Student Announce February 1, 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

Black History Month Exhibit

In celebration of Black History Month, the Hinkle Library is hosting an exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution, "A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture." The exhibit will be on display in the library gallery through March 15, 2023. 

- Joseph Petrick

Financial Planning Field Trip - Professor DuMond

Please excuse the following students from class on February 8th for a financial planning field trip to Buffalo:

Ross Jarrett

Jacob Knapp

Robert Sellers

Emily Nye

Benjamin Rivera

Stevie Medina-Collazo

David Falconer

- Lucinda Croston

Apply to Graduate in May 2023

All students completing degree requirements this semester need to apply to graduate (diplomas are not automatically awarded) by visiting and selecting “Apply for Graduation”. 


  • The deadline to apply for a May 2023 diploma is February 27, 2023. 
  • Please DO NOT apply for August 2023 graduation at this time. 
  • Graduating students who plan to return in the fall (in a new program) need to apply for readmission through the Admissions Office and will be unable to register until their readmission application has been approved. 
  • Prospective graduates should contact their advisor or department chair to ensure graduation requirements have been met and view their degree progress using the DegreeWorks tool on
  • Please note this is the application required to receive your diploma ONLY.  There is a separate process for attending Commencement.  More information on that will be coming soon! 


If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Student Records and Financial Services Office at or call 587-4253.

- Tamara Knapp

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

Course Approved as Acceptable for General Education Requirements

Course Approved as Acceptable for General Education Requirements

The following course has been approved by the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs as acceptable for General Education requirements under the World History & Global Awareness category effective fall 2023:

ANTH 5113 – Cross-Cultural Encounters

ANTH 5333 – Medical Anthropology

- Lisa Gardner

Course Approved as Acceptable for Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements

Course Approved as Acceptable for Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements

The following course has been approved by the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs as acceptable for Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements under the Social Science category effective spring 2023:

HIST 5023 - Exploring Ireland's History  

The Records Office will update the listing on the website. The complete listing of courses acceptable for Liberal Arts and Sciences will be updated and can be found here: under “Records Offices Resources” / “Approved Liberal Arts (LAS) Courses”.

- Lisa Gardner

Great News! Joblink now has single sign-on

ATTENTION STUDENTS: Starting NOW, you are now able to use your single sign-on to get into JOBLINK!  Your username & password that you use to sign into Banner and other on-campus accounts will now get you on this platform! Sign on today to search for jobs/internships, view events, career fairs & more!

- Valerie Daciw

2023 Honors Convocation

Honors Convocation will be held Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 4pm in the Orvis Activities Center.  Please mark your calendars!

Any questions can be directed to co-chairs, Lois Curran (3621) or Lisa Gardner (3913).

- Lisa Gardner

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