Message from the Vice President
Dear Faculty Colleagues:
WELCOME to SUNY Oneonta! You are joining a dynamic university that cares deeply about the success of our students. You are at the very core of student success. Students are likely to spend a great deal of valuable time with faculty members. This puts you in a position of great influence and great responsibility.
The Division of Student Development is here to help you help our students reach their full potential. We want our students to obtain their educational goals by providing opportunities to participate in enriching activities, and cope with personal and social development as they face the many challenges college life will provide along the way. The purpose of this guide is to serve as an orientation and reference to resources available to you as you teach, advise, and support our students. Additionally, the guide provides information on resources that you can access for your own benefit.
I hope you will call upon the Division of Student Development and its various departments without hesitation.
Franklin D. Chambers, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Development
Table of Contents
- Mission & Themes
- Departments within the Division
- Advice on Student Adjustment Issues
- Advice on Student Living in Campus Residence Halls
- Working with Students who are Disabled
- Guest Lectures
- Curricular Activity
- Tips for making a referral
- Health-related questions or concerns
- Drug Free Campus information
- Seeking Support and/or a Safe Space
- Choosing a Major/Career Development
- Student Employment
- Leaves and Withdrawals
- Health & Fitness
- Hosting Conferences and Meetings
- Hunt College Union Amenities
- Emergency Services and Safety
- Code of Student Conduct
- Policy Library
- Academic Integrity Policy
- Classroom Disruption policy
- College Handbook
- Excused Absences
- Study Abroad
- Leadership Opportunities
- Service Learning/Volunteerism
- Student Community
Mission and Themes
The division works in partnership with its academic and administrative colleagues in support of the College mission. It is the mission of the Student Development Division to provide leadership in developing and maintaining a supportive campus atmosphere through its efforts at fostering intellectual and personal growth supporting cultural diversity eliminating barriers to the educational process creating a nurturing environment promoting self-responsibility and problem solving providing for service back to the community and advocating for the needs of students. The Student Development Division enhances the College's overall academic mission by intentionally fostering learning communities that offer opportunities for students that support and challenge individual student growth both within and outside of the formal classroom setting.
It is the goal of The Division of Student Development to facilitate student learning and development in the following areas, through intentionally structured programs and services:
LEADERSHIP; involves self-awareness; direct and honest communication; respect for others; building trust; visualization of group purpose and desired outcomes; teamwork; risk taking; role modeling/mentoring; commitment to civic engagement; initiation of change for the common good; responsibility and accountability.
INTERCULTURAL AWARENESS and DIVERSITY TRAINING; involves awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the differences in and contributions of others; acknowledgment of and respect for diverse viewpoints; understanding one 's own identity and culture; understanding the impact of diversity in society.
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS; involves acceptance of others; balance of self-reliant behaviors with healthy forms of dependency; establishment of mutually rewarding relationships; intimacy; comfort interacting with others in diverse settings.
COLLABORATION; involves respectful treatment of others; balance of independence and interdependence in group settings; conscientiousness and self-awareness; cooperative work with others; establishment and maintenance of relationships.
HEALTHY BEHAVIOR; involves engagement in activities that enhance personal wellness (physical, intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual); choosing environments that promote health and reduce risk; understanding of connection between health of individuals and health of the natural environment and community; recognition of role in fostering and sustaining a sense of community; understanding consequences of behavioral decisions.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY; involves understanding the importance of service to others; awareness of community needs; view of self as a member of the global community; participation in development, maintenance, and/or orderly change of community, social, and legal standards or norms; tolerance and care for others.
Departments within the Division
View the individual Directors of each department, and their contact information. Below is a list of departments and their general contact number:
Athletics - 607-436-3594
Counseling, Health and Wellness - 607-436-3368 (Counseling Center)
607-436-3573 (Health Center)
Career Development Center - 607-436-2534
Residential Community Life - 607-436-2514
Community Standards - 607-436-3353
Student Life and Leadership @ the Hunt College Union - 607-436-3014
University Police - 607-436-3550 (Non-emergency number)
Dial 911 from any college phone in an emergency
This section is an orientation to services provided by professionals that you may need as you work directly with students. View the College organizational chart which may help you find the person you're looking for to get information or make a referral.
Student Adjustment Issues
Mental health issues: Anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems, home sickness, etc.
Roommate issues, room change or selection, co-curricular programs, etc. Contact: Residential Community Life
Faculty Guide to Accommodating Students with Disabilities. Publication b) Call for consultation on providing reasonable accommodations. Contact: Student Disability Services, 209 Alumni Hall
Don't cancel your class. Instead, invite one of the following offices to do a presentation:
Financial aid, budgeting, and managing debt, credit cards, and student loans.
Study abroad opportunities and/or International Students discussing their country and experiences.
Health education presentations
Perceptions of students with disabilities and related topics
Contact: Student Disability Services
Ethics and academic integrity
Contact: Office of Community Standards
Mental health subjects such as: depression, suicide, date rape and sexual assault, eating disorders, gender differences, stress management, academic self esteem, etc.
Career development, internships and employment
- Contact: Hunt Union staff
Student Travel for Excellence Program (STEP) - a limited pool of funds may be available to help students who wish to travel for academic and co-curricular conferences/meetings. Contact: Student Development
Living Learning Communities (LLCs) - We are always looking for new LLC partners. Please contact Residential Community Life (607-436-2514) and/or Student Development (607-436-2513) to explore the possibilities.
Students may approach you with concerns or problems. This section provides suggestions on how to refer a student and what services are available.
Tips on providing referrals:
First and foremost, listen to the student's concerns.
- Affirm the student for being aware of important matters affecting their academics
- Lead with care for the student (I'm concerned vs. you have a problem)
- Normalize problems and help-seeking, assure them they're not alone
- Define your role: emphasize the importance of seeking expertise with their particular problem
- Ask if they have sought assistance
- If they have not sought assistance, suggest that they consider seeking assistance from the locations that you recommend
- If they have sought assistance, the student might be seeking a referral to another office or they might need help navigating a process, procedure, or policy.
- Offer help with the referral: give a name and phone number or offer to call and consult on their behalf with someone in an office that may be able to help.
Reporting Students of Concern
The Behavioral Assessment Team is a multi-disciplinary campus committee focused on enhancing student success through identifying needs, removing barriers, and reducing distress. The Behavioral Assessment Team assists in managing situations that pose, or may reasonably pose, a threat to the health, safety, and well-being of the campus community. Through a proactive, collaborative, organized, and objective approach, the Behavioral Assessment Team is able to identify, assess, intervene, and manage disruptive or threatening situations or individuals. The threat assessment process encourages early intervention to manage individuals whose behaviors potentially impede their own or others ' ability to function successfully or safely.
It is the responsibility of faculty, administrators, staff, and students to immediately report any situation that could possibly result in harm to anyone at the College. Any member of the campus community may become aware of a troubling or troubled person or a situation that is causing serious anxiety, stress, or fear and, if so, this information should be provided to the Behavioral Assessment Team through the Office of Student Development 607-436-2513 or by submitting a report through Silent Witness
In cases where a person may pose an immediate risk of violence to self or others, please contact UPD at 607-436-3550 or 911 from a campus phone.
Health related questions/concerns
Please Contact Student Health & Wellness Center (607) 436-3573 for the following services:
- Primary Care Clinicians and Specialists, including Chiropractor, Dermatologist, Massage Therapy, Orthopedist
- General Services: Birth control counseling, HIV testing, Nutrition counseling, Smoking cessation, Dental Clinic, Optometry Clinic, Physical Therapist, Pharmacy, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist, Sports Medicine Specialist, Immunization and Travel Services, Women's Health/Gynecologist, Laboratory and X-ray, Substance abuse counseling
Seeking Support and/or a Safe Space
- Coping with or grieving the loss of a loved one, personal decision making, crisis management, etc.
- Contact: Counseling Center, ph: 607-436-3368
- Transition issues, homesickness, roommate issues
- Contact Residential Community Life, ph: 607-436-2513
- New Student Services, ph: 607-436-2255 for support.
- Gender Sexuality Resource Center (LGBTQ)
- ph: 607-436-2190
- Veteran & Military Services
- ph: 607-436-3390
- Loans, scholarships, grants, etc. Contact for students: 607-436-2532
- The administrative line for faculty use only 607-436-2010
- Managing My Finances: expenses, debt management, credit card problems, etc.
Choosing a Major / Career Path
- Direction and decision making
- Clarifying life and career goals
- Connecting life and career plans
- Acquiring employability skills
- Career inventories and assessments
- Options and decisions about graduate school
Contact: Career Development Center
To discuss a career plan, take a career inventory, get information about internship opportunities, resume writing and interview skills.
Contact: Academic Advisement
To make an academic plan, declare a major and/or minor, track Gen Ed requirements, discuss transfer credit, etc
- On Campus and community job/internship listings, job fairs, recruitment events
- Contact: Career Development Center
- (607) 436-2534
- Hunt College Union Employment Opportunities. Various part-time opportunities available. Contact: Hunt College Union
- (607) 436-3014
Leaves and Withdrawals
The Office of Student Development will talk with students about taking a Non-Academic Leave of Absence or Withdrawing from the institution. Feel free to make referrals to our office or call for information. View forms and information regarding eligibility and the process.
The services listed in this section might be beneficial to you personally. (note: Some may be fee-based)
Health & Fitness
Free weights, machines, classes, and pool Contact: Intramural Program and Campus Recreation.
- Summer Youth Camps and programs - SUNY Oneonta hosts several summer programs for various interests and ages. We host programs in sports, science, and music. Some of our programs are directed by our own faculty, coaches, and students.
- Contact: Graig Eichler, ph: 607-436-2077
- Live theatrical entertainment and performing arts at Goodrich Theatre.
- Beautiful art exhibitions by professionals, faculty and students.
- Bugbee Children's Center - Bugbee Children's Center offers year-round child care services for children 8 weeks through school age and is associated with SUNY Oneonta. ph: 607-436-2484
- Discounted tickets available for both on and off campus events, attractions, and transportation
- Contact: Office of Human Resources, ph: 607-436-2509
- The College Camp is located at 119 Hoffman Road, on 276 acres of former farm and woodland. Its purpose is to provide educational, recreational and social opportunities for the members of our College Community.
Hosting Conferences and Meetings
Two facilities can accommodate meetings and large conferences
- Hunt College Union
- Morris Conference Center
- Contact: Morris Conference Center's Website ph: 607-436-2077
- Summer conference spaces and housing
- Contact: Website ph: 607-436-2077
Hunt College Union Amenities
- Contact: Office of Student Life & Leadership's Website
- ph: 607-436-3014
- Hunt College Union Ticket Office
- Movie Theatre
- Game Room - Dragon's Lair
- Quiet Lounge
- College Store
- Living room (sitting area with fireplace and TV)
- Computer lab and printers
- Ballroom for large events
- Electronic recycling bins
- The Shipping Room for mailing or receiving packages
5. Emergency Services & Safety
SUNY Oneonta has compiled a comprehensive list of safety and security actions, as well as policies and procedures that should be followed in various health and safety emergencies. View these resources.
Campus safety and security are coordinated by the University Police Department, which has a force of seventeen sworn police officers with full arrest powers. As an armed police department, patrol members respond to all emergencies, dispatched by six professionally trained dispatchers.
State University of New York Police Officers must meet the highest standards in New York State for Law Enforcement Officers. The officers have passed a basic training program administered by the State University of New York State Police Academy in Albany, NY or a local regional Police Academy, and undergo continuous training to upgrade their skills. Officers have been trained in emergency medical procedures and first aid. They conduct foot, bike, and vehicular patrols on the campus and in residence hall areas 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
At the bottom of the page you can sign up for NY ALERT; which is an emergency communication system used by the College (and other state agencies). You can elect to receive messages via email, voicemail, cell phone call, and text message. You can also put other phone numbers and email addresses into the system.
Blue Light Phones & Cameras
Strategically placed across campus you'll fine blue poles with a speaker box. When the red button is pushed on the speaker box a direct dial phone call is placed to UPD dispatch and a blue light will start to strobe on top of the pole. You can talk to the dispatcher through this speakerphone to ask for help or report a situation that needs police presence. Cameras are also placed on buildings and poles across campus. There is a live feed, but not all cameras can be monitored at once. The footage from all cameras is downloaded and kept on a server for 3 months to aid investigations.
The University Police Department provides escort services from dusk to dawn for the safety of anyone walking alone on the campus at night. Call 436-3550 for an escort to or from any campus building or parking lot.
Oneonta State Emergency Squad
EMT level volunteers will respond to and treat any medical emergency in order to stabilize condition for transport to the hospital. Transportation must be done by the Oneonta City Fire Department, but our campus emergency squad will respond and give initial life support and/or first aid treatment. Call 607-436-3550 for the Emergency Squad.
1. Code of Student Conduct
The Code of Student Conduct contains the Colleges' behavioral expectations of students. It also contains a description of the adjudication processes we use at SUNY Oneonta, as well as student rights. View the Code document.
2. Policy Library
The Policy Library contains policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures that are vital to the effective operation of our institution. All policies must be approved by the President's Cabinet or Provost to be included in the library. The Policy Library is also searchable, in case you are looking for a specific policy. View the Policy Library.
3. Academic Integrity Policy
Importance of Academic Integrity
The academic activities of the College, which contribute to the fulfillment of the College mission, are dependent upon the honest and open communication of ideas among students and faculty. Fundamental to academic integrity is a genuine respect for knowledge and intellectual inquiry. The academic community cannot thrive when these principles have been compromised by any of its members; therefore, this policy specifies the procedures to be implemented in cases where violations are suspected.
Violations of Academic Integrity: Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty is defined as any act by a student that misrepresents or attempts to misrepresent to an instructor or any College official, the proficiency or achievement of that student or another student in any academic exercise, or that is intended to alter any record of a student's academic performance by unauthorized means.
A student deemed responsible for an act of academic dishonesty may, depending on the nature of the offense, be subject to one or more of the following measures: failure of the assignment or examination, failure of the course, or dismissal from the College. Depending upon the severity of the violation, as determined by the College's Office of Community Standards, the student may be referred to the Standing Disciplinary Board. Second offenses will result in a mandatory referral of the case to the Standing Disciplinary Board, or, if the Board cannot be convened in a timely manner, the Director of Community Standards will hear the case. The penalties that may be assessed by the Board are listed under the Procedures of the Standing Disciplinary Board as published in this publication; however, the normal penalty is suspension or dismissal. (The full policy can be found in the Code of Conduct.)
When a faculty member suspects academic dishonesty, it should be reported in writing to the Office of Community Standards. The reporting form can be found on the Community Standards website, in the far left column, at the bottom, under the heading Forms. Click on Academic Integrity, fill out the form and send to the office via email or campus mail.
4. Classroom Disruption Policy
Instructors have a responsibility to maintain an effective learning situation in their classrooms and to deal promptly with any disruptions that interfere with the learning situation. The instructor is in charge of his/her classroom. If he/she feels that a student is interfering with the right of other students to profit from attendance in that classroom or if he/she feels that he/she is being unreasonably hindered in the presentation of subject matter, the instructor has every right to eject the offending student from the class and/or notify the Student Development Office of the student's behavior. Either course of action should be taken with discretion and only for reasonable cause.
If a student is ejected from the class, it may be for that class period only and the instructor will immediately submit a written report of the incident to the Student Development Office and a copy to the student and the appropriate academic dean. (If the incident involves physical violence, a report should also be made to the University Police.) Upon receipt of the report, the Director of Community Standards will immediately schedule an interview with the student to discuss the incident. Any subsequent incident reported to the Vice President for Student Development involving the same student in any class will result in administrative action by the Student Development Office and possible referral to the Standing Disciplinary Board of the College. The consequences of such action may include denying the student further access to the class or other disciplinary action, including dismissal from the college.
5. College Handbook
View the College Handbook in its entirety online and it can also be downloaded from the site as a PDF document.
The College Handbook has been prepared by the Provost's Office in cooperation with College-wide divisions, offices, and individuals and presents information on those policies, procedures, and other matters that faculty often need as a reference on a day-to-day basis. Bookmark the site, as you will visit it often. Examples of policies and procedures contained in the handbook are: Personnel policies, Academic and Grading policies, Attendance policy, procedures for Leaves, Withdrawals and Readmission, etc.
6. Excused Absences
In preparing statements regarding class attendance, instructors should be aware of the following official statements and regulations:
Extended field trips may remove students from classes of other faculty members. Instructors should not interfere with the student's right or responsibility to go on any College approved extended field trip. See "Field Trip Policies and Procedures" in the General Information, Policies and Procedures chapter for additional details.
State Education law (Section 224-a) states that any student who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes on a particular day or days shall be excused from any examinations, study or work requirements. The College is obligated to provide an equivalent opportunity for students to make up any examination, study or work requirement that he or she may have missed because of such absence (complete text of the law follows).
Students called to military duty should contact instructors immediately and discuss jointly with them and the Office of Student Development length of absence if known and if a formal leave would be appropriate.
Jury Duty. Student is required to show proof to instructors.
Intercollegiate Athletics. Students on College athletic teams should not be required to attend class at times that conflict with official intercollegiate athletic events or be denied the same opportunity to make up the work or demonstrate competence that would be given any other students with a legitimate reason for absence, such as illness or a co-curricular field trip. Athletic absences should be treated the same as other excused absences.
Trips of College Performing Organizations
Students absent due to College Performances should not be required to attend classes at times that conflict with these performance schedules nor should they be denied the same opportunity to make up the work or demonstrate competence that would be given any other student with a legitimate reason for absence, such as illness or a co-curricular field trip.
Student should communicate directly with instructors if they will miss classes due to illness. The Student Health Center will not provide excuses for students who miss classes due to an appointment or walk-in visit at the Center. The Student Health Center will, with documented authorization from the student, be glad to verify an illness or injury if the instructor wishes to call. If a student is advised not to attend class due to long-term illness or serious injury, the Office of Student Development will notify instructors.
Death of a Close Relative
Students should contact instructors individually or may contact the Office of Student Development who will then notify instructors of anticipated duration of absence.
At the request of the College Senate, the following statement is part of the College's policy on inclement weather: "Commuting students who miss classes due to inclement weather will be permitted to make up academic work without penalty."
Natural calamities, accidents beyond student's control, and other appropriate reasons deemed valid by the instructor.
1. Study Abroad
SUNY Oneonta offers semester- and year-long study abroad and exchange programs through the Office of International Education in partnership with universities in Finland, Ghana, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. But the possibilities don't end there. Our students also have access to more than 600 study abroad and exchange programs around the world through the SUNY network.
If a student can't commit to a whole semester abroad, consider participating in a short-term faculty-led field course. These trips are usually part of a semester-long or summer course and typically last 10 days to three weeks, offering hands-on learning in your field, plus immersion in another culture. Review details about the program.
Contact Kate Stanley in the Office of International Education for more information - 607-436-2461
International Internship Opportunities
SUNY Oneonta partners with Academic Internship Council (AIC) and Connect-123 to offer domestic and international internship opportunities in fourteen exciting locations across the globe.
2. Leadership Opportunities
LEAD @ Oneonta is a comprehensive leadership program based on current research and the Council for Advancement of Standards (CAS). It is designed to provide individual students an opportunity to explore leadership in a manner that gives them great breadth while allowing them to focus on areas important to them personally. Review details about the program.
There are several individual leadership opportunities throughout the Division of Student Development. You can review 11 opportunities for students.
3. Service Learning & Volunteerism
Our Center for Social Responsibility (CSRC) has excellent service learning and volunteerism opportunities.
Service Learning is a pedagogical approach, which includes experiential learning via meaningful community service paired with classroom instruction and reflection. It is meant to enrich the academic learning experience for the students, teach civic responsibility, and help the local community with identified needs.
Service learning is different from volunteer and co-curricular activities because it is an integral part of the course, activities are directly related to curriculum goals, reflection is a key component, and the learning component intentionally fosters a sense of social responsibility.
Volunteer opportunities - Each semester the CSRC receives new volunteer job descriptions for area agencies and organizations. The Center can assist students in getting involved in volunteer opportunities that interest them or best suit their academic needs. It is important that students sign up through the Center in order to make certain that the agencies we work with are kept informed. Please refer students to the Center in Alumni Hall 101C to see our list of volunteer opportunities or call a CSRC Coordinator at X-2651 or 2098 to sign up.
Residential Community Life - Programming Pillar of Service
As community is at the forefront of our residential experience, Residential Community Life has developed a programming model unique to SUNY Oneonta, the Programming Pillars. The structure of this model is designed to encompass a holistic approach to residential education and enhance community development. Resident Advisors (RAs) present one large-scale program per month, per residence hall. Each residence hall staff chooses one of the Programming Pillars (Life Skills, Health and Wellness, Multiculturalism and Inclusion, Service, and Elective) around which to design their program.
During the month of April, each residence hall staff program is focused on the Pillar of Service. The service pillar is a powerful platform for student staff and residents to participate in a common shared experience of giving back to our community. Service learning promotes better self and social awareness, social responsibility, community and social justice and the acquisition of 21st century skills. We program around the theme of Keep It Local to encourage the residential students to give back to their greater Oneonta or Otsego County community. Some examples of past Service programs include: garbage clean-up of the streets surrounding campus, fundraising and collection of non-perishable food for The Lord's Table and Saturday's Bread, creating thank you cards and delivering them to the Veterans Club, participation in CANstruction and Into the Streets (sponsored by the CSRC), collecting old t-shirts, creating dog toys and delivering them to local animal shelters, and many more. Throughout each of these programs, we strive to keep residents actively engaged in the learning and giving process.
4. Student Community
Students should make memories that last a lifetime in college. We are dedicated to this idea, not in spite of our scholarly mission, but as a complement to it. Boredom and learning simply are not compatible. This may be our strongest argument for the nearly 100 clubs and organizations on our campus, for the hundreds of hours of entertainment, athletic events and social programming that go on every semester, and for giving our Student Association, created "by the students and to serve the students," an annual budget of over $1 million.
SUNY Oneonta's residential life community is very active, with all kinds of ways to get involved from joining hall government or working as a resident advisor, to attending one of the many social and educational events offered throughout the year.