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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Responsibilities of CUNY Faculty Serving as Principal Investigators With Respect to Sponsored Program Employees



Last updated on 3/26/2008

CUNY faculty who obtain sponsored program funding administered through the Research Foundation on a project that includes staff are required to take on the new, and often unfamiliar, role of supervising such staff.  As the program staff is being hired under an award administered by the Research Foundation, they are considered to be employees of the Research Foundation.  In the event that these employees are treated unfairly, discriminatorily, or otherwise in violation of law or Research Foundation policies, the Research Foundation as the employer can be held responsible, in whole or in part, for the faculty member’s actions.

 Accordingly, faculty PIs who supervise Research Foundation employees must become familiar with and abide by RF policies, and are required to attend RF-sponsored training sessions.  In dealing with individual situations, faculty PIs are expected to exercise caution and good judgment in dealing with employee issues.  PIs are encouraged to consult with the Grants Officer at their campus or a human resources professional in the RF’s Office of Employment Policy and Practice about any employee situation that is of concern to them.  PIs are required to consult a human resources professional in the RF’s Office of Employment Policy and Practice prior to taking any adverse action against those employed on their sponsored programs. 

 Any questions concerning this issue should be directed to the RF’s Office of Employment Policy and Practice at (212) 417-8604.