I. Binghamton University: General Information
I.A. Board of Trustees
Overall direction of the State University is the responsibility of a sixteen-member Board of Trustees. Fifteen members are appointed by the governor; the sixteenth is the president of the Student Assembly of the State University, ex officio, who serves as a voting member of the board.
I.B. Chancellor of the State University of New York
The chancellor, the chief executive officer of the State University of New York, is responsible for developing and promulgating University-wide policies adopted by the Board of Trustees, including revising the University's Master Plan, coordinating the University-wide budget process, overseeing facilities and academic planning, and directing statewide programs for the educationally disadvantaged.
I.C. Binghamton University Council
The Council of the State University of New York at Binghamton is a ten-member body. Nine members are appointed by the governor; one is elected by and from among the undergraduate and graduate students of the University and is a voting member. The council's duties and powers include recommending to the Board of Trustees candidates for appointment as president; reviewing major plans regarding the development and improvement of the faculty, student life and academic programs; making regulations regarding campus facilities; naming buildings and grounds; making regulations regarding student conduct; and exercising supervision of student housing and safety.
The day-to-day affairs of the State University of New York at Binghamton are conducted by the president, the administrative staff, and the faculty. The roles of the president and major administrative staff are described below. The organization and functions of the faculty are described in the Faculty Bylaws.
I.D.1. Office of the President
The chief executive officer of the University, the president is responsible to the chancellor and the Board of Trustees. The president is charged with promoting the development and effectiveness of the institution and with overall administrative responsibility for the University, including budgetary planning and the allocation of resources. In addition, the president oversees the development of all University policies (as articulated in part in the Handbook) and the appointment and supervision of employees, as well as planning and implementation of initiatives supporting the University's mission, academic plans, and student development. The president also promotes the University's interests and advocates for it among external constituencies. As part of these responsibilities, the president prepares reports and makes recommendations to the University Council, the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees concerning the operation, plans and development of the institution. As chief administrative officer, the president assigns such powers, duties, and responsibilities as are appropriate to other administrative officers and special committees.
Chief of Staff
Reporting directly to the president, the chief participates in all meetings of the President's Staff and serves as an adviser to the president on trends in higher education and policy implications of presidential decisions. The chief works with the vice presidents on University issues; coordinates the appointment of presidential advisory and other University committees; prepares special letters and reports for the president; serves as ex officio on a number of committees; provides support on a wide range of campus and system-wide issues; supervises secretarial staff for the Office of the President; monitors and oversees budgets for the office; and carries out special tasks as assigned by the president.
Director of Athletics
The director of athletics, who reports to the president of the University, has responsibility for the overall supervision and administration of the Intercollegiate Athletic program for the University, including management of facilities, budget preparation, financial management, planning, and staffing, as well as communications, marketing, and fundraising. The director of athletics is responsible for recruitment and selection of the coaches as well as relevant staff. The director is responsible for the relationships with, as well as compliance with, the rules and regulations of Binghamton University, the NCAA, and all affiliated conferences.
Chief Diversity Officer
The chief diversity officer, reporting to the president, leads the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI), formerly the Affirmative Action Office, which is responsible for promoting a campus climate that values diversity, equity and inclusion, and is free of bias and harassment. The chief diversity officer is responsible for the University's diversity, inclusion and affirmative action efforts, including policy development, recruitment and retention program development and initiatives, legal compliance with appropriate federal and state laws and regulations and complaint resolution. The chief diversity officer also serves as the Title IX officer. The ODEI advances Binghamton University's teaching, research and service mission and commitment to excellence by working collaboratively throughout the institution with faculty, staff and students. For information, please go to http://www2.binghamton.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion/.
Executive Director of the BU Foundation and Associate Vice President
The executive director of the foundation has fiduciary responsibility over the foundation operating budgets and finances and all functions of administering and managing the foundation at its board of directors, internally supervises accounting services, information technology, gift and donor records and the Binghamton University Forum, and serves as executive director of the Binghamton University Foundation Housing Corporation, Southern Tier High Technology Incubator and Campus Related Properties. The executive director reports to the president.
The University ombudsman is the designated neutral or impartial dispute resolution practitioner whose major function is to provide confidential and informal assistance to constituents of the University community (including students, staff, faculty and/or administrators). The ombudsman serves to protect against abuse, bias and other improper treatment or unfairness. Serving as a designated neutral, the ombudsman is neither an advocate for any individual nor the organization, but rather, an advocate for fairness and fair process who acts as a source of information and referral and assists in the resolution of concerns and issues. This office supplements, but does not replace, the University's existing resources for conflict resolution. As an independent, neutral, confidential and informal resource, the Office of the University Ombudsman does not accept legal notice for Binghamton University. For more information, please visit http://www2.binghamton.edu/ombudsman/.
I.D.2. Division of Academic Affairs
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
As Binghamton's chief academic officer, the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost provides leadership for the University's academic mission, including student recruitment and academic success, faculty hiring and evaluation, academic program development and review, global academic initiatives, and marketing and communications. In consultation with the president, the provost is responsible for budget, space, and resource allocations for all University divisions.
Senior Vice Provost - Strategic and Fiscal Planning
The senior vice provost - strategic and fiscal planning is responsible for developing
and maintaining base budgets for the University and for developing strategies, assessments,
and information that guide decisions about University program development. The senior
vice provost develops and maintains financial records, reports, and fiscal support
services, including provision of accurate financial information to other campus administrators
as necessary for planning and decision-making.
In addition to these responsibilities, the senior vice provost has the following responsibilities:
- To develop long-term and yearly enrollment projections
- To develop long-term and annual budget projections
- To collect and analyze data on key metrics that track progress toward strategic objectives
- To track University achievements relative to System expectations including assessment programs and performance funding
- To develop long-term and annual plans for space utilization
- To serve as a liaison to the University's facilities planning process
The senior vice provost has direct line responsibility for the operations of:
- the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment,
- the Office of Strategic and Fiscal Planning,
- the Office of University Budget,
- the Office of Business Affairs,
- the Office of Administrative Affairs,
- the Office of Course Building and Academic Space Management,
- the Office of Athletics Compliance,
- the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts, and
- the University Art Museum.
The senior vice provost also serves as the ethics officer for the University. The senior vice provost reports to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
The vice provost and dean of the Graduate School provides leadership for the development of graduate education. As the principal academic and administrative officer of the Graduate School, the vice provost oversees admissions, academic progress, and awarding of degrees at the graduate level; allocates and administers state support for graduate assistantships and fellowships; implements graduate curricular policy as determined by the Graduate Council; has responsibility for activities involving graduate curricular and academic matters; and works closely with graduate directors and chairs to recruit graduate students and develop new programs. The vice provost also assists both faculty and graduate students in their realization of the teaching mission of the institution and coordinates with the vice president for research to facilitate the research mission of the institution. Academic units temporarily housed in the Graduate School report to the vice provost and dean of the Graduate School. The vice provost and dean of the Graduate School reports to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
The vice provost for undergraduate education provides administrative coordination for undergraduate programs in the various schools at Binghamton University, academic support units, and other undergraduate academic initiatives. Working directly with the offices of the deans, the directors of undergraduate programs and the faculty masters, the vice provost interprets policies and procedures and is also the primary contact, relative to undergraduate curricula, with the administration of the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department. The vice provost for undergraduate education reports to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusiveness
The vice provost for diversity and inclusiveness will provide leadership within and beyond the division of Academic Affairs to increase diversity among faculty, staff, and students; to foster an inclusive academic culture that enables the University to reap the benefits of a diverse academic community; and to promote the success of underrepresented faculty, staff, and students. The vice provost for diversity and inclusiveness reports to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director of the Office of International Programs
The vice provost for international affairs guides the University’s internationalization processes and oversees the Office of International Programs (OIP), the unit responsible for university-wide international partnerships, programs and projects. These include Binghamton’s international exchange and study abroad programs, the Global Studies Minor (GSM), Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC), and the Dual-Diploma Programs with Turkey. The vice provost for international affairs and director of the Office of International Programs reports to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
The vice provost's responsibilities include the development of the University's undergraduate enrollment plan, emphasizing both recruitment and retention of students, and the supervision of the Office of Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid and Student Records. The vice provost for enrollment management reports to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Associate Vice President for Administrative Affairs
The associate vice president for administrative affairs is responsible for budget planning and budget execution. In addition, the office coordinates summary level financial analysis and coordination of financial projects with related organizations, strategic planning, and benchmarking. Special projects are completed as assigned by the senior vice provost.
Associate Vice President for Business Affairs
The associate vice president for business affairs oversees operations for the accurate and timely processing and reporting of all accounting transactions relating to state, IFR, DIFR, and SUTRA funds in accordance with New York State, SUNY and campus policies and procedures in both the campus and SUNY accounting systems. The associate vice president monitors and reviews the accuracy of Binghamton University financial information used in preparing the SUNY Financial Statements, Binghamton University IPEDS report, the National Science Foundation report, and prepares the Annual Campus Financial Reporting Package and Quarterly Uniform Revenue Accounting System Filings. Additionally the associate vice president develops appropriate processes and procedures and accurate and timely payment of University accounts payable, P-Card and Travel related procurement and expenditures in accordance with OSC, SUNY and University rules, regulations, policies and procedures and coordinates development and implementation of the Residence Hall operating and long range budgets, projections and reserves as well as works with other University offices to develop and input to the SUNY system the University's fiscal year revenue projections, making adjustments as needed. The associate vice president for business affairs manages Accounting, Accounts Payable, Travel, Purchasing and Student Accounts Office operations to ensure that assigned duties are done efficiently and effectively and in accordance with established policies and procedures. The associate vice president for business affairs reports to the senior vice provost.
Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing
The associate vice president has supervisory responsibility for the University's branding, publications, web marketing and public relations programs. The associate vice president integrates the University's overall marketing efforts; designs and implements a comprehensive public relations program comprising internal communications and local, regional, national and international media initiatives; supports the University's institutional advancement efforts; and advises administrators, faculty, staff and students on public relations and publications. The associate vice president reports to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost and has a secondary reporting relationship to the president.
Dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
The dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences is the college's chief administrative and academic officer, and leads it in accordance with the University's mission and goals. Among the dean's general responsibilities are to consult with faculty to develop curricula and to maintain standards of performance; to foster excellence in teaching and research; to provide leadership for private fundraising; to facilitate new approaches to student learning; to promote interdisciplinary collaboration; to administer the college's budget; to recruit faculty; and to take a leading role in other faculty personnel matters, including tenure, promotion, and renewal. The dean serves as chair of the Harpur College Council and acts to implement such academic policies as may be determined by that body. The dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences reports to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Dean of the Graduate School of Education
The dean of the Graduate School of Education has overall responsibility for the development and operation of that school in accordance with the University's mission and goals. As the school's chief academic and administrative officer, the dean consults with the faculty in planning, developing, and supervising curricula for the school's degree programs; recruits and hires faculty and makes recommendations concerning faculty promotions, tenure, and renewals; and prepares and administers the school's annual budget. The dean is charged with building relationships with the external community as a part of the school's mission of service to the area. The dean also has responsibility for outreach and continuing education programs specific to GSE, and directs all external funding operations. The dean of the Graduate School of Education reports to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs
The dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs has overall responsibility for the development and operation of that school in accordance with the University's mission and goals. As the school's chief academic and administrative officer, the dean consults with the faculty in planning, developing, and supervising curricula for the school's degree programs; recruits and hires faculty and makes recommendations concerning faculty promotions, tenure, and renewals; and prepares and administers the school's annual budget. The dean is charged with building relationships with the external community as a part of the school's mission of service to the area. The dean also has responsibility for outreach and continuing education programs specific to CCPA, and directs all external funding operations. The dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs reports to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science
The dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science has overall responsibility for the advancement and operation of the school in accordance with the university's mission and goals. As the school's chief academic and administrative officer, the dean consults with the faculty in planning, developing, and supervising curricula for the school's degree programs; recruits and hires faculty; makes recommendations concerning faculty promotions, tenure, and renewals; fosters the research programs of the school; and administers the school's budget. The dean is charged with building relationships with the external community as part of the school's mission of service to the region and to the State of New York. The dean also has responsibility for outreach and continuing education programs specific to the school. The dean of the Watson School reports to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Dean of the School of Management
The dean of the School of Management, as its chief academic and administrative officer, has general responsibility for the operation of the school in accordance with the University's mission and goals. With the advice of the school's faculty, the dean is responsible for the development and operation of the graduate and undergraduate curricula, for the recruitment of faculty and staff, for planning and development, and for leading the fundraising efforts of the school. In addition, the dean's responsibilities include the preparation of the school's budget, the establishment and maintenance of appropriate ties with the business community, and the development of executive training programs and other non-credit instructional programs relevant to the school's mission. The dean of the School of Management reports to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Dean of the Decker School of Nursing
The dean of the Decker School of Nursing serves as its principal administrative and academic officer and is responsible for all aspects of the school, leading it in accordance with the University's mission and goals. These include faculty recruitment and development, curriculum planning, coordination and development of both undergraduate and graduate programs, and presentation of an academic budget. The dean consults with other deans and with the chairs of academic departments to assure that required courses in the physical, behavioral, and social sciences are available to meet nursing pre- and co-requisites. The dean works with the faculty of the school to develop and evaluate academic programs and to prepare proposals for outside funding. The dean also consults with local, regional, and state leaders in health care to determine the impact of the programs operated by the school, to assess regional needs in nursing education, and to promote further opportunities for the school and its programs. The dean of the Decker School of Nursing reports to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Dean of Libraries
The dean of University Libraries is responsible for strategically leading and managing the University Library system to support the institution's mission of teaching and research. The dean administers and enhances the Libraries' budget by developing additional sources of revenue, coordinates the development of library collections and provision of library services, manages library human resources, implements knowledge management techniques that include utilization of new and emerging information technologies, and represents the University and its Libraries to appropriate constituencies locally, nationally and internationally. The dean reports to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Director of Budget
The Director of Budget is responsible for State, Income Fund Reimbursable (IFR), State University Tuition Reimbursement Account (SUTRA), and Dormitory Income Fund Reimbursable (DIFR) budgets in both SUNY and the campus financial management systems. The Director assists in formulating budget projections, developing and implementing budget plans, and monitoring compliance with budget assignments. The main functions are:
- Develop the University's State appropriation budget documents, including State University Tuition Reimbursement Account (SUTRA), Dormitory Income Fund Reimbursable (DIFR) State Purpose, and Income Fund Reimbursable (IFR).
- Maintain historical budgetary records and analyze potential changes to the University's budget.
- Ensure funding is available for new positions and/or for changes to existing positions.
- Maintain detailed files for Divisions/Departments and Operational areas which estimate fiscal year Personal Service Regular (PSR) and Adjunct faculty expenditures in the State Purpose fund.
I.D.3. Division of Advancement
The Division of Advancement is responsible for the University's advancement programs, including the Binghamton University Forum; the Alumni Relations Office, including the Alumni Association and its regional chapters; and the fundraising program and related services.
Vice President for Advancement
The vice president for advancement oversees the alumni engagement and fundraising programs, including chapter and affinities, volunteer programs, signature events, major and annual giving, donor relations and prospect management and research. The vice president serves as an ex-officio voting member of the boards of the Binghamton University Foundation and the Alumni Association. The vice president for advancement reports to the president.
Associate Vice President for Advancement
The associate vice president for advancement has responsibility for the annual giving program, development communications and stewardship, research and prospect management. The associate vice president for advancement leads strategic projects for the vice president of advancement, as well as provides division-wide support for financial and strategic planning, resource management, reporting, messaging, volunteer management, human resources and personnel development.
Senior Director for Alumni Relations
The senior director for alumni relations serves as staff liaison to the Alumni Association Board of Directors and its committees, supervises the Office of Alumni Relations, and is liaison to the Office of Communications and Marketing. The senior director for alumni relations reports to the vice president for advancement.
I.D.4. Division of Operations
Vice President for Operations
The vice president for operations develops, implements, and monitors University policies governing physical facilities, campus safety and security, human resources, and capital construction responsibilities, and develops, implements, monitors, and maintains personnel policies and records. Reporting to the vice president for operations are the following offices and areas: associate vice president for administrative services, associate vice president for facilities management, associate vice president for information technology services, director of public safety/chief of university police, director of internal audit, and associate university counsel. The president may designate other duties.
Assistant to the Vice President for Operations
The assistant to the vice president for operations supports the office of the vice president for operations through the supervision of student staff, maintenance of all office files and calendars, coordination of incoming and outgoing mail, preparation of reports, and coordination of the appointment of vice presidential advisory committees; the assistant also serves as ex-officio and provides support on a number of committees representing the office of the vice president for operations. The assistant serves as a building administrator as well as a liaison to the other staff members within the division and University community. The assistant reports directly to the vice president for operations.
Associate Vice President for Facilities Management
The associate vice president for facilities management is responsible for the overall management of the physical plant, including all maintenance operations (custodial, building trades, HVAC, central heating plant, central receiving, grounds maintenance and vehicle repair), capital budget process and the management of the utility budget. The associate vice president is also responsible for campus facilities planning and constructing new buildings and rehabilitations including site, civil, architectural, and mechanical development; for equipment requests for new buildings; and for developing requests for conversions within existing buildings. The associate vice president for facilities management serves as the primary liaison with the State University Construction Fund as well as the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. The associate vice president reports directly to the vice president for operations.
Associate Vice President for Information Technology Services
The associate vice president for information technology services is responsible for the University's data and voice networks, academic and administrative computing services, classroom technology support, telecommunications, and long-range planning for the use and integration of information technologies on campus. The major areas of concern are service levels, budget, hardware and software procurement, contracts, measurement of resources, external liaison with System Administration, other SUNY campuses, and national networks, and personnel management and development. The associate vice president reports to the vice president for operations with coordinative reporting to the provost.
Associate Vice President for Administrative Services
The associate vice president for administrative services is responsible for overseeing the following areas:
- Human Resources – Human Resources is responsible for hiring and appointment, classification and compensation, reclassification/promotion, wage and salary administration, payroll and compensation, employee and labor relations for six union and eight bargaining agreements, orientation and benefits management, records (personnel) and maintenance, and performance management. The associate vice president also serves as one of the presidential designees on contract/union matters.
- Environmental Health and Safety – Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for promoting and supporting a safe and environmentally conscious campus setting through the delivery of professional consultation, education, training and various other safety compliance programs and initiatives.
- University Center for Training and Development - The center's mission is to provide support and facilitate learning, growth and development for the faculty and staff of Binghamton University. The center conducts assessments to identify training needs, creates and facilitates training and development programs, provides resources and materials to enhance career initiatives, and promotes a University culture of shared dedication and success.
The associate vice president reports directly to the vice president for operations.
Director of Public Safety/Chief of University Police
The director of public safety and chief of university police plans, directs, coordinates, controls, develops policies and procedures for, and staffs all activities of the University Police Division and the Parking Services Division. This includes oversight of parking operations, public safety, crime prevention, and matters relating to community security programs. The chief of university police reports to the vice president for operations.
Director of Internal Audit
The director of internal audit has responsibility for planning and conducting internal audits of the University's financial and operating procedures, records and reports, and provides to University management analyses, appraisals, and recommendations concerning the activities reviewed. The director acts as the University's liaison with public, state, and federal auditors. In addition, the director will also assist University management in coordinating the University's response to external audits, including status reports when applicable. The director shall perform other activities and functions as requested. The director of internal audit reports to the president with a coordinative reporting relationship to the vice president for operations.
Associate University Counsel
Binghamton University employs a regional counsel whose responsibility it is to provide legal advice to the president and other senior administrators and to represent the University when its legal interests are involved. Questions or issues involving legal matters that have a direct or indirect bearing upon the University should be referred to the appropriate vice president who will then contact the regional counsel for assistance and advice.
I.D.5. Division of Research
Vice President for Research
The vice president for research establishes divisional goals, spearheads strategic planning, administers divisional directives and builds internal and external partnerships to enhance the quality, productivity and reputation of research and scholarship at Binghamton University.
Associate Vice President for Research Administration
The associate vice president for research administration oversees the operations of research administration at Binghamton University. The associate vice president serves as the financial and budget officer for the Division of Research, with oversight of Research Foundation and state funding, and serves as the Research Foundation for SUNY operations manager. Reporting to the associate vice president includes the assistant vice president for sponsored programs and the directors of Research Foundation human resources and purchasing/accounts payable.
Associate Vice President for Research
The associate vice president supports the vice president for research and oversees research compliance and serves as the University internal controls officer.
Assistant Vice President for Government Relations
The assistant vice president for government relations represents the interests of Binghamton University by serving as the University's lead advocate to the governor's office, the New York State Legislature, state agencies, and county and municipal governments. This position also channels pertinent information to the University concerning legislation, budgets and opportunities for advancement.
Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs
The assistant vice president for sponsored programs directly oversees "pre-award" sponsored program activities on the campus and works closely with the associate vice president for research administration on initiatives that impact pre- and post-award research administration. Reporting to the assistant vice president includes the director of grants management and assistant director of sponsored programs.
Assistant Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives
The assistant vice president for strategic research initiatives is responsible for developing and implementing new interdisciplinary research projects as prioritized by senior administration, has oversight of the organized research centers and is the division's research space representative.
Executive Director for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships
The executive director for entrepreneurship and innovation partnerships is responsible for coordinating technology development and entrepreneurship interactions across the campus. This position works together with faculty to protect University-developed intellectual property and provides support for Binghamton's economic development mission.
Director, Federal Relations
The director for federal relations is involved in a host of outreach activities, specifically in the areas of economic development, divisional research and government and community relations. Specific duties include advancing federal relations initiatives and making presentations to local and regional community groups while maintaining regular contact and positive relations with appropriate political offices and elected representatives.
Director, Research Advancement
The director of research advancement provides communications leadership, expertise, perspective and services to advance an understanding of and appreciation for University research and scholarship.
Director, Laboratory Animal Resources
The director of laboratory animal resources oversees the animal care program. The position assures that facilities, personnel, equipment and services are available to comply with requirements established by federal, state, local agencies, and manages the veterinary services program.
Director, Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The director manages a program to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners in a seven-county region with management and technical assistance to help companies get started, grow and prosper. The SBDC draws not only from the expertise of its staff but also from the resources of the SBDC Central Library, the State University of New York at Binghamton, and various federal, state, & local government agencies. Services are free and strictly confidential.
Director, Trade Adjustment and Assistance Center (TAAC)
The director manages a program sponsored by the U. S. Department of Commerce that provides assistance to companies that have been adversely impacted by foreign competition. This assistance comes in the form of corporate reviews and consultation to level the playing field and improve products, marketing or internal corporate efficiency.
I.D.6. Division of Student Affairs
Vice President for Student Affairs
The vice president for student affairs is responsible for various academic support services and student development programs and services. These include the Dean of Students, Educational Opportunity Program, TRIO and Veterans Programs, Discovery, New Student Programs, Campus Recreational Services, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Off Campus Services, Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, University Counseling Center, University Health Service, Campus Activities, University Union, Office of Student Conduct, International Student and Scholar Services, Center for Civic Engagement, Transfer Student Initiatives and Services, Services for Students with Disabilities, and Auxiliary Services (dining, transportation and others). In the absence of the president, the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, and the vice president for administration, the vice president for student affairs acts as the chief administrative officer.
Assistant Vice President for Student Life
Reporting to the vice president for student affairs, the assistant vice president oversees the offices of the University Union, Residential Life, Campus Recreational Services, University Counseling Center and University Health Service. The assistant vice president for student life acts as the chief student affairs officer in the absence of the vice president.
Dean of Students
The dean of students reports to the vice president for student affairs and oversees the Office of Student Conduct, Off Campus Services, Campus Activities and Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, as well as student leadership development. The dean of students chairs the Students of Concern Committee and is a primary point of contact for students in crisis. The dean of students assists student government and student organizations.
Assistant Vice President for Student Development
The assistant vice president for student development reports to the vice president for student affairs and oversees the offices of International Student and Scholar Services, Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, Center for Civic Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, Executive Director for Student Services (including TRIO Programs, Veterans Services, Orientation and New Student Programs, Discovery and Transfer Student Initiatives and Services) and Binghamton University Community Schools Coordinator.The assistant vice president for student development is also responsible for collaborative programs with Academic Affairs.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Administration
The assistant vice president reports to the vice president and is responsible for many administrative functions of the Division of Student Affairs, including fiscal planning, technology, space management, personnel matters, and Student Affairs assessment.
Director of the Educational Opportunity Program
The director is responsible for providing historically, financially and academically disadvantaged students the opportunity to pursue higher education with services such as counseling, tutoring, academic coursework and financial aid. The program is supported by the State University of New York's Office of Opportunity Programs (SUNY OOP).
Director of Auxiliary Services
The director is responsible for vendor relations, including food and beverage services, the bookstore, vending operations, washer/dryer operations, banking, refrigerator rental, pouring rights, transportation and childcare. The director also provides financial oversight for the Student Association and Graduate Student Organization.
Director of Health and Counseling Services
The director is responsible for the overall operations of the Employee Assistance Program, Decker Student Health Services Center and the University Counseling Center, including primary outpatient care to all University students, health education, and individual and group counseling to students with concerns about academics, personal or other matters and helping them overcome difficulties in their emotional or psychological development.
Director of Campus Recreational Services
The director is responsible for providing quality programming that enriches the educational experience of students. Campus Recreational Services offers a vast array of activities for individuals and various interest groups on campus, all of which offer opportunities to create a balanced lifestyle through wellness and physical activity. There are five distinct recreational programs: Club Sports, Intramural Sports, Open Recreation, Outdoor Pursuits and Wellness Services.
Director of Residential Life and University Housing
The director is responsible for the overall supervision and management of 23 residence halls and two apartment complexes, which house 7,400 residents and are staffed by approximately 295 professional, civil service and paraprofessional employees. The director is responsible for all educational, administrative, budgetary, and environmental activities for the residential life program.
Director of University Union
The director is responsible for overseeing management of the University Union facility and providing space within and outside the University Union for programming by the campus community. The director also oversees the operation and staffing of the information desks, sound tech and event staff, mini grocery (groceries, flowers and balloons, DVD rentals, dry cleaning service), recreational areas (bowling, billiards, table tennis, video games), a computer pod and lounge and the John Arthur Café.
Director of Health Promotion and Prevention Services
The director plays a key role in creating a broad and coordinated plan for health promotion and prevention that supports a healthy learning community. Supervision of key programs in the areas of high risk drinking and other substance abuse; mental health outreach; strength building/resilience training/stress reduction; prevention of power-based violence (including of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking), support of student victims; and oversight of the initiatives driven by the University's Healthy Campus Committee are primary responsibilities.
Director of Divisional Planning and Management
The director reports to the assistant vice president for student affairs administration and is responsible for many administrative functions of the Division of Student Affairs. Primary among these responsibilities are human resource management and strategic planning.
Director of Student Affairs Business Operations
The director reports to the assistant vice president for student affairs administration and is responsible for many administrative functions of the Division of Student Affairs. Primary among these responsibilities are budget planning and management, analysis and reporting.
Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Strategic Initiatives
The director is responsible for coordinating assessment support services for the departments within the Division of Student Affairs by implementing assessment projects, creating surveys and analyzing results, identifying and prioritizing outcomes, and creating data collection systems to determine instructional or service needs and providing and publicizing training related to assessment. The director also assists the vice president with strategic planning.
Director of the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development
The director administers a centralized office that serves undergraduate and graduate students in all majors, as well as alumni. The director supervises resources and services that provide assistance with increasing understanding about the skills and competencies needed for career success, exploring careers, pursuing internships and other experiential learning, and gaining professional employment or admission to graduate and professional school. These include programs and workshops, special events, career counseling, on-campus recruiting, the career resource area and hireBING.
Director of International Student and Scholar Services
The director of international student and scholar services is responsible for assisting international students with processing of immigration documents, immigration information, health insurance, special programs including orientation and general advising.
Director of the Center for Civic Engagement
The director oversees the Center for Civic Engagement, which promotes and supports student and faculty engagement with the community through cultivation of credit-bearing experiential education opportunities and internships, short- and long-term voluntary service and community-based research initiatives.
Director of Services for Students with Disabilities
The director is responsible for the overall direction of the office in the fulfillment of its mission. The office provides direct support to students through counseling, advising, consultation, advocacy and the coordination of appropriate university accommodations and works with staff throughout the university to ensure effective disability access and enhance educational opportunities.
Executive Director of Student Services
The executive director for student services coordinates all projects relating to the TRIO/Veterans programs, including Upward Bound and Student Support Services, and provides services to veterans who are pursuing an education at the University. The executive director also oversees Orientation, New Student Programs, Discovery and Transfer Student Initiatives and Services.
Director of the Office of Student Conduct
The director directs all aspects of the campus student conduct system, including advising students of their rights, protection guarantees, and responsibilities as members of the campus community. The director resolves alleged violations of the University's Rules of Student Conduct or refers charges to the appropriate hearing body and trains students and staff who serve on judicial boards.
Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life
The director is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the fraternity and sorority community. This consists of providing advising and support to the seven governing councils, their 52 chapters, and over 1500 members.
Assistant Dean and Director of Off-Campus Programs
The director is responsible for serving the needs of students living off campus and acting as a liaison between the University and wider community, including off-campus housing assistance and free legal clinics The director also represents the University on several town-gown initiatives.
Director of Transportation
The director is responsible for the overall operation and services associated with transportation as it relates to Binghamton University and its partners, i.e. OCT, BCT, Hertz on Demand Car Sharing and the bike share program. The director of transportation is the chair of the University Transportation Committee.
I.E. Management Procedures
I.F. Alcohol-free and Drug-free Workplace Policy
I.F.1. Alcohol and Substance Abuse in the Workplacehttp://bingdev.binghamton.edu/administration/procedures/600series/629.htm
An employee who is also a student must also be aware of the rules regarding student alcohol and substance abuse. These can be found in the Student Handbook online at http://www2.binghamton.edu/student-handbook/
I.F.2. Smoking Policy
I.G. Campus and Workplace Violence Policy
I.H. Information for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities
I.H.1. Rights and Responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 is a wide-ranging civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in a variety of sectors, including employment and education. While the passage of the ADA in 1990 lent a particular immediacy to the rights of individuals with disabilities, Binghamton University, as a recipient of federal funds, has been subject to laws prohibiting discrimination against current or potential students and employees with disabilities since the enactment of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972. Despite this relatively long history of compliance with statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability, it is essential that we continually review institutional policies as well as our own individual practices to ensure that qualified students and employees with disabilities are accorded both their rights under the law and their rightful places within the University.
Some Important Definitions
Under the ADA, a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The ADA, as amended, also protects individuals who have a record of such an impairment, as well as people who are regarded as having such an impairment. A substantial impairment is one that significantly limits or restricts a major life activity, such as hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, walking, caring for oneself, learning, or working. To be protected by the ADA, however, a current or potential student or employee with a disability must be otherwise "qualified"-i.e., someone who, with or without reasonable job accommodations or reasonable modifications to educational policies or practices, meets the essential requirements of the job or the educational program.
General Requirements Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
(Adapted from Jane E. Jarrow's Title by Title: The ADA's Impact on Postsecondary Education, published by the Association on Higher Education and Disability.)
- There may be no exclusion of persons on the basis of disability. It is unlawful to deny admission to or to limit the enrollment of students with disabilities when they are otherwise qualified. Likewise, it is unlawful to discriminate against a qualified employee or applicant for employment on the basis of disability.
- There may be no discrimination through contract. The University is responsible for ADA compliance even in those services, programs, or activities it contracts out to other entities. Contracts should stipulate that outside lessees, lessors, and vendors must abide by the institution's requirements under the ADA, in addition to any other requirements for which they themselves are responsibilities under the law.
- Persons with disabilities are entitled to participate in the most integrated settings possible. If special problems are established, the individual with a disability may still choose to participate in the general program. Persons with disabilities have the right to refuse accommodation.
- It is unlawful to use eligibility criteria that screen out, directly or indirectly, an individual with a disability or a class of individuals with disabilities unless such criteria can be shown to be necessary to the provision of the activities or services, or essential to the performance of the job. Safety-related criteria may be imposed, but those criteria must be shown to be based on actual risk and not on stereotypes or assumptions about the abilities of people with disabilities.
- Reasonable job accommodations or reasonable modifications to educational policies, practices, or procedures must be made to otherwise qualified employees or students with disabilities, unless such job accommodations would impose an undue financial or operational hardship on the employer, or such modifications to educational programs would fundamentally alter the nature of the activities or services offered.
- It is unlawful to deny equal services, programs, or activities to an individual or entity because that individual or entity has an affiliation with an individual or class of individuals who are known to have a disability. For example, it would be unlawful to deny space on campus for an AIDS support group to meet because of fear of exposure to AIDS/HIV. It would also be unlawful to deny employment to an individual with a chronically ill partner or child because of a perceived potential for missed work or increased insurance costs.
- It is unlawful to attempt to cover or offset costs of complying with the ADA by imposing a surcharge solely on people with disabilities.
- It is unlawful to refuse to serve persons with disabilities, or to serve them differently on the basis of their disabilities, due to insurance coverage or rates. For example, it would be illegal to bar persons with low vision or limited mobility from a science laboratory because it is believed that insurance coverage may be jeopardized, or the costs increased, as a result of the presence of these individuals.
- It is unlawful to retaliate or threaten retaliation against individuals with disabilities for asserting their rights under the ADA.
If you feel that you have been discriminated against on the basis of disability, a procedure exists for the timely review of your complaint. The "Grievance Procedure for Review of Allegations of Discrimination" is available from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, LSG 663.
Barbara Jean Fairbairn, director of Services for Students with Disabilities, 607-777-2686 (V/TT), and Valerie Hampton, chief diversity officer, 607-777-4775, are Binghamton University's 504/ADA Coordinators. Please contact them if you have questions or would like additional information regarding the ADA.
I.H.2. Disability Parking Policies and Procedures
I.I. Access to University Records
The Freedom of Information Law, effective January 1, 1978, (Public Officers, Article 6) provides rights of access to University records, except those that fall within one of the eight categories of deniable records [section 87 (2)]. Written application for examination and copying of accessible records must be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Records Access Officer, Office of University Counsel, Couper Administration Building, room 614A, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000, during regular business hours or by first class mail or fax (607-777-6453). Appeals of a denial of requested information must be taken within 30 days to the FOIL Appeals Officer, State University of New York, State University Plaza, Albany, New York 12246.
I.J. Release of Listings and Labels to Third Parties
As a general policy and practice, the University neither produces nor releases labels or lists of its students, faculty, staff, administrators, or alumni except for official University purposes. When labels or lists are produced and released, their use must be directly related, in a primary manner, to the stated mission of the University. Once released, mailing labels and lists may not be duplicated or stored by any means. The University has adopted this position to ensure compliance with the laws affecting privacy, to avoid possible participation in illegal discrimination, and to act in a fashion that is in the best educational interests of students and other members of the University community.
Student organizations, for purposes of this policy, are not considered officially related to the University for purposes of obtaining lists or labels. However, the Campus Post Office will continue to provide recognized student organizations with scheduled access to campus mail rooms for purposes of placing information materials in student mailboxes.
I.K. Binghamton University Counsel
Binghamton University employs a regional counsel whose responsibility it is to furnish legal advice to the president and other senior administrators, and to be present to represent the University when its legal interests are involved. Questions involving legal matters that have a direct bearing upon the University should be referred to the appropriate vice president.