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Since 1916, as the Bureau of Educational Experiments, Bank Street College of Education has been entrenched in early child development. In 1935, Bank Street became incorporated with the State of New York, and has been guided by a charter and bylaws. From time to time, the bylaws are amended by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Trustees reflect changed circumstances and practices. The most recent bylaw revision was approved by the Trustees in 2010. It is also true that throughout the history of the college the president periodically appoints “as needed” committees to consider important issues, and the Board of Trustees follows the same practice. For example, in 2010/11 the Board has had a Committee on the Bookstore and one on Facilities Planning.

This section of the website is structured around college-wide guiding policies, which are grouped by general, guiding topics. This listing does not include all gollege policies. Policies are regularly reviewed for appropriateness given changing circumstances.


Graduate School Faculty Handbook [PDF]
School for Children Faculty Handbook [PDF]

Students (Graduate School & School for Children)

Family Education Law & Privacy Rights
2016-2017 Graduate Student Handbook

  • Includes policies on: Student Records & Grievances

Graduate School Student Policies of Conduct and Standards

Staff Information & Human Resources

College Handbook
Personnel Handbook

Includes policies on:

  • Grievances
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Equal Opportunity

Information Technology / Appropriate Uses Policy
Cabinet Conflict of Interest
Code of Conduct

Use of College Facilities

As a not-for-profit educational institution, the use of Bank Street College facilities is generally restricted to mission-related activities. Bankstreet faculty, staff and students may use college facilities for internal events (e.g., meetings, social occasions) when space is available, as confirmed by the Chief Operating Officer.  

Requests from outside organizations are considered on a case-by-case basis and overseen by the Chief Operating Officer. Applications and a certificate of insurance are required in all such cases.