SUNY Cortland strictly enforces its alcohol policy. The College is particularly concerned about patterns of poor decision making.
Parents of dependent students are notified of disciplinary decisions when students are found in violation of the drug policy or the alcohol policy if the student is under 21 years old.
Students in education majors will have student conduct background checks prior to being admitted to a teacher education major and prior to doing field work. Certain offenses may have consequences with education program enrollment. Students in education majors are required by the Teacher Education Council process to self-disclose any violations to their respective associate dean.
Students are responsible for their behavior on and off campus. If a student is arrested off campus they will be referred to the campus student conduct system.
Certain drug arrests and convictions will result in loss of financial aid.
Students less than 21 years of age may not consume, possess, distribute or be knowingly in the presence of alcohol. In addition, if a student possesses alcohol while under the age of 21 years, they may be arrested.
The only exception to this rule is that underage students who reside with students of legal drinking age may be in the presence of alcohol in their assigned residence hall room, provided these underage roommates do not possess or consume (or sell or distribute) alcohol. No alcoholic beverages shall be permitted in rooms of students where all residents are under the age of 21, even if a student 21 years of age or older is present.
Students 21 and over may not consume alcohol in the presence of any individual under 21 (unless the individual is a roommate), or in public areas or lounges in the residence halls, or on any campus grounds.
Kegs, beer balls or any item that can be used to ingest alcoholic beverages in an irresponsible manner, i.e., funnels, are not allowed.
Drug paraphernalia or any items which can be used or are designed for the use of drugs are not allowed.
While cannabis is legal in NY for people 21 and over, it is still federally illegal and therefore prohibited on campus in any form or amount.
Students less than 21 years of age may not consume, possess, distribute or be knowingly in the presence of cannabis.
Each student must carry his or her college identification card at all times. Failure to do so, or providing false information to a college official, is a violation.
Students are responsible for any guest's actions while they are on the SUNY Cortland campus.
Failure to comply with reasonable requests from a residence hall staff member is against college policy.
SUNY Cortland currently has several groups that are not recognized or permanently banned by the College. Permanently banned groups include the former fraternities Delta Kappa Beta ("Kappa") and Beta Phi Epsilon ("Beta"). Unrecognized groups include the former fraternities Kappa Gima, Delta Chi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Omega Delta Phi, and Pi Kappa Phi. Students found to enter into a new member program, be a member, or live in any residence of these banned or unrecognized groups will likely face a lengthy suspension or permanent dismissal from the College.
Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for more details on conduct expectations.