Faculty at colleges and universities across the country face an increasingly difficult "publish or perish" workplace, one in which the failure to bring revenue and renown to their institutions can cost them dearly. NYU pedagogues are no strangers to the squeeze, and today the Post reports that two medical school professors are suing the school for allegedly cutting their salaries after they failed to net enough grant money—thanks to major setbacks suffered during Hurricane Sandy.

NYU doctors Herbert Samuels and Marie Monaco, a biochemist and physiologist respectively, have taken legal action against their employer after being notified that their salaries will drop significantly over the next five years. Samuels will see his pay lowered from $287,652 to $189,652 annually, and Monaco's $167,646 will be reduced to $94,646 during the same period. These salary cuts are allegedly due to the professors' failure to lock down outside grant money via their own research projects, but both Samuels and Monaco claim that NYU is acting unjustly.

The cuts are of an "arbitrary and unequal fashion," Monaco told the Post. Monaco's lab projects were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Her facility lost all power during the storm, and no backup generators were on site to maintain the refrigeration of experimental cells. As a result, Monaco's work suffered a massive setback and grant money has been hard to come by.

NYU policy currently requires professors to secure 60 percent of their salaries through outside grants—a policy that spokeswoman Lisa Greiner said brings "its job performance requirements in line with other nationally recognized academic medical centers." Earlier this spring, Columbia University was also criticized for dismissing professors who didn't net 80 percent of their salaries through grants.

Monaco and Samuels's suit states that “The loss of data has negatively impacted [Monaco and Samuels’] ability to secure extramural funding and will continue to make it difficult for them to secure grants for many years." Both have been at NYU for over 30 years.