In accordance with New York State law, bathroom use is restricted to that of the designated sex only. Bathroom areas are public spaces and appropriate behavior is expected. Showers are for single occupancy use only.
College issued SUNY ID Cards will allow students access to their assigned residence hall area only (i.e. Quad access). The keyless entry system is activated at all times. Students are responsible for carrying their SUNY ID Card at all times. Students may not give their SUNY ID Card to another person for any reason at anytime. Students should only let their own guests into your own building Guests who are not your own should not be given access at any time.
When you check in to your residence hall you will be asked to review a room condition report (RCR or TRCR) (and in multi-person accommodations a suite condition report (SCR) or Town House condition report (TCR). This is a record of the room's contents noting the condition of the room and its furnishings at the time you accept occupancy. If you do not agree with the condition of any item upon entering, please inform your RA, who will then alter the report accordingly. Your signature indicates acceptance of the conditions noted. You will be assessed a damage charge for any conditions which differ from those specified on the room condition report when you check out.
When you check in, you will receive your room/suite key, a variety of information and you will be asked to pay a hall activity fee.
All students must be in compliance with the College's immunization policy and be in good financial standing with the College at the time of check-in.
At the end of the school year or when you officially leave a room, you are responsible for returning the room to its original condition including returning all furnishings. Rooms should be left reasonably clean: door, walls and furniture cleaned, floors swept, and garbage and all personal belongings removed. At the time of check out, you must have your room inspected by a residence life staff member and you must sign out on the room or suite condition report (RCR, TRCR, TCR, ACR or SCR) you reviewed upon entering. At check out, the staff member will take inventory and record changes to the entering condition. Failure to return keys at the time you are checking out of your room will result in an automatic lock change and a charge of $50.00. The Resident Director and Assistant Director for Housing and Operations will make a final damage assessment by the end of the semester. If you are billed, you will receive a copy of your room condition report with you bill. See damage section for more information about damage billing. Failure to sign out on the RCR, TRCR, SCR, ACR, or TCR does not preclude the ability to bill for damages.
Sleeping, smoking and storage in residence hall lounges, hallways, and stairwells is not permitted. People found sleeping in lounges may be asked for identification and asked to leave.
SUNY Potsdam recognizes and respects your privacy; however, the College reserves the right to enter apartments, suites, Town Houses, or residence hall rooms for inspection, cleaning, or maintenance purposes at reasonable times. For routine maintenance requests, students need to give permission for entrance or be present at the time repairs are made. Upon approval by the Director of Residence Life and/or his designee, these areas can be entered without notice when there is reasonable cause to believe a violation of College policy has occurred or is taking place. Apartments, suites, Town Houses, and residence hall rooms will be entered any time the halls close, including Thanksgiving, semester, and spring breaks. There may be entry without notice in emergencies where imminent danger to life, safety, health, or property is reasonably feared. Students do not have the right to enter other students' room without permission. Staff will not grant access to apartments, suites, Town Houses, or rooms by friends, relatives, or other students. You should keep your door closed and locked and telephone your RD, the Office of Residence Life, or University Police if you have concerns about who is coming into your apartment, suite or room. Students agree to allow the College to conduct periodic health and safety inspections. Students will receive notification at least 24 hours in advance from the Residence Life staff.
Elevation of beds by placing bed frames on window sills, radiators, or furniture is strictly forbidden. Students may elevate their single bed (not bunked beds) using cement or wooden blocks to a maximum height of 16 inches from the floor, unless you live in an area that has the new adjustable bed frames, then this is prohibited. Students may not stack pieces of furniture whether college-owned or personal. Bunked beds or other furniture may not block or interfere with the operation of the windows.
Students are not permitted to have waterbeds in rooms.
Strict guidelines for the use of holiday decorations have been developed in order to minimize the fire safety hazards inherent in the use of such materials in college residence halls. All students must abide by these guidelines, fire safety policies, posting policies and NY State Fire Code.
All students living on campus sign a full academic year license for room and board and are billed accordingly. Students are not permitted to sublet their rooms.
Upon check-in at the residence halls, each resident is issued a room key (and suite key if applicable). If you lose your room key, you must go to the Residence Life Office and request a lock change. Lost keys will result in a lock change and the resident will we assessed a $50.00 charge which includes the lock change and new keys.
Failure to return a room key when checking out of your room will also result in a lock change together with the $50.00 fee. If said fees are not paid a hold will go on the student's account. Once the fee is paid the hold will be removed by a Residence Life staff member.
All keys remain the property of SUNY Potsdam. Unauthorized use or possession of a master key or any other keys that have not been officially issued to you is considered a serious offense and will result in disciplinary action. Students are responsible for carrying their room key at all times. Students may not give their room key to another person for any reason.
Furniture in the common areas of the residence halls is designed for the use of all members of the residential community and may not be removed to individual rooms or suites. Any student found with unauthorized state-owned common area furniture in his/her room or suite will be subject to disciplinary action.
At the opening of school in the fall and after school vacations, the residence halls will be available for occupancy one day before the students' first college commitment at 10:00 a.m. Prior to vacations the halls will close at 10:00 a.m. the day after classes are dismissed (12:00 noon closing in December). Students withdrawing from school during the year must vacate their rooms within twenty-four (24) hours of the date of withdrawal. Special requests will be considered by the Director of Residence Life or designee. Students graduating will vacate their rooms immediately after graduation exercises. All students, with the exception of those participating in graduation, must vacate their rooms within twenty-four (24) hours after their last examination. Requests to remain on campus for a longer period of time must be made through the Director of Residence Life or designee.
Certain areas of the halls are open during the some college breaks and vacations, called Academic Year Housing. Students residing in these areas with permission will be allowed to stay in their own rooms. Please contact your RD or the Office of Residence Life for which area are open during breaks. All other areas will be closed and students will be relocated to other areas. Any student found in a closed area during a break or vacation is subject to arrest and/or college disciplinary action.
SUNY-Potsdam assumes no responsibility for loss of or damage to personal property, for any reason at any time, and has no insurance coverage protecting student's property. It is recommended that the student contact an insurance agent concerning possible protection against such losses or for coverage under a family homeowner's or renter's policy.
The State University guidelines pertaining to campus residency mandate that "every student in full-time attendance at a state operated unit of the University, other than married students or students residing with a parent(s) or guardian, shall be required either to live in a dormitory maintained by such unit or to have permission under such provisions as made therefore by the Director of Residence Life of such unit to live off campus..." Specifically, SUNY Potsdam requires all new, first year students (i.e. freshman) to live on campus for 2 years or 4 semesters.
The residence halls are designed to complement the academic mission of the institution. Thus, students living in the residence halls must be full-time students in order to live in college housing. Exceptions to these will be considered by the Director of Residence Life or designee. In addition, students must be in good financial standing and have up to date immunizations with the College.
Living in a college residence hall requires student status. Students who live in the residence halls are expected to actively engage in activities that will result in satisfactory academic progress. Such activities include, but are not limited to, regular class attendance, completing readings and assignments outside of class, finishing papers and projects in compliance with class syllabi; and preparing for and taking examinations. Failure to be involved in academic work in a purposeful way will jeopardize your ability to live in the residence halls.
SUNY Potsdam values the educational experience offered to students living in our Residence Halls. Therefore, all full-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus for 2 years or 4 semesters if they entered as a first year student unless they:
Full time undergraduate students may request to live off-campus by submitting a petition for exemption or release to the Director of Residence Life or his/her designee with a valid reason and supporting documentation.
Returning students may express preference for a building, room and roommate during the spring housing sign up process. Whenever possible, Residence Life tries to honor the specific requests of students. Although first year and transfer students may request a particular building or roommate, Residence Life cannot guarantee that these requests will be fulfilled. Under the housing license, students are guaranteed a place to live on campus. The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to assign or reassign students on campus housing assignment for administrative purposes and/or for the best interest of the residential community. In addition, The Office of Residence Life can also ban students from certain areas/buildings, including guests of students.
Most students are housed in traditional double rooms. A certain number of suites, apartments, Town Houses, triples, and singles are available each semester as total occupancy numbers permit. Single rooms can be requested in the Office of Residence Life, including requests for medical singles. If a student is left alone in a double room and is uninterested or unable to secure the room as a single, students may be consolidated with other students in the same situation only within the same residence hall floor. Students left alone in an accidental single must only occupy their half of the room.
Room assignments can be canceled if students do not remain in good financial standing or in compliance with other College requirements (i.e. immunization).
Students requesting a room change must see their respective Residence Hall Director before making any moves. All Residence Hall Directors involved must assist the student in filling out a Change of Occupancy Form. All Change of Occupancy forms must have the director's signature. Once this is accomplished the student must bring the form to the Center for Campus Life and obtain their new room key. Students must officially check-out of their former room and officially check-into their new room. Check-out/check-in must be done with a Resident Assistant who must complete a Room Condition Report for each room. Failure to return the Room Change Form and old room key to the Office of Residence Life within 72 business hours may result in a hold being placed on the student's account for charges resulting from a lock change. There are no room changes during the first two weeks of Fall and Spring semesters and the last 2 weeks of the Fall semester.
Students are billed for the entire academic year in two equal installments. Payment is due by the beginning of each semester (less deposit). Extra charges will not be levied when single occupancy of a double room has not been requested and is beyond the control of the student. You will be responsible for the full cost of your room whether or not it was your first choice of options or you have been actually living there. Students who withdraw from the College are liable for payment of the room in accordance with the following schedule:
Withdrawal During Semester Room Liability
If a student is removed from the residence halls due to disciplinary reasons, there is no refund.
Student teachers or others with academic commitments assigned outside the Potsdam area for part of the academic year are offered semester or quarterly housing licenses. Permission for a semester housing license must be granted by the Director of Residence Life. The student leaving for part of the year is eligible to store belongings in the residence hall but must see their Residence Director for permission and details.
There is a limited amount of long-term storage space available in the residence halls throughout both the academic year and the summer. Items placed in storage may be limited in quantity or size based on space available and must be non-flammable. Access to items in storage will also be limited during the year, thus items placed in storage must be things that students will not need on regular basis. SUNY Potsdam is not liable for damage, theft or loss of property of items that are in storage areas. In addition, all items must be removed from storage areas by September 15 of the following academic year. Any items not removed by September 15 may be removed and/or discarded. Exceptions to this for student teachers and a semester abroad may be approved by the Assistant Director of Housing and Operations.
If space allows, student room furnishings may be stored as well. It is the student's responsibility to return these items to their room before they check out. Room furniture may not be stored in common area spaces. For permission to store or access personal or college items to or from storage, please consult your Resident Director.
Before departing for vacations or breaks, you should unplug all electrical items, empty your wastebasket, dispose of perishable food, close and lock your windows, leave your blinds open and lock your doors. You should also notify your Resident Assistant as to the time you will be leaving. Staff will inspect rooms to ensure that the above conditions have been met. Students do NOT need to check out or turn in keys for break and vacation periods.
Because of fire regulations, paper cartons found in any area of the residence hall other than student rooms will be discarded.
Bicycle storage is available in central areas during the winter months. Due to safety regulations, students are not allowed to store bicycles in hallways, lounges, lobbies, basements or stairwells at any time.