Buffalo State is a community of people who care about, and for, each other. University Police officers patrol campus around the clock, monitor and maintain security on campus, and work with other area law-enforcement agencies on mutual concerns and investigations. Buffalo State strives to prevent crime through community policing and problem-solving practices, educational programs, and crime prevention programs. The college has both a Campus Safety Forum and a President’s Community Policing Advisory Committee that discuss, recommend, and advise campus on issues related to safety. The Community Oriented Policing Philosophy provides a guide for Buffalo State's united community to maintain safety across campus.
At Buffalo State College, we will reach for the stars and excel in our engagement. Buffalo State has always been known as a campus that engages in healthy and productive discussions. We wrestle to understand the complexity of local, regional, and international issues. We discuss these issues within and outside our classrooms. As we move ahead, we will maximize our ability to engage in civil and productive discussions. We will engage with colleagues in our departments, in our schools, in our college, and in our communities.
Respect for diversity and individual differences are incorporated into the college's core values. At Buffalo State, the definition of diversity goes beyond differences of race, sex, or creed, and incorporates diversity of thought, experience, and beliefs. Our institution provides equitable opportunity and access for all.
Our emphasis on applied learning for undergraduates prepares Buffalo State students for the workforce—as teachers, scientists, artists, business owners, and other high-demand fields—with practical experience in hand. Our students are not the only ones who profit from these experiences—local organizations, schools, and businesses all benefit from our volunteer, service-learning, and research activities.
Buffalo State embraces green. Along with promoting environmental awareness through its curriculum, sponsoring recycling drives, and hosting conferences on ecological revitalization, the college has adopted SUNY’s energy policy requiring that all new buildings, additions, and major renovation projects meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver rating requirements.
Launched in April 2010, SUNY’s strategic plan is aimed at enhancing the vitality and quality of life at SUNY campuses and introducing a new way forward for aligning SUNY’s purpose with New York State’s economic future.