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SUNY Oneonta

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
108 Ravine Pkwy
Oneonta, New York 13820
(607) 436-3500
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School Information
"SUNY Oneonta is a mid-size, four-year, public college. We offer small classes, loads of activities, opportunities for undergraduate research, student/faculty interaction and an attractive cost of attendance...Nestled in the hills of Central New York, the college’s idyllic setting is ideal for study, adventure and self-discovery. Just “up the hill” from the charming City of Oneonta, our campus and the surrounding community engages, nurtures, and inspires." The school enrolls over 6,700 students, employs over 490 faculty, and over 40 undergraduate majors (with graduate programs as well). (Source: (Source: (Source:
General Information
SUNY Oneonta has been revising its campus policing policies, with the Oneonta College Community Task Force and University Police Department regularly meeting to discuss potential reforms. A survey of the campus is currently under development and is expected to be distributed this semester. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Educational Opportunity Program and Access to College Excellence at SUNY Oneonta "was designed to provide historically underrepresented students the chance to attend and succeed in college."
  • On June 29, 2023, SUNY’s Chancellor and Board of Trustees issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on race conscious admissions which reads in part as follows: “Today, the US Supreme Court attempted to pull our nation backwards in the journey toward equity and civil rights with an egregious ruling that will have serious impacts on students and families seeking the American dream of opportunity through higher education...Today’s decision threatens to undermine what progress has been made, by throwing up roadblocks and barriers when what’s needed are better paths and bridges...At SUNY, our resolve to provide opportunity for all has never been stronger. The commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion will continue to be a factor in every goal we pursue, every program we create, every policy we promulgate, and every decision we make."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Office of Multicultural Initiatives works to foster “strategic initiatives on diversity and inclusion” through “advocacy, leadership development, and diversity, inclusion, multicultural and social justice education and training.”
  • The Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence at SUNY Oneonta provides "Annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Social Justice Workshops and Trainings."
  • The Office of Equity and Inclusion provides "diversity education" programs and workshops based on departmental requests.
Disciplinary Measures
  • Oneonta's Bias Acts Response Team reviews reported bias acts which are "conduct[s] that adversely and unfairly targets an individual or group based on the social identity categories of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation...."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence at SUNY Oneonta provides "[m]ini grants for campus community members to sponsor and facilitate topics related to DEI, Social Justice, Community Building and Belonging, Health and Well-being, Trauma and Self-Care etc."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The University Police Department and Oneonta College Community Task Force have regularly met to discuss new reforms, as well as to develop a survey of the campus.
  • On April 28, 2022, the SUNY Distinguished Academy is hosting a webinar discussion on Critical Race Theory, Race, Intersectionality, and the agency of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice in education.
  • The Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence (CRJIE) was established by the Division of Student Development and the Office of Equity and Inclusion in order to advance “inclusive excellence, antiracism, social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion at the college.”
  • On March 23, 2024, the SUNY Oneonta Office of Equity and Inclusion is hosting the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, which is "an event designed for individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to interact with student, administrator, and faculty presenters and exchange information to enhance multicultural comprehension, self-awareness, and leadership skills."
  • Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council is "made up of students from diverse backgrounds committed to assisting in the development of a safe, supportive, welcoming, and inclusive community that upholds and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion at SUNY Oneonta."
  • SUNY Oneonta’s "Common Read" program "advances diversity by encouraging students to examine and better understand topics such as equity, inclusion, and personal history through many lenses" and "aims to further infuse cultural literacy into our academic program by asking the campus community to read a diversity-related book, which then is discussed in fall courses across several disciplines." The 2023 Common Read chosen book was Clint Smith’s book, "How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America."
  • The SUNY Oneonta Library provides anti-racism and social justice resources and states, "Anti-Racism is strategies, theories, actions, and practices that challenge and counter racism, inequalities, prejudices, and discrimination based on race."
Symbolic Actions
  • SUNY Oneonta is a “two-time recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.”
Last updated March 26th, 2024
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