Restarting Binghamton - Spring '21

Binghamton University welcomed students and faculty back to classrooms and residence halls in late August 2020, following guidance from public health and New York state authorities. 

These web pages outline a series of guiding principles that clarify our restarting process as it was originally implemented, and as it has evolved throughout the pandemic.

They are:

  • Protect the health and safety of everyone associated with the University: students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • Maximize the value of our education by maintaining access for all students admitted to the University regardless of economic means, and maximize the success of all of our students to enhance their lives and futures.
  • Sustain the research activities of the University to the greatest extent possible. 
  • Contribute to the economic recovery of our region.

The plan for Binghamton’s campuses has been adjusted as necessary moving forward, based on scientific data and in accordance with guidance from public health and government authorities.

A group of University leaders worked on these detailed plans with the goal of having onsite instruction and a residential experience for our students, only after the campus infrastructure and culture was reimagined to provide a safe, high-quality experience for living and learning.

The Restarting Binghamton approved plan

Binghamton University developed its Restarting Binghamton plan after receiving guidance from New York state and feedback from nearly 1,000 individuals. The original plan was submitted to the SUNY Chancellor on June 23, 2020, and was approved on July 1, 2020. The plan was implemented, but has evolved as necessary based on guidance from public health and government authorities. Amendements to the original plan for the spring 2021 semester were approved on Jan. 22, 2021, and are noted below. 

We have developed a Frequently Asked Questions page to answer some commonly asked questions.

Spring 2021 Reopening Plan (approved by SUNY Jan. 22, 2021)


Reopening New York (New York State) - Higher Education Guidelines

Supplemental guidance for COVID-19 Containment at Higher Education Institutions During the Public Health Emergency