Student Handbook 2020-2021

Campus Activities

Bulletin Boards, Digital Signs, and Posting Information

To facilitate communication, bulletin boards and digital signs are located in all areas of the College. Some bulletin boards are pre-designated for specific groups or offices. Procedures have been established for use of public bulletin boards and digital signs.

  1. All signs, flyers, posters, notices, and plasma screen signs that have not been produced through an administrative office at the College (this includes handwritten signs, flyers, off-campus events, posters, etc.) must be approved electronically by the Office of Student Activities.
  2. Publicity for events should contain the name of the sponsoring group.
  3. Publicity must be taken down by the sponsoring group within one school day after completion of the event.
  4. Neatness, good taste, and maintenance of publicity materials are the responsibility of the sponsoring group.
  5. Posters, signs, and banners are not permitted on glass, painted areas, wood or metal. Exceptions are made with special permission from the director of student activities.
  6. General distribution of flyers, advertisements, etc. in the student D-boxes must receive prior approval from the director of student activities or the Office of Student Affairs.
  7. Priority is given to on-campus clubs and organizations, departments, and groups.
  8. The College reserves the right to restrict the posting of any materials.
  9. Materials that are not approved electronically, or with written permission from the Director of Student Activities, will be removed.

The Alcohol Policy contains additional stipulations regarding publicity and posting.

Class Activities

Keuka College has a number of traditions designed to help you become better acquainted with classmates and with other students. Class activities are sponsored by Student Senate and are subject to the same requirements as campus clubs.

  • Class of 2021
  • Class of 2022
  • Class of 2023
  • Class of 2024

Officers are elected each spring for the rising senior, junior, and sophomore classes. Freshmen elect class officers in the fall. Students interested in running for a class officer position must submit a petition and biography to the election committee of Student Senate. The nominee for each position with the most votes is elected to office.

Officers found responsible for policy violations/infractions may jeopardize their ability to run for, or keep their elected office if the violation is in direct conflict with their ability to serve as a campus leader and role model.

Creation of a New Club or Organization Seeking Student Senate Funding

A student club or organization seeking recognition from Student Senate and funding from the Student Association must submit an application to be an organized club or organization on campus. The process is as follows:

  • Secure an advisor. The advisor must be a Keuka College faculty or staff member.
  • Hold an interest meeting to elect an Executive Board (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and Student Senate representative) and obtain at least 10 general members. Organizations are subject to different membership requirements that must be discussed with Student Senate before official approval.
  • Submit an application sheet and a constitution for review and approval by Student Senate. Submission should occur two weeks before presenting at the weekly Student Senate meeting.
  • Upon receiving approval as a formal club or organization at Keuka College, the club or organization will receive a $250 start-up fund from the Student Senate. The club or organization is subject to all Student Senate policies and guidelines once approved.

Clubs and Organizations

Keuka College has a wide variety of student clubs and organizations. A club is open to all students who pay the student activities fee. Clubs must have a faculty/staff advisor, have an executive board (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and Student Senate representative), and have at least 10 general members. To receive funding from Student Senate, clubs must also attend weekly Student Senate meetings, hold bi-monthly general club meetings, submit minutes to the secretary of Student Senate, and complete a campus wide event, fundraiser (minimum $100 revenue) and a community service project each semester.

An organization is open to select members, or campus groups who have been approved by Student Senate to have different membership requirements. Campus organizations must have a faculty/staff advisor and have an executive board (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and Student Senate representative). To receive funding from Student Senate, organizations must also attend weekly Student Senate meetings, hold bimonthly general meetings, submit minutes to the secretary of Student Senate, and complete a campus wide event, fundraiser (minimum $50 revenue) and a community service project during the academic year.

National Honor Societies

Alpha Mu Gamma, a national language fraternity, elects sophomores, juniors and seniors on the basis of achievement in foreign language study.

Alpha Psi Omega, a national theater and drama chapter, elects juniors and seniors based on achievement in theatre studies.

Alpha Sigma Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, (PTE) * is the Keuka College chapter of the national honor society for occupational therapy majors.

Chi Beta Phi*, the Alpha Epsilon chapter, the national scientific fraternity, elects students majoring in the natural sciences, mathematics, and psychology on the basis of involvement and achievement in their major.

Lambda Gamma Pi*, elects education students before they student teach, to honor those who have demonstrated outstanding achievement.

Lambda Pi Eta*, is a national honorary society for undergraduate students who achieve excellence in their studies within the communication discipline.

Pi Alpha, is a national fraternity for social work majors.

Pi Gamma Mu, the national honorary social science fraternity, encourages the scientific study of social problems through the promotion of scholarship.

Sigma Alpha Pi, (National Society for Leadership & Success) * is a national honorary society for undergraduate students interested in leadership or who excel as leaders on campus.

Sigma Beta Delta, a national business fraternity, elects juniors and seniors based on achievement in business studies.

Sigma Tau Delta is a national fraternity for senior English majors.

Society for Collegiate Journalism, a national journalism fraternity, elects sophomores and upperclassmen who have contributed to campus publications for one or more years. The fraternity stimulates interest in journalism and encourages participation in the Keukonian, Kiondaga, and Red Jacket.

Local Honor Societies

Sigma Lambda Sigma (SLS) elects juniors and seniors on the basis of distinction in scholarship, leadership, and service. Members sponsor Honors Convocation.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Professional Preparation Clubs

American Sign Language (ASL)* club is open to all students. All ASL major and minor students are already members. The ASL club sponsors activities including lectures and discussions focusing on current issues of ASL.

Association of Future Social Workers (AFSW) sponsors activities, including lectures and discussions, focusing on current issues in social work and is open to all interested students.

Chemistry Club* is open to all students. The club sponsors activities including lectures and discussions focusing on chemistry along with hosting laboratory experiments for members.

Education Club* is a pre-professional organization for students planning careers in education in all levels. Membership is open to students and faculty of Keuka College. The club presents programs that relate to the field of education.

Political Science & History Club* is a club whose members share an interest in politics, but have no preference or ties to any political party. Club members share a collective interest in history and its importance in the world today.

Psychology Club* is open to all students who share an interest in the mind. They sponsor activities, which include lectures and discussions that focus on current issues in psychology.

Behavioral Applied Social Sciences (BASS)* sponsors activities, including lectures and discussions focusing on current issues in sociology, criminology and criminal justice and is open to all interested students.

Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)* is open to all students. Occupational therapy majors and pre-OT students are automatically members. The goals are to inform and educate members about clinical issues; to provide activities to foster interaction among OT students; to communicate state, national, and political issues to members; and increase community awareness of occupational therapy.

Enactus provides college students the best opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise.

Keuka College Publications

The Keukonian, the College newspaper, is published online and in print throughout the academic year and offers a wide range of experience in journalism. Participation is open to any student, regardless of major.

Kiondaga, the College yearbook, is published annually. All students are encouraged to participate in the publication of the yearbook.

Red Jacket is the campus literary magazine. It is published during the spring semester and features creative works by members of the Keuka College community.

Other Clubs and Organizations

Adventure Club* is a club open to all students who enjoy outdoor activities including, but not limited to, whitewater rafting, hiking, and ski/snowboarding trips.

Arion Players Drama Club* is a club whose members share a special interest in drama and theatre. Many members have roles in the drama production held each semester.

Art Club* is open to all students who share an interest in visual arts.

Chorale is a one-credit course focused on an interest in vocal music and members perform a concert each semester for the campus community.

Coexist* provides opportunities for faith and non-faith communities (atheist, agnostic) on campus to explore their beliefs, their customs, their traditions, and community life as a student group. The diverse group demonstrates how persons of different religious and nonreligious beliefs can grow and work collaboratively.

D.A.K. (Disability Awareness at Keuka) is a club dedicated to raising awareness, educating the community, and providing solutions at Keuka College in regard to ability.

Habitat for Humanity is an organization that works with our local community to assist members in need.

KC F.A.N. (Future Alumni Network) is a club dedicated to building institutional pride and teaching the community the perks of being an alumnus of Keuka College.

Keuka College International Club (KCIC)* is a club that focuses on cultural outreach and exploring other cultures. It is not only for international students—it is for anyone who wants to know more about other nations and the world.

LGBTQA+ Resource Center provides an inclusive, safe environment to students of all backgrounds.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is an organization dedicated to informing and breaking down the stereotypes of mental health.

Multicultural Student Association (MSA)* is open to all students. It promotes diversity and multiculturalism, as well as plan events and activities throughout the year to highlight cultural and ethnic diversity. All are invited to participate.

National Residence Hall Honorary* is an organization that promotes a higher quality and standard of involvement and interaction in the residence hall community.

P.R.I.D.E.* plans events and activities throughout the year to promote awareness and support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. All members of the Keuka College community are welcome to become members in this club.

Rotaract* is a division of Rotary International, a community service organization. Members of this club focus on service learning.

Spanish Club* is a club that is dedicated to raising awareness and education surrounding Spanish culture and language at Keuka College.

Symphonic Band is a one-credit course focused on an interest in instrumental music. Members perform a concert each semester for the campus community.

* An asterisk denotes a club or organization that is recognized by Student Senate.

Credit Card Marketing Prohibition

Keuka College prohibits the advertising, marketing or merchandising of credit cards on the campus to students. The College promotes awareness programs by offering workshops, informational pamphlets and discussion groups regarding good credit management practices for students as well as the consequences of unnecessary and/or excessive indebtedness that can result from credit card abuse. Any student who receives direct solicitation on campus from any credit card company is encouraged to notify the Office of Student Life.

Keuka College Traditions

Special Weekends/Events

Keuka College sponsors a number of special weekends and events that enable students to share their campus with family and friends. Major weekends are sponsored by several campus organizations for a variety of visitors and for other members of the College community.

Academic Convocation. The fall semester kicks off with academic convocation, where new students are officially welcomed to campus by faculty, staff and returning students. Words of wisdom and encouragement are delivered by the College president and current professor of the year. Canoe paddles signed by all new incoming students are presented to the Dean of Students at this event.

Celebrate Seniors is a special weekend for seniors signifying that they have 100 days left until graduation. The weekend begins Thursday at midnight with the ceremonial ringing of the bell in the Ball Hall tower. Seniors reflect on their four years at Keuka and begin celebrating with thoughts of graduation. The seniors spend the weekend remembering the friendships and fun times they have had at Keuka College.

is a county-wide community service day, held in the spring, sponsored by Keuka College and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce. Volunteers from the campus and the local community come together to complete service projects for non-profit organizations within Yates County. The day of service helps signify the betterment of Yates County as a community-wide effort.

Green & Gold Celebration Weekend… An All-In-One Celebration. What do you get when you combine Reunion, Family Weekend, and homecoming? Keuka College’s Green & Gold Celebration Weekend. This weekend is designed to link generations of alumni, current students, and their families. Held in October, it is an opportunity to unite the entire Keuka College family all at once. Many fun and exciting events on and off campus are planned for alumni, students and their families to participate in.

May Day Weekend is one of the oldest traditional weekends at Keuka College and is held the first weekend in May. Festivities include:

  • The Fribolin Lecture, an annual lecture series that brings prominent and influential thinkers to the Campus.
  • Honors Convocation is a time when family, friends, and the College community come together to celebrate the academic achievements of students. Faculty and administrators process in their academic regalia, and faculty members present awards and scholarships to students in each discipline.
  • Leadership Awards and Moving Up Ceremony is a time for family and friends to gather in recognition of the advancement of each class to the next rank. Each class president and adviser speaks about achievements and activities throughout the year. This is also a time when the College recognizes student leaders on campus, as well as faculty, staff and administrators who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Class Members of the Year are recognized for each class, based on contributions to and participation in the activities of the College for that academic year. Faculty and staff nominate representatives of each class. The Class Members of the Year are chosen by a student body vote.

Party in the Park is a beginning-of-the-year celebration held at Point Neamo on the Saturday after the first week of classes. This day-long waterfront festival introduces students to the various clubs and organizations on campus and is highlighted by the Shively Cup boat race between classes.

Semi-formal is a dinner-dance held each fall. All students are welcome to attend this traditional event. A ticket cost is associated with this event and transportation is provided.

Spring Weekend is hosted by the junior class and is traditionally held in late April. It provides students and guests an opportunity to relax and enjoy the season, and is filled with carnival-style activities. A ticket cost is associated with this event.

Point Neamo

Hours of Operation

Point Neamo will be open (weather permitting) for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing under the following schedule:

Fall and Spring Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 3-6 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays: noon-5 p.m.

Access to the water is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty. For safety reasons, access to the lake ice from College property is strictly prohibited.

Operating Rules and Policies

  1. Point Neamo is the private property of Keuka College. Keuka College reserves the right to restrict access for anyone at any given time. The following rules and policies will be used in the normal day-today operation of Point Neamo. All rules and policies are strictly enforced.
  2. Swimming at Point Neamo will be authorized only when a lifeguard is present and only in the designated area (no lifeguard, no swimming).
  3. There will be no disorderly behavior or acts while swimming or using the Point (lifeguards and campus safety officers will make the determination of inappropriate behavior).
  4. Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to use the Point (parents/guardians should be in the water with the swimming child for safety purposes).
  5. Pets are allowed at the Point, but must be under the control of the owners at all times. Owners must clean up after their pets.
  6. Fishing is allowed at the Point from dawn to 10 p.m. during the spring, summer, and fall. Ice fishing or access to ice fishing is prohibited. A fishing license issued by the State of New York is required unless exempt.
  7. Guests of the College attending conferences and meetings are also eligible for a temporary fishing permit. Please register in the campus safety office, located at 132 Central Ave.
  8. The possession, use, or consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs is prohibited at the Point. All non-alcoholic containers must be in non-glass containers.
  9. Guests at the Point are responsible for removing their own trash and waste (receptacles provided).
  10. Use of the fire pit is prohibited unless scheduled with conference services or student affairs prior to use.

For more information, contact the assistant director of athletics at (315) 279-5690.

Student Association and Student Senate

Every Keuka College student who has paid the student activities fee is a member of the Student Association. The Student Senate, the governing body of the Student Association, consists of members elected by the student body with representatives from each class, each residence hall, and the commuter and international student populations (known as student senators). Student Senate has an executive board comprised of a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer who are elected at-large by the entire student body. Student Senate is responsible for governing social activities on campus, controlling financial matters related to the student activities fee, and serving as the official voice for the expression of student opinion. Student Senate elections are usually held in the spring for all positions, except for the freshman class,residence hall, and commuter representatives. Elections for these and any unfilled positions are held at the beginning of the fall term.

Executive board members must maintain a 2.5 GPA and student senators must maintain a 2.0 GPA through their elected term of office. Students found responsible for policy violations/infractions may jeopardize their ability to run for—or keep—their elected office if the violation is in direct conflict with their ability to serve as a campus leader and role model. Final decisions regarding responsibility and/or sanctions will be made by the Division of Student Affairs or conduct officer in conjunction with the dean of students.

Campus Activities Board

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is an official subgroup of Student Senate. The purpose of this organization is to plan and implement social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs for the College community. The director of student activities is the advisor to the group. Elections for executive positions are held in the spring and vacancies are filled in the fall term. Executive board members must maintain a 2.5 GPA through their elected term of office. Officers found responsible for policy violations/infractions may jeopardize their ability to run for—or keep—their elected office if the violation is in direct conflict with their ability to serve as a campus leader and role model. Final decisions regarding responsibility and/or sanctions will be made by the Division of Student Affairs or conduct officer in conjunction with the dean of students.

Student Senate Budget Allocations Committee

The Student Senate Budget Allocations Committee is responsible for carrying out financial policies of the Student Association and for making recommendations to the entire Student Senate regarding apportionment of Senate budget allocation. The committee examines budget allocation paperwork and arranges for the allotment of funds to each club or organization. The Student Senate Budget Allocations Committee may recommend to the entire Student Senate that money be withheld from any organization or club that has not followed the allocation process described by Student Senate. The committee is chaired by the treasurer of Student Senate. Nominations and appointments are held in the spring semester.

Students on the Board of Trustees

Two students, nominated by a selection committee and elected by the Board of Trustees, serve as full members of the Board of Trustees for two-year terms. The selection committee carefully screens all applications, and after interviewing the top candidate(s), will make a nomination to the Board of Trustees.The nominee is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees at its annual meeting in May and begins his/her 2 year term of office with the new academic year.

Transfer & Commuter Student Services

Transfer and Commuter Student Services is dedicated to working specifically with students who transfer into Keuka College and students who commute to Keuka College or approved to live off campus.

Commuter Student Services

Students who are approved to live off-campus are able to utilize the services provided by Transfer and Commuter Student Services. Commuter students are able to check out a key to the Commuter Lounge located in the Dahlstrom Student Center, D-56. The lounge provides a TV, couches, computers, lockers (to check-out), Keurig, and a refrigerator. Programming specific to commuter students is hosted in this space year around. This space is a great place to call home in between classes.

Transfer Student Services

Students who choose to transfer to Keuka College are able to utilize all services provided by Transfer and Commuter Student Services. The office focuses on the first few weeks of each semester to ensure a smooth transition for Transfer students. This first starts with New Student Orientation and Wolf Week (fall semester only) and ensuring transfer specific sessions.

Vendor Policy

Student Vendors

Keuka College students are allowed the opportunity to create a student vendor contract with the director of student activities for legitimate business opportunities. Students can schedule up to two consecutive days per semester. The student vendor acts as an independent agent and has no affiliation with Keuka College. There is a student vendor fee of $25 per scheduled period, payable upon the creation of Student Vendor Contract.

The Office of Student Activities agrees to make reservations through EMS (Event Management System) for the student vendor. The reservation includes usage of a campus room (lounge, classroom, etc.), one 8-foot table, two chairs, and at least one electrical outlet available on each scheduled date. It is the responsibility of the student vendor to provide any extension cords, surge protectors, or any other special needs for the scheduled dates.

The director of student activities must approve all advance promotional material at least five days prior to the scheduled date and the student vendor must abide by all Keuka College posting policies. The student vendor is not allowed to promote or advertise the vendor opportunity via the Keuka College email system. There is no door-to-door solicitation on the Keuka College campus.

The Office of Student Activities reserves the right to cancel Student Vendor Contracts if any of the following occur: competition with the Keuka College bookstore, failure to comply with Keuka College policy, failure to comply with requests made by Keuka College officials, and misrepresentation of agreed terms presented in the Student Vendor Contract.

Off-Campus Vendors

Off-campus vendors are allowed the opportunity to create a vendor contract with the director of student activities. Off-campus vendors can schedule up to three visits per semester for no more than three consecutive days per visit. The off-campus vendor acts as an independent agent and has no affiliation with Keuka College. The off-campus vendor agrees to provide the Office of Student Activities 20 percent of total profits per scheduled visit, payable on site the last day of the scheduled visit per the vendor contract.

The Office of Student Activities agrees to make reservations with conference services for the off-campus vendor. The reservation includes usage of a campus room (lounge, classroom, etc.), one 8-foot table, two chairs, and at least one electrical outlet available on each scheduled visit. It is the responsibility of the off-campus vendor to provide any extension cords, surge protectors, or any other special needs for the scheduled dates.

The director of student activities must approve all advance promotional material 14 days prior to the scheduled date and vendors must abide by all Keuka College posting policies. The off-campus vendor is not allowed to promote or advertise the vendor opportunity via the Keuka College email system. There is no door-to-door solicitation on the Keuka College campus.

The Office of Student Activities reserves the right to cancel any vendor contracts if any of the following occur: competition with the Keuka College bookstore, failure to comply with Keuka College policy, failure to comply with requests made by Keuka College officials, and misrepresentation of agreed terms presented in the vendor contract.