Winter Session Academic Information

Student Complaint Policy

Students wishing to file a complaint should follow the procedures outlined in the University Bulletin under "Academic Grievance Procedures". Students taking online courses may also file a complaint with their home state agency. The State Higher Education Executive Office (SHEEO) has provided a directory of Student Complaint information by State and Agency.

Student Authentication Policy

At Binghamton University, online learning students must log into a secure portal using a customized user id and password. All students who enroll in courses at Binghamton are authenticated through an identity management system that provides a unique user name and password for access. Without these identifiers, students cannot register for classes or access university tools for online learning. The university’s policies regarding academic honesty and acceptable use of Information Technology Services include penalties for unauthorized use of another individual’s name and password and for cheating on examinations. (For more information, please see ITS acceptable use policy, and the academic honesty policy in the University Bulletin). In addition, some academic units offering online learning classes use proctored exams. Instructors of online learning courses are encouraged to require students to acknowledge the acceptance of these policies in course syllabi and in online materials provided for the course.

Credit Limits

Students may not register for more than 4 credits in Winter Session; all courses offered in the Winter Session carry 4 credits unless otherwise noted.

Dropping a Course in or Withdrawing from Winter Session

Students who wish their records to indicate good standing when dropping a course or withdrawing from the Winter Session must follow formal drop and withdrawal procedures since mere absence from class does not constitute due notice of drop or withdrawal. Students who stop attending a course for which they are registered are liable for payment unless the proper drop or withdrawal forms are submitted and approved.

In general, any Winter Session student may drop a course* up until the published drop deadline. Undergraduate students wishing to withdraw from a course should pursue a Late Drop/Withdrawal via BU Brain Self Service. Graduate students must contact the Graduate School.

* NOTE: Beginning Monday, December 10th 2018, students can drop their last class for Winter 2019 on the BU Brain Self Service. A Withdrawal form is NOT required. Prior to this date, students can email requesting their class be dropped. Email request must come from the student's official Binghamton email, and should include the CRN or subject and course number as well as the student's B-number.

Cancellation of Courses

Due to regulations governing the Winter Session, courses that do not meet the minimum enrollment targets are ordinarily cancelled. The Winter Session office cannot guarantee that every course listed in the university's schedule of classes will actually be taught.

Independent Study, Internships, Thesis and Dissertation Courses

Students enrolling in non-classroom courses such as independent study, thesis and dissertation research, etc., must be registered for these courses by the appropriate dates (see Winter Calendar). Students should arrange for registration by contacting the department offering the course.

Auditing a Course

Students may not audit courses in the Winter Session.