University at Albany Faculty Handbook

Policies and regulations that govern work and define responsibilities

A Message from the Provost


Dear Colleagues:

As a valued member of University at Albany, you have played a vital role in the development and delivery of enriching academic offerings for our students, even in the face of the myriad challenges posed by COVID-19. Despite significant disruptions, you have continued to teach with passion, produce meaningful research, scholarship and creative projects, and make an impact every day on our campus, communities, nation, and beyond through your service.

This Faculty Handbook is designed to guide and support your efforts as you fulfill your role. As you know, the University is subject to the regulations and oversight of various non-profit and governmental entities. This handbook is intended to provide you with an accessible and comprehensive summary of the most relevant and important regulations, opportunities, policies and procedures that may impact your efforts. In addition to our own internal University at Albany policies, the Handbook includes relevant references from the following:

  • State University of New York Board of Trustees
  • New York State Board of Regents, New York State Education Department
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • New York State laws, codes, rules and regulations
  • Federal laws and regulations
  • SUNY Research Foundation, University at Albany Foundation, and University Auxiliary Services

With the many rapid changes that have come this year, there have been – and will be – some modifications to the information in the Handbook to meet our responsibilities to our students and communities. I thank you in advance for your flexibility. Any such changes will be communicated to you directly via email or will be available on the University’s COVID information page at

Thank you for all that you are doing to support this academic enterprise.

Carol H. Kim
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs