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  • SUNY Potsdam

    Graduate Student Onboarding Guide

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  • Sincerely,

    Joshua J. LaFave Executive Director, Graduate & Continuing Education

    Congratulations on your recent acceptance!

    On behalf of the Center for Graduate Studies Team, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the SUNY Potsdam Graduate Community! Our mission is to encourage academic achievement and to provide each student with a sense of personal and social responsibility, while providing the best possible preparation for specific professional career goals.

    Graduate education at Potsdam is centered on you. With small class sizes and highly recognized accessibility of faculty by students, Potsdam is ready to prepare you for your chosen career. The Center for Graduate Studies is dedicated to enhancing the entire graduate student experience and work with you as you explore Potsdam straight through to graduation. Relationships and committed support serves as our mission in providing you with a differentiated masters degree experience.

    Please take a moment and review the enclosed materials, as well as this guide. It is our goal to help you make an informed decision about choosing to attend Potsdam. We look forward to facilitating your career goals!

    Welcome from the Executive Director

  • Table of Contents 2

    Student Health Services: Mandatory Requirements Page 3 Vehicle Registration: Parking Permits Page 4 PACES Page 5 Student Mailroom Services Page 6 Residence Life Page 7 Student Accounts Page 8 Career Planning Page 9 Course Registration Page 10 Course Registration (cont.) & Sample Schedule Page 11 Textbook Information Page 12 Jefferson Community College (JCC) Watertown, NY Page 13 Academic Integrity: Procedures, Due Process & Student Rights Page 14 Self-Disclosing Statement & Academic Honor Code Page 15 Contacts & Campus Map Back Cover

    206 Raymond Hall 315-267-2165 |

  • Mandatory Health Requirements 3

    Student Health Services 119 Van Housen Hall (315) 267-2377 E-Mail: Office Hours (school year - when classes are in session):

    Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Office Hours (summer):

    Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. SUNY Potsdam Student Health Services (SHS) must ensure all new, re-admitted and transfer and non-matriculated students meet state and local health requirements. The submission of these forms is tracked for each student. Failing to comply with the health requirements will result in progressive consequences that include being dis-enrolled from SUNY Potsdam, as NY State Law demands. To avoid being dis-enrolled, all students must please follows these steps:

    1. Have your medical provider send a SIGNED copy of your measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines to Student Health Services (fax to: 315-267-3260).

    2. 2. Complete four mandatory online Health Forms found here:

    a. Set your web browser to accept pop-ups from b. Log in to BearPAWS using your campus computer account username and password. c. Open the New Student Services link. d. Click on Student Health Services Portal. e. Complete all forms in Required Health Information and fill out the Insurance link.

    Special Notice: insurance requirement: All matriculated students taking 12 or more credit hours are required to have health insurance coverage. See the Student Health Insurance Plan webpage for further details. Send in your health information right now, while youre thinking about it. Students who arrive on campus without sending it are subject to progressive consequences and may have to be removed from campus to comply with NY State law. Therefore, each student is monitored carefully to ensure theyve met the requirements. The information you submit is kept in your confidential medical chart and is only accessible to the staff at Student Health Services. More information regarding the health requirements, including what constitutes proof of immunization, is available on the Health Requirements for Attending page of the Student Health Services website. If you have questions, or if you experience any technical difficulties, please call Student Health Services.

  • Vehicle Registration: Parking Permits 4

    University Police Van Housen Hall Extension, First Floor (315) 267-2222 For each new academic year, any student who has a vehicle on campus will be required to have a current campus parking decal displayed on their vehicle. Any vehicle found parked on the campus without a current parking decal will be issued a campus parking ticket, which carries a $15.00 fine. Temporary permits are available at the University Police Department, 24-hours per day. Student Vehicle Registration: Must be done online through BearPAWS. To register your vehicle:

    Log into BearPAWS Select the College Life and Auxiliary Services tab Select Student Vehicle Registration - you will need information about your vehicle, including

    plate number, make, model and color. If you live off campus, you must provide your local off-campus address. All students are asked to please provide their cell phone numbers, if applicable.

    There is a vehicle registration and parking fee, based on your student status (part time/full time etc.) and the area for parking that you select. The fee will be applied to your student account. If you want to register more than one vehicle, the second vehicle will cost $10 and must be done in person at University Police with proper identification showing that the second vehicle is owned by you or a family member. The parking decal for your vehicle will be mailed to your campus box or local address (if you do not have a campus box) or held at University Police for pick-up, depending upon your selection. For parking information, including the parking lots designated for your type of permit, please visit our website. Student Vehicle Registration Fees (subject to change): Full Time: Fee: $105.00/Academic Year* Part Time: Fee: $57.50/Academic Year* Student Teachers: Fee: $80.00/Academic Year* Summer Students Fee: $30.00/Summer** Lot 31 ONLY: Fee: $70.00/Academic Year* Summer Lot 31 ONLY: Fee: $20.00/Summer** Motorcycle permits are also available (See University Police for details) *Academic year - September through May (Decals expire on Commencement Day in May) **Summer - May through August (Decals expire on the first day of the Fall Semester) All parking fees will be deferred to your college bill, unless you choose to pay by credit card or in-person at University Police. They accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover. Remember that ALL vehicles parked on the SUNY Potsdam campus MUST have a va