2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 16, 2024  
2018-19 Undergraduate 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 webpage

The Academic Support and Achievement Program (ASAP) provides tutoring and other academic support programs to undergraduate and graduate students of all ability and achievement levels.

ASAP helps students discover their learning preferences and build successful academic behaviors. Students who regularly use our services tend to show increased academic confidence, stronger learning skills and improvement in course work.

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

  • Professional staff provides academic support through tutoring in writing, reading, math, time management and study skills.
  • Certified peer tutors offer in-person, subject-specific sessions.
  • Trained student leaders provide Supplemental Instruction (SI) for historically challenging courses and Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) for General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II.
  • NightOWL, SUNY Cortland's online tutoring service, offers drop-in tutoring in the evening for multiple sujects.
  • Professional staff and trained tutors offer small-group tutoring, online tutoring, workshops and presentations.

Students may use these services free of charge. To learn more about accessing ASAP's services, simply call, stop by the office or visit the webpage.

Access to College Education

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

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 webpage

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, early alert support initiatives, COR 101: The Cortland Experience and COR 201: Enhancing the Transfer 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.

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 webpage

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, 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 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 and from The Campus Mini Mart, 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 unless the student attended Orientation. The fee to replace a lost card is $15. Temporary residence hall proximity cards are available nights and weekends from the residence hall director on duty 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, The Campus Mini Mart, 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 variety of personal property protection plans. Information regarding the plan is available on the ASC website under the Essentials tab.

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 cortlandasc.com.

Student Employment

ASC employs more than 450 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 406
Fax: 607-753-2808
Campus Activities and Corey Union Office webpage

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 750. 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 and various food options.

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).

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

  • Kappa Sigma
  • Theta Chi

Cultural Fraternal Organizations

  • Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc.
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • La Unidad Latina Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc.
  • Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Society, Inc.
  • Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  • Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.

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
Fax: 607-753-2937
Career Services webpage

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 Professional Interview Programs, Teacher Recruitment Days, Career Panels, Graduate School Day and Student Employment Fairs
  • 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 webpage

Child Care Center

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 98 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 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, the center operates a summer program for school-age children up to age 9.

The program uses The Teaching Strategies 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 Wellness Services

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-44
Fax: 607-753-2367
Counseling and Wellness Services webpage

Counseling and Wellness Services promotes 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 and Substance Abuse Prevention and Education.

Counseling Center

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-44
Fax: 607-753-2367
Counseling Center webpage

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 psychoeducational 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-38
Fax: 607-753-5495
Health Promotion webpage

The Health Promotion Office emphasizes awareness of current health issues, prevention of disease and illness, and promotion of health and wellness. The office is committed to providing opportunities for members of the college community to heighten personal and community awareness concerning health issues and develop health-promoting skills and attitudes necessary to make responsible health decisions.

Services offered include:

  • educational programming
  • advocacy for students
  • information and resources
  • campus/community referrals
  • internships and opportunities for student involvement

Substance Abuse Prevention and Education

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1
Fax: 607-753-5495
Substance Abuse Prevention and Education webpage

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 make regarding alcohol and other drug use.

Toward this goal, the office provides the following services:

  • counseling and referral sources
  • online substance education class
  • educational workshops and training sessions
  • information and resources

Disability Resources Office

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1
Fax: 607-753-5495
Disability Resources Office webpage

 The mission of the Disability Resources Office 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.

The Disability Resources Office 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 the Disability Resources Office 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

Field Experience and School Partnerships Office

Education Building, Room 1105
Fax: 607-753-5966
Field Experience and School Partnerships Office webpage

The Field Experience and School Partnerships 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 webpage

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 and the Microsoft Office Pro Plus Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, OneDrive and Skype for Business). 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 emailing The Help Center or calling 607-753-2500.

The College takes information security very seriously and has implemented stringent security controls across our technology infrastructure. However, each user also has personal responsibility to follow College security policies and best practices. Go to Information Resources Policies for more information.

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

Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP)

Cornish Hall, Room 1312
Fax: 607-753-5561
Liberty Partnerships Program webpage

The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) offers comprehensive pre-collegiate/dropout prevention programs and services to youth. Program goals are accomplished through partnerships with area secondary 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
607-753-2500, The Help Center
607-753-2509/2820, Research Help
607-753-2221 (director's office)
Fax: 607-753-5669
Email: library@cortland.edu
Library webpage

 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 an 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 webpage

SUNY Cortland supports the second largest Migrant Education Tutorial and Support Services Program in New York, which provides advocacy and academic support to school-age children of migrant workers and out-of-school youth up to 22 years of age 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
Multicultural Life and Diversity Office webpage

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, Inclusion and Social Justice, SafeZone Training, Rethinking Abilities Training, 504-inclusion dialogues, Race Project, the Diversity Retreat, and the Kente Celebration. MLDO staff work with the Student Government Association (SGA), the culturally based 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 areas 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

Rhonda Pitoniak '01, M '16, director
Deb Kennedy Faylo '87, assistant director
William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education
Professional Studies Building, Room 1131
Parks Family Outdoor Center webpage

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 at Raquette Lake

Rhonda Pitoniak '01, M '16, director
P.O. Box 99
Raquette Lake, NY 13436

Deb Kennedy Faylo '87, assistant director
P.O. Box 99
Raquette Lake, NY 13436

Kayaker on Raquette Lake with Blue Mountain in the background

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

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. Camp Huntington can accommodate up to 70 guests.

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.

Adirondack Trail Blazers is a program exclusively for first-year and transfer students to spend a week in the Adirondack State Park with a group of peers, upperclass-level students and faculty to get to know members of the campus community in an adventurous, but relaxed setting. Participants will hike, paddle, climb and camp their way to greater self-confidence before heading to campus with their new-found friends.

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

David Barclay
Geology Department
Bowers Hall, Room 37

Steven Broyles
Biological Sciences Department
Bowers Hall, Room 240

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

Rhonda Pitoniak '01, M '16, director
560 Old Quarry Road
Selkirk, NY 12158

SUNY Cortland's W. H. Parks Family Outdoor Center, Brauer Field Station 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 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 webpage

Student Life Center

The Recreational Sports Program provides a variety of recreational opportunities that contribute to the overall health and well being of the entire College community. 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 Office webpage

Dragon Hall residence

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 and student staff that includes resident assistants and academic peer mentors.

SUNY Cortland places a strong emphasis on the importance of the residential experience and its contribution to student development and success. The residence halls offer many opportunities for students to become involved and engaged in their college experience through a variety of educational and social programs and provide the opportunity for students to develop leadership skills by participating in Residence Hall Community Activities Board (RHCAB).

The residence halls are open during the fall and spring semesters in accordance with the College calendar. Two housing options are open from opening day in August through closing day in May: West Campus Apartments, which has full kitchens in each apartment and convenient parking outside each building, and DeGroat Hall, a traditional residence hall with kitchens on each floor. These options are convenient for students who are independent and need a place to stay over breaks or for students who are employed locally during breaks.

Residence hall room

Sports Facilities

Stadium Complex, Davis Building
Fax: 607-753-2808

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 Red Field seats 6,500 spectators, while the White 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 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 two weight-training rooms 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.

Student Health Service

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-26
Fax: 607-753-2486
Student Health Service webpage

SUNY Cortland requires that a completed health history be submitted on admission to the College. In addition, all 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 and must present proof of sickle cell trait testing prior to beginning any intercollegiate sport activities. Most of the required information is submitted online through the Student Health Portal, which is accessed through myRedDragon. See the Student Health Service website for more information including directions for using the portal and exact requirements.

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 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 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.

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)

Whitaker Hall, Room 110
Emergencies: 607-753-2111 or 911
Fax: 607-753-5752
UPD webpage

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 the Disability Resoures Office, 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.