Compliance Program

The State University of New York is committed to operating with integrity and in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies. The State University of New York has established the Compliance Steering Committee to coordinate SUNY's numerous existing compliance efforts and to provide senior leadership with a comprehensive view of SUNY's compliance activities. The Committee will assist the Board in overseeing SUNY’s compliance program with respect to compliance with legal, regulatory, and ethical responsibilities and minimizing SUNY’s risk.

The Committee will not assume the duties of the various substantive compliance areas and all ongoing compliance activities will continue in their existing reporting structure. Rather the Committee’s role will be to coordinate and monitor these efforts and assess University-wide performance, making recommendations for change and enhancement where necessary. It is expected that the SUNY Compliance Program will be an evolving process and additional resources will be needed to enhance our efforts over time.

What’s New to the Compliance Website

NEW SUNY Policies on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response - In October 2014, Chancellor Zimpher established the Chancellor’s Temporary Working Group on Continual Improvement to Sexual Violence Prevention Policies following a SUNY Board of Trustees meeting wherein Governor Cuomo joined the Trustees in a call for uniform policies and practices to address sexual violence on college campuses. The Working Group has released, and the Chancellor has approved, a set of uniform policies and guidelines to assist SUNY colleges in preventing sexual assault and responding to reports of assault.  The policies include a Definition of Affirmative Consent, a Policy for Alcohol and/or Drug Use Amnesty in Sexual Violence Cases, a Campus Climate Assessment Policy, a Sexual Violence Victim/Survivor Bill of Rights, a Sexual Violence Response Policy, Options for Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Violence, and a Student Onboarding and Ongoing Education Guide.  Complete information, including the set of policies, is available at the Working Group Web site:

NEW Crime and Incident Reporting Guidelines for CSAs and Responsible Employees - A guidance document prepared by Counsel's Office that clarifies CSA and Responsible Employee reporting for purposes of Clery and Title IX

International Compliance News - The SUNY Council on International Education had adopted a new SUNY Clery and Title IX Procedure for International Programs that helps to clarify the reporting obligations and protocols for Clery Act crime reporting and Title IX protocols for SUNY’s international programs and overseas activities. The Memorandum and Procedure are available here.

SUNY Child Protection Policy - The Child Protection Policy, available on the SUNY Policies and Procedures website, was passed by the Board of Trustees in June of 2014.  The Policy was sent to the campuses along with a Child Protection Policy Guidance Document to help the campuses understand aspects of the policy implementation.  The guidance document continues to be updated as campuses raise questions that require further clarification. 

Ebola Information - SUNY has convened an Ebola Task Force Steering Committee to coordinate Ebola efforts across the SUNY System.  Campuses and the public can refer to the SUNY Health Alert website [ ] for the most up-to-date information regarding Ebola, including the Chancellor's October 17th Memorandum to Campus Presidents and Chief Academic Officers, links to the most current guidance from the CDC and other governmental agencies, as well as guidance prepared by the SUNY SUNY Ebola Task Force specifically for SUNY's purposes.

SUNY Compliance Listservs

To join the Compliance listserv, send an e-mail to the Director of Compliance.

In addition, several other Compliance listserv's are maintained in conjunction with particular compliance topics. To join one of these listservs, e-mail the Director of Compliance, who will pass the request along to the appropriate SUNY contact.

There are SUNY internal listservs for the following compliance topics/functions:

The information contained on the SUNY Compliance website is for general campus guidance only and is not intended, nor can be relied upon, as legal advice or the imposition on SUNY campuses of specific policies or requirements. The site is intended to be an informational-only clearinghouse for some of the laws, rules, and regulations that may impact the State University of New York’s campuses. Additionally, given the rapid, changing nature of laws, rules and regulations, there may be delays or omissions contained on this site which therefore cannot be relied upon as complete. For complete compliance information, consult your campus compliance officials or the SUNY Director of Compliance. For legal advice, consult your lawyer.