SUNY Cortland strictly enforces its alcohol policy. The College is particularly concerned about patterns of poor decision making. The minimum sanctions for typical alcohol violations likely to be assigned are as follows:
1st Violation: Residence Hall Probation for one year; student must complete an alcohol education computer program and write a two-page reflection paper on their experience and the program.
2nd Violation: Disciplinary Probation for one year; substance education program; 30 hours of community service; and in some cases, a counseling assessment. (Under certain circumstances, room reassignment may occur.)
3rd Violation: Suspension from the college effective immediately for a minimum of one semester (in some cases, suspension from the residence halls for one semester, depending on the nature of the violation pattern); Deferred suspension for four months followed by two years of Disciplinary Probation; counseling assessment; five-page research paper on alcohol.
Like the metaphor of "three strikes and you're out" in baseball, three alcohol violations -- on and/or off campus -- will likely result in a separation from the College in the form of a disciplinary suspension.
Parents of dependent students are notified of disciplinary decisions when students are found in violation of the campus disciplinary charges brought against them.
Students in education majors will have student conduct background checks prior to being admitted to a teacher education major and prior to doing field work. Certain offenses may have consequences with education program enrollment. Students in education majors are required by the Teacher Education Council process to self-disclose any violations to their respective associate dean.
The campus keeps records of all off campus arrests to evaluate patterns of behavior on and off campus. If a student is arrested for a serious incident off campus or is arrested multiple times, he or she will be referred to the campus student conduct system.
Certain drug arrests and convictions will result in loss of financial aid.
Students less than 21 years of age may not consume, possess, distribute or be knowingly in the presence of alcohol. In addition, if a student possesses alcohol while under the age of 21 years, University Police can arrest the individual(s).
The only exception to this rule is that underage students who reside with students of legal drinking age may be in the presence of alcohol in their assigned residence hall room, provided these underage roommates do not possess or consume (or sell or distribute) alcohol. No alcoholic beverages shall be permitted in rooms of students where all residents are under the age of 21, even if a student 21 years of age or older is present.
Students 21 and over may not consume alcohol in the presence of any individual under 21 (unless the individual is a roommate), or in public areas or lounges in the residence halls, or on any campus grounds.
Kegs, beer balls or any item that can be used to ingest alcoholic beverages in an irresponsible manner, i.e., funnels, are not allowed.
Drug paraphernalia or any items which can be used or are designed for the use of drugs are not allowed.
Each student must carry his or her college identification card at all times. Failure to do so, or providing false information to a college official, is a violation.
Students are responsible for any guest's actions while they are on the SUNY Cortland campus.
Failure to comply with reasonable requests from a residence hall staff member is against college policy.
Banner holds will be placed on the education records of students who fail to complete their sanctions by assigned deadlines.
The Electronic Use Policy requires students to be responsible for their computers. Students who use peer-to-peer file sharing programs may be making copyrighted materials available for download from a campus residential IP address, which not only violates the provisions of computer use policies, but it is also against the law. Students found in violation of the Electronic Use Policy may possibly face serious sanctions. For more information on the Electronic Use Policy, please consult the Code of Student Conduct. For more information on the terms of service for residential computing, please consult the technology use policies via myRedDragon.
SUNY Cortland currently has several groups that are not recognized or permanently banned by the College. Permanently banned groups include the former fraternities Delta Kappa Beta ("Kappa") and Beta Phi Epsilon ("Beta"). Students found to pledge, be a member, or live in any residence of these banned groups will likely face a lengthy suspension or permanent dismissal from the College.
PLEASE REFER TO THE CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT FOR MORE DETAILS ON CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS.