Right - To - Know

Student Consumer Information
Federal Student Disclosure Requirements

Regulations promulgated by the United States Department of Education to implement changes made to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), by the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 (1998 Amendments) require the disclosure of financial assistance and institutional information to students under the student financial assistance programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (Title IV). These programs include the Federal Pell Grant Program, the campus-based programs (Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study (FWS), and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs), the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, and the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Program (formerly called the State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG) Program). Under the regulations the University annually must distribute to all enrolled students a notice of the availability of financial assistance and institutional information required to be disclosed pursuant to the Higher Education Act amendments and pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which governs access to student educational records maintained by educational institutions and the release of information from those records.

Student Financial Assistance

The following student financial assistance regarding the University at Albany, SUNY is available at this location www.albany.edu/financialaid

Institutional Information

Undergraduate Students

Information about the University at Albany's undergraduate academic programs, instructional, laboratory and physical facilities, faculty, and retention and graduation rates are available at these locations:

Disabled Students

Information on special facilities and services available to disabled students

Graduate Students

Information about the University at Albany's graduate programs, instructional, laboratory and physical facilities, and faculty are available at these locations:


Distance Education

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) provides information about quality assurance laws and regulations including the State Authorization of Distance Education. SHEEO also provided reports from the Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education.

Universityís Annual Security Report

Statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus as well as institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters can be found at http://police.albany.edu/ASR.shtml.

Filing a Complaint

The first course of action to resolve a complaint includes the parties or administration involved. If an official complaint is required to resolve a complaint the University at Albany provides the General Student Complaint Form. An unresolved complaint may be filed with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education based on the Middle States Commission Complaints Policy. The State University System, Office of University Life provides resources for unresolved student life concerns, and also the NYS Education Department provides guidelines for a Complaint about a University and a complaint form.

Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data

Information on athletic program participation rates and financial support of athletic programs at the University at Albany, SUNY including participation and staffing by gender, and revenues and expenses attributable to the Universityís intercollegiate athletic programs is available from the U.S. Department of Education at http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/

Campus Policy Governing Use of Alcohol

The State University at Albany's policy regarding alcohol use can be found at https://www.albany.edu/housing/alcohol.shtml


The University at Albany is committed to promoting a drug-free campus environment.

Consistent with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), all students and employees are advised that individuals who violate Federal, State or Local laws and campus policies are subject to University Disciplinary action and criminal prosecution. The possession, use or distribution of a controlled substance or dangerous drugs, or any drug unlawful to possess, e.g. marijuana, except as expressly permitted by law, is a violation of law and of campus policy. Penalties may include attendance and completion of appropriate rehabilitation programs in addition to federal, state and local sanctions.

Students should be aware there are significant psychological and physiological health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol. Physical addiction, loss of control and withdrawal syndrome as well as serious damage to vital organs of the body can result from drug and alcohol abuse.

The following resources are available for assisting those with possible problems of chemical abuse:

New York State Law

Articles 220 and 221 of the New York State Penal Law set criminal penalties for possession or sale of drugs considered harmful or subject to abuse. The seriousness of the offense and penalaty imposed upon conviction depend upon the individual drug and amount held or sold.


New York State law classifies possession of up to 25 grams of marijuana as a violation. Penalties range from $100 to $250 fine and/or up to 15 days in jail, depending on whether it is a first, second or third offense. Possession of more than 25 grams but not more than eight o\unces is a misdemeanor; possession of more than eight ounces is a felony. Sale of 25 grams or less is a misdemeanor; sale of more than 25 grams is a felony. New York State law makes no exception for the use of marijuna for medical purposes.


The penalities for sale or possession of hashish are more severe. Possession of any amount, no matter how small, is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in county jail and/or up to $1000 fine. Possession of one-quarter ounce or more is a felony. Sale of any amount of hashish, no matterhow small, is a felony.

Cocaine and Crack

Possession of any amount, no matter how small, is the most serious class of misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in a county jail. Possession of 500 milligrams or more is a class D felony punishable by 2.3 to 7 years in a state correctional facility. Sale of any amount is a felony.

Effects and Symptoms of overdose, withdrawal and misuse of alcohol and drugs

A description of alcohol and drug categories, their effects, symptoms of overdose, withdrawal symptoms and indications of misuse can be found at
http://www.samhsa.gov/ and at the Drug Enforcement Administration of the U.S. Department of Justice website: Link to US Drug Enforcement Administration

Federal Trafficking Penalties can be found at The DEA.Gov Website

Release of Student Information

Notification of Rights under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (1974)

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and other laws, regulations and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to Amelia Barbadaro, Interim Director of Equity and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University Hall 207, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12222; abarbadoro@albany.edu; PH 518-442-3804, FX: 518-956-8168. Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. (646) 428-3800; Email OCR@ed.gov.