Office of the Provost

Office of the Provost

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This semester's academic disruption and the current public health crisis have had a significant impact on our courses and on students' ability to do their best in coursework this semester. We have heard from faculty, students and deans' offices about examples of the challenges you are facing: students taking on the role of primary caregiver for siblings, students without internet access, students dealing with sudden economic stress due to family job losses and more. We know this is a very difficult time for students and we want to support their efforts to continue making progress toward their Binghamton University degrees, so we have implemented the following policies for the spring 2020 semester.

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Suggested Language for Syllabi, Changes in the Calendar, Administering Exams

For the Fall 2020 semester we face new challenges ranging from health and safety in the classroom to giving in-person tests for online courses. In an effort to help instructors consider potential issues and questions for a variety of circumstances, here are some sample syllabus statements and some clarifications about the academic calendar, in-person testing, and other topics.

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Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence

In 2013, Binghamton University developed a new approach to hiring faculty and supporting research by creating Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (TAEs). All are areas of inquiry in which Binghamton has developed strength in research and graduate education and raise complex questions. The TAEs address critical social, scientific, technological, economic, cultural and policy issues that can best be addressed by teams of faculty employing the perspectives and methodologies of multiple disciplines.