Faculty/Staff Handbook

I. General Information

II. Faculty and Professional Staff Governance

III. UB Academic Policies

IV. UB Personnel Policies

V. SUNY: General Information

Site Index

I. University at Buffalo: General Information
I.A. Organizational Chart
I.B. University at Buffalo Council
I.C. University at Buffalo Foundation
I.D. Mission Statement
I.E. Faculty Responsibility: Policy and Process
I.F. Policies on Access to Information
I.G. Presidentís Statement on Political Fund-Raising
I.H. Policy on Smoke-Free Campus
I.I. Policy on Drug-Free Campus

IA. Organizational Chart 

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IB. University at Buffalo Council 


*Jeremy M. Jacobs Sr., Chair
Sheila H. Battle
Roger I. Blackwell
*Jonathan A. Dandes
*Edmond J. Gicewicz, M.D.
Patricia K. Lipke
*Gerald S. Lippes, Esq.
Silvia Muller, Student Representative 1999-2000
Victor Rice 

*UB alumna/us

1C. University at Buffalo Foundation


Reginald B. Newman II, Chair 
John N. Walsh III, Vice Chair
Richard E. Heath, Secretary
*Carol V. Kociela, Treasurer
*Edward P. Schneider, Executive Director 

Sal H. Alfiero
*Randall I. Benderson
*Dianne Bennett
*Ellen E. Grant Bishop
Frank L. Ciminelli
William M. E. Clarkson
*Beverly Foit-Albert
Mark E. Hamister
*Jeremy M. Jacobs
Luiz F. Kahl
Ross B. Kenzie
Northrup R. Knox, Jr.
*Jordan A. Levy
*Gerald S. Lippes
*Frank J. McGuire
*William L. McHugh
Delbert W. Mullens
Reginald B. Newman II
*Louis R. Reif
Robert E. Rich Jr.
*Ronald M. Schreiber
*Barry M. Snyder
John N. Walsh III

Ex-Officio Trustees 
William R. Greiner
*Ronald H. Stein
*Robert J. Wagner

Sheldon M. Berlow
Robert T. Brady
Lawrence P. Castellani
*Paul F. Ciminelli
William G. Gisel Jr.
Richard E. Heath
Jeremy M. Jacobs Jr.
Lawrence D. Jacobs
*Walter E. Kempa Jr.
*Carol V. Kociela
*Stephen S. Marks
Jonathan W. Reynolds
*Hon. Leonard Rochwarger
William I. Schapiro

Trustees Emeritae
*Melissa W. Banta
*Alvin M. Glick
*Pasquale A. Greco
*Girard A. Gugino
*Howard L. Meyer II
*Alice M. Posluszny
*Philip B. Wels

*University at Buffalo alumnus

Current as of Oct 20, 1999

1D. University at Buffalo Mission Statement

Mission 1996-2006

UB serves the people of New York as State University's sole comprehensive research-intensive university and primary center for professional education and training.

UB has as its defining characteristic and distinguishing mission research, scholarship, artistic creation, and postbaccalaureate training in the arts and sciences, and in the professions.

UB will continue to provide high-quality, innovative, university-level undergraduate education.

UB will support the development of its region and state through public and community service arising from its research mission and broad array of professional programs.

UB will build upon the many cultures and traditions that have shaped us and our nation, in order to better prepare our students and state for the global community and economy of the twenty-first century.

UB will nurture mutual commitment between the university and its people, supporting the development and advancement of all members of the UB community and expecting their like support for the development and advancement of the university.


UB will be and be recognized as the premier public university in the northeastern United States, and as a national and international leader in higher education.

1.D.1 Provostís Mission Review Summary Document


IE. Faculty Responsibility: Policy and Process

Promulgated by President William R. Greiner in consultation with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, March 17, 1993 

A great public university must teach and train students, both undergraduate and graduate; add to the body of knowledge and art through research, scholarship, and creative activity; and provide public service through a variety of programs and activities that extend and apply its teaching and scholarly missions in aid of public needs and interests. Collectively, the faculty are primarily responsible for discharging these several missions of a great public university. 

Individual faculty are expected to be publishing scholars or to be otherwise actively engaged in creative activity, to make significant attempts to obtain external support for their work, to contribute effectively to the instructional programs of the university, and to participate actively in university, professional, and public service. The precise balance among these aspects of each faculty member's responsibilities will vary from one program to another, among individuals within a program, and even from time to time in a particular individual's career. 

In accordance with Article IX, Title C, Section 4 of the Policies of the Board of Trustees (1990), it is the chairs and unit heads who are responsible for allocating duties among the faculty in their programs. Each academic unit must develop and adhere to written guidelines that define faculty responsibilities within that unit. These guidelines should be consistent with the norms in the relevant discipline at leading institutions, and especially at leading public universities.

Faculty members are required annually to submit a report describing in detail their professional activities and accomplishments, for review by the chair and the dean. Based on this report and in consultation with the faculty member, the chair should ascertain that the performance of the faculty member is consistent with departmental guidelines and with the current needs of the unit. As needed, the chair should make efforts to assist the faculty member toward suitable professional development. The dean, in evaluating a chair's performance, should emphasize the extent to which the unit is playing its proper role in the university and the extent to which all members of the unit are contributing appropriately to that role. 

Current as of Mar 17, 1993.

I.F.1 Computer and Network Usage Policy

Computer and Network Usage Policy

I.F.2. Conditions of use, UB IT Resources

Conditions of use, UB IT Resources

I.F.3. Data Security, Access and Acceptable Use of University Information

Data Security, Access and Acceptable Use of University Information

I.F.4. Open Port Policies

Open Port Policies

I.G. President's Statement on Political Fund-Raising

Sept 23, 1999

Political Fund-Raising/Campaign Activities by Members of the UB Community

As the November election draws near, it is appropriate to remind ourselves of several important parameters pertaining to political fund-raising and other campaign activities by or among university personnel. These parameters are found in state law and it is essential that UB employees stay within them. 

This message is not intended as a comprehensive review of existing laws regarding political activities by state employees, but it will provide guidelines for appropriate and inappropriate behavior. Your attention to and compliance with the following points are greatly appreciated:

- There must be a clear separation between political campaign activities and the performance of duties as employees of the State University of New York. Political activities, including fund-raising, may not be conducted on university property or time, using university funds (all sources), or in UB's name.

- No political fund-raising tickets may be sold, purchased or transferred on campus, inside or outside of buildings. Similarly, no money or checks may be paid or collected on campus for such purposes.

- Moreover, university employees are prohibited from soliciting political contributions off hours and off campus from other university employees, if such circumstances give either the reality or appearance of coercion. UB personnel should not solicit such contributions, nor attempt to compel any other political action or vote, from those individuals over whom they have supervisory authority. 

- No university telephones, faxes, supplies, letterhead, postage or other state resources of any kind may be used for political purposes.

These and other restrictions are primarily contained in Section 74 of the Public Officers Law, Section 107 of the Civil Service Law and Section 17-158 of the Election Law. Copies of these New York State laws are available for pickup at the circulation desk of Lockwood Library and the Law Library on the North Campus and at the circulation desk of the Health Science Library on the South Campus. It is important to understand that, pursuant to state law, political activities on state time or property may subject employees to criminal prosecution and the loss of employment. 

We encourage members of the UB community to take an active part in the political processes of our country, but such activity should be pursued as individuals and within proper parameters as established by the laws of the State of New York. Thank you for your close attention to these issues and complete compliance with applicable restrictions. 

William R. Greiner

Current as of Oct 20, 1999.

I.H. Policy on Smoke-Free Campus

Smoke-Free Policy

I.I. Policy on Drug-Free Campus

Employee Policy

Student Policy

Drug-Free Schools and Community Act