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Minutes #8 - February 4, 2014


February 4, 2014

 The eighth meeting of the Faculty Senate 2013-2014 was called to order by Chair Jeffrey Walkuski on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM in in the Park Center Hall of Fame Room. 

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT:  J. Walkuski, W. Miller, C. Schubert, W. Miller, S. Sharma, E. Lind, R. Grantham, B. Wodi, K. Polasek, O. White, S. Shi, M. Seyfried, A. Dearie, N. C. Paley, H. Lindh, K. Pristash, J. Hendrick, E. Durgin, S. Afari, N. Finkle, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, G. Sharer, M. Dodds, S. Wilson, K. Pristash, S. Anderson, D. West 

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT:  M. McGuire, J. Rayle, R. Borden, D. Harms, T. Slack, E. Owens, R. Nauseef, K. Pietro, B. Burke, A. Fitz-Gibbon, G. Douglas, M. Connell 

GUESTS PRESENT:  L. Schlicht, T. Hanford, M. Haefele, F. Pierce

I.  APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:   The minutes from November 26, 2013 were approved.


The nominations for the Committee on Committees were approved.  (Approved)

III. CHAIR’S REPORT – The Chair reported on two items which have been discussed at the Steering Committee, one involving online finals and the other was elimination of the TEC Curriculum Committee. 


V. TREASURER’S REPORTW. Miller – The Treasurer reported that there is $550.00 in the Faculty Senate Memorial Scholarship account.  She indicated that she would be pleased to accept more contributions.



  •       Cortaca Commission meeting
  •        NY Jets
  •        Admissions
  •        Master’s Teacher Program
  •       Empire 8
  •       Solar Panels
  •       Weather 


Student Affairs CommitteeE. Lind – The chair reported that the committee is trying to schedule a meeting to discuss some issues. 

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee – No report (absent) 

Long-Range Planning Committee – No report (absent) 

Educational Policy Committee – Susan Wilson – The chair reported that an e-mail will be sent out shortly asking for feedback on how gpa is reviewed at the curricular level.  The other issue the committee is looking at is elimination of the TEC Curriculum Committee.  The EPC will be meeting later this week. 

Professional Affairs Committee  – K. Pristash – The chair reported that the committee is trying to schedule a meeting where they will be discussing some issues.  He stated that he would have a report at the next meeting or the one thereafter. 


Committee on Teaching EffectivenessJ. Walkuski  - The chair reported that the committee is attempting to schedule a meeting. 

Committee on Committees – The vacancies for the committee were approved. {SEE Appendix 2}  

College Research Committee  – No report (absent) 

General Education Committee – B. Burk – S. Sharma reported that the GE Committee met over the winter break to review faculty/staff and student survey responses, open campus meeting transcripts and Joint Chairs' Council focus group notes, from last semester. The committee is working on its next steps based on the findings which are:

1) Integrate the emerging themes into different models of GE program

2) Share these GE models with the campus for further feedback and discussion 

Graduate Faculty Executive Committee  – M. Dodds – The chair reported that the committee has met and is finishing working on some curriculum issues. 

Review of Governance Committee – J. Walkuski – The Chair reported that the committee members are trying to schedule a meeting and a poll will be going out. 


Fred Pierce gave a brief report from the Sustainability Committee. 

XI. SUNY SENATOR:  The SUNY Senator’s report is appended in full to the minutes.

{SEE Appendix 1} 

XII. STUDENT SENATORS’ REPORT –  E. Durgin –  She introduced the new student Senators: Erin Durgin (SGA Vice President) Natalie Finkle (Executive Assistant to the President) and Sidnei Afari (Public Relations).

XIII. OLD BUSINESS: - There was no old business.

XIV. NEW BUSINESS:  The proposal from the Building Hours Committee and the proposal from the Student Affairs Committee regarding mid-semester estimates were introduced and will be agenda items under old business at the next Faculty Senate meeting on February 18, 2014. 


There were no announcements.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Kissel

Recording Secretary

The following reports are appended to the minutes in the order that they are distributed:

 (1)  SUNY Senator’s Report, submitted by J. Hendrick, SUNY Senator

(2)  Committee on Committees Report, submitted by J. Barry, Chair

(3)  Mid-semester estimates, submitted by L. Schlicht

(4)  Building Hours Committee Proposal, submitted by K. Pristash                                                                                                     


SUNY Senator’s Report

SUNY Faculty Senate 166th Plenary – University of Albany

submitted by J. Hendrick, SUNY Senator


Friday, January 24, 2014

President’s Report – Peter Knuepfer

  • ·       Upcoming events –
    • o   CGL’s and UUP chapter presidents on March 28th in NYC
    • o   Innovative Exploration Forum – April 1st in the Legislative Office Building in Albany (Undergraduate Research)
    • o   Shared Governance Conference April 23-24 in Albany
    • o   CGL and Student Governance Leader workshop – June 5-6
    • ·       State of University Address – no major new news, but rolled out Open SUNY
    • ·       Governor’s Address State of State – SUNY college of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland security and Cybersecurity, with limited details of where or how.  Announced full scholarships for students who graduate in top 10% of class and majoring in STEM. 
    • ·       LICH and SUNY Downstate – Governor has spoken out about this and wants to get this solved.  If LICH can be sold and we then deal with potential liabilities, this could total $300 million for SUNY to absorb.  Campuses could be assessed a “LICH tax”.  Downstate faculty spoke out are very upset with this and believe that the Board of Trustees should be made accountable for their bad decision about LICH and not impose tax on all of SUNY.  We need to hold people accountable for their mistakes.  Campuses cannot handle this.  It will be the children, the future of the state of NY who will suffer this burden.
    • ·       Seamless transfer – Over 1100 faculty reviewing courses in transfer paths to resolve required versus recommended coursework.  Looking to expand faculty involved in process so that someone on each campus can be involved.  This will involve a conversation across all campuses with each discipline. 
    • ·       SUNY, CCCF and CUNY executive committees met in NYC last month.  Want to produce a position paper for these groups to the role of faculty on curriculum in public higher education in NYS.  Want to reassert our role, our common role. 


Executive Committee Report – Ed Feldman

  • ·       Resolutions presented – 1) seamless transfer, 2) NYS College of Ceramics, 3) Alfred and Cornell recognition to distinguished ranks.  These will be voted on tomorrow.  Seeking nominations for vice president/secretary. 


Sector Meetings Issues

  • ·       Many are examining/restructuring campus general education requirements
  • ·       Many campuses experiencing that faculty are just “discovering” the transfer pathways
  • ·       Most have yet to develop procedures to be involved with StartUp NY
  • ·       Concerned with effects of Board of Trustee-imposed teacher education standards, especially as it relates to diversity within the teaching profession
  • ·       Mission-creep across the system


Board of Trustees Chair – Carl McCall

  • ·       BOT – diverse group 17 members, appointed by the Governor
  • ·       Eight planned meetings plus others;  Most of their work is done through committees
  • ·       Mission to provide the highest quality of education to the State of NY.  Provides oversight, policy and advocacy.  They hire the chancellor.
  • ·       LICH – BOT voted to close it, but a court order stopped it; now paying 1400 staff for only 12 patients.  Governor has called upon the Mayor of NY to find a solution.  This action is harmful to the system as we are draining SUNY’s funds.  He may have to call upon us to call on the Mayor to close the facility.  The Mayor was the public advocate for keeping LICH and then he ran for Mayor. If LICH is sold, will only likely get back ½ of the money put into it so far.
  • ·       Charter Schools – it used to under the Regents, but then Governor gave the granting of charter schools to the BOT.  Very draining on the energy and time of the Board.  Authorized 130 schools since that time, more than any other group in the country.  He has delegated the action for this to the Charter School committee (one of the nine committees). 
  • ·       He believes in benefits of shared governance and that we need to work together and thanked us for our work. 
  • ·       Based on responses to questions, Chairman McCall noted that:
    • o   The BOT invites us/faculty to participate; meetings are open, including the committees.
    • o   Believes in high standards for teachers and wants to work with us about the BOT standards.  He said he has not seen data that they will negatively impact the diversity of teachers.
    • o   BOT is engaged in advocacy and would like our help to collaborate.
    • o   If there is a LICH tax on SUNY, it will hurt SUNY.  Thus we should tell the NYC Mayor to let it go.  It should be the de Blasio tax.  He is the one who went to court to keep SUNY from downsizing LICH.  Consequently, five hundred people have been let go from Downstate.  He suggests that we can help with public opinion including legislators. 
    • o   Need to revisit structure to evaluate university medical center presidents.  They have been given full reign to run their hospitals.  Based on issues at upstate, downstate and LICH, these need to be evaluated.


Making Diversity Count – Presentation by Noelle Paley, Cortland and Phil Ortiz, Empire

  • ·       Position paper distributed and accepted by Senate last May
  • ·       Need to share with campus and begin to implement
  • ·       Chancellor reinforced her position that she supports the importance of diversity in SUNY
  • ·       Are we preparing students to help colleges outside of NY to meet their diversity goals and not ours.
  • ·       Need both structural and interactional diversity so students can gain cultural competence.
  • ·       Reward faculty who do the good things to improve these aspects of diversity… including scholarly activity, infusion in teaching, activities of continuing growth as well as in their service.
  • ·       In terms of teaching, it does not have to be new courses, but understanding the students from different backgrounds learn differently.  What changes are faculty making to accommodate the diverse student body.
  • ·       Document not meant to compete with existing efforts, but to complement it.
  • ·       Add a standing diversity committee in our governance body, and that diversity office reports to President and the governing body.
  • ·       Carlos Medina, SUNY associate provost and associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (a Cortland grad), shared efforts going on in his office.
    • o   Professional development workshops
    • o   Funds to help support hiring diverse faculty for two years
    • o   A task force will be coming together soon to develop plan to see that these ideas get formed
    • o   Fall state-wide conference next year
    • o   Grants programs to help expand and infuse diversity on campuses.
    • ·       Share document with campus leadership – faculty and adm.
    • ·       Meet with appropriate people
    • ·       Develop a plan
    • ·       Participate in UFS and CDEI workshops and programs.
    • ·       This was a bottom up initiative. 
    • ·       Paper, cover letter and presentation can be found on Senate web-site.


SUNY Networks of Excellence – Tim Killeen, President SUNY Research Foundation


SUNY Budget Report – Robert Haelen, Interim CFO

  • ·       Distributed Executive Budget Summary for 2014-2015
  • ·       Some key things noticed:
    • o   Reduction in EOP by $632K. 
    • o   Did have some money given for critical maintenance.
    • o   $15M for new College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity - Location TBD. 
    • ·       Since it is an election year, everyone is going to be competing for money for pet projects.


Provost Report – Beth Bringsjord, Interim Provost

  • ·       Focus for new year is progress on key initiatives -  seamless transfer, open SUNY, educator preparedness
  • ·       Seamless transfer – Progress since September and optimistic about having most seamless transfer in country.  Due to a lot of work by senate(s), faculty… 
    • o   Transfer paths – much feedback on how to strengthen the paths.  More faculty on-line asynchronous discussion on the SUNY Commons.  1153 faculty registered to provide input to fine tune the paths.  Moderators in each area.  Full implementation is Fall 2015.  New transfer paths are emerging.  March 14th is when last changes will be made.
    • o   Degree Planning and Audit Initiative – 100% of campuses have agreed to use Degree Works.  Transfer Finder can be used to students to look at programs for all campuses.  Also helpful for advisors.
    • ·       Open SUNY – update at Chancellor’s state of University address, also at the White House – Zimpher was stand-in press secretary last week.  This can be seen on the SUNY website.  Helped to give visibility to SUNY.  Faculty development, tech support, instruction design offered. Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence created and a council will be created to help provide support and oversight by faculty.
    • ·       Teacher Preparation –
      • o   SUNY Teacher & Leader Education Network (S-TEN).  The center will help teachers across the state and the FTPA exams. 
      • o   Provost advisory council on Educator Preparation to help guide future direction of teacher preparation across SUNY.
      • o   Need to be the national leader in teacher education.
      • ·       Data Brief Series (linked at: )
        • o   Graduation Rates (Sept. 2013)
        • o   STEM Enrolments (Nov. 2013)
        • o   Graduate Education Programs and Trends (January 2014)
          • §  Health Professions and Education - 40%
          • §  STEM - 20%
          • §  Minorities up to 11%
          • §  50% of graduate programs ranked in top 50 by US News
          • §  She thinks we should spend more time talking about our graduate programs.  Like, with fewer positions in the professoriate, what other jobs are out there?
          • §  SUNY will help with visibility of graduate programs
          • §  Want to benchmark best practices
    • o   A future data brief will be on teacher education
    • ·       National Engagement – Student Achievement Measure (SAM)
      • o   On-line tool
      • o   Looks at students who attend multiple institutions
      • o   Look more closely at graduation rates and compare to national measure(s)
      • o   Power of SUNY Refresh - Setting goals for next five years


Sector Reports to Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

  • ·       Hospital Sector
    • o   Responded to rumor of privatizing teaching colleges - nothing is off the table.
    • ·       Technology Sector
      • o   Mission creep – academic affairs BOT discussion – Since nursing is such a high need area, Delhi is interested in offering a masters in nursing.  In some cases, it makes sense for some campuses to offer programs beyond what is typical of sector.
      • ·       University Sector
        • o   Supports the role of assessing mission appropriate for Startup NY
        • o   Social sciences are naturally included in networks of excellence
        • o   Support services being provided for faculty in Open SUNY
        • ·       Campus Governance Leaders
          • o   How can campuses be better assured the shared governance is involved in assessing academic mission involvement with StartUp NY?  May need to go back to the table to see what can be done to make sure shared governance is involved. 
          • o   Working on cycles and revised procedures for presidential reviews
          • ·       Comprehensive Colleges
            • o   Mission Creep – may be exceptions. These are often opportunistic.  Each is unique.  May need to look at criteria for exceptions. 
            • o   Teacher Education – $2.4 million grant for S-TEN.  Thought it would be a great opportunity to vet this issue.  Another system told her they already do that, but turns out they do not.  She is bothered by bad comments about quality of teachers.  It is not intension to disregard teacher education standards.  But cannot repair a teacher alone.  It is the responsibility of the schools and the university.  Thought there was nowhere to go, but with the 3.0 - need to show a sense of rigor.  Let’s find out if anyone is being excluded and relook at it. 
            • ·       Statutory Colleges
              • o   Alfred Ceramics concern that they do not get their just money, visibility, etc from Alfred University.  The five year agreement ends at the end of February.  So budget, program responsibility and program viability will need to be included in the new 5-year plan. 
              • o   Committees looking at NANO and IT connections, etc. 


Chancellor’s Presentation – Review of her State of the University Address

  • ·       Started with video on SUNY
  • ·       Reviewed accomplishments
  • ·       New construction like SUNY Potsdam Performing Arts Center
  • ·       Helps with Philanthropy
  • ·       Shared Services ½ way to million dollar savings
  • ·       Student Achievement Measure to help with data on performance score card.
  • ·       Pathways to technology in high schools
  • ·       Kiplinger’s – 9 schools got best value awards
  • ·       Tax free zones around SUNY campuses
  • ·       Start-Up NY video
  • ·       High Needs Programs
  • ·       Master Teacher Program
  • ·       Plugged Open SUNY – almost 7 million adults in NY do not have college degree
    • o   Adding support systems for current on-line programs and for future
    • o   Work school around life, not life around school
    • o   Collectively can do more to meet the needs of NY’ers then one campus at a time
    • ·       Value of applied learning experiences
    • ·       Access, Completion, Success


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Faculty Council of Community Colleges – Tina Good, President

  • ·       Discussed a number of items they are working on, including child care, academic freedom, characteristics of evidence for shared governance, faculty resolution about presidents, credit limits of AAS degrees.


CUNY University Faculty Senate – Terry Martell, Chair (via phone)

  • ·       Major attitude shift with new interim chancellor in the positive, but still working on changing the process, especially with pathways. 


SUNY Student Assembly – Trey Price, President

  • ·       Fall Conference in Rochester in November.  Textbook affordability resolution passed. Working with FCCC on supporting more money for child care centers. Whistle blower protection. Blood donor equality resolution.  Advocating for In-state tuition for veterans.


UUP Report – Jamie Dangler, UUP VP for Academic Affairs

  • ·       Highlighted key aspects of budget that we need to do advocacy for: funding held flat for operating costs, includes $2 million in cuts for programs, including EOP.  Open SUNY is not funded (therefore currently it is an unfunded mandate) - concerned with disjuncture with plans and resources.  Dire hospital situation – UUP will continue to fight for funding for hospitals. Not funding our raises for the coming year, so it will have to come out of campus operating budget. 
  • ·       Exploring possibility of creating an endowment do help with losing the year by year battle of the budget. 
  • ·       Call to action fact sheet on edTPA- Need to step up action in this area.  A taskforce has been created to help develop an agenda to deal with this area.  SED is not slowing down.  Projected that 40% of teachers will fail the test and by denied teacher certification.  Concerns with the tests reliability and validity.  People not given enough time to effectively prepare our students.  One of only 2 states requiring this test for certification – the other state (Washington) has a lower passing score.  Have labor management meeting on Tuesday.  Being an election year, legislators are being more open to hearing our concerns on this.  Half of the fall student teachers failed the test.  Students need to contact legislators to ask why they just wasted their four years of tuition money. 
  • ·       In regards to questions, Jamie said that UUP is not opposing OPEN SUNY, but concerned about issues related to it.  (Highlighted on edTPA handout)  Concerned with privatization of our work, intellectually property issues. Faculty should be included in the dialogue. Needs more substance… just a marketing strategy right now. 



  1. 1.     Ratify the action of the executive committee on transfer paths.  – Passed unanimously
  2. 2.     Status of NYS College of Ceramics – Passed without consent
  3. 3.     Faculty at Cornell and Alfred can be eligible for distinguished ranks – Passed without consent


SUNY Works (statewide internship and co-op initiative) – William Ziegler, Binghamton University

  • ·       What is it?
  • ·       Want quality experiences for students; stems from the Power of SUNY
  • ·       Win-Win situation – students get real world experience and strengthen their analytic skills
  • ·       Win for the Campuses too – parents and students want to know where these opportunities are.  It helps with recruitment and retention.
  • ·       Win for employers to get students with the right skills
  • ·       Proposed system-level coordination
  • ·       Grants are available for these endeavors
  • ·       Chancellor wants 100% of Fortune 500 companies located in NY to participate in this program.
  • ·       Campuses should assign a SUNY Works coordinator… a faculty member 
  • ·       Chancellor wants to reward faculty who are involved with this as well
  • ·       SUNY Definitions of coops, internships… but these will not be forced on campuses


Committee Reports –

  • ·       Diversity Committee – Several resources available to assist with diversity on campuses.
  • ·       Ethics Committee – Look for survey on ethic resources.  At Spring plenary, Andrew FitzGibbons will be making a presentation. 
  • ·       Governance Committee – StartUp NY – we need to be proactive and ask administration to be in the room.  Working on presidential review on shared governance
  • ·       Graduate and Research Committee
  • ·       Operations Committee – random acts of violence – the implementation of required policies are sketchy.  Asked to review policies and to see it they are available and are being followed.
  • ·       Programs and Awards Committee – Conversations in the Disciplines proposal deadline is April 4th. Send a name of a possible person interested in this to Denny.  Recognized  Kulathur Rajasethupathy  (from Brockport) for his work on the committee.
  • ·       Student Life Committee – Resolution of textbook costs.  Raise awareness of increase of rapes on campuses (could be due to increase in number reported).  What programs are on campuses to increase awareness?  What are reporting policies?  What are reporting amnesties on campuses?
  • ·       Undergraduate Committee – April 1st Undergraduate research symposium in Albany


Old Business – None

New Business –

  • ·       Ken recognized Peter and Jamie for working for a better relationship between UFS and UUP.
  • ·       Proposal for an ad hoc committee on Communication.  This was referred to the Executive comm.


Adjoined at 11:28 am


Respectfully submitted,

Joy L. Hendrick, PhD.

Distinguished Service Professor

SUNY Senator





Committee on Committees - Report to the Faculty Senate

February 4, 2014

submitted by J. Barry, Chair


Item #1

The Committee on Committees recommends the following appointments.  This requires confirmation of the Faculty Senate:

Start-Up NY – Standing Committee

  • ·     Three faculty (representing at least two schools):

o     Kathleen Burke – Arts & Sciences

o     Theresa Curtis – Arts & Sciences

o     Orvil White – Education

  • ·     One professional staff member:

o     Amy Henderson-Harr

Committee on Committees

  • ·     Education – Jeanne Galbraith (2012-14, complete unexpired term)

Item #2

Elections were held and a search committee has been formed as follows:

Associate Vice President for Development:

  • ·     Four members elected by and from the faculty/professional staff – Gradin Avery, Linda Battin, Jennifer Janes, Tracy Rammacher
  • ·     One member elected by and from the classified staff reporting within the area – Melony Warwick
  • ·     One student member – Alexander Flecker
  • ·     Special consideration members – Erin Boylan (recommended to the Senate by Vice President Pietro) – Requires confirmation of the Senate

Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Barry



Proposal from the Student Affairs Committee

Mid-semester estimates

submitted by L. Schlicht



To:         Faculty Senate Steering Committee


From:   Mid-semester estimates/early alert committee


Date:     November 11, 2013


RE:        Approval for new level within Good Standing – Academic Alert



In the spring of 2012 a committee was formed to look at mid-semester estimates and early alert initiatives on campus.  The committee is made up of representatives from Advisement and Transition, Associate Deans, Registrar and Academic Support and Achievement Program.  In reviewing academic standing and student academic progress, a population of students was identified as academically at risk, but not meeting the definition of Academic Warning or Academic Probation.  The committee is proposing the implementation of a new level within good academic standing called Academic Alert:


Academic Alert                 Semester GPA:  1.02 – 1.99                           Cumulative GPA:  2.0 or higher


Numbers and Outreach

In reviewing spring 2013 GPAs, it was determined that 213 students would fall under the Academic Alert designation.  By providing the Academic Alert designation on a student’s record, targeted outreach and intervention can occur. Students, faculty advisors and Associate Deans can easily tell if a student is experiencing academic difficulty.  Outreach to students, and their academic advisors, occurred in the fall 2013 without using the term Academic Alert. A summary of campus resources and an encouragement to reach out for help was sent home to all students.  Advisors were also notified of their advisees who met these criteria.      


Implications and Implementation

Students who meet the Academic Alert criteria are showing a drop in their semester GPA.  Purposeful outreach at this point provides an early alert initiative to assist students before their overall GPA decreases further.  Such intervention has the potential to increase our student retention rates and decrease the number of students on Academic Warning and Academic Probation. The Academic Alert designation will have no impact on the student’s academic standing, as they will still be considered in good academic standing.  The new level would appear in various areas of the student’s record but not on the official transcript. 


The committee is proposing that Academic Alert become a recognized level within Good Academic Standing effective fall 2014.  


Sample Academic Standing chart, with Academic Alert, to be included in College Catalog:


Academic Standing


Semester GPA

Cumulative GPA

Good Standing

Good Standing


2.0 or higher

Good Standing

Academic Alert

1.02 – 1.99


2.0 or higher

Academic Warning

Academic Warning

1.01 or below


2.0 or higher

Academic Probation

Academic Probation

1.01 or higher

1.01 – 1.99

Academic Suspension

Auto Suspension

1.01 or below


2.0 or below

Regular Suspension

Failed to meet academic contract


2. 0 or below

Academic Dismissal


Return from suspension and failed to meet academic contract

2.0 or below


Proposal from the Building Hours Committee



Proposal for Endorsement by the SUNY Cortland Faculty Senate:


In the spirit of consultation, the ad hoc Committee formed by SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum seeks Faculty Senate Endorsement of its recommendations as it will be the basis for a new policy which will appear in the College Handbook.  The policy itself will be authored by the Associate Provost of Information Resources Amy Berg and Executive Assistant to the President Virginia Levine.


Members of the committee are Thomas Hanford, Registrar; David Horrocks, Buildings and Grounds Services; Maggie Haefele, Information Resources; Kevin Pristash, Campus Activities and Corey Union; and David Coakley, University Police.


Building Hours Committee Recommendations,


The President has tasked the Building Hours Committee with recommending formal building hours for each building on the SUNY Cortland campus. Preliminarily the committee reached out to other SUNY Campuses, UPD, and student activity centers for their hours.


Below are the core hours for other SUNY college campuses:

SUNY Oneonta: 6:30am -10:00pm with card access after 10pm

SUNY Oswego: 7:00am – 11:00pm with buildings being locked by custodial staff

SUNY Brockport: 6:00am – 10:00pm or 12:00am with student patrol during school, officers on breaks.

SUNY Geneseo: 7:00am – 11:00pm, with card access after 11pm

SUNY Plattsburgh: 7:00am – 5:00pm with card access after these hours, and buildings with evening classes staying open until after classes end, (generally 9:30 PM).

SUNY Potsdam: 8:00am – 5:00pm with building being locked by custodial staff. Same as SUNY Plattsburgh regarding evening classes

SUNY Cobleskill: 8:00am – 10:00pm with custodial staff unlocking in the AM and UPD locking PM.

SUNY New Paltz: 8:00am – 4:00pm, with card access after these hours – Same as SUNY Plattsburgh and SUNY Potsdam regarding evening classes


The committee sent a seven question survey to 56 participants on campus. These participants included building administrators, department chairs and others who are heavy building users, such as Julian Wright of Open Recreation. Out of the 56 sent the survey, 20 responded. The results were analyzed and discussed as a committee. Below are the summarized responses:


1. When do you feel your building needs to be open, Monday – Friday? If you are suggesting that your building is open outside standard operating hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., please describe that need and the frequency.


Most of the buildings are fine in keeping with the standard operating hours. There are certain buildings that do need extended hours. Park Center, Moffett Center Gym, Tomik Fitness Gym, Lusk Field House and the Stadium Complex are all buildings that will need extended hours.

2. Is there a need for your building to be open on weekends? If so, during what hours?


Park Center, Moffett Center Gym, Tomik Fitness Gym, Lusk Field House and the Stadium Complex indicated they need to stay open later on the weekends as well. Other campus buildings do not need to be open on the weekend with the exception of special events.

3. Are there certain times of the year that your building should be closed? For example, the Stadium is closed in the winter and during intersession.


The majority of the responses were no, but that key card access should be given if needed.


4. If there are events that take place outside of standard operating hours are they primarily student events, employee events, or public events?


The responses were varied. Most are student or public events. The academic buildings, such as Bowers, needs key card access for faculty and students. Buildings like Brockway Hall, Corey Union, and Park Center have a significant number of public events held after hours.


5. Are there unofficial activities, such as student study groups, that occur in your building that we may not be considering?


Academic buildings may have students or study groups inside the building at odd hours; however those buildings should have key card access.


6. Are there any stakeholders in your building that we may not have considered? Who else might we contact?


A list of names was given for the committee to contact. Additional surveys were sent.


7. Are there any other aspects of building hours that we may not be considering that you’d like us to know about?


Other aspects that were mentioned are Recreational Sports, Athletics, and Physical Education courses. Those individuals involved were contacted with this survey and there program needs were taken into account.



Weekday Hours:  The Building Hours Committee recommends that the standard building operating hours during the academic year should be 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. for academic buildings with the exception of Park Center, Dowd Fine Arts, Corey Union, Lusk Field House, Stadium Complex, Moffett Center Gym, Tomik Fitness Gym, and Memorial Library which will have individual hours based on operational need.  Additionally, we recommend that Brockway Hall and the Miller Building be open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


On weekdays, certain buildings will need to remain open longer for late night student activities. Park Center should remain open until 11:00 p.m. to accommodate Athletics and Open Recreational Sports programs. Dowd Fine Arts should remain open until 11:00 p.m. to accommodate plays, musical programs and associated rehearsals, as well as other evening special events. There are certain times throughout the year that Park Center will need to be open until 1:00 a.m. due to recreational sports programs. Lusk Field House should remain open until 2:00 a.m. for Open Recreation, Intermural Sports and Sports Clubs programs. Moffett Center Gym should remain open until 11:00 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 10:00 p.m. on Fridays.  Tomik Fitness Gym has operating hours of 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. during the week.


Weekend Hours:  On the weekend, the academic buildings will remain closed unless otherwise scheduled. The academic buildings will be available to students, faculty, or staff who have key or card access.  Exceptions include Park Center, Corey Union, Lusk Field House, Stadium Complex, Moffett Center Gym, Tomik Fitness Gym, and Memorial Library which will have extended hours as outlined below. Administrative buildings will remain locked on the weekends with staff having key or card access as needed.


Park Center’s weekend hours are Fridays 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Many times during the year the facilities are open longer with Athletic events, Open Recreational Sports and other special events.


Lusk Field House should also remain open outside the standard operating hours, with events frequently scheduled until 2:00 a.m. during the semester. Stadium and other fields normally stay open until 10:00 p.m. daily, as specific schedules demand.  The Moffett Center Gym should remain open until 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and is open until 11:00 p.m. on Sundays.  Tomik Fitness Gym has weekend operating hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday.


Memorial Library weekend hours will be posted on their website and in myRedDragon.


Winter Session/Summer Session Hours:  Generally, academic buildings are open between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The committee recommends that a limited number of academic buildings be designated for classes in the interest of energy conservation and security. Historically, this has been done to some degree in the winter, but not in the summer. Building hours may vary for the above noted “exception buildings” (Lusk, Park, Corey, etc.) based on programming needs.


After Hours Requests: When an individual attempts to schedule an area outside of the normal operating hours, the campus space reservation system will not allow them to reserve the space, but will refer them to the appropriate space manager.  After-hours access for contractors will be permitted only through prior arrangement with the FPD&C office, Physical Plant or Information Resources.