What is the course retake policy?
Courses for which students previously received credit at Binghamton University or
through AP, CLEP, Higher Level International Baccalaureate courses, or through transfer
credit at another institution are not counted as credit towards the degree nor is
the second grade calculated into the GPA.
Students may retake courses in which they have received a passing grade (D or higher). This is to allow a student to demonstrate mastery of a given subject matter upon
which successful performance in later courses may depend. The repeated course does not count toward hours attempted, hours completed or the
When a student repeats a course previously passed, both grades appear on the transcript,
but only the first grade is counted in the GPA calculations. The transcript will bear
a footnote reading credit not applied toward degree for the repeated course. If the
student repeats the course to meet a major or minor grade requirement, he/she must,
upon completion of the course, submit a degree audit inquiry to the Harpur College degree audit coordinator through the Harpur Academic Advising
website requesting that the degree audit coordinator update the student's audit.
Students may retake courses in which they have received a failing grade (F); they are not required to do so by Harpur College, although major requirements may
dictate otherwise. When a student repeats a course previously failed, both grades appear on the transcript, and both are counted in the GPA. As they make their decision about repeating any failed course, students are encouraged
to speak with Harpur Academic Advising.
What is grade option change?
For each course in which they enroll, students choose, with some limited exceptions,
one of two grading options at registration. The decision may be changed (either from
standard letter grade to Pass/Fail or vice versa) at any time up to the end of the
course-withdrawal period, which is during the ninth week of the semester.
Pass/Fail option using grades of P for Pass and F for Fail. In the Pass/Fail option,
P is defined as the equivalent of D or better. Students may apply up to 24 credits
of "P" courses toward their 126 credits needed to graduate.
Can I pass/fail a course and have it count for (________) requirement?
General Education courses must be taken for a letter grade (normal grading option) unless a course
is only offered pass/fail.
Courses used to fulfill major or minor requirements may not be taken pass/fail in most cases. Some departments have specified the number
or type of courses that can be taken pass/fail and still count to fulfill major or
minor requirements. Please consult the bulletin, your degree audit and the department
to determine if a course can be taken pass/fail.
Courses used to fulfill Harpur College requirements, including the upper level requirement and the Harpur College writing requirement can be taken pass/fail. Students will need to take at least one C or J course for
a grade to complete the general education requirement.
Can I Overload?
RETURNING BINGHAMTON STUDENTS WITH A 3.30 GPA or BETTER:
Starting on the 5th day of the semester, you may enroll in up to 22 credits through
the BUBrain and you do not need to petition. If you wish to carry 23 or 24 credit
hours, you must petition. Credit loads of 23-24 credits must be reviewed by the Academic
Standards Committee. Be aware that this Committee will not meet until the 4th week
of the semester
STUDENTS WITH LESS THAN A 3.3 GPA WHO WISH TO TAKE MORE THAN 18 ACADEMIC CREDITS (academic credits are defined as courses not offered through OUT, THEP and MUSP):
Overload petitions for Harpur students with less than a 3.30 cumulative GPA will be
considered beginning on the fifth calendar day of the semester. Students must present a strong rationale. Extenuating circumstances may be considered.
STUDENTS WHO WILL NOT BE APPROVED TO TAKE MORE THAN 18 ACADEMIC CREDITS (academic credits are defined as courses not offered through OUT, THEP and MUSP):
- First semester Binghamton students (freshman or transfers) are not permitted to take
more than 18 academic credits.
- Students on probation are not permitted to take more than 18 academic credits.
- Students may not overload during a winter or summer term.
What is the policy on incomplete courses?
The instructor may report a notation of Incomplete, rather than a grade, when a student
has not been able to complete a course for what, in the instructors judgment, is a
compelling reason. The student is responsible for requesting an incomplete in a timely
fashion so that the instructor may evaluate the circumstance before grades are due
to the registrar. The submission of an Incomplete means that a student has made a
substantial commitment to the course—that is, has completed more than half of the
work required—but less than half of the work must still be accomplished before an
evaluation may be made.
Students must determine with the instructor, consistent with the provisions of the
policy stated above, what work is necessary for completion of the course and when
the work must be submitted. Ordinarily all Incomplete notations must be replaced with
grades by the end of the next major semester (fall, spring), whether or not the student
is enrolled. Incomplete notations change to an F grade at the end of the next semester
unless the student files an official extension with the Financial Aid and Student
Records Office. The student is responsible for initiating a request for an extension,
having reached agreement with the instructor for an alternate completion date. The
student is responsible for obtaining appropriate signatures on a Request for Extension
of Incomplete form which is available in the Financial Aid and Student Records Office.
An Incomplete may be extended for only a limited time. The instructor must submit
the grade for the Incomplete course within 18 months of the last class day of the
semester in which he or she offered the original class. Students must clear all Incompletes
within 30 days of their intended graduation semester.
Students who will receive an incomplete in a course should complete an incomplete grade contract with their instructor in order to ensure that the requirements to complete the course
are clearly documented.
FERPA & Parents
What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a U.S. Federal law that protects
the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive
funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. It is also
known as the Buckley Amendment.
I am a parent. What can an advisor tell me about my student's educational record?
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.
What are the requirements to make Dean's List?
To qualify for the Harpur Deans List at the end of each regular semester, students
must have a 3.5 or better semester grade-point average, at least 12 graded credits
and no missing grades or Incompletes. Recognition is given for each semester in which
students meet these criteria. The award is noted on the transcript.
What are the requirements to earn cum laude, magma cum laude and summa cum laude honors?
Students with outstanding academic records receive college-wide honors upon graduation.
To qualify students must meet the cumulative grade-point averages specified below,
have at least 48 graded Binghamton University credits and have no missing grades or
Incompletes. Honors are awarded as follows:
3.50-3.69 GPA: cum laude
3.70-3.84 GPA: magna cum laude
3.85-4.00 GPA: summa cum laude
The appropriate graduation honors are indicated on the diploma and on the final transcript.
I want to take a leave of absence from Binghamton. What do I need to do?
Binghamton does not have any formal leave of absence procedure (unless you are an
international student). In order to take a leave of absence from Binghamton, all you
would need to do is not register for the semester that you plan on being away from
the University. If you have already registered for classes, please contact the Office
of Student Records prior to drop all of your classes. International students should
consult with International Student and Scholar Services about your plans.
I have been away from BInghamton, but I'm now ready to return. What do I need to do?
If you'd like to return to Binghamton to the same program of study and have been away
from the University for less than 3 consecutive semesters, you should have received a time-ticket during pre-registration. In order to return
to Binghamton, all you need to do is register for courses online during your assigned
If you have been away from the University for more than 3 consecutive semesters, you need to complete a "re-enrollment application" found here. Once you have been re-enrolled in the University, you will be permitted to register
I'm currently in ________ college but I want to transfer into another college within
BInghamton University. What do I do?
The process of transferring from one college to another within Binghamton University
is called Intra-University Transfer (IUT). Find out more about Intra-University Transfer
on this page.