Student Affairs — Dean of Students

Office of the Dean of Students

April Thompson, Associate VP and Dean of Students
Morgan Appel, Parent and Family Programs Coordinator
University Union West 205, 7-2804
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The Office of the Dean of Students is a primary and central point of contact for Binghamton University students, parents, faculty and staff. Our office staff is committed to helping students use the wide range of University services and programs available that support student success. Critical functions and program areas include parent and family programs; services for students who live off campus; advising and program development for student leaders and groups; the Office of Student Conduct, which helps students better understand responsible student behavior; and support for students and leaders involved in fraternities and sororities and campus activities.

The Dean and staff assist students when special advocacy is needed. The office is also a central point of contact when there is an emergency or crisis situation. Students are welcome to call or write for assistance.

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Campus Activities

Jennifer Keegin, Associate Director
University Union West 208C, 7-2811
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Jeremy Bowker, Program Coordinator
University Union West, 208E, 7-2812
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The goal of Campus Activities is to provide service and support for students as individuals and in organizations. The staff offers advising and support services for students developing, planning and executing a well-balanced, campus-wide program of co-curricular activities, including: Late Nite Binghamton, Welcome Back Weekend, University Fest, Homecoming, Family Weekend, and Spring Fling.

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Student Organizations

There’s a place for everyone in Binghamton’s student organizations. The many chartered organizations and Greek groups range from pre-professional groups to club sports; from cultural, social, ethnic and religious clubs to music, dance and entertainment groups. Along the way are media and political organizations, business and service organizations, and professional co-ed fraternities. These organizations offer activities in addition to those sponsored by the residence areas, theDepartment of Campus Recreational Services and the religious organizations.

The Student Association is the undergraduate government organization at Binghamton. Students become members the day they enroll at the University. The SA allocates the student activity fee to the student organizations and serves as an advocate on student issues with the University administration. The Student Assembly is the legislative body of the SA, which sets policy and approves organizational budgets. Members are elected by popular vote from each of the residence halls and from Off Campus College.

For more information on specific student organizations, contact the Campus Activities Office, University Union West, room 208-C, 7-2811.

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Campus Ministries

Religious Advisers Office
University Union 218, 7-2262

Even though Binghamton University doesn’t have an official house of worship, religious life abounds. The University Union lobby at noon, when tables displaying various kinds of religious materials are almost always to be found, demonstrates the vitality and diversity of the many available opportunities to learn and practice your faith.

The Roman Catholic community comes together as the Catholic Students/ Newman Association. Retreats, educational programs, Bible studies, field trips and community dinners are offered. A full-time adviser/chaplain is available as a pastoral counselor.

At Newman House, 400 Murray Hill Rd. (798-7202), easily reached by footpath from Newing College, Mass is offered on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Newman House is open to all students from mid-morning to late at night for prayer, studying, meetings, counseling sessions with the chaplain or socializing. Jewish students are welcomed at local synagogues and are served by three campus organizations:

  • Hillel — The Jewish Student Union focuses attention on social and cultural traditions, such as Jewish arts, the Holocaust and the State of Israel.
  • Chabad House, 420 Murray Hill Rd. (797-0015), is also easily reached by footpath from Newing and is a constant center of Jewish activity. Holiday celebrations, weekly Shabbat services and dinners, lectures, workshops and countless other events are sponsored by Chabad. Anyone is welcome to join in classes, set up a tutorial, use the extensive Jewish book and tape library or just hang out in the lounge. The full-time Chabad staff is available 24 hours a day.
  • The B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation provides a forum for the exploration and enjoyment of Jewish heritage. Social activities, speakers, classes, service projects, celebrations and religious services are offered.

Protestant students, whatever their denomination, have several opportunities for counseling, worship, Bible study, retreats and other activities. Among the campus organizations are Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Campus Bible Fellowship, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Korean American Christian Fellowship. Students are also welcome in the many Protestant churches throughout the Triple Cities area.

Islamic students are served by the Muslim Student Association, which strives to meet the needs of the Muslim student population and the surrounding Muslim community. Activities include formal and informal discussion, speakers, a radio show, tabling in the University Union and an Islamic Awareness Day.

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Off Campus Services

Milton Chester, Assistant Dean for Off-Campus Services
University Union West 204, 7-2768
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Off Campus Services primarily serves the needs of the more than 7,000 students who live off campus by providing a wide range of services, including off-campus housing assistance, the Good Neighbor Program and Fraternity/Sorority Affairs. The OCC Council, a student-run organization, offers a landlord survey and free weekly legal clinics. OCC Transport (OCCT), the campus bus system, is located in University Union West, room 154. Some details:

  • Housing Services - OCC maintains a housing list of available rooms, apartments and houses in the area. Information on local housing code regulations, sample leases, a housing search checklist and a damage checklist are also available. This list, along with a housemate/subletter list is available online at http://occ. binghamton.edu.
  • The Legal Clinic is available to help you with housing, criminal and traffic matters every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in UUW-204 and on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. in UUW-B20. Summer hours are Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The Legal Clinic is available when classes are in session.

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Office of Student Conduct

Paul Stroud, Director
Tuscarora Office Building 3M, 7-6210
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As part of its educational mission, the Office of Student Conduct has overall responsibility for the campus-wide student conduct system, including advising students of their rights, protection guarantees and responsibilities as members of the campus community. The office resolves alleged violations of the University's Code of Student Conduct or refers cases to the appropriate hearing body. The office also oversees the selection and training of the Student Conduct Board, the student/administrator hearing body.

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Fraternity and Sorority Life

L.C. Coghill, Director
University Union West 205, 7-2797
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Binghamton University has seven councils within this area: Asian Greek Council, Interfraternity Council, Latino Greek Council, Panhellenic Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Professional Fraternity Council and the Multicultural Council.

Last Updated: 5/2/16