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Handbook for 2010-2011

1. TC3 Residence Life Goals and Philosophy

Tompkins Cortland Community College fosters intellectual, emotional, cultural, ethical, philosophical, social, and spiritual growth. Both classroom and out-of-class educational experiences facilitate this growth. Residence hall living is considered an integral part of a student's overall educational and personal development. The Residence Life Department focuses its energy on the co-curricular experience, which is an important and valued component of a student's development. Students are provided with opportunities to strengthen their educational objectives through the living and learning process in a residence hall, and through participation in an assortment of student organizations and activities. The program considers students’ educational and social needs, safety and health standards, and the overall educational objectives of the College.

Residence halls are owned by the TC3 Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the College, and operated by the Faculty Student Association (FSA). The residence halls are supervised by a team of professional staff and assisted by a para-professional staff of resident assistants. Residence hall facilities and programs are provided to satisfy not only the physical needs of residents but also social, academic, and psychological needs. 

We are here to provide a service for our students. We will treat you as an adult. We take pride in our College. It is our home, and it will be your home while you are here, so treat it with respect. Please be assured we will do our best to make sure your college experience is as enjoyable and educational as possible.

1.2 The goals of the program are to:

Create an atmosphere conducive to learning, to provide referral to appropriate academic support services, and to provide and assist in the academic advising process in the residence hall.

Implement and foster a comprehensive educational component supporting students by providing programming enhancing understanding of cultural, ethnic, gender, physical, racial, sexual orientation, and religious differences.

Create and maintain a residence hall community in which students take responsibility for comprehending and enriching their environment while respecting the rights and needs of others within the College community.

Provide students with affordable and comfortable on-campus housing accommodations.

Facilitate the adjustment and transition of new students to the College through various programs (e.g., new student orientation, global student orientation).

Provide a disciplinary structure promoting and encouraging student accountability and responsibility.

Provide values-based educational programming to raise student awareness of social, emotional, mental and physical health, substance abuse, and responsible sexual behavior.

Stimulate and encourage student participation in campus and community organizations.

Strengthen recruitment and selection procedures; to attract a high-quality and diverse professional and para-professional staff.

Provide a comprehensive training and developmental program for professional and para-professional staff.

Have professional staff stay abreast of trends in higher education by keeping pace with student development theory through publications, attendance at conferences, and participation in professional organizations.

Provide a comprehensive ongoing evaluation/assessment of the housing and residence life operation including its personnel, programs, and procedures.                               

1.3 Philosophy of Residence Life

Congratulations!  You have just become a member of the residence hall community at TC3 – a community composed of individuals with diverse academic interests, backgrounds, cultures, races, lifestyles, and experiences. As a member of this community you have rights and responsibilities.

You have the right to:
Study, sleep, and socialize in your room.

Live in a supportive and stimulating community where your individuality is valued, respected and appreciated.

Involve yourself and others in promoting the health, safety, and security of all residents.

Enjoy access to a variety of facilities and services provided by the College.

You have the responsibility to:          
Consider the needs of other residents and balance them with your own needs.

Just as you expect other community members to be considerate of your needs, you are responsible for demonstrating consideration for their needs.

Promote care of the physical facilities, equipment, and services provided by the program.

Communicate with other residents and staff members. Communication is an important aspect of building relationships with others and in seeking assistance to address academic and personal issues.

Let other residents know when they are disturbing you. When other people infringe upon your rights, you are responsible for asking them to alter their behavior out of respect for you. If others don't respond to your request, staff members will assist you.

Demonstrate a commitment to the TC3 community by getting involved.

Get to know other residents. Participating in activities and joining your hall council are ways to have fun and make your mark at TC3.

Promote campus safety and security by locking your room/apartment door at all times, reporting missing or stolen keys, un-propping outside doors, walking with other people at night, and reporting suspicious people and activities to staff members.

Demonstrate respect for all individuals and enjoy the benefits of meeting people who are similar to, and different from you.

Control your behavior and emotions at all times.

Expect that differences will arise, and to deal with those differences in a mature and responsible manner.

Take precautions for your safety and those around you.

Use the kitchen and laundry facilities, and all furnishings properly. Please ask if you are unsure about how to use any machine or appliance.

Understand and follow all TC3 and Residence Life rules and represent TC3 responsibly when off campus.

2 The Apartments and Rooms

2.1 Apartment layout and size

All housing is apartment style, and each apartment has a kitchen, living room, bathroom and 4 individual bedrooms.  The layout and size varies but the average bedroom size is 8’ x 12’. All residence halls except Tompkins and Cortland have lounges with various recreational equipment and quiet study areas.

2.2 Apartment Amenities

Additional furniture is not permitted within the buildings. Any exceptions must be approved by the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs in consultation with the Coordinator of Access and Equity Services and will be based on medical necessity. Each apartment comes fully furnished with the following:

  • Living Room – couch, chair, end table, and coffee table. All apartment living rooms have carpeting, with the exception of Tioughnioga Hall.
  • Bedrooms – twin-size beds which are 80 inches by 36 inches, dresser, desk, and chair.
  • Kitchen– full-size refrigerator, electric range, and breakfast bar with stools or a table and chairs will be supplied.  

Additionally, each apartment has a kitchen with a double-sided sink, cabinets, an electric stove, and a full-size refrigerator. Apartments in all halls except Tompkins and Cortland are equipped with a microwave oven and garbage disposal. Students are allowed to bring additional appliances, such as microwaves, toasters, and toaster ovens. Additional refrigerators (see policies section 5.3) or open flame appliances are strictly prohibited.

Cable and Internet service is provided at no additional cost. Telephone service is optional.

Cable Television. Standard basic cable television, which provides approximately 75 channels, is provided to each living room and bedroom as part of the room costs. In addition, students may subscribe to premium service at their own expense. Call Time Warner Cable at 607.272.3456 to set up your own account.

Internet Connection. All bedrooms have their own Time Warner cable modem and power cord. You will need a computer with a properly configured Ethernet card, and you will need to bring an Ethernet cable with you. Internet use is provided as a privilege and is intended to support your academic experience on campus. Illegal use, or activity that negatively affects the performance of the network, is prohibited.  Students must follow the Computer Use Policy and Protocol. Students having difficulty with Time Warner or Road Runner should go through the Time Warner Cable trouble shooter. If you are still having problems call Time Warner Cable 877.313.2337. Please have the account number listed on your modem available when you call.

Telephone.  Students seeking in-room telephone service need to contract with Time Warner.  Tompkins Cortland Community College works very closely with AT&T to provide cellular service to our residential students.  AT&T has provided a mobile cell tower on campus and also provides discounts on phones and service plans to all TC3 students. Please go to and select my Mobile for more options.

2.3 What to bring with you.
Supply List

  • Clothes, including heavy coats, gloves, hats, boots (both warm and cold weather items)
  • Pillows, sheets (XL twin) and blanket for a XL twin bed (36”x80”)
  • Waterproof mattress protector
  • Towels, washcloths, toilet paper, a shower curtain, and shower curtain hooks
  • Soap, shampoo and personal toiletries
  • First-aid items and prescribed medications
  • Desk lamp, alarm clock, surge protectors, flashlight
  • Mop, broom, iron, ironing board, laundry soap, garbage bags and cleaning supplies
  • Hangers, laundry basket/bag
  • Pots, pans and cooking utensils
  • Plates, bowls, mugs and eating utensils
  • FOOD – weekly van trips to shopping areas are provided
  • Driver’s license or non-driver ID

Additional Things You May Want to Bring

  • Pictures of family and friends
  • Decorative accessories – items that can be used with Sticky-tac or tacks (no nails or foam backed tape)
  • PC with a network interface card, cable and printer – there is an Internet jack in each bedroom
  • Microwave (if you live in Tompkins or Cortland Hall)
  • Toaster and Coffee maker
  • Car – register with Office of Residence Life
  • Television
  • Stereo, radio, CD or MP3 player
  • Fan
  • Backpack
  • Sports gear
  • Vacuum Cleaner – Vacuum cleaners are not available for use; students should discuss the need with roommates prior to arrival.

Items you can get on campus

Your TC3 Card is used to access your residence hall. In addition, your TC3 Card can be used as a debit card for: dining, copying, vending, laundry, books, and supplies. 

2.4  Items NOT PERMITTED in Residence Housing

  • Pets
  • Dart boards with sharp point darts
  • Candles/incense
  • Alcoholic beverages (regardless of your age)
  • Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Space heaters or air conditioners
  • Furniture (unless medically required and pre-approved by the director)*
  • Mini refrigerator (unless medically required and pre-approved)*
  • Halogen bulbs
  • Nails and foam backed adhesive tape
  • Multi-arm floor lamps
  • Weapons of any kind, including paintball guns and equipment
  • Extra furniture; furniture is provided to meet student needs; additional furniture causes fire hazards

NOTE: Property (renters) Insurance.Tompkins Cortland Community College and the Faculty Student Association do not accept responsibility for students’ personal property in the event of theft, fire, steam, flood, insufficient heat, loss or surges of electricity, the actions of a third person, and any other acts of nature resulting in the interruption of service or damage to personal belongings. Students are responsible for having private insurance either by being included in their parents’ home owners’ policy, or by purchasing renters insurance to protect themselves against loss. Information on an optional plan for personal property insurance coverage is available in the Dean of Student Life Office in room 216 or in the Residence Life Office.

2.5 TC3 Residence Addresses

U.S. mail is delivered to mailboxes in the residence halls. Packages arriving by UPS or Federal Express are delivered to the Residence Life Office in Tioghnioga Hall and may be picked up during business hours with your ID card. Each building has a street address and all mail must be addressed using the correct address to reach the intended recipient. The addresses are:

Tompkins Hall
32 Farview Drive Apt. #XXX
Dryden, NY   13053

Cortland Hall
36 Farview Drive Apt. #XXX
Dryden, NY   13053

Tioga Hall
24 Farview Drive Apt. #XXX
Dryden, NY   13053

Cayuga Lake Hall
20 Farview Drive Apt. #XXX
Dryden, NY   13053

Tioughnioga Hall
18 Farview Drive Apt. #XXX
Dryden, NY   13053

Cascadilla Hall
26 Farview Drive Apt. #XXX
Dryden, NY   13053

Seneca Hall
30 Farview Drive Apt. #XXX
Dryden, NY   13053

3 Residence Life and College Services Available

3.1 Alcohol and Drug Education and Counseling Services

The Options Program is available to all TC3 students and is free of charge. Counselors administer risk assessments, conduct brief motivational counseling sessions and small-group educational sessions which help students to make healthy, safe choices related to alcohol and other drugs. Students involved in alcohol or drug conduct violations are often required to participate in this program.  Information about this program and appointment scheduling is available in the Counseling, Career and Transfer Services Office or at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4261.

3.2 Disability Accommodations

Students with disabilities who may require modification of any policy or procedure in order to have equal access to the residence halls must contact the Coordinator of Access and Equity Services 607.844.8211, Ext. 4283 at TC3 and provide appropriate documentation of the disability related needs. The Coordinator, in consultation with the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs and the student, will make a determination of what reasonable accommodation will provide the student with equal access to the residence halls, its programs, services and activities. Documentation guidelines can be found at A prescription note from a doctor is not generally acceptable for documentation purposes.

3.3 Laundry

Each hall has washers and dryers for resident use. These machines take the TC3 Card or coins.

3.4 Lockout Services

All residents are expected to carry their own keys and TC3 Card with them at all times. Residence hall staff are available to open doors for students at a cost of $2. If the student cannot provide $2, they may choose to donate a non-perishable food item to the residence life food pantry. Please refer to “Lockout Policy” in section 5.17 for additional information.

3.5 Mail delivery

All residential students receive their mail in locked mailboxes within the residence halls.  Mailboxes are provided for each apartment. Packages from UPS and Federal Express are delivered to the Residence Life Office in Tioghnioga Hall where residents may pick them up with proof of identity. Please refer to Your TC3 Address in section 2.5 for the correct mailing addresses. Outgoing stamped mail can be dropped in the mailbox in Tioga Hall. Outgoing packages may be sent out through the Tioghnioga Hall office.

3.6 Maintenance

Students can report maintenance concerns through the maintenance work order system via their myTC3 account. Work orders are reviewed each working day and prioritized.  Maintenance staff is authorized to enter the apartment to address the concern at any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Maintenance personnel may be required, and are authorized, to enter an apartment at any time to perform emergency repairs when health and safety issues are involved. Students may be required to assist by removing personal property if it interferes with access to the area to be maintained.  Fire, broken water pipes, and other maintenance problems, which could lead to structural damage or constitute a threat to the health and safety of students, are considered emergencies. Residents with immediate concerns or situations can contact the residence life office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 607.844.6589. The RA on duty can be contacted weekdays after 5 p.m. and throughout the weekend at 607.280.0623 or 607.280.0640.Housekeeping, security, professional staff, and maintenance personnel may be on the floors daily at any hour to perform tasks. Please dress accordingly.

3.7 Parking

Parking is available for residents. Please refer to the “Parking Policy” in section 5.3

3.8 Resident Assistants (RAs)

Resident assistants (RAs) are student staff who reside in the residence halls. Their general responsibilities are to:

  • Advise students on academic, administrative, personal, and social matters within the limits of the resident assistant’s experience and capabilities, or to refer students to appropriate services both on and off campus.
  • Be aware of student's progress and attempt to identify academic and personal problems before they hinder the student's success at the College.
  • Develop a tradition of student responsibility contributing to the residence hall community and environment.
  • Provide programs for their floor and hall through educational, recreational, and social activities.
  • Help develop College community self-government, and resident involvement.
  • Provide opportunity for student input, disseminate official College information, and explain administrative policies at regularly scheduled floor meetings.
  • Supervise operations including enforcement of the residence standards and regulations, and make disciplinary referrals through the judicial process when appropriate.
  • Be responsible to the residence life staff for the overall supervision/administration of his/her area.

3.9 Residence Directors

Residence Directors (RDs) are full-time, professional staff members who live and work in the residence halls. They provide a professional presence in the halls at all times by serving on duty whenever students are living in the halls. The RDs supervise the RAs in their work.  They serve as a resource for students, serve as hearing officers in the judicial system and meet with students around policy violations, and ensure a safe, welcoming community.

3.10 Residence Hall Council

The residence hall council is the governing body for all residence hall students. The council is made up of the executive board and student representatives from each of the residence hall floors. The duties of the council consist of formulating and recommending policies relating to the welfare of the residence hall students, planning and allocating funds raised by the hall association fee, planning social and educational programs for residence hall students, and disseminating the policies and programs that affect the group.

3.11 RA and Student Activities Programs

Residence Life will provide ongoing programming. This includes van trips to supermarkets, movies, malls, or other local events in which residents express interest. Educational and social programming will happen in all residence halls throughout the year. Students are encouraged to attend all programming events. Resident Assistants (RAs) will post announcements of upcoming programs and the Residence Life office will send program information by e-mail.

3.12 Student Health Center

Services for illness and accident are provided at the Student Health Center, which is on the first floor of the main campus building in room 118A. Staffed by a nurse practitioner, the health center provides basic health care including the issuing of appropriate prescriptions for the treatment of most common illnesses. In addition, the health center will offer preventive health education and counseling to TC3 students in a supportive and confidential environment. Students in need of emergency service can be transported by ambulance to either Cortland Regional Medical Center or Cayuga Medical Center. Students who do not want to go by ambulance are responsible for finding their own transportation.  In either case, students are responsible for finding their own transportation back to campus.  Students are responsible for acquiring their own medical insurance and for payment of all medical expenses. The College does offer a health insurance plan to students.

3.13 Transportation, van trips, local taxi and bus services

Residence Life offers free weekly van trips into Ithaca or Cortland to grocery and department stores. There is public bus service between TC3, Ithaca, and Cortland. TCAT provides service to and from Ithaca. Cortland Transit provides service between Cortland and TC3. Tickets and route information are available in the bookstore, at the information desk or by visiting their web sites at (Cortland Transit) or (TCAT). There also are taxi services available in both Ithaca and Cortland.

3.14 Trash & Recycling

Students are responsible for bagging and placing all refuse in the dumpsters located next to the residence halls. Students are also responsible for recycling their items as listed below. Students found leaving garbage in public areas or littering are subject to disciplinary action and/or cleaning charges.  When mixed items are placed in recycling dumpsters, fines are assessed on the halls by Tompkins County.  These fines are passed along to the residents in the form of damage charges.

Recyclable Items
  • Cardboard/Mixed Paper
  • White paper
  • Cardboard
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Self-adhesive notes
  • Colored paper, manila folders
  • Junk mail
  • Phone books
  • Paperboard cereal, cracker, etc boxes
  • Moving boxes
    (Students are expected to break down all boxes, i.e., pizza boxes, cereal boxes, moving boxes)
  • Plastic bottles with #1 through #7 on the bottom
  • All clear, green and brown glass food and beverage bottles and jars
  • Paper milk, soy milk, and juice cartons and drink boxes
  • Metal cans and aluminum foil
  • #5 wide-mouth containers, such as yogurt and butter tubs
    (Please do not include plastic bags in the recycling receptacles with these materials; it contaminates the recycling products).

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4 Campus Security Information

4.1 Office of Public Safety

The Office of Public Safety is responsible for patrolling and providing staff coverage for the residence halls at night. On duty officers can be reached at 607.844.6511. RAs and RDs will be on duty each night. Public Safety Officers will periodically walk through all residence halls and property, throughout each night to ensure the safety of residents. Residents are required to comply with instructions provided by Public Safety Officers.

4.2 Security Alarms

The front entrance to each building is to be used to enter and exit the building. All other doors are for emergency exit only and have alarms on them. It is a violation of residence hall regulations to exit an alarm-equipped door. However, during a fire or in an emergency, students should exit through the nearest door.

4.3 Security Doors

All residence halls are secured 24 hours a day. Residents are issued an identification card (ID) that will admit them into all residence halls. Students are allowed to enter their building of residence 24 hours each day. Students will only be able to enter other residence halls using their ID cards between the hours of 7 a.m. and midnight each day. Students must contact a resident in another hall to gain entry to that hall after midnight. Remember, all non-residents must sign in with the Residence Life office in Tioga Hall  or one of the RA offices in Cayuga Lake and Tioughnioga Halls after office hours, and be accompanied by their host.

4.4 Solicitation

Solicitation in the residence halls for non-college/residence life-related services or programs is not permitted. 

4.5 Fire Regulations

Law requires fire evacuation drills be held periodically in the residence halls. All residents must evacuate the halls as per instruction provided by the residence hall staff. Failure to evacuate will result in disciplinary action. Fire safety inspections will occur at sporadic times throughout the semester by the Residence Life staff. The purpose is to educate students about how the condition of the apartment could be a threat to the safety of themselves and others. Corrections will be mandated, with failure to make corrections considered a violation of the housing license. The use of multi-outlet plugs is prohibited, except for those with built-in surge protectors. Disconnecting or covering smoke/heat detectors in the rooms is a violation of the fire code. Students are responsible for taking the proper precautions to prevent unnecessary fire alarms by not smoking in the rooms, not burning candles, potpourri, or incense in the rooms, and by cooking on clean stoves/ovens with clean pans. False reporting of a fire by pulling a fire alarm, tampering with fire equipment, or otherwise causing the system to go into alarm is a crime. Any person caught causing an alarm in this manner will be removed from the residence hall and will be arrested and face prosecution.

4.6 Health and Safety Inspections

The Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs and his/her designee reserve the right to inspect all or any apartments, with 24 hour notice. In addition, all apartments are inspected during times of close down (Thanksgiving break, winter break, and spring break). Students will be charged for trash removal and/or cleaning of common areas if such services are necessary to ensure the health and welfare of other students. No notice is necessary when it is reported or suspected that a dangerous condition exists within the apartment/room. In addition, FSA is entitled to enter and conduct an unannounced inspection of any residence hall room if it has cause to reasonably believe illegal activity is or may be occurring in such room, or that any of the policies or conditions of occupancy either in the residence hall license or handbook is or may be occurring therein.

5 Policies

Living on campus presents numerous opportunities and challenges. The following rules and regulations are implemented to help ensure the peaceful enjoyment of apartments in a safe and clean environment. Violators of any portion of this handbook or the Residence Life housing license will be referred for disciplinary action with the possibility of termination of the housing license.

5.1 Alcohol

No student or his/her guest(s), regardless of age, may possess, consume, store, or distribute alcoholic beverages within the residence halls or on the property. This includes empty alcohol containers. In addition, any student under the influence of alcohol who brings attention to themselves by making noise or general disruption or publicly displaying underage intoxication, is in violation of this policy. Any alcohol found on the property will be turned over to the residence hall staff and discarded immediately. Repeated violation of the alcohol policy, including providing alcohol to minors, is grounds for dismissal from residence halls.

5.2 Abandoned Property

Any personal property that remains in a room upon termination of the license shall be deemed abandoned and may be disposed of by FSA in its sole discretion.  FSA may, in its discretion, make efforts to notify student and/or student’s parent or guardian that property has been found in room. Neither the FSA, the Foundation, TC3 or their agents or contractors assume any responsibility for any such property at any time, regardless of any course of action taken.

5.3 Animals/Pets

With the exception of guide dogs and service animals, no animals or pets are permitted in the residence halls. This includes goldfish, hamsters, gerbils, cats, rabbits, reptiles, etc.

5.4 Appliances

All apartments are equipped with a stove/oven and a full-sized refrigerator. Apartments in all buildings except Tompkins and Cortland are also equipped with microwave ovens. Students in Tompkins and Cortland halls may bring a micro-wave, but are encouraged to discuss with roommates to avoid any duplication. Coffee makers, toasters and toaster ovens, and other cooking devices are to be used in the kitchen area only. All additional appliances must be UL approved. Air conditioners, space heaters, mini-fridges, halogen lamps, and multi-bulb ‘octopus’ lamps are not permitted. Appliances may not be left unattended while in use. NOTE: Mini-Fridges are not allowed except in cases of medical necessity and must have prior approval from the Coordinator of Access and Equity Services. Residence with approved mini-fridges will be charged $50 per semester. Residence found with un-approved mini-fridges will be charged $50 and asked to remove the mini-fridge immediately or have it confiscated.

5.5 Attendance/Student Success

Residence Life students are expected to be actively engaged in a full-time academic schedule. This includes the expectation of not only attending classes, but also doing the course work for each class. Students experiencing difficulty in any course are strongly encouraged to speak with the course instructor, speak with their advisor, and make use of any and all academic support services provided free of charge at the College. Free academic support services include The Baker Commons; Counseling, Career, and Transfer Services, and the library. Class attendance is reviewed several times per semester. Students reported as not attending will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with respect to their eligibility to remain in campus housing. For further guidelines, please see the Student Handbook.

NOTE: The federal government views financial aid as being “earned” by attending class over the course of the semester. If a student drops or withdraws, stops attending, or never attends one or more courses for any reason during the course of a semester, financial aid eligibility may change. By law, “unearned” funds must be RETURNED by the College to the appropriate source (federal, state, or lending institution). It then becomes the student's responsibility to pay the College bill with cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.

5.6 Bicycles

Bicycles are not permitted inside the  
residence halls or apartments. 

5.6 Check In/Check Out

Established check-in and check-out procedures must be followed by each student. At the beginning of each semester, each new student must check in at the designated location as indicated in the room assignment letter. Students will then receive keys and sign room condition reports with the RA on his/her floor. When the student moves out of the room, he/she must turn in all keys and have the room checked. Failure to do so will result in a lock change charge.

5.8 Complaints

Issues concerning housing should be brought to the attention of the resident assistant (RA), and if not resolved, should be brought to the attention of the Residence Director (RD).

5.9 Damages to Property

All residents will pay a security deposit as stipulated in the current license. This is to ensure the upkeep of the property, and to pay for damages discovered at the end of the license term. Upon arrival, each student will receive a room condition report (RCR), to be completed and returned to the Residence Life Office in Tioga Hall. Each student is responsible for the condition and upkeep of their private bedroom and, collectively with other apartment mates, is responsible for the condition of the common living room, kitchen, hallway, and bathroom. At the end of the year, or whenever a student leaves the room, the room will be checked for cleanliness and damages, and an inventory of furniture will be done, with the expectation that the room has been made ready for the next resident. Charges will occur for anything not considered normal wear and tear. Damage charges are not limited to the amount of the security deposit. When damage occurs to the common areas and lounges of a building, and the person responsible cannot be determined, all persons in the building may be charged for the damage. Students may be referred for disciplinary action when damage is discovered. The damage will be repaired, and the students will be billed. All repairs are to be made by the residence life office and/or its designee.

5.10 Dangerous Materials

Firearms and other weapons are not permitted on campus or in the residence halls at any time. This includes, but is not limited to, hunting rifles, hand guns, paint ball guns, BB guns, stun guns, very realistic looking toy guns or replicas, switchblades, gravity knives, bows and arrows, stun guns, self-defense spray devices, ammunition of any kind and any martial arts weapons (ex. chuka sticks, throwing stars, etc.). Use of any object against another person will be considered a serious breach of the housing license, and is probable cause for removal from housing.

5.11 Decorations

For your comfort, you are encouraged to decorate your apartment. We ask that you take care in the decoration of the apartment as well as in the removal of those decorations. Please do not use nails. Use tape on concrete walls and funtac sparingly on sheet rock to hang decorations on walls. We do not allow students to paint walls. Charges will be assessed if the decorations cause damage to the walls, doors, windows, or furnishings.

5.12 Dismissal

Serious and/or repeat violations of the housing rules and policies can result in removal from the residence halls. Students receiving an order to vacate as a result of a disciplinary hearing may have as few as 48 hours to vacate their apartments. In such cases, no refunds will be granted, the security deposit will be forfeited, and students will have full liability of their housing costs. Students will also be banned from the residence halls and the property grounds, with threat of arrest for violators.

5.13 Diversity

The Residence Life Office will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or age. We are committed to providing an open environment, free from discrimination, harassment, and prejudice. Part of the college experience is allowing members of the community to be respected and valued for who they are.   

5.14 Drugs

No student or his/her guest may possess, distribute, or consume illegal or un-prescribed drugs anywhere on the premises. Any drug paraphernalia found in student rooms will be viewed as a violation of this policy. In addition, any student, under the influence of illegal or un-prescribed drugs, who brings attention to themselves by general disruption or publicly displaying that they are under the influence of drugs, is in violation of this policy. The residence life office will work closely with law enforcement officials in all drug-related matters. Possession of illegal drugs is grounds for dismissal from the residence hall. 

5.15 Guests and Visitors

No guests will be permitted during the first and last week of classes each semester, and again during final exam week. At other times, friends from home and other guests are welcome to visit for a period not to exceed 48 hours within a seven-day period. It is the residents' responsibility to inform their guests of the rules and regulations, and to ensure their compliance. Residents will be held responsible for the behavior of their guests and any damage they may cause. Guests must be with their host resident and carry ID with them at all times. Residents are expected to be sensitive to the needs of their roommates before inviting or allowing guests to visit. Guests who violate the rules and regulations will be asked to leave the property and, if necessary, be banned from entering the premises. Resident hosts of such guests will be held responsible for those violations. Residents who host persons banned from the property are in violation of the housing license.

Parents/Guardians of children under the age of 16 visiting a resident must contact the Residence Life Office at 607.844.6589 during normal operating hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to coordinate a visit by a minor.

5.16 Harassment and Assault

Any action intended to annoy, threaten, alarm, or harm any other member of the residence hall community is considered a serious breach of the housing license and will not be tolerated. Any student who harasses or threatens another student will be referred for disciplinary action and subject to eviction from the residence halls. Disagreements and conflicts will occur at times, but it is expected that all residents defuse or handle those disagreements in a mature, non-threatening, and nonviolent manner, and seek help from staff members or College community members whenever necessary. Fighting in any area of the residence hall campus is not tolerated.

5.17 Holiday Closings and Break Housing

All students must vacate their apartments during the following breaks unless they pay for break housing and are approved to stay.  All students must follow correct closing procedures posted by their RA. There will be one or more buildings which will be open for all breaks except the period between Christmas and New Years.  Students who may need to stay on campus during any of these breaks should request to live in the designated buildings.

Thanksgiving Holiday
Noon Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving through noon the Sunday after Thanksgiving. 

Winter Break
5 p.m. on the last day of final exams in December through specific dates set yearly by College calendar and posted by residence hall staff.

Spring Break
5 p.m. Friday through noon on Sunday 10 days later; specific dates set yearly by College calendar and
posted by residence hall staff.

5.18 Lock Outs

All residents are expected to carry their own keys and TC3 Card with them at all times. Residence hall staff are available to open doors for students at a cost of $2; if the student cannot provide $2, they may choose to donate a non-perishable food item towards the residence life food pantry. Resident assistants will report repeat violators to the director, who has the right to institute a lock change at the cost to the resident. Students who get locked out and attempt to break into the apartment will be in violation and held financially responsible for any damage occurring. Students can only be let into their own rooms. Residence life staff members do not have the authority to key someone into another person’s room without the direct consent from the person assigned to that room. Emergency situations require permission from the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs or the Dean of Student Life. 

5.19 Non-Compliance with a Reasonable Request

In the performance of their duties, the resident assistants, the professional staff of Residence Life, and/or the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs may make reasonable requests of the residents in order to ensure the safety and security of the community at large. All residents and their guests are expected to comply with such reasonable requests, and will be found in violation of the housing license for failure to comply or behaving inappropriately towards the staff member making the request.

5.20 Quiet Hours

Quiet hours are established as follows: Sunday through Thursday 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Students are expected to be considerate of others at all times. At no time is loud music permitted either in the rooms or in vehicles on the premises. Students are not permitted to put music equipment in the windows. Drums or amplified instruments are not permitted in the residence halls. Students are expected to refrain from any activity that might cause a disturbance in the community (including, but not limited to, yelling out the window or down the hallway, playing ball or wrestling in the buildings). During the weeks of final exams quiet hours are 24 hours each day.

5.21 Parking

All students must register their car with the Residence Life Office upon arrival to campus and will receive a sticker for their vehicle. Only cars with proper registration and the sticker can park in student designated areas. All cars must park between the white lines. If there are no white lines, it means there is no parking. The director of residence life reserves the right to remove parking privileges temporarily or permanently for persons who drive recklessly/dangerously, park illegally, and/or speed in the parking lots. Vehicles parked in areas designated as no parking, handicapped, or staff parking may be ticketed and/or towed at the expense of the owner of the vehicle. Guests must register their cars with the RA on duty. Students must comply with all reasonable requests to move cars to ensure proper snow removal. Students who have been found in violation of the residence life drug policy or have committed a serious offense are subject to having their vehicles searched under “probable cause” to ensure the safety of other students. Cars that are inoperable must be tended to or removed within 48 hours. Unregistered vehicles cannot be stored in the residence hall parking lots. Students are responsible for insuring their vehicles. FSA shall not be liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage to vehicles. 

5.22 Room Changes

All room changes must be approved by a member of the Residence Life professional staff. At the beginning of each semester, there is a freeze on room changes in order to give students the chance to get to know each other. The resident assistants can assist with any conflicts that may arise. Fourteen days from the day classes begin, residents may submit a room change request form for review by the residence life office. There is also a room freeze during the final two weeks of each semester. This can be a busy time for students preparing for and taking finals, therefore only emergency changes are allowed.  Any change made without prior consent from a member of the residence life professional staff will result in a minimum administrative charge of $40. The Residence Life Office has the right to administer room changes in order to settle disputes, consolidate rooms for new incoming students, and as a disciplinary sanction.

5.23 Skateboarding

Skateboarding and use of scooters, skates, etc. are prohibited in the residence halls and on the premises of residence life.

5.24 Smoking

Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the residence halls. Smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of residence halls. Violations of the smoking policy by a student are subject to disciplinary sanctions. 

5.25 Room/Apartment Accountability

Students are responsible for the proper use of residence hall facilities. Damages to student rooms are always assessed to the occupants. If they are not responsible for the damage, it is their responsibility to ascertain who caused the damage. Whenever damage occurs in a student's room or to any equipment within the hall, it should be reported immediately to the residence director or other professional staff member and an incident report should be filed. All damages to common areas caused by misuse, abuse, or vandalism will be assessed against the student population of the appropriate building, floor or area.

6 Judicial System

Being a member of Tompkins Cortland Community College and its Residence Life program are privileges that carry with them responsibility for the well being of all other members of the community. It is understood that students voluntarily enter this educational and residential community with the highest regard for the establishment and maintenance of a campus environment characterized by interpersonal care and personal responsibility. Only when such a community exists can the program fulfill its goals to foster the intellectual, emotional, cultural, ethical, philosophical, social, and spiritual development of its residents.

6.1 Community Expectations and Standards

Residents are expected to adhere to community standards as rules and guidelines for responsible living. To this end, all residents are expected to know and follow the Residence Life handbook, the housing license, and the College catalog/code of conduct, and accept the consequences of their actions in all phases of their lives. The disciplinary process serves as an educational mechanism by which students are confronted with regard to harmful or insensitive behaviors, held appropriately accountable, and offered an opportunity to modify behaviors. Through the judicial process, students are expected to learn the importance of accepting personal responsibility for behavior that violates community standards. In some instances of misconduct the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs, or his/her designee, in accordance with the procedures for adjudication, reserve the right to remove any resident from housing and/or from the college without reimbursement of housing charges or deposit. This extends to resident behaviors both on and off campus, as outlined in the Student Conduct Code. Procedures used to enforce standards should contribute to teaching appropriate individual and group behaviors, as well as, protecting the rights of individuals and the campus community from disruption and/or harm.

6.2 Categories of Misconduct

The following provisions define the misconduct for which students may be held accountable. Because residents also are full-time TC3 students, the College will hold students accountable to all policies within the College Catalog/code of conduct as well. This can apply to behaviors on and off campus.  The influence of drugs or alcohol will not in any way mitigate the consequences of inappropriate behavior or minimize the responsibility of individuals charged through the disciplinary process. A student attending an off-campus College function is subject to the same standards of conduct expected on campus. Likewise, students are responsible for the behavior and actions of their guests at all times.

6.3 Misconduct Subject to Disciplinary Action.

Level A Offenses will usually be assigned directly to a Residence Director for an administrative hearing. Sanctions in these cases are typically educational and/or punitive in nature. The staff member will make every effort to see the sanction is relevant to the offense.

Students engaging in any of the following acts may be subject to disciplinary sanctions not to exceed community service and/or similar appropriate sanctions:

  • Disorderly conduct/disturbing the peace.
  • Violation of quiet hours.
  • Violation of visitation/guest policies.
  • Appropriation of common or public furniture in apartments.
  • Littering in a public area or on campus grounds.
  • Unauthorized/unapproved room change.
  • Engaging in indoor hall sports.
  • Smoking in non-designated smoking areas outside of the residence halls.
  • Propping open of residence hall doors.
  • Skateboarding or skating in and around the residence halls.
  • Parking violations.
  • Engaging in sports activities in unauthorized areas.
  • Health and Safety violations including, but not limited to, use of any heating elements such as hotplates, heating unit s, candles, incense or potpourri; air conditioners, halogen lamps, multiple light lamps with plastic bulb covers, unclean room/apartment that can cause health issues, possession of waterbeds, etc.
  • Possession of any pet other than an approved service animal.

Level B Offenses will be handled by a Residence Director or Associate Director for adjudication. Appeals of these decisions may be filed with the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs no later than 72 hours following a decision.

Students engaging in any of the following acts may be subject to the maximum penalty of suspension or dismissal from the residence halls:

  • Repeated violations of any Level "A" offenses.
  • Violation of the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with this code.
  • Failure to comply with the directions of Residence Life personnel acting in the performance of their duties and/or harassment of residence life personnel.
  • Smoking inside of the residence halls
  • Use or possession of fireworks.
  • Indecent conduct including, but not limited to, streaking, profanity, lewd or obscene expressions, racial or ethnic slurs, disrespectful behavior or statements toward college personnel or students.
  • Verbal harassment defined as abusive or threatening language or behavior that intentionally or recklessly abuses, ridicules, or puts down a person and adversely affects his or her living, working
    or learning environment.
  • Unauthorized entry, presence in, or use of residence hall premises, facilities or property.
  • Reckless causing of physical harm to any person (including oneself), or intentional or reckless causing of reasonable apprehension of such harm.
  • Intentional or reckless misuse or damage of fire safety equipment.
  • Stigmatizing or disparaging statements related to race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious preference, age, or people with disabilities.
  • Any comment designed to incite violence.
  • Theft or possession of stolen property.
  • Destruction or defacing of property.
  • Intentional or reckless interference with the freedom of expression of others.
  • Dishonesty, such as the known falsification of official records or the giving of false information.
  • Forgery, unauthorized alteration, or unauthorized use of any document or instrument of identification.
  • Misuse or abuse of the telephone, computer system, TV security system, or elevator.
  • Tampering with campus mail.
  • Refusing to show or surrender a College ID card upon request by residence life staff or employees acting in the performance of their duties.
  • Possession, consumption, or distribution of any alcoholic beverages or possession of empty alcoholic beverage containers anywhere on the property.  Public intoxication.
  • Disruption of teaching, research, or other activities taking place within the residence halls.

Level C Offenses will be handled by the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs or his/her designee for review and sanctions. Appeals of the Director's decisions may be filed to the Vice President for Global and Judicial Affairs no later than 72 hours following a decision. Students engaging in any of the following acts will be subject to the maximum penalty of suspension or dismissal from the residence halls and/or the college and will be subject to arrest and prosecution:

  • Possession, manufacture, distribution, or use of any unprescribed drug and/or drug paraphernalia, including being under the effects of any unprescribed drug within the residence halls.
  • Physical Harassment. Any action or situation producing physical discomfort of an individual or group, or placing the individual or group in danger of physical injury including, but not limited to, punching, kicking, scratching, biting, pushing, slapping, etc., or the threat thereof. Students are expected to handle conflict appropriately. In the event of physical threat, students should pursue every means possible to avoid physical retaliation.
  • Use, possession, manufacture, or storage of any weapon.
  • Engaging in acts or deeds violating existing federal, state, county, or local laws or ordinances.
  • Repeated violation of campus alcohol policy; sponsoring a keg party, serving or selling alcoholic beverages to others on premises; promoting at-risk drinking behaviors.
  • Intentional or reckless initiation of any false report, (including the activation of fire alarms for non-emergency, non-administrative reasons), warning or threat of fire, explosion, or emergency.

Violation or actions not covered in the lists of Level A, B, or C offenses will be sent to the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs for determination of severity and the appropriate category of the offense to proceed with a correct course for adjudication.

6.4 Hearing Procedures

The following are the rights of residents accused of violations. They are designed to ensure decisions in disciplinary cases will meet essential standards of fairness and, of equal importance, that involved parties will be assured their case has been processed in a fair and judicious manner.

  • Students against whom allegations have been made shall be considered innocent until given an opportunity to be heard.
  • Students accused of violating policies and regulations shall be notified of the specific charge before the case is considered. Subsequently, the accused shall be notified of the time and place where the case is to be heard.
  • The accused shall have an opportunity to prepare a defense.
  • Generally, the accused shall be free of disciplinary sanction, pending conclusion of the hearing. However, where the nature of the case indicates there is a danger to the immediate well-being of the community or the accused student, appropriate interim measures may be taken by the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs and/or the Dean of Student Life including, but not limited to, a requirement to stay away from particular individuals or areas of campus, temporary residence suspension, temporary college suspension, etc.
  • The accused shall have an opportunity to present evidence in his or her behalf.
  • The accused shall have his or her case heard within a reasonable amount of time.
  • The accused shall receive the final decision within a reasonable amount of time after the hearing.
  • Finally, all students should have the right to expect an appropriate level of confidentiality in disciplinary proceedings; no staff member will discuss the evidence, testimony, deliberations, decisions, or sanctions that make up the hearing process with anyone outside the hearing itself except:  in cases where harm to self and others is discussed or threatened or in cases where the accused provides written release to the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs.

Students should know that disciplinary records are kept in the Residence Life office and are managed according to federal legislation guidelines of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act [FERPA].

In minor disciplinary cases, the guidelines listed above will be implemented with a minimum of formality. But in all cases, it is essential that steps to promote fairness should govern procedures, providing the accused with an opportunity for defense against the charge of misconduct. Parents of students under the age of 21 will be notified of all Level C violations and may be notified of Level B violations at the Director's discretion.

7.0 Emergency  and Contact Information

7.1 Emergencies

If you have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

Emergency Situations

If you have the following symptoms call an ambulance immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing (i.e. chest injury, asthma).
  • Injuries or suspected injuries to the spine, neck, head, back.
  • Severe lacerations.
  • Signs or symptoms of a possible cardiac emergency (i.e. chest pain etc.).

7.2 Urgent Medical Protocol

If you have an urgent, but not emergency medical situation, contact the following:

  • TC3 Student Health Center Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday 607.844.8222, Ext. 4487.
  • Office of Public Safety 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends 607.844.6511.
Urgent Situations:
  • Dislocation of a joint, sprain or minor break of a bone.
  • Debilitating chronic stomach or digestive system pain.
  • Minor lacerations. 

7.3 Emergency Phone Numbers

Cayuga Medical Center ER 607.274.4411
Cortland Regional Medical Center ER 607.756.3740
Ithaca Convenient Care 607.274.4150
Cortland Convenient Care 607.756.7200
Cortland Prompt Care 607.756.3278
Dryden Fire Department 911
Office of Public Safety 607.844.6511
Ambulance 911

7.4 Important Campus Numbers

Area Code (607)

Athletics 844.8222, Ext. 6525
Bookstore 844.8222, Ext. 6587
Campus Activities 844.8222, Ext. 4450
Computer Lab 844.8222, Ext. 4478
Counseling, Career, and Transfer Services 844.8222, Ext. 4261
Dean of Student Life 844.8222, Ext. 4316
Enrollment Services Center 844.8222, Ext. 6580
Financial Aid 844.8222, Ext. 6581
Fitness Center 844.8222, Ext. 6555
Health Center 844.8222, Ext. 4487
Information Desk 844.8222, Ext. 4457
Library 844.8222, Ext. 4260
Multicultural Affairs 844.8222, Ext. 4358
Pool 844.8222, Ext 6515
Recreation Services 844.8222, Ext. 4495
Registrar 844.8222, Ext. 4304
Resident Assistant Cayuga Lake Hall 280.0623
Resident Assistant Seneca Hall 280.0640
Residence Life Office 844.6589
Safety and Security 844.8222, Ext. 6511

7.5 Other Important Numbers

Advocacy Center (Ithaca) 277.5000
Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County 274.6288
Crisis Line (Tompkins County) 272.1616
Planned Parenthood (Ithaca) 273.1513
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK
Time Warner (Cable) 272-3456
Time Warner (Internet) 877-313-2337