Student Handbook

I am pleased to welcome you to the College of Staten Island (CSI), a senior college of The City University of New York, the nation’s leading public urban university. CSI, the only public institution of higher learning on Staten Island, has a proud legacy of providing students with extraordinary opportunities to pursue academic excellence and to actively engage in student life as part of our College community.

The College of Staten Island continues to offer you myriad ways to expand your intellectual, social, and cultural horizons, and opportunities to use these experiences and tools to secure a bright and prosperous future. Our award-winning academic programs, world-renowned faculty, and helpful and knowledgeable staff will continue to provide the critical support that you need to succeed.

I encourage you explore The Gazetteer and our Website, to make the best of your CSI experience by learning more about the many programs and resources that are available to you at CSI. I hope you take the opportunity to get involved, make friends, pursue your interests, and follow your dreams.

As a valued member of our CSI family, I wish you all the best.

Timothy G. Lynch Ph.D. (he/him/his)

Dear CSI Students: 

Welcome to the College of Staten Island (CSI)! As a new member of the CSI community, you will discover the many things that make CSI and incredible place to begin your academic career. CSI offers you all the services and opportunities to ensure you have a memorable and successful experience. 

To help you on your journey, we provide you with this Student Handbook, THE GAZETTEER. Please review it and use it as a resource whenever questions arise. You have made an excellent decision in choosing CSI to pursue your education, and we challenge you to be an active participant in this experience both inside and outside of the classroom. You can join or form a club, develop your leadership skills, attend many events sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB), run for Student Government, try out for an athletic team, or even join our radio station, WSIA. The opportunities are endless. Whatever your passion, get involved!

We look forward to your involvement and wish you much success in all you pursue.


Michel A. Hodge, MA, MS
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
Director of Student Life

Carol Brower
Director of Student Life

Dear Fellow Students:

The CSI Student Government would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to CSI.  The College offers many exciting opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, both remotely and on-campus. Although we realize that our academic pursuits are of the utmost importance, we should not forget the benefits of many “out of the classroom” experiences that CSI offers.  They can provide you with many skills that will be very helpful to you in your future endeavors besides offering you the opportunity to take a break from the rigors of class and study!

Both remotely and on-campus, opportunities to get involved cover a wide range of categories. Student Government, the College Association, Auxiliary Services, College Council, Campus Activities Board, WSIA Radio Station, student clubs, and student publications are some of the groups that you, as a student, can participate in.  You should also be sure to avail yourself of the many programs that these groups offer.  The Student Government provides funding for many programs and activities such as the chartering of 40+ clubs and organizations, lectures, scholarships, the Graduate School Assistance Fund, the Academic and Research Conference Travel Fund and Textbooks for the Library to name just a few. 

Please feel free to e-mail us. We would be happy to talk to you and perhaps help you to get involved in college life.  CSI is a wonderful place to learn and grow.  We encourage you to make the most of your college education, both in and out of the classroom. 

Good Luck!

Your elected Student Government

Maxwell Velikodny

Joseph Weisberg
Vice President/ Commissioner on Academic and Curricular Affairs

The City University subscribes to the American Association of University Professors’ 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom, the College of Staten Island respects the academic freedom for faculty and students as well as freedom in their personal lives for all individuals in the campus community.

The College reserves the right to deny admission to any student if in its judgment, the presence of that student on campus poses undue risk to the safety or security of the College or in the College community.  That judgment will be based on individualized determination taking into account any information the College has about a student’s criminal record and the particular circumstances of the college, including the presence of a childcare center, a public school, or public school students on the campus.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings.  

This act provides rights primarily for the student, regardless of age, once he or she enrolls at an institution of higher education.  We encourage families to discuss this Privacy Act and take appropriate steps that are comfortable with both the student and the family to ensure the safety and privacy of student records.