2015-16 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2015-16 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Campus Resources/Student Support

Academic Support and Achievement Program (ASAP)

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-205
Fax: 607-758-5014
Email: asap@cortland.edu
ASAP Web page

The Academic Support and Achievement Program (ASAP) helps students learn how they learn best. ASAP staff provides academic support to undergraduate and graduate students of all ability and achievement levels, through tutoring in writing, reading, math, time management and study skills.

Students can receive academic support through ASAP in the following ways:

  • Professional staff and professionally trained tutors deliver one-on-one and small-group tutoring, workshops and presentations.
  • Certified peer tutors offer in-person and online subject-specific sessions.
  • Trained student leaders provide Supplemental Instruction (SI) for historically challenging courses and Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) for Chemistry 221 and Chemistry 222.

Students may use these services through self-referral or referral by an advisor, a faculty member or a dean.

In an effort to increase student success and decrease anxiety, the ASAP staff has been instrumental in developing the PAWS for Stress Relief program during finals week and by making dogs available to students in ASAP throughout the academic year.

Students who have regulary used ASAP's services tend to demonstrate increaded academic confidence, stronger learning skills and improvement in their course work.

Access to College Education (ACE)

Cornish Hall, Room 1312
Fax: 607-753-5561
ACE Web page

The Access to College Education (ACE) program provides resources and services to expand and support the educational aspirations of high school students who may be limited by social and/or economic circumstances. Developed in 1989, ACE is an innovative, grassroots partnership among several local school districts and four area colleges: SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College and Cornell University. ACE sponsors over 30 activities per year that assist area high school students in gaining admission to college.

Advisement and Transition

Memorial Library, Room A-111
Fax: 607-753-5593
Advisement and Transition Web page

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
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 supports 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, 16 tennis courts, and numerous outdoor practice fields.

Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC)

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

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 cortlandasc.com, call 607-753-4627, visit the ASC Office in Neubig Hall or send an email 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. Before the start of the semester, students can order textbooks online and can either pick up or have their textbooks shipped home. Online orders get first access to used books and students can save considerably by ordering online.

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

Please visit ASC's website to order textbooks, for 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. Meal plans are for personal use and non-refundable. ASC offers a variety of meal plans to meet student needs. All on-campus students are automatically enrolled in the Silver Plus plan and may choose any on-campus meal plan offered. Students may change their plans, as specified above, by logging in to the residential services 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 open a Connections account, purchase an on-campus meal plan or purchase the Olympic, Collegiate or Recreational plans, which are designed to meet the needs of commuter students. To open a Connections or dining account, visit the website at cortlandasc.com or visit the ASC Office to enroll.

All ASC dining facilities accept cash, credit or debit cards, or a SUNY Card with a Connections account or a 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, copier services, 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 or stolen 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, at copiers, vending machines and off-campus vendor partners. It is recommended that students make Connections deposits online at cortlandasc.com, especially during the first week of the semester to avoid lines or waiting. Students may also 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 The 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 on at cortlandasc.com.

Student Employment

ASC employs more than 400 students a semester in all aspects of its operations. These positions are not Work Study. Available work schedules and applications are available at cortlandasc.com.

Campus Activities and Corey Union Office

Corey Union, Room 402-B
Fax: 607-753-2808
Email: campact@cortland.edu
Campus Activities Web Page

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, CSTV, 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 location for multicultural programming. Other Corey Union services include an information desk, the College's Duplicating Center, a Subway, a Friendly's, Dunkin' Donuts™, 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 administration of the mandatory student activity fee (MAF). Other SGA groups include the Black Student Union (BSU), NYPIRG, Student Activities Board (SAB), Gospel Choir, the Dragon Chronicle and CSTV, just to name a few.

The College recognizes the following Greek organizations:

Social Sororities

  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Nu Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Delta Tau

Social Fraternities

  • Delta Chi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Theta Chi

Cultural Fraternal Organizations

  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • La Unidad Latina Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc.
  • Omega Phi Beta Sorority
  • Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority

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
Career Services Web page

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
  • class and student group presentations/workshops
  • special events, including Summer Job and Intern Fair, Professional Interview Programs, 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
  • teacher certification information
  • "digital dirt" online presence review and social media management
  • online job vacancy listings through RedDragonJobs
  • on-campus recruiting
  • extended Tuesday evening hours through 7 p.m. while classes are in session

Child Care Center

Education Building, Room 1000
Fax: 607-753-5957
Email: stephanie.fritz@cortland.edu
Child Care Center Web page

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 summer program for school-age children.

The program uses The Creative Curriculum providing age appropriate activities where children learn through their play experiences. Breakfast, lunch and 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.

Counseling and Student Development

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-44
Fax: 607-753-2367
Counseling and Student Development Web page

Counseling and Student Development is designed to promote the total growth of students from the time of their acceptance to the College through graduation and beyond.

Units include the Counseling Center, Health Promotion, Student Disability Services and Substance Abuse Prevention and Education.

Counseling Center

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-44

Fax: 607-753-2367
Counseling Center Web page

The Counseling Center provides short-term counseling to address students' personal, social and educational needs. 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 provides psuchoeducational programming and offers individual and group counseling for students. The Counseling Center also serves as a resource to the SUNY Cortland community through consultation, training and outreach. The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

Services available include:

  • personal counseling (individual and group)
  • psycho-educational programs
  • outreach and training
  • referrals and consultation
  • crisis intervention and response
  • psychiatric services

Health Promotion

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

Health Promotion Web page

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
Fax: 607-753-5495
Student Disability Services Web page

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 1973.

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:

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

Substance Abuse Prevention and Education

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

Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Web page

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

Field Experience and School Partnerships (FESP) Office

Education Building, Room 1105
Fax: 607-753-5966
FESP Web page

The Field Experience and School Partnerships (FESP) Office coordinates early field experience and student teaching placements for teacher candidates within the schools of Education, Professional Studies and Arts and Sciences, as well as internships for students majoring in other areas. The office also coordinates various school partnership activities and assists in the administration of programs such as online coaching and the CARR, DASA and SAVE workshops.

Information Resources

The Help Center
Memorial Library, First Floor
Email: thc@cortland.edu
Information Resources Web page

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

The campus portal is myRedDragon, which 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 Office 365 in Education suite of email, Web and file storage applications. While hosted by Microsoft, 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 Office 365. At this time, students receive a total of 50 GB for email and file storage.

Students may use their own laptops and/or mobile devices on the campus network in any academic or administrative building.  Additionally, there are thirty public technology labs and 36 special-purpose technology labs  available for student use on campus. Public technology facilities are equipped with Windows-based and Macintosh microcomputers, network 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 Web-based courses are taught using Blackboard, the College's learning management system.

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 Help 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 Help Center, thc@cortland.edu.

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

Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP)

Cornish Hall, Room 1312
Fax: 607-753-5561
LPP Web page

The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) offers comprehensive pre-collegiate/dropout prevention programs and services to youth. Program goals are accomplished through a partnership with area schools, higher education institutions and community-based organizations that provide academic support, counseling, workforce preparation, parent engagement and cultural enrichment services designed to improve students' ability to graduate from high school and enter post-secondary education and the workforce.


Memorial Library
607-753-2221 (director's office)
Fax: 607-753-5669
Email: library@cortland.edu
Library Web page

 The Library is an integral part of the SUNY Cortland academic community and supports the vision of diverse learning experiences by expanding the classroom experience with information, resources, technology and assistance in community-oriented spaces.

The Library provides collaborative study spaces and areas for quiet study. The collection of books, journals, electronic online resources and media along with a superb interlibrary-loan service provides access to research materials from the library and across the world. The Library Tab on MyRedDragon provides access to campus information and for electronic resources.

The Teaching Materials Center is a large, active learning space within the library that provides teacher candidates hands-on experience with the materials and tools they will be using in classrooms and in their research.

The Library also provides a variety of one-on-one services for students. Research librarians answer questions and assist students with classroom assignments and research projects at the Research Help Desk, which is located in the library lobby. The staff at the Help Center, also located in the lobby, provides assistance and information for questions on the library and on technology including software, hardware, the network, reserves, book check in and check out.

The Bookmark is a café that offers a friendly environment along with food and drink as aids to study and reflection.

Master Teacher Program

Cornish Hall, Room 1314

SUNY Cortland hosts the Central New York chapter of the New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP). Established in 2013 by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Master Teacher Program creates a statewide network of the highest-performing STEM teachers that are dedicated to sharing expertise with peers and attracting the brightest minds to a career in STEM. Chosen through a competitive rigorous application process, master teachers make a commitment to engage in professional development (PD) work in addition to their regular school responsibilities.

Migrant Education Tutorial and Support Services Program (METS)

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-105
Fax: 607-753-4822
METS Web page

SUNY Cortland supports the fourth largest Migrant Education Tutorial and Support Services Program in New York, which provides educational, health and social services advocacy and academic support to school-age children of migrant workers and their families in the schools, after school, in homes and in the migrant labor camps.

Multicultural Life and Diversity Office

Corey Union, Room 407-A
Fax: 607-753-2808
MLDO Web page

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

The MLDO works to develop and maintain a culturally inclusive and equitable community by providing training and guidance, assessments of climate and recommendations of best practice. The office connects students, staff and faculty with resources at SUNY Cortland that address many diversity, equity and inclusion needs such as training, educational resources, planning and response strategies, along with intercultural speakers, activities and events. The MLDO is committed to the retention, support and success of underrepresented students by building strong multicultural leaders who achieve excellence through diversity, inclusion and equity.  

The MLDO fosters diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice through the development of multicultural leadership, the Annual Student Conference on Diversity Equity and Social Justice, TC3-SUNY Cortland collaborations, the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) diversity training for law enforcement, the Multicultural Diversity Retreat, the biannual Multicultural Reunion, the Unity Celebration and the Kente Celebration. MLDO staff work with the Student Government Association (SGA) the multicultural Greek organizations, the multicultural student organizations, the LGBTQ faculty/staff committee, faith and non-faith communities, academic departments, the Multicultural Council, the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, and the Coalition for an Inclusive and Equitable Campus.

On a day-to-day basis the MLDO

  • Supports all students, faculty and staff in their cultural identity development journeys paying special attention to how those journeys intersect with the lives of others in our community
  • Supports the recruitment, retention and support of diverse students, faculty and staff
  • Addresses area of concern and addresses bias-related incidents when they arise
  • 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

William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education
Miller Building, Room 230
Fax: 607-753-5985
Parks Family Outdoor Center Web Page

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.

William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education Center at Raquette Lake

Robert L. Rubendall, Director
P.O. Box 99
Raquette Lake, NY 13436

Antlers: Located on the west side of Raquette Lake, Antlers serves both as a site for conferences and outdoor education 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 Adirondack Park.

Camp Huntington: The College provides this outstanding natural setting for students to examine many aspects of the environment. The camp's forests, bogs and meadows serve as outdoor laboratories for courses in the natural sciences. The 400 acres, extensive trail system, ropes courses and boats with immediate access to Adirondack waterways make it an outstanding outdoor education facility.

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

Hoxie Gorge Nature Preserve at William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Steven Broyles
Biological Sciences Department
Bowers Hall, Room 240

David Barclay
Geology Department
Bowers Hall, Room 341

Hoxie Gorge 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 a pristine stream 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, the nature preserve 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.

Brauer Memorial Field Station at William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Robert L. Rubendall, Director
Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education
Miller Building, Room 230

SUNY Cortland's W.H. Parks Family Outdoor Center, Brauer Field Station is the only major geological facility in 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 for field trips and provide opportunities for examining igneous and high-grade metamorphic rocks of the Precambrian age.

Recreational Sports

Student Life Center, Room 1201
Fax: 607-753-5534
Email: julian.wright@cortland.edu.
Recreational Sports Web page

The Recreational Sports Program provides a variety of recreational opportunities that contribute to the overall health and well being of the entire College ommunity. The program strives to provide participants with activities that contribute to their positive use of leisure time; quality of life; physical, emotional and social development; and development of lifetime skills and recreational pursuits.

This mission is fulfilled by the availability of 50 intramural sports and special events with a variety of team and individual leagues and tournaments and 35 sport clubs with more than 1,000 participants. For more specific information about each of these programs, please visit cortland.edu/recsports or call 607-753-5585.


In order to better fulfill its mission and to significantly improve the quality of life for all students, the College opened a $56 million Student Life Center. This facility incorporates a vast array of physical recreation components, as well as a variety of social recreation spaces. The Student Life Center operates on an "open recreation" concept, which means that it is always available for students' recreational use. The major components of the center  include a mind/body room; a three-court gymnasium; a one-fifth mile suspended jogging track; a large fitness facility with separate cardio and circuit/free weight areas; a six-lane recreational swimming pool with a hot tub and resistance walk; a comprehensive outdoor pursuits center; a large game room; a group exercise room; a combatives room; a spinning room; a climbing wall; a bouldering wall; two golf simulator stations; a multi-activity court for indoor soccer/floor hockey; a meeting room/classroom; an equipment checkout service; a training room; a fitness testing room; a massage room; and a large food service area.

Residence Life and Housing Office

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-33
Fax: 607-753-5984
Email: residencelifeandhousing@cortland.edu
Residence Life and Housing Web page

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.

The West Campus Apartments Complex is available as an on-campus living option for graduate students. Housing is available for the academic year. Summer housing may also be available.

Student Health Service

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-26
Student Health Service Web page

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. See the Student Health Service website for the required forms and more information.

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 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 remedy 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 and others*
  • pregnancy testing and emergency contraception
  • SUNY Cortland's 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.

While health insurance is not required to attend SUNY Cortland, Student Health Service strongly recommends that all students have adequate health insurance that covers medical care in Cortland and the surrounding area. Having no health insurance puts students at very high financial risk in the event of an unforeseen illness or injury. In addition, many managed care plans from other areas do not cover care provided in Cortland other than emergency care. This means you could receive expensive bills for services that Student Health Service cannot provide such as laboratory studies or X-ray tests.

University Police Department (UPD)

Van Hoesen Hall, Room C-17
Emergencies: 753-2111 or 911
Fax: 607-753-5752
UPD Web page

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 Security and Fire 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, 607-753-4721. A PDF version also is available.

Campus crime statistics are available from the United States Department of Education. The Advisory Committee on Campus Safety (UPD Advisory Board) will provide upon request all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education.

Web information on campus crime statistics and prevention, patrol information, the emergency blue light phone system and the silent witness program is available at cortland.edu/upd. For student judicial procedures, student behavior expectations, violation definitions, victim's rights, violator's rights, hearing procedures and potential sanctions, visit the Student Conduct Office website.