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January 19, 2022

To: all students

Dear Seawolves,

Welcome to the Spring 2022 semester!  I hope you were able to rest and relax during the winter break. If you are new to Stony Brook, welcome to our campus community. Whether you are taking all in-person classes, all online classes, or a mix of both, we are committed to keeping you connected to our Seawolf community.  

Our faculty and staff are here to support you and your success. Please take a few minutes to read the information below so that you are aware of our community expectations and the many resources we have available to help you achieve your goals. 


In our community, we respect and care for each other. We come to Stony Brook with widely different backgrounds, talents, and interests, so it is important that we respect each other’s views and opinions. At Stony Brook, we value free exchange of ideas, inclusion, and diversity, and we uphold our commitment to maintaining the dignity and the fair treatment of all members of our community. 

Do Your Part to Stop the Spread of COVID

I am counting on you to do your part to keep our community safe and healthy. Always follow these safety measures -- and politely speak to your friends and peers if you see them not following these expectations:

  • Get a COVID test 3 days prior to coming to campus for the start of the spring semester. You must have a negative test result and keep a copy on your phone if you are asked to show the negative result to Student Affairs staff. If you have tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, do not get tested. Instead, upload your positive test result to the Wolfie Health Portal so that we can exempt you from on-campus testing for 90 days.
  • Get your required COVID booster as soon as you are eligible and upload proof to the Wolfie Health Portal .
  • Regardless of your vaccination status, wear your face mask/covering that covers your nose and mouth in all indoor public spaces, including classrooms, dining halls (unless actively eating or drinking), libraries, residence hall lounges, buses, and public areas, etc.
  • During the spring semester, get tested for COVID based on this testing schedule .  
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer whenever soap and water are not available.

As detailed in the Code of Student Responsibility , violations that adversely affect the safety of the University will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

In addition, please visit our informative and continuously updated FAQs that will help answer questions about vaccines, health and safety, campus life and others.   

Reach out for Help

If you see something, say something.  If there is ever a situation where you feel unsafe, call University Police at 333 from a campus phone or (631) 632-3333 from non-campus phones. If you are not on campus, contact 911 for your local police. Visit our Campus Safety page for more information.

Stony Brook’s Good Samaritan policy encourages you to call for help without fear of facing University sanctions.

Hazing is not tolerated at Stony Brook. Hazing can happen in many shapes and forms, and not only through the use of alcohol or other drugs. It is any action taken or situation that endangers another person’s psychological, emotional, or physical health, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate, for the purpose of joining or maintaining membership with any organization, group, or team. Report hazing incidents using the “Report” form on our Hazing Prevention website or contact University Police at (631) 632-3333.

Sexual misconduct is not tolerated at Stony Brook. The University takes all allegations of sexual misconduct seriously and is committed to the prevention of sexual assault and violence. We have policies and procedures in place and the Office of Equity and Access investigates every claim that is received. To report any concern or incident involving sexual misconduct, contact the Office of Equity and Access . In addition, the Survivor Advocate & Prevention Specialist provides 24/7 confidential advocacy and support to students who experience sexual or interpersonal violence.

Become a Trained Bystander

We offer three popular bystander intervention programs through the Center for Prevention & Outreach:

Green Dot helps you recognize risky or potentially violent situations.

QPR focuses on suicide prevention.  

Red Watch Band teaches you how to intervene to prevent toxic drinking and save a life. 

To sign up for training sessions, visit the Center for Prevention and Outreach’s website

Marijuana Policy

State University of New York campuses are bound by the federal requirements under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. Under this requirement, the use, possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana remains prohibited on all SUNY campuses and is subject to disciplinary action under the University’s Code of Student Responsibility . This prohibition covers all SUNY property in public as well as campus residence halls, University apartments, and offices, University-owned and leased buildings, housing, parking lots, and all SUNY events.

In addition to this federal requirement, smoking or vaping marijuana on campus remains prohibited under our Tobacco-Free Policy .


Get involved by joining one or more of our 325 clubs and organizations. Stop by the Involvement Fair , which will be held virtually on Thursday, January  27 from 7-9 pm, and connect with student clubs and organizations of your choice. Don’t know what kind of organization you want to explore? Take this quiz to find out!  Don’t forget to download the CORQ app for information about campus programs and events. 

A list of all currently recognized organizations can be found on SB Engaged . Organizations without pages on SB Engaged are not recognized and are not in good standing with the University. Some organizations that are not recognized at Stony Brook may attempt to continue to operate despite having lost or never receiving University recognition. Any operation of these groups is not sanctioned by Stony Brook and is against University guidelines. For more information visit here .

Whether you choose to become a leader in a club or organization , volunteer or do community service, complete an internship, or conduct research with a faculty member, pick something and strengthen your candidacy when applying for jobs or future graduate study. Join one or more of our Career Communities and connect with the Career Center . They offer virtual and in-person programs, events, coaching sessions, and other opportunities.


Academic rigor, financial worries, relationship problems, and other concerns may cause stress and an inability to focus. Reach out for help via phone, email, in-person, or virtual support -- and talk to someone you can trust.  We’re here to help you succeed!   

Academic Advising

Speak with your general and major academic advisors about your course and major selection and overall degree progress.

Academic Success and Tutoring Center

Free tutoring and study skills support. SB Union Room L09. (631) 632-4920.

Campus Dining Dietitian 

Have questions about nutrition, food allergies?  The dietitian offers you individual nutrition counseling. Call (631) 632-9979 or submit a request at Stony Brook Dining for an appointment.

Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO)

CPO offers services to address your concerns about mental health, alcohol and other substances, healthy relationships and sexual violence, including Let’s Talk , an informal and confidential way to speak with a counselor, in-person or virtually. SB Union, Room 108. (631) 632-2748.

Commuter and Off-Campus Students

SB Union, Student Life Suite, Room 205. (631) 632-7353.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Student Health & Counseling Center, Second Floor.  CAPS provides confidential individual and group counseling. Call (631) 632-6720 to make an appointment. You can also call CAPS After Hours to speak with a counselor 24/7.  

Financial Aid and Scholarship Services

SB Union, Room 208. (631) 632-6840.

Recreation and Wellness Center

Located next to the Sports Complex. (631) 632-7209.

Resident Students

Reach out to your RA and Campus Residences staff for help. (631) 632-6750.

Student Accessibility Support Center (SASC)

SB Union, Room 107. Call (631) 632-6748 to make an appointment or email

Student Health Services

Student Health & Counseling Center, First Floor. M-F 8am-5pm, Tuesday until 7:30pm. Call (631) 632-6740 to make an appointment. Medical Advice Line: After hours or on weekends, call the number above and press option 3 to speak to a registered nurse who can assist with your medical concerns.  

Student Support Team

The Student Support Team helps you navigate an issue or concern, including if you have an extended illness and are out of class for more than 5 days.  If you don’t know where to go, the Student Support Team is available to help you!  Student Activities Center, Suite 222. Call (631) 632-7320 to speak to a team member or email for an appointment. 

Go Seawolves!


Rick Gatteau, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs