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Other Requirement Title:
Oath of Office
July 16, 1990
This procedure item applies to:
The State University of New York (University) ensures that its officers and employees take and file an oath of office in compliance with the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and statutes of the State of New York.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the constitution of the United States of America and the constitution of the State of New York, and that I will faithfully discharge, according to the best of my ability, the duties of the position of ______________________ (title of position and name or designation of school, college, university or institution to be here inserted), to which I am now assigned.
Either the campus president or the person having the authority to hire faculty members is authorized to administer the oath. In lieu of the oath, a faculty member may comply with the requirements of §3002 by subscribing and filing the following statement:
The oaths or statements of faculty members must be filed “with such officer or employee of any such college, university or other educational institution that shall be designated for such purpose.” These oaths or statements must be available for public inspection.
Student trustees on the Boards of Trustees of the community colleges are public officers who are required to file an oath of office under Article XIII, §1 of the New York State Constitution. With full voting rights, student trustees possess all of the powers, privileges and responsibilities conferred on the remaining trustees. For example, the student member is subject to every provision of law or regulation applying to the other trustees with respect to the discharge of their duties, including codes of ethics, disclosure requirements and conflict of interest standards.
Because the primary requirement for election of a student trustee is membership on the college’s student body and not residence in the college’s sponsoring municipality, student trustees need not be residents of the sponsoring county, city, school district, or community college region. The oath of office must be filed, however, with the clerk of the sponsor. Community colleges should obtain a copy of the form appropriate to their sponsor that is utilized in the appointment of all other trustees of the college.
The student member of the State University Board of Trustees and of each council at a state-operated campus are also required to take and file oaths of office. As is the case with other council members, each student member should execute an oath of office, which includes an acknowledgment of receipt of the provisions regarding conflicts of interest and standards of ethics in the NYS Public Officers Law §§ 73–78. All completed oath of office forms should be filed directly with and sent to:
Under both §62 of the NYS Civil Service Law and §3002 of the NYS Education Law, an alternative oath of office exists for an “enrolled member of an Indian nation or an Indian individual having an affiliation with an Indian nation recognized by the United States or the State of New York.” Native Americans meeting this description may elect to subscribe to and file the following statement:
There are no special definitions relevant to this requirement.
There is no related procedures relevant to this requirement.
There are no forms relevant to this requirement.
NYS Constitution, Article XIII §1 (Oath of affirmation for members of the legislature and all officers)
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NYS Education Law §3002 (Oath to support state and federal constitutions)
NYS Public Officers Law §§73-78 (Business or professional activities by state officers and employees – Certification of members)
In case of questions, readers are advised to refer to the New York State Legislature site for the menu of New York State Consolidated.
There are no appendicies relevant to this requirement.