A photo of the Dean of Students at Binghamton University. Message from the
Dean of Students

Dear Parents/Families,

Though Move-In Day seems like it was just a short while ago, we're well into the fall semester and there's plenty going on. As students are fully into their classes, our more than 250 student organizations have kicked into overdrive and no matter where you go on campus, you'll see students engaged in activities, performances, athletic events, charitable fundraisers, community service initiatives, research and more.

And this weekend, we welcome families to campus for Family Weekend. For those of you who have registered, I encourage you to attend as many activities as possible. President Harvey Stenger, Provost Donald Nieman, Vice President for Student Affairs Brian Rose and I will be on hand to welcome you at 10 a.m. Saturday, in the Mandela Room in the University Union; the Harpur Edge will hold an open house at 10:30 a.m. Saturday; and don't forget the comedian Nick Offerman from the Parks & Recreation show on Saturday night! Check out the "10 Things to do with (or without) your parents on Family Weekend 2014" online or visit the Binghamton Bearcat Family Association Facebook page for daily updates. 

If you're not able to join us for Family Weekend, but have questions or concerns, contact me at dos@binghamton.edu. If you are heading to Binghamton for the weekend, see you in a few days!


April Thompson
Dean of Students  

President's Quarterly Report

President Harvey Stenger's quarterly report, which includes a message from him and information from each of the University's divisions and the Department of Athletics, is published the week following the end of every quarter.

This quarter's report includes information on the site selection for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences that will begin enrolling students in fall 2017, as well as information about the Smart Energy Research and Development Facility groundbreaking. You'll also find information about this year's entering class, what we're doing about classroom space and brief profiles of our new faculty.

Find the President's Quarterly Report online, along with an archive of prior reports, to give you a snapshot of Binghamton University at any point in time.

Residential Life

We're excited to share the energy and enthusiasm of our residents and communities with you at Family Weekend! Come by our table at registration or seek out our RA ambassadors to ask any and all questions you and your student have about life on campus or returning student housing sign ups. We want to help students reIMAGINE their life on campus and reDEFINE their home. We're planning events in every community — there's 1,000 cupcakes waiting for you in Mountainview! — as well as RAs on hand to provide community tours between noon and 3p.m. They'll share their personal stories, help you compare room options and living styles, and give the uncensored scoop on each community. It won't be your typical campus tour!

The big buzz in our halls the last couple of weeks has been returning student housing sign ups, and our decision to move the process up from next spring to this October. We realize this surprised a majority of our residents and their families and are sympathetic to your concerns. We believe that the timeline change is in the best interest of our students and we are here to support everyone throughout the process. Life on campus and academic success are strongly linked and in the past students were forced to forgo our spring on-campus process to sign off-campus leases in time. Now, they don't have to. We hope you'll read this letter from our Director of Residential Life and University Housing, Suzanne Howell, that shares why the decision was made and details about support we are providing for residents throughout the process. Then talk with your students about their choices and reINVEST in their education by encouraging them sign up for 2015-16 housing.

Fleishman Center launches website to streamline job and internship search

The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development recently launched hireBING, the new online job and internship search platform for Binghamton University. This system is a way for students to upload résumés, schedule appointments with career advisors, search for employment and internships, and participate in employer on-campus recruiting. Students also have access to more than 10 million additional postings through the NACElink Extended Job Search feature, making hireBING a one-stop shop for their job search! The site also allows employers to reach out to specific students, and students can save their favorite employers' information for easy access.

Discuss with your students whether or not they have accessed hireBING. Students who have not yet logged in to hireBING should do so using their Binghamton University e-mail as their username, and by clicking on the "forgot password" feature to retrieve a temporary password in order to update their student profile. Students with questions about hireBING, résumés, interviewing, or their internship or employment search are encouraged to visit the Fleishman Center during walk-in advising hours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evening walk-in hours are available from 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.


Campus Recreation

The Challenge Course officially opened in September with 20 raffle prizewinners shrieking and laughing as they claimed their ride down the zip line. Get ready, because we're opening it again for you during Family Weekend! On Saturday Oct. 11 from noon-3 p.m., students and family members 18 years of age or older are invited to come zip. (Please note that there are age and weight limitations due to harness sizes.) For each $5 pass purchased by a student, they will receive one free pass for a family member. Only 15 student passes (30 zip line passes total) will be available, first-come, first-served. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Rec Center front desk. On both Saturday and Sunday of Family Weekend you are also welcome to a complementary day pass to the Recreation Center, good for entry into the fitness center (FitSpace) and all group fitness classes. Visitors must be 18-years of age or older. Just pick up your pass at the Family Weekend Welcome Center prior to heading down to work out. The weekend is also packed with club and intramural sports games. Come cheer on our students — club badminton, men's and women's soccer, men's rugby, tennis, men's and women's lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey, running and swim all have events at home. Families of all ages can also take advantage of our disc golf course. The 18-holes begin on the path between the brain loop and the East Gym, and then wind around the back of East Campus Housing. Disc can be signed out at the Rec Center, front desk. There are no greens fees and plaid pants are optional! Visit play.binghamton.edu for a complete list of offerings and schedules. Come play!

Think flu prevention

The Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) began providing flu vaccine free of charge on Oct. 1. Encourage your student to watch for details regarding dates and locations of flu clinics on B-Line. Students may also schedule appointments for flu vaccine online at myhealth.binghamton.edu or by calling the DSHSC at 607-777-2221.

Importance of getting involved

The class structures in collegiate settings are quite different from high school, leaving students with more free time. While academics are the first priority for students, time spent outside of class is just as important. For many students, their defining experiences and most memorable moments happen outside of the classroom. Becoming involved on campus is often one of the best decisions a student can make. It can open doors, both professionally and socially, and create memories.

The beauty of our campus is that involvement and engagement do not look the same for any two students. There are an astonishing amount of activities to become involved with. Each and every student can find something to engage them if they make the effort to look.

It is important for you as parents to check in about your student's academics, but make sure to ask about the "other stuff" too. Encourage your student to try new things, get out of their comfort zone and make the most of their time at Binghamton. They may stumble upon a club, organization or group of people that will forever change them. These opportunities are the ones that will leave your student with a sense of fulfillment and memories to last a lifetime.

Some resources for students looking to become involved:

Dating violence: A message from the IVP team

The month of October is designated as Dating Violence Awareness Month, and the campus Interpersonal Violence Prevention (IVP) team is working hard to spread the word about domestic violence on campus. In the United States, one in three adolescents ages 16-24 is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner (Loveisrespect.org).

As parents, you hope that relationship violence is not something that ever affects the lives of your child or family; however, the reality is that dating violence is prevalent among adolescents. College is often a time of transition not only for students, but for parents as well. As parents, you must learn to cope with the fact that you cannot always be physically with your child when they need help or comfort. Luckily, your child is often a phone call, FaceTime or Skype call away, and though your conversation may not always be in person, conversing with your child about dating violence is an important step in preventing your child from experiencing harm.

Relationship abuse can take many forms outside of physical abuse. Relationship abuse can be physical or sexual abuse – but can also come in the form of threats, insults, controlling behavior and emotional abuse. To view tips and resources for starting these conversations, visit the IVP website.

A safe place for students

Binghamton University Counseling Center realizes the importance of ensuring that both the student and family have a smooth transition into higher education. The University Counseling Center provides a safe place for students to receive counseling services. Licensed professional counselors (psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and licensed mental health counselors) are available to assist students with many obstacles which may be hindering them from achieving personal and professional satisfaction. The information shared with the counselors is confidential and is not included in the student's academic record. We understand that every student is unique and we strive to provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for our diverse student population. Counseling sessions are free as part of the health fee. Parents may also call for a consultation with counseling staff if they are concerned about a student.

Dining Services offers your student more this fall!

  • New website platform, same address
  • Cage-free shelled eggs – coming this semester
  • Empire Grill offering grass-fed, New York state beef and local, free-range chicken in all resident dining centers
  • Online ordering available at participating locations in the MarketPlace on campus.
  • Night Owl locations at each resident dining center offer amazing menu items at resident prices
  • ... and much more!

We have so many fantastic offerings this semester. Stay tuned to our website for all the latest and greatest.

Financial Aid and Student Records

The Financial Aid and Student Records office has moved and is now located in the new Admissions Center, Room 112.

Dates and deadlines

Oct. 22

Winter 2014 Advanced Registration for all students begins. Class schedules will be available to view online beginning Oct. 20.

Oct. 31

  • Spring 2014 Advanced Registration for undergraduate students begins Friday, Oct. 31, and continues throughout the rest of the semester. Class schedules and registration time tickets will be available to view online beginning Friday, Oct. 24.
    •  **Be sure to clear all holds that may prevent registration. Holds can be viewed online in BU BRAIN Self Service via the Portal. Outstanding account balances will delay your student's registration.
  • Note for financial aid applicants: Be sure that all of your student's financial aid has been applied to their bill. Unsatisfied requirements prevent aid from being applied to the bill. Students can view unsatisfied requirements online in BU BRAIN Self Service, Financial Aid tab, Eligibility section.
  • Grade option change deadline: Last day for students to change grading option. Students may select a grading option when registering for a course. The grading options are letter grade or pass/fail. Students complete the grade option change online through BU BRAIN Self Service. Click here for more information
  • Course withdrawal deadline: Last day for students to withdraw from a course. Available online through BU BRAIN Self Service. Students will receive a "W" on their official transcripts for any course they withdraw from.
  • Deadline for students to submit the Fall 2014 Application for Degree (AFD). Is your student a graduating senior? Application for Degree is available online now in BU BRAIN Self Service.
There's a new online, late add/drop or withdrawal petition process. With approval from the instructor and appropriate academic advising or dean's office, students may late add, drop or withdraw from individual courses. Click here for more information

University Withdrawal

Students looking to withdraw completely from the University should submit the University Withdrawal form to Financial Aid and Student Records, Admissions Center, Room 112. The Semester Withdrawal Form is required for a student who wishes to drop all fall semester courses, and who wants his/her academic record to indicate in good standing.

The Binghamton Fund

Active and involved parents make a difference at Binghamton by offering charitable support. Parent giving to the Binghamton Fund increased by more than 20 percent compared to last fiscal year, providing more internships, research and networking opportunities, and other life-changing educational experiences for students like yours.

Your gift matters. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the Binghamton Fund at 607-777-6209 or via e-mail.

Check out Binghamton University on Facebook

Want to know more about what's going on at Binghamton University beyond the parent Facebook page? Check the Binghamton University main page out on Facebook.

Visiting Binghamton?

If you're planning a trip to Binghamton, visit the Visiting Binghamton section on our website or the Greater Binghamton Convention and Visitors Bureau for information on what to see, where to stay and where to eat while you're here.

Update Parent Information

Keep your contact information updated in our parent database. If your address, phone or e-mail has changed, send a note to kellis@binghamton.edu to let us know. And if you're looking for more from us, check out some of our pages targeted directly to parents and guardians:

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Last Updated: 10/8/14