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Legal & Compliance

Legal & Compliance

We are continuously evolving our effort to meet the changing regulatory and operating needs of our campus.

Compliance Program

Different divisions and departments are responsible for monitoring compliance, each operating as the subject matter expert for their area. Learn more about these areas and those responsible for ensuring accountability and stewardship.


  • Who to Contact

    SUNY Plattsburgh uses a distributed model for the management of compliance responsibilities. Different departments are responsible for coordinating compliance, each operating as the subject matter expert for their area. We've gathered the following information for your convenience when faced with a compliance concern.

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    Compliance Topics and Responsibilities
    Topic Description Contact
    Accessibility-Employees Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requiring reasonable accommodations for impairments substantially limiting life activities. Human Resource Services
    Accessibility-Students Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requiring reasonable accommodations for impairments substantially limiting life activities. Student Accessibility Services
    Affirmative Action

    Compliance with various non-discrimination laws including: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), the New York State Human Rights Act.

    See also Title IX and Accessibility

    Human Resource Services

    Title IX

    Child and Youth Protection Compliance with the SUNY Child Protection Policy establishing affirmative obligations on the campus when hosting events involving children under 17 Administration and Finance
    Clery Act Compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requiring the campus to annual disclose relevant policies and crime statistics for the past three years. University Police
    Compliance - General General overview of the campus compliance program. Administration and Finance
    Compliance - Center for Neurobehavioral Health Compliance with various health-care and human service requirements include governing Center programs including: Medicaid, Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Management Services 
    Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Compliance with the Drug Free School and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 requiring the campus to have an Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program, provide notices, and conduct biennial reviews Student Conduct
    Environmental Health and Safety Compliance with various Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the NYS Public Employee Health and Safety Bureau (PESH) Environmental Health and Safety
    Ethics (Joint Commission on Public Ethics Compliance with NYS Public Officers Law requiring compliance with a number of ethics rules including financial disclosure, ethics training, and approval of honorariums, outside activities, and acceptance of gifts

    Administration & Finance

    Institute for Ethics in Public Life

    Export Controls Compliance with U.S. laws and regulations that regulate and restrict the release of critical technologies, information, and services to foreign nationals, within and outside of the United States, and foreign countries for reasons of foreign policy and national security.  Sponsored Research
    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act governing access to and release of student education records Registrar
    FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW (FOIL) Compliance with Public Officer's Law requirements of public access to records Administration and Finance
    Healthcare Privacy Compliance with various privacy rules governing health records Management Services
    Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Compliance with HIPAA legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information in covered units. Management Services
    HUMAN SUBJECTS Compliance with US Department of Health and Human Services requirements for protection of human subjects in research activities Sponsored Research and Programs
    Internal Controls Compliance with the New York State Government Accountability requiring a formal system of productivity and accountability in all state agencies. Administration and Finance
    Minority and Women Owned BusinesseS (MWBE) Compliance with NYS Executive Law 15-A requiring agencies to establish business and employment participation goals for minorities and women on State contracts. Purchasing
    Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) Compliance with PCI-DSS Rules governing the handling of payment cardholder data. Student Accounts
    Procurement Compliance with New York State Finance Laws, Office of State Comptroller regulations, and various SUNY Policies governing the purchase of goods and services Purchasing
    Project Sunlight Compliance with NYS Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 requiring reporting of interactions with interested parties Purchasing
    Scholarly Misconduct Compliance with various SUNY and Research Foundation policies governing ethical scholarship. Provost/VP of Academic Affairs
    Title IV Compliance with numerous requirements conditioned upon participation in Title IV of the Higher Education Act (Federal Financial Aid) . Financial Aid
    Title IX Compliance with Title IX of the Higher Education Act prohibiting exclusion from, denial of benefits, or discrimination on the basis of sex. Title IX
    Training - Compliance  Campus online compliance training program. Management Services
    Workplace Violence Compliance with New York State Labor Law that requires a workplace violence program. Human Resource Services or University Police (for active or imminent threats or violence)

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