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Harpur Academic Recovery Program (H.A.R.P.)

Program Overview

Harpur Academic Recovery Program (H.A.R.P.) is an initiative from the Harpur Advising Office to assist students in academic difficulty. The goal of H.A.R.P. is to build a community of support for students who are facing academic difficulties at Binghamton to assist them in returning to good academic standing as soon as possible. Offering multiple events and structured advising appointments, H.A.R.P. aims to help students identify and address the root issue of their academic difficulties by improving their academic, social, and emotional well-being.


The overarching belief of H.A.R.P. is that students with academic challenges will be able to better overcome these obstacles if they establish meaningful connections on campus. Through relationships with peers and professional staff on campus, we can work together towards a solution. Academic difficulty is a reality faced by many students in college. The H.A.R.P. team works with other offices on campus to assist students in their pursuit of improved academics. Most activities are held in a group setting in order to de-stigmatize being a student in academic difficulty. Additionally, as space allows, events will be open to all students.

Program Format

First-time probation H.A.R.P. students will sign a contract to engage in a circuit of seven opportunities to enhance their academic, social, and mental well-being. Upon successful completion of the agreement students will be eligible for an Academic Reset, meaning that the term "probation" will be removed from the prior semester of the transcript. 

Circuit Engagement Options:

Monthly Advising Sessions

H.A.R.P. students meet with their assigned advisor at least once a month to identify the challenges they face and to derive a plan of action towards a solution. The advisor and student work together to help the student assess and address their mental, social, and emotional challenges. Action plans may include change of major, engagement in social activities, tutoring or academic support, or other changes relevant to the student.

Academic Workshops

Workshops on a multitude of themes will be offered throughout the semester. Topics will include identifying an appropriate major, improving writing skills, and increasing motivation and willpower, among others. Each workshop will be offered twice to accommodate a student's schedule; once in the day and once in the evening. See our calendar for more information on times and topics.

Group Co-sponsored Events

In coordination with other offices on campus, H.A.R.P. will offer students the opportunity to engage with others through social and co-curricular events. These events include a hike, a session on the ropes course, and a shared art event among others. The purpose of these events is to aid students in making connections with their peers. Offices across campus will sponsor events to serve as emotional and social outlets for overall well-being. See our calendar for specific details.


Students who will be entering their first semester on probation are eligible to participate in the H.A.R.P. circuit. Other students will be given the opportunity to attend events on a space-available basis.

To sign up for the H.A.R.P. program, you should meet with one of the H.A.R.P. advisors in the first two weeks of class. Students will be asked to complete a short self-assessment survey to help their advisor understand their needs and begin the process of finding solutions. Students will be given the opportunity to join the program until September 15th in the Fall semester or January 31st in the Spring semester.

Last Updated: 4/29/19