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New York Education Section 3002 - Oath To Support Federal And State Constitutions.

3002. Oath to support federal and state constitutions. It shall be unlawful for any citizen of the United States to serve as teacher, instructor or professor in any school or institution in the public school system of the state or in any school, college, university or other educational institution in this state, whose real property, in whole or in part, is exempt from taxation under section four of the tax law unless and until he or she shall have taken and subscribed the following oath or affirmation: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the constitution of the United States of America and the constitution of the State of New York, and that I will faithfully discharge, according to the best of my ability, the duties of the position of ........................(title of position and name or designation of school, college, university or institution to be here inserted), to which I am now assigned."

The oath required by this section shall be administered by the president or other head of such school, college, university or institution, or by the officer or person, or in the case of a board or body by a member of the board or body, having authority to employ such person as a teacher, instructor or professor in such school, college, university or institution, and each is hereby authorized to administer it. The officer, person or member administering such oath shall cause a record or notation of the fact to be made in the books or records of the school, college, university or institution. In lieu of the oath administered by an officer, person or member, an employee may comply with the requirements of this section by subscribing and filing the following statement: "I do hereby pledge and declare that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of New York, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the position of ..........................according to the best of my ability." Such oath or statement shall be filed with the clerk of a school district or with such officer or employee of any such college, university or other educational institution that shall be designated for such purpose. Such oaths or statements shall be available for public inspection and for transmittal to the commissioner of education upon his request. It shall be unlawful for an officer, person or board having control of the employment, dismissal or suspension of teachers, instructors or professors in such a school, college, university or institution, to permit a person to serve in any such capacity therein in violation of the provisions of this section. This section shall not be construed to require a person to take such oath or to execute such statement more than once during the time he or she is employed in the same school, college, university or institution, though there be a change in the title or duties of the position.

The provisions of section sixty-two of the civil service law shall not apply to a person who is required to take the oath or execute the statement prescribed by this section.

An enrolled member of an Indian nation or an Indian individual having an affiliation with an Indian nation recognized by the United States or the state of New York may elect to comply with the requirements of this section by instead subscribing and filing the following statement:

"I do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the position of according to the best of my ability, and perform my duties in a manner consistent with the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of New York."


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