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Undergraduate Bulletin 2008-2009

Division for Student Success

The Division of Student Success provides a critical component to the mission of the University at Albany by providing services that contribute to the overall quality of life on campus, enhancing the intellectual, cultural, social and physical development of students. The major programming areas within the Division of Student Success include: Residential Life; new student Orientation and parent programs; Health Services; Counseling Services; Career Services; Student Involvement and Leadership; Multicultural Student Success Campus Center management; the Disability Resource Center; University Police; and Conflict Resolution and Civic Responsibility.

The Vice President for Student Success

The Vice President for Student Success has the responsibility for the leadership and administration of all the departments within the Division of Student Success and oversees all services, activities and programs designed to promote a positive total educational experience for every student. The Office of the Vice President is located in University Hall and can be reached at (518) 956-8140.

Residential Life

Living on campus is an integral part of the overall college experience. The Department of Residential Life provides both traditional and apartment style living for over 7,000 students. There are 39 traditional residence buildings that are both suite and corridor style. There are also 50 apartment style buildings, equipped with kitchens. All students are provided with cable hook up and wireless connections. Laundry rooms are conveniently located in all buildings and are free of charge to resident students.

Freshmen students who live outside a 50 mile radius are required to live on campus and are assigned to areas designed to enhance their first year experience and build a solid foundation in their first year of college study. The environment for first year students encourages community, promotes responsibility and positive social interaction, and supports solid academic preparation.

Apartment housing is available to juniors and seniors based on a lottery system and there is no graduate or family housing currently available. All residence halls and apartments are smoke free.

For additional information, including scholars housing and the availability of living learning communities, go to the Residential Life web site at:
The Office of Residential Life is located in the basement of Eastman Tower on State Quadrangle and can be reached at (518) 442-5875.

New Student Orientation

Orientation facilitates the transition of new students into the University at Albany by preparing them for education opportunities and social responsibilities; integrating them into the intellectual, cultural, and social climate of the University; and introducing parents and families to appropriate support resources. Students entering the University as newly matriculated freshmen or transfers for the fall semester are invited to participate in a Summer Planning Conference. Transfers attend a one-day program, while entering freshmen attend a two-day program that includes a one-night stay in a Residence Hall. Summer Planning Conference programs include presentations by University administrators, small group discussions, academic advisement and registration for fall semester classes. Information sessions for parents of new students are offered concurrently with freshman programs and transfer programs. Students who are unable to attend a Summer Planning Conference attend an orientation program prior to the start of classes in the fall. All freshmen and transfer students also attend the Great Danes Beginnings program in the fall prior to the beginning of classes. For new students enrolling in the spring semester, an orientation program also occurs prior to the start of that semester.

The Orientation Office is located in the Department of Residential Life in the basement of Eastman Tower on State Quadrangle, (518) 442-5875, or (518) 442-5509.

Parent Services

Parent involvement at the University at Albany is fostered through various programs and services coordinated by the University’s Parent Liaison. The Parent Liaison assists families with their student’s transition from high school to college, as well as with their college experience through graduation. Programs and services include individual parent advisement, the Parents Council web site, electronic communications, and the coordination of events during Parents Weekend. Parent services are available through the Department of Residential Life located in the basement of Eastman Tower on State Quadrangle (518) 442-5875 or or

University Health Center

The University Health Center (UHC) is the primary health care facility for registered students. Services include General Medical Clinic, Women’s Health Clinic, Immunization Clinic, Self-Help Cold Clinic, psychiatric services, and an on site pharmacy. The UHC is open Monday — Saturday and sees students by appointment. Appointments with a health care provider are free for registered students only. Call (518) 442-5229 or (518) 442-5455 to schedule an appointment. The UHC is located at 400 Patroon Creek Blvd., across the street from the Uptown Campus.  Shuttle bus service is available during regular business hours from Collins Circle, and the Science Library Bus Stop. The main office telephone number is (518) 442-5454. Immunization requirements and additional information can be found at

Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Services

Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service is a New York State certified ambulance agency serving the campus community. It operated by UAlbany students and funded by the Student Association.  Since 1973, volunteers have provided Basic Life Support (BLS) 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the academic year. Five Quad operates two ambulances with 50-90 active members (all certified in CPR and First Aid) and 20-30 members-in-training. In addition, some members are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).   The phone number is (518) 442-3131.

University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center provides a range of clinical, education, and prevention services to assist students in adjusting to University life and in meeting their educational and personal goals.

Clinical and Consulting Services

Services include psychological counseling and short-term psychotherapy for emotional, social and academic concerns as well as psychological evaluation of academically underachieving students. Prevention programs, including anonymous on-line screening for the University community, address a broad range of health and mental health issues. Specialized educational programs and services are provided in areas of addictive behaviors, body image and eating awareness, sexual assault and intimate partner violence prevention, sport psychology and performance enhancement, and suicide prevention. University personnel, parents and students also consult psychologists by telephone, email or in person regarding issues or problems that negatively impact University students.

Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC)

The Sexual Assault Resource Center provides specialized trainings, programs and individual support to students, staff and faculty regarding issues of sexual assault and intimate partner violence.  SARC also collaborates with community agencies to increase awareness and utilization of their services, particularly for victims/survivors.  Recognizing that there are diverse ways of seeking support as well as being a support, SARC incorporates a multicultural perspective in all its trainings and programs.  University personnel, parents and students also consult with SARC on an individual basis regarding resources available for students both on and off campus.

Peer Assistance Programs

Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program: This Nationally recognized peer assistance program trains student volunteers to help other students. Through its hotline service, Middle Earth peers lend a listening ear, assist with problem solving, and provide information or referrals. Middle Earth also provides outreach programs and workshops for the campus community. The Middle Earth hotline (518-442-5777) is open from noon to midnight, Monday through Thursday, and 24 hours per day from noon on Friday until midnight on Sunday when classes are in session. Middle Earth also provides training with the option of receiving course credit. Students interested in volunteering can pick up an application at Middle Earth, located in the former Health and Counseling Building, or call the business line at 518- 442-5890.

Project SHAPE (Sexual Health and Peer Education)

The Project SHAPE program is a group of students who volunteer their time in educating their peers on sexuality and sexual health.  The members complete an accredited training course.  Each academic year, Project SHAPE conducts over 120 programs on sexual health  in academic courses, residence halls and for student groups. Project SHAPE presents week-long events such as the annual World AIDS Week, and Mixin’ Up the Sex Week: Contemporary Issues in Sexuality.  Those interested in volunteering or requesting a program should call (518) 442-5800.

The Counseling Center, staffed by psychologists and a health promotion specialist, also provides supervised training through internship and practicum experiences for doctoral students from throughout the United States and Canada.  There is no charge for Counseling Center services. The Counseling Center is newly located in Suite 104 at 400 Patroon Creek Blvd. across Washington Ave. from the uptown campus. Shuttle bus service is available during regular business hours from Collins Circle and the Science Library Bus Stop. Office hours are 8:30AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Please call with questions or to make an appointment (518) 442-5800. Email, or visit the website at for directions and additional information.

Student Involvement and Leadership

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership supports the academic mission of the University by emphasizing student involvement in the campus community. The Office promotes major events and programs and enhances the efforts of all student groups and fraternal organizations by providing quality advisement, assistance and effective leadership development programs. This Office also coordinates the Danes After Dark late night programming and maintains the calendar of student events on campus.

This Office is located in Campus Center 130, and can be reached at (518) 442-5566. Visit the Student Involvement website at or go to to view the calendar of events.

Campus Center Management

The Campus Center is the hub of university activity. Student service offices, meeting facilities, student government, as well as dining and retail operations make this a popular destination for the university community and a center of daily campus life. The Campus Center also hosts and facilitates an extensive schedule of meetings, programs and special events involving both the university and local communities and is the site for the Danes After Dark program on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
For more information, stop by Campus Center Room 137, call (518) 442-5490 or visit the Campus Center website at:

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides a broad range of personalized services to people with disabilities, learning disabilities, or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Services include pre-admission information, orientation, assistance with registration, personal attendant referral, assistance with alternative testing, lending of tape recorders and adaptive equipment, advocacy, and personal counseling. Students may schedule appointments for assistance with developing various study skills, receive coaching in time management and setting goals, or test taking skills. The office also maintains a large multimedia library of disability resources and organizes learning strategy groups.

The DRC provides information and referrals for disability-related questions and issues. In addition, the office makes recommendations to offices and departments regarding reasonable accommodations. Particular emphasis is placed on assisting students in developing their talents and abilities in preparation for professional and graduate training and for employment. Professional staff of the DRC are also available to meet with prospective students and their families who may be considering attending the University at Albany. The DRC also interacts with local, state and federal agencies concerned with disability issues. The office is located in the Campus Center, Room 137 and can be reached at (518) 442-5490 or (518) 442-3366-TDD.  Visit our web page at

Multicultural Student Success

The Office of Multicultural Student Success is committed to developing and maintaining a culturally inclusive and supportive campus environment that promotes and enhances the academic excellence, personal growth and leadership development of African, Latino, Asian and Native American heritage (ALANA) students. The office also provides advice and guidance to multicultural student groups and sponsors and cosponsors a number of cultural programs and special events. Some of these include the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. /Black History Month Luncheon, the National Latino Collegiate Conference, the Asian-Pacific American Conferences; the OMSS Leadership Retreat and the Spellman Achievement Awards. For more information stop by the Campus Center Room 130, call (518) 442-5566 or visit our website:

Career Services

Career Services assists undergraduate students of all majors and class levels, graduate students, and alumni with exploring majors and career options, making decisions about graduate study, and identifying internship and full-time employment opportunities.

Career Services assists students and alumni in specifying career goals and expanding their knowledge of career alternatives through individual consultation sessions. Working closely with academic departments, student organizations, and other Student Success departments, Career Services provides educational opportunities and workshops related to career planning.

Numerous resources for students and alumni to research major and career information, graduate school programs, career changes, as well as review part-time and full-time employment and internship vacancies can be accessed by visiting the career library or visiting the website at

Career Services also offers an extensive internet-based on-campus recruiting program for internships and full-time employment.  For more information, stop by or contact the office at Science Library, G 50, (518) 437-4900, or visit the website.

Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility

The Office of Conflict Resolution and Civic Responsibility is responsible for  nterpreting, communicating and implementing Community Rights and Responsibilities, which is the student code of conduct. This includes educating our students regarding the values of the University community, as well as holding students accountable who violate community standards. This office provides consultation services to faculty and staff who are dealing with student issues with regard to CR&R. It also provides conflict resolution through mediation and informal problem solving and adjudication and resolution of formal student conduct complaints.

For questions regarding the University’s judicial processes and the other functions of the Office of Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility, please contact us at (518) 442-5501 or visit the website at

University Police (UPD)

UPD is responsible for providing a safe and secure campus environment, one in which students, faculty and staff can pursue their educational and career goals with a minimum of distraction and disruption from crime. It works closely with the departments of Residential Life, Health and Counseling, Physical Plant, and Campus Life to achieve the highest levels of personal safety possible. UPD is staffed around the clock with professional law enforcement officers. They provide an extensive array of law enforcement and security services to the University community, including mobile and foot patrols, crime prevention education, traffic enforcement, crime reporting, and follow-up criminal investigations. UPD is located in the University Police Building, (518) 442-3132. The emergency number is (518) 442-3131 from a campus phone, or 911 from a cell phone.