OCC COVID-19 Updates

Off Campus College will not be open for in-person visits for the rest of the spring 2020 semester, but will continue to provide support remotely for off-campus students. Continue reading below for more updates and information.

If you have any questions about the information below, email us at occ@binghamton.edu and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

For additional updates, visit Binghamton University's COVID-19 web page.


Legal clinic

Our legal partners who operate the campus legal clinic have agreed to continue to assist students through email. Be prepared to share all relevant documents to your case so they can provide the best advice possible.

You may also find additional resources at the following links:

Housing and rent

New York State Executive Order 202.8 went into effect on March 22, 2020, and states the following: "There shall be no enforcement of either an eviction of any tenant residential or commercial, or a foreclosure of any residential or commercial property for a period of ninety days."

At this time, eviction proceedings have been suspended and no one can be evicted in New York State until at least June 20. Students with concerns should contact our legal clinic partners listed above.

Additional information and resources:

Fall 2020

Currently, Binghamton University is planning for in-person classes for the fall semester. Ultimately, however, decisions regarding the timing, terms and conditions of a full re-opening of campus operations will be made by government leaders and public health officials. You may consider asking your landlord for an opt-out clause in your lease, a rent reduction for months the University may not have in-person classes, or other concessions in light of the current economic disruption. While a landlord has no legal obligation to agree to modify a lease or offer such terms, some may be willing to do so as a business decision. Our legal clinic partners may be able to help with language in the lease.

City of Binghamton Curfew

On Tuesday, Mach 17, Binghamton Mayor Richard C. David implemented a nightly curfew, requiring residents to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. until further notice. The curfew does not apply to travel to and from work, pharmacies, or grocery stores, as well as any essential travel for medical or emergency reasons.

Binghamton University students living in Binghamton are advised to stay home and avoid any type of party atmosphere. If the curfew is violated, Binghamton Police will be breaking up any gatherings and holding organizers responsible.

Healthcare and mental health resources

Decker Health Services Center is available to students by appointment. Call ahead to discuss your concern and best options for care.

Local health services also offer fee-based virtual walk-in and online care:

Transportation

  • OCCT has halted service effective 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21.
  • BC Transit will continue to provide service to the campus and community for urgent and absolutely necessary travel only, i.e. to the pharmacy or grocery store. Schedule updates are available on the BC Transit website. Continue to visit this link as scheduling is subject to change.
  • With the exception of Broome County Transit, transit carriers will stop servicing the Greater Binghamton Transportation Center effective midnight Thursday, March 26. Transit carriers that service the transportation center include Shortline Coach USA, Megabus, Greyhound, Trailways and OurBus. These service providers will halt service to the transportation center until further notice. 

Dining and meal plans

Dining open on campus

Dining Services is open with modified hours and continues to serve the campus community. Check the Dining Services website for updates on open locations and hours of operation.

Beginning Saturday, March 28:

  • C4 will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends on a brunch/dinner schedule.
  • Subway in the MarketPlace will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Mein Bowl will move to C4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
  • All remaining dining locations will be closed and all meals will be served as carry-out dining with no seating, per New York state direction.
Unused commuter plan dining dollar donation

If you are a student graduating from Binghamton University this spring and did not have an opportunity to use all of the dining dollars in your commuter meal plans, we have a great way for you to utilize those funds: support the Binghamton University Food Pantry. If you are interested in doing this, please contact the Meal Plan Office at mealplans@budining.com and let us know your name, B Number and how much you are willing to donate.

Commuter meal plans available for purchase

Those who have recently moved off campus and wish to take advantage of meal plan discounts through a commuter meal plan can purchase one at any time from the Meal Plan office at mealplans@budining.com.

Binghamton University Food Pantry

For currently enrolled Binghamton students facing food insecurity and/or hard times, the campus Food Pantry will remain open at Rockefeller Center, Room 162. Hours may vary, so please continue to check the Food Pantry's web page, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you have questions, email us at bpantry@binghamton.edu.

Groceries and prescriptions

Here you will find a chart with grocery stores and pharmacies based on your housing zone. We have also provided the Broome County Transit (BCT) bus you would take to reach this destination.

We have linked to each specific grocery store and pharmacy so you can check their hours and see if they potentially offer delivery service.

All Binghamton University students are also eligible to use the Binghamton University Food Pantry. We have provided the bus route you would use from your zone to reach campus.

Visions Federal Credit Union

Visions Federal Credit Union is available for your banking needs. The on-campus branch is closed until further notice. However, the four on-campus ATMs are still operational and neighboring branches at the Town Square Mall and University Center Plaza are open for use. You can also reach a representative by calling (800)242-2120 with any questions.

For more information, visit the Visions FCU website or download the Visions FCU mobile app from your device's app store.

Voting

Students who plan to vote in the June 23 primary elections and are currently registered to vote in Broome County but will be unable to vote in person in Broome County on Election Day have some options to cast their ballot. They can either request an absentee ballot to be sent to their home address or update their voter registration address so that they can vote in person at home. Governor Cuomo has also issued an executive order allowing all N.Y. voters to vote via absentee ballot due to COVID-19. Voters should select "temporary illness" as the reason they are requesting an absentee ballot. Visit the Center for Civic Engagement’s voter engagement page for relevant forms and deadlines, and contact the CCE or your local Board of Elections for additional assistance.

The CCE is closely monitoring news from the governor's office and the Board of Elections that may impact voting in the presidential primary. Future updates will be located on the CCE website if more information becomes available.

2020 Census

The Census Bureau has issued guidance that college students should still be counted at the residence they live while attending school, even if they have returned home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you live with roommates, you should still work together to submit just one census form for everyone at your address. If everyone at your apartment returned home before receiving the census instructions in the mail, or you no longer have access to those instructions, you can still respond by entering your address. If it is not possible to coordinate with your roommates, you can still submit an individual census response. Specific questions can be directed to Alison Handy Twang, associate director of the Center for Civic Engagement, at 607-777-3083 or atwang@binghamton.edu.

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