Frequently asked questions

Updated at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021

Frequently asked questions

These questions and answers have been developed to respond to feedback on Binghamton University's draft Restarting Binghamton Plan. This is a fluid process and the answers to the questions may change between now and the beginning of the fall semester. We will continue to update, and time stamp, this page as new information becomes available and new questions arise, and deliver our Restarting Plan once it has been approved by SUNY and the governor.


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Vaccines/vaccinations

For the purposes of this guidance, individuals are considered:

  • fully vaccinated if they have completed all shots of a WHO-approved vaccination series AND the 14-day waiting period. 
  • partially vaccinated if they have completed all shots of a WHO-approved vaccination series but have not completed the 14-day waiting period.
  • not vaccinated if they have not completed any shots, have completed one of two shots in a vaccination series or have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not WHO-approved. 
  • Who is eligible for the vaccine? (Updated July 16,  2021)

    All New Yorkers 12 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in New York state. This includes any student who currently has a New York state address. In addition, all state-operated vaccination sites are now open to walk-ins and all pharmacies particpating in the federal pharmacy program now offer second doses of COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) to individuals who recieved their first dose elsewhere or from a different provider. Students can find information on how and where they can register or walk in for a vaccination on the Decker Student Health Services COVID-19 webpages.

    Anyone who wishes to  receive a vaccination can also visit the the state's COVID-19 vaccine registration page.  

  • Do I need to show ID to receive a vaccination? (Updated May 4, 2021)

    Bring your ID. If you are receiving a second shot, remember to bring your vaccination card from your first-dose appointment.

  • What social distancing and masking restrictions are in place? (Updated July 16, 2021)

    The New York State Department of Health has issued new guidance for state agencies and authorities related to COVID restrictions. Effective immediately, fully vaccinated individuals on campus (including state employees) do not need to wear masks or be socially distanced. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks and socially distance in accordance with CDC guidelines, which allow them to remove their masks indoors when eating or drinking while seated and socially distanced, or while working at their workstation. Occupancy in conference rooms, elevators, classrooms, etc., will return to normal capacity levels. 

    Because it is a medical facility, anyone entering Decker Student Health Services is required to wear a mask.

    Students are encouraged to upload their proof of vaccination to the secure health services portal. Students who are not yet vaccinated or who apply for and receive an exemption will be required to wear a mask, socially distance when possible and be subject to weekly surveillance testing.

    For employees, proof of vaccination will not be required; however, all employees will be asked to affirm that they have read the guidance, understand its provisions and will adhere to its requirements. Note that proof of vaccination status is still required if you are opting out of weekly COVID testing.

    In addition, faculty, staff and students are urged to remember that the vaccine does not guarantee 100% protection from the virus, and this is especially true of individuals who have taken the first dose of vaccine but haven’t yet taken the second dose. Individuals who regularly come to campus and who have not been vaccinated will still be scheduled for weekly testing and are required to be tested.

  • Are students required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend Binghamton University?

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that students at SUNY and CUNY colleges and universities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus this fall. This requirement applies to you if you are enrolled in at least one in-person class or visit campus for any reason, including to conduct research; work on campus; participate in athletic practices; or visit the library, academic buildings or other campus facilities. 

    However, this requirement is contingent upon final approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the COVID-19 vaccines that are currently being administered under emergency use authorization. We anticipate that the FDA will formally take up approval of the vaccines soon.

    Until then, Binghamton University strongly encourages students to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible, and ideally before arriving on campus this fall.

    Submit your proof of vaccination now by following these instructions:

    • Go to the patient portal at https://binghamton.medicatconnect.com/
    • Indicate you are from Binghamton University.
    • Sign in using your PODS username and password.
    • Click on Upload.
    • Choose COVID Immunizations.
    • Browse to the document proving you have received COVID-19 vaccines.
    • Upload.
  • How long does it take to be considered fully vaccinated?

    It depends on the vaccine, but generally speaking:

    • Johnson & Johnson vaccine: 14 days after receiving your dose
    • Pfizer-BioNTech: around 35 days after receiving your first dose (assuming the second dose is 21 days after your first dose, plus the 14 days after receiving your second dose)
    • Moderna: around 42 days after receiving your first dose (assuming your second dose is 28 days after your first dose, plus the 14 days after receiving your second dose)

    If a student has started a non-WHO approved vaccine series, they must wait 28 days from their last vaccine to begin a vaccine series in the U.S.

  • Am I required to be vaccinated to live on campus?

    Binghamton University is requiring all students living in campus-operated residence halls to be fully vaccinated prior to occupancy for the fall 2021 term, with limited medical and religious exemptions only as specified below and independent of the FDA approval process. For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 more than two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or more than two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen). Subject to final NYS guidance, COVID-19 vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) may now be accepted for purposes of determining vaccine status.

    Binghamton will further require all students accessing residence hall dining facilities to be fully vaccinated. All students living on campus and exempt from being vaccinated must use take-out dining in the resident dining halls.

  • Can a student receive an exemption from being vaccinated? (Updated Aug. 4, 2021)

    Students intending to live in campus residence halls who wished to request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement were required to submit a petition for exemption to Decker Student Health Services no later than Friday, July 23, 2021. The procedures for submitting exemption petitions were set forth in the Decker Student Health Services COVID-19 Vaccination Compliance and Exemption Process

  • I had COVID-19 within the past 90 days. Can I get vaccinated?

    Current CDC guidelines state that individuals should receive a COVID-19 vaccine regardless of whether they have had COVID-19 because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19. 

  • I had COVID-19 and wish to apply for a medical exemption. Will my exemption request be approved?

    Requests for medical exemptions for students who have had COVID-19 will be approved in the following cases:

    • If a student was treated with monoclonal antibodies, a 90-day waiver from the date they received the antibodies will be granted. Their exemption request from their medical provider must include this date.
    • If a student was treated with convalescent plasma, a 90-day waiver from the date they received the plasma will be granted. Their exemption request from their medical provider must include this date.
    • If a student has been diagnoes with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) or adults (MIS-A), a 90-day waiver from the date of their diagnosis will be granted. The date must be in the medical documentation from the provider. If they are not symptom-free by 90 days post diagnosis, they must re-apply for another medical waiver to extend the exemption.
  • What are my obligations if I am exempted from vaccination? (Update Aug. 4, 2021)

    Students who are granted an exemption from the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine requirement are subject to special obligations to enable them to remain on campus. Such students are required to:

    1. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the student’s move-in date.
    2. Comply with mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing at least once a week.
    3. Maintain 6 feet of social distancing and wear a mask at all times when indoors except:
    • when the student is in their private residential or personal space; 
    • when they are eating meals on campus while seated and social distancing is appropriately enforced; and
    • when the student is alone.     
  • If I am exempted from vaccination, can I stay in my assigned on-campus housing or do I have to be moved? (Updated Aug. 4, 2021)

    Binghamton University reserves the right to reassign exempted unvaccinated students from their current housing assignment to avoid placing a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated students in the same room or suite. If possible, reassigned students would be assigned to space in the same residential community as their current assignment; however, this may not always be possible given that the campus is expected to be at full residential occupancy. An exempted student reassigned to a different residential community and/or room type will be charged the lower of the two housing rates between the two assignments.

    However, unvaccinated individuals with an approved exemption from the vaccination requirement may request to remain in their assigned housing and share a room with their roommates and/or suitemates by gaining written consent from all roommates/suitemates. Unvaccinated students must initiate the process by disclosing their vaccination exemption status to their roommates/suitemates. Once written consent has been acquired in writing from all parties, they should provide these to Residential Life at reslife@binghamton.edu within five business days of notification that their exemption has been approved.

  • What happens to my on-campus housing if I do not want to be vaccinated and am not exempted?

    Students unwilling to comply with the vaccination requirement for on-campus housing were required to petition to cancel housing on or before July 23, 2021. Students who petitioned for medical or religious exemption who were denied such exemption must request housing cancellation within three business days of notification that their exemption was denied. Students who fail to meet these deadlines will be subject to housing charges for the fall 2021 semester but are only permitted to occupy their space if they are fully vaccinated prior to occupancy.  

  • If a student is not fully vaccinated before moving in, how will it affect their housing status? (Updated Aug. 4, 2021)

    The student can attend classes, but must wear a mask, socially distance (remain 6 feet apart from others), get take-out food in the dining halls and participate in weekly surveillance testing until 14 days after their single-dose vaccine or 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine. The student will not be able to occupy the assigned room until they have received all shots in a vaccination series. Residential Life will hold the student’s room assignment until the student can occupy the room.

    The University can extend the option to live in the interim period in an adjacent hotel at the student's expense at a University negotiated rate. There is a remote possibility that the University will be able to offer space in a residence hall apartment being set aside for special needs, but we have a limited supply of such space and until we know more about possible demand, we cannot commit that space to anyone yet.

  • What should I do if I received a COVID vaccine but the dosing intervals are outside of what is recommended (the dose was given too early or too late)?   (New July 17, 2021)

    While this is not an ideal situation, the CDC guidance states that you do not need to repeat any vaccine doses or start the series over. You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose is received. See Appendix A on this CDC webpage

  • I received a “mixed series” of COVID-19 vaccines (the vaccine type for my first dose is different than the vaccine type I received for the second dose.) What should I do?  (New July 17, 2021)

    If the mixed series was of the Pfizer and Moderna types, and the doses were more than 28 days apart, then you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose was given. If the mixed series contains even one dose of a vaccine that is not World Health Organization (WHO)-approved, then you should receive a complete series of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA when you arrive in the U.S.    

  • What are the vaccination requirements for off-campus students?

    All Binghamton students who access campus facilities in person are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination beginning before the start of the fall 2021 term, with limited exceptions. While this requirement will not take full effect until at least one COVID-19 vaccination receives full FDA approval, all students are advised that Binghamton will require full compliance with this general policy requiring student vaccinations at the earliest possible date following full FDA approval. Pending FDA full approval, the following guidelines shall apply to all off-campus students having any on-campus presence.

    Students are strongly encouraged to submit proof of vaccination in accordance with the Decker Student Health Services to the secure health services portal prior to arriving on campus for the fall 2021 academic term. Students submitting proof of vaccination are further encouraged to submit such proof by July 23, 2021, to ensure Binghamton can confirm their vaccination status prior to the start of the term.

  • How does an off-campus student request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination? (Updated July 16, 2021)

    Off-campus residing students who wish to request an exemption from the vaccination requirement must submit a petition for exemption to Decker Student Health Services no later than Wednesday, July 23, 2021. The procedures for submitting exemption petitions are set forth in the Decker Student Health Services COVID-19 Vaccination Compliance and Exemption Process.

  • Did Binghamton University send me a text message about my proof of vaccination?

    Yes, Binghamton University sent a text message asking students to upload their proof of vaccination to the Decker Student Health Services secure portal.  

Vaccine/vaccinations for international students

For the purposes of this guidance, individuals are considered:

  • fully vaccinated if they have completed all shots of a WHO-approved vaccination series AND the 14-day waiting period. 
  • partially vaccinated if they have completed all shots of a WHO-approved vaccination series but have not completed the 14-day waiting period.
  • not vaccinated if they have not completed any shots, have completed one of two shots in a vaccination series or have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not WHO-approved. 

Housing

  • Am I required to be vaccinated to live on campus?

    Binghamton University is requiring all students living in campus-operated residence halls to be fully vaccinated prior to occupancy for the fall 2021 term, with limited medical and religious exemptions only as specified below and independent of the FDA approval process. For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 more than two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or more than two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen). Subject to final NYS guidance, COVID-19 vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) may now be accepted for purposes of determining vaccine status.

    Binghamton will further require all students accessing residence hall dining facilities to be fully vaccinated. All students living on campus and exempt from being vaccinated must use take-out dining in the resident dining halls.

  • Can a student receive an exemption from being vaccinated? (Updated Aug. 4, 2021)

    Students intending to live in campus residence halls who wished to request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement were required to submit a petition for exemption to Decker Student Health Services no later than Friday, July 23, 2021. The procedures for submitting exemption petitions were set forth in the Decker Student Health Services COVID-19 Vaccination Compliance and Exemption Process

  • What are my obligations if I am exempted from vaccination?

    Students who are granted an exemption from the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine requirement are subject to special obligations to enable them to remain on campus. Such students are required to:

    1. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the student’s move-in date.
    2. Comply with mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing at least once a week.
    3. Maintain 6 feet of social distancing and wear a mask at all times when indoors except:

    • when the student is in their private residential or personal space; 
    • when they are eating meals on campus while seated and social distancing is appropriately enforced; and
    • when the student is alone.     
  • If I am exempted from vaccination, can I stay in my assigned on-campus housing or do I have to be moved? (Updated Aug. 4, 2021)

    Binghamton University reserves the right to reassign exempted unvaccinated students from their current housing assignment to avoid placing a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated students in the same room or suite. If possible, reassigned students would be assigned to space in the same residential community as their current assignment; however, this may not always be possible given that the campus is expected to be at full residential occupancy. An exempted student reassigned to a different residential community and/or room type will be charged the lower of the two housing rates between the two assignments.


    However, unvaccinated individuals with an approved exemption from the vaccination requirement may request to remain in their assigned housing and share a room with their roommates and/or suitemates by gaining written consent from all roommates/suitemates. Unvaccinated students must initiate the process by disclosing their vaccination exemption status to their roommates/suitemates. Once written consent has been acquired in writing from all parties, they should provide these to Residential Life at reslife@binghamton.edu within five business days of notification that their exemption has been approved.

  • What happens to my on-campus housing if I do not want to be vaccinated and am not exempted? (Updated Aug. 4, 2021)

    Students unwilling to comply with the vaccination requirement for on-campus housing were allowed to petition to cancel housing on or before July 23, 2021. Students who petitioned for medical or religious exemption who are denied such exemption must request housing cancellation within three business days of notification that their exemption has been denied. Students who fail to meet these deadlines will be subject to housing charges for the fall 2021 semester but are only permitted to occupy their space if they are fully vaccinated prior to occupancy.   

  • I cannot become fully vaccinated before I arrive on campus. Am I still allowed to move in? (New Aug. 4, 2021)

    For the fall 2021 semester, a student must have completed all shots of a WHO-approved vaccination series to move into their residence hall. Students who have completed all shots of a vaccination series but have not finished their 14-day waiting period may move into their fall room assignment, but will be required to wear a mask, socially distance (remain 6 feet apart from others) and participate in weekly surveillance testing until the 14-day waiting period has been completed.

  • If a student is not fully vaccinated before moving in, how will it affect their housing status? (New Aug. 4, 2021)

    The student can attend classes, but must wear a mask, socially distance (remain 6 feet apart from others), get take-out food in the dining halls and participate in weekly surveillance testing until 14 days after their single-dose vaccine or 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine. The student will not be able to occupy the assigned room until they have received all shots in a vaccination series. Residential Life will hold the student’s room assignment until the student can occupy the room. The University can extend the option to live in the interim period in an adjacent hotel at the student's expense at a University negotiated rate. There is a remote possibility that the University will be able to offer space in a residence hall apartment being set aside for special needs, but we have a limited supply of such space and until we know more about possible demand, we cannot commit that space to anyone yet.

Code of Student Conduct

  • Will I have to sign a pledge before being allowed to live on campus?

    Binghamton University has put in place measures to meet public health standards established by state and local public health officials, the State University of New York (SUNY) and the State of New York as a result of COVID-19. Students choosing to live on campus agree to comply with all University and Residential Life policies and procedures established to support compliance with these public health standards through the Housing License they sign.


International students general questions

  • What is the current guidance from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)? (Updated May 4, 2021)

    The current guidance from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program includes flexibility for F-1 international students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This flexibility has been extended through the 2021-2022 academic year. In brief, this guidance allows for the following:

    • F-1 students who were in Active SEVIS status as of March 9, 2020, may choose to take all of their courses online if that is most appropriate for their circumstances. Students in this group may take courses in the U.S. or outside the U.S. This guidance also applies to students who were active in SEVIS on March 9, 2020 and transferred from another school.
    • Students who began their F-1 status after March 9, 2020 (including students who started at Binghamton University during the 2020-2021 academic year) must take at least one hybrid or in-person course that counts toward their full-time enrollment requirement. 
    • Students who began their studies outside the U.S. during the 2020-2021 academic year and will be coming to the U.S. for the first time for fall 2021 must take at least one hybrid or in-person course that counts toward their full-time enrollment requirement.
    • New students who are outside the U.S. may not enter the U.S. if they will be taking all of their courses online. New international students who wish to come to the U.S. must take at least one hybrid or in-person course that counts toward their full-time enrollment requirement. New students who wish to take all of their courses online must consult with their department to see if this is possible and must remain outside the U.S. for the fall 2021 semester.
    • Note: Binghamton University plans to resume full in-person instruction for the fall 2021 semester. The continued flexibility from SEVP will provide additional options for students who are not able to be on campus full-time, where appropriate and in consultation with a student’s academic advisor. 

    For more information, visit the International Student and Scholar Services website.

  • Am I able to enroll in 100% online courses from outside the United States? (Updated May 4, 2021)

    The most recent guidance from SEVP confirms that F-1 international students who were in Active SEVIS status on March 9, 2020 may take all online courses outside the United States and maintain their F-1 status as long as they maintain a full-time course load. If you plan to take all of your fall 2021 coursework online, you must first discuss this plan with your academic advisor to ensure that you will be meeting academic requirements for your program. Binghamton University plans to resume full in-person instruction for the fall 2021 semester.
     
    If you plan to take all of your fall 2021 coursework online from outside the United States, you must complete the Continuing Student Outside the U.S. form at the start of the fall 2021 semester. ISSS will use this information to update your SEVIS record to confirm that you are maintaining your F-1 or J-1 status outside the U.S. 
     
    F-1 students whose SEVIS status started after March 9, 2020 are required to register for at least one in-person or hybrid course as part of their full-time courseload. Students in this group cannot maintain F-1 status by taking online classes from outside the United States.

  • Will Binghamton University offer courses that allow me to maintain my F-1 or J-1 status? (Updated April 16, 2021)

    Binghamton University plans to return to in-person instruction for the fall 2021 semester, and international students will be able to enroll in sufficient in-person courses to maintain their immigration status. 

  • What courses are considered to be “in person” or “hybrid”? (Updated April 16, 2021)

    Courses at Binghamton University are being coded as in person or hybrid, based on their modes of delivery. Additional courses that continue to be considered in-person courses (in that they are unchanged by this new guidance) include thesis, pre-dissertation, dissertation, final project, independent study and internship.

  • Will the University continue to accept Duolingo scores to satisfy language proficiency? (Updated May 7, 2021)

    It appears that TOEFL and IELTS are being administered in person in countries where conditions permit; they are being administered online in many places where in-person testing is not possible. Students in China cannot take the TOEFL online. Given the uncertainties that remain, we will continue to accept Duolingo for the 2021 application cycle.


Graduate students 

  • Will the University offer GRE waivers for the 2021-22 academic year? (Updated July 27, 2021)

    Any program that wishes to waive the GRE may do so.

  • I have been admitted to a graduate program. Can I defer my admission and transfer my $100 non-refundable admission deposit to attend in a future term? (Updated July 27, 2021) 

    Applicants who wish to defer their offer of admission should contact their academic department to request a deferral. Applicants who have already deferred their admission by one year will be allowed to further defer their admission. To offset the financial burden, the Graduate School will transfer admission deposits paid for the fall 2021 semester to the deferred semester as a one-time courtesy. 

    From an immigration perspective, the Form I-20 (for F-1 students) can only be deferred for up to one year at a time.  However, if the program allows, it can be deferred to fall 2021 (less than a year), and later deferred to spring 2022 (as needed). The I-901 SEVIS fee that students have to pay to SEVP is also only valid for up to a year, and may need to be repaid at a later date, should a student elect to defer for a longer period of time.

  • If I enrolled in courses at another university, can I enroll at Binghamton University?  (Updated July 27, 2021)

    Yes, this is an option. You must apply to and be admitted to Binghamton University. If you are an international student, once you have been fully admitted, you would then submit a request to your current institution to transfer your valid SEVIS record to Binghamton University through the SEVIS system. All graduate students who are considering transferring to Binghamton University are encouraged to review the Graduate School’s policy regarding the transfer of graduate credits.

  • I am a newly admitted graduate student. When do I need to submit my final official bachelor’s transcript(s) to the Graduate School?

    We're still awaiting confirmation, but due to COVID-19, it's expected that new graduate students who enroll for fall 2021 will have until the sixth week of the spring 2022 semester to submit their final, official bachelor's transcript(s) to the Graduate School.

  • I am a nursing/clinical psychology/social work/TLEL graduate student and I am worried about my clinical placement. What should I do?  (Updated July 29, 2021)

    Nursing students

    Nursing students at the undergraduate and graduate levels are responsible for providing their own surgical masks, full-face masks and eye protection (goggles). Decker School of Nursing faculty can guide students toward appropriate purchases. In some cases, N95 masks may be required; students can be fit-tested at Decker for N95 masks, which they are responsible for purchasing. Students may be required to care for patients with COVID-19 during clinical experiences. Clinical agencies have safety protocols in place that include monitoring for exposure. If a student is exposed, the student will be notified and then supported through the quarantining process. 

    Clinical psychology students

    Agencies currently vary with regard to conducting mental health services either in-person, remotely (via telehealth), or a hybrid of in-person and telehealth. In-person services are only provided in cases where remote treatment delivery is not an option. All agencies have affirmed that they will follow New York State laws and regulations, as well as CDC guidelines, regarding the health and safety of our students while they are on-site. Under no circumstances will students be interacting with any known COVID-19 patients and, in some cases, students may need to provide their own personal protective equipment. 

    Social work students

    If you are a MSW or BSW student and have concerns about your field placement, reach out to Maria Gordon at  gordonm@binghamton.edu or Cara Kenien-Ponomarev ckenien@binghamton.edu.

    TLEL students

    If you are a TLEL student and have concerns about your field placement, reach out to Matt McConn (mmconn@binghamton.edu) or Andrea Decker (andecker@binghamton.edu).

  • Can students who have been provisionally admitted due to lack of proof of English proficiency enroll? (Updated July 27, 2021)

    All international students will continue to be required to provide proof of English proficiency via English language test scores. Applicants who do not provide scores above the University minimums will not receive a regular admit or be able to pay the deposit, and therefore will not be able to register/enroll in classes. Additional information regarding proof of English proficiency is available online at https://www.binghamton.edu/grad-school/admissions/requirements.html#englishproficiency).

    Note: In response to COVID-19, the Office of Graduate Admissions has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency for applications for the 2022 application cycle. A minimum score of 105 is required.

  • Is an I-20 needed if courses are being offered online? (Updated Aug. 1, 2021)

    If an international student is taking all of their courses online from outside the United States, an I-20 is not required. If newly admitted students are unable to obtain their visa and arrive in the U.S. by the start of the semester, they are encouraged to discuss with their academic advisors and explore if online course options, to be taken from abroad, are available for the fall 2021 semester. Binghamton University plans to resume full in-person instruction for the fall 2021 semester, so online course options may be limited. If students have already been issued an I-20 for fall 2021, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will be deferring the start date on their I-20 to the spring 2022 semester. Students will receive a new I-20 with a spring 2022 start date. These new I-20s will be issued during the fall 2021 semester. 

  • Do I need a visa before the term begins?

    If you plan to attend classes in person at Binghamton University, you will need to receive your I-20, pay the SEVIS fee, be issued an F-1 visa by the U.S. consulate or embassy, and enter the United States before the end of the add/drop period. Students who are unable to arrive prior to the start of classes should be in communication with their academic department and the ISSS to communicate this delay, acknowledging that if they are unable to arrive by the end of the add/drop period, they should either engage in online learning from abroad or defer their admission to a future semester, in alignment with what may be offered by their specific academic program.

  • How do I know when my local consulate will reopen?

    Consulates will likely resume visa issuance at different times depending on local conditions. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is monitoring this situation and will provide updates as more information is received. Students are encouraged to monitor the website of the closest consulate or embassy for any additional details about reopening plans and scheduling visa appointments. 

  • Should I request an emergency visa appointment?

    This will depend on the policies of the embassy or consulate nearest you. You may be able to request an emergency appointment up to 30 days before the start date on your I-20. Students are encouraged to review the website for your local embassy or consulate for additional details on emergency visa appointments.

    Note: If you are currently in the United States and your visa has expired, you do not need to take any action. You can remain in the United States with an expired visa and apply for a new visa on a future trip.

  • When will my I-20 arrive?

    If you haven’t yet received your I-20, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) continues to send these documents electronically, in line with guidance from the Department of Homeland Security in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. You will receive an emailed copy of your I-20 and a link to a letter of explanation. We recommend that you print both documents in advance of applying for a visa and carry them with you to your visa appointment and when traveling. 

  • I received an electronic I-20. Will I be able to use this electronic I-20 to apply for my visa?

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of Homeland Security has temporarily approved the use of electronic I-20s. If you received an electronic I-20 from ISSS, it is valid for the same period of time as an original hardcopy I-20. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has coordinated with the Department of State and Customs and Border Protection, and both agencies have confirmed their support for electronic I-20s. We recommend that you print a copy of the letter of explanation and keep it with your I-20. 

    Note: The electronic I-20 serves as a valid document for the purpose of applying for your visa and entering the United States. ISSS will retain your original I-20 and you should plan to pick it up from ISSS upon your arrival.

  • What will happen to my I-20 if I am unable to come to the United States? (Updated Aug. 1, 2021)

    If you are unable to enter the United States in F-1 status by the end of the add/drop period of the fall 2021 semester but are interested in beginning your program abroad, you should discuss with your academic advisor and explore if online course options, to be taken from abroad, are available for the fall 2021 semester. If you begin your program online from abroad, or if you defer your admission to the spring semester, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will defer the start date on your I-20 to spring 2022. You will be sent an updated I-20 for the purpose of applying for your visa (if you have not yet been able to do so) and for future travel to the United States.

  • As an international student, are there any travel restrictions I should be aware of?

    Depending on your current location and recent travel, you may be prohibited from entering the United States. Review the CDC webpage on travel restrictions to the United States and the ISSS Government Actions page for more details. Travel restrictions are subject to change, so you should continue to monitor this information based on your personal situation. If you have additional questions about your travel eligibility, email isss@binghamton.edu.

  • Can I start the semester online and then arrive on campus after the start of the semester? 

    International students who choose to begin their degree program online will not be able to enter the United States during the fall 2021 semester. ISSS will issue an updated I-20 with a start date for the spring 2022 semester. International students who have an I-20 with a fall 2021 start date will be able to enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the start date on their new I-20. 

  • If I deferred my admission to fall 2021, when will I be eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?

    International students are eligible for CPT after completing one full academic year as a full-time student. Students who defer their admission to fall 2021, or begin their studies online and do not arrive in the United States until fall 2021, will therefore delay their eligibility for CPT.

  • If a student defers for a semester or a year, will they sacrifice their deposit and have to make a new one?

    No.

  • How many credits do I have to take if I choose to take courses remotely from abroad for the semester?

    Immigration law does not require international students to enroll in a specific number of credits if they are outside the United States and not yet in F-1 or J-1 status. Students already in F-1 or J-1 status who have an active SEVIS record (Form I-20 or DS-2019) need to enroll in a full-time courseload in order to maintain their status (from inside or outside the United States). Students should discuss their course schedule with their academic department or advising office. 

  • What happens if I enroll in in-person classes and become ill during the semester?

    International students who are taking in-person courses and become ill during the  semester should contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) as soon as possible. Upon receipt of medical documentation, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) can authorize a reduced course load for the semester based on an illness or medical condition. It is important to contact ISSS quickly in this situation.

  • I am a newly admitted international student and I have received Teaching/Graduate Assistantship funding from my academic department. Unfortunately, I could not return to the United States for the spring 2021 semester. Can I keep my funding?

    Newly admitted international students who are outside the United States will not be eligible for on-campus work authorization/TA/GA, as they will not be in F-1 status and they are unable to fulfill the I-9 process. Students are encouraged to contact their academic department to see if such funding would still be available for fall 2021.

  • I am an incoming international student funded as a Teaching/Graduate Assistant. What actions must I take to be added to the New York state payroll?

    Incoming international GA/TAs with new assistantships cannot be placed on the New York State payroll until they physically complete their I-9 form/work authorization and other employment paperwork in person with Human Resources. Additionally, the NYS payroll system requires a U.S. address and direct deposit to a U.S. bank account. If you are unable to physically report to complete your I-9 to verify your employment authorization, and acquire a local address and U.S. direct deposit, we are unable to place you on the payroll. Respond via EMAIL to notify your supervisor immediately if this applies to you.

  • I am a returning international student funded as a Teaching/Graduate Assistant, but I am not yet able to return to the U.S. How does this affect my GA/TA status?

    For those returning international GA/TAs who are temporarily not able to return to the U.S. due to government-mandated travel bans, but have previously completed the employment paperwork, and have unexpired work authorization documents on file with Human Resources, you may be placed on the payroll upon approval by the supervisor or faculty advisor that the assigned work can be completed remotely. The NYS payroll system requires a U.S. address and direct deposit to a U.S. bank account. The office of the New York State Comptroller automatically deactivates direct deposits for all GA/TAs over the summer. Respond immediately to submit a Direct Deposit Reactivate Form.pdf as paper checks cannot be mailed overseas. We are unable to place you on the payroll until the direct deposit form is completed and processed.

  • I am an international student with a Research Project Assistant (RPA) appointment and may have to work remotely. Is that possible?

    Research Project Assistant appointments need to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis depending on the requirements of the sponsoring agency and the project's Principal Investigator. Contact your faculty advisor to find out if your funded project will allow work to be completed remotely.

  • I am an international student with a GA/TA/RPA appointment and may have to work remotely. What are my tax implications?

    Note there may be significant tax implications if you work remotely and are unable to physically report to campus. GA/TA/RPA employees are responsible for their own tax liability both in the U.S. and in their home country. You should seek tax advice from a licensed tax professional regarding your specific situation.

  • I am funded as a Teaching/Graduate Assistant. What if I am uncomfortable performing my duties on campus? 

    Teaching/Graduate Assistants who feel uncomfortable performing their assigned duties on campus due to an underlying medical condition or health concerns should speak with the department chair of their funding department.  

  • I am funded as a Research Project Assistant (RPA) through the Research Foundation. Are there any steps I need to take to enter my lab when I return to campus?

    All graduate students looking to begin or resume their research should consult with their faculty advisor.

Health

  • How is the University screening students, faculty and staff for COVID-19? (Updated June 21, 2021)

    Daily screening for COVID-19 symptoms is no longer required.

    However, non-vaccinated students, faculty and staff who come to campus will be required to report for weekly surveillance testing at the University's Surveillance Testing Center in Old Union Hall.

  • Wear a mask indoors if you are not vaccinated! (Updated July 16, 2021)

    The New York State Department of Health has issued new guidance for state agencies and authorities related to COVID restrictions. Fully vaccinated individuals on campus do not need to wear masks or be socially distanced with the exception of when they enter Decker Student Health Services, a medical facility. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks and socially distance in accordance with CDC guidelines, which allow them to remove their masks indoors when eating or drinking while seated and socially distanced, or while working at their workstation or alone in their room. 

  • How are individuals diagnosed with COVID-19?

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    This list does not include all possible symptoms. Individuals may be diagnosed by a medical professional to have COVID-19, and will be considered a Person Under Investigation (PUI) and must be isolated. Their close contacts must be quarantined.

  • What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

    Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to COVID-19 before any symptoms might arise, to see if they become sick. Isolation separates people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 from people who are not sick. Individuals who are isolated should:

    • Stay in their own room and not share a bathroom.
    • Only leave their room for medical appointments or emergencies. If one must leave their room, a mask should be worn.
    • Monitor for fever, cough or shortness of breath and report to a medical provider should those symptoms occur.
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, or with hand sanitize that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid sharing personal items like towels, dishes and bedding.
    • Clean all surfaces in rooms/bathrooms that are touched often, every day, with normal household sprays or wipes.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or elbow.
    • Get rest and stay hydrated.
    • If a medical emergency occurs, call 911. Notify the dispatcher that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and put on a mask before the ambulance arrives.

    Individuals who are quarantined should follow compulsory separation from others, including restriction of movement.

  • How are students who test positive for COVID-19 isolated? (Updated Jan. 27, 2021)

    The University practices with respect to quarantine/isolation of students have been and will continue to be in consultation with the Broome County Health Department (BCHD).

    Returning home for quarantine/isolation is always an option for students if they are able and have private transportation.

    Residence hall space has been reserved for on-campus residing students who need quarantine/isolation and who wish to remain on campus. Separate space is reserved for those who require isolation and for those who require quarantine.

    Off-campus students will be quarantined/isolated in their off-campus residences as per the guidance of the BCHD.

    For answers to frequently asked questions about on-campus isolation and quarantine, visit the on-campus student Isolation and Quarantine FAQ page.

  • Do on-campus students have to notify campus if ordered to quarantine or isolate? (New March 17, 2021)

    Yes. If you live in a residence hall on campus and you are notified by a public health authority such as the Broome County Health Department or the New York State Department of Heatlh that you have to quarantine or isolate, you must tell University representatives right away.

    Send your quarantine or isolation order to qihelp@binghamton.edu and the information will be shared with the team on campus that will get you into the appropriate housing. You cannot quarantine or isolate in your room even if you live in a single residence. 

  • How are isolated students cared for? (Updated March 19, 2021)

    Residentail students in on- or off-campus quarantine/isolation spaces are provided with a “care” kit that includes items such as a thermometer, Tylenol, masks, hand sanitizer, water pitcher, etc. This kit also includes educational materials on what students should do in quarantine/isolation; expectations of behavior in the designated spaces; instructions on meal ordering, laundry and trash removal; and resource and emergency numbers.

    Safe Housing staff are available to assist residential students in on- and off-campus isolation and quarantine. For answers to frequently asked questions about on-campus isolation and quarantine, visit the on-campus student Isolation and Quarantine FAQ page.

  • What happens when a student's quarantine or isolation ends? (Updated Feb. 4, 2021)

    The isolation/quarantine period typically lasts 10 days. Safe Housing and Decker Student Health Services staff do not have control over your release date. The Broome County Health Department determines when your isolation/quarantine period begins, with the first day being “day zero.” It is common that you will be released at midnight on day 10. If you have questions about your release date, please bring it up with the Health Department during their check-ins with you.

    On your last day of isolation/quarantine, you should receive an official communication from the Broome County Health Department. Once you receive this communication (usually via email), forward it to safehousing@binghamton.edu and text Safe Housing to organize a time to leave. The Safe Housing staff will assist you in planning your move back to your residence hall. Students must wait for this release from the Broome County Health Department and for approval from Residential Life before returning to their residence hall.

  • How do I know if I have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19?

    Binghamton University works with the Broome County Health Department (BCHD) — the lead agency in our county for COVID-19 — to support the health and wellness of anyone who is diagnosed with COVID-19. Individuals with the diagnosis are isolated and receive medical care, and the BCHD works with them to identify anyone they may have had significant contact with. Those individuals will be notified by the BCHD of actions they should take to care for themselves. If there is no significant contact, no significant exposure has occurred. 

  • What if a student is directed to quarantine?

    In most cases, quarantined individuals will not be sick, but are being quarantined on the chance that they could become symptomatic and therefore infect others. This is a strategy to reduce transmission. A student who has had a potential exposure to someone with COVID-19 may be directed by medical professionals to quarantine. If so, the student will be strongly advised to go home for a period of 10 days post-exposure. If there is an extraordinary reason why an on-campus residing student is unable to travel home (international student, lives with a frail grandparent, etc.), the on-campus residing student may have an option of moving into quarantine housing on campus or at a local hotel as space allows.

    On-campus students who are quarantined should follow these nine steps. If you are an off-campus student who is quarantined, follow these nine steps

  • What should I do if I suspect someone I know has COVID-19?

    If the individual is a student, urge the person to contact the Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) at 607-777-2221, or the person's medical provider. If the individual is an employee, urge the person to contact the person's medical provider. The individuals should call the DSHSC or their medical provider first to be screened and, based on responses to questions about symptoms, will be told next steps.

  • What should students who think they are sick do?

    Students who think they may have coronavirus must CALL THE DECKER STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES CENTER at 607-777-2221 within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms and as early in the day as possible.

    There are no walk-in appointments. All appointments will begin via telehealth. Students must call for medical care, at which time they will be routed to a nurse for a Doxy.me session (similar to Zoom) to triage their problem. If necessary, a Doxy.me appointment will be arranged with a physician or nurse practitioner. The medical provider will treat most conditions via telehealth, but in-person visits are available at the provider's discretion.

    Students using an off-campus walk-in or urgent care facility should also call ahead, and faculty and staff should contact their healthcare provider by phone to make an appointment.

  • Do I have to make an appointment to be seen at Decker Student Health Services Center?

    There are no walk-in appointments at Decker Student Health Services Center. All appointments will begin at Decker Student Health Services Center via teleheath.

    All students wishing to receive medical care at Decker Student Health Services must call 607-777-2221 to begin the triage process.

  • What if a student needs medical attention when Decker Student Health Services is closed?

    Medical care is available to all students through Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) from 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, and information about COVID-19 symptoms, prevention and testing is also available on the DSHSC website

    If a student would like to speak with a registered nurse when DSHSC is closed, call our FoneMed service toll-free at 833-359-0167 to speak directly with a nurse. During regular business hours, call DSHSC at 607-777-2221.

    If students believe they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they should call ahead before visiting any healthcare facility to allow providers to properly prepare. 

    For emergency and after-hours care on nights and weekends, students have several options, including through emergency room, walk-in and telehealth care. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911, call Harpur's Ferry at 607-777-3333 (campus emergency response squad) or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency department:

    For minor emergencies, visit a walk-in center, which is appropriate for acute illness that isn't life threatening. Some walk-in centers have X-ray, lab and suturing capability. Call the location first if you need special services.

    Telehealth options are also available for remote evaluation, care and advice.

    Students who visit a local emergency room or urgent care center are responsible for all costs incurred. Students with Binghamton University student insurance can also see a doctor 24/7 through healthiest you. Many insurances are also currently offering no out-of-pocket expense tele-doctor visits.

  • What resources are available to help me stay healthy, mentally and physically?

    A number of resources are available to students, faculty and staff to help them through this unusual spring semester — all available virtually.

    For faculty and staff:

    For students:


COVID-19 testing

  • What kind of testing is being done? (Updated June 3, 2021)

    The University will continue to test asymptomatic members of the campus community who are not vaccinated or who have not provided proof of vaccination at the Surveillance Testing Center in Room 111 of the University Union. Non-vaccinated, including exempted individuals, who regularly come to campus will also be tested at least weekly.

    Students will receive an email reminder to register for a time that is convenient for them. (Students who are symptomatic should contact the Decker Student Health Services Center by phone to be considered for diagnostic testing.)

    The campus is currently using Abbott's rapid antigen test for all students, faculty and staff in the Surveillance Testing Center. For more information about the testing, visit the surveillance testing FAQ page

    Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by staff and required to isolate, either at home or on campus if they are resident students, or at home or their off-campus residence if they are off-campus students, until medically cleared.

    Visit the Decker Student Health Services Center website for complete information on testing.

    In addition, individuals interested in COVID-19 testing can find a nearby test site using the search tool available on the governor's website

  • How do I change my appointment time, reschedule for the next week and/or cancel my appointment? (Updated Feb. 25, 2021)

    For any appointments to be scheduled Monday, March 1 or after, there is now one link for all students, faculty and staff who are not excempt from COVID-19 testing to use to schedule, or cancel and reschedule their test appointments. Use this link to return to the page where you scheduled your original appointment. Click on "Cancel" to cancel your appointment. Click on "Register" to select a different date/time. The system allows only one time slot at a time, so by changing the time slot you are rescheduling your appointment.

  • Where do I find my testing date/time in the confirmation email? (New Feb. 16, 2021)

    Scroll down the email to the "Slot(s) Reserved" section.  

  • I have had COVID-19. Am I now exempt from testing? (New March 8, 2021)

    If an individual becomes positive, Surveillance Testing will mark them as such and exempt them from testing for 90 days. It is possible that they could get the email communication their first week as they could have tested positive after the scheduling email for that week was launched; however, they should not be retested and no further action is needed on their part.   

  • Regardless of vaccination status, will all distancing and mask rules be enforced?  (Updated July 9, 2021)

    The New York State Department of Health has issued new guidance for state agencies and authorities related to COVID restrictions. Fully vaccinated individuals on campus do not need to wear masks or be socially distanced, with the exception of when they enter the Decker Student Health Services Center, a medical facility. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks and socially distance in accordance with CDC guidelines, which allow them to remove their masks indoors when eating or drinking while seated and socially distanced, or while working at their workstation or alone in their room.

    In addition, we urge faculty, staff and students to remember that the vaccine does not guarantee 100% protection from the virus, and this is especially true of individuals who have taken the first dose of vaccine but haven’t yet taken the second dose. Individuals who regularly come to campus and who have not been vaccinated will still be scheduled for weekly testing and are required to be tested.

  • I think I was in contact with someone who has COVID-19. Can I stop into the University Union for a COVID-19 test?

    Do not simply show up to the University Union to get a test. If you have been exposed you should expect to be contacted by the Broome County Department of Health. If you don’t receive a call, they have not determined you must be tested or quarantined.

    The surveillance site in Old Union Hall is only for individuals with appointments. The site is unable to accommodate people who wish to receive a test.

    Other testing sites are available:

    • For people who are symptomatic, contact Decker Student Health Services at 607-777-2221.
    • For anyone who wants a test, make an appointment to be tested at the drive-up NYS Testing Site in Lot ZZ south by calling 888-364-3065. This is a drive-up site and you must arrive and remain in a car. 
  • Will I have to be tested throughout the semester? (Updated June 3, 2021)

    Per new SUNY guidelines, all non-vaccinated students, faculty and staff who regularly come to campus will be tested weekly.

    Binghamton University is conducting what is known as COVID-19 surveillance testing.

    Individuals who are required to be tested are notified by email to their University account, typically two days before their assigned testing date. If you are so notified, you will have the opportunity to register for a two-hour window on your designated day and are required to arrive for testing as directed at the testing center in the University Union. The testing notice will provide additional details on the location, parking and process.

    Students who fail to show on their assigned testing date will be rescheduled as possible. Pursuant to the Rights and Responsibiities document, persistent non-compliance may result in disciplinary action. Penalities can include denial of access to campus and loss of housing.

  • What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19?

    If someone tests positive, the University works in consultation with the Broome County Health Department (BCHD) to isolate that individual until the individual's health has improved and they are no longer considered infectious. Returning home to recover is the first option explored. For on-campus residing students who are unable to return home to recover, designated isolation spaces are available on campus. For off-campus students, recommendations regarding isolation are made in consultation with the BCHD considering the student's current off-campus living situation. Case investigators and contact tracers from the BCHD work with students to identify and educate contacts in need of quarantine, and to provide support. 

  • How does the University protect the privacy of someone who takes a COVID-19 test?

    Individuals submitting to a COVID-19 test for the purpose of detection of SARS-CoV-2 have the right to be assured of the confidential treatment of disclosures and records and to have the opportunity to approve or refuse the release of such information except when release of specific information is required by law or is necessary to safeguard you or the University community. All COVID-19 test results, positive or negative, are required to be reported to the New York State Department of Health.

    If you have concerns about privacy, tell us. We want, expect and need your feedback. For concerns regarding medical care, contact the medical director at 607-777-2221. If you feel the issue is not resolved, you may appeal to the University’s privacy compliance officer — Office of University Counsel, Binghamton University, AD-614, Binghamton, New York, 13902-6000. Complaints may also be registered at the U.S. Office of Civil Rights N.Y. Office at 1- 800-368-1019; TDD: 1-800-537-7697.


Parking and transportation

  • What passenger limits will there be on OCCT and/or BC Transit buses? (Updated July 13, 2021)

    Both services will be operating under the latest guidance for transit provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Transportation, the governor’s office and/or the Federal Transit Administration. At this time, TAPS believes that masks will be required on both OCCT and BCT Transit; however previous social distancing rules will likely be lifted.

  • What are the fall schedules for OCCT and BC Transit? (Updated July 13, 2021)

    The OCCT schedule for the fall semester is being finalized and will be posted on the OCCT website in the coming weeks. Download the ETA SPOT application for real-time bus tracking information. OCCT and TAPS will closely monitor usage to make necessary changes if overcrowding occurs.

    BC Transit continues to operate between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. BC Transit routes and schedule information are available at the BC Transit website. All routes are available. Download the DoubleMap application for real-time bus tracking information.

  • Will first-year resident students be able to bring a vehicle to campus? (Updated July 13, 2021)

    The rule restricting first-year resident students from parking on campus is in effect.

  • Do parking rules and regulations still apply? (Updated July 13, 2021)

    Parking rules and regulations are in effect. When parking from 7 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Friday, a valid parking permit is needed. Permits are available for purchase online. In order to limit in-office visits, office staff will be available to answer questions by email at parking@binghamton.edu or by phone call at 607-777-2279. Parking Services requests that all transactions be completed online when possible. In person transactions can be done at the Events Center ticket booth.

  • Will there be enough parking on campus? (New July 13, 2021)

    As we return to campus this upcoming academic year, Transportation and Parking Services reminds the campus community that parking on campus will be much tighter than it was during the 2020-2021 academic year. There is always available space, but it is not always right next to a destination. Parking Services will closely monitor lot availability and will update the parking website with which parking lots have available space during peak times on campus. Parkers are always required to park in a valid designated space.  

    If you are having trouble finding a spot, parking spaces are available in Lot G1, E1 and ZZ North/South. See the campus map for parking lot locations. The campus shuttle stops near each of these locations to transport you closer to your specific destination. 

    The University also offers convenient alternative transportation options. OCCT, BC Transit and carpooling with 511NY Rideshare make it easy to get around campus and the community. 


Off campus

  • Can symptomatic off-campus students be tested for COVID-19 like the on-campus students?

    Yes. Any students, both on or off campus, who present with symptoms at any point can be evaluated for the need to be tested through the Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) by calling 607-777-2221DSHSC is now also providing tests for symptomatic students who live off campus.

  • What are the vaccination requirements for off-campus students?

    All Binghamton students who access campus facilities in person are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination beginning before the start of the fall 2021 term, with limited exceptions. While this requirement will not take full effect until at least one COVID-19 vaccination receives full FDA approval, all students are advised that Binghamton will require full compliance with this general policy requiring student vaccinations at the earliest possible date following full FDA approval. Pending FDA full approval, the following guidelines shall apply to all off-campus students having any on-campus presence.

    Students are strongly encouraged to submit proof of vaccination in accordance with the Decker Student Health Services to the secure student health portal prior to arriving on campus for the fall 2021 academic term. Students submitting proof of vaccination are further encouraged to submit such proof by July 23, 2021, to ensure Binghamton can confirm their vaccination status prior to the start of the term.

  • How does an off-campus student request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination?

    Off-campus residing students who wish to request an exemption from the vaccination requirement must submit a petition for exemption to Decker Student Health Services no later than Wednesday, July 23, 2021. The procedures for submitting exemption petitions are set forth in the Decker Student Health Services COVID-19 Vaccination Compliance and Exemption Process.


Dining


Campus services/operations

  • Campus Mail Services
  • Customer Service Center
  • Custodial services and cleaning

    Cleaning activities are prioritized and focused on common areas to allow for attention to trash removal, cleaning restrooms, touch points and health-sensitive areas (locker rooms etc.). Unoccupied offices may not be cleaned on a regular basis and perishables should be disposed of in common-area trash cans. Cleaning activities such as floor finishing and carpet extraction will not be a priority.  For more information, visit the web.

  • Central Receiving

    Central Receiving remains in normal operation.  Visit the web for more information.

  • Ventilation systems

    The University is following all current and emerging guidelines regarding mechanical and ventilation systems to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. While ventilation is not capable of addressing all aspects of infection control, modifications to HVAC systems can help in some manner. Accordingly, the University is running air systems for longer durations, has increase outdoor air ventilation, and has upgraded filtration and made other adjustments as part of the larger mitigation effort.

    Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, commonly known as MERV, is a measurement scale designed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to report the effectiveness of air filters. Most code compliant commercial buildings (gyms, malls, etc.) use MERV 8 filters. Our typical buildings have MERV 14 with some cases of MERV 13. MERV 14 filters are typically used in hospital inpatient and general surgery applications.

  • Repairs/maintenance

    Physical Facilities will prioritize repair and maintenance work orders based on life safety and critical needs. Non-maintenance work orders such as minor alterations will be given a lower priority, resulting in delays.

  • Event work orders