SUNY Cortland, as a public institution, welcomes applications from all persons who meet the university's admissions standards. A competitive selection process is necessary because the number of students to be accepted must be limited by the university's teaching and physical resources.
With the help of admissions information, including web information, potential applicants can determine whether or not SUNY Cortland has the programs that meet their needs. SUNY Cortland offers a broad range of major programs for undergraduate students as well as a variety of graduate programs in teacher education, professional studies, English and history. Approximately 21% of the university's entering undergraduate students have not decided upon a major at the time they enroll, and ordinarily it is not necessary to decide upon a major until the end of the sophomore year.
On occasion, individuals who have not applied for degree status at SUNY Cortland enroll in course work, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The university accommodates such individuals by allowing them, on a course-available basis, to register as non-degree students. Undergraduate non-degree students are not permitted to register until the first day of classes each semester. Non-degree students are directed to Student Registration and Record Services at the opening of the semester for additional information. Those students who have been academically dismissed from SUNY Cortland are ineligible for non-degree status. Those students who have applied for and have been denied regular admission to SUNY Cortland are ineligible to enroll during the semester in which they applied for admission.
Non-degree students may enroll only on a part-time basis (11.5 credit hours or less for undergraduates, nine credit hours or less for graduate students). Once undergraduate students have attempted 15 credit hours at SUNY Cortland and once graduate students have completed nine credit hours at SUNY Cortland, they must apply through the Admissions Office for matriculated status (degree status) or discontinue course work at the university. No more than nine credit hours may be taken as a non-matriculated student at the graduate level.
In 1968 SUNY Cortland inaugurated a program then called "Project Opportunity," designed to admit students who demonstrate an academic potential despite a background of economic and educational disadvantage. These students should be able to offer evidence of their ability to achieve in college.
Financial assistance through outright grants and loans is available to those who qualify economically and who are admitted to the program. Tutorial help and counseling are provided, if needed, during special summer programs and during the academic year.
SUNY Cortland will accept a maximum of 30 credit hours earned through such sources as Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program, or College Proficiency and/or the International Baccalaureate. This maximum applies to all of these courses combined, not individually.
At the discretion of individual departments, students may arrange challenge examinations to demonstrate proficiency in the content areas of specific courses for academic credit. Faculty may arrange written, oral or performance exercises to establish competency and the appropriate number of credit hours will be awarded for satisfactory performance with a grade of P. Interested students should contact the department chair responsible for the content area that they wish to challenge. If the department agrees to supervise the challenge, the student is referred to the office of the school dean to complete the appropriate form and pay a fee, if appropriate.
Students enrolling at SUNY Cortland who have completed International Baccalaureate course work will receive advanced standing credit toward their baccalaureate degree at the university as follows:
Under State University of New York policy, credit will be granted for published examinations from the following test series provided that the specified minimum performance levels are met and that the examinations are in areas that normally receive transfer credit at SUNY Cortland.
SUNY Cortland students are not eligible to receive credit by equivalency examinations when they are enrolled in or have completed a higher level course within the same discipline.
A maximum of 30 credit hours may be earned through these published examinations:
Credit is granted for a mean score obtained by persons from the standardization group who have earned a grade of C in a formal course.
Credit granted for performance at a grade level of C.
Credit is granted for OPI ratings based on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommended score of awarding credit. Credit will be granted for a rating of Novice High to Superior.
Credit granted for a score of three or higher within the scale of five points used for this program.
Academic credit is granted with satisfactory Advanced (A Level) and Advanced Subsidiary (AS) exam results of C or better. Students can earn three credit hours for each AS Level exam and up to six credit hours for each A Level exam.
Credit for and/or waiver of courses or programs taken while in the military service may be granted by the dean of the school in which the student majors with the consultation of the appropriate department chair if these courses or programs are parallel to courses offered at SUNY Cortland. Graduate students may receive such credits or waivers from the transfer credit coordinator in consultation with the appropriate graduate coordinator.
SUNY Cortland observes the recommendations of the American Council on Education's Office on Educational Credit and of the University of the State of New York's Program in Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction in the evaluation of educational experiences sponsored by Non-collegiate organizations and the military when the content is considered appropriate as transfer credit.
Credit for and/or waiver of courses or programs taken under the auspices of a non-collegiate organization or the armed forces may be granted by the school dean of the student's major with the consultation of the appropriate department chair.
The purpose of General Education is to provide students with an intellectual and cultural basis for their development as informed individuals in our society. This requires that they understand the ideas that have formed our own civilization, that they appreciate other cultures and that they have knowledge of the fundamental principles that govern the physical universe.
The Cortland General Education Program fulfills all SUNY General Education requirements and includes elements specific to the Cortland degree. There are 11 required categories that must be met, and students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of SUNY approved course work (categories 1-10). Most categories require one course, with the exception of:
The use of a single course to satisfy more than one category is allowed, but no single course may be used to satisfy more than two General Education categories.
Any approved SUNY General Education course taken at another institution will be accepted into the related Cortland General Education category. Courses from non-SUNY institutions and courses for Cortland Category 11, Prejudice and Discrimination, and Category 12, Science, Technology, Values and Society, also may be transferred, providing they meet the learning outcomes of these categories. At the time of initial entry to SUNY Cortland, transfer students will be granted up to two waivers that can be applied toward meeting the requirements in Category 11 or Category 12. Students who matriculate to Cortland as freshmen or readmit to Cortland with transfer credit are not eligible for waivers. Waivers will be granted based only on transfer credit posted. Transfer waiver criteria:
The basic unit of credit in college courses is the credit hour, one hour of credit for a 16-week semester. Students are expected to study a minimum of three hours outside of class for each credit hour. Thus a student should plan on a 45-hour study week for an academic load of 15 credit hours.
The full-time undergraduate student semester credit hour load varies from 12 to 18 hours a semester, depending on the program. Credit workloads in excess of 18 credit hours must be approved by the associate dean of the school of the student’s major.
Qualified students who meet the academic criteria published in the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalog may apply for a new major. In addition to establishing academic criteria, such as grade point averages and standards to be met in prerequisite courses, some departments limit acceptances. Students who do not meet the criteria or who are not accepted due to a limited number of openings must select another major. Caution: Students remaining on a waiting list or as pre-majors after their sophomore year will jeopardize their eligibility for financial aid and potentially their time to degree completion.
Undergraduate Change of Major forms are available on the web or in department offices and require the signed approval of the accepting department chair. Students should file all change of major forms in the department of the new major before the established deadline each semester — October and March — to ensure the ability to register for courses in the new major during the registration period.
While the curriculum at Cortland undergoes frequent review and new courses are established, students are assured that requirements for graduation at the time of initial enrollment will remain unchanged for those who complete their undergraduate programs within the same major without interruption. A change of major, the addition of a new minor or concentration may result in a change of catalog term and additional required course work for the new major and/or the need to meet certain grade point criteria as determined by the new department’s published requirements at the time of the change of major. An official leave of absence is not considered an interruption of enrollment.
SUNY Cortland reserves the right to change the academic calendar, fees and requirements other than those for degrees. Such changes become effective when adopted.
To be eligible for student teaching, fieldwork, cooperative programs, internships or recreation education practica, undergraduate students must have at least a 2.5 minimum cumulative quality point average for most programs, have no incompletes on their record and not be on any form of probation. Graduate students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative quality point average, have no incompletes and not be on any form of probation. Certain programs (in the School of Professional Studies, School of Education, adolescence English, adolescence foreign language, adolescence mathematics, adolescence sciences and adolescence social studies) have additional eligibility requirements, which are fully explained under appropriate department sections of the Undergraduate Catalog or the Graduate Catalog.
Students may not be enrolled in any course work (at Cortland or any other institution) nor participate in any university-related activities while engaged in student teaching or fieldwork.
Auditing of courses is subject to the following conditions:
Effective Sept. 1, 1974, Chapter 1002 of the Session Laws of New York 1974 amends sections 355 and 6303 of the Education Law to permit persons 60 years of age and older to enroll in courses at colleges in State University of New York without tuition, examination, grading or credit. The permission to enroll is on a space-available basis as determined by the president of the college involved and provided that such audit attendance will not interfere with the attendance of otherwise qualified students.
Coursework satisfactorily completed at regionally accredited collegiate institutions will be accepted. Credit for courses from institutions with accreditation other than regional accreditation is evaluated for transfer purposes on case-by-case basis.
Usually credit is allowed only for those courses in which a grade of C- or better has been earned. However, credit may be granted for “D” grades if the student has received an associate of arts (A.A.), associate of science (A.S.), associate of applied science (A.A.S.), or any bachelor’s degree at the time of first admission to SUNY Cortland. Grades of Pass “P” and Satisfactory “S” awarded at another institution may be accepted at the discretion of the associate dean of the school of the student’s major at the initial point of matriculation. The associate deans will have the opportunity to:
While credits are transferable, grades earned at other colleges are not calculated in the Cortland grade point average. Grade point averages that qualify students for honors and recognition at Commencement are based exclusively upon institutional course work at Cortland.
Students entering SUNY Cortland with an A.A. or A.S. will, in most instances, be able to complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree with an additional 60 to 64 credit hours of course work. Students pursuing professional degree programs, such as those leading to teacher certification, may need additional courses to fulfill requirements over and above the minimum needed to earn a Cortland bachelor’s degree. Requirements for the bachelor’s degree are listed in the Degree Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog.
One half of the credit hours for the major, minor and/or concentration must be completed at SUNY Cortland. In addition, SUNY Cortland students must complete at least 30 credit hours for the degree at SUNY Cortland to meet the university’s residency requirement. Students matriculated at the university can receive credit for coursework taken at other colleges if they receive prior approval from the appropriate associate dean. Cortland transfer students may receive up to 64 credit hours of transfer credit from two-year colleges. This maximum credit-hour total includes any 100- or 200- level courses, Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program, College Proficiency or International Baccalaureate credits.
Only coursework satisfactorily completed at regionally accredited collegiate institutions will be accepted. Usually credit is allowed only for those courses in which a grade of C- or better has been earned. However, credit may be granted for D grades if the student has received an associate of arts (A.A.), associate of science (A.S.) or any bachelor’s degree at the time of first admission to SUNY Cortland. Transfer students from four-year colleges or universities may receive additional credit hours toward degree requirements at Cortland. The maximum number of credit hours accepted ranges from 90.
Grades of Pass (P) and Satisfactory (S) awarded at another institution may be accepted at the discretion of the student's associate dean. Students contact their associate dean to petition for credit. The associate dean will make one or more of the following determinations – in consultation with the department chair when appropriate:
(Approved by President Bitterbaum June 28, 2017)
All credit hours accepted for transfer must have been earned at institutions granted regional accreditation by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), e.g., the Middle States Association, Southern Association, North Central Association, New England Association, Northwest Association, or Western Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.
While credit hours are transferable, grades earned at other colleges are not calculated in the Cortland grade point average. Grade point averages that qualify students for honors and recognition at Commencement are based exclusively on course work at Cortland.
Students entering SUNY Cortland with an A.A. or A.S. will, in most instances, be able to complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree with an additional 60-64 credit hours of course work. Students pursuing professional degree programs, such as those leading to teacher certification, may need additional courses to fulfill requirements over and above the minimum needed to earn a Cortland bachelor’s degree. Requirements for the bachelor’s degree are listed in the Degree Requirements section of the College Catalog.
Any school of the university may designate special requirements that may not be taken elsewhere.
(Endorsed by the Faculty Senate Feb. 27, 1990, and approved by President Clark March 28, 1990)
New York's State Education Law, as amended, provides that "no person shall be expelled from or be refused admission as a student to an institution of higher education for the reason that he is unable, because of religious beliefs, to attend classes or participate in any examination, study or work requirements on a particular day or days."
Students who drop out of college without officially withdrawing are severing ties to SUNY Cortland and must accept the academic penalties for their actions. If there is an intent to return to SUNY Cortland, a student must go through the readmission process.
Faculty members are required to meet their classes as scheduled by their department unless permission to change meeting times has been granted by the school dean, after consultation with the department chair and with Student Registration and Record Services. Approval of a request to change a course meeting time requires that:
1. Students enrolled in the course have no conflicts with any other scheduled course including laboratory or performance courses.
2. Students are not subjected to extreme inconvenience by the time change.
It is SUNY Cortland policy that regular class attendance is a basic requirement of all courses. Class attendance is a strong predictor of student success in college. The policy does permit class attendance, participation and/or performance as a factor in determining course grades.
The taking of attendance and attendance requirements are at the discretion of the individual instructor, subject to the following two provisions:
In determining the student’s grade, instructors will weigh the student's performance and may also consider any excessive absences. Instructors should make clear to their classes what they consider to be valid reasons for missing class and what penalties will be assessed for excessive absences. Instructors shall state in the course syllabus, and emphasize to the class at the first meeting, the attendance requirement for the course.
Students are responsible for all work missed. Instructors shall establish procedures to allow students who have been absent for valid reasons to make up missed class work. If students anticipate having to miss class, it is their responsibility to inform the instructor ahead of time.
Nonattendance does not mean a student has dropped or withdrawn from a course. Students who have not attended class and have not officially dropped or withdrawn from the course will receive a grade of E.
If students are unable to attend class because of emergencies such as surgery, accidents involving lengthy absences from classes or extenuating circumstances, they should notify the associate dean of the school in which they are majoring. The associate dean will request documentation regarding the emergency; upon receipt of sufficient documentation, the associate dean will notify instructors about the reason for the absence. The instructor has the final determination in how such absences will be considered.
Students are expected to attend classes throughout the semester and complete final exams. Classes and examinations are scheduled according to the academic calendar that is adopted by the university each year. The fall semester usually begins late in August or early in September and ends in the third week of December. The spring semester usually begins in mid- to late-January and ends in the third or fourth week of May.
Students who miss a final examination will receive a grade of E for that course unless they obtain an excuse for their absence from the associate dean of their school.
Section 224-a of the New York State Education Law reads as follows:
When notified of the death of a student or a student's parent, the vice president for student affairs will take the responsibility for notifying the president, the provost and vice president for academic affairs, and the school dean as appropriate.
Deaths of SUNY Cortland graduates should be reported directly to the executive director, Alumni Engagement, for verification and university response.
Students wishing to make adjustments to their academic class schedule may do so during the official drop/add period, the first full week of each semester. Classes may be dropped and added without penalty during this period only. Second- and fourth-quarter courses have a designated two-day drop/add period in October and March, respectively. Refer to the academic calendar and Student Registration and Record Services dates and deadlines for specific dates.
Students who do not attend a class are not dropped automatically and will receive a grade of E.
All drop/add transactions made after the official drop/add period are subject to late fees. After the official drop/add period, students must withdraw from a class and file an Official Withdrawal from Course Form that must have the approval of the respective associate dean.
Information about the procedures to be followed for registration is made available each semester by the registrar, Advisement and Transition and the Graduate Admissions Office.
Academic Course Reset is intended to assist undergraduate students who have demonstrated personal growth and motivation to accomplish their educational goals and have been accepted for readmission on academic probation. The goal of this policy is to assist undergraduate students returning in good academic standing (2.0 overall GPA) by excluding up to 18 credits of D+ or below grades. All reset grades will remain on the student's academic transcript and will be denoted as academic reset grades. Credit will be lost for course reset grades.
If granted Academic Course Reset, the student will be made aware of any implications for financial aid, veteran's benefits, transferability, etc. that might impact their decision to enact Academic Course Reset. All coursework will remain on the transcript with the notation "Academic Course Reset Granted." The student may also be encouraged or required as appropriate to enroll in a one-credit course to assist in re-acclimating to campus, further developing academic skills, creating an academic success plan, etc.
This policy takes effect in the 2020-21 academic year.
SUNY Cortland employs the plus and minus grading system with the following basic classifications: A indicates superior performance, B indicates good performance, C indicates fair performance, D indicates minimally acceptable performance, and E indicates failure of a course. The grade D- is the lowest grade for which undergraduate credit is awarded.
A letter grade of A through E is employed when both of the following criteria are met:
Undergraduate Students: Juniors and seniors in good academic standing may elect to take certain courses on a Pass/No Credit basis with the approval of the student's department chair under the following conditions:
Courses shall be outside the student's major and minor requirements and concentration.
Courses for General Education requirements or all-college requirements cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit (P/NC).
Language requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree cannot be met with courses taken for Pass/No Credit.
No 500-level course taken for graduate credit or may be taken with the Pass/No Credit.
The student may take no more than one course per semester under the option without special approval from the student's dean.
The student's advisor shall discuss the option with the student and make a recommendation to the department chair as to whether or not the request meets the rationale for the option.
Graduate Students: Courses taken on a Pass/No Credit basis may not be applied to a SUNY Cortland graduate degree or certificate program. Non-matriculated students may take graduate courses for which they are qualified on a Pass/No Credit basis. However, courses taken on a Pass/No Credit basis may not be applied later toward a SUNY Cortland degree or certificate program. Matriculated students may not undertake any course applicable to a Cortland degree or certificate program on a Pass/No Credit basis. Only work of C quality or better qualifies as a passing grade and students must complete all required work for the course.
A student's level of scholarship is determined by the following system of quality points per semester hour of credit:
Grade point averages are determined by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of credit hours for which a student has been graded. For example, a grade of C in a three-credit-hour course is equivalent to six quality points. If a student completes 17 credit hours of course work and accumulates 38 quality points, the grade point average will be 2.235.
In courses where grades are listed as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory or Pass/No Credit neither grade is used in determining the student’s grade point average. A Satisfactory or Pass grade is credited toward graduation, however.
Major GPA: The GPA calculated by all courses identified in the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalog as required for the major.
Program Standard GPA: The GPA calculated by a defined subset of courses used as a criterion for department evaluation of academic progress within the major.
Note SUNY Cortland requires that students have a minimum overall GPA and a major GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate. Some programs require a higher major or program standard GPA; refer to the College Catalog for specific GPA requirements.
Some form of examination or evaluation is required during the published final examination time period for students in all courses other than those listed as exempt below.
The final exam period is noted on the official academic calendar and a standard scheduled is published on the Student Registration and Record Services site. Faculty are expected to adhere to the schedule.
Additionally, no examinations or tests of any type should be given during the final five full teaching days of classes prior to the published final examination time period.
The following course types are exempt from the examination policy requirement due to their format. Specifically, instructors of exempt courses are allowed to have exams or evaluations during the final five full teaching days or the final exam period, or the instructor may determine no examination or evaluation is necessary.
An instructor may request exception to this policy from the department chair. The chair may grant such request if:
An instructor may have a policy of exempting students who meet specified criteria from examinations or evaluations during the final exam period: the policy and criteria shall be stated and placed on file with the department chair.
Any deviation from this policy must be approved in advance by the appropriate department chair and school dean.
All instructors will maintain a copy (paper or electronic) of all final examinations. Examination material shall be kept and then disposed of in accordance with the State-Operated Campuses Policy for Records and Retention and Dispositions (suny.edu). Guidance is noted within Appendices under Academic Affairs and Instruction.
All graded examination material not yet returned to students should be kept by instructors for a period of one year beyond the semester in which a course is taught.
Instructors who will not return for the following semester(s) should leave examination material with the department chairperson at the end of the course after grades have been submitted. Retention and disposal should be maintained in accordance with instructor guidelines.
Instructors, after receiving approval of their examination policy from their chair, shall inform each class of the course requirements and grading procedures by the end of the first full week of classes. Persons in the class shall be informed of policies on:
All such policies shall reflect current SUNY Cortland policy.
Students may request an adjustment in their final examination schedule if
Students with anticipated conflicts or more than two exams in one day may request an adjustment to their final examination schedule at least five business days days in advance. In such cases instructors are encouraged to offer an alternative examination time if it is practical. Room reservations for alternate individual or small group exams may be made directly via the campus room scheduling system. Students who are officially excused due to an emergency situation or via verifiable excuse by a physician are exempt from the five-day requirement.
In the event that an alternate time cannot be provided by the instructor, the student shall contact the dean's office. The school dean or associate dean will make an adjustment after consulting with the faculty members and chairs.
No make-ups for examinations or evaluations given during the final examination period shall be given except for students who have a valid and verifiable excuse.
The student shall have the right to appeal decisions resulting from these policies to the chair of the department, the associate dean of the school or the provost.
(Approved by Faculty Senate 2021)
Students who miss a final examination will receive a grade of E for that course unless they obtain excuses for their absence from their school deans. It is the student's responsibility to arrange with the instructor for a make-up examination. Such a make-up examination must be taken after the regularly scheduled examination and will be given at the convenience of the instructor.
When a student retakes a Cortland course, all grades received will remain on the official transcript, but only the last grade received will be included in the quality and grade point average and hours toward graduation.
The grade excluded from the cumulative totals will be annotated with an E on the transcript. The grade included in the cumulative totals will be annotated with an I. The retaken course, which is defined by the same title, course prefix and course number, must be repeated at SUNY Cortland under the same grading system in order to be eligible for this policy. Therefore, courses previously taken and earned as transfer credit are not eligible to be retaken.
To retake a course, a student must seek registration access from the academic department offering the course. A student may retake any course one time. Departments may restrict registration access for subsequent retakes of the same course. See departmental sections of the College Catalog for information on department-specific retake restrictions and/or requirements.
(Approved by President Bitterbaum June 10, 2013)
Dean's List, the highest ranking for undergraduate students in their respective academic areas of the university, is earned with a 3.3 semester grade point average. In addition to the 3.3 grade point average, students must meet the following criteria:
President’s List is a university-wide honor given to students based on their academic performance for each semester. Students who achieve grades of A - or better in each of their courses for a given semester will be designated a member of the President’s List. In addition to achieving the stipulated grades, students must meet the following criteria:
(Approved by President Bitterbaum Dec. 30, 2003)
The Part-time Student Award for Academic Achievement recognizes academic excellence among part-time undergraduate students. To earn this award, students must meet the following criteria:
“Good Academic Standing” for academic considerations means that the student is meeting the academic standards as defined by grade point average and is making satisfactory progress toward the degree. The mechanism of academic probation, including any accompanying constraints upon a student's activities, is intended merely as an educational device designed to encourage greater effort on the part of students who appear to be having difficulty in meeting certain academic standards. Placement on academic probation may precede denial of the right to register for academic course work if certain conditions are not met.
Any question concerning whether or not an individual student is in good academic standing will be determined by the school associate dean.
Both the State of New York and U.S. Department of Education require periodic measurement of a student’s academic progress to determine eligibility for future financial aid. Since the state and federal criteria differ from each other, and since these two sets of criteria also differ from SUNY Cortland's definition of “good academic standing,” it is necessary to have separate and distinct academic standards for continued eligibility for financial aid. These standards are listed in some detail in the Undergraduate Catalog and the Graduate Catalog.
Because these sets of standards are fundamentally different and because the financial aid standards are applicable only to aid recipients, the Financial Aid Office is responsible for calculation, notification and enforcement of the financial aid academic standards. The Financial Aid Office also recruits and maintains a committee to hear appeals from students with exceptional or unusual mitigating circumstances. Members of the Financial Aid Office professional staff shall represent a minority of that committee.
The actions of the Financial Aid Office and the Appeals Committee on Academic Eligibility for Financial Aid are independent of any actions taken by the academic offices, the deans and the associate deans. Financial aid recipients should always be advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office prior to taking actions (such as withdrawals or course incompletes) which may have an effect on their aid eligibility.
SUNY Cortland’s academic standards policy is dependent upon the student’s grade point average achievement in each semester – semester by semester – rather than a cumulative grade point average. The same standards apply to all undergraduates except those designated as Education Opportunity Program (EOP) students.
A. Academic Probation: All SUNY Cortland students with a cumulative grade point average between 1.01 and 1.99 will be placed on academic probation. They will receive a notice of academic probation from the associate dean of their school along with an academic contract notifying them of the semester grade point average needed to regain good academic standing of 2.00 cumulative grade point average, limiting their course load to no more than 15 credit hours and providing other recommendations.
Students on academic probation will be advised to curtail any activity that is detrimental to regaining good academic standing (e.g. on and off-campus employment, fraternity/sorority, resident assistant activities).
SUNY Cortland students whose semester grade point average is less than 1.01 but whose cumulative grade point average is greater than 2.00 will be placed on academic warning and advised to improve their academic performance.
B. Academic Suspension: Students who fail to meet their academic contract will be subject to academic suspension. Suspension mandates a minimum of two semesters away from campus (summer course work may be counted toward meeting one semester of the two-semester requirement). During that time, students are required to take full-time course work at another accredited college earning an overall 2.75 or higher grade point average, or be employed full time with an excellent employment record, or have an honorable record of military service.
Students whose semester grade point average is less than 1.01 will be automatically suspended. Students placed on academic suspension have the right of appeal to the Academic Standing Committee. Students who are reinstated after appeal or upon return from suspension will be placed on academic probation with an academic contract.
First-semester freshmen and first-semester transfer students with a cumulative grade point average of less than 1.01 will be automatically suspended but will be eligible for expedited appeal through their respective associate dean. Those students reinstated following expedited appeal of suspension will be placed on academic probation with an academic contract. They must meet expectations outlined above for students on probation.
C. Academic Dismissal: Students who are reinstated following academic suspension and fail to meet their academic contract will be subject to academic dismissal, with the right of appeal to the Academic Standing Committee. Students who are academically dismissed are ineligible to apply for readmission for a minimum of three years.
Note: Any academic contract, whether signed by the student or not, will be in effect for the term in question and will supersede other probation and suspension policies. Grounds for appeal will be mitigating circumstances such as death in the family, injury or illness requiring hospitalization and other special circumstances.
Academic contracts are targeted for students to achieve good academic standing (2.00 cumulative grade point average). Attaining this grade point average, however, may not be sufficient to allow entry into some majors. Students should check with their department for specific cumulative grade point average entry requirements.
Full-time students are permitted a maximum of one and one half times the normal length of time to complete their degree for financial aid purposes. For students attending on less than a full-time basis, the scale will be adjusted accordingly. Any student who is not in good academic standing should always check with the Financial Aid Office to determine their individual financial status. (See the financial aid section of the the College Catalog for an explanation of financial aid implications.)
An Academic Standing Committee will consider student appeals to academic suspension and dismissal. Since granting of an appeal is not automatic, it is intended only to accommodate extraordinary or unusual situations. The committee will convene in January, May and August of each academic year to consider student appeals and review pertinent documentation of mitigating circumstances provided by the student. The student must also provide the committee with a written plan for achieving academic success.
Decisions of the Academic Standing Committee are final. If the Academic Standing Committee grants the appeal, the student will be allowed to return for the next semester on academic probation. Students are only eligible for one appeal as an undergraduate student.
Graduate Students: For graduate students, SUNY Cortland's probation-dismissal policy is dependent upon the student's cumulative grade point average (GPA). The same probation-dismissal standards apply to all graduate students, regardless of their financial aid status:
Students enrolled in a master's degree or certificate of advanced study program are required to maintain a minimum 2.80 cumulative grade point average in graduate work. Students whose cumulative grade point average remains below 2.80 for two consecutive terms of enrollment may be dismissed from the university.
A graduate student subject to academic dismissal may appeal to the school associate dean if there are mitigating circumstances. A further appeal may be directed to the provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Although scholarship is the primary obligation for the university and the student, the SUNY Cortland faculty recognizes and endorses the enriching experience gained through participation in campus organizations and activities. These are universally accepted as part of higher education. Thus SUNY Cortland does not deny students placed on academic probation the educational and vocational benefits derived from non-classroom activities.
Students on probation are urged to improve their standing through tutorial help, remedial reading programs, study and writing courses, and student-sponsored living center programs for intellectual advancement.
Undergraduate students are identified by class year in accordance with the number of semester hours of credit earned toward graduation as follows:
Students are reminded, however, that ordinarily they are expected to register for a full load of courses each semester and that normal semester loads differ from one curriculum to another.
Candidates matriculated for undergraduate degrees who interrupt their education at SUNY Cortland and later wish to return must formally apply to be readmitted. An official leave of absence is not considered an interruption in enrollment. A student who has applied to graduate and has not completed degree requirements, and fails to register for a full calendar year from the end of the last semester of enrollment, must seek readmission before returning to classes at Cortland, or seeking graduation from Cortland.
Readmitted students re-enter SUNY Cortland under the catalog at the time of readmission and are, therefore, responsible for all university requirements, including the Cortland General Education requirements, SUNY and NYSED requirements, and all other major requirements in effect at the time of readmission. Students readmitted to Cortland are not eligible to waive additional general education requirements. Appeals concerning readmission questions can be made to the appropriate dean.
Students who have been dismissed for academic reasons ordinarily will not be eligible for readmission until at least three years have passed since their dismissal. Previous academic achievement at SUNY Cortland, grades received for college work completed elsewhere, and the circumstances under which the student left Cortland are all considered in the readmissions process. Also considered may be length of time away from Cortland, military service, and/or employment experience.
A condition of readmission may be “successful academic performance” — 2.75 cumulative grade point average — at another regionally accredited institution. Transcripts from other institutions attended must be included with the readmission application.
|Semester||Automatically on Probation||Subject to Dismissal|
|Semester I||Below 1.50||Below 1.00|
|Semester II||Below 1.75||Below 1.50|
|Semester III||Below 2.00||Below 1.75|
|Semester IV||Below 2.00|
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) makes available academic and personal counseling to students. The program provides an intensive and comprehensive tutorial program utilizing peer and professional tutors. The above services are in addition to services available through the Counseling Center, The Learning Center and other offices.
EOP students will be advised by program counselors for their first registration at SUNY Cortland. All subsequent advisement and registration will be conducted by
1. Progress reports are presented to the director throughout the semester from:
2. Director of Programs
Students who are dismissed for academic ineligibility or who are required to attend summer school may appeal such decisions to the dean of their school.
Students withdrawing from SUNY Cortland will be assigned a grade of W in all courses in which students are enrolled. It is the student's responsibility to officially clear all records and obligations to receive official separation. The official withdrawal form and procedures for filing may be obtained from the associate dean in the school of the student's major.
Students who decide not to return to Cortland are responsible for notifying Student Registration and Record Services in writing to avoid tuition and fee liability problems and to release seats to fellow students. Students who withdraw from SUNY Cortland, or who fail to register, will be required to readmit before being allowed to register. If the university is in session, the withdrawal form should be completed with the associate dean. Failure to do so will delay any refunds the student may be eligible to receive
Students who have withdrawn after midterm or failed to register ordinarily will not be considered for readmission until a minimum of one full semester (fall, spring, summer) has passed.
Occasionally, a student's physical or emotional condition may interfere with their educational progress and may be disruptive to classroom or out-of-class environments. SUNY Cortland maintains a Student Health Service and Counseling Center to attend to the short-term medical and psychological needs of students. Students whose needs extend beyond the response capabilities of these campus services will be referred to off-campus facilities when appropriate and available. However, a student who cannot adequately be helped by available resources and whose medical or psychological condition, in the judgment of the university's professional staff, renders them unable to function at SUNY Cortland, may be required to withdraw from the university. The vice president for student affairs will inform the president of such occurrences. The procedures are on file in the Vice President for Student Affairs Office.
A university faculty or staff member who encounters a student having physical or emotional difficulties beyond the ability of the staff member to handle shall normally refer the student to the university's Student Health Service or the Counseling Center as appropriate. The staff member may also inform the Vice President for Student Affairs' Office of the referral. Referral means suggesting to the student that they visit the appropriate referral center for assistance and may include a telephone call to that resource to provide appropriate background information.
When the vice president for student affairs receives notification in any of these three instances from the Counseling and Wellness Services, the vice president may seek other professional opinions as deemed appropriate. Opinions sought may include, but are not limited to, those of an academic advisor or residence hall director or, in the case of graduate students, the graduate coordinator. If possible, the vice president will then confer with the student. The vice president, or designee, may consult with the student's parent, spouse, or guardian as needed. If, in the judgment of the vice president for student affairs, the student is unable to adequately function as a member of the SUNY Cortland community and/or the student is seriously disrupting others' ability to function as members of this community, the vice president for student affairs may recommend to the student that they withdraw from SUNY Cortland for a specified period of time. If the student declines to withdraw from SUNY Cortland, the vice president may effect the initiation of disciplinary action against the student and may also invoke an interim suspension pending a formal hearing.
(Approved by President Clark Feb. 23, 1994)
Grades are reported to Student Registration and Record Services, from which the official SUNY Cortland transcript is issued. Effective Fall 2008, all enrolled students (undergraduate and graduate) will be charged a $5 per semester transcript fee. Any student enrolled at SUNY Cortland prior to Fall 2008 will be “grandfathered” as a former student and receive unlimited official transcripts as a “lifetime service.” Refer to the Student Registration and Record Services website for detailed information on how to request an official transcript. Following degree conferral, all students receive an official SUNY Cortland transcript that is mailed with the diploma after graduation. SUNY Cortland reserves the right to deny transcripts to any student who is delinquent in an obligation to the university.
Leave of absence for a specific period of time may be granted to a student in good academic standing — not subject to academic suspension, dismissal or probation. A student applying for leave of absence must give a definite date for return to SUNY Cortland and must register within one academic year of the date of leaving the university.
A student not returning to register within a specific time will be classified as an official withdrawal.
Application for leave of absence must be made to the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled. To affect the current semester, the application must be made by the last day of classes.
All students requesting a medical leave of absence or a medical withdrawal for documented medical reasons will have their paperwork processed through the Student Health Service. This process can be initiated by any Student Health Service clinician, but must be approved by the Student Health Service physician.
Students requesting a medical leave of absence or a medical withdrawal for documented psychological reasons may have their paperwork processed through the Counseling Center. This process can be initiated by any counselor but must be approved by the director of counseling and wellness services or their designee.
All students receiving a medical leave or a medical withdrawal will have the differences between these two options explained to them and will have a chance to ask questions regarding these options. Once a decision is made, students will be asked to sign a statement agreeing to the conditions, if any, of their leave or withdrawal.
(Approved by President's Cabinet October 2010)
While the curriculum at SUNY Cortland undergoes frequent review and new courses are established, undergraduate students are assured that requirements for graduation will remain unchanged for those who enroll in the university and complete their undergraduate programs without interruption. Graduate students are assured that requirements for graduation will remain unchanged for those who enroll in the university and complete their graduate program within five years of the first course completed. An official leave of absence is not considered an interruption of enrollment. A change of major or program may result in additional required course work for the new major or program and, for undergraduate students, the need to meet certain grade point criteria as determined by the new department's published requirements at the time of the change in major.
SUNY Cortland, of course, reserves the right to change the academic calendar, fees and requirements, other than those for degrees. Such changes become effective when adopted.
All candidates for the bachelor's degree must complete a degree order card.
Undergraduate and graduate students completing all degree requirements within the current academic year are eligible to apply for conferral. Undergraduate students must be completing within the academic year, and also must have earned at least 90 credit hours.
All candidates for degrees should apply by the following dates in the year in which the degree will be awarded.
Students filing after the deadlines may not be listed in the Commencement program and may experience other delays in receiving certificates, diplomas or verifications of graduation.
Students seeking teacher certification must also complete the TEACH Authorization process and sign up for a TEACH account on the New York State Department of Education Teacher Certification website.
Students seeking professional certification or licensure must also complete the licensing application process on the New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions website.
Retroactive degrees cannot be awarded due to federal and state reporting and financial aid regulations. Students failing to apply for degree conferral before the official degree date may be required to receive the degree in a subsequent term.
All candidates for the master's degree or certificates of advanced study must complete a graduation application. Graduation applications and other information are mailed to potential master's degree recipients with at least 18 hours toward the degree for the ensuing year in October. All candidates for the master's degree should file their completed applications with Student Registration and Record Services by March 1 of the year in which the degree will be received. This applies to May, August and December candidates. Those filing after the deadline may not be listed in the Commencement program and may experience other delays in receiving certificates, diplomas and verifications of graduation. Those completing Teacher Certification Programs must complete a New York State Certificate Application and pay all mandated fees.
Honors at graduation are awarded students whose quality point average meets the following standards: summa cum laude, 3.75 and above; magna cum laude, 3.5 to 3.749; cum laude, 3.2 to 3.499. All such awards of honors must have the approval of the faculty. Transfer students must complete either the equivalent of two full academic years, including at least 40 quality point credit hours, or 45 quality point credit hours at SUNY Cortland to be eligible for honors at graduation.
SUNY Cortland’s annual Honors Convocation is held for the express purpose of honoring academic excellence. Therefore, awards presented at the convocation should be limited to the most academically prestigious awards recognized by the university. The following guidelines should be followed in determining which awards to present at the convocation and in selecting undergraduate student awardees:
(Approved by President Bitterbaum, Nov. 23, 2004; revisions approved by President Bitterbaum and President's Cabinet, March 28, 2016)
A minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework as well as half of the major, minor and/or concentration must be completed in residency at Cortland to earn a Cortland bachelor's degree. Any school of the university may designate special requirements that may not be taken elsewhere.
State University of New York Board of Trustees
(Issued June 1999)
The honorary doctorate degree is the highest form of recognition offered by the State University of New York to persons of exceptional distinction.
To recognize excellence in the fields of public affairs, the sciences, humanities and the arts, scholarship and education, business and philanthropy, and social services that exemplify the mission and purposes of the State University of New York;
To honor meritorious and outstanding service to SUNY, the State of New York, the United States or to humanity at large;
To recognize persons whose lives serve as examples of SUNY's aspirations for its students.
The Board of Trustees shall award all honorary degrees in the name of the State University of New York. As authorized by law and in accordance with the Rules of the Board of Regents, the State University Board of Trustees has selected to offer the following registered honorary degrees: Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.), Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.), Doctor of Laws (LL.D), Doctor of Letters (Litt.D), Doctor of Music (Mus.D.) and Doctor of Science (Sc.D.).
The specific honorary degree awarded shall be appropriate to the nature of the attainment that is being recognized.
The basis for the selection of a degree recipient shall be consistent with the Purposes of Honorary Degrees stated above.
The nominee must be distinguished, and the person's achievements must be both relevant and appropriate to the nominating campus. Eligibility for nomination is restricted to persons of state, national or international stature. Nominees who have made extraordinary contributions to the nominating campus can also be considered, but must have made significant contributions beyond that single institution and their local region. Service to the University is not sufficient justification for the awarding of an honorary degree.
Honorary degrees shall be conferred at SUNY ceremonies authorized by the Board of Trustees, including commencement exercises. The presentation of honorary degrees may also be permitted outside the normal procedures in unusual circumstances, such as to recognize visiting dignitaries and, in other special cases, as recommended to the Board by the chancellor.
Honorary degrees may be awarded in absentia, but only upon recommendation to the Board by the chancellor in the case of extraordinary and compelling circumstances. In the event of unexpected inability to appear at the scheduled time, the conferral may be postponed to the next appropriate ceremony, provided that the degree is conferred within one year after being authorized. A degree may be awarded posthumously if a recipient dies after notification of selection but before the ceremony.
The Board of Trustees shall determine the number of honorary degrees to be awarded in any academic year, with a maximum of 75. Subject to this authority, the chancellor may issue additional guidelines on numbers of degrees to be awarded.
Because the proliferation of honorary degrees may tend to diminish the prestige that SUNY attaches to these awards, campuses should limit the number of nominations to as few as possible. In no case shall a campus submit more than five nominations. It should be remembered that the total number of honorary degrees to be awarded statewide is limited to 75.
Coordination of the selection and nomination process for honorary degree recipients is the responsibility of the campus president who shall empanel an advisory committee and review thoroughly that committee's recommendations. Throughout the procedure, the utmost care should be taken to ensure confidentiality. To verify the qualifications of nominees, campus nominating committees should consult confidentially with appropriate academic departments for review of proposed candidates.
Dismissal: When a student has been dismissed for behavioral reasons, upon notification by the vice president for student affairs, the university registrar will automatically place the notation "dismissed after a finding of responsibility for a Code of Conduct violation" on the academic transcript. This notation will remain on the academic transcript permanently.
Suspension: When a student has been suspended for behavioral reasons, upon notification by the vice president for student affairs, the university registrar will automatically place the notation "suspended after a finding of responsibility for a Code of Conduct violation" on the academic transcript. For suspensions related to crimes of violence, hazing or other serious violations, the notation will permanently remain on the transcript. For others, the notation will remain on the academic transcript at least for the period of suspension plus one year. At that time, the student may petition to have the notation removed. The vice president for student affairs may have the notation restored if the individual becomes involved in any disciplinary incident on campus or in any criminal action in connection with SUNY Cortland.
Notification: This information will be communicated to the student at the time of the initial notification of suspension/dismissal notification.
Discipline Action Pending: For alleged policy violations, the director of student conduct can direct that a Banner Hold be implemented for students who withdraw or leave SUNY Cortland prior to disposition of the alleged violation. A notation of “withdrew, with conduct charged pending” will appear on the academic transcript. At the request of the student, arrangements can be made to dispose of the violations during their separation. If not, appropriate action will be taken upon the student’s return to SUNY Cortland. The notation will remain on the transcript until appropriate disposition of the violation has been made.
Vacated Decision: If a finding of responsibility is vacated, for any reason, any such transcript notation shall be removed.
(Revised July 2015)
For more serious alleged policy violations, the director of student conduct can recommend to the vice president for student affairs that a Banner hold be implemented for students who may leave SUNY Cortland prior to disposition of the alleged violation. At the request of the student, arrangements can be made to dispose of the violations during their separation. If not, appropriate action will be taken upon the student's return to Cortland. The notation will remain on the transcript until appropriate disposition of the violation has been made.
(Approved Aug. 31, 1999)
(Approved by President Bitterbaum May 22, 2006)
SUNY Cortland may award a degree posthumously when a student has completed a substantial portion of the requirements for the degree and was in good academic standing at the time of death, as determined by the student’s major department and at the discretion of the president of the university. The degree would be awarded in recognition of the student’s work and as a source of solace to the student’s family.
(Approved by the Educational Policy Committee April 9, 2010)
The president is authorized with SUNY approval to establish a schedule of reasonable fines, fees, deposits and charges for violation of institutional regulations, late registrations, damage and breakage and special services. (Trustees, Jan. 22, 1963)
SUNY Cortland reserves the right to charge a nominal service fee in cases when students, through negligence, fail to meet certain administrative appointments important to the conduct of university business or to abide by publicly announced university deadlines.
The payment of all fees and assessments is as directed by SUNY Cortland officials. Fees and assessments are due as indicated on billing statements. Students who register for the fall semester during the official registration period are billed in July with payment due in early August. Advance registrants for the spring semester will be billed in mid-December with payment due in early January. Summer advance registrants will be billed in late April with payment due in early May. Winter term registrants' bills will be mailed in late November with payment due in early December.
Students may register in person after web registration closes. They must be prepared to make payment arrangements or show proof of financial aid sufficient to cover their charges at that time.
Bills for semester charges are mailed to the student's permanent address on record. Students are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of their billing (permanent) address, telephone number and email address. Any special arrangements for billing to any address other than the permanent address must be made in writing in advance of the semester and approved by Student and College Financial Services.
Semester bills reflect charge and financial aid information as of print date. Actual approved financial aid awards, except for Federal Work-Study, may be used to defer university charges. Deferral of billed charges against financial aid is dependent upon meeting all academic requirements, completion of all necessary paperwork and confirmation on documentation from funding sources. The student remains fully liable for payment of all charges. Students are responsible for account balances and late fees if aid awards do not become actual, are reduced, or removed for any reason.
Confirmation of attendance is required of all advance registered students via mail or online on or before bill due date. Failure to confirm attendance and submit valid deferral or payment could result in the deletion of your class schedule. Postmark on or after the due date of the bill constitutes late payment. Students are responsible for ensuring payments are received prior to the required due date. Late payment fees are assessed on a per bill basis at the rate approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees up to $50, or the amount of outstanding obligation, whichever is less depending on the amount of the outstanding obligation.
Students registering at the start of the semester — open registration — or during add/drop are required to make payment arrangements at that time. Students registering at this time will be assuming financial responsibility for their courses. Failure to confirm attendance or attend classes will not result in removal of liability for charges.
Payments may be made in person, via mail or online using BannerWeb for students. We accept cash, checks, Master Card, Visa and Discover. Students may create permission for parents to pay all or part of their bills online. However, the student is responsible for ensuring that financial responsibility is accepted with either online confirmation or attendance or return of the confirmation/remittance portion of the semester billing statement with signature.
To assist students and parents in meeting financial obligations, SUNY Cortland offers a monthly payment plan. The plan consists of dividing the net balance due on the semester bill into five equal installments. This option may be selected when the initial semester bills are due. The nonrefundable enrollment fee is $35 per semester and must be included with the first payment. Subsequent payments are due the 15th of each following month. If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, payments are due the next immediate business day. Due to their short duration, there is no monthly plan available for Winter or Summer term.
Payments not received by the due date are subject to the assessment of a late fee. Payment plan enrollment is for the current semester only. Students who fail to enroll during the first month of the plan will be required to make up any missed payments. All payment plans end the last month of the semester and must be paid in full. SUNY Cortland reserves the right to deny future participation to students who fail to remain current or complete their payment plans.
Fees and assessments are due as indicated on billing statements. Other accrued debts owed to SUNY Cortland, or any agency thereof, must be paid prior to registration. If the registration occurs in error, SUNY Cortland reserves the right to cancel current registrations for prior unpaid obligations. SUNY Cortland is required to withhold all information regarding the records of students in arrears for the payment of fees or other charges. This will include withholding of transcripts, prohibiting future registration, recognition of completion of course work, or granting of degrees.
State law requires SUNY Cortland to engage in collection activity on delinquent accounts. Accounts remaining unpaid at the end of the term may be referred to outside collection agencies, the New York State Attorney General, or to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. These agencies may add interest, collection fees, court and other costs to the outstanding obligation. Interest may be assessed by collection agencies or the attorney general at the corporate underpayment rate set by the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance, compounded daily on the outstanding principal balance. In addition, collection fees of up to 22 percent of the debt, including interest, may be added.
The student admission deposit of $50, billed at the time of acceptance, is credited toward the payment of tuition.
A room deposit of $150 is required, and new students are billed at the same time as the admission deposit. Returning students are required to pay a $150 room deposit prior to on-campus housing room selection.
For current undergraduate and graduate costs for New York State and non-New York State residents, visit the Student Accounts Office webpage. Under State University of New York policy, students must have resided in New York state for one year before entering college and satisfy other residency requirements as determined by the State University of New York to qualify for in-state tuition rates. Tuition and costs are subject to change without notice pending state budget or university action.
The College Fee is $25 per year or $12.50 per semester. The fee is required under administrative policy of State University of New York and is not refundable.
Student Health Service provides ambulatory health care to students so that they may participate successfully in the academic and extracurricular programs of their choice. The Mandatory Health Fee has been incorporated into the Program Service Charge.
While health insurance is not required to attend SUNY Cortland, Student Health Service strongly recommends that all students have adequate health insurance that covers medical care in the Cortland and surrounding area. Having no health insurance puts students at very high financial risk in the event of an unforeseen illness or injury. In addition, many managed care plans from other areas do not cover care provided in Cortland other than emergency care. This means you could receive expensive bills for services that Student Health Service cannot provide such as laboratory studies or X-ray tests. The university will provide a student health insurance plan option for those students who do not have adequate coverage.
Detailed information regarding health insurance coverage, rates, waivers and due dates are available on the Student and College Financial Services website.
In accordance with NCAA regulations, Cortland athletics team members must show proof of coverage at or before their initial team practice. Student-athletes who need to utilize the SUNY Cortland Health Insurance Plan may contact the university carrier for instructions on obtaining a health insurance ID card. Student Health Service may also provide temporary ID cards for in-person pickup only.
Inbound international F-1 and J-1 visa holders, international exchange students and those students enrolled in outbound study abroad programs must meet SUNY's minimum standards for health insurance coverage and may be required to purchase the SUNY Board of Trustees mandated plan. Waivers out of the SUNY mandatory International Student Health Insurance plan are possible for outbound study abroad students, and are handled through the International Programs Office. All students studying abroad on a SUNY Cortland program must purchase Medical Evacuation and Repatriation insurance. Per SUNY policy, international student waivers out of the plan are only possible in limited circumstances.
Disclaimer (per SUNY Policy): “Neither the State of New York, through its agents, nor the State University of New York through its agents and employees, is responsible in any manner whatsoever for the payment of any claim for health-related services provided to individuals covered under this insurance policy. The State of New York and State University of New York are not responsible for obligations incurred by individuals who are not covered by this insurance policy. All individuals participating in State University’s health insurance program described herein are responsible for reviewing all descriptions of the scope and level of coverage offered by this policy. Such participants will be solely responsible for obtaining additional coverage not provided under this program if such is deemed necessary by the participant.”
(SUNY Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies, and Professional Programs and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business, Memorandum to Presidents, “Guidelines for the Implementation of Health Insurance Coverage for International Exchange, Research, and Study Programs, Vol. 86, No. 9, June 5, 1986)
The Program Service Charge is required of all students enrolled in credit-bearing course work and is designed to incorporate various normally required fees and charges including athletic, student health services, technology, transportation and student activity, into one consolidated and streamlined charge. It is acknowledged that all students will not equally participate in each of the component fees but will receive equivalent overall benefit from the universally available services enhancing the campus life experience. Certain special and remote site programs may be exempt from some parts of the Program Service Charge.
Athletic: Funds intercollegiate athletics and is governed by the College Intercollegiate Athletics Board (CIAB) with equal (one-third) membership of students, faculty, administrators.
Student Health Services: Provides various health services and educational programs through the Division of Student Affairs.
Technology: Funds a variety of technology networking and access services for students, including computer labs, internet access and technical support.
Student Activity: Governed by the Student Government Association (SGA), which manages allocations and expenditures, funds student clubs and organizations, student fitness center memberships, special cultural and social events.
Transportation: Supports the enhanced on-campus bus shuttle service and provides free student vehicle parking at the Route 281 parking lot. Students must pay a vehicle registration fee.
Board and room expenses vary, depending on accommodations and the meal plan chosen by the student.
Students are required to register their vehicles with the University Police Department. Parking permit prices are listed on the Parking Operations and Security Services Office website.
All students are expected to academically and financially register on or before the start of the semester as specified in the university calendar. If for any reason this is impossible, special permission for late academic registration must be obtained from the appropriate school associate dean. A fee of $40 will be charged for late academic registration and $50 for late payment.
Students who withdraw from SUNY Cortland before the semester begins or after the semester is underway may be entitled to a refund of all or part of charges, deposits, and fees paid. Students incur liability based on the length of the academic term and the date of official withdrawal. To qualify for liability adjustments and possible refund of paid amounts, students must follow SUNY Cortland's official withdrawal policy and fill out and properly submit official withdrawal from course or withdrawal from university form(s), which may be obtained at Student Registration and Record Services.
Unofficial withdrawals and student conduct terminations/suspensions do not qualify for any reduction of tuition or fee liability. Stop payment orders on checks or credit card payments do not constitute official withdrawal. Students who are denied permission to register at SUNY Cortland will be entitled to a full refund of tuition, room, and board charges. Students will receive a full refund of tuition and fees when a course is canceled by the university.
Fee liability will only be adjusted up through the end of the first week of classes.
The pre-admission deposit will not be refunded after May 1 or 30 days after acceptance to enroll, whichever is later.
In order to receive a refund of the room deposit, the student applicant must provide written notification of withdrawal from the university to the Residence Life and Housing Office by May 1 prior to the fall semester and by Nov. 1 prior to the spring semester. If individuals submit their deposit after April 1 or Oct. 1, a refund will be granted if the written request is received within 30 days of the payment of the deposit and before the first day of occupancy.
To qualify for any refund of the tuition and fee payments made to SUNY Cortland, the student is responsible for completing the appropriate forms pertaining to the action under consideration before any refund may be obtained. This action includes:
The student must complete and file the forms at Student Registration and Record Services by the deadline according to the refund schedule.
|Length of term||First Week||Second Week||Third Week||Fourth Week||Fifth Week|
|Quarter or eight-week term||100%||40%||20%||0%|
|Second day of classes||Remainder of first week||After first week|
No money shall be refunded unless application for refund is made within one year of original payment. Reduction of tuition liability is made according to SUNY Board of Trustees Policies.
There will be no tuition or fee liability for a student who withdraws to enter full-time active duty in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard of the United States. A student who is a member of a national Guard or Army, Navy, or Air Force Reserve Unit is entitled to reduced liability only if, in the judgment of a designated school official, the student is unable to attend classes due to hardship beyond the student's control and the student has made bona fide efforts to permit college attendance. Documentation of membership and official orders must be provided to SUNY Cortland prior to liability reduction. In the event that a refund is granted to a student in National Guard or Reserve status, documentation of membership, orders, and reasons for such actions shall be in writing and retained by the university (Student and College Financial Services' Office).
Tuition liability calculations are separate and distinct from financial aid eligibility calculations. Financial aid packages will be affected by applicable Federal Title IV Regulations for students who withdraw before the 60 percent completion point of the semester. Those receiving federal financial aid in the forms of guaranteed student loans, Pell, SEOG, and Perkins loans may end up losing part or all of any aid awarded and/or paid. Students who are awarded 100% reduction of tuition and fee liability are not eligible for ANY financial aid for that term. Any aid that has already been disbursed to the student must immediately be repaid to SUNY Cortland.
D. Program Service Charge: This fee is refundable at 100 percent through the first week and at zero percent thereafter.
Note: For fall and spring semester refunds, the first day of class sessions shall be considered the first day of the semester and the first week of classes shall have been deemed to have ended when seven calendar days, including the first day of scheduled classes, have elapsed.
Refunds will be made by check and mailed to the last known permanent address that the university has for the person seeking the refund. Room, tuition and board refunds require two to four weeks for processing.
Room refunds are based upon the date personal effects are removed from the room and checkout procedures have been followed. Students withdrawing from the university or released from residence after May 1 for the fall semester or Nov. 1 for the spring semester but prior to entering residence and who have prepaid room charges shall be entitled to a refund less $150 termination fee. In addition to the $150 termination fee, students who occupy a room for three weeks or less will receive a pro-rata refund based on a weekly charge for the number of weeks (or partial weeks) housed. Students who occupy a room after the Saturday following the third full week of occupancy in the residence halls will be liable for the entire semester's room rent. Terminations of the housing license due to judicial sanctioning do not receive a refund of room charges.
Dining plans can be changed through the Friday of the first full week of classes on myRedDragon or by visiting the Cortland Auxiliary office located in Neubig Hall.
The New York State Sales code governs the term for tax-exempt dining plan refunds. The code stipulates that qualified refunds for tax-exempt plans will be based on time criteria and not plan utilization. Except for reasons of dismissal or withdrawal from the university, no refunds will be authorized after the close of business on the Friday of the first full week of classes. For plans offering a fixed number of meals, refunds or credits for cancellation, based on point values, are prorated for the time remaining on the plan, from the following Friday to the end of the current dining plan schedule. Refunds for the declining balance portion of the plans are based on point values prorated for the time remaining in the current dining schedule, or the full point balance on hand if such value is lower than the prorated amount.
Refunds are coordinated with SUNY Cortland Student and College Financial Services. The dining plan refund will be applied to any balance or debt owed to SUNY Cortland or Cortland Auxiliary.
As a state-supported SUNY campus, Cortland receives approximately 37-42% of its educational and general operating budget from tax dollars with the remainder provided from tuition and fees. In addition, the residence hall program is administered on a self-sustaining basis. The following briefly describes the budget process, applicable to the state operations and residence hall (DIFR) budgets.
The state's constitution empowers the governor to require each department and agency to submit an annual budget request. The governor then prepares and submits an annual Executive Budget to the Legislature prior to February 1 of the fiscal year preceding the year in which the funds are to be expended. The Legislature may pass, reduce, eliminate, or add items to the budget subject to the governor's veto. The New York State fiscal year is from April through March, SUNY's is from July through June.
Deficiency budgets may be submitted through State University and the Executive Branch for Legislative action for unanticipated needs of the current fiscal year. Supplemental budgets may be submitted through State University and the Executive Branch for Legislative action for needs of the forthcoming fiscal year which could not be presented in the Executive Budget.
In addition to the above, employee bargaining units offer tuition assistance and/or space-available waivers. Contact the bargaining unit representative or the Human Resources Office.
The following briefly summarizes employee fringe benefits. Additional information on all benefits programs is available through the Human Resources Office.
NYS Employees' Retirement System — classified or faculty
NYS Teachers' Retirement System — faculty only
Optional Retirement Program — only full-time faculty/professionals and part-time with term appointment
Investments available through:
Deferred compensation and tax deferred annuities are available through a variety of vendors depending upon employee group.
Employees are eligible to join the Summit Federal Credit Union and the Cornell Finger Lakes Community Credit Union.
Employees can have paychecks directly deposited at most banking institutions.
Local educators who host SUNY Cortland student teachers and practicum students are designated as faculty associates and are entitled to a variety of professional courtesies from the university. Examples include access to Memorial Library, use of the Student Life Center and other fitness and recreation facilities at faculty rates, access to campus events at faculty rates and a special Cortland ID with faculty associate designation (see 435.06). Interested individuals may find out more about the faculty associate designation and its benefits by calling the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office at 607-753-2824.
The SUNY Card, the university’s official photo identification card, is a multipurpose, video-imaged identification card with electronic verification capability. The SUNY Card provides access to student residence halls, meal plans, library services and network printing and copying. The SUNY Card also is used for the Cortland Auxiliary Connections account, which can be used for The Campus Store purchases, vending machines, laundry, as well as food purchases both on campus and at participating off-campus restaurants. SUNY Cards are required for all students, faculty and staff and must be presented for all card transactions.
With appropriate documentation, the SUNY Card is issued by Cortland Auxiliary to all students, employees, retirees, members of the College Council, Alumni Association Board, Cortland College Foundation, employees of Cortland Auxiliary, Child Care Center, Research Foundation, faculty associates, and spouses, domestic partners and dependent family members of cardholders. Dependent family members are defined as dependent children (under age 19; if a full-time student, under age 25) and other legal dependents.
A staff/student SUNY Card will be issued to staff who are enrolled as SUNY Cortland students in exchange for their staff card. The staff/student SUNY Card will have an expiration date of August 31, and Cortland Auxiliary will revalidate the SUNY Card each fall at no cost as long as the staff member remains enrolled as a SUNY Cortland student. When the staff member is no longer taking classes, they will return the staff/student SUNY Card to Cortland Auxiliary, and Cortland Auxiliary will re-issue a staff SUNY Card at no charge.
Other individuals who have a legitimate relationship with the campus may be eligible for a SUNY Card (e.g., students from other schools completing an internship at SUNY Cortland, NYPIRG representatives stationed on campus, international visiting scholars, volunteers who have been officially appointed). Eligibility for a SUNY Card for such individuals will be authorized by the appropriate vice president.
Presentation of the official SUNY Card admits cardholders to many campus and home athletic events. Cardholders may also receive discounts on ticket purchases for university programs and events. Dependent cardholders are required to pay admission to athletic events.
Cards may be obtained upon presentation of eligibility and another form of photo identification at the Cortland Auxiliary office in Neubig Hall during normal business hours. A charge is imposed for the replacement of any lost or mutilated cards.
Business cards are available to current university faculty and staff for business use only. SUNY Cortland provides business cards with personal information, such as home address, home phone or personal cell phone numbers only for individuals who work off campus, such as student teacher supervisors, with departmental approval.
For specific information regarding payroll, please contact the Business Office - Payroll. For specific information regarding personnel and fringe benefit matters, please contact the Human Resources Office.
Faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to use university-issued Procurement Cards (p-card) for purchases that are below set thresholds. If a purchase will not be made with a p-card, departments are required to submit an approved requisition to the Purchasing and Accounts Payable Office. Use of Office of General Services (OGS) state contracts also is encouraged. Departments should consult with the Purchasing and Accounts Payable Office for purchases of commodities or services that are not on State Contract and may exceed $20,000.
For specific information on purchasing of goods or services, please contact the Business Office or refer to the Business Office Purchasing Procedures on file in departmental offices and on the Business Office webpage.
As a New York State agency, SUNY Cortland purchasing policies adhere to state and SUNY guidelines and follow generally accepted purchasing practice. The Business Office — Purchasing and Accounts Payable Office is authorized to commit appropriated funds for goods and services and seeks to gain the highest possible value for purchased goods and services. All agreements and contracts involving departments must be reviewed and approved by the Purchasing and Accounts Payable Office.
In compliance with NYS Executive Order No. 21 and SUNY M/WBE policies, all supervisors are encouraged to purchase from certified M/WBE vendors (listing available in the Business Office) in making open-market purchases. Lower price (except where there is documented evidence of M/WBE prices exceeding 10% of competitive vendors) from a non-M/WBE vendor may not be sufficient justification for choosing a non-M/WBE vendor.
The following are relevant excerpts from the Comptroller's Rules and Regulations. Reimbursement at normal rates for travel expenses incurred by persons attending interviews for positions for which there can be documented a shortage of qualified candidates is allowable as follows:
Under certain circumstances, cost of food and beverages can be considered an appropriate expenditure, through the use of both New York State and Research Foundation funds. Faculty and staff must adhere to the following guidelines:
A complete set of guidelines governing the authorized purchase of food and beverages with State or Research Foundation funds can be obtained from the Business Office.
Audio/video content that represents SUNY Cortland should be produced and published in a way that reinforces the SUNY Cortland Brand. The Policy for Official Video provides instruction on planning and publishing video projects. The Promotional Video Guide provides guidance for content producers on subjects such as accessibility and style. For more information, consult the SUNY Cortland Brand Identity Guide.
SUNY Cortland's Web Policy applies to information:
In many instances, SUNY Cortland's website is governed by the same policies that regulate similar operations across the university, such as campus advertising policies in the College Handbook, style guidelines in the SUNY Cortland Brand Identity Guide and the Code of Student Conduct. Policies that are specific to use of the website are found in the Website Guide under Web Policy.
This policy governs the creation, administration and presentation of the Electronic Master Calendar. The Electronic Master Calendar is the central repository of all campus events and is part of the university’s event management and space scheduling system. Space scheduling and other event management functions are addressed in Chapter 440 of the College Handbook.
The Electronic Master Calendar is the master repository of all campus events. Events are presented via the web or through myRedDragon in the form of calendars.
Event Management System (EMS): SUNY Cortland’s centralized software program designed for scheduling events, facility reservations and electronic master calendaring. EMS is maintained by Information Resources.
Electronic Master Calendar: The central repository within EMS where all events are stored.
Event Requestor: A faculty or staff member who uses EMS to request a facility for the purpose of scheduling an event.
Events: All happenings of the campus – meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences, performances, gallery events, graduation, sporting events, recreational events, academic events, due dates/deadlines, open enrollment, etc.
Event Types: Each event within EMS is categorized by event type. This is a required field when an event requestor schedules an event. Web users can then create filters to customize their view of the calendar by event type.
Event Description: Event description is a memo field that may be completed by the event requestor in order to provide additional information about the event. This information will display on a calendar when the user mouses over the event.
Space Manager: Campus spaces are managed by offices or individuals as pre-defined by the university. Within EMS, each space has an assigned space manager. Space managers approve/deny space requests and manage their space’s room features, setup options, hours of availability, etc.
Calendars: EMS events are presented to web users as calendars. Examples include the Featured Events Calendar and the myRedDragon Calendar.
Calendar Manager: Each calendar is managed by one or more individuals.
Calendar Presentation: Calendars may be “fixed” or “personalized.”
Fixed Calendar Presentation: The calendar presents a set of events that may not be filtered by users.
Personalized Calendar Presentation: The calendar presents a set of events; however, web users may create filters to personalize the presentation.
Featured Events Calendar: This is the calendar that appears on the SUNY Cortland homepage. The Communications Office manages this calendar.
myRedDragon Calendar: This calendar appears on the Home tab within myRedDragon and can be personalized by users. Filters set by the user are automatically saved. Information Resources manages this calendar.
Event requestors may schedule an event and request a facility online by logging into EMS through myRedDragon. The Event requestor must complete the online form requirements before an event will be added to EMS. Facility requests are not automatically granted, and will be routed to the appropriate space manager for consideration. Space requests are not approved until they receive confirmation from the space manager. (See Chapter 440 for more information about facility requests.)
Events must have an associated department or campus organization. The event requestor must have appropriate representative authority for the department or organization.
Event type is a required field the event requestor must complete during scheduling. Event type is a pre-defined category list that is used by calendar managers and web users to filter the presentation of their calendars.
Event description is a memo field that may be completed to provide additional information about the event. This information will display on a calendar when the user mouses over the event. Information in this field must comply with SUNY Cortland guidelines provided in student, faculty and staff handbooks, the Brand Identity Guide, relevant university policies, and state and federal laws and regulations.
Event requestors submit their event for the calendar during the scheduling process. The online reservation form includes the ability to submit an event for inclusion on the myRedDragon Calendar (automatically granted) and the ability to submit an event to be included on the Featured Events Calendar. The Communications Office will review the event for inclusion on the Featured Events Calendar (see Chapter 461 of the College Handbook).
All university-owned/operated facilities are listed within the myRedDragon Room Reservation System for scheduling and adding events to the calendar. Event requestors may request that their SUNY Cortland event that is taking place outside of university-owned/operated facilities be considered for inclusion on the myRedDragon Calendar by sending an email with all of the event details to Information Resources.
Web users may customize the myRedDragon Calendar that appears on the home tab within myRedDragon. Using the filter button, the web user may select events of interest and save the setting. At any time, the web user may change or remove filter settings and see all public events.
(Approved by President's Cabinet June 25, 2012)
This policy governs the creation and administration of SUNY Cortland’s Featured Events, which is integrated with the SUNY Cortland homepage and the web content management system. Featured Events provides a platform for publishing events intended for the campus community and the general public.
This policy establishes a framework and a process for publishing consistent, accurate and timely information about the campus. It also intends to:
Content Management System (CMS): A web application for creating and managing HTML and other web files. The CMS is managed by the Marketing Office.
Event Management System (EMS): A software program designed for scheduling events and making room reservations. EMS is managed by Information Resources.
Featured Events: A component of the CMS used to promote campus events. It resides on the cortland.edu homepage and is managed by the Communications Office.
SUNY Cortland maintains a centralized system for scheduling events, space management and electronic master calendaring called Event Management System (EMS). All events are stored in a central calendaring repository within EMS. Events may appear on various electronic calendars or no calendar at all.
Featured Events is designed for the campus community and the general public. The goal is to share information about and promote university-wide events, activities and significant dates, with the intent of increasing participation in campus life.
Events submitted within EMS will be considered for inclusion in Featured Events upon review by Communications Office staff.
The director of communications, the director of marketing and the web and digital services manager will be responsible for posting events featured on the cortland.edu homepage.
Event postings must comply with SUNY Cortland guidelines provided in student, faculty and staff handbooks, the Brand Identity Guide, relevant university policies, and state and federal laws and regulations.
The director of communications, the director of marketing or the web and digital services manager reserve the right to deny event listings that do not meet the above guidelines.
(Approved by President's Cabinet June 25, 2012.)
The following priority will be used in assigning facilities:
The primary purpose of SUNY Cortland is to serve its many publics as an institution of higher education. Within this context, SUNY Cortland provides students, faculty/staff, guests, and invitees of the institution the use of campus facilities.
Recognizing that SUNY Cortland receives support from public funds, the university is committed to making its facilities as readily available for use by all groups and individuals as is consistent with its educational mission, its duties as a custodian of state resources, and its responsibility to consider the welfare of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. The intent of this policy is not to place unreasonable restrictions on use, but rather to provide for access on a basis that is both clearly defined and in the best interest of each of the constituencies to whom SUNY Cortland is obligated by policy and tradition.
An event shall not be permitted for any reason which, although in accord with the general purpose of the university, is of such character or occurs at such time or in such circumstance that it is likely to interfere or cause major conflict with any university activity, program or event. The use of SUNY Cortland facilities will be refused to any event requestor or group that abuses the privilege through destruction of property or violation of policies described in the College Handbook.
For noncredit use of facilities, the university will charge non-SUNY Cortland organizations an operational reimbursement to cover the cost of facilities on university grounds. Examples of such costs are maintenance, repair, equipment replacement and utilities. In addition to the operational reimbursement, organizations will pay for any labor, services, equipment and damage costs incurred by their programs.
Generally, SUNY Cortland departments, offices, authorized student activities and campus-related organizations will not be charged the operational reimbursement; however, charges may be levied when activities generate additional costs for labor, services, equipment, damage, etc.
B. Faculty or Staff Requests
The proposed use of space by faculty or staff for noncredit use will be subject to endorsement by the appropriate academic department chair, administrative officer or other officially recognized university unit. No authorization will be given to an individual faculty or staff member to use university facilities for an event or activity that is solely for the personal gain or pleasure of the individual.
C. Student or Student Group Requests
The proposed use of space by students and student groups will be subject to endorsement by an organization recognized by the student government and must meet criteria established by the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office.
D. Non-Discrimination Clause
There shall be no discriminatory practices in connection with any event because of race, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or sexual orientation. General use of SUNY Cortland facilities is intended primarily for official university units and officially recognized faculty, staff, student groups and campus-related organizations conducting programs consistent with university objectives. However, to further its commitment to education and public service, SUNY Cortland supports the use of university facilities by non-SUNY Cortland organizations where such use does not infringe upon, compete, delay or conflict with normal operations of the university. In making its facilities available to non-SUNY Cortland organizations, it is not the intent of the university to compete with private business enterprises having similar facilities of adequate capacity to accommodate the needs of such organizations.
SUNY Cortland is committed to increasing conference activity on campus in pursuit of the state university goal of enhancing the public and community service role of the university. In addition, conference activity contributes to the economic welfare of the community; utilizes idle buildings and facilities; adds to the vitality and even excitement of the campus; generates modest net revenue for equipment, renovation of spaces used by conferences, and other campus needs; and spreads the reputation of the campus for hospitality, good food, well-maintained buildings and facilities, superior organization and the beauty of its surroundings.
(Approved by President's Cabinet May 2, 1994)
SUNY Cortland maintains a centralized system for scheduling of events, space management and electronic master calendaring called Event Management System (EMS).
Electronic Master Calendar: All events are stored within a central calendaring repository within EMS. Events may appear on various calendars or no calendar at all. See College Handbook, Chapter 439 for more information.
Event Requestor: Campus users may schedule an event and request a facility online by logging into EMS. Events are scheduled on behalf of a campus department or organization. Therefore, event requestors must have appropriate representation authority.
Events: All happenings of the campus: meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences, performances, gallery events, graduation, sporting events, recreational events, academic events, due dates/deadlines, open enrollment, etc.
Calendars: EMS includes multiple electronic calendars: Featured Events, Dates and Deadlines, myRedDragon. Each of these calendars is managed by an appropriate office. Event requestors may ask for their event to be included on specific electronic calendars when making their request.
Buildings: EMS includes all structures and outdoor spaces that could be scheduled.
Rooms/Spaces: EMS includes all rooms, sports fields and spaces that could be scheduled.
Space Manager: Campus spaces are managed by offices or individuals as pre-defined by the university. Within EMS, each space has an assigned space manager. Space managers approve/deny space requests and manage their space’s room features, setup options, hours of availability, etc.
Room Setup Type: Some campus spaces have multiple room setup types (furniture). Users may browse a room’s setup types through the Browse Facilities functions within EMS. Event requestors must select a room setup type when requesting space.
Room Setup Time: Some room setup types require additional time to arrange the furniture prior to the event, and then time to return to the default setup. The required setup/tear-down time is automatically calculated by EMS for each setup type.
Room Features: Each room within EMS lists the features of the room: carpet, window, whiteboard, data projector, computer, etc. Catering and food and beverages are only permitted in designated spaces.
A. Scotch tape, masking tape, thumb tacks and staples are not permitted to be adhered to walls and/or windows in any campus facility. All decorations must be of fireproof materials. Exits must be kept cleared and fire prevention/safety regulations followed.
All publicity, posters, displays, public announcements, etc. must be approved by the director of campus activities and Corey Union. Unauthorized posters will be removed.
B. The use of university facilities will be refused to any event requestor or group that abuses the privilege through destruction of property or violation of policies described in the College Handbook.
SUNY Cortland and the state of New York are not liable for damages to or loss of personal property stored on the SUNY Cortland campus. Personal property is not covered absent a contractual provision that specifies protection, and there is no mechanism for the university to reimburse faculty/staff for any personal losses. It is recommended that personal property of any value be stored off-campus and/or insured privately.
(Approved by President's Cabinet Feb. 9, 1999)
All events and spaces are managed in the Event Management System (EMS). All conference rooms will be available within the myRedDragon Room Reservation System for faculty and staff to schedule unless the Facilities and Master Planning Oversight Committee (FMPOC) has approved a department’s appeal that their conference room be designated for departmental private use only. Even so, these conference rooms must also be scheduled internally through EMS.
Event requestors may schedule events and request space online in EMS by logging into myRedDragon. After the event requestor submits the completed request, the form is electronically routed to the appropriate space manager for approval. Email updates are provided along the workflow process to keep the event requestor informed of the status. If the request is approved by the space manager, the event is forwarded to the appropriate electronic calendar owner for approval. If the space request is denied by the space manager, the event requestor will be notified via email that they needs to look for a different space for the event.
Space managers may need to bump scheduled events due to a change in priority of space usage. If this is necessary, the space manager will notify the affected event requestor. The event requestor will be responsible for finding an alternative space for their event and notifying attendees of the change in location.
Some campus spaces permit multiple furniture setup options. Setup services are provided by appropriate campus departments (Corey Union, Facilities Operations and Services, Cortland Auxiliary). EMS provides the available setup types in the room setup tab when event requestors are browsing for a space. Each setup type automatically includes the needed time for setup and tear-down. If an event requestor selects a setup type that requires a longer setup time than is possible due to a preceding or later event, EMS will deny the request due to the scheduling conflict.
EMS lists additional services that may be available for each room including: catering availability, technology, specialized equipment (ex. piano), UPD security, etc. event requestors may request these services through EMS; however, the service provider (Cortland Auxiliary, Information Resources, UPD, etc.) will confirm or deny the services separately.
Event requestors may request an event be included on an electronic calendar even if the event does not require a space on campus (due dates, deadlines, etc.) The event requestor submits the event through EMS after logging into myRedDragon. After completing the event form, it will be electronically routed to the appropriate calendar manager for approval. Email updates are provided along the approval process to keep the event requestor informed of the status.
Occasionally, non-SUNY Cortland organizations seek support from the university for activities and programs that occur either in the community or on the campus. In the spirit of partnership, the university may lend support or enter into a sponsorship agreement with such non-SUNY Cortland entities.
This includes the use of university equipment off the campus or the use of university facilities at reduced or at no cost.
University sponsorship of an activity that is primarily the responsibility of a non-SUNY Cortland entity normally requires a more substantial commitment of university resources and therefore must directly promote the mission of SUNY Cortland. Program support, including the use of SUNY Cortland equipment, may be permitted without official sponsorship designation. Policies that govern the use of university equipment are found in Chapter 450 of the College Handbook.
Sponsorship requests developed by faculty, staff or students must be reviewed by the appropriate vice president for official university approval. Sponsorship requests that do not involve SUNY Cortland faculty, staff, or students must be approved by the vice president for finance and management. Once a decision is reached in either of these sponsorship situations, a copy of the decision letter needs to be sent to the director of campus activities and Corey Union.
SUNY Cortland policy requires that at any function using university facilities there must be a responsible member of the sponsoring department present throughout the event. Sponsoring departments are responsible for the conduct of those attending events and for cleanup of facility immediately after the events. All damage or loss of property must be reported the following day by a representative of the sponsoring department. The sponsoring department is responsible for all damages or losses incurred during the activity. Liaison with the appropriate space manager must be established and maintained from the time the event is scheduled until after it has been completed and all obligations fulfilled. The use of university facilities will be refused to any event requestor or group that abuses the privilege through destruction of property or violation of policies described in the College Handbook.
A. The proposed use of space by non-SUNY Cortland groups will be subject to endorsement by the director of campus activities and Corey Union. Commitments regarding use of SUNY Cortland facilities may be made only by the director of campus activities and Corey Union and only after consideration of a formal application. Individuals with room or building responsibility responding to personal or telephone inquiries concerning the type of facilities and/or services available should not convey any impression that a commitment of facilities or services has been or will be made. The individual or organization should be referred to the director of campus activities and Corey Union to complete formal application for use of facilities.
1. Required actions of the non-SUNY Cortland organization:
Non-SUNY Cortland organizations must complete a Facilities Request Form provided by the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office and should contain all necessary information including but not limited to:
2. Actions of the director of campus activities and Corey Union:
B. Requesting Space for Non-SUNY Cortland Organizations
Non-SUNY Cortland organizations may not directly access EMS to schedule an event or request space. Instead, they must complete a Facilities Request Form provided by the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office. Once this completed form is received, campus activities may delegate responsibility to the sponsoring department to coordinate the event when needed; however, the sponsoring department may not coordinate the event until they have received approval from campus activities. Should a sponsoring department receive the request first, they should refer the non-SUNY Cortland organization to complete the Facilities Request Form.
Either campus activities or the sponsoring department will need to log into EMS and complete all event and/or space requests on behalf of the non-SUNY Cortland organization. Either campus activities or the sponsoring department will be the event requestor for the non-SUNY Cortland organization’s event and have all liaison responsibilities for coordinating the event with the requested space’s space manager and all other requested services for the event. The EMS space request form shall include the sponsoring department in the “department” field and the name of the off-campus organization in the “secondary contact” fields.
C. Priority of Scheduling
All information and promotional materials prepared by a reserving organization in conjunction with an event scheduled on campus must identify the sponsoring group and must not in any way imply sponsorship by State University of New York College at Cortland unless specifically approved by the university. Public advertisements for non-SUNY Cortland organization activities shall be subject to approval by the director of campus activities and Corey Union as the president's designee. See also 440.15.
Major events that are planned to be held within a university facility or on university property and open to the SUNY Cortland community and the general public must be planned with the utmost concern for safety and security. To minimize problems associated with staging an event and also minimizing the liability to the hosts and the university, proper planning procedures are necessary.
A. Contracts and Agreements
Pre-booking discussions for outside speakers, events, concerts, etc., — those that require a contract, auditorium size or theater space, and/or technical support — should be conducted with appropriate advisors, building administrators and staff within the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office prior to any commitment being made and/or signing any contract. Once it is determined that the provisions for hosting a speaker or event on the Cortland campus can be met by the campus and our provisions for hosting the event are understood by the speaker and/or performer, a production meeting should be held with the director of campus activities and Corey Union and other appropriate personnel as needed such as public safety, Facilities Operations and Services and the building administrator.
No campus space will be reserved until the director of campus activities and Corey Union or designee has reviewed the proposed contract. It is in the best interest of the organization and/or sponsors not to sign a contract with any speaker or performer until there is certainty that the conditions of the contract can be met, including providing space, security and other technical requirements.
SUNY Cortland cannot permit any outside group to bring any form of armed security onto campus, nor can the welfare and safety of the speaker/performer or the audience be assured unless appropriate security and staffing arrangements are provided by the university. This may require the hiring of additional security, and those costs will be borne by the sponsoring group.
Campus Activities and Corey Union Office staff and University Police Department personnel will assist program sponsors in organizing a well-run, enjoyable event. In order for this to occur, every member of the SUNY Cortland community must help by following appropriate planning practices.
From time to time campus organizations sponsor events that tend to generate a great deal of controversy within the community. These situations often require special attention, not only from the sponsor, but from the university, since these programs may create an environment that may threaten the safety of those attending and/or involved.
The following guidelines are established for the handling of this type of event. The use of the term "speaker" in these guidelines refers to all speakers, artists, entertainers or other forms of presentations that may require the measures herein specified. Additionally, although an event may not include a form of presentation, the nature of the event itself may be such as to require the implementation of some of the procedures listed below.
Implementation of the guidelines, and other measures deemed necessary, may be recommended by the chief of university police (and/or other university officials who may have responsibility for the management of events or facilities) to the SUNY Cortland president or their designee. Upon determination by the president or designee that these measures are necessary, the guidelines should be discussed thoroughly with the sponsoring group. A copy of these guidelines should be given to the group well in advance of the event.
A. Agreement with speaker: these guidelines must be discussed with the speaker and agreed to prior to the event.
B. Responsibilities of the sponsor
1. Scheduling of an event.
2. Control of the Event
SUNY Cortland has established these guidelines to facilitate the orderly conduct of public events. Both speakers invited to campus and those in attendance at such events should be able to participate in a free and open exchange of ideas. Behavior that makes it impossible to conduct a scheduled event or threatens the safety of participants cannot be permitted.
1. Food and beverages served in Corey Union may be served only in areas approved by the building administrator. Food and beverages to be sold must be nonperishable and be approved in advance by Cortland Auxiliary.
2. Guidelines for SGA Organization-run Concessions
(Approved by President Clark Nov. 15, 1979)
Event requestors may request the use of Brown Auditorium through EMS. The auditorium should be used only for events that require the capacity or special facilities available. Management of this facility occasionally will require additional approval and labor costs for supervision, technical services, clean up and/or security.
Event requestors may request Corey Union space through EMS. Consideration will be given to the size of the group, the availability of the facilities and services, and the nature of the activity in relation to the total Corey Union program. Approval for use must be in the best interest of the university. The use of Corey Union will be refused to any group that abuses the privilege through destruction of property or violation of policies described in the College Handbook. All applications by non-SUNY Cortland organizations should be submitted to the director of campus activities and Corey Union.
Event requestors may select room setup, food and beverage services, security and technology services when completing the EMS request form. Services may include a charge. The using organization will be billed for these charges at the conclusion of the program. The organization is not to make direct cash payment to janitors, police officers, firefighters, etc.
The unique nature of this facility, from time to time, demands a certain sensitivity with regard to scheduling. All requests for the use of the Stadium Complex should be submitted through EMS. Certain proposed uses of the Stadium Complex, which may necessitate the rescheduling of routine activities, may require discussion and approval by President's Cabinet.
Faculty/staff and their spouses/partners/dependents are invited to use the Student Life Center during official hours of operation. Dependents over the age of 19 must be full-time college students. If they are attending college, they may use the Student Life Center until they reach the age of 24. Retired faculty/staff and their spouses/partners are also invited to use the center; however, spouses/partners must purchase memberships.
For a current schedule of the operating hours and fees, go to the Student Life Center webpage or call Recreational Sports at 607-753-5585.
Proof of cohabitation shall consist of lease agreements, rent receipts, mortgage documents and utility bills. Proof of economic interdependency includes items such as joint bank accounts and insurance policies naming each other as beneficiaries. Faculty or staff members who seek the use of the Student Life Center for their domestic partner must go to the Human Resources Office in the Miller Building to establish eligibility. Students who seek the use of the Student Life Center must go to the Vice President for Student Affairs Office in Corey Union to establish eligibility. Once eligibility is established, the Human Resources Office or Student Affairs Office will provide the faculty/staff member or student with an eligibility form to be presented to Cortland Auxiliary for authorization to provide the domestic partner with a SUNY Cortland ID card. After the ID card is obtained, it must be presented to Recreational Sports in order to purchase a membership.
The Summer Sports Camp offers sports-related, noncredit camps and clinics on the Cortland campus. The director of athletics is responsible for the planning, scheduling, staffing, promotion, registration and administration of Summer Sports Camp programs. The director works closely with appropriate campus offices to plan for food, housing, and facility use. Summer Sports Camp hires university staff and other qualified professionals to provide quality programs.
A. It is the policy of the university that the following regulations pertaining to the safety and behavior of spectators be observed at all intercollegiate athletic and sport club events.
B. Consumption of food and/or nonalcoholic beverages is restricted to designated areas at all indoor events.
Upon recommendation of the appropriate dean and of the provost, the president may appoint qualified persons to the courtesy position of visiting scholar. This appointment normally carries no specific duties and no compensation and is similar to volunteer status. Working space and reasonable access to scholarly facilities is determined by the appropriate dean on a case-by-case basis.
State University Administrative Policy, Item 501, page 1, states "The University will display on its several campuses no flag or banner other than the flag of the United States, the flag of the state of New York, the United Nations flag and the Red Cross flag, and the University will not permit the display of any such other flag or banner requiring the use of public facilities or premises of the University."
Periodically, recognized student groups wish to host programs whose hours extend past the normal building closing time. The university will review each program request. It is expected that a full-time SUNY Cortland faculty/staff member be present for the duration of this event. The faculty/staff member will be expected to act in the best interest of SUNY Cortland should any emergency situation arise during the event. It is the duty of the recognized student group to identify and invite the faculty/staff member at least 10 business days before the program. Should a faculty/staff member not be found, the event may not proceed in the planning process. The recognized student group will be responsible for setting up a pre-program meeting with the director of campus activities and Corey Union or the associate director of campus activities and Corey Union at least 10 business days before the event. At that meeting, the following topics will be discussed and procedures for the event will be decided:
Once all these areas have been approved, the event may proceed. Should the faculty/staff member fail to arrive at the designated time of the event, the event will be immediately canceled and the building closed.
A. Security of the building
B. Utilization of the building: Coordinates the use of space within the building with the registrar and the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office.
C. Maintenance of the building
D. Communication liaison
An important function of the building administrator is communication liaison. The following is a list of duties assigned to the building administrator as a liaison between administrative units and building occupants for routine services.
E. Emergency Preparedness
The following duties are assigned to the building administrator in the role of building emergency preparedness.
F. Receives and forwards to the Alcohol Review Committee any requests for service of alcohol at functions to be held within the building.
G. Environmental safety of the building.
The following constitutes the State University of New York College at Cortland’s “time, place and manner” policy on the use of SUNY Cortland-owned (the university) facilities by third parties (non-university or sponsored by recognized student organizations) for free speech purposes as by the University Council pursuant to a delegation of authority by the SUNY Board of Trustees. See SUNY Policy #5603 “Use of Facilities by Non-Commercial Organizations.”
As an institution of higher education, the university respects and fully supports the rights granted to individuals under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution regarding free speech. The university has adopted free speech policies with respect to its students, faculty, and staff, but not for third parties, who are not sponsored by the university or a recognized student organization, but want to use the campus for free speech purposes.
As a public entity, partially funded by New York state tax dollars, the university will provide a designated public forum to third parties outside of the campus community for their exercise of free speech rights. To comply with existing law, the university recognizes that it will be dedicating its scarce resources to the third parties, including staff time for the management of the designated public forum, the cost associated/loss of revenue with the use of space itself, and possibly utilizing university police and other administrative offices’ staff, to provide for the public safety of participants.
In adopting this policy, the university weighed its competing obligations and responsibilities: to meet its legal obligations as a public entity to provide a designated public forum for free speech by third parties; to meet its audit and control obligations in managing New York state property under its jurisdiction; and to meet its obligations for the orderly and safe operation of its campus, while responsibly managing and allocating its scarce resources in pursuit of its education mission for its students.
This policy shall apply to all third parties, who are not sponsored by the university and/or a student group, who want to use the university’s designated public forum for free speech purposes. This policy does not apply to students, speakers officially sponsored by recognized student groups, faculty or staff as other reservation and use policies apply to those campus community members.
Black-out days: The university has blacked-out certain days on its calendar wherein the use of the campus and its facilities, including outdoor spaces are reserved exclusively for campus-related activities that are at the very core of its primary educational mission. During these blackout periods, no third party shall be allowed to use the designated public forum for free speech purposes. The university defines the blackout periods to include the following:
Designated Public Forum: The university identifies the following area as its designated public forum: the outside area of Corey Union beginning on the south side of the southern tree, extending 12 feet south on the sidewalk, encompassing a rectangle area that is 10 feet in width.
The university designates this outdoor space for its designated public forum as this space is the most highly pedestrian trafficked area on the university main campus by students, faculty, staff and visitors. Corey Union houses the food court, Dunkin’ Donuts, the Information Center and several other student services offices, as well as the Function Room and frequently used meeting rooms for the university campus community. The use of this space is also not likely to interfere with classroom instruction or residence halls.
Additionally, the university has identified an outdoor space by the university’s athletic fields. This space is due east of the 281 Parking Lot on the grass area. This area is approximately 20’ by 30’, and is roped off.
An auxiliary area could also be available should the university deem it necessary. This area would be due east of the Lankler and Stratton intersection. This area will also be roped off, approximately 20’ by 30’.
These areas are available during the time of Summer Training Camp. Please bring a completed Designated Public Forum application with you and present the document to a person at the Main Gate of Training Camp. The application will be reviewed at this time. If approved, you and/or your group will be escorted to the designated outdoor space.
A supply of blank Designated Public Forum applications will be available at the front gate of Training Camp.
Third Party: A person(s) who wants to use the designated public forum for free speech purposes and the person(s) is not a student, faculty or staff member at the university, and the person(s) is not officially sponsored by either the university and/or a recognized student group to speak at the university.
A. The university is providing a designated public forum for use by third parties for their free speech purposes.
B. Reservation and Record Keeping of the Use of Space:
1. Third parties who seek to use the designated public forum must:
2. The university shall review the application and respond to the applicant no later than the close of business on the second business day following the receipt of the application.
C. The university shall not:
D. The applicant/third party shall:
E. The university reserves the right to terminate any use of the designated public forum in the event either the speaker or a member(s) of any audience engages in conduct that violates the SUNY Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order, adopted in accordance with Education Law Section 6430 and 8 NYCRR 535, in order to secure the orderly and operation of the campus for the safety of the entire campus community.
All applications must be reviewed and approved by the director of campus activities and Corey Union, or designee. For questions, please call the Campus Activities Office at 607-753-2322.
(Approved by President's Cabinet Oct. 4, 2011)
The university has identified two categories of student organizations. Recognized student organizations are governed by the policies found in both the College Handbook and the governing documents of the State University of New York College at Cortland Student Government Association (SGA).
Registered student organizations do not receive funding from the university or through the SGA.
Duration of Affiliation and Recognition: Recognition for new registered student organizations will be provisional for one full year. After successfully completing one year of provisional recognition, recognition duration will be indefinite and subject to annual review. The vice president for student affairs reserves the right to revoke recognition if the registered student organization fails to comply with any of the guidelines set herein.
1. Registered student organizations must file with the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office, the following items:
2. Within 14 days of receipt of all materials, the director of Corey Union, campus activities and conferences or designee, will examine the documents submitted. If necessary, a consultation with representatives of the organization will be held to discuss changes, deletions or additions to submitted documents to insure compliance as previously stated.
It should be noted that fraternities and sororities have a different recognition process and are not eligible to be categorized as registered student organizations.
Certification as a registered student organization shall not be construed as conferring any right to use campus facilities that is not in accordance with existing SUNY Cortland policies and practices. Facility use and reservations, along with the postings of all events, must comply with existing university policies.
Fundraising procedures for registered student organizations are to follow the appropriate university policies as coordinated through the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office.
Membership in registered student organizations shall be comprised of those graduate and undergraduate students matriculated full or part-time at SUNY Cortland. Community members who wish to associate with the group may do so in an advisory role or as associate members but are not able to reserve university facilities or otherwise act as a representative of the organization. Students from another college/university are not eligible to become members of any registered student organization at SUNY Cortland. Members at all levels will be expected to abide by the procedures established within this document.
Each registered student organization is required to have an advisor affiliated with SUNY Cortland and said advisor’s name and contact information must be filed with the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office. The advisor cannot be a student but rather must be currently employed by the university in at least a part-time capacity. It is the responsibility of each organization to find someone willing to serve as their advisor. The advisor will function as a program consultant, resource, provider of continuity and interpreter of university policy. The advisor shall be aware of the organization’s financial status, attend functions and meetings, and assure that adequate records are maintained by the organization. As liaison between the organization and SUNY Cortland, the advisor must maintain consistent communication with the director of Corey Union, campus activities and conferences.
Organization officers must be enrolled for at least one credit hour as students at SUNY Cortland while seeking and holding office.
Hazing and/or harassment of members is strictly prohibited as stipulated by New York state law and the State University of New York Board of Trustees rules for the maintenance of public order. Additional clarifying information can be found within the SUNY Cortland Code of Student Conduct and Related Policies manual. All registered student organizations on the SUNY Cortland campus shall file with the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office a Certification of Compliance with Anti-Hazing Laws and Regulations. All registered student organizations are subject to SUNY Cortland and/or New York state disciplinary action on any violation of existing hazing policies.
(Implemented Spring 2011)
(Chapter 440 revisions approved by President's Cabinet June 25, 2012)
The purpose of this committee is to ensure that the history of SUNY Cortland is preserved and accurately maintained. Specifically, this committee will work with the Facilities Master Plan Oversight Committee and the Facilities Planning, Design and Construction Office when a building or other space on campus is being renovated or constructed.
The committee will be responsible for reviewing all space within a facility that is to be renovated or constructed to ensure that any named spaces are preserved and re-named or appropriate new names developed after renovation or new construction is completed.
The committee membership is recommended as follows:
(Approved by President's Cabinet July 14, 2008)
A strict timeline must be followed to petition for a change in the name of a current campus office or academic department.
The petitioner must present a detailed rationale for the proposed name change to the supervising academic dean or vice president for review no later than March 1 of any given calendar year.
If the proposal is endorsed, the academic dean or vice president must forward the recommendation and supporting materials to the Marketing Committee for its review no later than April 1.
The Marketing Committee will review the recommendation to ensure its adherence to the university's branding and marketing guidelines.
Following the Marketing Committee’s review, the academic dean or vice president must forward the final name change recommendation and supporting materials to the President's Cabinet for its review by April 15.
The President's Cabinet must grant its endorsement no later than May 15 for the name change to take effect on July 1 of that year.
Once approved by the President's Cabinet, the new name will be formally announced to the campus community by the President's Office.
The new name will subsequently appear in all SUNY Cortland publications, communications, on the website and signage. If the timeline deadline is not met, petitioners may submit their proposal for consideration for the following year.
A checklist to help ensure that the new name will appear in all appropriate locations can be found on the Marketing Office webpage.
(Approved by President's Cabinet February 2019)
The primary purpose of university-owned or controlled assets is to support the SUNY Cortland Mission. Loans will be permitted only when such action supports a mission goal or objective.
SUNY Cortland has a fiduciary responsibility for safeguarding of assets and an obligation to its public. That responsibility is fulfilled through management and maintenance of its Property Control System (PCS) and more informally for all property through the explicit and implicit responsibilities of its departmental managers and employees. Certain inventoried property is formally tagged with a PCS Asset Number (property valued at $5,000 or more).
The following guidelines apply for lending property:
In an effort to formalize current and past practices, the president established an ad-hoc committee whose task was to recommend specific hours for each building on campus. Formal hours are needed for the myRedDragon Room Reservation System and to ensure safety on campus.
On the weekend, all buildings will remain closed unless otherwise scheduled. Standard building hours are posted on entrances and exceptions may be found on the web. Academic and administrative buildings will be available to students, faculty or staff who have key or card access.
Generally, all buildings are open between 7 a.m.-5 p.m., unless otherwise posted. Please check the class schedule for classroom locations.
When an individual attempts to schedule an area outside of the normal operating hours, the campus space reservation system will not allow them to reserve the space, but will refer them to contact The Help Center. After-hours access for contractors will be permitted only through prior arrangement with the Facilities Planning, Design and Construction Office, Facilities Operations and Services or Information Resources.
(Approved by President Bitterbaum June 17, 2014)
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), College Mailing Lists
The “Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974” (FERPA)
(P.L. 93-380, as amended by Senate Joint Resolution 40) provides for procedures that protect the rights of students in access to students’ educational records.
Any person who is attending or has attended SUNY Cortland and has an educational or personally identifiable record with Student Registration and Record Services or any other office listed in 460.04.
Students have the right to examine their educational and personally identifiable record and no record may be given out to a third party except upon written consent of the student. (Note exceptions in 460.04 and 460.05.)
Records over which a student may exercise their rights include all records, files, documents and other materials that are maintained by the offices listed hereafter. A student may inspect, challenge and refuse to release to third parties all those records that are maintained in these offices.
Exceptions: Certain records are excluded from the student's right of access and challenge. These records are:
(Ref: 438(a)(1)(4)(B)(i); Fed. Reg. 1210 Section 99.3)
Release of records to a third party is prohibited unless student consent is given in writing and is on file.
(20 U.S.C. 1232g (a) (5) (A))
SUNY Cortland is required to maintain a record that will indicate all individuals, agencies or organizations that have requested or obtained access to a student's educational files. This record will indicate the legitimate interest of the requesting party and will be available only to the student and to those responsible for maintaining the record. The sole exception to this requirement is that school officials, including teachers, within the educational institution or local educational agency as listed in 460.05 (a) need not be indicated on this record when requesting data.
Letters of recommendation received by the university prior to Jan. 1, 1975 will be considered confidential and will not be included for student review. Letters received after Jan. 1, 1975 may be inspected by the student. An exception to the provision provides an opportunity for the student to sign a "waiver of right to inspect" statement to accompany requests from individuals for letters of recommendation. This "waiver" notifies the writer of the letter that the recommendation will be confidential and will not be reviewed by the student.
The student has a right to a hearing to challenge the content of any record and may seek the correction or deletion of any entry deemed inaccurate or misleading or inappropriate. A hearing will be arranged for the student upon request in writing to the vice president for student affairs.
The Vice President for Student Affairs Office may notify the parents of dependent students who have had disciplinary sanctions placed on them.
The Freedom of Information Law, enacted in 1974 and significantly revised, effective Jan. 1, 1976, reaffirms your right to know how your government operates. It provides rights of access to records reflective of governmental decisions and policies that affect the lives of every New Yorker. The law establishes the Committee on Open Government, which is responsible for issuing advisory opinions to agencies and the public on compliance with the law.
The law defines "agency" to include all units of state and local government in New York State, including state agencies, public corporations and authorities, as well as any other governmental entities performing a governmental function for the state or for one or more units of local government in the state (section 86(3)).
The term "agency" does not include the State Legislature or the courts. As such, for purposes of clarity, "agency" will be used hereinafter to include all entities of government in New York, except the State Legislature and the courts.
The law defines "record" as "any information kept, held, filed, produced or reproduced by, with or for an agency or the state Legislature, in any physical form whatsoever. …" (Section 86(4)). Thus it is clear that items such as tape recordings, microfilm and computer discs fall within the definition of "record."
The law states that all records are accessible, except records or portions of records that fall within one of nine categories of deniable records (section 87(2)).
Deniable records include records or portions thereof that:
The categories of deniable records are generally directed to the effects of disclosure. They are based in great measure upon the notion that disclosure would in some instances "impair," "cause substantial injury," "interfere," "deprive," "endanger," etc. This represents a significant change from the thrust of the original enactment.
One category of deniable records that does not deal directly with the effects of disclosure is exception (g), which deals with inter-agency and intra-agency materials. The intent of the exception is twofold. Memoranda or letters transmitted from an official of one agency to an official of another or between officials within an agency may be denied, so long as the communications (or portions thereof) are advisory in nature and do not contain information upon which the agency relies in carrying out its duties. For example, an opinion prepared by staff that may be rejected or accepted by the head of an agency need not be made available. However, the facts, policies and determinations upon which an agency relies in carrying out its duties should be made available.
There are also special provisions in the law regarding the protection of trade secrets. Those provisions pertain only to state agencies and enable a person submitting records to state agencies to request that records be kept separate and apart from all other agency records on the ground that they constitute trade secrets. In addition, when a request is made for records characterized as trade secrets, the submitter of such records is given notice and an opportunity to justify a claim that the records would if disclosed result in substantial injury to their competitive position. A member of the public requesting records characterized as trade secrets or a state agency at any time may challenge a claim that records constitute trade secrets.
Generally, the law provides access to existing records. Therefore, an agency need not create a record in response to a request. Nevertheless, each agency must compile the following records (section 87(3)):
One of the exceptions to rights of access, referred to earlier, states that records may be withheld when disclosure would result in "an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" (section 87(2)(b)).
Unless otherwise deniable, disclosure shall not be construed to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy when identifying details are deleted, when the person to whom a record pertains consents in writing to disclosure, or when upon presenting reasonable proof of identity, a person seeks access to records pertaining to him or her.
As noted earlier, each agency must maintain a "subject matter list." The list is not a compilation of every record an agency has in its possession, but rather is a list of the subjects or file categories under which records are kept. It must make reference to all records in possession of an agency, whether or not the records are available. You have a right to know the kinds of records agencies maintain.
The subject matter list must be compiled in sufficient detail to permit you to identify the file category of the records sought. SUNY Cortland maintains a subject matter list that can be obtained from the campus records access officer.
The State University has promulgated regulations implementing the law that describe the procedures for obtaining access to University records. A copy of these regulations can be obtained upon request from the campus records access officer.
Under the regulations, each University campus must designate a records access officer to coordinate a campus' response to public requests for records.
The records access officer is responsible for keeping the subject matter list up to date, assisting you in identifying records sought, making the records promptly available or denying access, providing copies of records or permitting you to make copies, certifying that a copy is a true copy and, if the records cannot be found, certifying either that the campus does not have possession of the requested records or that the campus does have the records, but they cannot be found after diligent search.
The regulations also state that the public shall continue to have access to records through officials who have been authorized previously to make information available.
Requests for access to or copies of records must be in writing and must reasonably describe the records request.
Within five business days of the receipt of a written request for a record reasonably described, the campus must make the record available, deny access in writing giving the reasons for denial, or furnish a written acknowledgment of receipt of the request and a statement of the approximate date when the request will be granted or denied.
Copies of records must be made available on request. Except when a different fee is prescribed by statute, the campus may not charge for inspection, certification or search for records, or charge in excess of 25 cents per photocopy up to 9 by 14 inches (section 87(1)(b)(iii)). Fees for copies of other records may be charged based upon the actual cost of reproduction. If the campus has no photocopying equipment, a transcript of records must be made on request. However, you may be charged for the clerical time involved.
A denial of access must be in writing, stating the reason for the denial and advising you of your right to appeal to the head or governing body of the campus or the person designated to hear appeals by the head or governing body of the campus. You may appeal within 30 days of a denial.
Upon receipt of the appeal, the campus head, governing body or appeals officer has 10 business days to fully explain in writing the reason for further denial of access or to provide access to the records. Copies of all appeals and the determinations thereon must be sent by the campus to the Committee on Open Government (section 89(4)(a)). This requirement will enable the committee to monitor compliance with law and intercede when a denial of access may be improper.
You may seek judicial review of a final campus denial by means of a proceeding initiated in Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules. When a denial is based upon one of the exceptions to rights of access that were discussed earlier, the campus has the burden of proving that the record sought falls within one or more of the exceptions (section 89(4)(b)).
A new provision in the Freedom of Information Law permits a court, in its discretion, to award reasonable attorney's fees when a person challenging a denial of access to records in court substantially prevails. To award attorney's fees, a court must find that the record was of "clearly significant interest to the general public" and that the campus "lacked a reasonable basis at law for withholding the record." While a court may award attorney's fees, such an award is not mandatory.
The regulations require that each campus post conspicuously and/or publicize in a local newspaper:
The records access officer of SUNY Cortland is:
Director of Communications
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045
In considering the use of campus mailing lists and computer-generated labels, individuals or organizations requesting such service must contact the appropriate campus office for approval. Jurisdiction of campus mailing lists is assigned accordingly:
The following rules are adopted in compliance with section 6450 of the Education Law and shall be filed with the commissioner of education and the Board of Regents on or before July 20, 1969, as required by that section. Said rules shall be subject to amendment or revision and any amendments or revisions thereof shall be filed with the commissioner of education and Board of Regents within 10 days after adoption. Nothing herein is intended, nor shall it be construed, to limit or restrict the freedom of speech nor peaceful assembly. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the objectives of a higher educational institution. Similarly, experience has demonstrated that the traditional autonomy of the educational institution (and the accompanying institutional responsibility for the maintenance of order) is best suited to achieve these objectives. These rules shall not be construed to prevent or limit communication between and among faculty, students and administration, or to relieve the institution of its special responsibility for self regulation in the preservation of public order. Their purpose is not to prevent or restrain controversy and dissent, but to prevent abuse of the rights of others and to maintain that public order appropriate to a college or university campus without which there can be no intellectual freedom and they shall be interpreted and applied to that end.
These rules shall apply to all state-operated institutions of the State University except as provided in Part 550 as applicable to the State University Maritime College. These rules may be supplemented by additional rules for the maintenance of public order heretofore or hereafter adopted for any individual institution, approved and adopted by the State University Trustees and filed with the commissioner of education and Board of Regents, but only to the extent that such additional rules are not inconsistent herewith. The rules hereby adopted shall govern the conduct of students, faculty and other staff, licensees, invitees and all other persons, whether or not such rules are applicable and also upon or with respect to any other premises or property, under the control of such institution, used in its teaching, research, administrative, service, cultural, recreational, athletic and other programs and activities, provided, however, that charges against any student for violation of these rules upon the premises of any such institution other than the one at which he is in attendance shall be heard and determined at the institution in which he is enrolled as a student.
No person, either singly or in concert with others, shall:
A person who shall violate any of the provisions of these rules (or of the rules of any individual institution supplementing or implementing these rules) shall:
In matters of the sort to which these rules are addressed, full and prompt communication among all components of the institutional community, faculty, students and administration, is highly desirable. To the extent that time and circumstances permit, such communication should precede the exercise of the authority, discretion and responsibilities granted and imposed in these rules. To these ends each state-operated institution of the State University shall employ such procedures and means, formal and informal, as will promote such communication.
Organizations that operate upon the campus of any state-operated institution or upon the property of any state-operated institution used for educational purposes shall be prohibited from authorizing the conduct described in the subdivision (1) of section 535.3.
The chief administrative officer at each state-operated institution shall be responsible for the enforcement of this section, and, as used herein, the term chief administrative officer shall include any designee appointed by said officer.
Any organization that authorizes the prohibited conduct described in subdivision (1) of section 535.3 shall be subject to the rescission of permission to operate upon the campus or upon the property of the State-operated institution used for educational purposes. The penalty provided in this subdivision shall be in addition to any penalty that may be imposed pursuant to the Penal Law and any other provision of law, or to any penalty to which an individual may be subject pursuant to this Part.
Section 6450 (1) of the Education Law requires that the provisions of this part which prohibit reckless or intentional endangerment to health or forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with any organization shall be deemed to be part of the bylaws of all organizations that operate upon the campus of any state-operated institution or upon the property of any state-operated institution used for educational purposes. The statute further requires that each such organization shall review these bylaws annually with individuals affiliated with the organization.
Copies of the provisions of this part which prohibit reckless or intentional endangerment to health or forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with any organization shall be given to all students enrolled in each state-operated institution.
SUNY Cortland publishes a Campus Security and Fire Safety Report in compliance with Code 20, United States Code Section 1092 (f) the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). This document is available from the Admissions Office, University Police Department, Human Resources Office and the Vice President for Student Affairs Office, 607-753-4721. A PDF version also is available.
For information about this act that mandates the distribution of this information, visit the Clery Center website. Web information on campus crime statistics and prevention, patrol information, the emergency blue light phone system and the silent witness program is available on the University Police Department website. For more information regarding student conduct procedures, expectations for student behavior, violation definitions, the rights of reporting individuals and violators, hearing procedures, and potential sanctions, visit the Student Conduct Office website.
In order to standardize procedures for handling investigations by state and federal agencies outside the university (i.e., U.S. Department of Labor, Equal Employment Office, Human Rights Offices, various HEW agencies, etc.), the following procedure will be followed:
As established in the Program for Development Planning approved in 1980, the President's Advisory Committee on Development was identified as “the key fundraising policy recommending body” for SUNY Cortland. Among the responsibilities assigned to the Committee are the following:
1) To recommend to the president overall institutional plans and policies regarding fundraising programs, and
2) To review all fundraising efforts for the SUNY Cortland community and to evaluate all requests for fundraising projects that originate with faculty/staff members, students, and any campus-related organization, except as noted below.
In accord with the development plan, the Cortland College Foundation and the Alumni Association are recognized as legitimate fundraising agencies operating on behalf of the university. Programs conducted under the sponsorship of these organizations regularly involve officers in the Division of Institutional Advancement and the President's Office. Together, these two offices provide the leadership for all development activities at SUNY Cortland.
Occasionally, other campus organizations, including student groups operating as part of the Student Government Association (SGA), must raise private money to support their programs and activities. Such university-related organizations intending to raise $1,000 or more are required to obtain approval of fundraising proposals and related promotional materials in advance of any fundraising effort. For student organizations under SGA, the SGA Financial Board, operating in conjunction with the Fundraising Review Committee, will review fundraising proposals.University-related organizations not affiliated with SGA must have proposals reviewed by the Fundraising Review Committee. Both the SGA Financial Board and the President's Fundraising Review Committee will grant approval according to the following criteria:
The Fundraising Review Committee is composed of the director of The Cortland Fund, the executive director of Cortland Auxiliary and the director of campus activities and Corey Union.
SUNY Cortland will permit money to be solicited during a public meeting or entertainment on campus under the following conditions:
Sales representatives and others desiring to do any type of business involving students of the university community must register in the Vice President for Student Affairs Office, which will consult with organizations and individuals affected when necessary. Organizations financially sponsored by the student government must have approval of the Financial Committee of the student government when profits from sales alter their adopted budgets.
No authorization will be given to private commercial enterprises to operate on State University campuses or in facilities furnished by the University other than to provide for food, laundry, dry cleaning, barber and beautician services, cultural events, legal beverages, vending, linen supply and banking. This resolution shall not be deemed to apply to Cortland Auxiliary activities approved by the University. (BT, June 29, 1979)
Advertising on the SUNY Cortland campus or website is permitted within specific guidelines. Non-campus based entities, except parties to contracts with SUNY Cortland or the State of New York that permit them to conduct business on campus, must submit all advertising requests to the vice president for finance and management or the director of campus activities and Corey Union for approval. Endorsements by SUNY for any product are strictly prohibited. Advertising in contravention of university policies, rules or codes is prohibited.
All agreements between SUNY Cortland and commercial vendors must be in writing and must set forth the cost, duration, size and content of the advertisement. All agreements require payment to SUNY Cortland.
SUNY Cortland reserves the right to refuse advertising.
(Adopted by President's Cabinet Aug. 30, 2011)
Private sector firms and organizations are not permitted access to state property or offices for the purpose of soliciting business from or offering benefits to state employees unless officially sanctioned by the state. Permission to do so for this purpose is not discretionary on the part of agencies and their facility or regional management.
(Governor's Office of Employee Relations, July 23, 2010)
SUNY Cortland will limit credit card solicitation to the holder of the bank contract that exists between SUNY Cortland Auxiliary Services and the bank vendor. Cortland Auxiliary issues a request for proposals for banking services on a periodic basis and includes limited credit card solicitation as part of the contract. The bank contract holder shall be allowed to solicit in the university union not more than twice a year. Additionally, the following apply:
The bank vendor shall register and receive permission to solicit from the director of Corey Union.
The bank vendor shall not offer gifts for the completion of a credit card application.
This policy complies with the change in the Education Law, section 6437, which mandates a credit card marketing policy.
(Approved by President Bitterbaum July 20, 2005)
SUNY employs a regional counsel whose responsibility is to furnish legal advice to the president and other senior administrators and to be present to represent the university when its legal interests are involved (other than those which involve litigation). Access to the university attorney is to be handled according to the following policy.
The president has authorized the following SUNY Cortland administrators to have direct access to the university attorney: the provost and vice president for academic affairs, the vice president for finance and management, the vice president for institutional advancement and the vice president for student affairs. These officers also are permitted to delegate to persons in their areas. In addition, the following officers are hereby authorized to contact the university’s attorney.
Access by the military to campus recruitment facilities and services, including use of career development offices and participation in career days or job fair type programs, must be allowed on the same basis as is provided to other employers. (Gov. Pataki's Executive Order No. 28, April 12, 1996, and amended by the Attorney General on Aug. 8, 1996).
The following situations are governed by existing campus policies related to public access: Request for directory information — release of directory information will be made in accordance with FERPA; the Solomon Amendment; and campus policy. Requests are to be made of the records access officer.
Requests for open or limited public forums — Requests for public access to campus facilities are to be made to the director of campus activities and Corey Union and will be treated in the same manner as any other outside organization making such a request (completing appropriate forms for reserving space and paying related fees). As with any other organization, no attempt is made to regulate content.
Requests to post information — All posters displayed on campus must be stamped, "Approved for posting but not for content." Requests for permission to post are to be made to the director of campus activities and Corey Union.
(Approved Feb. 14, 1995)
When severe weather conditions, power failures or other emergencies force the closing of the SUNY Cortland campus, the president will contact the provost and the director of communications to disseminate information about the closing to both the internal and external publics.
The provost is responsible for contacting a) the university police, b) the campus switchboard, c) the Mohawk Valley Graduate Site and d) the Child Care Center. The provost also will send an email to inform the campus community. Cancellation of classes held on campus also applies to online classes (ASYNCH).
The director of communications is responsible for contacting the Central New York media The following radio and television stations will be notified:
The director of communications will be responsible for posting an alert message on the SUNY Cortland official website. The content of that message will be pre-approved by the president. In addition to the director of communications, the message may be posted by the director of marketing and the web and digital services manager.
In the case of weather-related campus closing, the director of communications will activate the NY-Alert mass notification. An alert will be disseminated via campus cell-phone text messages and campus email to those students, faculty/staff who have registered their contact information. The university police may activate the system in the absence of the director of communications.
For all non-weather-related emergencies, the university police will activate the NY-Alert system. In those instances, the modes of distribution, depending upon the type of emergency, may extend to include cell phone calls and the use of a campus-wide loudspeaker and siren system.
The state of New York has a number of personnel policies that are put into effect at times of emergency situations, such as severe weather conditions or a breakdown in plant operations. It is important that members of the SUNY Cortland staff are aware of these policies so that they know what is expected of them in terms of reporting for work, conducting classes, leaving early and crediting leave time.
The following information concerning state regulations applies to members of the classified staff, professional and teaching staff, and management-confidential. Faculty members should particularly note the reference to class scheduling in item number five.
(Approved by President′s Cabinet November 2001 and minor revision to weather emergency notification approved by President Bitterbaum Nov. 30, 2009; updated by human resources November 2014.)
SUNY Cortland recognizes that it must create an environment where each person's individual dignity will be valued. In a college setting, it is particularly important that there be a respect for diversity and differences of opinion, as the university is dedicated to providing a comprehensive educational experience that prepares individuals to be able to function in a diverse society. Students and employees deserve to be free from fear of harassment or physical abuse. Acts directed against individuals based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression or sexual orientation are especially intolerable and will be subject to the strictest of sanctions/penalties. This campus will not accept any behavior that compromises individual dignity or threatens any person's safety. It is, therefore, campus policy that any violations of the below-listed restrictions will not be tolerated. These include, but are not limited to:
Also included in these restrictions are any related acts that are violations, misdemeanors or felonies under the law as well as infractions of SUNY and campus policies.
Harassment/violence prevention depends upon the awareness of faculty, staff and students. Compliance with the following procedures, and effective and timely responses to early warning signs and threats, are essential.
All complaints under these policies may also be addressed within the State University of New York internal grievance procedures as identified in Chapter 850 of the State University of New York College at Cortland Handbook. This policy is to be considered for use in addition to other policies prohibiting discrimination contained in the College Handbook.
Complaints or concerns that are reported to an administrator, manager or supervisor concerning an act of discrimination or harassment, or acts of discrimination or harassment that administrators, managers or supervisors observe or become aware of must be immediately referred to the Affirmative Action Officer at 607-753-2302.
Employees with Title IX compliance responsibilities and/or employees who have the authority to take action to redress gender-based harassment or violence must report any complaints to the Title IX coordinator at 607-753-4550.
In cases of discrimination, sexual harassment or domestic violence, please refer to the university's Discrimination Complaint Procedure.
(Approved by President Taylor April 27, 1999, updated August 2017)
SUNY Cortland's sexual harassment policy is described in detail in 860.01 of this document.
Details on these policies can be found in 860.05 of this document.
Contact information for confidential resources on and off-campus may be accessed at the Title IX website.
Title IX Coordinator
Miller Building, Room 404
Cortland, NY 13045
Tobacco- and Nicotine-Free Grounds: Tobacco and electronic cigarette/electronic nicotine aerosol delivery device use is prohibited everywhere within the perimeter on all SUNY Cortland property, both indoors and outdoors, as well as in university-owned vehicles, and in any vehicle on SUNY Cortland property. Tobacco and electronic cigarette/electronic nicotine aerosol delivery device use is prohibited at all university-sponsored, off-campus events.
Advertising, Promotions, and Sales: Tobacco and electronic cigarette/electronic nicotine aerosol delivery device sales are prohibited anywhere on the SUNY Cortland campus. SUNY Cortland will not accept advertising, marketing, distribution or promotion of tobacco or electronic cigarette/electronic nicotine aerosol delivery device products.
Sponsorships, Gifts, Funding: All grants, gifts, solicitations and proposals to Cortland for such funds must have the approval of the university and must conform to SUNY Cortland's Mission Statement, culture of wellness, SUNY policies, and applicable laws and regulations. In addition, SUNY Cortland will not invest in any direct tobacco or electronic cigarette/electronic nicotine aerosol delivery device company holdings.
Cessation: Understanding the addictive nature of tobacco and electronic cigarette/electronic nicotine aerosol delivery device use, and that breaking that addiction is extremely difficult for many people, SUNY Cortland will make every reasonable effort to assist those employees and students who wish to stop using tobacco or electronic cigarette/electronic nicotine aerosol delivery devices. The campus will promote and provide evidence-based cessation resources. Students can access cessation treatment, including counseling and nicotine replacement therapy, at Student Health Service. Employees can access support through the Employee Assistance Program.
SUNY Cortland maintains a broad-based Tobacco Advisory Committee to identify and address needs and concerns related to this policy, implementation, compliance and cessation. The Tobacco Advisory Committee will review this policy annually to ensure that it is sustained, effective, timely and in accordance with state and federal laws.
For more information, go to the SUNY Cortland Tobacco- and Nicotine-Free Policy website.
(Endorsed by President's Cabinet July 25, 2011; revision approved by President's Cabinet May 7, 2018)