STUDENT SUCCESS RESOURCES
Listed below are a number of resources that can help support students’ academic success and individual well-being. These statements may be shared through course syllabi as a way to inform students about campus resources.
Geneseo Mission and Values
SUNY Geneseo has several core documents that articulate our shared commitments and learning objectives. These include:
• SUNY Geneseo Mission, Vision and Values: https://www.geneseo.edu/about/mission-vision-and-values
• Community Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: https://www.geneseo.edu/diversity/commitment
• Geneseo Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education: https://www.geneseo.edu/provost/globe-geneseo-learning-outcomes-baccalaureate-education
“We are here to listen, to learn, to teach, to debate, to change, to grow. We should all be safe to pursue these goals at SUNY Geneseo while being who we are. Together, we commit ourselves to pluralism, cultivating a community that respects difference and promotes a sense of inclusion and belonging.”
As this excerpt from our Community Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion states, here at SUNY Geneseo, we want to provide a space where everyone feels welcome to learn and grow in their identities as well as in their role as students, faculty, and staff. If in the unfortunate instance you experience an incident of bias, we encourage you to reach out to the Chief Diversity Officer (email@example.com) and/or our University Police Department. In trying to create an environment that facilitates growth through diverse thoughts and ideas, reporting incidents of bias - including threats, vandalism, and microaggressive behaviors - can help bring a better understanding of our campus climate as well as provide opportunities for learning and restoring harm.
SUNY Geneseo will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented physical, emotional, or cognitive disabilities. Accommodations will be made for medical conditions related to pregnancy or parenting. Requests for accommodations including letters or review of existing accommodations should be directed to the Office of Accessibility in Erwin Hall 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-245-5112. Students with letters of accommodations should submit a letter to each faculty member at the beginning of the semester and discuss specific arrangements. Additional information on the Office of Accessibility is available at www.geneseo.edu/dean_office/disability_services.
Prioritizing well-being can support the achievement of academic goals and alleviate stress. Eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, exercising, avoiding drugs and alcohol, maintaining healthy relationships, and building in time to relax all help promote a healthy lifestyle and general well-being.
Concerns about academic performance, health situations, family health and wellness (including the loss of a loved one), interpersonal relationships and commitments, and other factors can contribute to stress. Students are strongly encouraged to communicate their needs to faculty and staff and seek support if they are experiencing unmanageable stress or are having difficulties with daily functioning. The Dean of Students (585-245-5706) can assist and provide direction to appropriate campus resources. For more information, see www.geneseo.edu/dean_students.
As a student, you may experience a range of challenges that can impact your mental health and thus impact your learning; common examples include increased anxiety, shifts in mood, strained relationships, difficulties related to substance use, trouble concentrating, and lack of motivation, among many others. These experiences may reduce your ability to participate fully in daily activities and affect your academic performance.
SUNY Geneseo offers free, confidential counseling for students at the Lauderdale Center for Student Health and Counseling, and seeking support for your mental health can be key to your success at college. You can learn more about the various mental health services available on campus at health.geneseo.edu.
Academic Support Services
The campus provides a range of support services to help students thrive in their classes. These services include:
Tutoring, both drop-in and by-appointment, with student tutors in the Writing Learning Center, the Math Learning Center, and a range of department-based tutoring centers
Online tutoring through the SUNY-wide STAR-NY system (www.starny.org/tutoring_schedule)
Supplemental Instruction, in which trained student assistants review lecture material from specific classes
Information on times and locations is available through the Center for Academic Excellence website at https://www.geneseo.edu/academic-support-services.
Additionally, the college offers a number of peer mentoring programs that are designed to reinforce good academic habits. These include:
- Academic Peer Mentors in the Office of Academic Planning and Advising provide students with promising study strategies and can host on-going appointments with students seeking an "accountability buddy". More information is available at https://www.geneseo.edu/dean_office/academic-peer-mentors-0.
The ONYX Academic Success workshop series sponsored by the GOLD Leadership Program introduces students to a variety of study skills, time management techniques, and instruction on how to access campus resources for academic and career guidance. A full list of GOLD workshops can be accessed at https://www.geneseo.edu/gold/app/browse.
Library Research Help
Milne Library has an award-winning staff trained in finding the best information. They have created online research guides, self-help databases, and are available for individual consultation. Research Librarians are available for walk-in consultations and students may request appointments with staff experts in particular fields. Full information on Milne Library research resources, hours, and consultation options is available at www.geneseo.edu/library/ask-us.
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
Milne Library offers frequent workshops to help students understand how to paraphrase, quote, and cite outside sources properly. These sessions are meant to educate about the importance of using original ideas and language, and how to incorporate paraphrases and quotes into writing. The complete list of library workshops can be found at www.geneseo.edu/library/library-workshops.
Academic dishonesty includes cheating, knowingly providing false information, plagiarizing, and any other form of academic misrepresentation. College policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty are available at www.geneseo.edu/handbook/academic-dishonesty-policy.
Computer and Technology Support
For assistance with your computer or mobile device, visit the CIT HelpDesk in Milne Library. CIT provides self help guides on a range of computer issues, including access to the campus network, Canvas, printing, software guides, and other resources. The CIT Self Help Guides at wiki.geneseo.edu/display/cit/CIT+Self+Help can be helpful in finding quick solutions to basic technology issues.
CIT also provides free access to over 7,500 online tutorials for software, digital tools, web development, programming, and design through lynda.com training resources available at wiki.geneseo.edu/display/cit/Lynda.com+Training+Library.
Food Security for SUNY Geneseo Students
SUNY Geneseo students who find themselves in a position of food insecurity and do not have the financial resources to support their food and nutrition needs can access the Geneseo Groveland Food Pantry located at the First Presbyterian Church, 31 Center Street in Geneseo. Students can utilize the pantry once with no referral or contact with the College. At this visit they will be provided items that will address their basic needs for several days. If a student continues to face difficulties providing for their own nutritional needs beyond their first visit to the pantry they should connect with Susan Romano, Director of Financial Aid to receive a brief letter that they will present to the staff at the pantry that verifies their need. If students do not have a FAFSA on file for any reason they should contact Dr. Leonard Sancilio, Dean of Students, to discuss their particular situation and options. The Geneseo Groveland Food Pantry is open on the following days and times:
Tuesday: 10 AM - 2 PM
Wednesday: 4 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 2 PM
If you have any questions please contact Dr. Leonard Sancilio, Dean of Students at: email@example.com or 585-245-5706.
Religious Observations and Class Attendance
Student attendance in classes on religious holidays is governed by New York State Education Law 224-a (see https://www.geneseo.edu/apca/classroom-policies). Students who anticipate an absence due to religious observations should contact their faculty member as soon as possible in advance to arrange make up plans. A calendar of major religious observations may be found at: https://www.cs.ny.gov/attend_leave_manual/030Appendices/B-CalendarofLegalHolidays/2020calendar.html