Buffalo State College Policies Related to Student Life

The section below directs you to the location on the College website where you will find information about important College policies related to student life.  The college reserves the right to change any policies, rules or regulations affecting students and any dates reported herein.  Each student is expected to have knowledge of the information contained in College publications and on the College website.  Questions about College policies can be addressed to the dean of students, Campbell Student Union, Room 306, telephone - (716) 878-4618.

Conduct-Related Policies

  • Affirmation of the Code of Conduct                                                                                                                                            Buffalo State requires all students to receive and positively affirm the College's code of student conduct. This section describes the procedures required to complete the affirmation process.
  • Buffalo State College Code of Student Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities
    The Code defines student rights, freedoms, and responsibilities as a member of the Buffalo State campus community and identifies conduct that is not permitted. The intent of the Code is to provide students with a due process review of allegations that the Code has been violated and delineates sanctions when guilt has been determined.
  • Academic Grievance Procedures for Students 
    Students must follow the procedures described in this policy for resolving academic grievances, including alleged violations of college and/or course policies or unfair treatment in violation of established academic policy or practice.
  • Academic Misconduct Policy 
    All students are expected to display honesty and integrity in completing course requirements and following academic regulations.  The Academic Misconduct Policy defines the procedures and processes to be used when allegations of plagiarism, cheating, or other academic misconduct arise.
  • Class Attendance
    The College does not have a uniform attendance policy.  Individual faculty members define the attendance requirements for their courses.  This section describes the procedures for students to follow when they wish to provide faculty with notice of absence for legitimate reasons.
  • E-Mail Policy  (students)                                                                                                                                                                      This website details the guidelines and requirements students must follow when using campus e-mail.
  • Advisory Regarding Online Postings                                                                                                                                                     Community members are reminded that images, postings, dialogues, and information about themselves or others posted on the internet (e.g. on social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook) are public information.  This advisory contains guidance regarding the appropriate use of technology and possible consequences for wrongful use.
  • Parental Notification Policy                                                                                                                                                                        Buffalo State reserves the right to notify parents or guardians of students under the legal drinking age who have violated campus alcohol and other drug prevention policies.  This section describes the parental notification policy.          

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  • Criminal Incidents and Other Emergencies -  Reporting Procedures                                                                                                                                                                                             This section details procedures to follow when reporting a crime or serious incident to University Police    by calling the main University Police number at (716) 878-6333.
  • Emergency Closing Policy and Procedures
    Emergency closing information can be obtained at this site.
  • Emergency Communication
    Visit this web site to learn about and sign up for NY-Alert, a service that sends emergency messages via text, voice, or e-mail.

Safety and Security

  • Alcoholic Beverages Policy                                                                                                                                                        These guidelines describe how the College carries out its responsibility to enforce New York State laws regarding sale, use and distribution of alcohol on campus.                                         
  • Annual Security Report                                                                                                                                                 Information about campus safety and security is available from the office of University Police, including tips for keeping safe on campus and in the community.
  • Bias Crime Prevention
    The office of University Police is mandated to protect all members of the campus community by preventing and prosecuting bias or hate crimes that occur within the College’s jurisdiction. This section describes procedures to follow if you are the victim of or witness to alleged hate or bias-related crimes.
  • Campus Safety Forum
    The Campus Safety Forum is the College’s advisory committee on campus security and reviews current security policies and procedures and makes recommendations for their improvement, especially with regard to preventing and responding to sexual assault.
  • Controlled Substance Policy
    The unlawful use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances and alcohol on college property or at a college-sponsored activity is prohibited. Information about this policy, the health risks of using alcohol and other drugs and where to get help can be obtained at this Web site.
  • Crime Statistics Availability
    This section describes how to obtain information from the annual report of campus crime statistics, as provided to the U.S. Department of Education, through the office of University Police.
  • Criminal Activity at Off-Campus Student Locations
    University Police and the College Community Relations Advisory Council work with area law enforcement to help provide a safe environment for students, both on- and off-campus.
  • Criminal Incidents and Other Emergencies - Reporting Procedures This section details procedures to follow when reporting a crime or serious incident to University Police by calling the main University Police number at 878-6333.
  • Federal Trafficking Penalties                                                                                                                                                                  This web site provides students with information about the Federal trafficking penalties applicable to persons found guilty of various drug offenses.
  • Investigation of Violent Felony Offenses/Missing Students                                                                                                                                                                                            The office of University Police is responsible for the investigation of any violent felony occurring at or on the grounds of the College and for the investigation of any missing student.  Information about the plan for conducting such investigations is available at this website.
  • Maintenance of Public Order                                                                                                                                                                This policy outlines the rules for the maintenance of public order (including prohibited conduct), freedom of speech, assembly, picketing and demonstration on campus, along with penalties for violation of the rules.

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Non-Discrimination Policies

  • Discrimination and Harassment Policy                                                                                                Buffalo State is committed to the need for proper treatment of all members of the college community. This section describes the College’s discrimination and harassment policy and the procedures to be followed for its implementation.
  • Persons with Disabilities Policy 
    It is the policy of Buffalo State that no otherwise qualified person with a disability shall, solely by reason of the disability, be excluded from participation in employment or access to programs of the college.  This section describes the policy and identifies resources available to support and assist persons with disabilities.
  • Religious Observance Policy                                                                                                                                                               Under New York State Education Law, no person shall be expelled from, refused admission to, or denied registration for or the right to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirements on a particular day or days because of his/her religious beliefs. The complete religious observance policy is available in this document.

Greek Organization Policies

  • Recognition and Governance Policies                                                                                                                                                   Recognition is the process by which the College agrees that a social fraternity or sorority may function on campus, enroll members, and identify with the College. This section defines the policies and procedures to be adhered to by all Greek organizations on campus.
  • Hazing Policy                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hazing is illegal in New York State and the college strictly enforces the State's anti-hazing law. The law is described here, along with examples of behavior that constitutes hazing activity.     

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Health Insurance, Immunization and Health-Related Policies

  • Student Health Insurance                                                                                                                                                             All full-time domestic undergraduate and graduate students who attend Buffalo State are eligible and automatically enrolled in the college’s student health insurance plan unless an online waiver form with proof of health insurance coverage is completed by the applicable deadline.  This document explains the health insurance program and provides information about the costs and benefits of student health insurance.
  • Immunization Compliance Policy                                                                                                                                                                All students must be in compliance with New York State law regarding immunizations.  Measles, mumps, and rubella immunizations are provided at no charge at the center.  Students must be in compliance to register for classes.
  • Smoking Policy
    Smoking is prohibited in all college buildings and vehicles, under the policy described at this Web site.

Public/Directory Information

  • Public Information/Directory Information Policy                                                                                                                               This policy defines student information that may be disclosed by the College for any purpose, at the College's discretion.  This includes student address and telephone information that is displayed in the on-line student directory.  Further information is provided describing how to withhold information from being disclosed in the on-line directory.

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Residence Life 

  • Residence Life Policies and Services                                                                                                                          This website contains the policies and procedures governing residential life at Buffalo State.  Each residential student and visitor to the residence halls is expected to have knowledge of and abide by the information contained in these policies.

Sexual Assault, Harassment, Orientation, and Relationships

  • Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention
    Sexual assault can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone, male or female. This web site describes the College’s commitment to prosecuting allegations of sexual assault through the student judicial process, defines the legal provisions of New York State law related to crimes of sexual assault and provides guidance on what to do if you are sexually assaulted.
  • Sexual Harassment Policy 
    Sexual harassment is an affront to human dignity and will not be tolerated at Buffalo State College. This website describes the policy and procedure to be followed in responding to allegations of sexual harassment involving students, faculty, and staff.
  • Sexual Orientation Policy
    Buffalo State will take affirmative action to protect persons from judgments related to sexual orientation. This website describes the College’s policy and assistance available to persons who allege discrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • Sexual and Amorous Relations Policy                                                                                                                                   This website describes the College's policy and procedure with regard to relationships that arise between students and faculty or staff members where one party is in a position of power and authority and appears to abuse that position.

Voter Registration

  • Voter Registration Procedure                                                                                                                                                              Voter registration information is available at this website.

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