About the Provost Office


August 2021

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After a year of social distancing, hybrid and remote instruction, and Zoom meetings, we are thrilled to begin the new academic year with classes fully in person; visiting speakers, scholars, and artists; live performances; and the wide range of co-curricular activities that enrich the student experience. Along with world-class faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and the stunning beauty of Upstate New York, these are the things that make Binghamton University a premier public university and the destination for top students from New York, across the U.S. and around the world.

As we resume in-person instruction and activities, we are redoubling our efforts to keep everyone on our campus safe. Our efforts are informed by guidance from the Centers Disease Control and Prevention, state and local public health authorities, medical and public health experts on our campus, and our experience in keeping the campus safe during a very difficult year while enjoying a high occupancy rate in our residence halls and offering more than a third of our courses in person. Students living on campus must be vaccinated, and a high percentage of students living off campus have been vaccinated. Once the Food and Drug Administration provides final approval of a vaccine, we will require all students living off campus to complete a vaccination regimen promptly. As the semester begins, we will require masking indoors and enforce the requirement aggressively. Air circulation systems in classroom spaces have also been upgraded to ensure safety. For detailed information on our approach to keeping everyone safe, we have created an informative website  that we update as developments dictate.

The measures we have taken will enable students, faculty and staff to make the most of the opportunities Binghamton has to offer. Our First-year Research Immersion and Source Project provide unique opportunities for undergraduates to engage in original, faculty-mentored research as soon as they set foot on campus, while our new Innovation Scholars Program  offers students from across campus opportunities to collaborate on creative solutions to large, unstructured problems. We have also developed a unique approach to fostering research collaboration: our six Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence bring faculty and students from a variety of disciplines together to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Even in the midst of a pandemic, we continued to create new physical spaces to facilitate learning, research, creativity, and community. We opened the second building on our Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City — the new Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences facility in January 2021. And we look forward to beginning construction of a third building — a new research and development facility that will support our expanding portfolio of health science research — this fall. On the Vestal campus, we opened the Innovation Lab, which will provide students 10,000 square-feet of fresh, flexible space for study and collaboration. In addition to completing renovation of two historic science facilities that serve our departments of psychology and biological sciences, we will begin full renovation of the third floor of Bartle Library to provide additional space for study, collaboration and our exciting digital humanities initiatives.

While we continue to be vigilant about public health, we are excited to welcome the new academic year and the face-to-face interactions that make Binghamton such a great place for students, faculty and staff to teach, learn, create and grow. I hope you will explore our website to learn more about what Binghamton has to offer you, and, better yet, visit to campus to experience Binghamton in person.

Donald G. Nieman
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost