Jul 23, 2024  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Student Life



Jerald Jones Woolfolk, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
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.

Value Statement

WE VALUE and strive to sustain a vibrant, caring and just learning community. To that end, each individual member of our community can contribute by:

  • respecting our unique strengths and experiences, our creativity, and our desire and potential to learn and to grow;
  • understanding that our learning is enhanced through reflection, exploration and practice;
  • engaging in personal endeavors and collective activities that will enhance our own educational experience and benefit our campus and community.



303 Culkin Hall • 315-312-2246

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.
The twelve residence halls and the Village Townhouses are supervised by live-in professional and student staff, and accommodate approximately 4300 students. More in-depth information about the residence halls and our Residence Life and Housing program can be found on the webpage.

College Housing Policy
The College believes that immersion 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 generally exempted from this 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 these categories must submit a Request for Exemption form available on the Department’s web site and at 303 Culkin Hall.

*Based on space availability, students who fulfill specific criteria will be considered as having fulfilled the Housing Requirement and would not be required to live in College Housing beyond the term of any active Housing Agreement; these students are those who, as determined in the Admissions process, first enrolled at SUNY Oswego as:

  • first year/freshmen students 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.
  • transfer students 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 Housing Deposit. After doing so, new students will be sent information regarding when and how to log on to our online housing assignment system. Through the on line system, students indicate their preferences for housing (including any roommate requests). Student housing assignments are made only after the student submits their housing preferences.
In general, entering students are assigned rooms in accordance with the date on which their Housing Deposit is received by the College. 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’ 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. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation in those assignments.


507 Culkin Hall • 315-312-2107

Auxiliary Services provides services on campus including the College Stores located in the Marano Campus Center and Hewitt, and Downtown Oswego.  In addition, Auxiliary Services provides the College Cut, Fallbrook Recreation Center, Resident Dining Centers - Littlepage, Pathfinder, Cooper, Mackin, Lakeside, the Bakeshop and Cash Operations and Catering facilities - Marano Campus Center food venues - Ontario Bagel Company, Penfield Cafe, the Wall St. Market, Fusion Café (in Shineman), and the Glimmerglass Bistro.  Auxiliary Services administers Student Health Insurance, obtains washer and dryer service for the residence halls, contracts with CENTRO to provide campus shuttle services and other transportation services, and provides vending services.  They also fund numerous cultural and social events on campus and sponsor the William R. Tucker and Student Employee Scholarships.

I.D. Cards


Oswego State requires all students to procure and carry a valid Oswego State identification card which can be obtained in the I.D. Dining Office, room 503 Culkin Hall. The Oswego State identification card is used to access campus services and events, Penfield Library materials, campus dining operations and, including but not limited to, access to residence halls.

The identification card must be presented upon request by 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.

Replacement identification cards can be obtained in the I.D. Dining Office, in accordance with the posted fee schedule.



135 Marano Campus Center • 315-312-2301

Whether a student is looking to play sports, join special interest clubs, plan an event, 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 throughout 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.

Campus Life assists all students in establishing a strong sense of belonging at the College through active involvement in activities outside the classroom. Such involvement might include membership in one of over 170 registered student organizations, one of the many College-wide committees, or serving as an off campus senator in the Student Association Senate.

Event Management Office


135 Campus Center • 315-312-2301

The Event Management Office assists registered student organizations, College departments and off-campus organizations in the scheduling, planning, management and production of events ranging from single meetings to multi-day conferences and activities. Our experienced staff works to coordinate the services, resources, and equipment necessary to make events safe, memorable, and successful.
Marano Campus Center
The Marano Campus Center is the primary venue for events and celebrations of the intellectual and social life of the College. The Marano 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 Marano 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.

The Point


131 Marano Campus Center

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, including advisement of the Greek Council.
  • Directory for Registered Student Organizations, which can be found online in Laker Life, SUNY Oswego’s vibrant online community. Laker Life allows students, faculty and staff to see which organizations are registered and active on campus along with providing organizations with a venue to post about upcoming programs and events along with managing their organization’s meetings, documents, photo galleries and community service.
  • 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. It takes place during the first week of classes in the Marano Campus Center Arena.
  • 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 week of leadership training and entertainment from diverse perspectives.
  • 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 180 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


131 Marano Campus Center • 315-312-3601

The purpose and function of the Student Association is to provide students with opportunities for involvement through participation in student clubs, organizations, and  student government. The Student Association sponsors and organizes diverse multicultural, educational, social, and recreational experiences such as concerts, comedians, lectures, conferences, meetings, dinners, dances, student club activities as well as athletic and recreational events.

The Student Association is designated by the College President to disburse the student activity fee in accordance with SUNY Board of Trustees policy and generally accepted accounting practices. 

Campus Recreation


101 Lee Hall • 315-312-3114

Intramural, Open Recreation, and Special Event programs provide students, faculty and staff with opportunities to participate in a wide variety of activities designed to increase participants’ health and wellness are coordinated through Campus Recreation. A variety of aquatic activities, instructional programs, and sport clubs support are also offered. Some of the more popular intramural leagues include flag football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and broomball. Other innovative programs have included a ski trip, water fitness classes, a golf tournament, splash in movies, and a color run. Services offered by Campus Recreation include facility reservations and general assistance to registered sports clubs and student groups. The Intramural program is sponsored by Campus Life and the Student Association. Recommendations on matters regarding the Intramural program are made with the assistance of student input 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-use gymnasium, swimming pool, dance room, martial arts room, squash court, racquetball court, men’s and women’s locker rooms, customer service desk, sports equipment checkout, and internet kiosks. Other facilities managed by Campus Recreation include outdoor tennis courts, six general purpose intramural fields, two softball fields, and an auxiliary gymnasium in the Marano Campus Center.
Residence Life and Housing operates fitness centers adjacent to Glimmerglass and Cooper Dining Centers. Memberships can be purchased on the web at www.oswego.edu/student/residential/fitness_center/index.html 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.



201 Laker Hall • 315-312-3056

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.

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, including a new artificial turf stadium, and the Marano Campus Center ice arena serve as the home of the athletic program. The Max Ziel Gymnasium has a seating capacity of 2,900; the arena has a seating capacity of 3,000. Laker Hall also includes a 25 yard, six lane swimming pool with a separate diving well, in addition to a state-of-the-art varsity weight room, a wrestling practice room, an auxiliary gym, and squash and racquetball courts.

Each year, approximately 450 students take advantage of the athletic, academic, and social opportunities available to them through Oswego State Athletics. These include award winning community service activities, academic credit for varsity participation, academic support services (advisement, study halls, and academic monitoring), and a Life skills class for freshmen student-athletes.



501 Culkin Hall • 315-312-3378

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 conduct 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 Student Conduct 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 responsibility of Student Conduct 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.



1 Pathfinder Hall • 315-312-5555
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.
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.

The College Personal Safety Committee

The College Personal Safety Committee will provide upon request all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. Campus crime statistics are available at the University Police website, police.oswego.edu and at the US Department of Education website, ope.ed.gov/security/. The designated campus contact for providing campus crime statistics for the College is the Chief of University Police (315.312.5555).

Campus Parking



Most parking services are now available on line at the above web site including purchasing a permit, paying fines, setting up appeals, and parking shuttle information. All permits are available for the academic year beginning the preceding July 1. Permits can be mailed to your permanent address or your campus address. All fines and fees must be paid in full or a hold is placed on your account. Holds on a student’s account will be automatically removed the next business day upon payment in full on that account. Students may call the parking office to request the hold be removed the same day.

All vehicles parked on the SUNY Oswego campus must have a parking permit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whether you are attending night or weekend classes or part-time. The SUNY Oswego Parking Services 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.  Students are responsible for all fees and fines associated with their account regardless of who was driving the vehicle at the time of the issuance of any citation. 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 receive transcripts or a diploma. Vehicles on the tow list will be towed on sight.
All parking obligations are the responsibility of the vehicle owner and must be paid in full. Appeals can be requested via the web site or in person at the Parking Office. Appeals for parking citations must be requested within two business days of issuance of the citation. At the end of each semester unpaid parking citations will be transferred to the Student Accounts Office.

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.  Since 2010, annual fire statistics, fire safety prevention programs and college policies regarding fire safety are also included in this report.
The crime and referral statistics gathered for SUNY Oswego’s Annual Fire and Security Report is based on information obtained from the following offices: University Police, Student Conduct, Residence Life and Housing, Environmental Health and Safety, 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 and the Metro Center; London, England; and various other international and national sites where temporary classes are held. Time, number and locations of these sites vary each semester.

The Clery report is compiled by the University Police Department (315-312-5555), the Office of Student Conduct (315-312-3378), and the Environmental Health and Safety Department (315-312-3150).  To request a printed copy of this report in its entirety, please contact any one of the offices listed here.



Mary Walker Health Center

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 is dedicated to providing a safe, confidential environment for students to explore personal concerns, build social strengths, improve self-confidence, decrease procrastination, or build more satisfying relationships. Counseling sessions have helped thousands of students deal more effectively with a wide variety of stressors, enabling the college experience to be more productive, rewarding, and enjoyable.
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, increasing confidence, communication skills, and human sexuality
  • Consultation to students, faculty, staff and parents regarding the emotional wellness of individual students
  • Crisis intervention services for students experiencing emotional crises.
  • Substance use assessment and referral
  • Educational opportunities in regards to graduate internships and peer education

Counseling Services Center works within a brief service model. 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, questioning and transgendered students, and students with disabilities.



155 Marano Campus Center • 315-312-3358

The Disability Support 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 exams, alternate testing arrangements, readers, note takers, and interpreters.
The operational philosophy of the office is based firmly on the belief that the individuals served are students first and that their disabilities are secondary. The office can assist in the coordination of benefits with outside agencies such as ACCESS-VR or Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, 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 is preferred and should make regular contact with the office. This contact is voluntary and can be made throughout the semester. Please contact the Disability Support Services Office with any questions.



315-312-4100 (phone)
315-312-5409 (fax)

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 meet with students by appointment from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm each week day. A collaborating physician practice is available as needed. The Health Center is closed each week on Wednesday from 12:30 pm to 1:30 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. Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Reproductive Health 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 Record” 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 premium) supports the services offered at the Health Center including Lifestyles and Counseling Services. There are minimal charges for sexually transmitted disease testing, HIV testing, and 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.

Information about Mary Walker Health Center’s many services and access to online instructions and mandatory forms can be found online at www.oswego.edu/walker. Mary Walker Health Center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC).



116 Walker Health Center • 315-312-5648


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