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The Department of Student Life Mission Statement

The Department of Student Life administers the Residence Life 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.

Student Life guiding principles

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.

Our passion is the improvement of the human condition through the expansion of a caring community. (Campus Life: In Search of Community p. 47)

It is the vision of the Department of Student Life to create a systematic and strategic co-curricular core that is nationally recognized by coordinating the annual identification and promulgation of the Student & Campus Life core co-curriculum; programs and activities offered through the co-curriculum.

Student Life Overarching Goals


To provide opportunities for students to learn, interact, lead, reflect, program, question and have fun. (How College Affects Students p. 647)


To provide safe and inviting places where the college community can gather to engage, live, and flourish.


To provide commonly shared experiences that promote belonging and connectedness with a mutual respect for the unique contributions of each individual.

Student Life Educational Priority

The Department of Student Life develops socially responsible citizens who build positive relationships as engaged learners.

Student Life Learning Goals

  1. Each student will become a socially responsible citizen. S&CL (SCR, LD) AAC&U (CE, ER, IKC)

  2. Each student will build positive relationships. S&CL (SUPVS, ECSS, AD) AAC&U (TW, IL, WC, OC)

  3. Each student will aspire to be an engaged learner. S&CL (CEAA, HL, ID) AAC&U (PS, CRT, CVT, LL)