The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York established the Civil Service Commission of the City University of New York in 1988. The Board appointed the first Commission in 1989 and adopted The Rules and Regulations of the Civil Service Commission on July 18, l989.

The Chancellor of the City University of New York appoints the members of the CUNY Civil Service Commission of New York, with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees. The Chancellor designates one member of the Commission to serve as its Chair. The CUNY Civil Service Commission is composed of three unpaid members.

Central to the Commission’s responsibility is the obligation to hear and render decisions regarding appeals from employees or applicants for employment concerning the University’s application of CUNY Rules and Regulations. The Commission mainly hears appeals from employees and acts as guardian of the City University’s merit system for classified staff.

The Commission reviews proposals by CUNY’s Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Staff Relations to classify positions in the Exempt, Labor or Non-Competitve Classes. Both the CUNY Civil Service Commission and the State Civil Service Commission must approve the proposals. The Rules and Regulations empower the Commission to review CUNY’s Classification and Pay Plan, appointments, promotions, transfers, resignations and reinstatements. Decisions of the Commission are made by majority vote.