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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Administrative Services



Officers of the College

DENISE A. BATTLES President. A.B. Colgate University; Ph.D., UCLA; 2015.

STACEY M. ROBERTSON Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. B.A., Whittier College; Ph.D, University of California, Santa Barbara.

ROBERT A. BONFIGLIO Vice President for Student and Campus Life. B.A., Stonehill College; M.Phil., Columbia University; M.A., Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University; 1999.

K. JOHNSON BOWLES Vice President for College Advancement., M.F.A., Ohio University; B.F.A. Boston University; 2016.

JAMES MILROY Vice President for Administration and Finance. B.A., State University of New York, Geneseo; PhD., University of Buffalo; 2006.

MEAGHAN L. ARENA Vice President for Enrollment Management. B.A., University of Delaware; M.Ed., Cambridge College; Ed.D., , Northeastern University; 2014.

GAIL C. GLOVER Chief Communications and Marketing Officer. M.A, Binghamton University; B.S.c Binghamton University.

HEATHER LOBBAN-VIRAVONG Senior Associate to the Presidents. B.A., St. John Fisher College; M.A. University at Buffalo; Ph.D, University at Buffalo.

Geneseo College Council SUNY Board of Trustees
Robert D. Wayland-Smith, Chair H. Carl McCall, Chair
Iris Banister Joseph Belluck
Melisza Campos Courtney Burke
Jill (Yonkers) Emmons Marc Cohen
Robert A. Heineman Eric Corngold
A. Gidget Hopf Robert Duffy
Judith Hunter Angelo Fatta
Mary Luckern Gwen Kay
Duane McPherson, Faculty Representative Eunice A. Lewin
Kaitlin Pfundstein, Student Representative Marshall Lichtman
Christian Valentino, Esq Stanley Litow
  Richard Socarides
  Carl Spielvogel
  Edward Spiro
  Cary Staller
  Nina Tamrowski
  Merryl Tisch

Other College Guidelines

Policy of Nondiscrimination

Compliance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations

In the operation of its programs and activities, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff members, and in the recruitment, admissions, retention, and treatment of students, the State University of New York College of Arts and Science at Geneseo does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

The College’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and other laws, regulations and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to Adrienne Collier, Director of Affirmative Action, SUNY Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Room 302B, Geneseo, NY 14454; Tel. (585) 245-5020 or collier@geneseo.edu; Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. (646)428-3800; Email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

If you need assistance or require an accommodation, contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (585)245-5020 or collier@geneseo.edu

In the administration of services to students, no distinctions on illegally discriminatory bases are permitted with respect to the provision of financial assistance, counseling and tutoring programs, career development and placement services, and support for student organizations, programs, and activities that are sponsored by the College. On-campus housing is assigned on a non-discriminatory basis. Placement services, off-campus housing, and institutional facilities are made available only to persons, agencies, organizations, and firms which comply with existing equal opportunity laws, and the College so informs all clients, potential employers, lessors and sellers and recipients of significant assistance. Non-exempt agencies or organizations that do not agree to abide by the nondiscriminatory policies of the College, or that are found to have illegally discriminated, are denied College recognition, sponsorship, and use of College facilities and general or specific support.

Additionally, the College does not condone or tolerate sexual or racial harassment or harassment based on a legally protected class in employment or in its academic setting. Geneseo actively supports equal opportunity for all persons, and takes affirmative action to see that both the total student and employee populations at the College enjoy access to all programs and equal opportunities in all activities.

Affirmative Action

The College has developed and published, and periodically updates, an Affirmative Action Plan which specifies the procedures to be followed in implementing its stated policy of providing equal opportunity for all persons, and which sets hiring goals and timetables, where appropriate, to the objectives of affirmative action. Copies of the Plan are available for public review in the Affirmative Action Office.

In the administration of its affirmative action program, the College complies with following laws and implementing regulations adopted thereunder:

  • Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended;
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended;
  • Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended;
  • Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act o 1974, as amended;
  • Governor’s Executive Order No. 28;
  • NY Executive Law §290 et al.
  • Age Discrimination - Executive Order No. 96
  • Equal Opportunity - Executive Order No. 6
  • Sexual Harassment - Executive Order No. 19
  • Gender Identity - Executive Order No. 33

and any and all other federal and state laws and orders as are applicable. The internal discrimination complaint procedure is available in the Affirmative Action Office at Geneseo. You can also view the SUNY Discrimination Complaint Procedure at http://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=451.

The Director of Affirmative Action is the designated coordinator for Geneseo’s continuing compliance with relevant federal and state laws and regulations with respect to nondiscrimination. The Director of Affirmative Action may be consulted during regular business hours in Room 302B, Doty Hall, or by calling (585) 245-5020.

Disclaimer

Actions and/or events which are unpredictable and over which the College has no control may result in changes to information printed in this bulletin. Examples of such events include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following: (1) budget reductions and/or changed priorities mandated by State University of New York administrative officers and/or by officials of other State agencies, departments, or divisions; (2) the hiring of new faculty members with qualifications and competencies different from those possessed by any other members of the faculty; (3) the receipt of fellowships, research grants, or sabbatical leaves by faculty members uniquely qualified to teach certain courses; and (4) the revision of instructional programs and/or curricular offerings.

The most recent information can be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Academic Planning and Advising located in Erwin Administration Building, or by calling (585) 245-5541.

Additional information concerning graduate academic programs and curricular offerings of the College is provided in the Guide to Graduate Studies.

State University Of New York

The State University of New York’s 64 geographically dispersed campuses bring educational opportunity within commuting distance of virtually all New Yorkers and comprise the nation’s largest comprehensive system of public higher education.

For More information about SUNY: www.suny.edu/attend/visit-us)

The State University motto is: “To Learn-To Search-To Serve.”

Administration & Finance

College Expenses

Expenses associated with attendance at the College are controlled largely by outside agencies and are, therefore, subject to change. Current information is available from the Office of Student Accounts, Erwin 103.

Tuition, fees, room and board are due and payable on or before the date specified on the Student Billing Statement. Costs for housing and food services are comparable to the cost of similar services in the community.

Tuition

Full-time Undergraduate students
  New York State Resident per year $6,670.00
  Out-of-State Resident per year $16,320.00
Part-time Undergraduate Students
  New York State Resident per credit $278.00
  Out-of-State Resident per credit $680.00

Fees

College fee
  Full-time students per year $25.00
  Part-time students per credit $0.85
Undergraduate Comprehensive Fee
  Full-time students per year $1713.00
  Part-time students per credit $71.40

The Undergraduate Comprehensive Fee is charged to and paid by all undergraduate students. The semester fee includes (but is not limited to):

  • support of onsite health care provided by physicians, nurse practitioners and registered nurses; health education; mental health consultation; basic medications (over-the-counter and prescription); dressings; select medical laboratory services ($194 Health Fee, $50 of this contributes to reduced costs for extended services such as medications, lab testing, and immunizations; may be refunded by contacting Lauderdale Center for Student Health and Counseling);
  • Internet, wired and wireless networks, technology infrastructure, electronic library services, computer labs, classroom technology, KnighWeb, learning management system, Microsoft Office licensing, lynda.com licensing, academic software licensing, HelpDesk and emergency communications (Technology Fee of $235.00);
  • intercollegiate athletic sports programs (Athletic Fee of $255.50)
  • student clubs and organizations (Student Activity Fee of $105*);
  • student activities related to networking, traditions, school spirit and class affinity and upon graduation lifetime membership to the SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association (SGAA) which gives you access to the alumni network, events, programs and publications (Alumni Fee, 17.50, contact Alumni Association for refund);
  • shuttle bus service throughout campus, Village of Geneseo, local shopping center and City of Rochester (Transportation Fee of $45.00).
  • musical, theatrical, and dance performances (Performance Fee of $4.50, contact Provost’s Office to discuss refund requests).

The Undergraduate Comprehensive Fee will be prorated on a per credit basis for part-time students. The fee will be waived for students enrolled in credit bearing coursework at a location more than 60 miles from campus and living more than 60 miles away from campus. Students wishing to request a refund of the fee due to extraordinary circumstances must make a written justification to the Dean of Students (CU 354). Justification must be received by the second Friday of the semester.

*Note: The Student Activity Fee is charged to all undergraduate students. The fee includes (but is not limited to) support of student clubs and organizations; student activities; educational programs and student association services. The granting of student activity fee refunds will be based on extraordinary circumstances. A written justification for the refund should be made to the Student Association Director of Programs, Personnel & Finance. Justification must be submitted within one month from the beginning of the semester.

Room (subject to revision)

Standard Double per year $7,890.00

Board (subject to revision)

Silver Plan per year (not available to First Year students) $4,276.00
Gold Plan per year $4,766.00
Platinum Plan per year $5,324.00
Off-campus Plan per year $750.00
Other plans are available from Campus Auxiliary Services  

Other Expenses (subject to revision)

Books and supplies estimate (books and supplies vary by individual) $1,000.00

Payment Policies - SUNY Geneseo Bills Electronically

College bills are emailed to the student’s Geneseo email address and are due approximately three weeks prior to the beginning of a semester. Failure to make appropriate payment may result in the cancellation of advance course registrations. The next opportunity to register with appropriate payment would be at the onset of open registration. Subsequent bills are issued throughout the semester as needed. These bills are payable on or before the due date printed on the bill. Failure to meet the payment deadline will result in a late fee of up to $50.00. Grades, transcripts, and future registrations will be withheld until full payment is received. Accounts that remain outstanding will be referred to a third party collector where additional collection costs and interest will be assessed.

Refund Policies

Tuition Refund for Reduction of Course Load

If a student follows proper course withdrawal procedures within the first four weeks of a fall or spring semester, an adjustment of tuition and fees can be made, provided that enrollment status is changed from full-time; or having already been part-time, course load is reduced still further.

Adjustments will be calculated as follows:

Reduction of Course Load Refund Tuition Charge
During first week of semester 100% None
During second week of semester 70% 30%
During third week of semester 50% 50%
During fourth week of semester 30% 70%
After fourth week of semester None 100%

Room Charges Refund

Students who vacate their room prior to the 50% point of the semester are eligible for a refund of one half their room charges. After the 50% point of the semester, room charges are non-refundable.

Food Service Refund

Students who separate from the college are eligible for a refund of the unused portion of their meal plan if separation occurs prior to the 50% point of the semester. After the 50% point of the semester food service is non-refundable.

Special Refunds and Fee Waivers

In general, the Dean of Students is responsible for administration of extraordinary refund and fee waiver procedures involving all students, part-time or full-time. When students leave the College for reasons absolutely beyond their control, refunds stipulated in the SUNY Geneseo Refund Policy may be increased if the departure occurs before the middle of the semester. Under similar circumstances, refunds for room and board may be approved if the departure occurs at any time during the semester. Applications for exceptional withdrawal refunds are initiated with the Dean of Students, who may authorize refunds for extraordinary circumstances. Students must submit a letter to the Dean explaining the extraordinary circumstances causing the student withdrawal from school. Additional documentation may be required.

Other Waivers

Late registration fee waiver due to delay beyond a student’s control: requests are made to the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services, who has sole authority to authorize the Student Accounts Office to waive the fee.

Late payment fee waiver due to delay beyond a student’s control: written requests are made to the Director of Student Accounts.

Meal plan considerations for medical reasons or extreme hardship: requests are made via the Meal Plan Modification Application available from the Director of Dining Services.

Return of Federal Financial Aid Policy

Federal law mandates how a school must compute the amount of federal financial aid that a student earns if he/she withdraws (officially or unofficially), takes a leave of absence, drops out of school, or is dismissed prior to completing 60% of the semester. Specifically, the amount of federal financial aid that the student earns is based on the percentage of the semester completed. All unearned federal financial aid must be returned. Careful consideration should be given to the financial ramifications of separating from the college prior to completing 60% of the semester. Additional information regarding this policy is available from the Office of Student Accounts.

Deposits

Tuition Deposit

All students who accept admission to the College must send an advance tuition deposit of $150.00. Deposits may be paid on line through KnightWeb or mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Doty Building
SUNY Geneseo
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454-1471

This amount is applied against the semester charge for tuition and fees.

Deadlines

Students who are entering in September, if notified of their admission:

  1. by April 1, must submit the deposit by May 1; or
  2. after April 1, must deposit within 30 days after receipt of such notification, but before classes begin.

Students who are entering in January, if notified of their admission:

  1. by October 1, must submit the deposit by November 1; or
  2. after October 1, must deposit within 30 days after receipt of such notification, but before classes begin.

Room Deposit

Students who intend to reside in College housing facilities must submit to the Office of Admissions an advance deposit of $150.00 (in addition to the $150.00 deposit for tuition and fees already described).

Deposit Refunds

Tuition Deposit Refund

The advance tuition deposit for new students ($150.00) is refunded routinely:

  1. for the fall term when a written request is received by May 1 or 30 days after admission, whichever is later, but before registration; and
  2. for the spring term, when a written request is received by November 1 or 30 days after admission, whichever is later, but before registration.

In special cases, when a written request is received by the Director of Admissions after the deadline, a refund may be granted if:

  1. in the opinion of the Vice President for Enrollment Management, upon receiving the Director’s recommendation, the circumstances involved are beyond the student’s control and warrant such action; or
  2. the student forwarded the deposit based upon a conditional acceptance that was subsequently rescinded.

Requests for the return of tuition deposits must be received in the Office of Admissions by the dates indicated above.

Room Deposit Refund

The $150.00 room deposit is applied against room rent for the first semester. It is refunded, if:

  1. a written request is received before May 1 or 30 days after admission (for students entering in September) or before November 15 (for those entering in January); or
  2. when received later, it is approved by the Vice President for Student and Campus Life only because of circumstances entirely beyond the student’s control.

All room deposit refund requests should be sent to:

Dean of Student Life
Union 306
SUNY Geneseo
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454-1471

Enrollment Management

Admissions and Enrollment

admissions.geneseo.edu

Enrollment

The planned enrollment for the next two academic years is approximately 5700 full-time undergraduate students. An estimated 100 part-time students are also expected to enroll.

Student Retention

The College monitors student retention rates for each entering class using a six-year cohort survival technique. The latest figures show that nearly 78% of the freshman class complete baccalaureate degrees on time. Specific details on retention rates are available from the Office of Institutional Research, 221 Erwin Hall, or online at www.geneseo.edu/ir/fact_book

Admissions

Admission to the College is based upon the academic and personal qualifications of applicants and is granted without regard to age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, race, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. The candidate selection process is highly competitive; the College attempts to identify those individuals who will most benefit from the curricular and co-curricular programs offered.

Application Procedures

Applications for admission to the College may be accessed online at either commonapp.org or suny.edu/applysuny. Electronic applications are preferred. Applications should be completed by January 1 for fall semesters and October 15 for spring semesters. Candidates are encouraged to apply early to assure full consideration.

Interviews

Personal interviews are not required for admission but are encouraged. However, for prospective students and their families who have questions and would like to speak to an admissions counselor, the Office of Admissions schedules appointments between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Campus tours and information sessions are conducted daily and on most Saturdays during the year. Prospective applicants are encouraged to make appointments for interviews and tours at least two days in advance of their visit to campus. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the Admissions Office at (585) 245-5571 or (866) 245-5211. Visitors may also schedule themselves for a tour on the Tour and Events Calendar on the Admissions website at geneseo.edu/admissions.

Freshman Admission

Applicants for admission to the freshman class must present official copies of their high school transcripts showing all courses completed and grades earned. High school graduation or completion of a high school equivalency diploma is a minimum requirement for admission consideration.

Candidates must also present the results of either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the Assessment of the American College Testing Program (ACT). The Committee on Admissions will give preference to the strongest performance when multiple test scores are submitted.

The Committee on Admissions considers a number of factors when selecting students for the freshman class, including the rigor of each candidate’s academic program, performance on examinations, improvement in performance, rank in class, unweighted grade point average, a written essay, letters of recommendation, extracurricular accomplishments, and scores from one of the national college testing programs described above. Candidates for admission to fall semesters are notified of admissions decisions on March 1. Decisions for spring semesters are released after November 1.

Early Decision Program

Geneseo participates in a first-choice, early decision plan. The purpose of this program is to secure positions in the freshman class for superior candidates who have decided upon Geneseo as their first-choice college and who have academic credentials that would place them in the most preferred category. Candidates may apply to only one college through early decision, but may apply to more than one college through regular decision. However, if admitted under the early decision program, students agree to attend Geneseo and to withdraw all other applications. To apply for early decision at Geneseo, candidates must have the following information on file in the Admissions Office no later than November 15:

  1. An application. (The College accepts either the common application or the SUNY application);
  2. An official high school transcript and results of either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SATI) or American College Test (ACT);
  3. All required supplemental information;
  4. A letter of recommendation from a teacher;
  5. A signed early-decision contract with a handwritten Statement of Commitment. The contract must be signed by the student and the parent or guardian.

Early decision candidates are advised of the Admissions Committee’s decision by mid-December.

Special Talent Admission

Special consideration may be given to candidates who present evidence of a talent or proficiency in athletics, music, theatre, or another area that would enable them to make a special contribution to enriching the life of the campus. The Committee on Admissions will consider an individual’s special talent in conjunction with standard selection criteria. Additional information may be obtained from the Director of Admissions.

International Student Admissions

The College invites applications from students from other countries. Because the College offers limited instruction in English as a foreign language, candidates must demonstrate competence in both written and spoken English. In most cases, candidates must submit the scores from the TOEFL or the IELTS examination along with a complete record of their secondary school and college studies. International students must submit a completed application with all required supporting documents by June 1 for the Fall term and November 1 for Spring .

International Student and Scholar Services Office

The International Student and Scholar Services Office, located in Erwin 218, is responsible for the recruitment, credential evaluation and admission of students from other countries. Prospective students considering undergraduate admission who are not U.S. citizens or immigrants should contact the Director of International Student and Scholar Services for appropriate application materials.

In addition to its admissions responsibilities, the International Student and Scholar Services Office issues the federal documents required for prospective students to obtain student visas for entry to the United States and enrollment at the university. The office acts as the liaison for the university between students on F-1 and J-1 visas and the U.S. Government. In that capacity, the office also assists international and exchange students whenever they need information on securing visas, renewing passports, on-campus employment authorization procedures, applying for off-campus employment, traveling outside the United States and other legal matters pertaining to their particular legal status in the U.S.

Specialized programs, such as the International Student Orientation, are provided to assist international students with their adjustment to study in the U.S.A. and life in the United States and at Geneseo. Specialized English language courses are offered for non-native speakers every academic term. For more information, visit the office’s website at: iss.geneseo.edu.

Transfer Admission

Candidates who will have completed a minimum of 12 semester credit hours (or the equivalent) from another accredited institution of higher education after high school graduation by the time of their initial enrollment at Geneseo are considered transfer applicants. Admission of  transfer applicants is based on the academic rigor and appropriateness of content of previous college studies, as well as on the student’s level of success in that work.

All transfer applicants must provide copies of their high school transcripts and all college transcripts; the Committee on Admissions will consider all records when selecting candidates.

Transfer candidates are considered for admission on a rolling basis, and may therefore apply at any time. To avoid potential space issues, it is recommended that transfer students apply for the fall semester by March 1st; or the Spring semester by November 1st.

Leaves of Absence

Students who have an overall grade point average of at least 2.00 and who have no outstanding obligations to the College are eligible to take a Leave of Absence from their studies for up to two semesters and retain the right to enroll at the College at the end of the Leave preserving their original catalog year and without applying for readmission.

If a student wishes to take a Leave during a semester in progress, an application must be filed before the published course withdrawal deadline to receive grades of “W”; if a student applies for a Leave after this deadline, grades of “E” will be recorded in all courses.

Application forms for Leave are available on-line at geneseo.edu/enrollment_managment for download. Completed application forms should be submitted in the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management, Doty 312.

Students who leave campus to study abroad or at another college may have to take a Leave of Absence, depending on the type of program in which they enroll. (See “Studying at Other Colleges .”)

Students on Leave of Absence who fail to return or to fulfill their obligations to the College will have their status changed from Leave of Absence to Administrative Withdrawal. (See below.) If they are readmitted to the college after being placed on Administrative Withdrawal, they return under the catalog of the year of their readmission.

Withdrawing from the College

Students who wish to leave the College permanently must formally withdraw. Students who are not eligible for a Leave of Absence or who wish to be absent for longer than two semesters must withdraw from the College and apply for subsequent readmission. To withdraw, students file an application in the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management, Doty 312, and demonstrate that all financial and other obligations to the College have been cleared.

Students who wish to withdraw from the College at the end of a semester must file the appropriate form prior to leaving campus. The deadline for withdrawal from the College during a semester in progress is the published deadline for course withdrawals to receive course grades of “W”; students in academic difficulty who process withdrawal requests after the deadline can still be academically dismissed; a dismissal takes precedence over a withdrawal.

Financial Information

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid administers primary state and federal financial aid programs for college students, including grants, loans, and work aid. To be considered for financial aid, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list Geneseo’s federal school code - 002845. Students that are NY State residents should also complete a NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application at www.tapweb.org. Prospective early decision applicants should apply by November 15 and will receive financial aid notices beginning in mid-December; regular decision candidates should apply by February 1 and be notified in March. Continuing students should apply by February 15 and be notified in mid-March.

Federal Financial Aid Programs

Federal Pell Grant

Pell is an entitlement program for undergraduates matriculated in a degree program. Awards are based on need and may be used for college-related expense. For 2017-2018 the maximum award is $$5,920. The minimum Pell grant award is is $606. Students are limited to 12 semesters of Federal Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime or may be awarded up to the first bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This program provides additional grant assistance to the highest need Pell Grant recipients. Preference is given to early FAFSA filers. Funds are limited.

Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)

This work program for students demonstrating significant financial need primarily includes positions on campus. Whenever possible, placements are made in accord with students’ educational/vocational goals. Students typically can earn about $750 per semester. Preference is given to early FAFSA filers.

Federal Perkins Loan

Eligible undergraduate students may borrow a low interest loan for expenses related to the completion of the bachelor’s degree. Limited funds are available; preference is given to fulltime students. Students are permitted up to a ten-year repayment period. The repayment schedule depends upon the total borrowed; the minimum payment is $40 per month, which includes 5% interest on the unpaid balance. The loan is fully deferred while maintaining at least half-time enrollment. Perkins Loans may be canceled for those employed full-time in law-enforcement, or as teachers in schools designated by the Department of Education as serving low-income families, or in a Federal Head-Start Program. The Federal Perkins Loan program is set to expire after the 2017-2018 academic year

Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan

This federal, need-based subsidized loan is available to undergraduate students only. Loan eligibility is determined by the college, based on costs and the results of the FAFSA This low interest loan (fixed rate at 4.45% for 2017-18) becomes payable once the student graduates, withdraws, or drops below 6 credit hours.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

This loan is available to all eligible undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of income and expected family contribution. The unsubsidized loan’s terms and conditions are the same as the subsidized loan, with the exception 1) interest accrues on this loan while the student is enrolled and 2) the interest rate for graduate students is 4.45% for 2017-18. Please refer to the Office of Financial Aid website for more information.

Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

This loan will allow parents of dependent students to borrow up to the cost of education minus other financial aid. The interest rate for 2017-18 is 6.0% and parents may borrow each year that a dependent student is in college. The interest and principle payments for the loan begin after the funds are disbursed. Parents may request a forbearance to avoid making payment while the student is enrolled. Complete details are available from www.studentloans.gov.

Veterans’ Administration

Eligible veterans and children or spouses of eligible deceased or service-connected, disabled veterans may be eligible for aid for approved post-secondary study. Information and application forms are available at all Veterans’ Administration Offices.

Bureau of Indian Education

The U. S. Bureau of Indian Education’s Higher Education Grant offers “supplemental financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native scholars…” Awards vary based upon need and availability of funds. More information is available through students’ tribal
leaders and at www.bie.edu.

New York State Financial Aid Programs

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP is a grant program for New York State residents attending approved colleges in the State. Students must apply annually for this grant using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). TAP award amounts are based on New York State net taxable income and the number of family members attending college full time. Awards range from $500 to $5165 for up to eight semesters of full-time study. TAP recipients also receive a SUNY Tuition Credit from Geneseo, an additional grant based on the TAP award amount, intended to assist students in covering tuition increases In addition to TAP, the State of New York offers 15 other scholarships and awards. Information is available at www.hesc.com.

Excelsior Scholarship

NY State residents that meet the income and academic criteria of the Excelsior Scholarship my qualify for free tuition. For more information on Excelsior or to apply go to www.hesc.ny.gov.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

EOP admits undergraduate students who are academically and economically disadvantaged as defined by program guidelines. EOP awards annual grants to students in the program. EOP is available only to New York State residents. The FAFSA form is used to determine financial eligibility. Contact SUNY Geneseo’s Access Opportunity Program Office at (585)245-5725 with specific questions.

Scholarships

All students accepted for freshmen and transfer admission are automatically considered for scholarships by the Admissions Office. Continuing students can apply for scholarships during the fall semester. Contributions made through The Geneseo Foundation provide both endowed and non-endowed scholarships for qualifying Geneseo students.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) (for Financial Aid)

Students must meet prescribed standards of academic progress in order to continue to receive Federal and State financial assistance in subsequent semesters. Compliance with State standards is reviewed each semester; Federal standards are reviewed every May.

Below are the criteria used to assess state academic progress.

State Standards of Academic Progress 2011 and Beyond

End of Semester 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Required Sem. Hrs.of Graded (non-W’s) credit 6 6 9 9 12 12 12 12 12
Required Minimum Cumulative Hrs. Earned 6 15 27 39 51 66 81 96 111
Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average 1.50 1.80 1.80 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00

Failure to Meet State Standards

A student that fails to meet the academic standards for NYS financial aid will be notified by mail. Notices will be sent upon completion of the term once grades are submitted and reviewed.

Reinstatement of State Eligibility

Students who lose their eligibility for New York State financial aid for failing to meet the standards listed above may apply to have their State financial aid eligibility reinstated. If approved, state aid will be reinstated. Such a waiver can be granted only one time in a student’s undergraduate academic career. In order to apply for an appeal (see Appeal Process), the student must demonstrate that an unusual/extenuating circumstance existed while the student was enrolled at SUNY Geneseo and had affected his/her academic performance; that the circumstance is now resolved or no longer exists; and provide documentation of the circumstance.

Federal Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress

Federal financial aid regulations assess progress on using three criteria - Pace, Grade Point Average (GPA), and Maximum Timeframe.

Pace of Progression

A student’s pace is calculated by dividing the number of hours earned by the total number of hours attempted.

  • A student must complete at least 67% (rounded up to the nearest credit) of all cumulative attempted credit hours to continue receiving federal student aid.

Grade Point Average

  • To maintain eligibility for federal aid, a student must earn a minimum 2.0 Cumulative GPA.

Maximum Timeframe

  • Federal aid cannot be paid to a student who exceeds 150% of the published length of the degree program (typically 120 credits).

All credits attempted at SUNY Geneseo, even terms in which the student did not receive financial aid, are included in attempted credits including all W, I, E, F and U grades. Transfer credits accepted by SUNY Geneseo will be included as both credits attempted and credits completed. Transfer credits not accepted are not considered. Withdrawals are also included in the attempted credits calculation. Incompletes will not be included until a grade has been assigned. Repeat courses are counted once. Note: Students receiving financial aid should consult the Financial Aid Office before repeating a course; repeating courses may have an impact on financial aid eligibility.

Failure to Meet Federal Standards
Financial Aid Suspension

If a student fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress for federal aid, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension. Students on suspension are not eligible for federal financial aid. This includes grants, loans and work study.

Reinstatement of Federal Eligibility

The College may consider exceptional circumstances which would justify an appeal allowing the student to receive financial aid for the following semester. Students that wish to appeal should following the instructions under the Appeal Process below.

Appeals for federal aid will result in one of three decisions:

  • Financial Aid Probation - A student whose appeal is granted will be put on Financial Aid Probation and will regain eligibility for federal aid. If after the next semester the student still does not meet the SAP standards, they will be ineligible for further aid until they do.
  • Financial Aid Probation with an academic plan - A student whose appeal is accepted who will not be able to regain satisfactory academic standing in one semester will be placed on Financial Aid Probation with an academic plan. Plans will vary depending on academic record. Upon completion of a semester on an academic plan, a student must meet all terms of their individualized plan. If they do not, they will lose future eligibility for all federal aid.
  • Loss of Eligibility - If an appeal is denied, the student will be ineligible for further aid until they meet the SAP standards.

Appeal Process

An appeal is the process by which a student who is not meeting SAP standards petitions the school for reconsideration of their eligibility for student aid. Appeals will be granted in accordance with the following policy:

An appeal for federal and/or state aid will be granted if situations beyond the student’s control prevent the student from maintaining satisfactory academic progress. These situations must be documented by an unbiased third party or on- or off-campus agencies. The appeal will be granted only when there is reasonable expectation that the student will meet future academic requirements.

Reasons appeals may be granted include:

  1. personal medical problems
  2. family medical problems
  3. severe personal problems
  4. other extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student

Third party documentation is required in all requests. Appeals will not be granted to students who reduce their course loads to avoid academic difficulty.

To apply for an appeal, submit a written request detailing the extenuating circumstances that interfered with your academic progress and how your circumstances have changed so that you may now meet the standards for academic progress. A statement simply requesting an appeal is insufficient. This statement must be accompanied by third party documentation supporting the given reasons for failing to maintain academic progress. These materials must be postmarked by the date specified in the notification letter and should be sent to:

Director of Financial Aid
Financial Aid Appeal Committee
Erwin 104

The Financial Aid Appeal Committee will review the student’s request and supportive documentation. The student will be notified in writing of the Committee’s decision. The decision regarding the appeal is final.

Division of Student and Campus Life

The Student and Campus Life staff is responsible for the implementation of programs, policies, and services designed to create and sustain the optimal environment for student learning and achievement. Working collaboratively with the students and faculty, we aim to empower students to take responsibility for their education and to forge a sense of community on campus.

The Vice President for Student and Campus Life is the senior student affairs officer of the College. Organizationally, Student and Campus Life is made up of eight departments: Career Development, the Center for Community, Student Life, Student Health and Counseling, Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Residence Life, Student Care Services/Title IX and the University Police Department. (For further information, see stulife.geneseo.edu)

Career Development

The Department of Career Development assists students with the formulation and implementation of their career goals. A wide variety of services and special programs are offered with the goal of teaching students, individually and in groups, about effective career decision-making techniques, job search strategies and the graduate/professional school application process. Related services include a resource area with computer workstations and an extensive array of materials pertaining to careers, employers, and graduate school programs, which are particularly helpful for undecided students. Finally, first-hand information about careers can be obtained through Geneseo alumni registered in the Geneseo Career Partners database, accessible through the Department’s website.

The Department of Career Development actively assists students who are interested in securing experiential education opportunities, whether in the form of an internship, part-time employment, or shadowing experience. Our associate director for internship opportunities will assist students in identifying and securing an internship that fits their needs. The Winter Break Alumni Shadow Program offers first and second-year students the opportunity to shadow an alumni host over the course of a week during winter break. Students are encouraged to address career concerns early in their academic experience at the College.

Center for Community

The Center for Community staff, led by the Dean of Students, is responsible for the following aspects of student life at Geneseo: Fraternal Life and Off-Campus Services, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Leadership Development, Multicultural Programs and Services, Student Volunteerism and Service, and Student Employment Services.

The Center for Communityy works directly with students to assist them in adjusting to college life and to resolve problems and conflicts that may arise during their undergraduate careers. In addition, the Dean’s staff works with students to interpret College policies and decisions, mediate conflicts, investigate complaints, and assure full access to all opportunities offered by the College. (See c4c.geneseo.edu)

The Assistant Dean of Students for Fraternal Life Services is responsible for promoting and supporting an educationally purposeful Greek life program consistent with the mission and goals of the College. The Assistant Dean serves as advisor to the Inter-Greek Council and Multicultural Greek Community and as a liaison between the College and all College recognized Greek organizations. The Assistant Dean also sponsors services and programs designed for Geneseo students who live off-campus. In this capacity, the Assistant Dean helps to further advance and support relations between the College and the Geneseo community; integrate on- and off-campus student living; serve as a College liaison with community groups, service groups, landlords, retailers and local business groups, and College neighbors; and develop educational programs and resources for students considering moving off campus. (See greeks.geneseo.edu and offcampus.geneseo.edu)

Geneseo is a residential college and living on campus is considered to be a significant component of the Geneseo educational experience. The College does not recommend or inspect off-campus housing facilities. All students, regardless of residence, are required to notify the Office of the Registrar of their current local address.

The Coordinator of Student Conduct and Community Standards works with the Dean of Students to coordinate the College’s conduct system. Membership in the Geneseo community is predicated on each student’s agreement to abide by standards of conduct promulgated by the College. The College’s conduct process provides an educational framework for addressing individual student and group conduct that may be found to be inconsistent with community standards. (See conduct.geneseo.edu)

The Associate Dean of Leadership and Service provides students with opportunities for community engagement, and to acquire and enhance their leadership skills through developing an understanding of self, others, and community. GOLD (Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development) programs include a Leadership Certificate Program offering approximately 200 leadership workshops each semester, a Leadership Center staffed by volunteer leader mentors, an extensive leadership resource library, leadership conferences, peer-to-peer student leader training, newsletters and the cocurricular transcript. (See gold.geneseo.edu)

The Assistant Dean of Students for Multicultural Programs and Services is charged with the overall coordination of programs and efforts designed to support and continuously improve the College’s ability to sustain an inclusive, mutually respectful campus community. The Assistant Dean provides leadership and guidance to the campus community on matters related to diversity and community, and specifically focuses on the needs of traditionally underrepresented student groups at Geneseo. The Assistant Dean also supervises the coordinator of LBGTQ services and the program coordinator for Hillel. (See multicultural.geneseo.edu)

The Coordinator of Student Leadership, Volunteerism, and Service seeks out, develops and maintains volunteer opportunities that offer Geneseo students meaningful experiences that develop character, and augment academic growth through experiential learning. Some of the most popular volunteer opportunities include tutoring and youth mentoring. The Coordinator hosts a Volunteer Fair at the start of each semester to introduce students to the available volunteer opportunities and to assist various community organizations with securing needed volunteers. (See volunteer.geneseo.edu)

The Student Employment Service (SES) assists students seeking part-time and summer jobs and paid internship opportunities. (See ses.geneseo.edu).

Department of Student Life

Geneseo achieves its educational mission by combining a rigorous curriculum with a rich co-curricular life. The student life experience at Geneseo is intentionally educational, and fosters widespread, substantive student engagement in carefully designed, developmentally based programs and services.

It is the intention of the Department of Student Life to provide and to identify opportunities for students that result in increased learning, greater self-awareness and a clearer sense of purpose.

It is the mission of the Geneseo Department of Student Life to catalogue, promote, assess and strengthen student learning opportunities within Student and Campus Life that contribute to a rich, meaningful, and fulfilling college experience for Geneseo students.

The Department of Student Life includes the MacVittie College Union and its functions (Geneseo Late Knight, Upstate Escapes, Weeks of Welcome), College Registered Student Organizations, the Student and Campus Life High Impact Practices inventory and core cocurriculum, the Student Life Internship Program, the Victor E. Knight Mascot program, and the All-College Hour Speaker series.

Robert W. MacVittie College Union

The College Union serves as the campus center of social, cultural, recreational, and student governance programs. As the “College gathering place,” it provides a place to study, relax, or visit with friends with plenty of lounges, meeting rooms, and an outdoor plaza. Services include Starbucks, the Corner Pocket game room, the campus mailroom, the College Union concierge desk (laptop and bicycle loans), the Geneseo Federal Credit Union, computer project area, study room, the Student Association Ticket Office, ATM services, Kinetic art gallery, Geneseo bookstore, Fusion Market, Student Association and organizational offices, College Union and Activities, and the Center for Community. The “MOSAIC” (Multicultural Organization Space for Activities, Inclusion, and Collaboration) is a space that provides multicultural student organizations with dedicated meeting space for their weekly meetings, organization office space, and a place for students to gather and spend their free time. The lobby is a popular place for student organizations to “table” and advertise upcoming entertainment or offer promotional items or services.

Policies and Procedures for Student Organizations have been established as helpful guidelines and to acknowledge the integral role these groups play in the broader learning community. The department maintains the Student Organization handbook. More information is available elsewhere in this Bulletin under sections entitled “The Student Code of Conduct” and “Conduct Procedures for Recognized Student Groups” titled sections. See union.geneseo.edu

Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation

The Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation staff coordinates all intercollegiate athletic programs, intramural sports, College-sponsored recreational activities and the College Workout Center.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Geneseo sponsors 20 intercollegiate sports, 8 for men and 12 for women. These sports are men’s and women’s soccer, cross-country, basketball, swimming, indoor and outdoor track, and lacrosse; women’s field hockey, volleyball, softball, tennis, equestrian, and, men’s ice hockey. Geneseo is a member of and competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC).

Intramural Sports

More than 40 different activities are offered each year in men’s, women’s and co-ed competition, enabling students to choose the activities and levels of competition they desire. Teams, some of which represent residence halls and Greek organizations, compete in such sports as flag football, soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball, and broomball. Dodgeball and racquetball are also popular intramural activities. Off-campus outings for downhill skiing, white water rafting, and trips to a Buffalo Bills football game, Rochester Americans hockey game and Syracuse basketball are all popular activities. Nearly 80% of Geneseo’s students participate in at least one intramural activity before graduating.

Club Sports

The Student Association sponsors a number of club sports teams under the auspices of the Club Sports Association (CSA). Teams include men’s and women’s crew, men’s volleyball, ultimate frisbee, cheerleading and men’s tennis, badminton, men’s and women’s rugby, men’s baseball, and ski team.

Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Facilities

The facilities in the Schrader Building and Merritt Athletic Center are available to students for formal and informal athletic and recreational pursuits. These facilities offer two gymnasiums, a swimming pool, racquetball and squash courts, an ice arena with an indoor jogging area and a state-of-the-art workout center. Outdoor facilities include eight tennis courts an allweather, eight lane 400-meter track, and playing fields for soccer, lacrosse, softball, and other individual and group sports.

Workout Center

The College’s Workout Center provides students with state-of-the-art fitness equipment including two complete Nautilus Circuits, over 30 cardio machines, and extensive free weights. Cardio machines include: Lifefitness Crosstrainers, recreational treadmills, Stairmasters, electronic bikes, Concept II rowers. The Center offers students access to equipment, advice on fitness and nutrition programs, aerobic dance classes, yoga, kickboxing and a great opportunity for promoting a healthy lifestyle. The Workout Center is located in the lower level of the Merritt Athletic Center. (See knights.geneseo.edu)

Lauderdale Center for Student Health and Counseling

The Lauderdale Center for Student Health and Counseling provides outpatient medical and psychological care to all currently enrolled Geneseo students. Geneseo students can visit Health and Counseling for a variety of health-related issues, including physical, emotional, and sexual health concerns, and to learn about ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. These services are delivered by licensed health care professionals who are dedicated to meeting the specific needs of college students. Health and Counseling follows ethical and practice guidelines mandated by New York State, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc., the American College Health Association and the American Psychological Association. (See health.geneseo.edu)

Health Services

Health Services offers physical exams, diagnosis and treatment of health problems common to college students, management of chronic conditions and consultation on health issues. Health Services dispenses prescription medications and has over-the-counter medications available in the Self Care Center. Health Services staff may refer students off-campus for more specialized diagnostic services (including x-ray) or treatment. Health Services does not take the place of a hospital or emergency room in the case of a potentially life-threatening condition. Since there is more to maintaining a healthy campus than just taking care of ill students, wellness programs and health consumer education are offered by our providers and through the Office of Health Promotion. Located in Lauderdale Health Center, Health Services is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and Tuesday from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm. Telephone consultation with a registered nurse is available any time Health Services is closed by calling the Nurse Advice Line at 245-5736. To schedule appointments, students can call 245-5736 or schedule online at myhealth.geneseo.edu.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides short term counseling to Geneseo students who are experiencing a range of challenges in their lives. In addition to individual therapy, other services include consultation, crisis intervention, and referrals. Counseling also offers outreach programs, including the Healthy Bodies, Healthier Minds series through GOLD. Counseling Services is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and Tuesday from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, students should call 245-5716.

Medical History and Immunization Requirements

All students are required to submit a Personal and Medical History at myhealth.geneseo.edu prior to beginning classes. The physical examination is to be completed by the student’s health provider and the immunization record should be attached. The pre-enrollment physical cannot be completed at Health Services.

New York State law mandates that all students show proof of immunizations against measles, mumps, and rubella in order to be registered. State law also requires that students either receive the vaccination against bacterial meningitis or sign a statement indicating that they have declined the vaccination. In keeping with recommendations of the New York State Department of Health and American College Health Association, we strongly encourage students to receive immunization against bacterial meningitis. Students who do not present proof of required immunizations within 30 days of matriculation risk being disenrolled from the College. Exemptions for medical and religious reasons are allowed (under specific circumstances) under the law. Students seeking additional information on exemptions should contact Health Services.

Health and Counseling Records

All student Health and Counseling records are confidential and maintained with the strictest care to ensure students’ right to privacy, and are not part of students’ academic records. Information from students’ health and counseling records is not shared with anyone outside the department without their express permission, except in cases of imminent danger or as mandated by law.

Health Insurance

Because students sometimes need services beyond what Health and Counseling provides, we strongly encourage students to have adequate health insurance. Students should be sure that they are covered by a current plan and that out-of-area services are covered. Health and Counseling is not a participating provider with any insurance company. Students without other insurance or who want additional coverage may purchase a plan through Niagara National Life and Health Insurance Company. It provides coverage for accidents and illness, including psychological treatment and testing, on and off campus. Students may sign up for insurance during the open enrollment periods at the beginning of each semester or within thirty days of being removed from another policy. Information about the plan can be obtained from www.geneseo.edu/health/insurance_information.

Residence Life

The College operates 16 residence halls and 44 townhouses. Each hall accommodates an average of 200 students. All undergraduates are assured of the opportunity to live on campus, and all students who begin their college studies at Geneseo are required to live on campus for two years. Commuting students and transfer students who have completed a full year of full-time study at another college are exempt from this requirement. Each residence is supervised by a Residence Life staff member and a staff of undergraduate Resident Assistants. These staff members guide students through their lives at Geneseo, provide information on and maintain College policies and procedures, and promote involvement in residence hall and campus governance.

Students who reside in campus residence halls, excluding townhouse residents, are required to purchase a College meal plan. Students who wish to reside in a campus residence are required to reapply each year and pay a deposit to secure a room at the announced time(s) during the year. While room charges are assessed by the semester, the term of occupancy and financial obligation to the College is for an entire academic year. Obligations may be cancelled for specific reasons such as graduation, withdrawal, and dismissal. All requests for cancellation of the obligation require the approval of the Dean of Residential Living. (See reslife.geneseo.edu)

Residence Hall Policies

All policies and procedures for resident students have been established based on the College’s expectations for high academic achievement and the common good. All resident students must abide by Geneseo’s residential license. The license serves as the official housing agreement between the student and the College. All Geneseo students, whether residents or commuters, are expected to comply with residence hall standards and the Student Code of Conduct, including the policies related to visitation, guests, and alcohol.

University Police Department

The University Police Department at SUNY Geneseo seeks to develop and maintain a positive relationship with all members of our community and to effectively serve and support community oriented approach to law enforcement. The department is committed to the prevention of crime and the protection of life and property, the preservation of peace, order and safety while enforcing the law and ordinances and safeguarding constitutional guarantees. The objective of the community policing based philosophy is to sustain a safe and secure campus environment which works in support of the overall educational mission of the institution. This is done through establishing annual goals that are designed to enhance quality of life for all members of the community. In an effort to cultivate positive police community relations we seek to establish close working relationships with the faculty, staff and students to obtain their input with regard to their concerns for safety, security and educational community outreach programs. The University Police Department at SUNY Geneseo remains committed to the College, the Division of Student and Campus Life and the overall mission of the institution.

As sworn officers, University Police are responsible for the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the campus. Services provided by the Department include; but are not limited to, overall campus patrol, responding to calls for service, maintenance of public order, emergency first-aid, criminal investigation, community services, crime prevention, and parking and transportation services. The University Police Department works closely with student volunteers who serve the community as emergency medical responders. works closely with student volunteers who serve the community as emergency medical responders

Student Code of Conduct

Refer to handbook.geneseo.edu for new and updated information. Click on Student Code of Conduct on left side of the page.

Student Records

Students at Geneseo have the right to expect that information accumulated for the purpose of facilitating their education will not be used for any other purpose without their consent.

The College records policy, revised for detailed conformity with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, permits current or former students to inspect college educational records pertaining to them as individuals, and except as defined below, to obtain copies for a fee. Students are also accorded the right to question the content of a record and to receive a formal hearing if dissatisfied with responses to such questions.

Written consent from a student is required before personally identifiable information can be released from the individual educational record in all cases except those specifically exempted by law.

There is certain directory information which the College may release without the student’s permission: the student’s name, local address, electronic mail (e-mail) address, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, photographs, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. However, a student may prevent the release of such information by writing to the Dean of Students before the first Friday of each semester.

The full College policy and procedure for exercising student rights under this law are available from the Dean of Students, or on-line. Inquiries or complaints may be filed with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office, Department of Health and Human Services, 350 Independence Avenue, S. W., Washington, DC 20201.

Advancement

SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association

The SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association or SGAA is the alumni association of the College and supports the College in its purpose, organization and structure. The SGAA will increases alumni participation and involvement by inspiring alumni to advance the mission of the College and expand the Geneseo network. The SGAA is comprised of an Executive Committee and committees on Young Alumni and Students, Recognition, Innovation, Annual Fund, Regional Chapters and Affinity Chapters.

The Geneseo Foundation

The Geneseo Foundation accepts private gifts from alumni, parents, friends, foundations and corporations to benefit students, faculty and programs at Geneseo. The Foundation provides scholarships, undergraduate research grants and assistantships for students; research and professional travel grants, and enrichment funds for academic departments and athletics.The Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s operations, establishing gift policies, managing its endowment and stewarding donations to the College. The board’s 31 members are comprised of individuals committed to strengthening the College through private support. The Vice President for College Advancement serves as the Foundation’s Executive Director.

Scholarships and Awards

Please visit the Scholarship page on the Geneseo Foundation web site go.geneseo.edu/scholarships for detailed information about the scholarships and awards listed in this section.

Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS)

Campus Auxiliary Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit educational corporation operating a variety of campus services for the Geneseo College community. A Board of Directors comprised of students, faculty, and administrators determines the budget and policies of the Corporation within the guidelines established by SUNY Systems Administration.

These services include on-campus restaurants and cafes, Impressions catering, vending, residential laundry services, cable television, campus ID card, refuse and recycling, ATM banking services and accounting services to approved campus organizations. CAS also subcontracts Geneseo’s official textbook store, the Geneseo University Bookstore.

Geneseo University Bookstore

The Geneseo University Bookstore is located in the MacVittie College Union and is the official source for all campus academic textbooks. The bookstore also sells Geneseo imprinted clothing and souvenirs, class rings, academic attire, and academic supplies.

CAS Restaurants & Cafes

CAS provides all foodservice to the college campus at eight on-campus restaurants and cafes. Red Jacket and Food Studio North are located amongst the residence halls and offer pay one price meals seven days a week. Other locations across the campus include Mary Jemison, Books & Bytes in Milne Library and Starbucks and Fusion Market in the College Union. The student meal plan can also be used at the Big Tree Inn, a landmark dining establishment located on Main Street in the village of Geneseo, at Geneseo sports concessions, at the Chowhound, a food truck that travels across campus, and at Uncle Vito’s, a pizza delivery service that delivers on-campus.

Meal Plan

All campus resident students are required by College policy to purchase one of several meal plans. An encoded ID card is used to deduct the value of the food selected from an individual’s meal plan account balance. Information regarding meal plans is available from the CAS restaurants and cafes and online at geneseo.edu/cas. Students with special dietary needs should consult with the Nutrition & Wellness Coordinator.

Geneseo ID Card

CAS produces the official College identification card for all students, faculty and staff. This is required for campus identification purposes. It is used for meal and vending purchases. Other uses of the ID Card are for the library, access to residence halls and restricted academic areas.