Dear Parents and Family Members:

We recently reminded off-campus students about some things to consider before leaving town for the break:

  • Forward mail or have it held at the post office until they return. This can be done electronically through the;
  • If they want their house/apartment to look like someone is still living there, put a light or two on a timer;
  • Take home valuables -- computers, other electronics, credit cards, banking information, good jewelry, car and house keys, etc. Student housing is often targeted for robberies during times when classes are not in session. Minimally, do not leave things in plain sight. Note that top dresser drawer, under the mattress, and in the freezer will be places they will look;
  • Lock all doors and windows and don't forget fire escape access points. Close curtains on the ground floor;
  • Turn down the heat a bit -- mid 60's should keep the bill down and pipes from freezing. Do NOT turn the heat off;
  • Take out the garbage, clean out the refrigerator and cabinets of food that will go bad, stink, and attract mice or rats;
  • Consider donating non-perishable food to the SUNY Cortland Cupboard (College food pantry) or to the City's Loaves and Fishes program, especially if you are not coming back, next semester;
  • Take care of recyclables -- bring back those cans and bottles;
  • Tell the landlord when you plan to leave and return. Why? So they can plan needed repairs and/or upgrades and know when the property will not be occupied;
  • Planning to leave your car in town? Remove all valuables, close windows and lock doors. Remember cars cannot be left in the street or on grass;
  • Not returning this spring? Clean the apartment/house. Read the lease and see what else might need to be taken care of.
    • Take pictures/video of condition of house in case needed (to help get back security/damage deposits)
    • Know what to do with keys as when leaving town for the last time

On campus students have residence hall check out policies. Those students should check with their residence hall staff if they are unfamiliar with what they need to do.

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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