Frequently asked questions

Updated at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021

Frequently asked questions

These questions and answers have been developed to respond to feedback on Binghamton University's Fall 2021 Plan. This is a fluid process and the answers to the questions may change between now and the end of the fall semester. We will continue to update, and time stamp, this page as new information becomes available and new questions arise.


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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 masking restrictions are in place? (Updated Aug. 16, 2021)

    On Thursday, Aug. 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified Broome County as a region of substantial transmission due to an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases. Therefore, effective Monday, Aug. 9, and until further notice, all persons on campus, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear a mask indoors. This includes classrooms, hallways, libraries, common spaces and offices, as well as buses and shuttles. Masks will not be required inside personal residence hall rooms or personal office spaces, while eating in on-campus dining areas or in non-public-facing personal workstations.

    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 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? (Updated Sept. 8, 2021)

    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. 

    This requirement was contingent upon final approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the COVID-19 vaccines, which was granted Monday, Aug. 23, for the Pfizer vaccine, setting in motion the timeline for Binghamton University’s non-vaccinated, non-exempted students to become vaccinated or be disenrolled from classes.
     
    Binghamton University will implement this requirement as follows:

    • All non-vaccinated students who have not received a medical or religious exemption will be given 35 days from Aug. 24 to upload documentation that they have received a full COVID-19 vaccine series to the student health portal
    • Students who have not demonstrated proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination series by Sept. 28 will be disenrolled from their courses and the University will follow its standard tuition refund schedule. This timeline will allow students to select the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine at their discretion and still complete the vaccine series by the deadline.
    • Students who have completed their vaccine series by the 35-day deadline but who are not yet fully vaccinated on Sept. 28 will be able to maintain registration but will be subject to campus guidelines for unvaccinated students until 14 days after their final dose of a vaccine series when they are considered fully vaccinated.
    • The original deadline to request a medical or religious exemption was July 23. However, there was an open 10-day period for anyone who missed the original deadline. From Aug. 24 through Sept. 3, students could apply for either exemption by uploading their request to the student health portal.
      • For religious exemptions, regardless of the process used, students will be notified of the status of their request through their BMail account from the fall2021@binghamton.edu address.

    The exemption request instructions can be found on the Decker Student Health Services website COVID-19 page. 
     
    This plan enables the University to protect the health and safety of the entire campus community and also fulfills the SUNY system vaccination policy. 

  • What happens to non-vaccinated students when the FDA approves a COVID vaccine? (New Aug. 23, 2021)

    See the response to the "Are students required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend Binghamton University?" response above for information on what a non-vaccinated student must do to be able to continue attending classes. 

  • 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? (Updated Aug. 23, 2021)

    Yes. All students are required to be vaccinated or exempted from vaccination to live on campus or to attend classes. Exempted students must use take-out from the dining halls. 

  • Can a student receive an exemption from being vaccinated? (Updated Sept. 8, 2021)

    The original deadline to request a medical or religious exemption was July 23. However, there was an open 10-day period for anyone who missed the original deadline. From Aug. 24 through Sept. 3, students could apply for either exemption by uploading their request to the student health portal.

    The exemption request instructions can be found on the Decker Student Health Services website COVID-19 page

    For religious exemptions, regardless of the process used, students were notified of the status of their request through their BMail account from the fall2021@binghamton.edu address.

  • 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? (Updated Sept. 8, 2021)

    The original deadline to request a medical or religious exemption was July 23. However, there was an open 10-day period for anyone who missed the original deadline. From Aug. 24 through Sept. 3, students could apply for either exemption by uploading their request to the student health portal.

    The exemption request instructions can be found on the Decker Student Health Services website COVID-19 page

    For religious exemptions, regardless of the process used, students were notified of the status of their request through their BMail account from the fall2021@binghamton.edu address.

  • What are my obligations if I am exempted from vaccination? (Update Aug. 16, 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. 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; 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. 23, 2021)

    With the FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine on Aug. 23, if you are not vaccinated as per the instructions in the "Are students required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend Binghamton University?" response above, you will be de-registered from your courses and the University will follow its standard tuition refund schedule. 

  • What are the surveillance testing requirements for those not vaccinated, partially vaccinated or exempted? (New Aug. 25, 2021)

    Binghamton University is requiring all individuals who are not fully vaccinated to undergo weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing at the University Surveillance Testing Center. Below is information specific to students subject to the surveillance testing requirement. Human Resources will provide information to University staff subject to weekly surveillance testing. Students should pay close attention to the consequences for missing a required test as explained below. COVID-19 testing requirements will be strictly enforced.

    1.    Students who are not fully vaccinated and students who have or may obtain medical/religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement must be tested for COVID-19 weekly at the Surveillance Testing Center in the University Union.  

    2.       Each week a message with a link to make an appointment will be sent to all those subject to such testing. Testing is by appointment only and walk-in testing is no longer available. It is your responsibility to make an appointment and to arrive for testing at the time of your appointment.

    3.    Students who are not tested as required will face the following consequences:

    a.    First missed test: A warning message from the Surveillance Testing Center.

    b.    Second missed test: Students who miss a test after receiving a warning message will have a HOLD placed on their registration; however, the impact of the HOLD on the student’s registration will be held in abeyance unless the student misses another test in the same semester.

    c.    Third missed test: Students who miss a third required COVID-19 test in the same semester will have the registration HOLD activated and will be dropped from their courses. Students not enrolled are also not eligible to live in campus residence halls.

    4.    Students who are dropped from their classes as a result of this policy will have one opportunity to appeal their removal from courses. The ONLY basis for such appeal will be that the University testing records are inaccurate and the student has not missed three tests. The University will not otherwise reconsider the imposition of this policy upon a student who has missed three tests in the same semester.

    5.    Students who are under quarantine order are not required to break quarantine to be tested; however, it is any such student’s responsibility to request an exemption from weekly testing when they are under quarantine order by using this link: https://cglink.me/2eQ/s52397. Copies of quarantine orders will be required.

    6.    Students may not use a home test to satisfy the requirement for weekly COVID-19 testing.

    7.    Students who begin the semester unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated but who become fully vaccinated during the semester are subject to the weekly testing requirement and associated penalties for non-compliance until the date upon which they are fully vaccinated (14-days after last shot). 

    8.    Vaccinated students may receive an infrequent notice to schedule a testing appointment. The University is testing a certain number of vaccinated students each week to help monitor the prevalence of the virus among vaccinated members of our community.  

  • Where can I get vaccinated locally? (New Aug. 24, 2021)

    Here are some options with appointments available as early as today:

    • Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You is a website where you can enter your zip code and you will be provided a list of all local vaccine sites. 
    • Weis Markets has four clinics offering COVID-19 vaccines. Visit its website to find a location and schedule an appointment. 
    • UHS, directly across the street from the Vestal campus: Visit its website to find a location and schedule an appointment.
    • CVS: There are multiple sites near campus that offer on-demand COVID-19 vaccines. Visit its webite to find CVS vaccine sites near you and to schedule an appointment.
    • Walgreens: There are multiple sites near campus that offer on-demand COVID-19 vaccines. Visit its website to find a site near you and schedule an appointment. 
    • Walmart at 2405 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, with bus routes available from campus: Visit its website to create an account and schedule an appointment.   
    • Broome County Health Department at 225 Front St., Binghamton offers vaccine clinics and will even come to your group of 10 or more to deliver vaccines: Visit its website to have an appointment scheduled.

    Testing for COVID-19 is widely available throughout New York state. Individuals who have questions about COVID-19 testing should call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website

  • If a student is not fully vaccinated before moving in, how will it affect their housing status? (Updated Aug. 16, 2021)

    The student can attend classes, but must wear a mask, 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? (Updated Aug. 23, 2021)

    The vaccination requirements for off-campus students are the same as they are for on-campus students. As of Aug. 23, when the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine, all students are to be vaccinated as per the instructions in the "Are students required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend Binghamton University?" response above,. If you are not vaccinated following the instructions, you will be de-registered from your courses and the University will follow its standard tuition refund schedule. 

  • How does an off-campus student request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination? (Updated Sept. 8, 2021)

    The original deadline to request a medical or religious exemption was July 23. However, there was an open 10-day period for anyone who missed the original deadline. From Aug. 24 through Sept. 3, students could apply for either exemption by uploading their request to the student health portal.

    The exemption request instructions can be found on the Decker Student Health Services website COVID-19 page

    For religious exemptions, regardless of the process used, students were notified of the status of their request through their BMail account from the fall2021@binghamton.edu address.

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. 
  • In my home country, I have completed all the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized for use by the World Health Organization (WHO). Am I considered fully vaccinated? (Updated July 17, 2021)

    No. To be fully vaccinated you should receive a complete series of FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines when you arrive in the U.S. You will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you receive the last dose in the series. 

  • I have completed all the recommended doses of a World Health Organization (WHO)-approved COVID-19 vaccine in my home country. Am I considered fully vaccinated? (New Aug. 4, 2021)

    If more than 14 days have passed since your last dose of the vaccine, you are considered fully vaccinated. 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 for me to be considered fully vaccinated? (New July 19, 2021)

    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. 

  • Will I be charged for a vaccine in the U.S.?

    The Johnson & Johnson vaccine available through the Decker Student Health Services Center is available without charge to students. Vaccine sites off campus may ask for insurance information before administering the vaccine.

  • I started a COVID vaccine series in my home country, but can't complete the series before leaving for the U.S. This vaccine is approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) but is not available in the U.S. What should I do? (New July 17, 2021)

    See “People vaccinated outside the United States” on this CDC webpage. The CDC recommends that you start a complete, FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series when you arrive in the U.S.

  • I have received one does of a COVID vaccine but can't complete the series before leaving for the U.S. This vaccine is approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) but is not available in the U.S. What should I do?  (New July 17, 2021)

    The CDC recommends that you start a complete, FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series when you arrive in the U.S. See “People Vaccinated Outside the United States” at this CDC website.  

  • I received a "mixed series" of COVID-19 vaccines (the vaccine type for my first dose is different than the vaccine type 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.    

  • How do we deal with vaccination records that are not in English?  

    All health information requirements must be presented in English or accompanied by a translation. Students who require translation of documents can use one of the many translation services available on the internet.

  • Do we know if we can accept any vaccine that has been approved by the WHO?  

    The CDC has recommended that completing a WHO-approved vaccine series is acceptable as proof of being fully vaccinated, and though the New York State Department of Health has not yet confirmed this list, we expect it will.

    The current list of WHO-approved vaccines is available online. A vaccine is approved if "Finalized" appears in the column called "Status of Assessment."

  • How can I get a PCR test after arriving in Binghamton?  (New July 17, 2021)

    Any student who has symptoms of COVID-19 may get a PCR test at the Decker Student Health Services Center by calling 607-777-2221. If you are without symptoms, you may call one of the testing sites on this listed on this webpage to schedule an appointment.  

  • How do I go about receiving a specific vaccine by name (e.g., Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) as soon as I am in the U.S.? (Updated Aug. 4, 2021)

    The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is being offered by the Decker Student Health Services Center. Call Decker Student Health Services at 607-777-2221 upon arrival. For all other vaccines,  you may make an appointment at one of the off-campus vaccine sites. See this website for a list of sites in Binghamton.

    See this website for a list of sites in Binghamton.

  • I started a COVID vaccine series in my home country, but can't complete the series before leaving for the U.S. This vaccine is approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) but is not available in the U.S. What should I do? (Updated Aug. 16, 2021)

    See “People vaccinated outside the United States” on this CDC webpage. The CDC recommends that you start a complete, FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series when you arrive in the U.S.

  • Do I have to quarantine/restrict my movement when I get to Binghamton? (Updated Aug. 16, 2021)

    If you are fully vaccinated:

    • Effective Monday, Aug. 9, you will be required to wear a mask when indoors, but you will not be required to restrict your movement.

    If you are partially vaccinated upon your arrival to Binghamton:

    • You will be able to leave your room or housing, but will be required to wear a mask until you are fully vaccinated. 

    If you are not vaccinated:

    • You will be required to remain in your on-campus room or off-campus housing until you receive a negative COVID test. Once you have tested negative,  you will be able to leave your room or housing, but will be required to wear a mask until you are fully* vaccinated.

    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. 
  • Is a COVID test required when I get to campus? (Updated Sept. 8, 2021)

    Anyone arriving from an international destination must be tested upon arrival to Binghamton. This includes vaccinated and unvaccinated students. Tests are available on campus at no charge to you. You will need to obtain a test at an on-campus testing site using the following guidelines:

    If you are fully or partially vaccinated, you should obtain a test at the on-campus surveillance testing site in the Mandela Room/Old Union Hall in the University Union. 

    If you are not vaccinated, you should obtain your test at the Decker Student Health Services Center by calling 607-777-2221. They can also assist you with scheduling a Johnson & Johnson vaccine after your test, pending availability. Students who wish to obtain Pfizer or Moderna vaccines will be referred to resources off campus.

    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. 
  • Can I live in my residence hall if I am not vaccinated? (Aug. 16, 2021)

    If you are partially vaccinated (have completed all shots of a WHO-approved vaccination but have not completed the 14-day waiting period):

    • You will move directly into your fall room assignment.
    • You will not be required to restrict your movement, but will be required to wear a mask and participate in weekly surveillance testing until you have finished the 14-day waiting period.
    • You must be tested within 48 hours of arriving on campus. Further information will be available upon arrival.

    If you are not vaccinated (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):

    • When you arrive on campus, you will NOT be able to move into your fall room assignment. You will be housed in either a temporary residence hall or in a nearby hotel at no additional cost to you. We will hold your fall room assignment until you can occupy the room. 
    • You must be tested within 48 hours of arriving on campus at the Decker Student Health Services Center. Call 607-777-2221 to schedule an appointment. You will be required to remain in your temporary housing until you have taken your COVID test.
    • Decker Student Health Services will administer a Johnson & Johnson vaccine after your test, pending availability. Students who wish to obtain Pfizer or Moderna vaccines will be referred to resources off campus..
    • You will be housed in your temporary room until you have received all vaccine shots in the series you have chosen. Once you have been tested, you will not be required to restrict your movement, but will be required to wear a mask and participate in weekly surveillance testing until you are fully vaccinated. In addition, you may not eat inside the dining halls until you have completed the vaccination series and the 14-day waiting period; however, take-out food will be available to you from the dining halls..  
    • Once you have received all required doses for your vaccination series, you will be allowed to move into your fall room assignment, but you will be required to wear a mask and participate in weekly surveillance testing until you have completed the 14-day waiting period. 
  • What is required of me while I am in the process of vaccination? (Updated Aug. 16, 2021)

    Students who are in the process of being vaccinated will need to do the following:

    • Participate in weekly surveillance testing on campus in the University Union, Room 111
    • Wear a mask when attending class and when inside on-campus buildings
    • Utilize take-out options from campus dining halls
    • If you are staying in on-campus housing, you will be placed in temporary housing until you are fully vaccinated and able to move into your assigned room.
  • What if I cannot make it to Binghamton early in August to get my vaccine? (New July 17, 2021)

    Arriving early is ideal in order to ensure that you are fully* vaccinated or partially** vaccinated before the start of classes. If you are arriving later in August, you will need to follow the requirements for unvaccinated individuals until you are fully vaccinated.

  • What are the surveillance testing requirements for those not vaccinated, partially vaccinated or exempted? (New Aug. 25, 2021)

    Binghamton University is requiring all individuals who are not fully vaccinated to undergo weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing at the University Surveillance Testing Center. Below is information specific to students subject to the surveillance testing requirement. Human Resources will provide information to University staff subject to weekly surveillance testing. Students should pay close attention to the consequences for missing a required test as explained below. COVID-19 testing requirements will be strictly enforced.

    1.    Students who are not fully vaccinated and students who have or may obtain medical/religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement must be tested for COVID-19 weekly at the Surveillance Testing Center in the University Union.  

    2.       Each week a message with a link to make an appointment will be sent to all those subject to such testing. Testing is by appointment only and walk-in testing is no longer available. It is your responsibility to make an appointment and to arrive for testing at the time of your appointment.

    3.    Students who are not tested as required will face the following consequences:

    a.    First missed test: A warning message from the Surveillance Testing Center.

    b.    Second missed test: Students who miss a test after receiving a warning message will have a HOLD placed on their registration; however, the impact of the HOLD on the student’s registration will be held in abeyance unless the student misses another test in the same semester.

    c.    Third missed test: Students who miss a third required COVID-19 test in the same semester will have the registration HOLD activated and will be dropped from their courses. Students not enrolled are also not eligible to live in campus residence halls.

    4.    Students who are dropped from their classes as a result of this policy will have one opportunity to appeal their removal from courses. The ONLY basis for such appeal will be that the University testing records are inaccurate and the student has not missed three tests. The University will not otherwise reconsider the imposition of this policy upon a student who has missed three tests in the same semester.

    5.    Students who are under quarantine order are not required to break quarantine to be tested; however, it is any such student’s responsibility to request an exemption from weekly testing when they are under quarantine order by using this link: https://cglink.me/2eQ/s52397. Copies of quarantine orders will be required.

    6.    Students may not use a home test to satisfy the requirement for weekly COVID-19 testing.

    7.    Students who begin the semester unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated but who become fully vaccinated during the semester are subject to the weekly testing requirement and associated penalties for non-compliance until the date upon which they are fully vaccinated (14-days after last shot). 

    8.    Vaccinated students may receive an infrequent notice to schedule a testing appointment. The University is testing a certain number of vaccinated students each week to help monitor the prevalence of the virus among vaccinated members of our community.  

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 

Health


COVID-19 testing

  • Am I required to participate in surveillance testing if I am fully vaccinated? (Updated Sept. 8, 2021)

    Vaccinated individuals are not required to participate in weekly surveillance testing, but may still be selected to participate in sample surveillance testing throughout the semester, and are required to attend if selected.

    Vaccinated faculty and staff may opt out of the weekly testing by presenting proof of vaccination to Human Resources. A copy of your vaccination card, a screenshot of the New York State Excelsior app or other proof of vaccination may be emailed confidentially to Sara DeClemente-Hammoud at declemen@binghamton.edu. Alternatively, you can stop up in Human Resources (AD-242) to drop off your proof of vaccination.

    Students may be exempt from weekly testing by presenting proof of vaccination to Decker Student Health Services. Proof should be uploaded via the patient portal.

  • Can students, faculty and staff opt in to surveillance testing if fully vaccinated? (New Sept. 8, 2021)

    Students, faculty and staff who are NOT displaying COVID-19 symptoms can schedule a test at the Surveillance Testing Site in Old Union Hall at https://cglink.me/2eQ/r1188077.

    Appointments must be made one day prior to testing and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tests are limited to one per week.

  • What are the surveillance testing requirements for those not vaccinated, partially vaccinated or exempted? (New Aug. 25, 2021)

    Binghamton University is requiring all individuals who are not fully vaccinated to undergo weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing at the University Surveillance Testing Center. Below is information specific to students subject to the surveillance testing requirement. Human Resources will provide information to University staff subject to weekly surveillance testing. Students should pay close attention to the consequences for missing a required test as explained below. COVID-19 testing requirements will be strictly enforced.

    1.    Students who are not fully vaccinated and students who have or may obtain medical/religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement must be tested for COVID-19 weekly at the Surveillance Testing Center in the University Union.  

    2.       Each week a message with a link to make an appointment will be sent to all those subject to such testing. Testing is by appointment only and walk-in testing is no longer available. It is your responsibility to make an appointment and to arrive for testing at the time of your appointment.

    3.    Students who are not tested as required will face the following consequences:

    a.    First missed test: A warning message from the Surveillance Testing Center.

    b.    Second missed test: Students who miss a test after receiving a warning message will have a HOLD placed on their registration; however, the impact of the HOLD on the student’s registration will be held in abeyance unless the student misses another test in the same semester.

    c.    Third missed test: Students who miss a third required COVID-19 test in the same semester will have the registration HOLD activated and will be dropped from their courses. Students not enrolled are also not eligible to live in campus residence halls.

    4.    Students who are dropped from their classes as a result of this policy will have one opportunity to appeal their removal from courses. The ONLY basis for such appeal will be that the University testing records are inaccurate and the student has not missed three tests. The University will not otherwise reconsider the imposition of this policy upon a student who has missed three tests in the same semester.

    5.    Students who are under quarantine order are not required to break quarantine to be tested; however, it is any such student’s responsibility to request an exemption from weekly testing when they are under quarantine order by using this link: https://cglink.me/2eQ/s52397. Copies of quarantine orders will be required.

    6.    Students may not use a home test to satisfy the requirement for weekly COVID-19 testing.

    7.    Students who begin the semester unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated but who become fully vaccinated during the semester are subject to the weekly testing requirement and associated penalties for non-compliance until the date upon which they are fully vaccinated (14-days after last shot). 

    8.    Vaccinated students may receive an infrequent notice to schedule a testing appointment. The University is testing a certain number of vaccinated students each week to help monitor the prevalence of the virus among vaccinated members of our community.  

  • How frequently will I be tested? (New Sept. 8, 2021)

    Unvaccinated individuals or those who have not provided proof of vaccination are required to be tested weekly. 

    Vaccinated students, faculty and staff may also be selected for sample surveillance testing, and will be required to report during the week they are selected. In addition, vaccinated individuals may opt in to weekly testing, following the information provided above.

  • How will I know I am supposed to be tested?  (Updated Oct. 12, 2021)

    If you are unvaccinated or have not provided proof of vaccination, you are required to be tested weekly. You will receive an email to remind you to schedule your next appointment, but you do not need to wait for the reminder email to do so. 

    Vaccinated individuals will receive an email notification on Thursday if they are selected for testing the following week. 

    Appointments can be scheduled using this link: https://cglink.me/2eQ/r1153609. You will not be able to attend testing without an appointment, and only those who are tested weekly or selected for testing will be able to access the testing event. 

  • If I didn't get an email with the link for testing, can I still get tested? (Updated Oct. 13, 2021)

    Students, faculty and staff who are NOT displaying COVID-19 symptoms can schedule a test at the Surveillance Testing Site in Old Union Hall at https://cglink.me/2eQ/r1153609.

    Appointments must be made one day prior to testing and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tests are limited to one per week.

  • Where do I find my testing date/time in the confirmation email? (Updated Aug. 26, 2021)

    Scroll down the email to the "Slot(s) Reserved" section.
    Image: Reservation date and time
    Reservation date and time

  • How do I change my appointment time and/or cancel my appointment? (New Aug. 26, 2021)

    Individuals are given a one-week window to schedule a testing appointment. The appointment can be rescheduled anytime during that week, but the individual must get tested by the date indicated in the testing email.

    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.

  • Can I make one standing appointment at a day/time that carries over from week to week? (New Aug. 26, 2021)

    Individuals must make a new appointment every week. Schedules can change from week to week, so this will allow people the most flexibility with scheduling.

  • Where is the testing site located? (Updated Sept. 8, 2021)

    The testing site is located in Old Union Hall in the University Union.

    Fall 2021 testing site hours

    • Monday: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Tuesday: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    • Thursday: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Friday: 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • What do I need to do if I've tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days? (Updated Aug. 26, 2021)

    Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days are exempt from testing during the 90 day waiting period. 

    Students who have tested positive in the last 90 days should upload their test results to Decker Student Health Services patient portal, and submit an exemption request at https://cglink.me/2eQ/s52397

    Employees who are notified that they have tested positive must contact Sara DeClemente-Hammoud in Human Resources at 607-777-4939. You must also submit an exemption request form online

  • I was just tested at an off-campus testing site and received a negative result. Can I submit my results in order to be exempt from on-campus testing? (New Aug. 26, 2021)

    No. Test results are valid for 24 hours, therefore you must report to on-campus testing during your assigned testing period. Tests from external testing sites are not accepted. 

  • What do I do if I have a positive home test for COVID-19 while I am in Binghamton? (New Aug. 26, 2021)

    Home tests for the self-diagnosis of COVID-19 have become readily available. However, a major drawback is that they do not automatically get reported to any medical provider or official at the Department of Health, so no contact with the ill person is made, and no contact investigation to identify at-risk individuals is done.

    If you have a positive home COVID-19 test while you are in Binghamton, place the test in a sealed plastic bag in case a medical professional requests to see it. Immediately put on a mask and follow the steps below, depending on where you live and the time of day. Then isolate yourself, to the best of your ability, until Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) staff get back to you (see CDC advice online).  

    If you live on campus and get a positive home test result during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), call DSHSC at 607-777-2221. If it is after hours, notify the Residential Life staff member on duty, regardless of the time of day or night.

    On-campus residing students will be moved to isolation housing to minimize the potential risk of spreading the infection to roommates or suitemates while awaiting the results of a confirmatory PCR test, to be scheduled at DSHSC as soon as is feasible. If the confirmatory test is positive, you will continue your isolation and the Health Department will be notified as usual. Negative results will be managed on a case-by-case basis with the assistance of public health authorities.  

    If you live off campus, report the result to DSHSC immediately, or as soon as it is open, by calling 607-777-2221. At the next available opportunity, DSHSC staff will contact you and schedule you for a confirmatory PCR test. Test results will be managed as noted above.

  • How long will it take me to receive the results from my test. Where can I find my results? (New Aug. 26, 2021)
  • Should I report for my surveillance test if I have COVID symptoms? (New Aug. 26, 2021)

    No. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should not report to the surveillance testing site. If you are a student, you should contact Decker Student Health Services Center at 607-777-2221. If you are a faculty/staff member, consult your healthcare provider.

  • I'm self-isolating or quarantining because of an exposure to a positive individual. Do I come in for surveillance testing? (New Aug. 26, 2021)

    If you are under mandatory quarantine by the Department of Health, you should not break quarantine for surveillance testing. Email survtest@binghamton.edu for further instructions.

    If you are choosing to self-isolate because you have heard you have been exposed but have not been contacted by the Department of Health, you should come in for testing if you are asymptomatic. If you are a student experiencing symptoms, contact Decker Student Health Services Center promptly at 607-777-2221; do not report to the surveillance site in the Union. If you are a faculty/staff member experiencing symptoms, consult with a healthcare provider. 

  • Is fall 2021 testing the same as spring 2021? (Updated Oct. 13 2021)

    Fall testing uses the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Test. This requires a short nasal swab that you administer yourself. 

  • What happens if I test positive? (New Aug. 26, 2021)

    Students testing positive will be required to isolate for a period of 10 days, whether they are vaccinated or are unvaccinated for COVID-19.

    The 10-day isolation period starts on the day of the positive test for asymptomatic people, or on the day that their illness began for those with symptoms. Students residing on campus will need to isolate at home or in designated housing on campus. They may not isolate in their usual room or suite. Off-campus students will isolate at home or in their off-campus dwelling. All students will be contacted by our campus team for guidance on managing the transition to isolation..


Quarantine/isolation

  • 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 Sept. 8, 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).

    Limited residence hall space has been reserved for on-campus residing students who need isolation. Separate space is reserved for those who require quarantine. 

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

  • 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 Health 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 Sept. 1, 2021)

    Residentail students approved for on-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.

  • What if a student is directed to quarantine? (Updated Sept. 1, 2021)

    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, etc.), the on-campus residing student may have an option of moving into quarantine housing at a local hotel as space allows.

    Students who are quarantined should follow these nine steps

Employees


Parking and transportation

  • What passenger limits will there be on OCCT and/or BC Transit buses? (Updated Aug. 19, 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. Masks are required at all times when riding OCCT and BC Transit and when waiting in an indoor transportation hub or facility. Previous transit social distancing regulations have been lifted. All buses will be operating at full capacity.

  • What are the fall schedules for OCCT and BC Transit? (Updated Aug. 19, 2021)

    The OCCT schedule for the fall semester is posted on the OCCT website. Download the ETA SPOT application for real-time bus tracking information.

    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. 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. 

  • Will Safe Ride operate? (New Aug. 25, 2021)

    Yes, Safe Ride will provide service. Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) offers a Safe Ride program. Safe Ride is not an on-campus taxi service, but a program that provides a safe escort for individuals who feel uncomfortable walking alone after dark. Students are able to request a point to point safe escort on main campus by calling 607-777-SAFE (7233). Safe Ride operates from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week.

    For those navigating campus, TAPS encourages students, faculty and staff to utilize the OCCT campus shuttle. The shuttle continuously loops the main campus and runs until midnight, stopping at multiple locations. The route is performed by a green shuttle Monday through Friday and a blue bus Saturdays and Sundays. During peak times, the buses run more frequently and will arrive at stop locations every 7-10 minutes. The campus shuttle is displayed in the ETA SPOT application for real-time tracking information. For more information on the campus shuttle, visit the link below. 


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? (Updated Sept. 8 2021)

    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. This requirement was contingent upon final approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the COVID-19 vaccines, which was granted Monday, Aug. 23,

    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 (Sept. 28). 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

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

    The original deadline to request a medical or religious exemption was July 23. However, there was an open 10-day period for anyone who missed the original deadline. From Aug. 24 through Sept. 3, students could apply for either exemption by uploading their request to the student health portal. The exemption request instructions can be found on the Decker Student Health Services COVID-19 page

    For religious exemptions, regardless of the process used, students will be notified of the status of their request through their BMail account from the fall2021@binghamton.edu address.


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