Our mission, goals and values


Residence Life and Housing provides secure, welcoming, and engaging living environments that encourage and support the academic and personal success of residential students.


Residence Life and Housing will be a premier residential environment where students will be actively engaged in their learning experience. We will provide programs that are directed at enhancing students’ capacity and aspirations for growth intellectually, socially, aesthetically, interpersonally, and physically. Our students will have a comparative advantage among college graduates; they will be civically-engaged, sensitive to human concerns, and globally aware.

Divisional Values

The members of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management are committed to the values of:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Diversity refers to the ways we differ, including those differences we were born with as well as those characteristics that make us unique. Inclusion refers to bringing people together and benefiting from the collection of our perspectives and experiences. Diversity and inclusion together create a community distinguished by respect, involvement, and connection where our individual ideas, backgrounds and perspectives are harnessed and valued.
  • Mutual Respect Mutual respect is the foundation for honesty, trust, and meaningful communication and involves both individual and shared concern for ourselves and others. Mutual respect accords dignity to different feelings, beliefs, and values.
  • Community Community involves a set of interrelationships connecting students, faculty and staff who recognize and celebrate a shared vision, purpose and values. These relationships create a sense of belonging and responsibility where caring, respect, justice and fairness are expected and embraced.
  • Responsibility We recognize the well-being and governance of our community are a shared responsibility. Being responsible means that decisions are made by acknowledging the context and considering consequences, both intended and unintended, of any course of action. A sense of responsibility requires careful reflection on one’s moral obligations to be thoughtful stewards of resources, accountable to ourselves, to each other, and to the community we serve.
  • Engagement Engagement refers to the energy and commitment that students dedicate to out of class activities that develop their knowledge, skills and competencies. Engagement also refers to the energy and commitment provided by the College to foster student participation in those activities.


  • Residence Life and Housing will have a well trained professional and student staff.
  • Residence Life and Housing will provide opportunities for student growth and personal success.
  • Residence Life and Housing will improve its returning student retention rate.
  • Residence Life and Housing will provide and maintain facilities that meet the needs of our students.
  • Residence Life and Housing will promote academic success among residential students.

Office Contact Hours
Residence Life and Housing
303 Culkin Hall
Phone: 315.312.2246
Fax: 315.312.6329
Email: reslife@oswego.edu
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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