Multicultural Life and Diversity is proud to host SafeZone at SUNY Cortland. The mission of the SafeZone program is to identify, educate, and support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two Spirit, Questioning, Queer, Asexual, Intersex and Pansexual allies (LGBTQAIP.)
Peer2Peer mentorship program is sponsored by the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office. This program will assist first-year students of underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds in navigating and adjusting to the SUNY Cortland campus by connecting them with successful juniors and seniors.
First years will have the opportunity to build substantial new relationships and become more accustomed to collegiate life.
UPD officers attend Safe Zone training conducted by members of the Cortland LGBTQ Center and a session led by SUNY Cortland instructors. In addition, they complete Fair and Impartial Policing training which teaches officers about implicit bias, how it can affect their actions and what they can do to overcome it. UPD works closely with the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office to help reach groups who may not usually be comfortable approaching law enforcement.
University Police Department Whitaker Hall, Room 110 Emergency: 911 or 607-753-2111 Non-emergency: 607-753-2112 Email UPD
The language we use when interacting with each other matters. This guide provides suggestions for using more inclusive and considerate language and serves as a point of reference for the way we communicate.
The pronoun guide is intended to help the campus community learn to use each of its member's pronouns correctly. The practice of sharing and inviting others to share what pronouns they use helps respect the diversity of gender identities and foster a safe and inclusive environment.
Gender Identification and Name-Change Information
Current students and alumni
SUNY Cortland recognizes the needs of students and alumni who wish to be identified by a name or gender identity that differs from their legal status. We are also committed to protecting student privacy in order to ensure that students are treated in a manner consistent with their identity to foster a safe and nondiscriminatory environment.
SUNY Cortland reviews applications based on academic merit, potential and other talents and interests. More importantly, the university does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or marital status.
During the application process, students can identify their gender preference through the Common Application or SUNY Application. Within the application profile section, there is an optional free response text field that gives applicants a place to further describe their gender identity. They can use the open response field or the “additional information” prompt within the writing section to share any information they wish for the university to know.
All-gender housing is available for students who wish to reside together within a floor, room, or suite regardless of their gender, gender identity, or gender expression.
We want to ensure that there are restrooms that can be used by anyone of any gender identity or expression. Signage on single-use restrooms describes the facilities contained within, not the gender of the people that can use them. Free menstrual supplies are available in every single-use bathroom (non-residence hall).
The Residence Life and Housing Office at SUNY Cortland is committed to providing safe, civil, and vibrant living communities in support of our academic mission. We believe that fostering sharing and inclusion of all ideas, lived experiences, and world views in the residential community can provide transformative learning experiences for our students, and serves as a vital part of learning and development. We believe that all students have the right to feel safe and supported in their residence hall regardless of differences in race, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression
University/Community Resources and Allies
Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies (CGIS) The mission of the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies (CGIS) is to foster and develop equity and respect for social, racial, ethnic, cultural, economic, sexual orientation, and environmental justice and diversity within the campus and larger community. The Center educates about systems of oppression and discrimination, and strives to enable mutual respect and understanding of cultures and underrepresented groups. The Center focuses on the development of diversity across the curriculum; the promotion of research; the facilitation of student, staff and faculty development; and the recommendation of policy.
Multicultural Life and Diversity Office (MLDO) The Multicultural Life and Diversity office at SUNY Cortland is committed to fostering a community of learners who contribute to an environment of inclusive and academic excellence based on the values of human difference and individual contribution.
Pride Club Pride Club is Cortland's LGBTQIAP community on campus. Pride Club welcomes everyone including allies to come to our meetings, and collaborates with other clubs on campus to raise awareness and promote social justice and diversity.
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Committee SOGIE fosters a safe and positive environment for the LGBTQIAP communities at SUNY Cortland. We provide advocacy and support the development of curriculum, scholarship, events and programs that are both educational and social and are designed to cultivate positive attitudes towards LGBTQIAP individuals and issues.
Title IX Office The SUNY Cortland Title IX Office is responsible for preventing and responding to acts of sex and gender discrimination, which includes but is not limited to sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
Cortland LGBTQ Center The Mission of the Cortland LGBTQ Center is to create a visible and empowered community through education, advocacy, resource enhancement, and linkages to essential services for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified people, as well as their families and other supportive community members.
The Cortland LGBTQ Center is a division of Family & Children's Counseling Services, located at 165 Main Street in Cortland.
PFLAG Ithaca-Cortland Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies United with LGBTQ People to move equity forward. Established in 1986 as a group affiliated with PFLAG National, we are committed to:
Support - to cope with an adverse society;
Education - To enlighten an ill-informed public;
Advocacy - To end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.
If you have been a victim of a bias-related incident, including, but not limited to (dis)ability, age, ethnicity, gender/sexism, gender identity/expression, nationality/immigration status, physical appearance, race, faith/non-faith, sexual orientation, and/or socio-economic status/class.
If you have experienced sexual violence including sexual assault or rape, domestic or dating violence, stalking, or sexual harassment, you have several reporting options, and you can pursue more than one option at the same time or choose not to participate in any of the options stated on this page. You have been through a traumatic experience. It is especially important for you to know and to believe that what happened to you was NOT your fault, and that you have choices.