Faculty Handbook : Organization and Governance

Organization and Governance

The CUNY Board of Trustees
The principal purpose and function of the Board of Trustees is to preserve, enhance, and improve the University as an institution of the highest quality and standards, with a faculty and administration charged to fulfill both the general and specific missions of the University: to educate and serve the people of New York City, to constitute an urban-oriented institution of higher education, and to engage persistently in the search for knowledge and truth. The authority to appoint the University Chancellor rests with the Board of Trustees. Reporting to the Board, the Chancellor serves as the University's Chief Executive Officer.
 CCNY President
The CCNY President is charged with the administration of the College. The President reports to the Chancellor, and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees for an indefinite period. Deans of CUNY’s senior colleges report to the Provost of their respective campuses.
CSOM Leadership
The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of CSOM. Reporting to the President of CCNY, the Dean is responsible for all aspects of the operation of the CSOM, except as otherwise directed by the Board of Trustees or the Chancellor of CUNY.
Organizational Chart of the leadership of CUNY and of CSOM
The academic departments of CSOM include the following:
Clinical Medicine – the Department of Clinical Medicine serves as the academic home for affiliated clinical faculty employed by the School’s clinical partners, who are responsible for the implementation of the clinical curriculum.
Community Health and Social Medicine (CHASM) – Population Health and Community-Oriented Primary Care are central to the mission and to the educational program of the CSOM. Through field placements, course work, and independent study, CHASM provides students with the opportunity to go beyond traditional patient encounters and analyze and intervene in the health care of defined populations. The CHASM curriculum integrates the social perspective of community medicine with the clinical perspective of the primary care practitioner. Faculty members are engaged in research in the areas of adolescent sexual health, health-related quality of life, HIV prevention, chronic disease epidemiology, tobacco use and smoking cessation, intimate partner and sexual violence.
Medical Education – The Department of Medical Education oversees the administration of the MD program curriculum, including direction of courses in the clinical skills curriculum, the integrated organ systems basic science courses, and the narrative medicine program. Faculty members of the Department conduct research in medical education, including curriculum innovations and assessment/evaluation.

Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences - The study and practice of medicine rest on a thorough understanding of the basic and clinical medical sciences. The Department participates in the teaching of the normal structure and function of the human body and nervous system and the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie medical physiology, human behavior, and tissue pathology. Faculty members are engaged in research in the areas of molecular, cellular and systems neurobiology with a focus on behavioral neuropharmacology, psychopharmacology, neuronal plasticity and motor learning, spinal cord injury/recovery and neurodegenerative disorders; as well as investigations in the areas of immunology and autoimmunity, wound healing and regenerative medicine, experimental pathology, and cancer and cardiovascular biology.

Standing Committees
The Standing Committees of the CSOM BS/MD program faculty include the following:
(Note: detailed descriptions of the responsibilities and composition of the Standing Committees are defined in the Governance Plan of the CUNY SOM, available on the School’s shared drive: S:\Policies\Bylaws.)
Executive Faculty Committee (EFC) – The Executive Faculty Committee serves as the SOM’s committee on educational policy. Chaired by the Dean, the EFC transacts the business of the CSOM in between meetings of the Faculty, and addresses academic and administrative matters, e.g. the allocation of institutional resources, research, and special awards and honors, and is advisory to standing committees on matters related to curriculum, assessment, admissions and student promotion. The EFC may establish and charge special ad hoc committees as it deems necessary to perform its duties and responsibilities.
Personnel and Budget (P&B) Committee - The P&B Committee is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations on faculty appointment, reappointment, promotion, and tenure; the appointment of Distinguished Professors and Named Chairs; and on applications for fellowship (sabbatical) and other leaves. The P&B Committee is comprised of all voting members of the EFC.
Admissions Committee - The Admissions Committee is charged to select and admit medical students to fulfill the mission of the medical school, and to establish and revise admissions policies and procedures as appropriate.
Curriculum Committee - The Curriculum Committee provides oversight of curriculum development, implementation and review, based on the medical education mission of the School. Functions include the regular and systematic review of each medical school course, including educational objectives, curriculum design, course organization and assessment; the review and approval of new courses and changes to the curriculum; development of academic policies, and acting on recommendations from the clinical course sub-committee, course directors subcommittee, and course review committee.
Student Academic Progress Committee (SAPC) – The SAPC monitors and assesses students’ records for compliance with the program’s academic requirements, and assesses students’ preparedness to advance at each level of the curriculum and to graduate. The Committee also considers and addresses non-academic issues that may impact upon a student’s ability to continue in his/her plan of study or perform as a physician, including allegations of student misconduct and/or unprofessional behavior, and advises the Dean and leadership on initiatives to promote professionalism among students.
Committee on Student Appeals – The Ad Hoc Appeals Committee is charged to review student appeals regarding decisions for dismissal or denial of graduation, to determine whether the adverse decision was made in accordance with established academic policies and without prejudice to the student, and whether the student was accorded due process. Based on its findings, the Committee makes recommendations to the Dean for resolution of the appeal.