Mission Statement of OCC
The mission of Off Campus College is to provide services and programs that support the University's goal of achieving an environment that encourages and promotes educational excellence. OCC focuses much of its efforts on the welfare of students who do not reside in University-managed housing. Since off campus students vary widely in age, interests, institutional identification or affiliation and reside in various local communities, efforts to provide service is multifaceted, purposeful and specific to current needs. OCC is strongly committed to embracing the participation of non-traditional students, including, but not limited to, persons of color.
While OCC's efforts are not limited to our off campus population, OCC seeks ways to assist all students in learning how to live safely, successfully, and independently in the communities that surround the University.
OCC prides itself on its ability to respond to situations, but, like other units of the University, seeks ways to prevent problems through education. OCC's staff and students maintain a unique relationship, a partnership that encourages the formation of new ideas and new approaches to problems.
The primary operating assumptions of OCC are expressed in the following statement:
- That OCC will be as open and democratic as possible. Everyone should be encouraged to participate.
- That OCC should try to link the community and University together in as many useful symbiotic ways as possible, through the exchange of services and ideas.
- That students are competent people who are able to create and administer sizable projects.
- That OCC encourages, supports, and maintains a self-help philosophy.
Community relations are of the utmost importance to OCC and are addressed through supporting student participation in community activities through volunteerism, the Campus/Community Coalition of Binghamton, and most importantly, the Good Neighbor Program.
What We Offer
Off Campus College (OCC) has information to help you make the most of living off-campus. OCC serves as a resource for both students who currently live off-campus, as well as those who are thinking off moving off-campus. Preventive measures such as being familiar with your lease, municipal policies, state laws, zoning, etc., will help you enjoy a trouble-free year off-campus.
OCC offers many services including free legal clinics, information on transportation, computerized housing lists, lease review, and comprehensive advising on housing issues by staff members and peer student advisors. Our office is located in University Union West, Room 204 (few steps behind M&T Bank). For more information stop in, call 777-2768 or visit the OCC website.
While OCC does not make living arrangements for off-campus students, we do provide students with information on what is available. Students will then need to contact the landlords (or other students if searching for potential housemates) directly. For your convenience, and at your request, we will review your lease prior to you signing with a landlord free of charge.
Our student organization (OCC Council) maintains "Student Opinions of Landlords", which are a collection of documents from students and former students and their experiences with various landlords in the community. These documents can only be viewed in the OCC office and the information within cannot be sent via fax, e-mail, or telephone. When possible, we do encourage you to view these documents prior to signing a lease.