The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosures and reporting requirements. A disclosure requirement is information that a post-secondary education institution is required to distribute or make available to another party, such as students or employees. A reporting requirement is information submitted to the U.S. Department of Education or other agencies. The Student Consumer Information provided on these pages will provide students, parents and the community with needed information about the College. You can get more detailed information on the privacy of student records, the College’s graduation and transfer rates, safety and security information and much more.
SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY Schenectady) makes every effort to comply with federal and state agencies. SUNY Schenectady is in full compliance with all applicable rules and regulations pertaining to civil rights for students and employees (e.g., Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).
Affirmative Action Officer: Patrick Ryan, Vice President of Administration, 518-381-1475
Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator: Susan DiDonato as the Interim Title IX Coordinator, 518-381-1305
Records Access Officer: Ms. Paula Ohlhous, Chief of Staff, 518-381-1201
Structure of SUNY Schenectady and Funding Source
SUNY Schenectady County Community College is sponsored by the County of Schenectady. Schenectady County Legislators are elected at large within each district to four-year terms in alternating biennial elections.
SUNY Schenectady County Community College operates under the auspices of the State University of New York (SUNY). SUNY’s 64 geographically dispersed campuses bring educational opportunity within commuting distance of virtually all state residents and comprise the nation’s most diverse system of public higher education.
SUNY Schenectady County Community College is tax-assisted, not tax supported. The College receives operating funds from three primary sources: student tuition and fees; the County in which the student resides; and the State of New York. For additional information on the College's financial position, please see our most recent annual financial statements: 2016; 2015; 2014; 2013.
SUNY Schenectady operates as a comprehensive community college under the programs and standards of the State University of New York and is sponsored by Schenectady County. SUNY Schenectady programs are approved by the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York and registered by the New York State Education Department. The College is authorized by the Regents of the University of the State of New York to award associate degrees and certificates. The College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association. The Culinary Arts Associate in Occupational Studies degree program is approved by the American Culinary Federation. The Early Childhood A.A.S. and Certificate programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The College in the High School (SUNY Schenectady’s concurrent enrollment program) is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).
Schenectady County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Affirmative Action Statement
SUNY Schenectady County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race and color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or conviction record and predisposing genetic characteristics. This goal reflects the commitment of SUNY Schenectady County Community College to provide affirmative action in all areas of admissions, employment, or in any aspect of the business of the College. SUNY Schenectady is in full compliance with all applicable rules and regulations pertaining to civil rights for students and employee s (e.g., Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).
Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Notification
The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) is intended to make prospective students aware of a school's commitment to providing equitable athletic opportunities for its men and women students. Any coeducational school of higher education that participates in any federal financial aid program and has an intercollegiate must make the EADA Report available to current and prospective students and to the public. If you would like to request a copy or view the EADA, please contact the Student Affairs Division by calling 518-381-1344 or by visiting Elston Hall, Room 222.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Confidentiality
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) gives students the right to inspect and review their education records and, under certain circumstances, the right to request that such records be amended. It limits the right of the Schenectady County Community College (College), governed by the State University of New York (University) and its campuses to disclose education records or information contained in such records without the student’s consent. FERPA also requires that campuses notify students, on an annual basis, of their rights under FERPA. The College and University is committed to protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information contained in education records in accordance with FERPA. Accordingly, this statement sets forth the procedures that the College and University will use to comply with FERPA. For more details on FERPA and Confidentiality, please visit our FERPA and Confidentiality page or review the College’s Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Policy.
Committed to the State University of New York (SUNY) policy on Full Opportunity for all County residents, SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY Schenectady) guarantees open admission to all high school graduates of the previous June and all veterans returning from service in the previous year. Additionally, the College admits high school graduates from previous years and other Counties who can profit from its programs and services, to the limits of the College’s capacity and subject to compliance with any deadlines established by the College in its admission procedures.
SUNY Schenectady Databook
The SUNY Schenectady County Community College Data Book is designed to be a handy information summary about SUNY Schenectady students, graduates, employees, finances and library resources. Current: 2018-2019 Data Book
Student Consumer Information
The U.S. Higher Education Act require all colleges and universities participating in federally funded financial aid programs to make certain information about the institution accessible and transparent. At SUNY Schenectady we have made this information available to current and prospective students and other interested parties through our campus website. This page aggregates links to a wide range of such information available online from a variety of sources on campus.
General Institutional Information
See also: College Navigator
Student Financial Assistance
Health and Safety
In compliance with the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the "Clery Act"), please visit our Campus Safety page for the Annual Security Reports.
For a full list of Emergency Procedures, Campus Safety Policies and efforts to educate the College community on Alcohol and Drug Abuse visit our Campus Safety page for more details.
If you would like to report a crime on campus, please utilize our online form: Reporting Crimes Online (SilentWitness) All information is kept Confidential and Private by the College to the extent allowed by law. No information regarding the sender (name, e-mail, IP address, etc.) will be collected when submitting information to the Campus Security.
For a complete list of Student Outcomes, including most recent Graduation Rate, Graduating Class Profile, and Retention Rates, please view our Databook.
Title IX Compliance
The federal education law requires that the College, as a recipient of federal funds, identify an individual who will be responsible for fulfilling the College's Title IX responsibilities. Title IX refers to a section of the federal Higher Education Act which makes it illegal to discriminate against a student or college employee on the basis of gender. Pursuant to Title IX Schenectady County Community College's Title IX Coordinator, as approved and appointed by the Board of Trustees, is the designated representative of the College with primary responsibility for coordinating the College's Title IX compliance efforts. For more information on the College's Title IX Compliance, please visit our dedicated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page.