May 24, 2024  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Student Life



Vice President’s Office: Sheldon Hall, 315-312-3230
Dean’s Office: 711 Culkin Hall, 315-312-3214,

Mission Statement

The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management provides learning experiences and services to current and prospective students to promote their capacity for success in college and in life.

Vision Statement

The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is a leader in developing a premier campus environment marked by active student engagement in learning experiences. Our campus environment puts student learning outcomes at the center of both formal and informal campus activities for all students. We seek collaborative partnerships with students and other College divisions to engage students in integrated learning. We encourage interaction between faculty, staff and students, in class and out of class. Our programs are designed to increase students’ capacities and aspirations to achieve intellectual social and personal growth thereby providing them a comparative advantage among college graduates. Our students are purposefully engaged in their educational opportunities, initiate a number of the learning experiences that enrich the intellectual life of the campus, and promote a campus environment supportive of learning.

The Division supports and encourages students to actively participate in many different learning experiences offered through its diverse programs and services. Student involvement in learning experiences facilitates the acquisition of knowledge, an understanding of and respect for self and others, the development of skills, and the clarification of values.
Staff members in the Division interact regularly with students and are eager to hear about the issues and experiences that students encounter. Student Affairs staff attend carefully to the questions and concerns of students which contributes greatly to the sense of satisfaction and “belonging” which the student experiences here.



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New students are introduced to the College through an orientation process designed to provide information and support to encourage academic and personal success.

New transfers and first year students are invited to participate in an orientation program, either over the summer or immediately prior to the Fall or Spring semesters. At orientation, students are introduced to campus and academic life at Oswego, they meet an advisor, register for classes and have the opportunity to take care of other details such as finalizing financial aid, pre-arranging the purchase of textbooks, signing up for fitness centers and getting their student ID card.

Prior to the start of the Fall semester, Welcome Week activities continue the orientation process for new first year and transfer students and include a campus-wide Welcome Picnic, special advisement events, educational events and social activities, all designed to further support the new student transition to Oswego. Receptions/welcome sessions are held for commuters, transfers, athletes and other special populations.



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COMPASS is a comprehensive advisement and career planning center devoted to four major goals, Discover Your Vision, Define Your Future, Develop Your Skills and Distinguish Yourself. The staff of the COMPASS is available to assist students in navigating the transition into, through and out-of college through a variety of personal growth and support programs. Through interaction with these program areas, students may receive help with self assessment and college major confirmation, gain experience through community volunteer and service learning activities, secure internships on and off campus and obtain assistance with job and/or graduate school search.

Services within the COMPASS are:

  • First Year Programs
  • Advisement of Undeclared Students
  • Major Exploration/Confirmation
  • Transfer Student Services
  • Community Service and Service Learning programs and placements
  • Civic Engagement
  • Experienced Based Education
  • Career Services and Job Search Assistance

First Year Programs



SUNY Oswego’s First Year Programs are designed to help freshmen to be successful in college. These programs include: First Year Advisement (see Academic Advisement under the Curriculum Information section of this catalog), First Choice Academic Experience, and First Year Residential Experience. These programs are geared towards helping the students connect to the faculty, staff and each other.

The First Choice Academic Experience offers small classes specially designed to help first-year students gain skills and access resources necessary to be successful in college. These courses are integrated into the regular curriculum and taught primarily by full-time faculty and staff, providing opportunities for individual attention from the professor and solid group interaction. Oswego offers Preceptor, Gateway, and Service Learning courses in multiple subject areas, as well as Special Interest Programs for eligible individuals including CHAMPS for athletes, Honors and First Year Select. First Year Learning Communities are also available through First Choice, offering students a chance to take a block of integrated courses.

Johnson Hall houses the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE), which offers a structured community encouraging first-year students to succeed academically. Students have academic and social requirements that assist them in becoming involved with life on-campus and the greater community.

Major Exploration/Confirmation Advisement of Undeclared Students



Students who are exploring academic majors and related careers can choose to be “undeclared” for their first and second year at Oswego. All Undeclared students are assigned to a Faculty/Staff Advisor trained to support students in the process of deciding on a major.

Undeclared first year students are required to participate in at least one COMPASS program, activity, workshop or class specifically designed to support students through the major exploration/confirmation process. Sophomore Undeclared students are encouraged to actively participate in advanced exploratory opportunities (including ‘job shadowing’, community service, and internships) to further support the decision-making process.

Though students may remain undeclared up to the time they complete 60 credit hours, students are encouraged to select and confirm their academic major between 30-45 credit hours as some academic majors have significant core requirements that need to be completed early on to ensure timely progress to graduation.

Transfer Student Services



SUNY Oswego’s Transfer Services Office was created in order to provide the almost 900 transfer students with support during their time at Oswego. The Transfer Services Office is responsible for several programs related to transfer success including the MOST Mentoring Program, Tau Sigma National Academic Honor Society, and the Transfer Services website which contains information related to the TRANSFERmation Program, course equivalencies, articulation agreements, transfer student scholarships, and involvement opportunities.

The MOST Mentoring Program (Mentors Offering Support to Transfers) pairs incoming transfer students with returning transfer students to help new transfer students adjust to their new academic and social community. Tau Sigma is the National Transfer Student Academic Honor Society and any transfer student who transfers in with at least 24 credits and is in the top 20% of their incoming class is eligible.

The Office of Transfer Services is also responsible for the creation and maintenance of program agreements with community colleges and other four year institutions. We also work with a number of other offices on campus to provide services and programs to aid transfer students in their transition to SUNY Oswego.

Center for Service Learning and Community Service



Students and faculty have a number of opportunities to become engaged in the community while they are at SUNY Oswego through both service learning and community service.

Service learning provides a distinctive learning environment in which the community becomes “the classroom” that enhances students’ learning, life experiences, and sense of connection to the greater community. There are three ways students can take part in service learning:

  • GST302 (1 credit): Students can take this course as a stand-alone or in conjunction with another course if the instructor approves. Twenty hours of community service, journals and reflection papers, and attendance at discussion sessions are required.
  • GST302 (2 credits):While enrolled in this course, students take on the role of group leader at a service site in the community. They oversee logistics and facilitate reflection activities with other student volunteers at the site. 80 hours of service, journals, reflection papers, and attendance at discussion sessions are also required.
  • Many instructors, in a wide array of disciplines, have service learning embedded into their curriculum. Students in these classes apply the skills and/or theory they are learning in a course by providing service to the community. The instructors then incorporate reflection of these experiences into the course however they choose.
  • The Center for Service Learning and Community Service is a resource to faculty that would like to gain more knowledge of service learning. Staff provide support in setting up service sites and recognition to those faculty who participate.

For those students who choose to voluntarily give up time to participate in community service, there are many options to choose from including on-going sites and one-time events:

  • On-going sites: Mentor Oswego, Adopt-A-Grandparent, Special Olympics, Red Cross and more.
  • One-time events: Project Serve,Make-A-Difference Day, Alternative Spring Break, fundraisers, Hunger Banquet, Habitat for Humanity, campus clean-ups, blood drives, and more.

The Center provides a number of other resources including tracking volunteer hours, service transcripts, class presentations, a searchable website, a calendar of upcoming events, a volunteer listserv, and a database with over 170 volunteer sites.

Civic Engagement



The Civic Engagement Office helps students make a difference in their local, regional, national, and global communities. We coordinate a variety of activities that help students gain and use the knowledge, skills, values, and motivations of engaged citizens who can make change through both political and non-political processes.

We do this by acquainting students through our website with the many civic engagement activities going on in the college community. We also work with Student Association and other groups to plan panels, citizen forums, town halls, and other programs that help members of the Oswego campus community learn about issues and develop deliberative skills. We help bridge town-gown differences by providing opportunities to discuss issues, solve problems, and work on community initiatives with local residents and political officials. And, with Student Association and Residence Life and Housing, we encourage political involvement through voter registration drives and voter education.

The Civic Engagement Office works hand-in-hand with other Compass groups, including Experience Based Education, The Center for Service Learning and Community Services, and Career Services, as well as with academic departments and other groups across campus.

Experience-Based Education



Students may earn academic credit for a variety of experiential learning opportunities that include internships, career courses as well as college and community service. Students can identify internship placements with the help of our office, use their own networks, consult published guides, or find placements from on-line sources including our own database. Participation in a workshop is required before beginning any of our programs. Experiences can help students identify an appropriate career direction, confirm a choice of major, or provide insight into the relationship between classroom learning and a field of study. Many of the courses offered are open to first year and second year students. Academic credit for internship is available to students in Fall, Spring, or Summer. Academic papers, assignments, and other documentation is required along with required hours at the placement site. For more information see Experience-Based Education .

Career Services



The Career Services Office makes available a variety of specialized services and programs designed to support the career development activities of current students and persons applying for admission to graduate school. Alumni are served on a time-available basis. Programs include:

  • Career planning and self-assessment software
  • Assistance in choosing an academic major
  • Resume/cover letter preparation assistance
  • Workshops and mock interviews
  • On-line listings of full-time jobs
  • On-campus interviews with employers
  • Job fairs and recruitment events
  • Regional travel and alumni networking programs
  • Electronic reference letter mailing service
  • Graduate school advisement and networking

Graduate Survey

Annually, the Career Services Office publishes Beyond Oswego, a report of the career paths of our most recent graduates. Oswego graduates have been successful in securing excellent entry-level positions and in advancing to higher-level positions in many fields, including business, industry, education, government, and social services. They have also obtained admission to and scholarship awards from many prestigious graduate and professional schools.



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On-campus living is an integral part of the Oswego experience. Living in residence halls engages students in the educational environment, facilitating the development of friendships and involvement in campus activities. It also requires students to regularly interact with others, and offers leadership and employment opportunities.

Our eleven residence halls, supervised by live-in professional and student staff, accommodate approximately 4000 students. More in depth information about the residence halls and our Residence Life and Housing program can be found on the web page.

College Housing Policy

The College believes that being engaged in the educational environment is the preferred experience for new students. Therefore, all full-time undergraduate students who will need to establish an Oswego area residence in order to attend the College are required to live on campus to the extent that facilities are available and utilized.

Students exempted from that requirement are those who:

  • will continue to reside with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s);
  • will continue to reside in their official residence, which is separate from that of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s), and at which they had resided for at least three consecutive months prior to their acceptance of the admissions offer from the College;
  • are married; or
  • are twenty-one (21) years of age as of September 1 for fall admission or January 1 for spring admission.

Students in this category must submit a request for exemption form available on the  department’s web site and at 303 Culkin Hall.

Students who have fulfilled the Housing Requirement and would no longer be required to live in College Housing are those who entered Oswego:

  • as freshmen (less than 15 hours of College academic credit) and have lived in residence at SUNY Oswego for four (4) consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring) if admitted in the Fall or three (3) semesters if admitted in the Spring; or
  • as transfer students (15 or more College academic credits) and have lived in residence at SUNY Oswego for two (2) consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring) if admitted in the Fall or one (1) semester if admitted in the Spring.

Room Reservations and Assignments

To request on-campus housing, incoming students must pay the Room Reservation Deposit. After paying the Room Reservation Deposit, new students will be sent information regarding when and how to log on to our online housing assignment system (Apply Online). Through Apply Online, students will indicate their preferences for housing and roommates (if applicable). New student room assignments are made based on the information provided through Apply Online.

Although entering students (first year, transfer and readmitted) are given no guarantee of assignment to a specific building or room, every attempt is made to honor students’ first or second preferences. Also, the Office of Residence Life and Housing will attempt to honor roommate requests when all students involved have mutually agreed in writing at least sixty (60) days prior to the upcoming semester’s first day of classes. The College will assign roommates for students who do not express roommate preferences. In general, entering students are assigned rooms in accordance with the dates on which the College receives their Room Reservation Deposit. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, or affectional orientation in those assignments.

Refund of Room Reservation Deposit

The Room Reservation Deposit is refunded only in accordance with the following:

  • If, after paying the deposit, the student does not enroll the deposit is refundable if written application for refund is made to the College before August 1 for fall semester or before December 1 for the spring semester.
  • If the application is made and the resident withdraws to enter military service, the refund will be granted automatically.

Refund of Prepaid Room and Board Payment

Students withdrawing from the College or released from residence after August 1, but prior to entering residence, who have prepaid room and board are entitled to a refund less the $100.00 Room Reservation Deposit.


Auxiliary Services
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Auxiliary Services provides services to the Oswego State campus such as the College Store, Copy Shop, College Cut, Fallbrook, Resident Dining, Cash Operations & Catering, ID & Dining, vending, washers and dryers and the shuttle bus. They also fund various cultural and social events on campus and sponsor the William R. Tucker and Student Employee Scholarships.

I.D. Cards


All students attending SUNY Oswego must obtain an identification card from Auxiliary Services’ ID & Dining Services office in 504 Culkin Hall. This card is used to access campus services, serves as a library card, and is used in campus dining operations as a meal card for students who have purchased a meal plan.

The identification card must also be presented or surrendered upon request of an Oswego State official including residence hall staff, University Police, Student Affairs staff, and students authorized by Oswego State to supervise campus events, activities, and residence halls.

Failure to present a student identification card upon request by a college official, the alteration or falsification of data on the identification card, creation and /or distribution of falsified identification cards, or using an identification card to impersonate others are violations of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct and may result in disciplinary action taken by Oswego State and/or confiscation of the card.

It is the responsibility of the student to replace the Oswego State identification card if it is confiscated, stolen, lost, bent, broken, or worn beyond the point of readability by Oswego State officials and/or readers used by Oswego State. Replacement cards can be obtained at the ID & Dining Services office, 504 Culkin Hall.



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Whether a student is looking to play sports, join special interest clubs, or develop leadership skills, the Department of Campus Life has something for resident, transfer and commuter students alike. To emphasize the benefits of activities outside the classroom setting and connect these activities with students’ academic endeavors, Campus Life collaborates with members of the campus community to foster the exchange of creative ideas, the discovery and construction of knowledge, and the celebration of accomplishments. This vibrant form of learning contributes directly to establishing positive peer relationships, enhancing a student’s sense of belonging at the College, and achieving higher levels of academic success.

Campus Life is comprised of several functional areas that collaborate in the delivery of a variety of campus-wide programs and services that serve the academic, developmental, and social needs of the College’s diverse student body.

Commuter students at SUNY Oswego are a diverse group of people ranging from local first year students residing at home, upper-class students living in the surrounding Oswego communities, to non-traditional students who have careers and families of their own. The needs and interests of commuter students are served through the combined efforts of a broad complement of administrative offices and academic departments. Campus Life and the Student Association have assumed specific obligations in support of commuter students.

Campus Life is dedicated to assisting all commuter students in establishing a strong sense of belonging at the College through active involvement in activities outside the classroom. Such activities might include membership in one of over 120 registered student organizations, one of the many College-wide committees, or serving as an off campus senator in the Student Association Senate. To effectively meet its obligation to commuter students, Campus Life collaborates with the campus community to generate new and exciting environments and experiences that enable students to competently discover and construct knowledge. This vibrant form of learning has been shown to contribute directly to higher levels of academic success.

The College Community Relations Committee addresses topics of mutual interest to the College and the City of Oswego. Membership includes students, college staff, city officials, local business people, and interested city residents. The task force meets regularly throughout the academic year and sponsors the annual exchange program between the Common Council of the City of Oswego and the Student Association Senate.

Event Management Office


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The Event Management Office assists organizations and departments in the planning, management and implementation of events ranging from single meetings to multi-day conferences. These services include facility reservations, and audio-visual and other event support. The Event Management Office is also responsible for the reservation of classrooms for events other than regularly scheduled classes.

Campus Center

The Campus Center is the primary venue for events and celebrations of the intellectual and social life of the College. The Campus Center features classrooms, multipurpose activity spaces, meeting rooms, a 200 seat auditorium, the 2500 seat convocation center/ice area, and a gymnasium. Student organization work spaces are clustered in The Point and the student media outlets (radio, television and newspaper) are also located in the Campus Center. It is home to several academic departments, faculty offices, academic support services, and administrative offices. Services and amenities include the Welcome Center, several dining options, retail space, skate shop, box office (tickets, check cashing and postage stamp sales), automated teller machines (ATMs), internet kiosks, informal gathering spaces, pool table, foosball table, televisions and digital event signage.



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Student Association: 315-312-3601

Student Involvement along with the Student Association and the registered student organizations at SUNY Oswego have formed The Point—a collaborative resource center. The Point is a beacon signifying a place where students initiate and purposefully engage in meaningful involvement experiences with other students, faculty advisors and staff in creating activities that contribute to bringing the campus to life outside of the classroom setting.

Student Involvement

Students engaged in meaningful involvement experiences gain a competitive advantage resulting from their increased capabilities and aspirations for collaboration, leadership, teamwork and intellectual as well as personal growth. Registered student organizations represent the many interests and areas of involvement for SUNY Oswego students that are represented by the following categories: Arts (Creative, Musical, Performing), Academics, Club Sports, Cultural, Community Service, Student Governance, Honor Societies, Media, Political, Religious, Special Interests, Fraternities and Sororities.

Student Involvement staff members coordinate and provide many opportunities for involvement at The Point:

  • Advisement and assistance is provided to advisors, officers and members of registered student organizations.
  • Directory for Registered Student Organizations, which can be found online at The Point’s web page. This directory allows students, faculty and staff to see which organizations are registered and active on campus along with contact information for each organization.
  • The Student Involvement Fair is a program in collaboration with the Student Association where students can learn about student organizations on campus and get involved.
  • ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, and Native American) Leadership Conference, this conference brings together students, faculty and staff along with regional and national speakers and entertainers to provide a weekend of leadership training and entertainment from diverse perspectives.
  • The Leadership Development Series, which is a series of speakers who address many aspects of leadership, management and how involvement can affect one’s success in life after college.
  • Programming and training for students and their organizations including: Risk Management, Officer Transitions, Organizational Self-Assessment and Goal Setting, Team Building, etc.
  • Administration and guidance to The Point that offers over 60 offices and workstations to accommodate the needs of over 130 registered student organizations, including the student media offices (The Oswegonian,WNYO 88.9 FM &WTOP TV-10).
  • The Student Involvement Awards process and ceremony. Student leaders and organizations apply for a variety of awards and then are evaluated by faculty and staff on strict criteria, which determines who will receive awards at this end of the academic year ceremony.

Student Association



The purpose and function of the Student Association is to provide students with opportunities for involvement through associating in student clubs and organizations and in the student government. Student Association also provides direct services to students. The Student Association sponsors and organizes diverse multicultural, educational, social, and recreational experiences such as concerts, comedians, lectures, conferences, meetings, dinners, dances, etc. The Student Association consists of three branches of government including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.




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Intramural, Sport Club and Open Recreation programs provide students, faculty and staff with opportunities to participate in a wide variety of formal and informal activities designed to increase participants’ health and wellness are coordinated through Campus Recreation. A variety of special events, aquatic activities, and instructional programs are also offered. Some of the more popular intramural leagues include flag football, basketball, soccer, volleyball and broomball. Services offered by Campus Recreation include facility reservations and general assistance to registered sports clubs. The Intramural program is sponsored by Campus Life and the Student Association. Recommendations on matters regarding the general management of the Intramural program are made by the Campus Recreation Student Advisory Council.

Recreational Facilities

Lee Hall serves as the hub of Campus Recreation activities for SUNY Oswego. It provides the following recreation options, services and amenities: multi-purpose gymnasium, swimming pool, dance room, martial arts room, squash court, racquetball court, men’s and women’s locker rooms, control desk, sports equipment checkout, internet kiosks, and private swim lessons. Other facilities managed by Campus Recreation include outdoor tennis courts, six general purpose intramural fields, two softball fields, and a gymnasium in the Campus Center.

Residence Life and Housing operates fitness centers in Glimmerglass and Cooper Dining Centers. Memberships can be purchased on the web at or by calling 315-312-3963.

Oswego has both natural and developed recreational areas. Nature trails are on and near the campus. Nearby is Fallbrook Recreation Center, perfect for picnics in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. A footpath leads from Fallbrook to a system of trails at Rice Creek Field Station. Specially constructed cyclists’ safety ramps are conveniently linked with campus sidewalks and roads for bicyclists.




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Oswego State is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Eastern College Athletic Conference, competing at the Division III level. The Lakers compete in the State University of New York Athletic Conference, which is one of the oldest small college conferences in the nation created in 1958. The Athletics Program also competes in the New York State Collegiate Track Conference.

Oswego State fields teams in 24 intercollegiate sports with competition for women in basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, indoor and outdoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball. Men’s teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, indoor and outdoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and wrestling.

Laker Hall, Romney Field House, the South Athletic Complex and the Campus Center ice arena serve as the home of the athletic program. The Max Ziel Gymnasium has a seating capacity of 2,900; the Campus Center has a seating capacity of 3,000. Laker Hall also includes a 25 yard, six lane pool with a separate diving well in addition to a newly renovated state-of-the-art athletic varsity weight room, a wrestling practice room, an auxiliary gym, and squash and racquetball courts.
Each year, approximately 500 students take advantage of the athletic, academic, and social opportunities available to them through Oswego State Athletics. These include team participation (student-athletes receive one academic credit hour per playing season), academic support services (advisement, study halls, and academic monitoring), CHOICES classes (designed to promote a healthy campus climate), NCAA CHAMPS/Lifeskills training (Challenging Athletes’ Minds for Personal Success), and community service participation.




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SUNY Oswego has set forth rules of conduct and policies designed to promote a safe and healthy community conducive to educational pursuits, individual growth and harmonious living. The campus judicial system was developed to address allegations of misconduct with an educational spirit in mind.

As members of the college community, students, faculty and staff are expected to exercise their own rights, while at the same time, not denying or infringing upon the rights of other people to personal safety and intellectual development. The College Judicial system:

  • encourages students to exercise basic freedoms and rights (free speech; assembly; political beliefs; press),
  • attempts to be prescriptive (provides codes and processes) rather than restrictive whereby the use of good intentions, mature judgment and respect for the rights of others will not conflict with the educational purposes and mission of the college,
  • provides the means to resolve conflicts and address student conduct when problems arise through the system of due process.

The mission of the Office of Judicial Affairs is to:

  • commit each member of the college community to act with the highest levels of civility, integrity and self-restraint,
  • educate the campus community about the acceptable standards of conduct in a diverse learning environment,
  • challenge students to embrace conflict as an opportunity to achieve cooperative and non-violent resolutions, and
  • initiate educational activities that build self-esteem, instill motivation to attain goals, and develop effective communication skills to prevent violations on campus regulations.

The responsibility of Judicial Affairs is to assist students in:

  • gaining a clearer understanding of the educational purpose and mission of the college,
  • taking responsibility for their actions and choices,
  • being accountable to self and the community,
  • promoting community and citizenship, and
  • maintaining a safe and healthy environment for self and others.



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The University Police Agency is the department responsible for the detection and prevention of crime, and the enforcement of state and local laws, rules and regulations at the SUNY Oswego campus. The agency is comprised of professional certified, college educated, police officers who have undergone all of the necessary training requirements for state policing agencies as administered by municipal police academies. University Police Officers are available on a 24 hour basis, 365 days a year, to respond to any crime report, emergency, injury or service request by calling (315) 312- 5555 or just x5555 from any campus phone. Dialing 911 from a campus phone will directly connect you with University Police dispatch. Dialing 911 from a cell or off-campus extension will connect you with the county 911 center.

All members of the campus community are encouraged to enter the University Police extension into their cell phones to expedite connecting with the UPD for emergencies. Community members are also encouraged to actively participate in NY Alerts to receive notifications via cell, email and hard line phone of any significant emergency impacting safety including snow cancellations. Students may register for NY Alerts via their myOswego account.

New this year is the Rave Guardian Personal Safety System using a student’s cell phone to alert the police in emergencies both on and off campus. Students are encouraged to register for this service, at no charge, via their myOswego account. More information regarding the Rave Guardian Personal Safety Security System can be found in the CTS Newsletter.

Police Officers from UPD also provide guest speaking engagements on a wide variety of student life issues such as drug awareness, sexual assault prevention, hazing prevention, bias related crime prevention and traffic safety.

Campus Parking



All vehicles parked on the SUNY Oswego campus must have a parking permit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The UPD Parking division is responsible for the administration and registration of the college parking regulations. All students who wish to park automobiles that are owned by them or a family member are granted permission to use campus parking areas provided their automobiles are properly registered during the fall, spring and summer registration periods and the vehicle registration and parking fee has been paid. Upon payment of the fees for registration and parking, a parking sticker is issued authorizing parking in designated campus lots. A student failing to comply with parking regulations may be ticketed or denied the privilege of using College parking facilities. Unpaid obligations will result in the student not being able to register for classes or receivie transcripts or diploma.

All parking obligations are the responsibility of the vehicle owner and must be paid in full. Appeals for parking citations must be requested within two business days of issuance of the citation.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and the Campus Crime Statistics Act


The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act was signed into law in November 1990. Title II of this Act is known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act. Further Amendments to the original law in 1998 included the renaming of the law to the Jeanne Clery Act.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act requires all colleges and Universities receiving federal financial assistance to report their crime statistics for the current year and the past two years. Specific crime categories, including alcohol, drug and weapons incidents must be duly reported in a prescribed manner to the Department of Education and the campus community annually by October 1st. You may access SUNY Oswego campus crime statistics at the University Police website. In addition, you may also access national campus crime statistics at the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education.

In addition, campus law enforcement policies, reporting protocols, prevention education programs and referral services must be included in this annual report in addition to campus crime statistics and other mandatory information which will accurately describe the nature and frequency of the occurrence of crime on that campus.

The crime and referral statistics gathered for SUNY Oswego’s Your Guide to Personal Safety: Report to the Community is based on information obtained from the following offices: University Police, Judicial Affairs, Residence Life and Housing, and Student Affairs. Information regarding crimes on adjacent streets and roadways was collected with the cooperation of the Oswego City Police and Oswego County Sheriff ’s Department. For further information on this data collection, please call the Chief of University Police at 315-312-5555.

The University Police Department is in continuous discussions with the City of Oswego Police Department and the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department to enable the college to track incidents at the college’s satellite locations. The University Police Department monitors activities at the Phoenix Extension site; London, England; and various other international and national sites where temporary classes are held. Time number and locations of these sites vary each semester.



 Mary Walker Health Center

Counseling Services Center (CSC) provides:

  • Individual, group, and relationship counseling
  • Educational programs workshops and presentations covering a wide range of topics, including stress management, assertiveness, relationships, leadership and conflict resolution skills, building confidence, communication skills, hypnosis, and human sexuality
  • Consultation to students, faculty, staff and parents regarding the well-being of individual students
  • Crisis intervention services for students experiencing emotional crises.
  • Substance use assessment and referral
  • Outreach, education and support to formal and informal student groups
  • Strong Interest Inventory assessment and career decision-making

Counseling services are designed to ease the transition to college life and to develop the emotional, social, academic, and interpersonal skills necessary for college enjoyment and success. Staff are dedicated to providing a safe, confidential environment for students to explore personal concerns, build social strengths, increase self-confidence, develop healthier patterns of eating, increase confidence, and build more satisfying relationships. Counseling sessions have helped thousands of students deal more effectively with a wide variety of challenges, enabling the college experience to be more productive, rewarding, and enjoyable.

Counseling Services Center works within a brief service model, and there is no charge to currently enrolled students who have paid the Student Health Fee. Those students requesting or requiring more extensive services are referred to community resources.

The staff at the Counseling Services Center values the richness of human experience that various cultures bring to our campus community. We are committed to creating a climate that is inclusive and supportive of all. We welcome students from under-represented groups, including people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students, and students with disabilities.




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The Disability Services Office of SUNY Oswego coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Accommodations are tailored to individual student needs, but can include extended time on tests, alternate testing arrangements, readers, note takers, and interpreters. The office can help coordinate benefits with outside agencies (VESID, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) in addition to advocating for students to ensure they have the physical and programmatic access to all college programs that will affect their mainstreaming into the campus community. All students with disabilities in need of assistance should identify themselves early (pre-semester preferred) and should make regular contact with the office.

SUNY Oswego’s accommodations of students with disabilities extend beyond basic moral responsibility and beyond our university’s commitment to fulfill the promise of access and our obligations to federal law.




Mary Walker Health Center is the student primary care facility located on the lake shore near the campus lakeside residence halls. The facility is financed by a mandatory student health fee and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Students receive care from professionals experienced in the health needs of college students.While students may receive care on a walk-in basis from 8:30 am to 10:30 am, nurse practitioners and physicians meet with students by appointment from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm each week day. The Health Center is closed each week on Wednesday from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm for staff meetings.

Students seek care for many different types of illnesses. Walker Health Center offers diagnostic testing for many health problems as well as a comprehensively stocked medication dispensary in order that students can leave Walker Health Center and resume their academic activities. Family Planning provides contraceptive care to our students with support from Student Association and space in our facility.

All registered students who have submitted the “Health History and Immunization Form” in compliance with College requirements and New York State law and who have paid the mandatory health fee are eligible for care. A valid College ID card is required for signing-in for services at Walker Health Center. Information recorded in the student medical record is confidential and may be shared with family or professors only by obtaining written approval from the student in question.

The mandatory health fee (not to be confused with health insurance) partially supports the total services offered at the Health Center. There are nominal charges for allergy injections as well as for some laboratory tests conducted off campus.

Health insurance is mandatory for all students enrolled at the College. Students must assure themselves of medical coverage, either from insurance through a parent or through the Student Accident and Sickness Policy offered at low cost by the College. Students involved in State University’s international exchange, research, and study (including students and scholars studying abroad or entering the United States for study or research) must purchase health insurance. Health insurance coverage for International Program participants will help to assure that these individuals have sufficient financial resources to cover all expenses, including medical expenses, during the course of their program participation.

NOTE: 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 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 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.

Oswego Hospital, located two miles from campus, is utilized for some laboratory tests, x-rays, in-patient and emergency care services. On campus, SAVAC (the Student Association Volunteer Ambulance Corps) is in service on nights and weekends to assist students with health care and emergency needs. The student is financially responsible for all expenses incurred for services rendered outside of Walker Health Center. The mandatory heath fee does not cover services performed off campus or ambulance service.

For more information about Mary Walker Health Center’s many services and a copy of the Health History and Immunization Form visit the Health Center’s webpage. Mary Walker Health Center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC).



116 Walker Health Center

The Lifestyles Center develops and maintains a comprehensive and proactive prevention program that promotes a campus environment supportive of lower-risk choices for students and reflects the attitudes, behaviors and values of healthier lifestyles.

With the primary focus on the promotion of a campus social environment that supports healthy decisions and positive lifestyles, the Center has four main components: Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD), General Wellness (GW), Sexual Health (SH) and Violence Prevention (VP). All of the components are based on the wellness model that allows for members of the campus community to understand the interconnected nature of choices, health and academic success.

The Center works primarily within a peer education model that is comprised of a diverse group of student leaders who are committed to creating a positive environment for students to make healthier lifestyle choices. The peer educators are trained to develop, implement and evaluate on and off campus workshops and programs on a host of health related issues.

Involvement with the Lifestyles Center is a perfect continuation of leadership for students who participated with SADD, Teen Institute or other similar programs in high school. Individuals who would like to become involved with the promotion of a healthier campus on which to live and learn are invited to contact the Lifestyles Center.



206 Culkin Hall

The Veterans Services Office is available to assist all veterans and eligible dependents of veterans to obtain benefits they are eligible to receive while attending SUNY Oswego . These benefits are a direct result of service they or a parent performed in the United States Military.

Students are assisted in filling out the proper paperwork and processing it through the Veterans’ Administration and New York State Higher Education Services Corporation. All veterans should contact the Veteran’s Services Office. Veterans may be eligible to receive benefits in support of their attendance at Oswego. The office staff is very familiar with the available programs and the process to apply for those benefits.  Please visit them at the Veteran’s Services Office, located in the Financial Aid Office at 206 Culkin Hall.