Statement of Responsibility

The opportunity to gain a college education and a skill for lifelong advancement is a significant junction in one's life. Approximately 30 percent of the adult population of this nation has taken and capitalized on this opportunity. Your college experience offers you a chance to succeed. Yet, with this opportunity comes responsibility.

Responsibility is a common thread that crosses all on the Morrisville campus. Each individual is responsible for his or her actions as they relate to every other person and to the campus community. In this regard, SUNY Morrisville has created a Statement of Responsibility for students, faculty and staff of the campus. Each person must take responsibility for his or her actions as they contribute to or hinder the success of the overall campus community.

It is anticipated that in placing these responsibilities in writing and sharing them widely each person on the Morrisville campus will have a fuller understanding of their meaning. Students should expect their campus to be a "home away from home," whether in the classroom or in the residence halls.

The following are general statements of responsibility.


SUNY Morrisville 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 how to conduct oneself on the job.

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 potentials
  • Maintaining a positive classroom decorum where non-topic related discussions are held to a minimum, student attendance is required, 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 on 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 the student's responsibility in class to:

  • Arrive to 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 on meeting scheduled times (class time, due date of reports , etc.)
  • Work with others as assigned to complete an assignment carrying out his or her portion of the assignment to its fullest
  • Be respectful of the faculty and other students in act and deed
  • Assist faculty by indicating to them understanding or lack of understanding of a concept, assignment, etc.

It is the student's responsibility outside of class to:

  • Be respectful of others
  • Maintain the procedures and policies as expressed in the Student 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 code of conduct as expressed in the Student Handbook


SUNY Morrisville administrators are responsible for their actions as they relate to supporting the learning process, maintaining facilities and administering the college.

It is expected and it is the responsibility of administrators to:

  • Create a class schedule that meets student 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 campus
  • 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 campus community