2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Campus Resources/Student Support

 Academic Support and Achievement Program

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-205
(607) 753-4309
Fax: (607) 758-5014
Email: asap@cortland.edu

The Academic Support and Achievement Program (ASAP) helps students learn how they learn best. ASAP staff provides academic support to students of all ability and achievement levels, both undergraduate and graduate, through tutoring in writing, reading, math and study skills. Students may use the services through self-referral or referral by an advisor, faculty member or dean. They may take advantage of professional staff and professionally trained peers to receive one-on-one instruction, small group instruction, workshops and supplemental instruction attached to challenging courses. Supplemental instruction is listed as "SI" in the course schedule. Students who have regularly attended ASAP have developed increased confidence in their abilities, have acquired independent learning skills, and have shown marked improvement in their classes.

Advisement and Transition

Memorial Library, Room A-111
(607) 753-4726
Fax: (607) 753-5593

Advisement and Transition provides academic advising information and support to all students and directly advises pre-major students. Orientation for first-year and transfer students, COR 101: The Cortland Experience, non-traditional and adult student support, transfer student support, graduate student support, learning communities, advising workshops and faculty development workshops are provided through the office. Advisement and Transition coordinates the evaluation of transfer credits for all entering students with prior college credit or from credit-bearing examinations, as well as the coordination of permission to transfer credit process for all current students. In addition, the office contributes to relevant campus-wide initiatives.

Athletic Facilities

Park Center, Room 2101
(607) 753-4953
Fax: (607) 753-4929

SUNY Cortland’s outdoor multipurpose Stadium Complex features two artificial turf fields, one of which includes an eight-lane track and jumping areas. Both fields are lighted and are served by a dual-sided, multi-tier press box. The main stadium field seats 6,500 spectators, while the auxiliary field offers seating for 1,500 people. The Cortland football, field hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s track and field teams are among those that utilize the facility. The Stadium Complex also includes a modern athletic training room, locker areas and a large video scoreboard display.

The Park Center houses a number of indoor athletic facilities. Included in the building are the 3,500-seat Corey Gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling, the 2,500-seat Alumni Arena for ice hockey, a 1,000-seat gymnastics arena, and the 1,500-seat Olympic-sized Holsten Pool. The Park Center also features three weight-training rooms, including two dedicated to varsity athletic teams, along with a wrestling practice room, two dance studios and a modern, fully equipped athletic training facility.

Cortland student-athletes also enjoy the use of the Lusk Field House with its tartan-textured track and volleyball/basketball/badminton courts, Wallace Field for baseball, lighted Holloway Field for soccer, Dragon Field for softball, 22 tennis courts, and numerous outdoor practice fields.

Auxiliary Services Corporation

Winchell Hall, Second Floor (executive office, payroll, human resources)
(607) 753-4325
Fax: (607) 753-5665
Neubig Hall, First Floor (customer service, accounting)
(607) 753-4627
Fax: (607) 753-5981
Email: asc@cortland.edu

The Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) has served the SUNY Cortland campus community for more than 50 years. ASC provides students with excellent service and exceptional value in a caring and professional manner, which enhances the quality of their campus experience and supports their educational goals. For more information about services, please visit ASC’s website at www.cortlandasc.com, call (607) 753-4627, visit the ASC Office in Neubig Hall or send an e-mail to asc@cortland.edu.

The College Store

The College Store, conveniently located in Neubig Hall, carries all required textbooks and course materials for SUNY Cortland. It is recommended that students use the free textbook prepack service, which allows them to order their textbooks online before the start of each semester. The College Store staff will prepack the books for easy pick up. Since prepack orders get first access to used books, students can save up to 25 percent on textbook purchases by submitting their orders online at www.cortlandasc.com/collegestore/.

The store also carries insignia clothing, school and art supplies, computer and electronic products, trade books, and general merchandise to enhance the academic experience and meet various student needs. Special services include fax service and special orders. The College Store accepts Connections accounts.

Please visit ASC’s website for textbook prepacks, store hours and other up-to-date information. Extended hours are offered at the beginning and end of each semester for textbook purchases and buy-back of textbooks, respectively.

Dining Services

All on-campus students are required by College policy to participate in a meal plan. ASC offers a variety of meal plans to meet student needs. All students are automatically enrolled in the Silver Flex plan and may upgrade to the Gold Plus or Platinum Plus plans. Only returning (second semester) students may opt into the Bronze or Copper Flex plans. Students may change their plans, as specified above, by logging on to the Residence Life and Housing Office page on myRedDragon or by contacting the ASC Office during the first full week of classes.

It is recommended that off-campus and West Campus students consider purchasing a Connections account, an on-campus meal plan or an Olympic, Collegiate or Recreational plan, which are designed to meet the needs of commuter students. To open a Connections or dining account, visit the website at www.cortlandasc.com or visit the ASC Office to enroll.

All ASC dining facilities accept cash or a SUNY Card with a Connections account or meal plan. Many unique dining venues are located throughout campus with hours of service that extend from early morning through late at night, giving students a multitude of choices about when and where to eat.

For more detailed information on ASC dining facilities, meal plans, menus and frequently asked questions, visit the ASC website.

Identification Cards

All students who register for courses at SUNY Cortland are required to have a SUNY Card. To obtain the card, students must be registered and have their college identification number. The SUNY Card is a multifunctional, video-imaged card with electronic verification capability. The SUNY Card provides online access for dining services, purchases in the College Store, vending, library, network copying/printing, health service, fitness center access and off-campus vendor partners. This proximity card is also needed for keyless entry to the residence halls.

The SUNY Card is issued by ASC in Neubig Hall. A $10 fee is charged for the initial card; the fee to replace a lost card is $15. Temporary residence hall proximity cards are available nights and weekends at the University Police Department in the case of lost/stolen cards. ASC office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Extended service hours are offered during the first week of the semester.

Other ASC Services

Connections Account

ASC provides the Connections debit account in conjunction with the SUNY Card. The Connections account is accepted in all dining operations, the College Store, network printers and copiers and vending machines and at off-campus vendor partners. It is recommended that students make Connections deposits online at www.cortlandasc.com, especially during the first week of the semester to avoid lines or waiting. Students also may make deposits by phone, mail or in person. The Connections account is a convenient, easy and secure method of making purchases for all ASC services. There are no fees associated with using this account. An inactivity fee will be assessed for accounts that remain idle for more than 12 months. Unused funds are fully refundable upon graduation or withdrawal from the College.

Gift Card

ASC offers a prepaid gift card that can be used in the same locations as the Connections account. The ASC gift card is a great gift for students, and can be purchased in various denominations online. Gift cards also may be purchased by mail, phone or in person at College Store.

Personal Property Insurance

ASC offers a personal property protection plan. Information regarding the plan is available at www.haylor.com.

MicroFridge and Electronic Safe

MicroFridge is a combination microwave oven, refrigerator and freezer. This convenient unit is the only authorized microwave oven on campus. Students may also be interested in renting an electronic safe for small valuables and personal belongings. Both the MicroFridge and the electronic safe may be rented by the semester or the year. Information is available at www.cortlandasc.com.

Student Employment

ASC employs more than 350 students a semester in all aspects of its operations. These positions are not Work Study. Available work schedules and applications are available at www.cortlandasc.com.

Campus Activities and Corey Union Office

Corey Union, Room 402-B
(607) 753-2321
Fax: (607) 753-2808
Email: campact@cortland.edu

The Corey Union serves as the center for the College’s activities and conferences. The facility houses meeting rooms, offices for student organizations, study lounges, the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office, WSUC-FM, and the all-purpose Function Room with a seating capacity of up to 800. Corey Union also houses the Student Voice Office, a drop-in center and a location for multicultural programming. Other Corey Union services include an information center, a ticket booth, a Subway, a Friendly’s, Dunkin’ Donuts" and a snack bar and pizzeria.

The Campus Activities and Corey Union Office is a resource to more than 80 clubs and organizations, including the Student Government Association (SGA), which is responsible for student governance, student rights and programs, and the allocation of the mandatory student activity fee (MAF). Other SGA groups include the Black Student Union (BSU), Non-Traditional Student Organization, Student Activities Board (SAB), Gospel Choir, the Dragon Chronicle and WSUC-FM, just to name a few.

The College recognizes six sororities: Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Phi Epsilon, Nu Sigma Chi, Omega Phi Beta and Sigma Delta Tau; five fraternities: Delta Chi, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Phi Iota Alpha and Pi Kappa Phi; and one co-educational service fraternity: Alpha Phi Omega.

In addition to providing opportunities to develop leadership and personal skills, the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office and the SGA provide students with information and services to help them meet the unique challenges and opportunities of off-campus living.

Career Services

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-5
(607) 753-4715
Fax: (607) 753-2937

Career Services is available to all students and alumni to assist in formulating career goals, organizing effective job searches and locating graduate schools. Among the many services provided are:

  • career counseling
  • a comprehensive career resources library
  • extensive workshop schedule
  • hosting of special events such as Summer Job and Intern Fair, Teacher Recruitment Days, Career Panels, Graduate School Day and Volunteer Fair
  • a credentials office to maintain professional recommendations to support employment or graduate school searches
  • internship placements, volunteer referral and community service
  • part-time student employment job referral service
  • certification information
  • online job vacancy listings through SUNY Cortland JobConnect
  • on-campus recruiting
  • extended Tuesday evening hours through 7 p.m. while classes are in session

Child Care Center

Education Building, Room 1000
(607) 753-5955
Fax: (607) 753-5957
Email: johanna.hartnett@cortland.edu

The SUNY Cortland Child Care Center is licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Care for 106 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years is provided. Enrollment priority is given to campus staff, faculty and students. The program operates year round, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, the center operates a six-week summer program for school-age children.

The program uses a creative curriculum providing age appropriate activities where children learn through their play experiences. Breakfast, lunch and two snacks are prepared daily according to Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) nutritional guidelines. Tuition subsidies are available to income-eligible student and working families.

The center does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin or disability.

Information Resources


Information Resources Support Center
Memorial Library, First Floor
(607) 753-2500
Email: irsc@cortland.edu

The Information Resources Support Center is a single point of technology and library support for all students, faculty and staff. Physically located on the first floor in Memorial Library, this comprehensive support unit provides assistance during regular library hours, with walk-up service available whenever the library is open.

The campus portal is myRedDragon. It provides a single point of access to email, announcements, information on campus events, eLearning, grades, course registration, financial aid, bill payment and many other online services. Users log in to myRedDragon using their SUNY Cortland NetID.

Students are provided with SUNY Cortland’s Google Applications in Education suite of email, Web and file storage applications. While hosted by Google, student email accounts are official college email accounts and do end in “cortland.edu.” A student's email address consists of first and last name as defined by the Registrar’s Office. Student email quotas are provided by Google Apps. At this time, students receive a total of 7 GB for email and file storage.

Thirty public technology labs and 36 special-purpose technology labs are available for student use on campus. Public technology facilities are equipped with nearly 800 Windows-based and Macintosh microcomputers, network laser printing and a wide variety of software applications.

Technology facilities on campus include specialized labs for computer-mediated composition, foreign language study, music listening and composition, desktop publishing, high-resolution graphics for mapping with color plotting capabilities, sports motion and biomechanics analysis, remedial skills instruction, journalism, psychology, teacher training, mathematics and science instruction, health resources, ethics tutorial, art design, and word processing applications. Students have opportunities to learn computer languages, to access the computer interactively and to use a variety of powerful software packages for data analysis, problem solving, research and critical thinking.

Hybrid and online asynchronous Web-based courses are taught using Blackboard, the college’s learning management system. Additionally, SUNY Cortland's iTunesU enables faculty to deliver content in a variety of ways: audio podcast, enhanced podcast (utilizing graphics, photos, web links, etc.) and vodcast (video podcast). 

Information Resources provides three multimedia studios within Memorial Library with specialized software and equipment to create videos, podcasts, and multimedia projects. The largest multimedia studio has a presentation smart board. Users may sign out a key to these studios at the Information Resources Support Center.

The data network provides secure wired and wireless access throughout the campus and residence halls. Users may connect to the network on their own using their NetID. Access support is available by contacting the Information Resources Support Center (irsc@cortland.edu).

All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with the policies and procedures for technology use. These policies are foundwithin myRedDragon on the Tech Help tab.


Memorial Library
(607) 753-2525

(607) 753-2221 (director’s office)
Fax: (607) 753-5669
Email: library@cortland.edu

The library houses a collection of more than 400,000 volumes in a variety of formats, 600 journal subscriptions, an extensive microtext collection and a strong collection of electronic resources. The library is an open stack facility with seating for 1,000 users. Open seven days a week when classes are in session, with late night hours, the library provides extended periods for study, research, computer lab use and access to the collection.

The Learning Commons, on the first floor, provides assistance with reference and research questions, and with technology projects. The Commons is an engaging place for students and faculty to mingle, talk and study together.

The Information Resources Support Center (IRSC), located in the lobby of Memorial Library, serves as a hub for information and technology services, including assistance with technology, software and computer applications, interlibrary loan, and book check-in and check-out.

The library’s Web page provides access to a variety of information about the library’s services and collections. The Library Tab in myRedDragon offers indepth access to the library's research resources, including the library catalog, full-text and citation databases as well as other Web-based information.

Materials that are needed but not owned by the library may be borrowed from other libraries through the interlibrary loan service. The SUNY Open Access Policy allows Cortland students to enjoy borrowing privileges at nearly all State University of New York campuses.

The library also houses the Teaching Materials Center which collects items related to elementary and secondary education. This center has 38,000 volumes, including textbooks, curriculum guides, educational media and a children’s literature collection.

The Bookmark, located on the first floor, offers a friendly environment and delicious food and drink as aids to study and reflection.

The library has two networked computer labs, one for Macintosh and one for PC users and there are Mac and PC computers in the Late Night Reading Room. In addition, the library houses the Adaptive Technology Lab and three multimedia studio rooms.

The College’s librarians provide a range of programs from individualized reference and research services to instruction in computer and information literacy. The librarians serve as reference bibliographers, each specializing in the various subjects taught at SUNY Cortland. The library offers workshops and formal instruction in computer and information fluency to prepare students for a lifetime of learning.

Multicutural Life and Diversity Office

Corey Union, Room 407-A
(607) 753-2336
Fax: (607) 753-2808

The Multicultural Life and Diversity Office challenges all forms of discrimination and inequity by collaboratively developing an educated community at SUNY Cortland through the promotion of progressive principles of inclusion, appreciation and social justice. 

The Multicultural Life and Diversity Office works to develop and maintain a culturally inclusive and equitable community by providing training and guidance that moves SUNY Cortland towards cultural competency. The office connects students, staff and faculty with resources at SUNY Cortland that address many cultural and intercultural needs such as training, intercultural speakers, activities, and events. It also is committed to the retention, support and success of underrepresented students by building strong multicultural leaders who achieve excellence through diversity.  

Activities the office engages in include: Multicultural Leadership and Cultural Development through the Annual Student Conference on Diversity Equity and Social Justice, TC3-SUNY Cortland Coalition: Building Student Communities of Color and Multicultural Leadership Retreat along with programming such as Ramadan Iftar Dinner, Unity Celebration and Kente Graduation. The office also collaboratively programs with the multicultural student organizations in the VOICE office. 

On a day-to-day basis multicultural life and diversity

  • supports all students, faculty and staff in their identity development

  • encourages retention and recruitment of diverse students, faculty and staff

  • advocates for and serves as a resource for the campus community in the journey to excellence through diversity, equity and social justice. 

Outdoor Education Facilities

Center for Environmental and
Outdoor Education
Miller Building, Room 230
(607) 753-5488
Fax: (607) 753-5985

SUNY Cortland has recognized the value of outdoor and environmental education since the mid-1930s when it began to require physical education students to participate in two-week camping programs as part of their formal training. Opportunities for study and fieldwork in the outdoors have expanded greatly since that time, and many of Cortland’s academic departments now make use of three adjunct campuses developed by the College to support outdoor and environmental education programs.

Outdoor Education Center at Raquette Lake

Robert L. Rubendall, Director
P.O. Box 99, Raquette Lake, NY 13436
(315) 354-4784

Antlers: Located on the west side of Raquette Lake, Antlers serves both as a site for conferences and course work as well as a docking area for those embarking to Camp Huntington. Antlers can accommodate approximately 45 guests. The location offers convenient access to the Adirondack Museum and other sites in the area.

Huntington Memorial Camp: Camp Huntington provides an outstanding natural setting for students to examine most aspects of the environment. This facility can accommodate up to 70 guests. The camp’s forests, bogs and ponds serve as natural laboratories for courses in the biological sciences. Raquette Lake provides an elaborate research area in which students examine the unpolluted waters.

Physical education and recreation students make extensive use of the Outdoor Education Center in required and elective courses. Students from all disciplines enjoy opportunities at the Outdoor Education Center to learn how to use the outdoors as a classroom for academic subjects and to learn to develop an appreciation for the outdoor environment.

Hoxie Gorge Nature Preserve

R. Lawrence Klotz, Biological Sciences Department
Bowers Hall, Room 240
(607) 753-2715

Hoxie Gorge Nature Preserve is a 169-acre natural area close to the main campus. It provides many different environments, each with a unique set of characteristics that warrant careful study by the biologist or geologist or treat the casual visitor with a pleasant visual experience. The natural environments include pristine streams running through the gorge area, mature woodlands and old fields. The McDermott Nature Trail provides access to these areas.

Hoxie Gorge provides SUNY Cortland students, faculty and staff with the opportunity for class and individual study, research and enjoyment of the natural environment. Located only seven miles from campus, Hoxie Gorge is easily visited during a two- or three-hour class period. Approximately 1,000 students per year are involved in academic field study there.

Faculty members and a number of their students have utilized Hoxie Gorge extensively for research purposes. This research has attracted more than $1 million in grants and resulted in approximately 40 journal publications. The research topics include insect chemical ecology and behavior, taxonomy of mushrooms, conservation biology of amphibians, pollination biology of flowering plants, nutrient cycling in streams and geological processes.

Robert C. Brauer Memorial Education Center

Robert L. Rubendall, Director
Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education
Miller Building, Room 230
(607) 753-5487

SUNY Cortland’s Robert C. Brauer Memorial Education Center is the only major geological facility in the State University of New York. It is located in the town of Bethlehem, eight miles south of Albany and near the famed Helderberg Escarpment, an area known to geologists as a classic region of fossiliferous limestone and shale formations of the Devonian age.

A main building and bunkhouse on the 33-acre tract provide classroom, dining and sleeping accommodations for approximately 36 students. This facility is used by the College’s Geology Department as a base for studies of the Catskill Mountains, mid-Hudson Valley and Taconic Range, which offer sections of Lower and Middle Paleozoic carbonate and terrigeneous rocks, structurally complex and metamorphic terranes, and widespread Pleistocene landforms and deposits.

The Adirondacks and Berkshires also are accessible from Brauer Education Center for field trips and provide opportunities for examining igneous and high-grade metamorphic rocks of the Precambrian age.

The Brauer Education Center is available for use by other educational institutions and professional organizations. In addition to activities sponsored by the College’s admissions and alumni affairs offices, SUNY Cortland and other institutions have used this facility for programs in biology, foreign language and geology.

Outreach Services

Education Building, Room 1239
(607) 753-5430
Fax: (607) 753-5561

The assistant provost for teacher education coordinates several outreach services that bring together offices and programs that extend beyond the SUNY Cortland campus to area schools, businesses and the community. The unit provides a wide range of services and programs for students, faculty, local businesses, area residents and youth. Program coordinators provide quality programs that meet the needs of their individual clientele. Outreach Services includes:

Access to College Education

Cornish Hall, Room 1312
(607) 753-5662
Fax: (607) 753-5561

The Access to College Education (ACE) program provides resources and services to help high school students with potential challenges pursue a college education through a partnership between 12 area school districts and four higher education institutions: SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College and Cornell University.

Field Experience and School Partnerships Office
School Partnerships Area

Cornish Hall, Room 1314
(607) 753-4214/4704
Fax: (607) 753-4212

The School Partnerships Area of the Field Experiences and School Partnerships Office administers both credit and noncredit programs for area educators, coaches, student teachers, educational leadership interns and high school students. The area coordinates the Community Roundtable.

Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP)

Cornish Hall, Room 1312
(607) 753-5663
Fax: (607) 753-5561

Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) provides extensive programming to help high-risk youth complete high school and pursue higher education or meaningful employment upon graduation. Program goals are accomplished through a partnership with area schools, higher education institutions and community-based agencies.

Recreational Sports

Park Center, Room 1120
(607) 753-5585
Fax: (607) 753-5534
Email: julian.wright@cortland.edu

Mission Statement 
The goal of SUNY Cortland Recreational Sports is to provide a variety of recreational opportunities that contribute to the physical, emotional and social health of all members of the College community. The department will continuously develop programs and activities for participants to increase their positive use of leisure time, improve their quality of life and encourage them to commit to a lifetime of fitness and recreation participation.

The mission is fulfilled by providing the following programs, which are funded by the Mandatory Student Activity Fee and available to every student at SUNY Cortland:


  • An intramural sports program with 60 different sports/special events, with more than 39,000 participations annually.
  • An open recreation program with more than 195,000 participations annually. A variety of recreation facilities (two fitness facilities, a swimming pool; 10 racquetball courts; eight squash courts; and gyms/field house for jogging, basketball, volleyball and badminton) are available on an open recreation concept until 11 p.m. most days. Two outdoor basketball courts and 22 tennis courts are available for open recreation use during daylight hours.
  • An equipment checkout/court reservation service that goes hand-in-hand with the open recreation program.
  • A noncredit instruction program that currently offers instruction in washin-ryu karate, meditation and yoga.
  • A sport club program with 38 clubs and more than 1,000 participants, including men’s baseball, badminton, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, cheerleading, Cortland Dance Company, Danceworks, equestrian, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, hoop dance, men’s ice hockey, women's ice hockey, kickline, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, outdoor adventure, power lifting, quidditch, men’s roller hockey, men’s rugby, women’s rugby, running, ski/snow boarding, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s softball, swimming, tae kwon do, tai chi, tennis, men's ultimate frisbee, women's ultimate frisbee, men’s volleyball, women’s volleyball, water ski/wakeboarding and wrestling.
  • Two state-of-the-art fitness facilities that have great availability, as well as excellent supervision and instruction. The Woods Facility, located in Park Center, and the Tomik Facility, located in Van Hoesen Hall are equipped with a wide array of cardiovascular fitness equipment, selectorized weight circuits and free weights.
  • An outdoor opportunities program that provides all SUNY Cortland students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor recreation activities including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, kayaking, hiking, camping and wind surfing.

In order to better fulfill our mission and to significantly improve the quality of life for all students, the College will begin construction of a new Student Life Center at SUNY Cortland within the next year. This facility will have a vast array of physical recreation components, such as a fitness facility, suspended jogging track, recreational swimming pool, multipurpose gymnasiums, climbing wall, racquetball courts, aerobics studio and outdoor pursuits center. There also will be a variety of social spaces, such as a game room, food service and lounges. This new facility always will be available for SUNY Cortland students’ recreational use and will be completed within the next three years.

Two of three SUNY Cortland students participate in at least one aspect of the recreational sports program.

Residence Life and Housing Office

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-33
(607) 753-4724
Fax: (607) 753-5984
Email: residencelifeandhousing@cortland.edu

The Residence Life and Housing Office is responsible for the administration of the College’s residence halls and apartments. All of the residential facilities are co-educational and are staffed by professional residence hall directors, graduate-level hall managers and student staff that include resident assistants, administrative assistants and academic peer mentors.

SUNY Cortland places a strong emphasis on the residential experience and student success. All freshmen are required to live on campus for two academic years and transfer students should expect to live on campus for one academic year. Students are encouraged to continue their residential experience beyond the on-campus housing requirement. Continuing residential students who adhere to all of the room selection requirements, such as deposits, deadlines, etc., may expect to live in the residence halls beyond their sophomore year. Special interest housing, such as international, wellness, quiet atmosphere, co-ed living, etc., is offered to students as an optional living experience.

The residence halls are open during the fall and spring semesters in accordance with the College calendar. The West Campus Apartments, which are College sponsored, are open from opening day in August through closing day in May.

Student Development Center

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-44
(607) 753-4728
Fax: (607) 753-2367

The Student Development Center is designed to promote the total growth of students from the time of their acceptance to the College through graduation and beyond. The units within the Student Development Center include the Counseling Center, Health Promotion, Student Disability Services, Student Health Service and Substance Abuse Prevention and Education.

Counseling Center

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-44
(607) 753-4728
Fax: (607) 753-2367

The Counseling Center provides short-term therapeutic services to facilitate students’ personal, social and educational adjustment. The center staff recognizes that adjustment to college life can be stressful and challenging. It also can be a time for learning and growth. The Counseling Center assists students in their transitions by providing developmentally focused programming and offers individual and group support services for students. The Counseling Center serves as a resource to the SUNY Cortland community. The Counseling Center meets national standards, as it is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

Types of help available include:

  • personal counseling
  • vocational counseling
  • educational counseling
  • referrals and consultation

Health Promotion

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1
(607) 753-2066
Fax: (607) 753-5495

The Health Promotion Office emphasizes awareness of current health issues, prevention of disease and illness, and promotion of health and wellness. While the office primarily exists to serve the health and wellness needs of SUNY Cortland students, there is also a strong commitment to offer programs for and share resources with the college faculty and staff as well as the greater community. The office is committed to providing opportunities for members of the college community as well as the greater community to heighten personal and community awareness concerning health issues and develop health-promoting skills and attitudes necessary to make responsible personal and community health decisions.

Services offered include:

  • educational programming
  • advocacy for students
  • information and resources
  • campus/community referrals
  • internships, independent study and cooperative learning
  • opportunities for student involvement

Student Disability Services

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1
(607) 753-2066
Fax: (607) 753-5495

The mission of Student Disability Services is to facilitate the educational and personal development of SUNY Cortland students with disabilities. Its goal is to ensure equal access to all programs and activities and facilitate the architectural and attitudinal accessibility of the campus environment. SUNY Cortland is committed to upholding and maintaining all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved in 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of l973.

Student Disability Services has been designated as the office that coordinates services for students with documented disabilities who voluntarily identify themselves to the office. Requests for services must be made in writing. Documentation of the disability must be submitted in writing along with the accommodations requested. Specific guidelines for documentation and procedures for instituting accommodations can be obtained by contacting Student Disability Services directly. The office serves in a multidimensional role as advocate, educator and coordinator of accommodations. Services include, but are not limited to:

  • personal counseling
  • liaison with local, state and federal support agencies
  • classroom accommodations
  • emergency evacuation planning

Student Health Service

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-26
(607) 753-4811
Fax: (607) 753-2486

SUNY Cortland requires that a completed health history be submitted on admission to the College. In addition, students must meet New York state immunization mandates for measles, mumps, rubella and meningococcal disease. A pre-admission physical examination is required of intercollegiate athletes and international students and is strongly encouraged for all others. Per NCAA regulations, athletes must have a physical exam within six months of the beginning of their sport activities.

The Student Health Service provides ambulatory health care to students so that they may participate successfully in the academic and extracurricular programs of their choice. The Student Health Service is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The College’s Mandatory Health Fee has been incorporated into the Program Service Charge. This fee covers the following services performed at the Student Health Service and the Counseling Center:

  • diagnosis and treatment of common medical illnesses
  • care of students with more chronic medical problems such as asthma, diabetes mellitus and seizure disorders
  • access to a limited number of prescription medications
  • Self-Help Cold Table
  • physical examinations required for participation in intercollegiate sports, study abroad programs and internship experiences
  • diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases
  • referrals to specialists and/or local hospitals as needed *
  • laboratory facilities to obtain routine samples which are sent to an outside laboratory for processing *
  • injections – including vaccinations, allergy shots and others *
  • pregnancy testing and emergency contraception
  • SUNY Cortland’s Student Health Service and the Jacobus Center for Reproductive Health Care work together to provide sexual health care for both male and female students
  • health education
  • Counseling Center

* Students are responsible for charges incurred for these services.

All undergraduate students taking 12 or more credit hours are required to carry health insurance to help cover these costs.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Education

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1
(607) 753-2066
Fax: (607) 753-5495

Substance Abuse Prevention and Education recognizes the adjustments students face when they embark on their academic careers.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Education exists to help students understand the connection between substance abuse and future success, to identify their individual risk factors for chemical dependency, and examine the choices they have made regarding alcohol and other drug use.

Toward this goal, Substance Abuse Prevention and Education provides the following services:

  • peer education
  • online substance education class
  • educational workshops and training sessions for residence halls, classes and organizations
  • information and resources

University Police Department

Van Hoesen Hall, Room C-17
(607) 753-2112
Emergencies: (607) 753-2111 or 911
Fax: (607) 753-5752

Law enforcement and personal safety are coordinated by the University Police Department. The department is staffed by 19 police officers. The office is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Parking on campus from 2 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, is restricted to registered vehicles. Parking permits are available from the Parking Department or at the department’s website. Illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed and may be towed at the owner’s expense. Accessible parking is available. Students with special needs should contact Student Disability Services, Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1, (607) 753-2066.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act

SUNY Cortland publishes a Campus Safety Report in compliance with Code 20, United States Code Section 1092 (f) the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). This document is available from the Admissions Office, University Police Department and the Student Affairs Office. Copies also are distributed in the residence halls and to campus offices. For the history of this act, which mandates the distribution of this information, visit www.campussafety.org/aboutsoc/didntknow.html.

Web information on campus crime statistics and prevention, patrol information, the emergency blue light phone system and the silent witness program is available at www.cortland.edu/univpolice/homepage.html. For student judicial procedures, student behavior expectations, violation definitions, victim’s rights, violator’s rights, hearing procedures and potential sanctions, visit www.cortland.edu/judaffairs/. Campus crime statistics are available from the U.S. Department of Education at http://ope.ed.gov/security/.