What are teach-out plans and teach-out agreements?
The Commission required Cazenovia College to complete and submit for approval a comprehensive, implementable teach-out plan with signed teach-out agreements.
On May 18, 2023, the Commission acted to request an updated teach-out plan, due June 30, 2023.
A teach-out plan is a written plan developed by the institution that provides for the equitable treatment of students to complete their education. The purpose of the teach-out plan is to make reasonable accommodations and assist students with completing educational programs or credentials or transferring to a new institution. The Commission requires a teach-out plan and teach-out agreements when an institution risks the loss of accreditation or intends to close. Teach-out agreements are specific agreements made by the institution with appropriate teach-out partner institutions. The purpose of the teach-out agreement is to make accommodations for and assist students as much as possible and provide clear and transparent information regarding those arrangements. They are intended to facilitate students’ transition to another institution so they can graduate in a program of their choosing. These agreements are to be negotiated between Cazenovia College and other institutions with similar programs of study.
The Commission has approved teach-out agreements with the following institutions:
Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Daemen University, Amherst, NY
Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA
Elmira College, Elmira, NY
Excelsior University, Albany, NY
Gannon University, Erie, PA
Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
Hilbert College, Hamburg, NY
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Johnson and Wales University, Providence, RI
Keuka College, Keuka Park, NY
Le Moyne College, Dewitt, NY
LIM College, New York, NY
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY
Niagara University, Lewiston, NY
Russell Sage College, Troy, NY
St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY
SUNY Buffalo State University, Buffalo, NY
SUNY College of Technology at Alfred, Alfred, NY
SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville, Morrisville, NY
SUNY College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY
SUNY College at Purchase, Purchase, NY
SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY
Utica University, Utica, NY
Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY
Wells College, Aurora, NY
Can students transfer to another institution?
The institution has announced its closure as of June 30, 2023. Current students can transfer at any time and to any institution, including those without a teach-out agreement. Students are entitled to receive clear, accurate, and thorough information from Cazenovia College about their options to pursue other educational opportunities.
Students cannot be charged additional fees for exercising the option to transfer.
Where can students transfer?
Students can apply for transfer to any institution that meets their needs and where they may qualify for admission. Transfer opportunities are not limited to those institutions that have teach-out agreements with Cazenovia College. Students can transfer at any time and to any institution.
What other things should students consider when transferring?
Students should look for an institution that is in good standing with accreditors. Students should always research the accreditation status of the institution they are considering for transfer. MSCHE posts accreditation status for its member institutions in the Institution Directory on our website.
Individual programs may also be accredited by a programmatic accreditor. Students are encouraged to contact both the institutional and programmatic accreditors of institutions and programs to verify the accreditation status of the institution they are considering.
Visit the MSCHE Student Resources page for additional information.
Can Cazenovia College charge students additional fees if they withdraw or transfer?
No, Cazenovia College cannot charge students additional fees for withdrawing or transferring.
Will all students receive a copy of their transcripts?
Cazenovia College has reported that students can obtain transcripts from the National Student Clearinghouse. There is a nominal fee and delivery choices when using the online ordering service. To order an official transcript(s), login to the National Student Clearinghouse secure site. Students will be able to obtain transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse through June 30, 2023.
Commission policy and procedure require the institution to provide a copy of transcripts to all current students. Cazenovia College cannot withhold student transcripts. New York law prevents institutions from withholding student transcripts and from charging students higher fees for their transcripts if they have unpaid debts (N.Y. Educ. Law § 640).
Le Moyne College, Dewitt, NY has been designated as the final repository of all Cazenovia College student records. On June 30, 2023, all academic records will be moved to Le Moyne College. Any student who needs a transcript at that time will need to contact Le Moyne College for a paper copy until all transcripts are available through Parchment, Le Moyne’s system for obtaining electronic transcripts. It is anticipated that Cazenovia student records will be available electronically around September 1, 2023.
What does the closure mean for students who expect to graduate by the closure date?
Cazenovia College has announced that it will hold graduation for seniors on May 13, 2023, as planned.
Where can students find more information on Cazenovia College’s website?
Cazenovia College has provided additional information regarding closure, including a frequently asked questions (FAQ) resource, on its website at https://www.cazenovia.edu/closing/studentqa.
Additional resources for students include:
United States Department of Education
Office of Federal Student Aid
The above link can provide assistance if your college or career school closed while you were enrolled, or soon after you withdrew.
If your school misled you or engaged in other misconduct in violation of certain state laws, you may be eligible for “borrower defense to loan repayment,” sometimes shortened to “borrower defense.” This is the discharge of some or all of your federal student loan debt. Visit the link above for more information.
New York State Education Department
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
SEVP Response Center: Phone: 703-603-3400 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New York Legal Assistance Group: Phone: 212-659-6166
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association
North Atlantic Conference