Message from President Deborah F. Stanley

To Members of our Student Community:


Welcome to the SUNY Oswego community.  As with any other community membership, being a part of an academic institution requires you to be familiar with the policies and procedures of the institution and to understand how those policies and procedures will positively influence your time here.

Our campus is a learner-centered community.  We focus our attention on the intellectual and citizenship development of our students, and we celebrate and promote equity, diversity and inclusivity – truly offering the many opportunities of this special place to all.  An important element of your citizenship here is time spent reflecting on what it means to be an active and engaged member of our academic community.  What is your role in establishing and sustaining a vibrant environment in which students and faculty learn together; how will you demonstrate academic integrity; what will you teach others; how will you value and support other members of our community, no matter the challenges that may emerge?

To create and maintain a campus environment that enhances your motivation to learn, our community recognizes certain rights and responsibilities.  For example, you have the right to live and study in an environment that actively promotes learning and respect for others.  You also have the right to expect that prejudice, harassment and violence will not be tolerated, and that your individual and intellectual freedoms will be protected.  At the same time, you have a responsibility to ensure that your conduct does not abridge those rights for other members of the community.

This Student Handbook will give you a sense of what to expect and what is expected of you as you interact with other members of the campus community.  It outlines policies and procedures that are meant to protect both your freedoms and the academic integrity of our community, ensure honesty in your actions, and support the dignity of everyone on campus.  It details protections you are afforded, responsibilities you must meet, and the avenues of redress available to you as a citizen of the college.

By taking an active role in your learning process, you will quickly find that Oswego is an exciting place to live, work, and learn.