Residential Community Life

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Changes to Mail Services:

All mail will now be delivered to Red Dragon Express.  Students will keep their same mailing address for their entire career at SUNY Oneonta.  Mail should be addressed:

Full Name
Dragon #(insert number here)
68 Bugbee Road
Oneonta, NY 13820

The Dragon Number is DIFFERENT than your A0#.  You can access your dragon number in the directory and your web services portal.


Welcome to the Department of Residential Community Life

The department of Residential Community Life is a community with diverse identities. Our team is comprised of individuals who function in various roles; our Professional Staff (Director, Associate and Assistant Directors, Community Directors, Residence Hall Directors, Resident Managers, Administrative support staff), Student Staff (Resident Advisors, Resident Community Advisors, Night Hosts, Office Assistants, Interns), Students (including student leaders within our Resident Student Organization, National Residence Halls Honorary, and Hall Governments), and campus and community partners. In support of the mission of SUNY Oneonta (We nurture a community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially, and live purposefully), we have worked to put together our mission, values and metrics of success.

Departmental Mission

To create and develop an inclusive space that engages community, fosters growth, and helps people recognize their inherent value and reach their desired potential.

Our Core Values

These are the values we (the Residential Life Professional and Student staff) strive to live by and ask to be held accountable to. We hold these values for one another and for our students. These values define how we do our work, and the priorities in which decisions get made. Although sometimes these values may come into conflict with one another, they are the guiding principles in the decisions we are making daily.

•    The humanity and authenticity of all members of our community
•    A Sense of Belonging
•    Open and Transparent Communication
•    Continual learning
•    Collaboration and partnerships
•    Creativity and Innovation

In addition, as a department, we recognize the unique role of the student staff positions that exist within our community. They are key members who are working to balance their role as both students and staff members. Above all else, these student staff members are here to get an education and graduate. Being successful students must be their priority.  Student Staff are students first, Resident Advisors (RAs), Resident Community Advisors (RCAs), Night Hosts, Office Assistants, Interns second.

Metrics of Success

These are the measures in which we will know whether we are meeting our goals for the department. These Metrics are intended to be wide in scope.  Each academic year we will develop departmental objectives and key results to achieve our desired results.  
•    Active & Intentional Community Engagement
•    Developing Agents of Change
•    Individual Academic Growth and Persistence
•    Holistic Safety (Physical, emotional, etc)
•    Student and Staff Satisfaction
•    Financial Responsibility

The six areas above are what we are striving toward. If you have questions on what this looks like, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email or phone. 


The price of living on campus is fixed for each entering class. Students can choose from three living arrangements (subject to availability), with housing rates guaranteed for their subsequent years at Oneonta as long as they remain in campus housing.


Residential Community Life 
106 Wilsbach Hall
Oneonta, NY 13820
Office: (607) 436-2514
Office: (607) 436-3182

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