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 audit auditor participation. If course space is limited, instructors 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 Auditors are expected to comply with instructor requirements; consent for participation in the program can be withdrawn if circumstances warrant. 

**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 accommodated older adult 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 or materials. If you voluntarily choose to purchase materials associated with the 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 Harpur Academic Advising. See below for details on the ID card. 

If you're new to the Older Adult Auditor program, please follow these steps:

  1. Locate A Course
    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. Seek Instructor Approval
    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. 
  3. Ask the Instructor to Complete the Approval Form
    Bring the signed Instructor Approval Form to Harpur Advising and provide us with the course name, course number and instructor's name
  4. Complete the necessary Health Forms and return these forms to Harpur Advising so that we can forward them to Decker Health Services
    1. If you were born after 12/31/1956, complete the Older Adult Health Form 
    2. Read the Meningococcal Disease information sheet and complete the Meningitis Information Response Form
    3. If you take 12 or more credits in the term, you must also complete a Tuberculosis Screening form 

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

  1. Locate A Course
    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. Seek Instructor Approval
    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.  
  3. Ask the instructor to sign the approval form.
    Bring the signed Instructor Approval Form to Harpur Advising and provide us with the course name, course number and instructor's name and we'll mail your ID card to you. 

Your limited ID card can be used...

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To access the Bartle Library University Libraries provides access to a wide variety of print and digital resources. 
To gain assistance from the Information Technologies Help Desk The Help Desk offers students assistance setting up a University email account and answers other questions about the use of information technology. 
To use computers in campus computer lab (PODS) If you want to use a computer on campus, you can go to a PODS location. You may need to schedule a time. 
To use myCourses To use myCourses, the instructor must add you to the course list and you must have a valid email address. MyCourses is a course management system instructors use to generate information, communicate with students, record grades and more. Once entered into myCourses by the instructor, you will have access to the same information as your classmates. 
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. 
To receive B-Alert messages B-Alert is an emergency alert system for critical campus information and emergencies. Please supply a cell phone number or an email address on your Instructor Approval form. You may be charged for Text messages. 

Last Updated: 3/1/17