Community Standards and Procedures

At the School of Engineering, we believe that the freedom to teach and learn is crucial to the academic process. Therefore, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs has worked with other departments to develop procedures and policies to safeguard these freedoms. To fulfill our goal as a learning community, we frame our foundation of success around the following:

  • Respect and dignity of self and others
  • Academic and personal integrity
  • Responsibility and accountability for one’s actions
  • Establishing values and goals
  • Embracing human and intellectual diversity and inclusiveness

This foundation enables us to ensure the growth and success of the entire community socially, physically, academically, and emotionally.

Any behavior that threatens the academic environment threatens the learning process and the School of Engineering community. Therefore, the School of Engineering exercises its right to discipline and commits its policies and procedures in the form of a Code of Conduct (PDF) to the protection and promotion of the academic enterprise.

Student Conduct Administration

The School of Engineering's Student Conduct Administration is in place to promote a safe, respectful academic environment by considering possible violations of the Conduct of Code. This allows students to develop into leaders by giving them a central role in establishing student conduct policy; and, when appropriate, offering violators of the code an opportunity to learn from a fair process and develop into responsible community members. Incidents of student misconduct and academic dishonesty are reported to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs for review and appropriate action according to the Code of Conduct and other Institute policies.

Community Compact

NYU Tandon School of Engineering asks all new students to sign a Community Compact (PDF) to maintain the standards set by the community you are now joining. By signing this you are acknowledging your agreement.

If you have questions, please contact Judith Simonsen at or 646.997.3046.

Absence Notification to the Faculty

It is important for instructors to know when you are experiencing an issue that might interfere with your studies. However, it is also important that your personal matters be kept confidential. Therefore, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is the office designated to receive documentation regarding private concerns. An official verification notice must be sent to instructors, but this notice does not share personal details.

  • Death in the family
  • Medical conditions and illnesses

If illness or an accident causes you to miss a class (or classes) or and an exam, you should do the following:

  • Notify your Professor by email of your absence, the reason for it, and how long you think you may be away.
  • Obtain medical documentation and when you are back on campus see Judith Simonsen, Coordinator of Advocacy and Compliance in Dibner Hall Room LC 240C.

When you have missed an exam, as in the case of a prolonged absence, please check your paperwork before leaving your doctor’s office, and be sure it includes a diagnosis, and an estimate of the length of your absence. Without proper documentation Ms. Simonsen will not be able to intervene on your behalf.

  • Do not provide anyone except her with a copy of your paperwork. If a professor requests a copy, refer them to Ms. Simonsen. This is to protect the confidentiality of your medical information.

Student Religious Observance

NYU’s policy regarding observing religious holidays

The School of Engineering’s policy requires students provide the Coordinator of Advocacy and Compliance with both written notification 15 days in advance of the days to be taken off and with the e-mail contact for your professors, so they can be given notice of the absence.