Statement of Student, Faculty and Staff Responsibility for SUNY Morrisville

The opportunity to gain a College education and a skill for lifelong advancement is significant. Approximately 30 percent of the U.S. adult population has completed a College degree. You have been afforded a wonderful opportunity. Yet, this opportunity requires responsibility.

Responsibility is one of the common threads we require of everyone within the College community. Each individual is responsible for his or her actions as they relate to every other person and to the College community. In this regard, SUNY Morrisville has created a Statement of Responsibility for students, faculty, and staff of the College. Each person must take responsibility for his or her actions as they contribute to or hinder the success of the overall College community.

It is anticipated that by carefully articulating these responsibilities and by sharing them widely, each person of SUNY Morrisville will gain a better understanding of their responsibilities. Students should expect the College to be a “home away from home,” whether in the classroom or in the Residence Halls.

The following are general statements of responsibility.

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Faculty members are responsible to the College community, central administration, and the citizens of the State of New York in their roles as teachers. In this light, they will provide a classroom demeanor that encourages students to learn and personally set an example of conduct.

Characteristics such as the following are important aspects of this demeanor:

  • Prompt attendance at stated times/holding classes for their stated lengths.
  • Preparation for the day’s activities.
  • Motivating students to reach their full potential.
  • Maintaining positive classroom decorum where non-topic related discussions are held to a minimum, student attendance is required, class preparation and evaluation are required, and where on-topic dialogue is expected.
  • Office hours are held when stated.
  • Willingness to assist students’ when/where they need help. 
  • Acting as mentors as well as teachers, recognizing that faculty members are a major reason students remain in College.
  • Promoting out-of-class study.
  • Maintaining civility in the classroom.
  • Being professionally objective in the conduct of their classes.

SUNY Morrisville students are expected to be responsible for their actions as they relate to in-class and out-of-class activities. It is expected and it is the student’s responsibility in classes to:

  • Arrive at the class/laboratory on time and enter with respect for others.
  • Remain attentive in class.
  • Prepare for each class. This means preparation of assignments as well as preparation for participation.
  • Attend all classes (legitimate excuses are understood). (Letting the faculty member know of the absence prior to class is good business on the part of the student.)
  • Refrain from non-topic, side conversation.
  • Be prompt in meeting scheduled times (class time, due date of report, etc.)
  • Work with others as assigned to complete an assignment and carrying out his or her portion of the assignment to its fullest.
  • Be respectful of the faculty member(s) and the other students in one’s acts and deeds.
  • Assist faculty by indicating to them understanding or lack of understanding of a concept, assignment, etc.

Outside of the classroom, it is expected and it is the responsibility of students to:

  • Be respectful of others.
  • Maintain the procedures and policies as expressed in the Rules, Regulations & Expectations section of the Handbook (for example: maintenance of quiet hours, respect and value others’ time and space, work positively to enhance living conditions, etc.)
  • Maintain academic honesty (i.e., citing work of others when it is used, use computers as academic tools, not as entitlements, etc.)
  • Observe the Student Code of Conduct as expressed in the Rules, Regulations & Expectations section of the handbook.

SUNY Morrisville administrators and staff are responsible for their actions as they relate to supporting the learning process, maintaining facilities and operating the College. It is expected and it is the responsibility of administrators to:

  • Create a class schedule that meets students’ needs.
  • Support faculty in their role as educators.
  • Maintain a “home” atmosphere for students in the Residence Halls.
  • Provide quiet, appropriate study space.
  • Beautify the College.
  • Be prompt in addressing issues.
  • Be creative in setting plans and goals.
  • Share important information as it becomes available.
  • Work collaboratively to build a strong, positive College community.

SUNY Morrisville may decide to charge a student under the Student Code of Conduct or the SUNY Board of Trustees Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order.

SUNY Morrisville charges students under the Student Code of Conduct unless otherwise specified.