Faculty Handbook

General Personnel Information

Identification Cards

To ensure that College facilities are available only to authorized persons, all adjuncts and full-time faculty members are issued identification cards, which include the picture of the holder. The ID Room is located in room A-204. The Office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM and Tuesday from 9 AM to 7 PM. There is no cost for an initial ID card. Lost or damaged ID cards may be replaced for a $10 fee. No appointments are necessary, but the office is extremely busy just prior to and at the beginning of a semester. The ID also serves as the College Library card. Faculty, staff and students should carry their ID card and display it when asked by Public Safety and Security staff.

For further information call 718-281-5091 or see ID Card Policy for Faculty, Staff, and Students at http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/tigercard/index.html

E-mail Accounts

All full-time and part-time instructional staff members will have an e-mail account. E-mail accounts are to be utilized for the sole purpose of conducting official college business including communications with students. Faculty are responsible for checking their e-mail accounts regularly as e-mail is a primary medium for sending official college communications.

For further information call IT at 718-631-6348.

E-mail Distribution - Administrative Policy

The “Everyone” distribution list is restricted for use by the president, vice presidents, deans, and certain Academic and Administrative department heads. It is used to communicate official College information. The “Queensborough Community Dialogue” distribution list includes all members of the faculty and staff and all may use it. If an individual chooses not to be part of the Community Dialogue distribution list, he or she can send a request to the E-mail Administrator in the Office of Information Technology at helpdeskqcc.cuny.edu to have his or her name removed from the list. E-mail usage at Queensborough Community College is governed by the College Policy on Computer User Responsibilities which can be found on the College Web site

Distribution of Paychecks

Employees are paid every other week. Paychecks for current pay dates will be available to be picked up at the Accounting Office, on the Thursday before pay dates between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. and thereafter between Monday and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A College ID must be presented to pick up paychecks.

The College offers direct deposit to checking or savings accounts. Forms are available in the Payroll Office located in the Administration Building. A cancelled check or savings statement from the account must be presented at the time of enrollment. Direct deposit slips will be delivered to each employee by interoffice mail.

For further information call 718-631-6318 or 6316.

Change of Name, Address, or Credentials

Whenever a full-time faculty member changes his or her address, name, or educational credentials, he or she must notify the Faculty and Staff Relations Office on the appropriate forms available in that office, Room A-410. For name changes, an updated Social Security card must be filed in the Office of Faculty and Staff Relations.

Changes or updates of personnel information for adjuncts should be made, in writing, to the Office of Adjunct Services, Room A-204. Change of Information forms may be obtained electronically at www.qcc.cuny.edu/adjunctServices, calling 718-281-5768 or by visiting A-204. An authorizing signature is required to make any change effective.

CUNY Work/Life Program

The CUNY Work/Life Program is a voluntary, free and confidential benefit for active employees and their families. The program is administered by Corporate Counseling Associates, Inc. (CAA). The CUNY Work/Life Program provides information and support to assist all QCC employees with managing daily life. Services offered under the program include: 1) traditional counseling for stress; 2) family issues or substance abuse; 3) access to legal and financial assistance; 4) referrals for child care; and 5) elder care.

CCA’s team of experienced, professional Work/Life counselors is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-833-8707 to help assess personal needs and clarify available options. Please visit the CUNY Work/Life Program website at www.cuny.edu/worklife for additional information.


Queensborough Community College is committed to providing a supportive, safe and positive environment in which bullying is unacceptable.  Bullying is deemed as unacceptable behavior on any College property, or at any College function, or activity; or through the use of any electronic, digital or printed materials, whether or not such use occurs on College property.

Health Plans

Health Plans for Full-time Instructional Staff (Teaching and Non-teaching)

Full-time Instructional Staff members are eligible for health coverage under the City of New York’s Health Benefits Program (NYCHBP). Members may choose from a number of basic health insurance plans. In order to enroll, one must obtain and file a Health Benefits Application (Form ERB) at the Personnel Office. The form must be filed within 31 days of your appointment date.

For detailed information about available health plans, including forms, please visit the Human Resources website at www.qcc.cuny.edu/hrlr/index.html.

Members can also visit the New York City Office of Labor Relations website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/olr/html/health/health_benefits_prog.shtml. Please note this website is regularly updated with the latest information on health plans, open enrollment periods, and new forms, as well as supplemental plans available to full-time members.

Health Plans for Adjuncts

The Professional Staff Congress (PSC)-CUNY Welfare Fund provides the Empire HMO and the HIP HMO plans. To be eligible for any of these health plans, adjuncts must be paid with tax-levy money, not be covered by health insurance through another source, and meet the following requirements:

  • Teaching adjuncts must teach six or more hours per week (or the equivalent) at any CUNY college (or combination of CUNY colleges) in the semester of proposed coverage, and have taught at any CUNY college in the two semesters immediately preceding the semester of coverage. Summer sessions are excluded for the purpose of determining eligibility.
  • Nonteaching adjuncts must work ten or more hours per week (or the equivalent) at any CUNY college in the semester of proposed coverage and have had appointments at any CUNY college in the two semesters immediately pre-
    ceding the semester of coverage. Summer sessions are excluded for the purpose of determining eligibility.

Please visit the College’s Human Resources website at www.qcc.cuny.edu/hrlr/index.html for additional information regarding adjunct benefits. Enrollment is not automatic; the Personnel Office must be contacted (718 631-6269) to inquire about enrollment.

PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Benefits

Full-time instructional staff members are eligible for PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund benefits. These include: prescription, optical, dental, disability, hearing aid, term life insurance, and death benefits. These benefits are non-contributory plans. There are some contributory plans available. To enroll, a PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Enrollment Form can be obtained in the Personnel Office.

For detailed information about these benefits, please visit the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund website at http://psccunywf.org or the College’s Human Resources website at www.qcc.cuny.edu/hrlr/index.html.

Retirement Plans

New York State Education Law Section 6253 mandates participation in a retirement system. New full-time instructional staff members, paid from tax-levy funds, have 30 days from appointment effective date to choose a retirement program; the choice is irrevocable. If no choice is filed within 30 days, the law mandates assignment to The Teachers’ Retirement System of The City of New York (TRS).

Eligible members may choose between TRS or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) currently funded through The Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America – College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF). If TIAA-CREF is selected upon initial appointment to a full-time instructional position, participation in TIAA-CREF will continue upon transfer or reclassification into another instructional position within the University.

Members who already have membership with TRS, the Board of Education Retirement System (BOERS) or the New York City Employees Retirement System (NYCERS) may remain in their program. Recently appointed members with previous membership of BOERS or NYCERS may elect to remain a member by filing an application for Transferred Contributor status within 30 days of appointment at QCC.

Persons in substitute titles may choose to not have membership in a retirement program or pension system.

Tuition Waivers in CUNY

Tuition may be waived for undergraduate and graduate courses at any college of The City University of New York.

  • The number of undergraduate credits per semester for which tuition may be waived is unlimited. In order to qualify for an undergraduate tuition waiver, one must be a full-time instructional staff member for one year.
  • The number of graduate credits per semester for which tuition may be waived is six. There is no service requirement for graduate tuition waiver.

No waivers are available for courses offered during summer session.

To request a tuition waiver, please contact the Personnel Office at 718-631-6269.

Jury Duty

A faculty member who receives a summons to jury duty while classes are in session should immediately notify his/her chairperson. To avoid any deduction from the faculty member’s paycheck or any reduction in his or her leave balance, the faculty member must submit the jury duty service form to the department upon his/her return to work.

Benefits Contact Information

Please contact Ysabel Macea, Associate Director of Personnel at ymacea@qcc.cuny.edu or call 718-631-6269 for all benefits related questions.

Please note that the Human Resources website is regularly updated to include detailed benefits information. Visit the website at www.qcc.cuny.edu/hrlr/index.html

Professional Staff Congress

The Professional Staff Congress (PSC) is the union of CUNY’s faculty and staff. The PSC is an affiliate of the New York State United Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers, and the American Association of University Professors. All members of the instructional staff (faculty, higher education officer series [HEOs], college laboratory technicians [CLTs] and all adjuncts) are members of the collective bargaining unit (CBU) and are covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) or contract.

The PSC is CUNY’s instructional staff bargaining agent. It negotiates contracts covering the terms and conditions of employment of CUNY personnel in the bargaining unit, provides Welfare Fund and other benefits, and handles grievances of members and agency fee payers.

Membership is not automatic. One must sign a membership card (full-time or adjunct) to become a member. Cards are available from the chapter chair or the central PSC office, at 212-354-1252. CUNY is an “agency shop,” which means that an amount equivalent to dues is deducted from all covered employees, even if they do not sign membership cards.

Membership confers the advantage of having a vote in chapter and general elections and on contract ratifications and allows individuals to run for general and chapter officer positions. Membership strengthens the political power of the PSC, which must deal and negotiate not only with CUNY management, but also with New York State and New York City. If you are a member, you will receive PSC’s award-winning publication, Clarion, as well as NYSUT’s and AFT’s publications.

The PSC maintains an extensive website at www.psc-cuny.org, which is a great source of information on virtually all aspects of the PSC and the greater union movement. You are urged to visit. Members may also discuss issues related to the terms and conditions of employment with the PSC department representative, the grievance officer, or the chapter chair. Members of the union may bring matters to the chapter officers for consideration by the Executive Board or possibly at a general chapter meeting. In addition, e-mails are often sent to all members by chapter officers. Occasionally, electronic newsletters are sent to all members and posted on the chapter website.

Appeal, Complaints, and Grievances

Faculty members may appeal negative decisions of Department and Faculty Personnel and Budget Committees on reappointments and promotions by requesting a hearing before the Academic Review Committee. Further appeal may be submitted in the form of a letter to the president of the College. (See also Article Xl of Faculty Bylaws.) In this situation, faculty members are urged to contact the Queensborough Chapter Grievance Officer.

A complaint is an informal claim by a faculty member, or by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), of improper, unfair, arbitrary, or discriminatory treatment.

A grievance is a formal allegation that there has been a breach, misinterpretation, or improper application of a term in the PSC/CUNY Agreement or an arbitrary or discriminatory application of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees and written policies of the Board related to terms and conditions of employment. Faculty members may consult the most recent PSC/CUNY Agreement for further information on grievances. Faculty who have questions about these policies should contact the QCC Chapter Grievance Officer who may advise additional meeting with Officers of the College and University.

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.