesty
All members of the New York Tech community are expected to apply high standards of academic integrity and ethical behavior in completing assignments for evaluation, testing, research, and publication. Any practice or conduct by a member of the New York Tech community that deviates from the ethical standards that are expected within the professional community, and as outlined in this policy, constitutes academic dishonesty. Academic integrity violations encompass any act that compromises the integrity of the educational process. These violations include, but are not limited to:
- Plagiarism: Plagiarism refers to representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise without providing proper documentation of source. It is the responsibility of all students to understand the methods of proper attribution and to apply those principles in all written, oral, and electronic submissions. This information is available from instructors, library staff, library website, and at the Writing Center. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Copying information word for word from a source without using quotation marks and giving proper acknowledgement by way of footnote, endnote, or intertextual note.
- Paraphrasing or putting into one's own words information from a source without providing proper acknowledgement/citation.
- Reproducing without proper citation any other form of work of another person, such as a musical phrase, a proof, experimental data, laboratory report, graphics design or computer code.
- Self-plagiarizing, including handing in the same paper, or reuse of a musical phrase, proof, experimental data, laboratory report, graphics design or computer code, for more than one course without the explicit permission of the instructor.
- Unauthorized purchasing, possessing, taking, copying, or sharing of information to complete academic work.
- Unauthorized assistance with academic work (e.g. excessive editorial assistance, translation services, applications, and sites, etc.)
- Cheating: Cheating refers to intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Copying from another student's examination, research paper, case write-up, lab report, homework assignment, or computer program.
- Possessing or using unauthorized notes, text, or other aids during an examination, quiz, or other assignment.
- Looking at someone else's exam before or during an examination.
- Possessing an electronic device that contains unauthorized information for a test or assignment such as programming one's computer or calculator to gain an unfair advantage.
- Soliciting, obtaining, possessing, or providing to another person an examination or portions of an exam prior or subsequent to the administration of the exam.
- Talking, whispering, or using a cell phone during an examination for the purpose of obtaining answers to questions.
- Unauthorized Collaboration: Unauthorized collaboration refers to working with other students without the instructor's permission in the preparation and presentation of reports, laboratory reports, homework assignments, take-home exams, term papers, research projects, case studies, or otherwise failing to abide by the instructor's rules governing the academic exercise where the expectation is that the work to be completed is an individual and independent effort. Working in teams and collaborating with others in completing group projects and other assignments is an effective teaching pedagogy used by some instructors. However, collaborative learning must be sanctioned by the instructor. Students are encouraged to consult with the instructor if they are unsure about the assignment, course expectations, or what constitutes unauthorized collaboration.
- Unauthorized Online Collaboration: Unauthorized online collaboration refers to using websites and/or social media during examinations, taking pictures of examination questions, and sharing via email, social media, etc.
- Fabrication: Fabrication refers to the intentional and unauthorized falsification, misrepresentation, or invention of any information, data, or citation in any academic exercise. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Falsifying or altering the data collected in the conduct of research.
- Making up a source as a citation in an assignment or citing a source one did not use.
- Attempting to deceive the instructor by altering and resubmitting as original work or for additional credit assignments, tests, quizzes, or exams that have been graded and returned, or that have been submitted for another course or academic exercise.
- Stating an opinion as a scientifically proven fact.
- Facilitation: Facilitation refers to intentionally or knowingly assisting any person in the commission of an academic integrity violation. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Allowing another student to copy one's answers during an examination.
- Giving another student one's own assignment or paper to copy answers to a test or assignment.
- Taking an examination or writing a paper for another student.
- Inaccurately listing someone as co-author of a paper, case write-up, lab report, or project, who did not contribute.
- Signing an attendance sheet for a student who was not present in class.
- Misrepresentation: Misrepresentation refers to intentionally engaging in deceptive practices and misusing one's relationship with the college to gain an unfair advantage in the admissions process, access to programs and facilities, employment opportunities, and any academic exercise. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Arranging for another student to substitute for oneself during an examination session or in the completion of coursework.
- Taking credit for work not done, such as taking credit for a group assignment without participating or contributing to the extent expected.
- Falsifying, misusing, omitting, or tampering with official college information in any form, including written, oral, or electronic, including test scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, or statements of purpose to gain initial or continued access to the college's programs or facilities.
- Altering, changing, forging, or misusing academic records or any official college form regarding oneself.
- Causing any false information to be presented at an academic proceeding or intentionally destroying evidence important to an academic proceeding.
- Reporting an academic integrity violation known to be false.
- Misrepresenting or falsifying class attendance or that of another student.
- Participation in Dishonest Acts: Some dishonest acts that undermine the fundamental values of an intellectual community fall outside of the more specific academic integrity violations described above. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Purchasing a pre-written or custom-written paper.
- Selling, loaning, or otherwise distributing materials for the purpose of cheating, plagiarism, or other academically dishonest acts.
- Intentionally missing an examination or assignment deadline to gain an unfair advantage.
- Stealing or attempting to access an examination or answer key from an instructor, proctor, or staff member.
- Infringing upon the right of other students to fair and equal access to any library materials and comparable or related academic resources
- Attempting to prevent access by other users to the college's computer system and its resources, to degrade its system performance, or to copy or destroy files or programs without consent
- Offering bribes (e.g., monetary remuneration, gifts, or favors) to any college official in exchange for special consideration, waiver of procedures, or change of grade on an assignment or course
Section 3 – Reporting Violations of Academic Integrity
Students, faculty and staff share in the responsibility for maintaining the academic standards of the college, for promoting integrity, and for upholding the Academic Integrity Policy. To protect the rights and maintain the trust of honest students and support appropriate behavior, instructors will regularly communicate high standards of integrity (i.e. within syllabi, assignments, exams, etc.) and reinforce them by taking reasonable steps to anticipate and deter acts of dishonesty in all assignments and examinations.
To promote a learning environment that is built upon the fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility, each community member is encouraged to confront instances of suspected wrongdoing and to report alleged violations of the Academic Integrity Policy to the appropriate instructor, department chair, academic dean, or dean of students (or designee). A standard Academic Dishonesty and Resolution Reporting form, a personal letter/email, or meeting with the appropriate college official are all appropriate means by which referrals are made. Students are not obligated to report suspected violations, but they are encouraged to do so. Students may also approach those involved in alleged academic dishonesty to remind them of their obligation to uphold standards of academic integrity.
Section 4 – Academic Integrity Violations by Level
Violations of academic integrity are organized based on the behavior(s) and related circumstances. The grade percentages, descriptions, examples and recommended sanctions are provided below. These are general descriptions and are not all-inclusive.
Level One Violations
Level One violations, in the opinion of the instructor, are comprised of students' actions that may be the result of a lack of information or awareness (eg. not made aware of via a syllabus) and the activity in which the violation occurs is less than 10% of the grade for the course. Level One violations may be most common among first-year students.
- Improper citation or footnoting
- Citation of information not taken from the source indicated
Recommended Sanction: Make-up assignment at a more difficult level or assignment of no credit for work in question, required attendance at a library or writing workshop on preparation of term papers, or a related-educational assignment
Level Two Violations
Level Two violations, in the opinion of the instructor, involve incidences of cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, or academic misconduct when one or more of the following are applicable:
- The student's actions constitute a violation of academic integrity that cannot be attributed to lack of information or awareness (eg. not made aware of via a syllabus)
- The activity in which the violation occurs is less than 25% of the grade for the course
- Unauthorized assistance with academic work (e.g., excessive editorial assistance)
- Allowing another student to copy one's work
- Copying from another student's work
(representing less than 25% of the entire academic exercise)
- Level One violations that are not attributable to inexperience
- Copying another person's words directly without acknowledging the source
- Paraphrasing or putting into one's own words information from a source without providing proper acknowledgement/citation
- Using facts, statistics or other illustrative material taken from a source without acknowledging the source (unless the information is common knowledge)
- Submitting a computer program, or any other creative work or intelLectual property as defined by the discipline, as original work which duplicates, in whole or in part, the work of another, without citation
- Falsifying or altering the data collected in the conduct of research
- Submitting the same written work to fulfill the requirements of more than one course without the explicit permission of the present instructor
Recommended Sanction: A failing grade on the assignment or failure of the course (depending on the magnitude of the violation).
Level Three Violations
Level Three violations, in the opinion of the instructor, is comprised of cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, or academic misconduct incidences when one or more of the following are applicable:
- The student's actions are a repeat offense of a Level Two violation.
- The activity in which the violation occurs is 25% or more of the grade for the course.
- Possessing or using unauthorized notes, text, or other aids during an examination, quiz, or other assignment
- Copying from another student's examination, research paper, case write-up, lab report, homework assignment, or computer program
- Possessing an electronic device that contains unauthorized information for a test or assignment such as programming one's computer or calculator to gain an unfair advantage
(representing 25% or more of the entire academic exercise)
- Improper citation or footnoting
- Citation of information not taken from the source indicated
- Copying information word for word from a source without using quotation marks and giving proper acknowledgement by way of footnote, endnote, or intertextual note
- Paraphrasing or putting into one's own words information from a source without providing proper acknowledgement/citation
- Reproducing without proper citation any other form of work of another person, such as a musical phrase, a proof, experimental data, laboratory report, graphics design or computer code
- Falsifying or altering the data collected in the conduct of research
- Making up a source as a citation in an assignment or citing a source one did not use.
- Altering an assignment, exam, etc. and filing a false complaint that an instructor misgraded the assignment, exam, etc.
- Attempting to prevent access by other users to the college's computer system and its resources, to degrade its system performance, or to copy or destroy files or programs without consent
The dean of students (or designee) may determine that a violation reported at Level Two becomes a Level Three in the presence of a prior Level Two violation unknown to the reporting instructor. This determination may be made after the Level Two sanction has already been imposed.
Recommended Sanction: Probation or suspension from the university for one semester and a failing grade in the course.
Level Four Violations
These are the most serious violations of academic integrity and include violations that could result in legal action against the perpetrator. Level Four violations involve cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, or academic misconduct when, in the opinion of the instructor, one or more of the following are applicable:
The student's actions represent:
- a blatant disregard or disrespect for the expectations of academic integrity and/or university life
- a violation of law
- any degree or category of infraction relating to a graduate thesis
- Falsifying or altering the data collected in the conduct of research in an experiment, research project, or other academic exercise related to the senior or graduate thesis
- Changing, altering, falsifying or being accessory to the changing, altering or falsifying of a grade report or form, or entering any university office, building or accessing a computer for that purpose
- Coercing any other person to obtain an un-administered test
- Stealing, buying, selling, giving away or otherwise obtaining all or part of any un-administered examination, term papers, or works of art, or entering any university office or building for the purpose of obtaining said materials without authorization
- Taking an examination or writing a paper for another student or permitting another student to perform the same for oneself
- Violating the clinical or ethical code of the discipline
- Sabotaging of another's work
The dean of students (or designee) may determine that a violation reported at Level Three becomes a Level Four in the presence of a prior Level Three violation unknown to the reporting instructor. This determination may be made after the Level Three sanction has been applied. Multiple Level Two Violations or a Level Two violation followed by a Level Three violation may only be sanctioned at Level Three. Only multiple Level Three violations may be raised to Level Four.
Recommended Sanction: Expulsion from the university and a permanent dismissal notation on the student's internal academic file.
Section 5 – Academic Dishonesty Review Process
There are two types of forums* provided by this code to review alleged violations of the Academic Integrity Policy:
A. Academic Resolution (Informal)
The instructor has the primary responsibility for control over classroom behavior and maintenance of academic integrity. Students involved in academic dishonesty, either directly or indirectly as a participant, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the course who is obligated to address the alleged violation.
Academic resolutions are conducted by the instructor of the course in which an alleged violation of the Academic Integrity Policy has occurred. When an instructor suspects that a student may have violated the college's policy in this manner, the instructor shall inform the student of the concerns within five (5) business days of the discovery and present the student with any supporting evidence and documentation. The student shall be afforded the opportunity to respond to the allegations and to offer an explanation during the academic resolution meeting or via email, if the student is unable to meet.
If, after five (5) business days, the student is unresponsive to the instructor's efforts to discuss the academic integrity concerns, the process to address the matter will proceed without the student's participation. Additionally, if the student subsequently submitted additional work with the same academic integrity concerns, and has not been notified about the first incident, the student shall not be held responsible for the second occurrence.
1. Student Accepts Responsibility: At an academic resolution meeting or via email correspondence, if the instructor and the student agree that a Level One or Level Two violation has occurred and the student accepts responsibility for the violation, the instructor may at their discretion impose the following academic sanctions or grade penalties:
Level One or Two Violation:
- Issue the student an oral warning together with information/resources about what is acceptable academic conduct.
- Assign the completion of an academic integrity module.
- Change the grade on the assignment, including lowering or assessing a failing grade.
- Change the grade for the course, including lowering or assessing a failing grade.
- Allow the student to resubmit the assignment or retake the exam.
- Assign additional academic work or alternative assignments.
The instructor must also notify the dean of students of the violation by submitting an Academic Dishonesty and Resolution Reporting form within two (2) business days of the conclusion of an academic dishonesty and resolution meeting or their receipt of written/emailed confirmation from the student regarding the violation. Documentation should be submitted with the Academic Dishonesty and Resolution Reporting form that includes exams/assignments involving cheating, crib sheets, witness statements, or other materials deemed relevant to the case. The incident will be kept on file in the Office of the Dean of Students as a record of the incident and a way to track and respond to repeat/multiple offenses by the same student(s).
Imposing Additional Sanctions for Level Three and Level Four Violations: Disciplinary probation, suspension, expulsion, or removing a student from class are outside the purview of the instructor and may not be issued as part of the academic resolution process. These sanctions may only be rendered through the University Appeals Board administered by the dean of students (or designee).
2. Student Does Not Accept Responsibility: If the student does not accept responsibility and/or disputes the allegation or decision of the instructor at the academic resolution meeting, the instructor will assign an incomplete (I) grade on the assignment or in the course, pending the outcome of a hearing before the University Appeals Board as outlined in Section 5 (b) of the Academic Integrity Policy. Students assessed an incomplete (I) grade will be allowed to continue in the course without prejudice, pending the outcome of the formal student conduct process. If the course ends before the University Appeals Board has acted, the instructor will submit the incomplete grade to the Office of the Registrar pending a hearing before the University Appeals Board. At the conclusion of the student conduct process, the instructor will submit a change-of-grade form to the registrar reflecting the outcome of the student conduct hearing and the instructor's evaluation of the student's work in the course.
3. Academic Dishonesty and Resolution Reporting Form: At the conclusion of the academic resolution meeting or communications with the student, the instructor will complete an Academic Dishonesty and Resolution Reporting form. The Academic Dishonesty and Resolution Reporting form may also be used by the instructor to request a formal review of the matter by the dean of students (or designee) and the University Appeals Board.
The Academic Dishonesty and Resolution Reporting form should be submitted within two (2) business days at the conclusion of the academic resolution process and also shared with the department chair. The Academic Dishonesty and Resolution Reporting form serves as the official record of the meeting and will become part of the student's student conduct record maintained by the dean of students (or designee). If the dean of students (or designee) receives a second Academic Dishonesty and Resolution Reporting form on a student (either from the same or a different faculty member) after the student has been notified of a current violation that is being addressed, the dean of students (or designee) may proceed with a Formal Hearing as outlined in Section 5 (b) below.
4. Meeting with the Dean of Students (or designee): Upon receipt of the Academic Dishonesty and Resolution Reporting form, the dean of students (or designee) may meet with the student who has accepted responsibility for a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy to review the policy and to stress its importance; outline the resources and services provided by the college to assist students who may be experiencing academic difficulty; and issue a written warning indicating that a further violation of the Academic Integrity Policy will be attended by more serious student conduct sanctions. In cases where a student is assessed and accepts a failing grade for the course by the instructor, the student will be informed that they are no longer allowed to attend the class. Students found responsible for a first violation may also be required to complete the Academic Integrity Modules which are coordinated through the dean of students (or designee). A summary letter of the meeting will be sent to the student and a copy forwarded to the instructor and department chair. In cases where the student does not accept responsibility for a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, the dean of students (or designee) will initiate the formal student conduct process outlined in Section 5 (b) of this Academic Integrity Policy.
5. Academic Resolution Appeals: A student who accepts responsibility and agrees with the academic sanctions or grade penalties imposed by the instructor as part of the academic resolution process cannot appeal the decision to a higher authority or the University Appeals Board. The decision and sanctions imposed by the instructor are final. A student who does not accept responsibility and/or disputes the allegation or decision of the instructor has the right to have the matter reviewed by the dean of students (or designee) with a referral to the University Appeals Board when determined by the dean of students (or designee).
b. Formal Conduct Hearing Panel
- Initiating Charges: The dean of students (or designee) is responsible for investigating complaints of alleged violations of the Academic Integrity Policy, and the University Appeals Board will be called upon to hear cases under the following circumstances:
- If after a thorough review of a complaint it is determined that there is sufficient evidence to formally charge a student with a violation of the policy.
- If at the conclusion of the academic resolution meeting the student disputes the allegation and does not accept responsibility for violating the Academic Integrity Policy or disagrees with the sanction(s) imposed by an instructor.
- A review of a student's disciplinary record indicates a Level Three, Level Four, and/or multiple reported violations of the Academic Integrity Policy.
- The instructor or the dean of students (or designee) feels that the seriousness of the first offense (i.e. Level Three or Level Four violation) warrants a review by the University Appeals Board.
If the dean of students (or designee) determines that there is insufficient evidence to charge a student with a violation of the policy, the formal disciplinary process will not be initiated and all parties will be notified in writing. If there is insufficient evidence to formally charge a student with a violation of the policy and the instructor chooses to issue an academic sanction or grade penalty, the student has the right to request a review of the matter by the grade appeals committee.
- Procedures: If the dean of students (or designee) determines that there is sufficient evidence to charge a student with a violation of the policy, the formal student conduct process will be conducted in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Student Code of Conduct (Section 10).
- Academic Sanctions and Grade Penalties: The University Appeals Board does not have the authority to issue academic sanctions or grade penalties in cases where a student is found responsible for violating the Academic Integrity Policy. The evaluation of a student's academic work and issuing a course grade is the responsibility of the instructor. However, the University Appeals Board may make a recommendation to the instructor for consideration, in addition to issuing non-academic sanctions (i.e. educational/community assignments, suspension, expulsion, etc.). In cases where a student is found responsible for an academic integrity violation by the University Appeals Board and the student has exhausted the student conduct appeals process, the student cannot appeal the decision to a higher authority. The University Appeals Board sanctions and any academic sanctions or grade penalties imposed by the instructor are final. In cases where a student is found not responsible for an academic integrity violation by the University Appeals Board and the instructor chooses to impose an academic sanction or grade penalty to reflect the outcome of the formal hearing, the dean of students (or designee) will refer the matter to the college's grade appeals committee.
- Withdrawal from the Course Pending Resolution: Students are permitted to withdraw from a course after an alleged violation is reported. If an instructor determines that a student has violated the Academic Integrity policy, and the student withdraws from the course, the instructor shall inform the dean of students of the resolution by the submission of an Academic Dishonesty and Resolution Reporting form (including all supporting documentation). The dean of students shall review the student's conduct file to determine if there are multiple academic integrity violations and/or if the case should be elevated. Ultimately, the dean of students will update the student's disciplinary file to reflect the final resolution.
* Accompaniment by an advisor of the student's choice for an informal meeting or formal conduct hearing: The advisor may not speak, serve as a witness, or represent the student before the hearing body. The advisor may not serve as a legal representative. Students must speak for themselves. (For exemptions, see "Auxiliary Aids and Services" later in this handbook).
Section 6 – Student Resources
New York Tech Resources to Help You Succeed
Health, Wellness, and Accessibility Services:
- Accessibility Services
- Counseling and Wellness
Campus Life Resources:
- Purdue Online Writing Lab
- Self-Plagiarism: How to Define It and Why You Should Avoid It
Gender-Based Misconduct Policy: U.S. Campuses
New York Institute of Technology is committed to providing an educational environment that is free from gender-based misconduct. No form of gender-based misconduct will be tolerated by students, employees, or visitors.
Gender-based misconduct includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other forms of nonconsensual sexual activity, as well as stalking and relationship violence. Students have rights and obligations which they should be aware of regarding gender-based misconduct. The university's Gender-Based Misconduct Policy applies to all New York Tech students and is incorporated by reference into this handbook.
Statement on Non-Discrimination
Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities: U.S. Campuses
It is the policy of New York Tech to provide reasonable accommodations for students who are otherwise qualified but have disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Such disabilities may include learning disabilities, health impairments, and other documented disabling conditions. Possible accommodations include, but are not limited to, testing modifications, class relocation, and possible assistance in acquisition of necessary equipment. Admission requirements for students with disabilities are the same as for all other students.
- Accessibility Services
- Procedures for Students with Disabilities
- Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities
- Technical Standards for Students with Disabilities
Formal Grievance Procedure
New York Tech has adopted these internal procedures to provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and/or their implementing regulations. Such laws prohibit discrimination in education on the basis of a disability.
PROCEDURE FOR DISABILITY-RELATED COMPLAINTS
A complaint concerning alleged disability discrimination or harassment by employees, students, or third parties may be made orally or in writing, and should include the complainant's name and address, and briefly describe the alleged violation of New York Tech policy or law. Address complaints to:
Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator
New York Institute of Technology
Tower House, Room 106
Old Westbury, NY 11568
A complaint should be submitted within 14 calendar days after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation.
An investigation will be conducted, as may be appropriate, by the assistant director, Office of Accessibility Services. The investigation shall be informal but thorough and afford all interested persons and their representatives, if any, an opportunity to present witnesses and evidence relevant to the complaint.
The assistant director, Office of Accessibility Services will make a written determination as to the validity of the complaint and a description of the resolution if reasonably possible within 14 calendar days after receipt of a complainant's submission. The determination will be sent to the complainant and the respondent.
The assistant director, Office of Accessibility Services shall maintain the files and records relating to the complaints filed. The complainant and respondent can request a reconsideration of the case in instances of dissatisfaction with the resolution. The request for reconsideration should be made within five (5) calendar days to the dean of students—New York Tech, Student Activity Center, Long Island campus. A written determination shall be issued by the dean of students and forwarded to the complainant and the respondent within ten (10) calendar days after the request for reconsideration.
If a grievance is against the assistant director, Office of Accessibility Services, the formal grievance procedure is followed except the complaint should be submitted to the dean of students and the request for reconsideration should be submitted with the Provost or their designee.
The right of a person to a prompt and equitable resolution of the complaint submitted hereunder shall not be impaired by nor shall the use of this procedure be prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies.*
New York Tech will take steps to prevent discrimination and harassment, to prevent the recurrence of discrimination and harassment, and to remedy its discriminatory effects on complainants and others, if appropriate.
This grievance procedure shall be construed to protect the substantive rights of interested parties to meet appropriate procedural standards, and to assure that New York Tech complies with the ADA implementation of the regulations.
* Other remedies include the filing of an ADA complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, or other responsible federal agencies.
Grievants enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine must follow the procedure for grievances included in the NYITCOM Student Handbook as the above formal grievance procedure does not apply to those students.
Computing Code of Responsible Technology Usage: U.S. Campuses
New York Tech provides resources—including telephone and computer equipment, software, networks, and user accounts—for use by its faculty, staff, students, and university affiliates. Any and all information or communication transmitted by, received from or stored in these systems are property of the college and are provided for use in support of programs of the college. All users of these resources are required to use them in a manner that is respectful of each other's and the institution's rights, privileges, and interests. However, abuse of equipment or systems that causes disruption of users' productivity, and the integrity of data and programs, may be subject to disciplinary action or prosecution under college policies, and local, state, or federal laws.
- Computing Code: The computing code sets forth standards of behavior that apply to all faculty, students, staff and university affiliates. In addition, the purpose of this code is to define responsible technology usage, particularly for new users who may not be aware of the potential impact of their actions.
- Computer Ethics Policy Statement: Computers, telecommunications, and information in electronic form create a need for ethical models. Information owners, both individual and institutional, must make a conscious and explicit effort to state and enforce their expectations of ethical behavior. Information users have an obligation to recognize the information owner's rights in order to protect and preserve their own rights to use that information.
- Computer-Based Information: Computer-based information, recognized as a primary educational and research asset, should be protected from unauthorized modification, destruction, disruption, or disclosure—whether accidental or intentional. The use of these systems is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked at any time. All technology-related questions, requests, complaints, and service calls should be directed to Service Central. All calls will be directly responded to or will be referred to the appropriate office for answers and resolution.
Computing Usage Statement of Responsibilities
- College Responsibilities: The college assumes the responsibility to ensure the integrity of its computing systems, workstations, and facilities. Since no system is absolutely secure, however, usage will be monitored to ensure that irresponsible users cannot affect the performance and integrity of other accounts and other users' information or the systems.
- User Responsibilities: Each user is solely responsible for the usage incurred through their account/workstation. Individuals, who intentionally abuse accounts and privileges, degrade system performance, misappropriate resources, or interfere in any way with the operation of the technology, are subject to penalties.
- Student Responsibilities: If a student ever discovers what may be a security lapse in our systems, the student should report their concerns to the Office of Information Technology and Infrastructure.
- Privacy Statement: Each user is assigned one or more confidential passwords intended to restrict access to files and systems, including email. However, students and employees should have no expectation of privacy of documents stored on computer systems or in messages sent across the network. The college has the absolute and unconditional right to investigate, review and monitor these materials, including, but not limited to, eradication of computer viruses; data access, backup and restoration; hardware and software inventory procedures, including scans for unlicensed software installations; installations, maintenance, updates, and repair; investigations relating to compliance with college policies, including the college's technology policies; and investigation of criminal, unlawful, or unauthorized activities as directed by local, state, or federal authorities, or by the senior management of the college.
- Standards for Computer Usage: Access and use of college computing systems and services is defined below. It applies equally to all users of college-owned and -operated information systems and equipment.
- Any access prohibited by state or federal law is unauthorized. Any access or use in support of activities that are prohibited by state or federal law is unauthorized.
- Individuals who willfully cause loss to authorized account holders by unauthorized access or use shall be held financially responsible for the cost of restoring that user's data, programs, and account balance.
- Violators who are members of the college community will be subject to disciplinary action under college regulations applying to their respective status within the college. All violators will be subject to prosecution under any local, state, or federal laws that apply.
The following are examples of computer abuse (this list is illustrative and not meant to be all-inclusive):
- Unauthorized use of account and/or password, including but not limited to, ineligibility. Individual accounts cannot be transferred to or used by another person. Attempting to gain access to privileged areas or to accounts that do not belong to the student.
- Frivolous, disturbing, or otherwise inconsiderate conduct, including extensive use of workstations, playing games, sending nuisance messages, or wasteful or unauthorized use of college-supported facilities.
- Possession or use of programs capable of fraudulently simulating system responses; modification of or possession of systems-control information, especially that which reflects program state, status, or accounting; attempts to modify or crash the system.
- Any violation of the New York Tech student or employee codes of conduct that involves technology resources.
- Use of college resources for non-college-related commercial purposes is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, development of programs, data processing or computations for non-college-related commercial use, and preparation and/or presentation of advertising materials not related to the college.
- Using college resources to gain unauthorized access to other systems; unauthorized access to data or files even if they are not securely protected; attempting to read another person's email or other protected files; and using equipment to send obscene or harassing messages.
- Copying, storing, displaying, or distributing copyrighted materials using college computer systems or networks without the express permission of the copyright owner, except as otherwise allowed by copyright law.
- Using technology for any unethical, illegal, or criminal purposes; tapping network transmissions, including wireless transmissions; and making more copies of licensed software than the license allows.
- Releasing a virus, worm, or other program that damages or otherwise harms a system or network.
- Preventing others from accessing services.
- Using university resources for unauthorized purposes.
Grade Appeals Policy and Procedure: U.S. Campuses
Grade Appeals Process
Updated December 2020
The Student Grade Appeal Procedure described below took effect in the Fall 2020 semester and shall apply to all New York Tech students, except those enrolled in programs in schools which have equivalent procedures in place. Students who have received failing or reduced grades because of plagiarism must appeal through the Academic Integrity Policy procedures, not through the procedures described in this document.
Where the grade appeal involves a student attending New York Tech at an off-site location, the vice president for academic affairs shall ensure that adequate time is provided to all participants in the process and shall have the authority to extend any deadline for that purpose. The vice president for academic affairs shall also have the authority, in exceptional cases and on a case-by-case basis, to extend any deadline relating to the grade appeal procedure, in their sole discretion.
Basis for Grade Changes
A final course grade may be changed only if there is unequivocal evidence that one or more of the following applies:
- It was a direct result of arbitrary and capricious grading on the part of the instructor.
- [Effective Spring 2021 semester] A finding of discrimination or discriminatory harassment on the basis of a legally protected classification (as the term is defined by Federal Law, New York State Law, or the Administrative Code of the City of New York) by the instructor in connection with the grade, following a claim filed by the student in accordance with New York Institute of Technology policies. In the event that the claim is still pending, the grade appeal committee will wait to hear the appeal until the investigation is completed and a finding has been made. Furthermore, in the event that the appeal is pending the completion of an investigation, the grade appeal timeline for the resolution of the appeal will be extended until the investigation's findings are communicated to the Grade Appeals Committee.
- The grade was incorrectly calculated.
- A clerical error occurred in recording the grade.
- A mitigating circumstance prevented the student from completing a final assignment or attending the final examination. In such cases, a grade may be changed to either a "W" or "I", pursuant to the rules governing these grades. In cases where the grade has been changed to an "I", the student shall have one additional semester and a summer beyond the final decision of the Grade Appeals Committee in which to complete the work. The temporary grade of incomplete (I) shall change to a failing (IF) grade if the student does not complete all work by the end of the allotted time (see schedule in the Academic Catalog). Such an IF grade may not be challenged, and the course must be repeated by the student to receive credit.
- A grade awarded on the basis of academic dishonesty may not be appealed under this procedure, unless the charge has been resolved in favor of the student pursuant to the Academic Integrity Policy.
Initial Challenge of Grade and Appeal
Given the demands of the professional phase for some majors in the School of Health Professions, the grade appeals process follows a shorter timeline. These students should review their specific Grade Appeals Procedure.
For all other majors, the Grade Appeals Procedure is as follows:
- A student may file a formal challenge to a grade on any of the grounds set forth in subsections (1. through 6.) above.
- The student must present positive, detailed and specific evidence in support of their claim.
- In order to timely commence such a challenge, a student must notify the instructor in writing no later than the third week of the succeeding semester that they wish to challenge the grade.
- Within two weeks of receipt of the challenge notification, the instructor must meet with the student and notify them in writing whether they will change the grade.
- In the event that New York Institute of Technology no longer employs the instructor, a student's challenge shall commence with the chair. In such cases, the student must notify the chair and all rights and responsibilities otherwise assumed by the instructor will be assumed by the chair.
- If the instructor or chair, acting in place of the instructor, agrees to change the grade on the basis of the appeal, the instructor or chair shall promptly send a Change of Grade form, with the appropriate documentation, to the Registrar. (See Grade Appeal Timeline)
Submission of the Dispute to the Grade Appeals Committee
If the instructor declines to change the grade, or has not met the deadline, the student may appeal to the chair and the chair will, within two weeks of receipt of the student's appeal, meet with the instructor and the student and attempt to mediate the appeal. Where the chair has attempted, but failed, to mediate the appeal within that two-week period, the chair shall notify the student immediately and promptly send a written report regarding the mediation to the instructor and the student. If after the chair's attempted mediation, the student remains dissatisfied with the instructor's decision, the student may, within two weeks of being notified of the failed mediation effort, submit the grade dispute to the academic dean of the school responsible for the course with copies to the chair and instructor. Conversely, where the chair has not taken steps to mediate the appeal within the two-week period, or where the chair has acted in place of the instructor and has declined to change the grade, the student may appeal directly to the academic dean. Within two weeks of receipt of the appeal, the academic dean must advise the student and the instructor, in writing, whether the dean thinks the grade should be changed. If the student or the instructor is dissatisfied with the recommendation of the academic dean, within two weeks of receipt of the dean's recommendations, the student or the instructor must notify the academic dean that they wish to submit the grade dispute to the Grade Appeals Committee in the Office of Academic Affairs. This notification must be in writing with copies to the student and the instructor.
Grade Appeals Committee
The administration of the Grade Appeals Committee shall be centralized in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. There shall be separate standing committees for the Long Island and New York City campuses. The committees shall consist of:
- The chairperson and nonvoting vice president for academic affairs or designee
- The nonvoting dean of students or designee
- Three faculty senators plus one alternate for each campus, who shall be elected annually for this purpose by the Academic Senate at their first meeting in each academic year
Meetings of the Grade Appeals Committee
The Grade Appeals Committee shall meet at least once each semester and invite the instructor and student to the meeting. It shall consider any evidence which the student, the instructor, or the committee deems relevant. Should the student or instructor or chair, if the instructor is no longer employed by New York Tech, not be available, or declines to meet with the committee, it may determine cases on the basis of the submitted written arguments and supporting documents alone. However, if the instructor or the student attends the meeting, no attorneys will be permitted to attend as representatives for either side. Every effort will be made to keep the committee's investigation confidential. The dates of the committee meeting shall be published at the beginning of each semester.
Report and Determination of the Grade Appeals Committee
The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will issue the committee's determination in a written report to the student and instructor, and will provide copies to the chair and the academic dean. If the committee determines that the grade should be changed, a copy of that determination will be forwarded to the Office of Academic Affairs, which will direct the Registrar to effect the grade change. The determination of the Grade Appeals Committee shall be final, binding, and unreviewable.
Written Signature of the Instructor Required for Other Grade Changes
Other than as specified above, no grade may be changed by the Registrar without the instructor's and chair's signatures on a Change of Grade form; provided however, that when the chair acts in place of the instructor and decides to change the student's grade, the signature of the chair shall be sufficient.
Grade Appeal Timeline
- Student challenges a grade from a previous semester … By 3rd week of semester
- Instructor notifies student of decision … By 5th week of semester
- Grade change, if any, submitted to Registrar … By 6th week of semester
- Chairperson mediates dispute … By 7th week of semester
- Student or instructor submits dispute to the academic dean … By 9th week of semester
- Student or instructor submits dispute to the Grade Appeals Committee … By 11th week of semester
- Meeting of Grade Appeals Committee … By 13th week of semester
Ownership of New York Institute of Technology Coursework
Materials Created by Students
In general, students own the copyright to coursework that is their own original creation, subject to any ownership rights of other contributors, including other students and/or faculty.
In the case of Media Projects (video and audio productions, films, digital presentations, and other non-print media) produced in fulfillment of class assignments or individual study projects, if they are made on New York Institute of Technology premises, and/or with school equipment, funds, or other resources, they will be co-owned by the student(s) and the university, and the following rules will apply:
- Either the student or New York Institute of Technology may arrange for distribution; students who do not wish to have the Media Project distributed may veto distribution.
- New York Institute of Technology will decide whether or not to put its name on a given Media Project.
- Distribution deals, whether arranged by New York Institute of Technology or by the student, must be approved and signed by the Provost.
- All income, net of costs, will be shared by New York Institute of Technology and the student(s) on a 50/50 basis.
- If the Media Project is entered into a competition, any prize will go to the student(s), minus any cost of placing the Media Project in competition.
- Media Projects may be distributed only after a faculty advisor has made sure that all necessary clearances have been obtained by the student(s).
- The student and the university each have a right to copies at cost; such copies may not be rented or sold.
Materials Provided to Students
Course materials provided to students by the professor are owned by the professor, New York Institute of Technology, or an outside author or provider, as applicable, and may not be copied or used by students in any manner without permission. For example, it is an unlawful copyright infringement for a student to post course-lecture notes, PowerPoint presentations, exams, or other such materials on websites, whether or not the student receives payment for the posting.
Please see provisions applicable to students of the New York Institute of Technology Patent Policy.
Posting of Publicity: U.S. Campuses
Posters and other forms of advertising on the campus must conform to the following regulations and must be individually stamped prior to being posted. The college reserves the right to refuse requests for postings of information by non-New York Tech organizations, private individuals, groups, etc.
- All New York Tech-recognized and duly chartered student clubs and/or organizations must have programs and events approved by the Office of Student Life before distributing related publicity.
- All posters, flyers, banners, etc. must be approved and individually stamped by the Office of Student Life before being posted.
- Postings are permitted on bulletin boards only. Any bulletin board not designed as an official college or departmental bulletin board may be used to post flyers. Staples only are to be used on bulletin boards.
- Posting is not permitted on windows, doors, glass, trees or painted walls. Materials posted in these areas will be removed and discarded. Student clubs and organizations that post flyers inappropriately are subject to the possible suspensions of their privileges and/or fines.
- The Office of Student Life will approve limited copies for postings. One flyer may be posted per bulletin board. Flyers and other advertisements must be removed within 24 hours after the event has taken place.
- Flyers and other postings may be posted for a maximum of three weeks or until the date of the event (whichever comes first).
- All information on any posting must be expressed clearly.
- If a flyer is written in a language other than English, the flyer must include an English translation.
- There will be no postings of alcohol-related or drug-related events, obscenities, slanderous material, or material containing racist or sexist statements. This would include, but not be limited to, advertisements that show/promote nudity, violence, racism, sexism, alcohol, drugs, firearms or other items deemed inappropriate. Profanity or vulgarity is not permitted on advertisements.
- There will be limited posting of notices or flyers that support or endorse candidates for political office or political statements. New York Tech is a private college and not a public forum and reserves the right to limit and/or exclude such postings.
- Students wishing to advertise events with banners must discuss it in advance with the Office of Student Life.
- Use of any bulletin board or authorized space within the Student Activity Center or any building on any campus does not constitute an endorsement or guarantee of any product, service, or information by the Office of Student Life or New York Tech.
- Students or student organizations in violation of any of the preceding regulations are subject to disciplinary action or financial sanction. Outside organizations in violation of these policies will not be permitted to post any information or use New York Tech facilities, and criminal charges may be pursued.
Smoking Policy: U.S. Campuses
Pursuant to New York Public Health Law Article 13E (New York State Clean Indoor Act) Regulation of Smoking and Vaping in Certain Public Areas, smoking is prohibited in all buildings and/or sections thereof, owned, leased, or operated by New York Tech.
Smoking is also prohibited at the entrances and exits of New York Tech facilities and residence halls. Smokers are requested to maintain a minimum distance of 20 feet from entrances. This policy includes the prohibition of all delivery systems, including but not limited to smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, electronic hookahs, etc.
Campus Parking and Vehicle Policies: U.S. Campuses
Revised January 21, 2021
New York Tech has adopted a parking and traffic program to create an orderly traffic flow and safe and equitable parking conditions on campus. Safety of all members of the community, enhancing the quality of life while promoting sustainability, accessibility, and mobility on campus, and relevant state and local laws are the primary considerations in the formulation of these regulations.
The traffic and parking rules and regulations in this document apply to any member of the New York Tech community and visitors who need to drive and park on campus in all New York campuses. These regulations apply on the roads, alleys, sidewalks, walkways, parking spaces, parking areas, and parking lots on campus. Traffic and parking rules and regulations are administered by Campus Security.
Students are authorized to park in areas and lots not designated as "Faculty/Staff Only," except that students with vehicles displaying the required permit, as set forth below in the section on Parking by Individuals with Disabilities (below), may park in spaces anywhere on the campus which are designated for persons with disabilities.
Parking permits are issued to New York Tech faculty, staff, students and contractors. A valid parking permit consists of a non-removable decal and may include a removable hangtag. When applicable, both items must be properly displayed for a vehicle to be legally parked on campus. For select parking areas, the hangtag indicates parking zone and lot assignments and must be hung from the rearview mirror so that the assignment information is visible through the front windshield. Decals must be applied to the rear left side of the vehicle. If at any time a permit holder is no longer in possession of a registered vehicle, he or she must remove the parking decal beforehand and bring any remnants of it to Campus Security. Please note that a parking permit does not necessarily guarantee a parking space on campus. There is a replacement fee for lost, stolen, or damaged decals or hangtags.
All permit applications will be processed online at nyit.edu/parking. Parking permit applications must be validated in the office of Campus Security located in Simonson House (Long Island campus) to secure a parking permit. A valid New York Tech ID, original copy of the vehicle registration, and the permit application receipt (either digital or paper) is required to pick up your parking permit at the office of Campus Security.
PARKING FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
New York Tech provides reserved parking spaces for persons with disabilities. Vehicles with state-issued license plates with the International Symbol of Access or valid state-issued parking permits issued by a municipality with the International Symbol of Access can park at these spaces. Parking by any other vehicle in such spaces is strictly prohibited.
The parking permits have expiration dates. After the expiration date, it is not valid and cannot be used. Persons with temporary disabilities may obtain a temporary parking permit from their locality. In accordance with New York State regulations, these license plates or permits only entitle a vehicle to park in spaces designated for the disabled if the individual to whom they are issued is a driver or passenger in the vehicle. These license plates and/or parking permits do not exempt the holder from other parking regulations. New York Tech, just like New York State, honors out-of-state plates and permits for persons with disabilities. Any faculty, staff, or student with disabilities, either permanent or temporary, should register their vehicle with Campus Security.
University Contractors: Contractors requiring onsite parking should contact Campus Security during normal business hours to obtain a parking permit prior to starting work on campus.
PARKING ZONES AND LOT ASSIGNMENTS
Regular faculty/staff and student parking decals authorize the registrant to park during the hours of 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – noon on Saturdays. Faculty/staff parking areas and spaces are designated by white lines and student parking areas are designated by yellow lines.
Faculty, staff, and students who travel in groups to attend New York Tech-sanctioned events off campus and need to park their cars on campus for extended periods need to register and obtain temporary permits from Campus Security.
Please refer to campus maps for parking zones on the Long Island campus.
New York Tech does not operate parking facilities at the New York City campus. The community is encouraged to use public transportation or parking facilities open to the public. The university has agreements with certain parking facilities to make discounted parking fees available to the community.
Dedicated parking space is available only for the following:
- Vice Presidents
- Academic Deans (excluding Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, other similar titles, and non-academic deans)
- Select university service vehicles
Dedicated parking spaces are identified by a sign at the parking space. Parking at these spaces by anyone else is prohibited at any time.
During normal business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding holidays), visitors may park in designated visitor areas. Faculty, staff, and students cannot park in visitor parking areas.
OVERNIGHT AND WEEKEND PARKING
Overnight and weekend parking is by special permit only. Normally, only resident staff and students, and university-owned vehicles are issued these permits. Visitors and others who require overnight and/or weekend parking accommodations should request a special permit in advance from Campus Security during normal business hours. Vehicles parked overnight or weekend without a permit are in violation of New York Tech parking regulations.
Each building on campus has a designated loading dock or loading zone. These zones are to be used only for loading and unloading deliveries to and from the building. Parking is not permitted in these zones. Only 15-minute standing in these zones while loading or unloading is permitted.
Traffic and Parking Rules and Regulations
New York Tech provides campus roads and parking facilities to its constituency as a privilege. Anybody driving and/or parking on campus agrees to abide by the relevant campus regulations, as well as state and local laws and regulations:
- Driving or parking on campus is at your own risk. New York Tech is not responsible for theft of the vehicle or any of its contents, or any other damage to the vehicle or its occupants unless demonstrably caused by the negligence or overt actions of New York Tech or any of its employees.
- Driving a vehicle on grass, sidewalks, or walkways is prohibited.
- Vehicles must be driven in a safe manner based on the weather and other road conditions.
- Vehicles must be driven within the posted speed limits.
- Vehicles must yield to pedestrians on crosswalks and intersections.
- Parking on campus is only authorized in appropriately marked parking spaces. Parking in unmarked areas is not permitted.
- All faculty, staff, and student vehicles parking on campus must be registered and must display the proper parking decal. Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Violators are subject to ticketing, fines, towing, or booting.
- All citations, fines, and expenses related to violations, including towing or booting, of vehicles with New York Tech parking permits are issued against the parking permit holder. For non-New York Tech registered vehicles, the vehicle owner is responsible for all violations and fines.
- Parking privileges are non-transferable. One individual permit holder must have no more than one vehicle parked on campus at any one time.
- If parking is not available in an assigned lot, use another lot at the campus. Call 516.686.7789 to alert Campus Security that your assigned lot is full.
- Parking on grass, roadways, sidewalks, walkways, loading zones, building entrances or other access roads is strictly prohibited.
- Tampering with or altering a New York Tech parking permit is prohibited.
- Parking in spaces designated for the disabled by vehicles not displaying a valid permanent or temporary license plate or permit with the International Symbol of Access is not permitted at any time.
- Parking in spaces designated for the disabled by vehicles displaying a valid permanent or temporary license plate or permit with the International Symbol of Access while the individual to whom the plate or permit was issued is not traveling with the vehicle is not permitted at any time.
- All campus roads and unmarked areas in parking lots are fire lanes. Fire lanes may or may not be explicitly marked. Standing or parking in fire lanes is only allowed for emergency vehicles responding to an emergency. All other vehicles are prohibited from standing or parking in those areas.
- No parking is permitted in loading zones.
- Vehicles in violation of disabled parking rules, fire lane rules, loading zone rules, and blocking access or travel lanes are subject to towing without any advance warning.
- Absence of signage is not an authorization to park. Parking is permitted in designated areas within the painted lines only.
- "University Vehicles Only" parking is reserved only for vehicles owned by New York Tech. Personal vehicles of employees or students, even with a valid parking permit, are not permitted to park in these spaces.
- Visitor parking areas are reserved for visitors only (non-New York Tech registered vehicles).
- New York Tech reserves the right to close parking lot(s) for snow removal, repair and maintenance, and special events.
- Any vehicle towed at New York Tech that is not retrieved within 24 hours of the tow will encumber a storage fee. Vehicles not retrieved after 60 business days will be disposed of.
- Vehicles unattended for over 24 hours (except resident staff and students vehicles) will be classified as abandoned and will be towed and stored at the owner's expense. Vehicles unclaimed after 60 days will be disposed of.
- New York Tech campuses are also patrolled by local law enforcement agencies, which will issue their own citations for violations of the New York State traffic and DMV laws and regulations.
- Repeat offenders are subject to gradually increasing fines and sanctions including booting and/or towing. For the purposes of determining repeat offender status anybody who receives more than one citation within any 24-month period will be considered a repeat offender, even if the previous fines are paid and citations are closed.
REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Any student, staff, or faculty member who regularly operates a motor vehicle while on campus must register that vehicle with the college in order to receive a parking permit. In order to obtain the campus permit, each applicant must show a state vehicle registration card to verify description of the vehicle. Campus registration entitles a person to drive on campus and to park in designated parking spaces in parking lots only. Any registration obtained through misrepresentation or in violation of the motor vehicle regulations is void.
TRAFFIC AND PARKING ENFORCEMENT
Campus Security enforces the traffic and parking rules and regulations on the Long Island campus only. Anyone who violates traffic and parking rules and regulations will be issued a citation. Depending on the violation, each citation carries a fine. Additionally, depending on the violation and/or number of repeat offenses and unsettled previous citations the vehicle may be booted or towed. Citations must be responded to within 10 days of issue.
The recipient of a citation may wish to plead guilty to the infraction indicated on the citation. In that case, ALL payments for parking citations will be processed online at nyit.edu/parking.
NOT GUILTY PLEA (Appeal)
The recipient of a citation may wish to plead not guilty to the infraction indicated on the citation. The applicant has ten (10) calendar days from the day of the citation and must come in person to the office of Campus Security to obtain an Appeal form and/or register an appeal with the citation control coordinator. As there is no Traffic Appeals Committee, the citation control coordinator's decision is final. The fine must be paid within ten (10) calendar days from the day of the control coordinator's decision to avoid additional late fees being assessed. Applicants will be notified by mail of the decision of the Citation Control Coordinator. The appeal form can be dropped off to the Campus Security main desk, mailed, or emailed to:
Citation Control Coordinator
New York Institute of Technology
P.O. Box 8000
Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000
Appeals will not be considered for the following infractions, unless the applicant can prove there was no violation:
- Disabled parking space or fire lane violation
- Traffic or access obstruction
- Altered permit
- Display of stolen or lost parking permit decal/hangtag
- Repeat offender
Vehicles are subject to towing off campus and impounding at the owner's expense by an outside agency if it is illegally parked and/or constitutes a safety hazard, interferes with college operations or is not moved upon notice. In addition, specific college policies allow towing of vehicles off campus as follows:
- Any person who has been issued two parking summonses may have their vehicle towed.
- Any person who obstructs a roadway, loading ramp, garbage dumpster or, who in any other way obstructs traffic, may have their vehicle towed.
- Any vehicle parked without authorization in a space reserved for a handicapped person may have their vehicle towed.
- Any person may have their vehicle towed whenever it is parked in other than a clearly marked parking.
Direct inquiries regarding this policy to:
Director of Campus Security
New York Institute of Technology
Simonson House, Room 101
Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000
Office of Campus Security
New York Institute of Technology
P.O. Box 8000
Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000
Hours of Operation
The office can be reached Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
SCHEDULE OF FINES AND FEES
The following fines and fees are currently in effect.
|First Offense||Second Offense||Third Offense|
|Replacement parking decal or hangtag||$10||$15||$20|
|Driving on unpaved surface||$25||$50||$75|
|No parking permit/decal/hangtag||$25||$35||$45 + boot|
|Altered permit/display stolen permit||$50||$65 + boot||$70 + boot|
|Parking violation||$30||$45||$50 + boot|
|Fire lane violation||$100 + tow||$150 + tow||$200 + tow|
|Disabled parking violation||$100 + tow||$150 + tow||$200 + tow|
|Daily storage fee||$10||$10||$10|
|Boot removal fee||$100||$100||$100|
Late Payment Penalties
A compounded late payment fee of $25 will be assessed per citation for every 90 days the fine is unpaid. New York Tech reserves the right not to allow any student who has open citations with unpaid fines to register for the following academic semester.
Student Complaint Policy
Where Do You Go to Solve a Problem?
New York Tech is committed to addressing student concerns fairly and equitably in a responsive and timely manner. The college has a number of institutional policies and procedures that are designed to assist students in finding a resolution to concerns or complaints.
Clery Act Report
In 1990, in the interest of promoting school safety, Congress passed the Student Right-To-Know or Campus Security Act. The result of this act was that law enforcement records of crime committed on campus were now made available to the campus community. In 1998, the Campus Security Act was changed to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. By Oct. 1 of each year, New York Tech publishes an annual campus security report for each campus. These reports contain:
- Crime statistics for the three most recent years concerning the occurrence on campus; and
- A statement of current policies regarding:
- Reporting criminal actions or other emergencies on campus;
- Security of and access to campus facilities;
- Campus law enforcement;
- Types of programs available for drug and alcohol abuse and sexual assault;
- Procedures to follow when a sex offense occurs;
- The possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs.
Students may request a paper copy of the security report from the security office at each respective campus or locate the statistics online at nyit.edu/clery.
College Identification Cards: U.S. Campuses
Note: Only Registered students may upload their images. If you registered today, you must wait for 24-hours to upload your image.
A college photo ID card must be obtained from Campus Security as soon as possible after arrival on campus. The ID card must be carried at all times while on campus and must be presented on demand to any college official. The card may be used to check-out library materials; entitles the holder to a discount or free entry to campus events; is needed to gain entry to all computer laboratories; and is needed to gain entry to residence halls. The first ID card is free of charge, but there is a fee for a replacement card. To replace a card, students must pay the appropriate fee at the Student Enrollment Center and bring the payment receipt and a current schedule of registered courses to the Office of Campus Security.
New York City:
16 W. 61st St., Main Floor
Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 – 8 p.m.
Emergency telephones are located throughout all New York campuses. These telephones are inside and outside of buildings, and provide a direct connection to Campus Security. When using these telephones, students need to tell the dispatcher their name, location, and nature of their emergency.