May 19, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Administrative Services

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, sex, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender expression, 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 Nichole Siwicki, Assistant Director, Office of Diversity & Equity, 302 B Doty Hall, SUNY Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Room 302B, Geneseo, NY 14454; Tel. (585) 245-6492 or; 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

If you need assistance or require an accommodation, contact the Office of Diversity & Equity at (585) 245-6492 or

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

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.


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.

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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.


Full-time Undergraduate students
  New York State Resident per year $6,870.00
  Out-of-State Resident per year $16,650.00
Part-time Undergraduate Students
  New York State Resident per credit $286.00
  Out-of-State Resident per credit $694.00


College fee
  Full-time students per year $25.00
  Part-time students per credit $0.85
Undergraduate Comprehensive Fee
  Full-time students per year $1756.00
  Part-time students per credit $73.20

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 ($207 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, licensing, academic software licensing, HelpDesk and emergency communications (Technology Fee of $235.00);
  • intercollegiate athletic sports programs (Athletic Fee of $264.50)
  • 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 $8,126.00

Board (subject to revision)

Silver Plan per year (not available to First Year students) $4,404.00
Gold Plan per year $4,908.00
Platinum Plan per year $5,484.00
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.


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.


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


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

Career Development

The Department of Career Development assists students in all aspects of their career planning. Students can make advisement appointments to get help choosing a major or career, securing internships and professional employment (resume and cover letter critiques and interview preparation), and selecting and applying to graduate school.

For students who need assistance selecting a major or career, a great first step is completing FOCUS 2, an online career and planning tool that can help students identify possible majors at Geneseo. Upon completing FOCUS 2, students can make an appointment to meet with a career advisor.

The Department of Career Development also assists students 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. Students are encouraged to address career concerns early in their academic experience at the College. 

All students have a Handshake account to search for internships, professional positions, and employers, which is maintained by the Department of Career Development.  All students are encouraged to login and activate their profile in Handshake.

The Department of Career Development is located in Erwin 116. Our office is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. For a comprehensive list of services and resources visit:

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

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 and

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

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 co-curricular transcript. (See

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

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

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

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. As a department in the Division of Student and Campus Life, Student Life administers the campus living program, the MacVittie College Union, and selected co-curricular educational and assessment initiatives. Opportunities for student engagement and learning within the department include the all-college hour speaker series, Geneseo Late Knight, living learning communities, student organizations, Upstate Escapes, the Victor E. Knight mascot program, and Weeks of Welcome, as well as a number of student leadership and applied learning opportunities. We pursue ways to collaborate with Geneseo students, faculty and staff to support our students as they pursue their individual educational goals by challenging students to better themselves, demonstrating an ethic of individual care, and building a strong, vibrant campus community. (See

Campus Living

Campus Living 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 Student 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 Director of Student Life.

Residence Hall Policies

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. (See

Robert W. MacVittie College Union

The Robert W. MacVittie 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, the Geneseo Federal Credit Union, computer project area, study room, the Student Association Ticket Office, A TM services, Kinetic art gallery, Geneseo bookstore, Fusion Market, Student Association and organizational offices, Student Life, 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. 

Student Organizations

A college registered Student Organization at SUNY Geneseo is any student-driven group whose primary membership and entire leadership consists of students currently enrolled at SUNY Geneseo and who are paying the mandatory student activity fee; is formed in order to contribute to the students’ personal development and the advancement of the College Mission; non-credit bearing; and is officially registered with the Department of Student Life. Registration does not imply college endorsement of the positions and views of any organization. Rather, it implies that the institution accepts the organization’s mission as educationally valid and that the organization has complied with institutional registration and continuing registration procedures. Student groups that are formed and sponsored by academic and administrative departments, in the pursuit of research, administrative activities and academic endeavors, are not considered college registered student organization. Rather,it implies that the institution accepts the organization’s mission as educationally valid and that the organization has complied with institutional registration and continuing registration procedures. Student groups that are formed and sponsored by academic and administrative departments in the pursuit of research, administrative activities and academic endeavors, are not considered College registered student organization. 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

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 and diving , indoor and outdoor track and field, 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 all-weather, 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

Lauderdale Center for Student Health and Counseling

The Lauderdale Center for Student Health and Counseling provides non-emergency outpatient medical and psychological care to all currently enrolled Geneseo students. Geneseo students can visit student 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. Student 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 Services

Health Services offers routine primary care services such as physical exams, diagnosis and treatment of non-emergency 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

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 complete their Medical History along with several other brief forms at the health portal prior to beginning classes. The physical examination and immunization are to be completed by the student’s health provider and uploaded to their health portal. 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, within the last 5 years, 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 dis-enrolled 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 our EMR Technical Specialist at or 585-245-6453. 

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 Student Health and Counseling sometimes refers students off-campus for services, we strongly encourage students to have adequate health insurance. Be sure to check to see if you are covered by your family’s plan and if out-of-area services are covered: Full-time students up to age 26 may be covered by a parent’s or family member’s private health insurance policy- be sure to check whether coverage extends to the Geneseo and Rochester areas. 
PLEASE NOTE: Most services within Student Health and Counseling are covered by the Student Health Fee, which is mandated as part of each student’s tuition and completely different from private health insurance coverage. 
If you do not currently have private health insurance coverage, you can contact New York State of Health for more information about family or individual health insurance. https: // / 
If you have other insurance specific questions or need assistance with the process, please call our local contact: Cindy Wagner, navigator for Coordinated Care Services, Inc. Appointment line (585) 613-7662 press 3 for the Aged, Blind and Disabled Program -

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.

Student Code of Conduct

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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.


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 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 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.