Office of Legal Affairs and Labor Relations
All compliance with city, state, and federal law as well as with University bylaws, policies, and collective bargaining agreements is overseen by the Baruch College Office of Legal Affairs and Labor Relations.
This page simply provides access to the information which is part of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Verification of Compliance requirement.
Middle States Verification of Compliance
Baruch College is in compliance with federal and state regulations and accreditation agency standards and requirements as part of the “Verification of Compliance” requirement of our accreditation agency, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
For more information about MSCHE Verification of Compliance, please contact Rachel Fester at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Student Identity Verification in Distance and Correspondence Education
With appreciation to our colleagues in the CUNY School of Professional Studies, whose website https://sps.cuny.edu/about/policies/general-policies/verification-student-identity provides clarity on CUNY policies and informs this section.
The verification of student identity is essentially the confirmation of two conditions:
1) The right student has access to the correct course; and
2) that individual is indeed performing the work during the entire course duration.
Fully online courses at the City University of New York (CUNY) are set up and conducted to meet both conditions, and in ways that rival or surpass established practice in classroom-based courses.
CUNY provides a unified CUNY Login service that provides a set of account credentials (username and password) for many University-wide applications, including CUNY’s Learning Management System (LMS). Underpinning the credentials for these applications is an EMPLID, a unique CUNY identification number assigned to every student, faculty and staff member in CUNYfirst, the University’s Enterprise Resource Planning system.
All students participating in online instruction offered by any CUNY campus must log in to their course sites in the LMS using their CUNY login credentials. To ensure compliance with FERPA privacy rules and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity recommendations, strict access controls including full encryption are in place for all LMS access.
This secure login is a student’s only means of access to the LMS. Students are registered in their online courses through CUNYfirst, which imports registration information directly into the LMS without any action on the part of students, faculty, or staff beyond the regular registration process. Only duly registered students and the instructor of record appear on the roster of any online course. Furthermore, every action within a course site registers on the extensive tracking features of the LMS, which track each user in terms of time and duration of the action and part of the site involved, even if there is no posting by the student.
Supplementing these technical means of verifying student identity and activity are high degrees of student and faculty interaction that characterize online instruction in CUNY.
Both student orientation and faculty development stress the importance of “social presence” through self-presentation and transactional interaction, including:
- the use of e-portfolios
- the use of student photos and videos, especially in self-introductions, and e-portfolios
- participation in learning communities
- work in groups and teams
- plagiarism checkers (to ensure work submitted by the student is the student’s own)
- synchronous (“real-time”) conferencing (by both voice and video)
- asynchronous conferencing (by both voice and video)
2. Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements
Transfer of Credit Policies
See “what are transfer policies” on this page for Transfer Students.
Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between Baruch College and other academic institutions that create additional pathways for admitted students who may be interested in particular programs or degrees by establishing tailored transfer policies and course equivalencies.
Baruch College is proud to have articulation agreements with the following institutions:
- Borough Manhattan CC Associate in Arts Public Nonprofit Admin Articulation (Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs)
- Hostos CC Associate of Arts Public Administration (Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs)
- Hostos CC Associate of Applied Science Public Administration (Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs)
- Kingsborough CC Associate of Science Speech Communication (Communication Studies)
- Borough Manhattan CC Associate in Arts Communications Articulation (Communication Studies)
- LaGuardia CC Associate in Arts (Communication Studies)
New York State Education Department
Baruch College registers all degree programs with the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
For the most current listing of registered programs, please see the NYSED Inventory of Registered Programs. Select “Search for Programs by Institution” and press “Search,” and then select “330500 CUNY BARUCH COLLEGE” (the list is alphabetical).