Faculty Essentials

Faculty Responsibilities and Expectations

The information below will help define some of the most important responsibilities you have as a faculty member at SUNY Broome Community College.

Simply click on a heading to view the associated information.

  • Remember that other excellent sources of information are your department/division secretary or chair/dean. 
  • Please contact the Teaching Resource Center for additional assistance.

Academic Advising

Academic advising at SUNY Broome is a joint responsibility of the teaching faculty and the professional advisors. Academic advising is available to all SUNY Broome students pursuing a degree or certificate program.

The Faculty Resources for Advising page contains information to assist you in your student advising. Online training in academic advising is available.  Please contact the Academic Advising Office for access to the training module and further information.

Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar  highlights some of the most important dates during the academic term.

Additional important dates, deadlines, forms and information can be found on the Registrar's page


SUNY Broome Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

"The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement."  -- Excerpted from MSCHE website.

All faculty and staff have the responsibility of helping the College to maintain, document, and assess compliance with accreditation quality standards.

Some academic programs also maintain individual program accreditations. For more information, please see your department chair.


The Curriculum Committee represents the faculty of the College in their collective responsibility for curricular innovation and for the regular review and revision of existing courses, curricula, and programs. Significant changes in courses or curriculum must be approved by the Campus Curriculum Committee.

Writing Emphasis Courses - A Writing Emphasis course, or W course, is a course in a discipline other than English (ENG courses are not W courses) in which students use writing as a learning tool, to engage in critical inquiry, and to demonstrate mastery, understanding, and analysis within a discipline. Writing about the subject matter is integral to the course, and writing as a process is explored. Faculty members interested in offering a WE course should contact the Writing Initiatives Network Committee (WINC).

Civic Education, Civic Engagement, and Service Learning at SUNY Broome -

General Education - The SUNY General Education Requirement (SUNY-GER) enables students to acquire knowledge and skills that are useful and important for all educated persons, regardless of their jobs and professions. For more information about General Education at SUNY Broome, please visit the Academic Information page.


Institutional Effectiveness is a continuous process of monitoring and assessing performance in order to enhance and upgrade operations of the College. Faculty are responsible for participating in the assessment of student learning.  You should become familiar with your department or program's Intended Student Learning Outcomes,  and how these outcomes are measured.  For more information, contact your chair.

The Institutional Effectiveness Department guides SUNY Broome Community College through the process of designing and implementing an effective structure and process for institutional effectiveness and assessment that is organized, systematized, and sustained.

All  members of the SUNY Broome community participate in the assessment process.


Campus Committees - There are many opportunities to participate in committees across the campus. Participation in campus committees provides opportunities to develop leadership skills, to advance through the Appointment and Promotion process, and to effect a positive change in the campus community.  Contact your Department Chair for guidance on committees that might be a good fit for your situation.

Shared Governance

The Shared Governance structure at SUNY Broome Community College is headed by the College Assembly (CA) with representation from all campus constituencies.  Three additional committees, Council for Academic Issues (CAI), Council for Operational Issues (COI), and Student Assembly (SA), address areas within each of their scopes.

To find out how to participate, check with your Department Chair.  Meetings of the Shared Governance bodies are open to the campus community and attendance is encouraged.

Emergency Situations

Emergency Situations - In an emergency contact Broome County Communications directly. An Officer will be dispatched to your location.

  • From a Pay or Cell Phone Dial 911
  • From a Campus Phone Dial 9-911
  • From a Blue Light Phone Press the call button for direct access (click here for locations)

* It is a crime to use the emergency number for any other purpose.

Safety on Campus -SUNY Broome's Office of Public Safety is responsible for emergency response, hazard control, crime prevention, and parking and traffic management.  In addition, Public Safety Officers offer lockout assistance, lost and found service, and is available to address any other safety and security concerns of the students, faculty, or staff.

Emergency Evacuations (Fire, etc.) - The Office of Public Safety is responsible for maintaining information about evacuation procedures in the event of fire, as well as conducted emergency fire drills.  

Emergency Notifications - In the event of a major storm or other emergency situation which would have impact on the College's ability to conduct classes and/or conduct office business, the campus community utilizes the following methods:

Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation Team (CARE) -The team provides an early intervention resource for SUNY Broome faculty, staff, and students to consult on student behaviors of: Distressing, disruptive or threatening behaviors of concern.

Rules & Regulations

The SUNY Broome Community College Policies and Procedures Manual provides the college community with a written record of current College policies and procedures.  Many policies in the manual have wide applicability - they affect both academic and administrative areas, all employees, or the activities of the College as they relate to students, alumni, the community, and the general public.

Professional Behavior

The Employee Handbook has information on expectations regarding professional behavior of SUNY Broome employees.

Amorous Relationships - The Guidelines for Amorous Relationships can be found in the Policy and Procedures Manual, Reference 2.6.

Children on Campus - The Guidelines for Children on Campus can be found in the Policy and Procedures Manual, Reference 5.21.


FERPA - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)