Student Announce January 30, 2023

Community Standards Notice (Spring ’23)

The following information communicates College policies that all students are responsible for understanding and adhering to as members of the Alfred State community. It is important to familiarize yourself with these notices and policies as they represent a broad range of College expectations governing student conduct. 

  • Please Note: You may need to be logged-into the College portal (   to access some of information linked to below.  

Student Code of Conduct

Alfred State is committed to a set of principles that directs our individual behavior in a community of learning. These principles (found in the Student Code of Conduct link below) provide a guide for how each student can have a positive college experience while respecting the rights of others. In most instances, students can successfully navigate through their experiences without violating these principles. However, when violations are alleged to have occurred, the College has established disciplinary procedures outlined in our Community Standards: Student Code of Conduct. The full list of College regulations governing student conduct can be found online at:

It is important that all members of our campus community understand that acts of violence, such as verbal harassment, physical harassment, bias-related harassment, sexual harassment, and any form of assault on another person, are likely to result in disciplinary dismissal (i.e., suspension or expulsion). Students must utilize appropriate strategies to address conflict and those strategies must be non-threatening. Students struggling with conflict issues are advised to seek assistance from staff on how to resolve their concerns. Students can obtain assistance from their Residence Hall Director, Health & Wellness Services, and their academic advisor in addition to the Student Conduct Office.

  • Please Note: All disciplinary correspondence with students is sent via email to students’ Alfred State email accounts.             

Please contact Casey Gross, Associate Dean for Student Conduct & Community Standards at or (607) 587-4065, for more information about Student Conduct.

Alcohol and Drug Issues

The College's Drug and Alcohol Policy defines the appropriate use of alcohol on campus, the legal and campus consequences for the misuse or illegal use of alcohol and drugs, and the inherent health risks associated with substance abuse. You can read more about this policy in the College’s Community Standards: Student Code of Conduct. In addition, a copy of the College’s policy on alcohol and substance abuse is issued annually to each student, faculty, and staff member.

Please contact your Residence Hall Director or Casey Gross (see above) if you have questions about the College’s alcohol and drug policy. Health & Wellness Services staff are also available to assist students with drug and alcohol questions and concerns.

In April of 2021, New York State legalized the use and possession of cannabis for adults 21 an older with some restrictions (see NYS Penal Law article 222). Despite this change in state law, marihuana remains an illegal substance under federal law. The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act requires institutions of higher education receiving federal funds (e.g., financial aid) to implement a program to, “prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.” In accordance with the act, Alfred State prohibits the use and possession of drugs, including cannabis, and addresses alleged student violations through the College’s disciplinary system.

Greek Life

Alfred State has a long and proud tradition with Greek Life. Greek organizations promote scholarship, leadership, community service, and life-long friendship.  First-semester students may not rush and/or pledge any fraternity or sorority. To be eligible to pledge, students must have a prior semester and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Additional information on Greek Life and a list of approved and recognized Greek organizations can be found at the following link:

Please contact Dennis Dueño, Director of Student Engagement, at duenodm@alfredstate.eduf or (607) 587-4959, for more information about Greek Life.

Sexual Misconduct Information & Sexual Assault Assistance

Alfred State’s Title IX web page provides important educational and assistance information for incidents of sexual misconduct. This web page provides specific responses to questions regarding medical information, criminal and civil suit information, processes regarding residential living and classroom issues, counseling options, and the College’s Grievance Policy for Addressing Complaints of Sexual Harassment. If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual assault, assistance can be obtained by contacting the following:

University Police (Theta Gamma House)

Matthew Ryan, Title IX Coordinator (Student Leadership Center 409A)

In addition, the College has partnered with Connecting Communities in Action, Inc., a private, not-for-profit organization, that provides trained advocates to work directly with a student who is a victim of a sexual assault. The link below provides a list of the services their agency provides. An advocate can be requested 24 hours a day by contacting University Police at (607) 587-3999. While University Police activates this service, it is not necessary for a student to speak to an officer if they do not want to.

The College has established clearly defined disciplinary procedures for addressing alleged incidents of sexual misconduct where the individual charged is a student. The regulations contained herein also define what the College considers nonconsensual sexual intercourse, nonconsensual sexual misconduct, and sexual exploitation of others. These procedures and regulations are included in the College’s Student Code of Conduct.  

If you have additional questions, please contact Matthew Ryan, Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, at

Bias-Related Misconduct Policies & Procedures

Alfred State supports a community in which differences enrich the educational climate. These differences include, but are not limited to, sex, race, color, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and disability. We care about each and every student who becomes a part of our community. Alfred State promotes equality within our community by respecting one another and encouraging a community of tolerance.

Annual Notice of Non-Discrimination: Alfred State College hereby advises students, parents, employees, and the general public that it offers employment and educational opportunities, including career and technical educational opportunities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, familial status, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction. Employees, students, applicants, or other members of the college community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

Alfred State 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.

Grievance procedures are available to interested persons by contacting either of the compliance officers/coordinators listed below. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and other laws, regulations, and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to:

Matthew Ryan
Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator
Alfred State College                                                   
10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, NY 14802|
Phone: (607) 587-4076

Academic Integrity

Students are responsible for submitting academic work in a manner that is consistent with the College's policy on academic integrity. You can view the academic integrity policy and definitions of academic dishonesty at:


If you have any questions about these web links or other campus policies, please contact:

  • Gregory Sammons, Vice President for Student Affairs (607-587-3911)
  • Spencer Peavey, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs (607-587-3911)
  • Jonathan Hilsher, Assistant Vice President of Health & Wellbeing (607-587-4200)
  • Matthew Ryan, Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator (607-587-4076)
  • Jeffrey Wilcox, Chief of University Police (607-587-3999)
  • Patrick Smith, Interim Director of Residential Services (607-587-4329)
  • Casey Gross, Assoc. Dean for Student Conduct & Community Standards (607-587-4065)
  • Justin Cornelius, Coord. of Student Affairs at the Wellsville Campus (607-587-3103)
  • Desmond Davis, Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (607-587-4047)
  • Your Residence Hall Director, if you live on campus.
- Anna Pensyl-Shutt

Campus Connect (Students Helping Students)

The Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards is excited to introduce Campus Connect, an initiative of the Best Foot Forward program. The goal of Campus Connect is to provide a quick and easy referral system for students to obtain assistance for fellow Pioneers who may be struggling for any reason.

In short, if you have a concern for another student (or yourself!), please accept the challenge and make a referral using the following web form: The information you share will be kept as private as possible and used to connect students to the appropriate campus personnel and resources. That’s it!

There are no restrictions to the type of concerns you can share. However, any information relating to an emergency, crime, or imminent threat should first be reported to University Police. Please contact the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards with any questions you may have.

Be empowered. Be a Pioneer. Help each other!

- Elijah Blumberg

Open Room Changes, Room Buyouts, and Consolidations

The Office of College Housing would like to announce that Open Room Changes and Room Buyouts have begun. This gives students the ability to move to any open bed on campus. If space is available, students may also have the opportunity to buyout a double room as a single. To start this process, students must meet with their Residence Director (RD) during their posted office hours to discuss their options. Please note, students are not permitted to move or swap rooms during Open Room Changes and Room Buyouts without getting approval from their RD. 

Pending on the move, there may be an increase or decrease in the cost of housing. Students are encourages to review the Room Rates prior to completing any move. Information on room rates can be found on our Housing Costs page.

During open room changes and buyouts, students will be given an Acknowledgement of Room Assignment Change form that outlines the process that must be followed. This form must be completed within 48 hours (2 business days) of starting the form. 

All moves must be completed by 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 8. 

During Open Room Changes and Room Buyouts, RDs will also be consolidating room and/or suites depending on the vacancies that are present. Students may be required to move from their room or accept a new roommate depending on the RDs plan for the building. More information on room consolidations can be found on our Room Selection page.

Please contact Residential Service at 607-587-4371 or if you have any questions.

- Donald Schrader

Oasis - Spring 2023 Hours

Come in and enjoy a peaceful moment at the oasis, pick from several different essential oils, relax in the massage chairs, and grab a cup of tea on your way out. SLC RM 415

The Oasis will be opening for the Spring 2023 semester on Tuesday, January 24th, and will be following the below schedule throughout the semester.

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 4-6pm

Use of the Oasis space is by appointment (24 hours in advance) and will also be open for walk-in’s/first come, first served basis.

To Schedule an Appointment to use a Massage Chair in the Oasis:

Please keep in mind:

  • Oasis slots are 40 minutes long – 20 minutes for massage and 20 minutes for cleaning/disinfecting.
  • No food, drinks, or vaping allowed.
  • Phones are to be silenced, no loud music, or phone calls.
  • Students who are not observing the Student Code of Conduct, are disruptive to others, or are not complaint with social distancing regulations, will be asked to leave the space.


Angie Lopez

- Anna Pensyl-Shutt

myLearning Student Tour Recording

Did you miss the virtual myLearning Student Tours last week? Here is a copy of the recording for you to watch! Feel free to share with friends and students. Link: Questions can be directed to the Alfred State Help Desk at or 607-587-4357.

- Maureen Caschera

Zumba returns for the spring semester

Zumba classes will be continuing in the spring semester. Join us every Wednesday at 6pm from February 1 through April 19 in the Pioneer Dance Studio (next door to the Fitness Center). Bring clean, dry shoes and water. This class is open to all students, faculty, and staff at ASC. Contact Zumba instructor Meghan Smith ( or Brooke Scianna ( in Campus Rec with any questions.

- Meghan Smith

Need Textbooks Sooner? Add Funds to CSA!

Students who are expecting a refund, but need book money or supplies, can add pending financial aid funds to their CSA (Campus Spending Account). CSA accounts allow students to use pending financial aid funds to purchase books and supplies.
Should you have any questions please view our How To Video or CSA Instructions guide for more information. Students are also welcome to contact the Student Records and Financial Services Office for more information on CSA.

- Tamara Knapp

Last Day to Add a Class

If you are still adjusting your semester schedule, please keep in mind that the last day to add a full term class is 4 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2023 and the last day to add a first seven-week part of term, online course is 4 p.m. on Tuesday January 31.


Academic Regulation 502.4b Part-of-the-term and intersession courses may not be added after 20% of the scheduled classes have been completed and may not be dropped after 50% of the scheduled classes have been completed.


Academic Regulation 502.7 After five instructional days of the semester, a course may be added only with the approval of both the student’s department chair or academic advisor and the chair of the department in which the course is offered. Courses may not be added after the tenth instructional day of the semester.

- Tamara Knapp