Division of Academic Affairs

Academic Policies, including Academic Integrity

Taking Care: Illness and Absences

As public health conditions may change during the semester, please be sure to check your campus email and the Digest newsletter for updates.

While the national COVID-19 public health emergency has ended, SUNY New Paltz still has policies in place to protect the health of our community. Click here to view COVID-19 FAQs and up-to-date information about those policies.

Students with an illness that prevents them from attending class (COVID-19, influenza, etc.) should exercise self-care and consult the testing recommendations on the Student Health Service (SHS) website. Faculty will receive “professor notes” from the SHS when a student has an illness that prevents them from attending class.

Academic integrity policy

Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty in their college work. Cheating, forgery, and plagiarism are serious violations of academic integrity. Students found guilty of any violation of academic integrity are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. New Paltz’s undergraduate and graduate academic integrity policies are published in the respective catalogs. Sojourner Truth Library’s website contains several excellent resources to help with avoiding plagiarism.

Computer and network policies

Users of New Paltz’s computer resources and network facilities are required to comply with the Acceptable Uses and Privacy Policy and other institutional policies related to computer and internet access and usage.

Medical Documentation Policy

Students are not permitted to provide paperwork listing a diagnosis or specific details of their physical or mental health history to a faculty or staff member outside of the Student Health Service, Disability Resource Center or Psychological Counseling Center.

Online Identity Verification Policy

This policy is designed to verify that students enrolled in our online courses and/or programs are the ones who take the courses, complete the programs, and receive the academic credit.

Reasonable accommodation of individuals with disabilities

Students needing classroom and/or testing accommodations related to a disability should contact the Disability Resource Center (Haggerty Administration Building, Room 205, 845-257-3020) as close as possible to the beginning of the semester. The DRC will then provide students’ instructors with Accommodation Notifications verifying the need for accommodations. Specific questions about services and accommodations may be directed to the DRC (drc@newpaltz.edu).

Title IX and related policy

Gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, stalking, and power-imbalanced sexual/romantic relationships between faculty and students are strictly prohibited within the SUNY New Paltz community. We encourage students to report, confidentially discuss, or raise questions and concerns regarding potential violations. Reports can be made to the Title IX Office, the department chair and/or the dean of your school. The Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion can provide more information on Title IX reporting and support as well as the College’s Consensual Relationships Policy.

Veteran & Military Services

New Paltz’s Office of Veteran & Military Services (OVMS) is committed to serving the needs of veterans, service members and their dependents (spouse or child, regardless of age) during their transition from military life to student life. Military-affiliated students who need assistance while attending SUNY New Paltz may refer to OVMS’s website; call 845-257-OVMS (6867); e-mail ovms@newpaltz.edu; or stop by the Student Union, Room 100 South.

Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI)

You are responsible for completing the Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI) for all your courses with an enrollment of five (5) or more students. Faculty value your feedback and use it to improve their teaching and planning. Please complete the online form during the appropriate period: Fall 2023, November 27–December 11; Winter 2023-2024, January 11–January 16; Spring 2024, April 24–May 8.