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Student Handbook

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Dean of Students Office

The staff of the Dean of Students Office 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, coordinate the student conduct process, and assure full access to all opportunities offered by the College.

The Dean of Students’ office staff serves as an intercessor for Geneseo students experiencing difficulties and assists them in arriving at productive solutions. The staff also makes referrals to specialized services, consults with parents and faculty, and generally attempts to promote a healthy and productive campus environment.

The Dean, in conjunction with the Center for Community (, works to create and support a campus environment that encourages both intellectual and interpersonal growth. Visitors and inquiries are always welcome. The office is located in 354 MacVittie Union: (585) 245-5706.

Dining Services

See Campus Auxiliary Services.

Disability Services

SUNY Geneseo is committed to helping our students with disabilities meet their educational goals. The office coordinates appropriate accommodations according to individual documentation. Accommodations may include note taking, sign language or oral interpreting, test accommodations (i.e., extended time, alternate location, etc.) reading/taping services, taping lectures, class relocation, as well as accommodations unique to the individual. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) also provides general advocacy.

It is the responsibility of the student with a disability to identify himself/herself to ODS and to provide current professional documentation of the disability. Students have the right to receive academic accommodations for documented disabilities only. Students with disabilities are encouraged to identify themselves prior to the beginning of each semester so that ODS may better serve and plan for each student's needs.

Students wishing to access services must present documentation from an appropriate source such as a medical doctor, licensed clinical psychologist, or psychiatrist. This documentation, together with a personal interview with the Director, will be used to determine appropriate and reasonable academic accommodation plans. Guidelines for appropriate documentation can be requested from ODS. All documentation is maintained separate from academic files and remains confidential.

At the beginning of each semester, ODS will prepare a letter that outlines the student’s accommodations. The student should inform the office either before the semester starts, or as early as possible in the semester, how many classes he/she is taking. The student will be given copies of the letter to take to the faculty. This procedure fosters independence, guarantees that the letter has been personally received by the faculty, gives the faculty a chance to meet the student, and offers students and faculty a chance to arrange an appointment to discuss the accommodations.

Students have the right to receive the agreed upon accommodations from each faculty member who has received such notification. Faculty do not have the right to question whether the disability exists when accommodations have been authorized by the College or to request to examine the students’ documentation.

Students who feel they have been treated in a discriminatory manner because of their disability or who haven't agreed upon accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services (Erwin 106) immediately. Students with disabilities must maintain the same responsibility for their education as non-disabled students. This includes meeting the academic expectations of the College and maintaining appropriate behavior, with or without accommodations.

The Office of Disability Services is within the Office of the Dean of the College (106 Erwin). The website for the office is

Discrimination (Policy on Non-discrimination)

In the operation of its programs and activities, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff members, and in the recruitment, admission, retention, and treatment of students, the State University of New York at Geneseo does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status as either disabled or of the Vietnam era.

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, and activities, which are sponsored by the College.

On-campus housing is assigned on a non-discriminatory basis. Placement services 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 which 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 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. Questions regarding issues of discrimination may be directed to the Dean of Students Office, the Director of Affirmative Action (Erwin 219), or the Coordinator of Multicultural Programs and Services.

Dispute Resolution

See Dean of Students Office.

Discipline System

Student conduct is coordinated by the Dean of Students and the Student Conduct & Community Standards Office, MacVittie Union 354, (585) 245-5706 and College Union 348, (585) 245-5714, respectively. The Student Code of Conduct may be found in the policy section of this handbook. See also the website of Center for Community at


See Residence Halls.