COVID-19 information

Pass/fail policy changes

For spring 2020, Binghamton University changed its Pass/Fail policy except as it applies to undergraduates in academic programs where licensure or accreditation regulations prohibit this, such as nursing. Review the Decker-specific information on pass/fail.


Health/clinical requirements deadline changes

The Decker School of Nursing has extended the following deadlines for health/clinical practice requirements for incoming students due to the pandemic:

  • Baccalaureate Accelerated Track (BAT) students: Aug. 1, 2020
  • Traditional (junior) students: Sept. 1, 2020

Visit our Requirements webpage.


Messages from Dean Mario Ortiz

  • To faculty, staff, alumni and students: April 1, 2020

    Dear Alumni, Students, Faculty and Staff of the Decker School of Nursing:

    Registered nurse and attorney Rawsi Williams once said, “To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse.”

    The crisis facing our nation is unprecedented. It strikes us at every level of our being, from concern for our personal health and the health of our loved ones, to anxiety and fear of the unknown, and — possibly most difficult for nurses — to the inability to effectively treat and heal those in our care.

    Despite all of this, you report to work and you do what nobody else can do. You put aside your fears, you sacrifice time with your loved ones and you serve as the companion — the face of kindness and the face of hope to many. For this, it is with the greatest appreciation, gratitude and pride that I compose this message.
    As a school, we exhibit pride for each of you and all that you are sacrificing for our communities; admiration for your willingness to put others before yourselves; and support by donating personal protective equipment, educating the next generation of exceptional nurses to support you and holding you in our thoughts and prayers.

    As your dean, I am proud every day for all that the Decker School of Nursing has achieved over its 50 years. On behalf of Decker's administration, I thank you for your service, I wish you health and safety and I remind you that we’re here to support you in any way that we can.

    In solidarity,
    Mario R. Ortiz

  • To students: March 16, 2020

    Dear Decker students, 

    The leadership team of the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences met this morning to discuss the situation in which we find ourselves, how best to prepare for these challenging times, and to ensure the effective and appropriate operation of the college. We are in unprecedented times as we work to ensure course objectives are met and clinical competencies are learned successfully, all while doing our best to ensure student, faculty and community safety.  

    Therefore, through thoughtful discussion and deliberation, it has been decided that: 

    ALL clinicals (both undergraduate and graduate) are suspended for the remainder of the semester (beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020). 

    A communication will be sent out at the beginning of next week providing further clarification of how clinical objectives and outcomes will be met as we move forward.

    Online classes will continue as scheduled. 

    We thank you for your continued patience and understanding and we will be in communication as the situation warrants. In the meantime, should you have any specific questions, please contact the appropriate program director listed below:

    Be well and take care!

    Thoughtfully yours,

    Mario Ortiz