Dear Parents and Family Members:

The following message was sent to all students from President Erik Bitterbaum:

"On Nov. 11, Cortaca Jug will be hosted at Ithaca College. This year's game is the 76th meeting of the SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College football teams, and the 59 th competition vying for possession of the legendary Cortaca Jug.

SUNY Cortland is looking to extend its Cortaca winning streak to an unprecedented eight games. I urge all students to enjoy this extraordinary event and make it a truly memorable experience - for all the right reasons.

Many of us are painfully aware that destructive student behavior off the field can quickly eclipse decades of proud tradition. Students who demean the Cortaca Jug tradition by defining it solely as a weekend of underage drinking, random property destruction. lewd social media posts and potentially life-threatening behavior will be met with considerably strengthened security and law enforcement. This effort includes a greater police presence, strengthened city ordinances, increased city fines and streamlined procedures aimed at allowing officers to make all arrests that are warranted. Both law enforcement agencies and the College will be closely monitoring all social media; none of which are as anonymous as many students think they are. Please remember that unthinking actions - whether a drunken Tweet or a damaged car or house - can delay or end the careers all of you are working so hard toward.

The vast majority of our students did a great job last year celebrating Cortaca Jug without engaging in dangerous or destructive behavior. We are counting on all of you to once again have fun while respecting the rights of others.

So please, enjoy the campus activities surrounding this year's Cortaca Jug. Control any friends who come to visit you, and be mindful of all your actions. This is Cortaca Jug, the greatest football tradition in Division Ill athletics and a part of what makes SUNY Cortland - your college and part of your permanent reputation - a unique educational experience."

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Academic Advising

Every student comes to college with his or her own distinct set of talents, experiences and goals. There are some shared experiences among students, but your student’s experience will be a unique journey.  Because you are important to your student’s success, we see you as a part of the SUNY Cortland community and welcome you along with your student. 

New students are assigned to academic advisors from their major department early in the fall semester. For students who are undecided about what they eventually will choose for a major, the College has a Pre-Major Program with special advisement. Advisors for the Pre-Major Program are assigned through Advisement and Transition.  Students can view their academic advisor (name and contact information) through myRedDragon.

Resources and important dates:

Drop/Add – first 5 days of classes.
Recommended Change of Major Deadline - Oct. 1
Mid-semester estimates available – mid Oct.
Deadline to withdraw from a semester course – Nov. 15