Student Life on Campus

Alumni Association

Membership in the Alumni Association of the State University of New York at Fredonia is open to enrolled students, graduates of the university, and present and retired faculty members.

Supported by alumni gifts and student dues, the association provides all its constituents and parents with its biannual publication, the Fredonia Statement.

Contributions are primarily used to support scholarships and grants for deserving students, student recruitment, career counseling, Homecoming Weekend, and various programs for which funds are unavailable through normal state sources.

Students are encouraged to participate in the Undergraduate Alumni Council (UAC), which assists in the coordination of alumni/student activities. Actively involved students are considered for Undergraduate Alumni Awards. The $1,000 awards are annually given to those UAC members who are in good academic standing and have shown an interest in improving the quality of campus life by their extra-curricular involvement.

The Office of Alumni Affairs also sponsors the College Ambassador program (undergraduate students who assist at official university functions and at the President's home) and coordinates the Senior Challenge fundraising campaign to assist members of the graduating class with the class gift.

Fredonia Ticket Office

The Fredonia Ticket Office is located in the Williams Center, Room G-140 . It provides a variety of services for the campus and surrounding communities. In addition to handling tickets for events in the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center, Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall and student activities across campus, the ticket office is an authorized ticketing agent for Coach USA, Greyhound and NY Trailways bus companies. The ticket office also sells tickets for shuttle service to the Buffalo airport and train stations at the beginning and end of each semester, and for downstate motor coach charters for the Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks. Hours of operation during the academic year are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The office is closed on Sundays and most major holidays.

Leadership Program

The Leadership Program through Enrollment and Student Services offers workshops for freshmen and sophomores who are nominated by Fredonia faculty and staff. The workshops are designed to introduce students to leadership theories. The junior and senior program introduces students to tasks, strategies and skills of effective leadership. Course activities move students from theory to practice of leadership skills through the use of experiential learning, oral expression, and teamwork activities. For additional information about the Leadership Program, please call (716) 673-3143 or email

NOTE: The Leadership Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program offered through Academic Affairs that requires 21 credit hours of course work, offering classes from the following disciplines: global, communication, groups and organizations and presentation skills, as well as internship credit. The Leadership Studies minor is selective. Applications must be submitted via the program requirements (see Leadership Studies program information). The Leadership Program and the Leadership Studies program work together to provide unique experiences for Fredonia students. For additional information about the Interdisciplinary Studies - Leadership Studies minor, please call (716) 673-3679 or email

Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center and Visiting Artists, Ensembles and Speakers

The Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center, a magnificent performing and visual arts facility, includes the 1,200-seat King Concert Hall, the 400-seat Marvel Theatre, the 200-seat Bartlett Theatre, and the 2,500 square foot Marion Art Gallery.

Over 150 public events are presented each season for the benefit of campus and community audiences.

Fredonia has a rich cultural life, not only because of the many artistic events produced on campus, but also because of a full schedule of visiting artists and speakers, many brought to campus by the arts center.

Each season, the center presents the DFT Communications Pops Series, three evenings of musical relaxation and enjoyment. Guest ensembles on the series have included The Hit Men, Roger Williams, the Three Phantoms in Concert, the Moscow Boys Choir, and the Boston Brass.  Rockefeller Arts Center also produces the traditional Commencement-Eve Pops Concert, providing additional performance opportunities for students from the Department of Theatre and Dance and the School of Music.  Other noted artists and speakers who have visited campus in recent years include Yo-Yo Ma, Arturo Sandoval, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Maya Angelou and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Music Faculty Performances

Throughout each academic year, members of the artist faculty of the School of Music present public recitals. Most often the performances feature an individual faculty member; on occasion, however, several faculty members join together to present a program. Performances are also presented each year by the Fredonia Woodwind Quintet and the Faculty Brass Quintet.

The Western New York Chamber Orchestra, an independent, regional chamber orchestra, is an ensemble-in-residence at the Fredonia School of Music. The chamber orchestra presents a series of concerts on campus and is also active in presenting concerts and educational events throughout the area. The orchestra is comprised of faculty, other area professional musicians, and outstanding School of Music students, with repertoire spanning all stylistic periods.

Residence Life

Office: Gregory Hall, First Floor

(716) 673-3341

Kathy Forster, Director



The Residence Life Office is located on the first floor of Gregory hall. There are 14 residence halls for students to choose from, including 4 single gender buildings and 10 co-educational buildings; 2 of which are considered independent style halls. Students also have a choice of corridor, suite or kitchen suite living. All residence halls are smoke free and tobacco free. University Village Townhouses opened in Fall 2014. This newer living option provides students with an off-campus feel but provides all the benefits of being on campus. Each townhouse has 4 single bedrooms with full-sized beds, a full kitchen with dishwasher, and furnished living and dining area. Each unit also includes a washer and dryer. The townhouses share a common building, the Village Center. Located in this center is the central office, resident mailboxes, lounge areas, a full kitchen, fireplaces, and group meeting areas. Residence hall living is all about convenience and belonging. Living right on campus in the middle of everything is the best and fastest way to become part of Fredonia. Reed Library is a short walk from anywhere on campus as are Blue Devil sporting events and regular activities in the Williams Center. It is our goal to make the residence halls feel like home away from home, a place where you belong. From Hall Council to Meetups to Resident Assistant programs to employment opportunities as a Night Desk Attendant, opportunities to connect and engage with other students in the residence halls are vast. We hope that you feel at home here.

Residence Halls

Fredonia is composed of a variety of residence halls in corridor and suite configurations, all of which have a 24-hour inter-visitation policy. Each hall is home to a staff that will provide programming and offer a warm, caring atmosphere conducive to educational and social growth. The single gender hall for men: Chautauqua (corridor); and for women: Alumni (corridor), Kasling (suite), Nixon (corridor). The co-educational halls include: Disney (suite), Eisenhower (suite), Grissom (suite), Hemingway (suite), Hendrix (suite), Igoe (suite) McGinnies (corridor), Schulz (suite). Kitchen Suites: Three-bedroom suites including a full kitchen are available to upper level students in Disney and Eisenhower halls. Gregory Hall (corridor) and University Commons (suite) are co-ed, independent living halls (i.e., guests do not sign in) and restricted to upper level students.

University Commons consists of 124-premium spaces, featuring single and double rooms. Every two rooms share a bathroom and each room is equipped with heat and air conditioning which can be controlled in the room, and a micro-fridge unit.

University Village Townhouses are new to Fredonia as of Fall 2014. These townhouse units offer an independent living experience for upper level students. Each unit contains 4 single rooms, laundry facilities, kitchen area and living room area. Every 2 rooms share a bathroom and each room is equipped with a full-size bed. All residence halls are locked on a 24-hour basis. Residents are provided with electronic door access, and their guests must be escorted at all times.  

Freshmen and sophomores (two years post high school) who do not live with parent(s) or spouse within 50 miles of the campus are required, as a matter of policy, to live in university housing for the full academic year. Any exemption to the regulation must be granted, in writing, by the Director of Residence Life. The housing license is for the entire academic year and cannot be canceled during this period as long as the student is registered, regardless of class standing. There is a $350 fee for approved termination of the housing license.

Assignment to a residence hall is first-come, first-served, based on the date of submission of a completed housing application and license.

Detailed information about university housing facilities for students will be provided upon request by the Office of Residence Life, Gregory Hall, State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063, at the website listed above, or

Regulations governing occupancy of residence hall rooms will be provided by the Office of Residence Life at the time the housing packet is forwarded to students. All occupants within the halls are expected to comply with the appropriate regulations.

For the cost of housing, see the Admissions and Financial Aid section of the catalog on University Expenses.

Residence Life Staff

The Residence Life staff is dedicated to providing essential services for resident students and fostering an environment that promotes personal and community development. We look forward to your participation and good citizenship.

Residence Directors

Each residence hall is supervised by a Residence Director (RD) who either has achieved or is working towards a Master’s degree. The RD is responsible for establishing an environment that fosters the academic and personal growth of resident students. The RD promotes educational programs, provides personal counseling and referrals, maintains consistent behavioral expectations for residents, and supervises the Resident Assistants (RAs).

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants carry out a wide range of functions that benefit resident students and the overall residential community.

RAs provide peer counseling, sponsor educational and social programs, enforce rules and regulations, serve as a referral resource and generally assist in the operation of the residence hall. Administrative Staff The Administrative Staff includes the Director, Associate Director, Assistant Director and Agency Program Aide. Collectively they are responsible for housing administration, staff hiring and supervision, purchasing furnishings and supplies for the residence halls, information systems, inventory control, and budget management. The Office of Residence Life is located on the first floor in Gregory Hall.

ResNet Staff

The ResNet Office of the ITS Service Center provides residential technology support and
campus access control services for students, staff and guests living in the residence halls. The primary services provided include Internet connectivity support and campus access control services to students living in the residence halls. The administrative staff includes the Residential Technology Manager, ResNet Coordinator, and student ResNet Technicians. The staff works closely as a team to facilitate computer, access control and network support calls as well as other projects throughout the year. The ResNet office is located on the first floor of McGinnies Hall.  

ResNet provides the following services for students, staff and guests living in the residence halls:
  • Campus Access Control Services
  • Internet Service Connectivity Support
  • University Owned Printer Support
  • University Owned Computing Software Support
  • Personal Computing Device Repair
  • Residence Life Multi-media Equipment Reservation & Checkout
  • Residence Life Smart Classrooms
  • Residence Life Event Management Digital Signage
  • University Owned Computing Hardware Support
  • Student Printing Service

Students living on-campus may bring their computers into the ResNet Office for repair or they may schedule an in-room appointment to have a ResNet Technician assist them with their computer-related problems. For more information, students should contact the office at (716) 673-3668 or by emailing

Off Campus

Off-campus housing information is maintained in the Student Association Office located in the Williams Center. An online search for available office-campus housing is available at

University Police Department

Office: Gregory Hall, 2nd Floor
(716) 673-3333
Ann Burns, Chief of University Police


The University Police Department, located on the second floor of Gregory Hall, is responsible for all law enforcement related issues on campus.

Members of the department are trained in a community policing environment where students and the campus community share in keeping the university a safe place to study and work. University Police Officers are responsible for the security of all buildings and the protection of students, employees, and visitors. Duties include community policing, parking enforcement and all investigations.

The Chief of University Police is assisted by four lieutenants and ten officers. The office maintains a close working relationship with the Fredonia Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in Chautauqua County.

For additional information about University Police, please visit their website at or call (716) 673-3333.

Veteran Affairs, Office of

Office:  158 Nixon Hall

(716) 673-3423

Mark Mackey, Veterans Affairs Administrator


Fredonia takes pride in serving the men and women in uniform and assisting them in their educational goals. Located on the main floor of Nixon Hall, the Office of Veterans Affairs provides information, advice and processes the paperwork for the certification of veterans educational benefits. The office is staffed by part-time student veteran employees under the supervision of the Office of Veterans Affairs Coordinator and is open for business Monday through Friday; however, hours of operation will vary and be posted on the office door.

Please note that Fredonia provides special services to students receiving VA educational entitlements:

  • Late Fee Waivers - Please visit the Student Accounts office web page for further details at
  • Tutoring - The Fredonia Veterans Affairs Office participates in the GI Bill Tutorial Assistance Program.
  • VA Work-Study Program - The Fredonia Veterans Office participates in the federal VA Work-Study Program.
  • Counseling Services - Trained staff with in the Counseling Center provide confidential counseling services.
  • On-Campus Housing Residency - While Fredonia requires all freshmen and sophomores to reside on-campus unless they live within 50 miles of the University, this residency requirement is waived for all students who have served on active duty and are receiving VA educational entitlements.
  • Deployments Without Penalty - Students serving in the military that are placed on active duty during a semester may withdraw and return to the university normally without academic penalty. However, it is left to the discretion of the course instructor to determine the appropriate course of action depending on the course of study. Students will need to provide the university a copy of official orders and follow the normal Leave of Absence Policy and Continuing Enrollment.
  • Military Credit Evaluation - Fredonia will evaluate all military transcripts (AARTS, SMARTS, ACE etc.) and provide as much transfer credit as possible in accordance with the program of study and university policies.

Fredonia has created the Veterans Affairs Support Team which includes specific staff members across campus from key departments who specialize in assisting students with veterans related issues. The departments include the following: Financial Aid Office, Admissions Office, Counseling Center, Academic Advising, Student Accounts, and Career Development.

Volunteer and Community Services

The Office of Volunteer and Community Services is a part of Campus Life. Its purpose is to connect students with the community and to provide volunteer opportunities. Students will be able to incorporate these into the classroom. The Office serves as a central resource for information about area opportunities in service.