Student Handbook 2023-2024

Lakefront Access and Usage

Keuka Lake is one of the cleanest and most majestic freshwater lakes in the world. The lake is 19.6 miles long and is, on average, 3/4-mile-wide and 101 feet deep. The word Keuka comes from the Iroquois and Seneca languages, and it means "canoe landing" and "lake with an elbow" respectively.

From relaxation to research, the lake is an important part of life at Keuka College.

Two or more adults, 18 years of age or older, must be present at the College’s beachfront at Point Neamo when the swimming area is in use, with at least one adult on the beachfront.

Children under 16 years of age must always be accompanied by an adult responsible for their safety and behavior while at the College’s bathing facility at Point Neamo.

Swim only within the designated bathing area at Point Neamo.

Swimming is not permitted behind Strong Apartments at that lakefront access.

If a student is identified as having been in the lake, outside of Point Neamo open hours or behind Strong Apartments, that student will be documented and taken through the Community Standards process.

If CPR is needed, find an on-site staff member, or call 911 immediately. An emergency phone is at the base of the main staircase.

Keuka Lake during Winter

It is amazing to see parts of Keuka Lake frozen, but one cannot tell easily how safe ice is to be on. Because of this, Keuka College students are not permitted to be out on the frozen ice of Keuka Lake. It is for your safety and the safety of our staff as well, especially our Office of Campus Safety.

If a student is identified as having been out on the ice, that student will be documented and taken through the Community Standards process.

Point Neamo Hours

Point Neamo is open from June 15 to September 30 daily from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Point Neamo Rules

Please review and follow all posted rules, regulations, and signs at Point Neamo. Remember to never swim alone and that there is no substitute for adequate supervision while the swimming area is in use.

Only use this facility during posted hours of operation and swim only in the designated swimming area. Due to the shallow water, there is no diving permitted.

Don’t swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

IN AN EMERGENCY, NOTIFY ON-SITE STAFF AND CONTACT HELP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. An emergency phone is available at the base of the main staircase.

Emergency Phone Numbers:

Call 911 for life threatening concerns or missing swimmers.

Campus Safety: (315) 694 - 0268
Animal Control: (315) 694 - 6077
Yates County Sheriff: (315) 536 - 4438
Fire Department: (315) 595 - 2296
Hospital: (315) 531 - 2000