Older Adult Auditor Program

New York state law permits residents 60 years or older to audit credit-bearing classes at state-affiliated campuses free of charge. Auditors participate in class activities at the discretion of the instructor and on a space-available basis. Participants identify courses of interest and contact the instructor to determine openings for older adult auditor participation.*  If course space is limited  instructor can wait until the drop/add deadline before approving an auditor.

Auditors participate fully in classes, but there is no college credit, nor are any formal records kept of involvement. Auditors are expected to comply with instructor requirements; consent for participation in the program can be withdrawn if circumstances warrant. We strongly recommend that older adult auditors have an email account.

*NOTE: Individual lessons on musical instruments are not available through this program. Also, space limitations in the School of Nursing and Studio Art courses often mean auditors can not be accommodated. In addition, all requests for audits in the School of Management must be approved in the school office and not by individual instructors. At this time we can’t accommodate older adults auditors in distance-education courses. Certain other courses may also have restrictions.

While there is no charge for tuition, some courses such as Studio Art may have fees for supplies and materials.  If you voluntarily choose to purchase materials associated with a course, the fees are collected by the department often by using the "IFR" account.  A BU ID number is not necessary. In addition, auditors can request a limited Binghamton University ID card from the Center for Innovative and Continuing Education office.  See below for details on the ID card.

If you’re new to the Older Adult Audit program, please follow these steps

  1. Seek instructor approval. To locate a course, go to our online catalog of courses and select the term you are interested in. You'll be able to search for courses a number of ways; when you find one you like, look for the instructor's name, class times and location.
  2. Contact the instructor (visit the Binghamton University Telecommunications Directory or the appropriate department website to locate phone and email information for that instructor) and ask for approval to audit the program.  Ask the instructor to complete the approval form.
  3. Complete section before Part A.  Parts A and B of the Medical History Report(157kb, pdf) and return the form to the Center for Innovative and Continuing Education so we can forward it to the Decker Student Health Services Center for you. Information about completing that form is located here. Do not complete Part B if your DOB is before 1/1/1957.
  4. If you take 12 or more credits in the term, you must also complete a Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Form(74kb, pdf) and return that to us so we can forward that along with your Medical History Report to Decker Student Health Services Center. Information about completing that form is located here.
  5. Bring the signed Instructor Approval Form to the Center for Innovative and Continuing Education office to the University Downtonw Center campus (directions) to sign “the book” and to request your limited Binghamton ID card, which is good until the end of the term. If you signed up at the University Downtown Center office, you don’t need to come to our office at the University Downtown Center campus. We’ll mail your ID card to you. Instructors should see the information below on the use of Blackboard.
  6. A valid personal email account is recommended and is necessary to have access to Blackboard.  As of 2010, BU discontinued providing email addresses for Older Adult Auditors.  Official BU communications are available on the B-Line website.

If you are a returning Older Adult Auditor, please follow these steps

  1. Seek instructor approval. To locate a course, go to our online catalog of courses and select the term you are interested in. You'll be able to search for courses a number of ways; when you find one you like, look for the instructor's name, class times and location.
  2. Contact the instructor (visit the Binghamton University Telecommunications Directory or the appropriate department website to locate phone and email information for that instructor) and ask for approval to audit the program.  Ask the instructor to complete the approval form.
  3. Bring the signed Instructor Approval Form to the Center for Innovative and Continuing Education and provide us with the course name, course number and instructor’s name and we’ll mail your ID card to you.
  4. A valid person email account is recommended and is necessary to have access to Blackboard.  As of 2010, BU discontinued providing email addresses for Older Adult Auditors.  Official Bu Communications are available on the B-Line website.

Your limited ID card can be used…

  • The access the Bartle Library.

    • University Libraries provides access to a wide variety of print and digital resources.
  • To gain assistance from the Information Technology Services Help Desk.

    • The Help Desk offers students assistance and answers questions about the use of information technology.
  • To use computers in campus computer labs (PODS).

    • Computers are available for use at any PODS location on campus. Printer and scanner services are limited.
  • To use Blackboard.

    • To use Blackboard the instructor must add you to the course list and you must have a valid email address. Blackboard is a course management system instructors use to generate information, communicate with students, record grades and more. Once entered into Blackboard by the instructor, you will have access to the same information as your classmates.
    • Instructors must contact the Help Desk for directions on adding auditors on Blackboard.
  • To obtain a University parking permit at Parking Services.

    • All vehicles on campus must be registered with Parking Services and must display a valid parking permit. There is a fee for parking permits; daily permits are available.
    • Please check the Parking Services website before visiting the office. A temporary location may be available during busy times.
    • For courses located in the University Downtown Center (67 Washington St.), auditors are issued a "Prox" card for access to the Center parking lot, in addition to the $20 University parking permit.
  • To receive RAVE alerts.

    • RAVE is an emergency alert system for critical campus information and emergencies. Please supply a cell phone number or a email address on your Instructor Approval form. You may be charged for text messages.

Last Updated: 8/28/14