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Dear Parents/Families,

We are ready to welcome your students to campus! Residence halls have been cleaned and painted, summer construction projects are wrapping up and Move-in Day is a few short weeks away.

As you prepare your college-bound student for the trip to campus, we have a number of tips and reminders about what you should – or shouldn't bring with you. See the list prepared by Environmental Health and Safety in my message on the Web, and of course you can always find tips on the Residential Life website.

For students and families new to Binghamton, we're doing our best to communicate about what to expect on Move-in Day. Along with the information your student has been receiving in the Binghamton Buzz (the weekly message to new students from our Admissions Office), students will receive information from their residential community, and there will be a B-line to students shortly before Move-In Day with reminders and details about a number of Welcome Weekend events. For returning students, note that the traffic patterns may have changed for move-in. We'll have a map with the traffic flow posted to the Web before your arrive. Though we don't have the link yet, we will send it to your student in B-line before Move-In Day. When you arrive watch carefully for posted signs and staff to help you navigate to your residence halls.

We hope you'll encourage your student to participate in as many Welcome Weekend activities as possible!

On a more serious note, we are continuing to talk with all of our students about safety and behavioral expectations. New students should be receiving the link to the required online education program that contains important information about alcohol and sexual assault. Please encourage your student to complete the program before coming to campus. In addition, here are some resources that may help you have meaningful conversations with your student before they arrive to campus:

The excitement is building as the fall semester approaches, so if you have any questions, feel free to contact my office at

April Thompson
Dean of Students  

What to expect on new student Move-In Day (Aug. 28)

Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help your student — and the other nearly 4,000 new students — get moved into their rooms.

Once you arrive on campus at your designated time (check your student's housing assignment for the time), here's what you can expect:

Have a returning student?

Don't worry! The Welcome Crew will be on hand to help returning students on Friday, Aug. 29, too!

Residential Life is ready for the move-in

Our anticipation is growing as we wait for students to return to campus later this month. As we speak, our professional and student staff is going through its annual training. This includes 230+ RAs who are learning more about the housing process, ethics, conduct, conflict and other topics that will allow them to be effective leaders and mentors for our 7,000 campus residents.

Move-in for new students promises to be a day full of excitement, energy and a few tears. Our Welcome Crew of 150 returning students will be on hand to help the 3,000+ new residents unpack and to encourage them to attend programs, take a campus tour and jump in on fun, friend-finding activities such as co-rec volleyball.

Welcome Weekend for new and returning students will include everything from movie screenings at the Mountainview and Newing co-rec fields, to floor meetings, community socials and meet-and-greets with the faculty masters.

We can't wait to see your students back on campus!

What not to send to college

New York State Department of Fire Prevention and Control, along with Environmental Health and Safety, Residential Life and Physical Facilities, inspect Binghamton University's residential halls annually for fire code violations by randomly selecting 20 percent of the student rooms in each hall to look for items that could cause a fire concern. Each Resident Director's private residence is also inspected.

The following items are banned:

The following cooking appliances are not permitted:

What is permitted?

For more information, consult the University Housing Licensing Agreement online

2014-15 Code of Student Conduct is now in effect

The Code of Student Conduct has been updated for the 2014-2015 academic year and is now in effect. To access the code, go online. All students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the code, which outlines University values and expectations for student conduct as members of our Binghamton University community. Questions pertaining to the University's rules of student conduct and the procedures for addressing alleged violations of these rules should be directed to the Office of Student Conduct via e-mail or by calling 607-777-6210.

Don't forget to pre-order textbooks!

As soon as students are registered for classes, they are able to pre-order the required textbooks they will need.
Ordering at the Binghamton University Bookstore guarantees students the correct books. Just input their course information at the the bookstore's website along with a valid payment type.

Their books will be pre-packaged and ready to pick up at the beginning of the semester, or they can be shipped. Information about cost-saving options such as used books, rentals and digital textbooks is also available on the website.

Like us on Facebook for store information and special discounts on merchandise!

And don't forget to sign up online for the bookstore's loyalty program to get coupons throughout the year. The first offer is 25 percent off a school-spirit clothing item!

Parenting for the college years

Looking for a good book about parenting college students? We recommend two titles: Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years and Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years. Both of these books have been recommended to us and used by some of our own staff to assist with their families.

You will find interesting information about:

We hope you find these books helpful too!

Parents: Facebook just for you!

Are you a parent or family member who wants daily updates just for you? Then the "Binghamton Bearcat Family Association" Facebook page is what you're looking for. The page will launch Monday, Aug. 25, and will have timely University updates, information about how to get involved as a parent, advice from faculty and staff with children in college, and more. Questions? E-mail us

University monitors Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Binghamton University continues to monitor the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, centered in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, with a small number of cases in Nigeria. Though the virus is highly infectious, it is not highly contagious because cannot be transmitted through the air, food or water. The Ebola virus can only be transmitted to individuals who have been in direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected, symptomatic patient or objects that have been in contact with infected secretions.

Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is assisting with screening in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from leaving the region.

We are communicating with the small number of Binghamton University students who are from the affected region in West Africa, and know that none of our students from affected countries will be allowed to leave their home countries or enter the United States if there is an indication of infection.

For up-to-date information on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

For additional information about Ebola concerns, contact the Decker Student Health Services Center at 607-777-2221 or


Campus Activities

As the beginning of the semester nears, Campus Activities is gearing up and putting together some campus-wide entertainment opportunities for all students to get involved in. University Fest, in its 21st year, will once again be held during Welcome Weekend and will feature local vendors from the Greater Binghamton area, food, music, a water area, kids' area, and tabling by 200+ student organizations and departments. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, University Fest is the perfect chance for students to learn about the community and about the on-campus community at Binghamton. It will be held on the Peace Quad in front of the University Union and extend all the way down to the Harpur Quad in front of the Library Tower.

Campus Recreation

The start of the semester is the kickoff for a year of fun at Campus Rec. After students settle in, they'll quickly want to find ways to get involved and have a good time with friends. The Rec Center has countless options!

Our annual "Biggest Day of Play" — Rec Fest — will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31 at the Recreation Center, East Gym. Students will be able to explore club sport teams at the clubhouse, take part in demos, grab info and giveaways, sample nutritional treats and win the chance to take a ride down the zip line at the grand opening of the challenge course. They can also play inflatable games, and bump and roll around in the fun and comical bubble soccer!

The state-of-the-art fitness center and variety of group fitness classes will be offered free of charge for students to try throughout Welcome Weekend. Memberships are currently on sale and will remain so through the semester. But if you know that your student would like another prized "Play Hard" pinny, remind them to buy a membership online before the end of the first week of classes.

When classes start on Monday, Sept. 2, so do intramural sign-ups, club sport general information meetings and outdoor adventure activities. Encourage your student to stop by Rec Fest and visit the Campus Recreation website and Facebook page for details on the many ways to play.

Students encouraged to attend Job & Internship Fair Sept. 18

The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development will host the University's Fall Job & Internship Fair from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Events Center. Representatives from for-profit, government and non-profit organizations are eager to speak with students from all majors regarding full-time and/or internship opportunities. Students from all class years and majors are encouraged to attend; seniors to job search, juniors and sophomores to explore internship opportunities, and freshmen to better understand what's in store for them in the years to come.

In advance of the fair, encourage your student to review the Fleishman Center website for the list of registered employers, and conduct research on employers of interest. In the weeks leading up to the fair, the Fleishman Center presents a number of preparation programs and tips on taking time to Prepare for the Fair are available on the Fleishman Center website. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the typical job search for a new graduate takes 6-9 months. It's never too early to start a job search, and, especially for seniors who will be graduating in May, the time is now!

Dates and deadlines

Fall 2014 registration re-opens at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29 (based on time ticket) until the add/drop deadline at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12.

Fall 2014 requirement for all students: Confirmation of Enrollment

At the start of each semester, all undergraduate and graduate students are required to confirm enrollment via BU BRAIN. For fall 2014, confirmation must be completed by Friday, Sept. 5, or courses will be dropped regardless if the bill is paid in full.

Proof of Enrollment available online

Proof of Enrollment is available through the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) via BU BRAIN. Go to the Student tab and select Student Tools, Proof of Enrollment.

Graduating seniors − Application for Degree (AFD)

Is your student graduating after the fall 2014 semester? Students must notify the University of their intent to graduate by completing the online Application for Degree (AFD) in order to receive their degree.

Cancellation of courses/University Withdrawal for the fall 2014 semester

Prior to the start of the fall 2014 semester, students who are registered but do not plan to attend can submit an e-mail request to Student Records to have their classes cancelled. The e-mail request must come from the student's official Binghamton University e-mail address, and must include the student's full name and B-number (Binghamton University identification number).

Once the spring semester begins, students looking to withdraw completely from the University should submit the University Withdrawal Form to Financial Aid and Student Records, SW-119. The semester Withdrawal Form is required for a student who wishes to drop ALL courses and have his/her academic record to indicate "good standing."

For more semester dates/deadlines, go online

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Visiting Binghamton?

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Last Updated: 8/18/14