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Information for Parents

Harpur College Academic Advising is committed to your student's success at Binghamton University and beyond. While our role is chiefly that of academic advisor, we seek to encourage students in all areas of University life. Moreover, we strive to be a key source of information as students consider their future careers or post-baccalaureate studies. Read our MISSION STATEMENT for more information.

We are here to provide tools, advice, encouragement and direction for students. However students are ultimately responsible for creating their schedules, making decisions about coursework, deciding their academic tracks and majors, pursuing steps in career-building, and being informed of key policies and requirements at the University. Additionally, students are considered adults, in all senses, by the University and by the staff of Harpur College Academic Advising. As a result, students are afforded the privileges of privacy, and the expectation that they can operate autonomously. We are fully committed to the idea that our students are responsible young adults who, with guidance, can make sound academic decisions. Harpur College Academic Advising stands ready to serve as a source of support and information as students pursue their goals.

We fully understand the often difficult position parents are in when considering their student's future and their student's academic track. We encourage parents to be actively engaged in the process of decision making, research and planning. The flow of information, and any discussions concerning the specifics of a student's academics, should take place between the student and the parent. This reinforces our position that the student is capable of making informed decisions, and furthermore, is capable of articulating and communicating their reasons for their decisions. Furthermore, the staff of Harpur College Academic Advising is committed to honoring your student's right to privacy as laid out in the directives of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which transfers rights to education records to the student once they reach the age of 18. To learn more about our obligations under FERPA, you may view the U.S. Department of Education's summary and complete text of FERPA. Because of our commitments to privacy, parents cannot communicate with us concerning the specifics of their student's academic progress or planning absent written consent, or the presence of the student. Parents can, of course, communicate with us concerning general questions surrounding policy and procedure, however we cannot reveal the specifics of a student's record or case without consent from the student.

The parent-student relationship is an important one. Parents serve as key pillars of support and guidance even as students move into adulthood. Even though we cannot discuss private matters with parents, we still encourage parents to be actively involved by maintaining lines of communication, and providing support. Being familiar with what Binghamton offers to students, in terms of support and services, can often be very helpful to parents and students.

If you feel your student is struggling, we have various means of support at Binghamton University. Feel free to familiarize yourself with services at the University by exploring the University Web:

If general, policy, account, aid or enrollment questions arise, various administrative units are available to assist:

In addition to the above, there are many other more specific areas of support and programs viewable on the Current Students menu of the Binghamton Web.

The University community has several other resources, programs and initiatives which seek to serve parents. We also encourage you to access the following resources which may be helpful to you and your student.

Binghamton University Resources

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Last Updated: 6/18/15