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Academic Computing Policies

Genesee Community College has a number of policies relating to computer use. Please take the time to become familiar with them. If you have questions about these policies, feel free to stop into the Student Resource Center (T212) on campus or to contact Patricia Chaya, Dean of Students.

Access and Accommodation Services

GCC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual preference, veteran status, domestic violence status or disability in its educational programs, activities, admissions, and employment.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability and mandates that equal access and reasonable accommodations be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Under the ADA any person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of his/her major life functions is defined as disabled. Students with disabilities may not be segregated and are fully included in the institution’s existing programs and activities.

GCC provides assistance to students with disabilities, assists faculty and staff members who interact with the students and work closely with community agencies. It is the student’s responsibility to identify his/her need for services and provide the appropriate documents.

Substance Abuse Prevention

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Career Services

In support of Genesee Community College’s mission and vision, Career Services is committed to providing assistance in navigating career and educational planning. Our office develops and sustains positive relationships with students, alumni, faculty, staff, employers, and our community members. These meaningful partnerships, in addition to customized educational experiences, are designed to coach, prepare, and support individuals to become career confident citizens in a global work environment.

Discrimination Complaint Procedures

Genesee Community College, in its continuing effort to seek equity in education and employment and in support of federal and state anti-discrimination legislation, has adopted a complaint procedure for the prompt and equitable investigation and resolution of allegations of unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.

Non-Discrimination Policy (PDF)
How to File a Discrimination Complaint (PDF)

Emergency Procedures

Basic emergency procedures are designed to enhance the protection of lives and property through effective use of college and community resources. Emergencies may be sudden and without warning and the succession of events can be unpredictable. Visit the Public Safety page to learn how to stay safe on campus.

Seizure Protocol

Seizures may occur at any time and place, even when someone is taking medication to manage their situation. In addition, there may or may not be warning signs that a seizure is about to happen – each individual is different.

Seizures do not usually require emergency medical attention. It is common for people to lose awareness of their surroundings when a seizure occurs.  When someone experiences a seizure on campus, please contact GCC Campus Safety (x6500 from an on-campus phone or 585.345.6500 from a cell phone) to alert them that a campus member is experiencing a seizure. Campus Safety officer(s) will respond to assist the student or visitor experiencing the seizure.

While waiting for Campus Safety to arrive, it is helpful to clear the area surrounding the student or community member experiencing the seizure. You may ask students in your classroom to move out into the hallway to provide a private space for the person having a seizure.

  • Be sure the person is on their side.
  • Remove hard or sharp objects from the area.
  • Never force anything into the person’s mouth.

If Campus Safety officers are unavailable, please utilize the following to assist in determining when outside assistance should be called:

Call 911 if one or more of these are true (per CDC guidelines):

  • The person has never had a seizure before.
  • The person has difficulty breathing or waking after the seizure.
  • The seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes.
  • The person has another seizure soon after the first one.
  • The person is hurt during the seizure.
  • The seizure happens in water.
  • The person has a health condition like diabetes, heart disease, or is pregnant.

OR if the individual is incoherent and/or is unknown to responders and also, at the discretion of campus safety other college designee.

When in doubt, call 911, then contact GCC Campus Safety (x6500 from an on-campus phone or 585.345.6500 from a cell phone).

FERPA Consent – Authorization for Release of Information

Student Proxy Instructions (PDF)

GCC Student Academic Issues of Concern

  1. This is NOT for final grade appeals, rather ONLY for issues regarding academic concerns such as grades/plagiarism/cheating during the academic semester:
  2. Communicate with the faculty member with whom you have the issues.
  3. If not resolved, contact with the Director of that curriculum area.  See list of below for contact names.
  4. If there is no resolution, request an appointment with the appropriate Academic Dean:
    1. Dean of Math, Science and Career Education – Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado (Dr. RAM),
    2. Dean of Human Communication and Behavior – Mr. Tim Tomczak,
    3. Dean of Distributed Learning (online classes)– Mr. Ed Levinstein,
  5. If, after taking steps 2 through 4, AND you have been accused of academic dishonesty, contact the Dean of Students (Ms. Patty Chaya, to discuss the possibility of a hearing, within five days of talking to the appropriate academic dean.

    Academic Dishonesty:

    • Cheating is obtaining or intentionally giving unauthorized information to create an unfair advantage in an examination, assignment, or classroom situation.
    • Plagiarism is the act of presenting and claiming words, ideas, data, programming code or creations of others as one’s own. Plagiarism may be intentional – as in a false claim of authorship (including AI generated) – or unintentional – as in a failure to document information sources using MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association) or other style sheets or manuals adopted by instructors at the College. Presenting ideas in the exact or near exact wording as found in source material constitutes plagiarism, as does patching together paraphrased statements without in-text citation. The purchasing or sharing of papers or projects between students or the re-use of papers or projects submitted for more than one assignment or class also constitutes plagiarism.
    • Disciplinary action may include a failing grade on an assignment or test, a failing grade for the course, suspension or expulsion from the college, as described in the Code of Conduct.
  6. For issues such as dispute of a FINAL course grade, graduation requirements and transfer credit, please fill out the Student Grade Appeal form. Please see additional information under Student Academic Appeals at Policies and Procedures.
Academic Dean Academic Director Course Prefix

Tim Tomczak

Maryanne Arena


Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado

Jim Bucki


Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado

Carrie Caccamise


Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado

Chris Caputi


Tim Tomczak

Barry Chow


Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado

Becky Dziekan


Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado

Marirose Ethington


Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado

Chris Kemp


Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado

Lina LaMattina



Deb Penoyer


Tim Tomczak

Jodi Scondras


Tim Tomczak

Jonelle Torsevia


Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado

Maureen Welch


Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado

Karyn Bryson


Hate Crimes/ Bias Related Incidents

Genesee Community College is committed to retaining an environment in which the dignity and value of all members of the College community are respected. Bias related crimes against anyone on campus is considered a criminal act under the hate crime law and will not be tolerated. Bias related or hate crimes subverts the mission of the College and undermines the educational process.

(a) intentionally selects the person against whom the offense is committed or intended to be committed in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct; or

(b) intentionally commits the act or acts constituting the offense in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.

GCC is required to annually report campus crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education’s website at


  • GCC Campus Safety Department at 585-345-6500,
  • Dean of Students at 585-343-0055 ext 6219
  • Title IX Coordinator 585-343-0055 ext 6514.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Nondiscrimination Policy (PDF)

Repeating Courses

Students may repeat a course for which credit has been received with a grade of A- or lower. If a higher grade is earned upon repeating a course, only the higher of the two grades will be computed to determine a cumulative grade point average (GPA), although both grades will be recorded on transcripts. A student may not repeat a course for which he or she has already received an “A” grade.

No course may be repeated solely in order to increase the number of credits earned in courses where the credit hours have been changed. The course will only be counted once toward graduation requirements and computation of total hours earned.

Full-time students who elect to repeat a course for which credit has already been received should register for 12 credit hours relevant to their degree program in addition to the repeated course in order to remain eligible for TAP awards. Full-time students who register for remedial courses should also register for at least six credits of non-remedial credit courses. However, during the first term of funding, a full-time student need only register for at least three credits of non-remedial credit courses. Students at community colleges are eligible for a total of six semesters of TAP funding.

Student Code of Conduct

Read Student Code of Conduct (PDF)

Student Bill of Rights

Read Student Bill of Rights (PDF)

Title IX Policies and Procedures

Read Title IX Policies and Procedures

Title IX Training

Posted SUNY Title IX Training
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Transfer Services

Thousands of students have begun their college education at GCC, transferred to a 4-year school, and gone on to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctorates in a wide variety of fields. The coursework in our associate’s degree programs is comparable to that of the freshman and sophomore year at most 4-year schools. You can spend your first two years at Genesee and then transfer the credits you earn here to a four-year school of your choice to complete your degree. Thinking of transferring? Learn more about transferring procedures.

Use of College-Assigned Email for Official and Instructional Correspondence

Read the Policy on Use of College-Assigned Email (PDF)


Withdrawal from a Course

Students may officially withdraw from a course through the ninth week of classes during a full semester course and prior to the completion of 9/16 of a course during the summer or special classes. Withdrawal deadlines are published each semester. In order to officially withdraw, a student may withdraw online (through myGCC) or by submitting a registration change form to the Records Office. It is the student’s responsibility to properly withdraw. Withdrawal grades will be assigned as follows:

  1. Official withdrawals received by the Records Office prior to the census date (i.e. the end of the third week of classes) will result in the course being deleted from the student’s record and no grade will be recorded
  2. Official withdrawals received by the Records Office after the census date and prior to the end of the ninth week (specific date published each semester) will result in a grade of “W”
  3. Formal withdrawal may not be initiated after the ninth week of classes (specific date published each semester). Failure to complete course requirements will result in a grade of “F”
  4. Refunds are not given without advanced withdrawal notice from the student. Refund and charge reductions are determined by the date of written withdrawal notice. The policy regarding refund of tuition and fees is detailed in the “Admissions and Financial Aid” section of this catalog

Withdrawal from the College

Students finding it necessary to withdraw from the College before the end of a term in which they are enrolled must follow established withdrawal procedures. Withdrawals may be completed online (through myGCC) or in person in the Records Office. Refunds are given on a pro rata basis and are not given without advance withdrawal notice from the student. The student should contact the Business Office immediately if he/she is considering withdrawal from the College.