FAQs - SUNY Cortland


Frequently Asked Questions

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What if I miss a deadline?

  • RSP Form deadline: starting March 28, you will be able to complete the RSP Form, but will not be able to choose your own room. Residence Life and Housing will assign you after room selection has concluded.
  • Room deposit deadline: you will be removed from the assignment you choose during RSP. If you want housing, you can pay your deposit beginning on May 23 through June 17. You are strongly encouraged to pay by May 27 for assignment information by June 1.
    • If you are required to live on campus, you will be reassigned to another room.
    • If you are not required to live on campus, you will not be guaranteed assignment if you do not pay your deposit before June 17.

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Can I request accommodations for a medical condition or disability?

Yes. When you complete your RSP Form, indicate the accommodation you need on question 17. Additionally, submit any supporting paperwork to the appropriate office. There will be a designated selection based on your requirements on the morning of March 30.

SUNY Cortland is committed to upholding and maintaining all aspects of the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Any information regarding your disability will remain confidential and will be shared only with your permission. Back to top.

How do I sign up for a room?

Once you have completed your RSP Form, you will receive a selection time to choose a room. Log on to myRedDragon at your assigned time and complete the steps found. Back to top.

I lived in DeGroat last semester. Do I get to select a room there early?

Yes. There will be a selection set aside for all fall 2015 DeGroat Hall residents to get a first pick from rooms in the newly renovated hall. This selection will take place on March 30 in the afternoon only.

Can I check my room assignment once I've completed RSP?

You should check your room assignment and can do so at any time on the main screen of The Housing Director. Back to top.

Can I change my assignment?

Yes. Starting April 6 you will be able to change your room once a week until May 12. Additionally, you will be able to make changes to your assignment on June 22 and 23 Back to top.

What if chose a room during the West Campus Apartments Guarantee?

This year, we are asking you to still complete your RSP Form. In addition, you must pay your $150 room deposit by May 13 or you will be removed from your assignment. You will be placed in a room change selection process that will allow you to make a change to your assignment if you so choose.

Who is eligible to select a room?

All current SUNY Cortland students that complete an RSP Form. Back to top.

What is the selection time based on?

Credit Hours: Each student’s credit hours toward graduation as of December. Students with the most credit hours choose first.

Dean’s List Points: An extra three points will be added to your total credit hours for each semester you have been on the Dean’s List at SUNY Cortland. Back to top.

Can I move on campus after moving off?

Yes. Complete the RSP Form by March 23. Back to top.

What if I am being harassed?

When a student selects a room, they have the right to not be harassed by any other student who may have wanted that room. Please note that any harassment of another student including sending abusive or threatening messages by any means will be processed through the Student Conduct Office and could result in the forfeit of your on-campus housing assignment, according to the College Code B-10– Electronic Use Policy and C-1-Harassment. If you are being harassed talk to your resident assistant or residence hall director. Back to top.

Can I change an answer on my RSP Form?

Yes. Once you have submitted your form, you will be able to revisit it to edit your answers. After March 23, you will not be able to make any changes to questions pertaining to special interest housing. Back to top.

What if I want to live off campus? What form should I fill out?

If you have met your housing requirement or will not live on campus for an academic reason, complete the Release from Housing form, found under Forms. Back to top.

Why doesn't the person I want to live with show up in the roommate search?

Only people who have completed the RSP Form are in the roommate selection pool. If the person you want to live with does not appear, ask them if they completed the RSP Form. If yes, double check the spelling of your roommate. Back to top.

What if I do not have a roommate? Can I still select a room?

If you want to live in a double room, you are required to have a roommate to select your own room. Otherwise, you can choose a single room. If you do not know who you want to live with, you have two options:

  • Do an advanced roommate search. You can choose search criteria to narrow down your search to your ideal roommate. Only those who completed an RSP Form are in the roommate search pool, so it is possible your options will increase the longer you wait.
  • Do not choose your own room; indicate on your RSP Form that you want to be assigned by Residence Life and Housing staff.

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Can I sign up for a room with a new student?

Yes. Instead of choosing a room you can select to be assigned by Residence Life and Housing and indicate the student you want to live with on your RSP Housing Form. You will not select a room during RSP. We will assign you with your roommate request as long as your new roommate also requests you on their Housing Preference Form. You will not be able to choose a room and be assigned with a new student — you must decide if it is more important for you to be housed with your roommate or to choose exactly where you live. Back to top.

Is the $150 Room Deposit refundable?

For continuing students moving off campus or withdrawing after the room deposit is paid, the policy is: residence life and housing must receive written notification by May 1 for full $150 refund; by July 1 for $100 refund, and by Aug. 1 for $50 refund. Starting on Aug. 2 there is no refund of the $150 room deposit. Students with waivers will be billed the amounts listed above based on the date they notify residence life and housing that they are moving off campus. Back to top.

Is there a room deposit waiver?

Student staff members, EOP students, C.U.R.E. students and RHA/NRHH executive officers will receive a room deposit waiver in the mail. This must be turned in by the $150 room deposit deadline. You will be billed for the deposit. Back to top.

What if I can't pay my deposit?

Visit Financial Aid to review your options.

Where can I live?

Residence life and housing offers many different styles of living. View all of your options.

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Why is there is not a suite or apartment available for me to select?

The size of your group impacts the available rooms for you to choose. It is possible there are no longer any full suites, quads or apartments available for you to select as an entire group. First, try selecting from another selection process that you are eligible for, if applicable. Otherwise, delete all individuals from your group except for the one person you want to be your roommate. Back to top.