Legal Affairs and Labor Relations

Legal Affairs and Labor Relations

The Office of Legal Affairs & Labor Relations is responsible for:

  • ensuring compliance with the University bylaws, policies, and collective bargaining agreements, and city, state and federal laws;
  • providing legal advice and guidance to the President, academic, student and administrative divisions;
  • overseeing the labor-management grievance process;
  • serving as liaison to the University General Counsel’s Office, Office of Human Resource Management and Office of Labor Relations, and the NYC Law Department in litigation matters;
  • functioning as the Records Access Officer (FOIL), FERPA Appeals Officer, and Ethics Officer.
It is the policy of The City University of New York—applicable to all colleges and units— to recruit, employ, retain, promote, and provide benefits to employees and to admit and provide services for students without discriminating on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, partnership status, disability, genetic information, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, pregnancy, status as a victim of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses, unemployment status, caregiver or familial status, prior record of arrest or conviction, or any other legally prohibited basis in accordance with federal, state and city laws. This policy is set forth in CUNY’s Policy on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination. CUNY’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, gender harassment, and sexual violence. Inquiries concerning sexual misconduct or sex discrimination may be made to the individuals specified in that Policy or may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. It is also the University’s policy to provide reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments, when appropriate, to individuals with disabilities, individuals observing religious practices, individuals who have pregnancy or childbirth-related medical conditions and victims of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses. The process for addressing these issues is set forth in CUNY’s Procedures for Implementing Reasonable Accommodations and Academic Adjustments. Retaliation for reporting or opposing discrimination, cooperating with an investigation of a discrimination complaint, or requesting an accommodation or academic adjustment is also prohibited. To access CUNY’s Policy and Procedures on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination, Policy on Sexual Misconduct, and Procedures for Implementing Reasonable Accommodations and Academic Adjustments, please visit these links:

The College receives requests for information in various forms such as subpoenas, courts orders or notices (for employee or student records, or in some instances requiring an individual to give testimony in a current or potential court proceeding). The College has a responsibility to ensure certain legal requirements, if any, are met before releasing such information. Consequently, if someone attempts to serve you with a subpoena or other requests for information concerning the college, its faculty, students or staff, you must take the following steps:

In Person/Walk-In Requests:

Direct the person to the Office of Legal Affairs, Labor Compliance and Diversity in Room E-512. Should the person not comply, please call our office immediately for advice, at Ext. 5077.

Mail/Email Requests:

Mail – Mark the date and time of receipt on the envelope or document, sign the envelope or document and deliver immediately to our office in E-512.

Email – Forward immediately to

If you have any questions, please call us at 718 482-5077