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International Students Housing

2012-2013

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Housing Requirements

  • International students are required to live on campus for one year or 2 semesters, unless they are age 21 by September 1 or January 1 of the semester they begin their studies at SUNY Cortland.
  • International students need to prioritize their housing requests using the online Housing Preference Form, but are not guaranteed a certain assignment.  Please note that you can be assigned to any of the halls listed. 
  • Students 23 and over are given priority for West Campus Apartment assignments.
  • Any international student not assigned at the West Campus Apartments is subject to having to move to a lounge or empty room in another residence hall over the breaks.

Arrival & Departure Dates

  • SUNY Cortland has very specific opening and closing dates of the residence halls which international students must follow.  Please arrange your flight departure dates based on the residence hall closing schedule, which is available on the SUNY Cortland web site; go to the Residence Life and Housing quick link.  Plan on staying in a hotel if you arrive before the hall opening date, or after the hall closing date.
  • For Fall 2012, the Clark Center for International Education requests all new international students arrive at SUNY Cortland on  August 20 or August 21 and depart by December 15.
  • For Spring 2013, the Clark Center for International Education requests all new international students arrive at SUNY Cortland on January 16 and depart by May 19.

Items Provided by the Campus

  • International students are provided with a blanket and pillow for use while here at SUNY Cortland. These items must be returned before you depart. You will need to purchase a telephone calling plan upon your arrival in Cortland.
  • Some pots, pans, and kitchen items might be available at West Campus for your use, but are not guaranteed.
  • International students must provide their own sheets, comforters, and towels.

Residence Hall Staffing Patterns— for help and security

  • Residence Hall Director (RHD)
    • Responsible for running Fitzgerald Hall and West Campus Apartments (1 RHD in each building)
    • Full time live-in professional staff member
    • Has Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
    • Fully trained in emergency procedures, crisis management and conflict mediation
    • Supervises student staff, performs administrative duties
    • Holds daily office hours, Monday through Friday
  • Hall Manager (HM)
    • Responsible for running Whitaker Hall
    • Part time live-in professional staff member
    • Has Bachelor’s degree, current Graduate student
    • Fully trained in emergency procedures, crisis management and conflict mediation
    • Supervises student staff, performs administrative duties
    • Holds daily office hours, Monday through Friday
  • Resident Assistants (RAs)
    • Current undergraduate student peers hired and trained to build connections with students through programming and policy enforcement
    • Whitaker has 3 RAs, Fitzgerald has 7 RAs, and West Campus Apartments has 4 RAs
    • Each RA has a single room that is identified as a “Resident Assistant” room
    • RAs are on duty nightly, serving as a contact person for concerns and package pick up
    • Fully trained in emergency procedures, crisis management and conflict mediation
  • Administrative Assistants (AAs)
    • Current undergraduate student peers hired to distribute mail and packages to residents and assist with administrative duties for the residence hall
    • One AA each in Whitaker, Fitzgerald, and West Campus Apartments
    • Holds daily office hours in the staff office for package pick up
  • Academic Peer Mentors (APMs)
    • Current undergraduate student peers hired to provide academically focused programming and assist students with academic questions and concerns
    • One APM each in Whitaker and Fitzgerald
    • Trained in SUNY Cortland academic assistance
    • Holds daily office hours in the staff office for students to go to for academic assistance

Your Housing Options

Basic Residence Hall Information

  • All of the residence halls at SUNY Cortland are co-ed
    • Males and females reside in the same building
    • Males are assigned in the same room as other males; females are assigned in the same room as other females
    • Floors are co-ed, housing males on one side and females on the opposite side
    • Fitzgerald Hall has a floor that is co-ed by every other room
    • Whitaker is co-ed by every other room
    • West Campus Apartments has male only, female only, and co-ed apartments available
      • Male only: houses only male students in each single bedroom
      • Female only: houses female students in each single bedroom
      • Co-ed: houses both male/female in the same apartment (residents would have their own bedroom and share the common spaces like the living room, kitchen, and bathroom)

Whitaker Hall

  • Smallest residence hall – only 60 students total
    • Of that number, approximately 15- 20 are international
    • Three Resident Assistants (RAs) live in the building.
    • Singles are sometimes available at a higher room charge (medical
      requests for singles have priority)
  • Some rooms have private bathrooms or 4 people share a bathroom
  • Student programming: Whitaker has an innovative series of student programs which residents contribute to; these programs will assist you to adapt to life on an American campus
  • Overlooks the beautiful Waterworks park, with many deer and ducks
  • Second floor kitchen, and elevator available; accessible building
  • Break housing might be in Whitaker, or you could be required to relocate to another hall for break housing.  Break housing costs $10 per night over the winter session in January
  • Campus meal plan is required

Fitzgerald Hall

  • Mixed residence hall with freshmen, transfers and upperclass students— 183 students total
  • Seven Resident Assistants (RAs) live in the hall
  • Renovated in 2009
  • Kitchen and lounge available on each floor
  • Floors are long corridors with bedrooms off of the corridor
  • All rooms in Fitzgerald are doubles; you can have an American roommate, or you can indicate your preference to have a roommate from home on the online Housing Preference form.
  • Updated bathrooms are shared with 20-30 other students
  • In-room break housing available at an additional cost of $10 per night during winter session in January
  • Campus meal plan is required 

West Campus Apartments

  • 15 individual apartment buildings with 4 apartments in each building;
  • 240 students are housed at West Campus; there are four Resident Assistants (RAs) that live in the apartment complex
  • Located approximately 1.5 miles from the main campus
  • West Campus remains open over all breaks; the break housing charge is built into the West Campus room charge so there is no additional charge for break housing
  • Each apartment houses four students; all bedrooms are singles
  • All apartments are furnished and have a large living/dining area, kitchen, one or two bathrooms, and four single bedrooms
  • The room charge at West Campus is slightly higher than the on campus room charge for a double (because you are getting a single bedroom and a full apartment)
  • You will not be billed for a meal plan if assigned to West Campus
    • You can choose to cook all your meals if you prefer in your kitchen, or you can purchase a partial meal plan through the Auxiliary Services Office
  • Bus service is available hourly Monday-Friday to main campus
  • Recreation building at the complex has the Staff Office, the
    Residence Hall Director office, mailboxes, vending machine room, lounge with TV, ping-pong tables, and computers
  • The West Campus Apartment complex is an extension of on-campus housing at SUNY Cortland, so all campus policies are in effect at West Campus.
  • Priority is given to older students (over age 22) when making West Campus assignments
  • Laundry facilities are available in each building

Leadership House

  • Separate application and interview required to reside in the Leadership House
  • All residents participate in the program requirements designed to enhance leadership skills
  • 11 students are housed in the Leadership House; there is a House Manager that lives in the house
  • Located in the center of campus
  • There is a full kitchen, living room, dining area, and bathroom on the first floor
  • A total of 11 single bedrooms
  • Fully furnished
  • The Leadership House is an extension of on campus housing at SUNY Cortland, so all campus policies are in effect
  • Laundry facilities available in the house
  • You will not be billed for a meal plan if you are accepted into the Leadership House program
    • You can choose to cook all of your meals if you prefer in the kitchen or you can purchase a partial meal plan through ASC
  • Receive a $500 per semester stipend

Academic Requirements:

  • Attend leadership retreats/conferences
  • Enroll in a two-credit leadership seminar (fall semester)
  • Enroll in one of two courses: POL 129: Philanthropy and Civic Engagement or SOC 350: Civil Society (spring semester)

Application Requirements:

  • Must be a student for the full year
  • Complete application
  • Complete interview (can be done via Skype)
  • Provide a detailed list of formal and
    informal accomplishments and
    leadership positions that you have held
  • Provide a completed recommendation form from faculty or
    professional staff

If you are interested in the Leadership House, please review the complete information by visiting the Leadership House Web page.

College Policies

  • The SUNY Cortland Room and Board License and the SUNY Cortland West Campus Apartment License are the documents that you will agree to abide by when you go online to fill out the new student Housing Preference Form. 
  • Additional policies are also listed in the Residence Life and Housing Policies document available on the Web.  In addition, all students should become familiar with the Code of Student Conduct, also available on the Web.
  • The alcohol drinking age in New York State is 21 years of age.  Students under the age of 21 are not allowed to drink alcohol or to be in the presence of someone who is drinking alcohol.
  • The SUNY Cortland residence halls and apartments are smoke-free.  No smoking is allowed in any residence hall or apartments or within 20 feet of any residence hall or apartments, except for designated smoking areas.

Break Housing Fees

  • SUNY Cortland breaks when the residence halls are closed:
  1. Thanksgiving Break, 11/23/11 - 11/26/11
  2. Winter Session Break, 12/17/11 - 1/14/12
  3. Spring Break, 6 p.m. 3/2/12 - 3/10/12
  • All international students who require housing over the college Winter Session break are required to pay the break housing rate of $10 per night, except for students assigned to West Campus Apartments.
  • International students assigned to West Campus Apartments do not pay the break housing fee because the West Campus room rate is higher and includes break housing.
  • International students assigned to Fitzgerald and Whitaker: depending on the number of students staying over the break will determine whether you can stay in your room, or if you will be moved to an empty room or lounge in another hall for the break.
  • Students assigned to all other residence halls (other than Fitzgerald and Whitaker) must move to empty rooms or lounges in halls that stay open for breaks.