Camping on Campus

Policy Information
Policy TitleCamping on Campus
Responsible OfficeRisk Management and Administrative Compliance
Policy TypeFacilities and Property
Policy Number418
Last Revision Date5/14/2024

Camping is not permitted on University or affiliated-owned or leased grounds, in or under University structures, or in University buildings except under the approved circumstanced noted below. This policy applies to all Binghamton University students, faculty, staff, affiliates, contractors and visitors. Expanded definition and information for this policy is available below.


Camping is defined as any of the following:

  • The establishment of, or attempt to establish, temporary or permanent living quarters at any location on University property other than residence halls, apartments, or other University managed housing; for purpose of this definition, “living quarters” includes living rooms, bedrooms, or other spaces that are capable of being occupied as the equivalent of a residence or accommodation;
  • Sleeping outdoors between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.;
  • Establishing or maintaining outdoors, or in or under any structure not designated for human occupancy, at any time during the day or night, a temporary or permanent place for cooking, storing of personal belongings, or sleeping by setting up any bedding, sleeping bag, mattress, tent, or other sleeping equipment, or by setting up any cooking equipment that has not been authorized according to the Department of Environmental Health & Safety.

University is Binghamton University, State University of New York.

University grounds is defined as any university or affiliated-entity owned, operated and/or leased property.

Exceptions to the policy

Actions that constitute “camping” as above may be allowed in special circumstances including, but not limited to, the following:

  • By artists or actors who participate in University authorized performances of pre-established duration that require such actions as part of the artistic production and only so long as it relates to their performance;
  • As part of a temporary authorization granted for the purpose of acquiring athletic or other event tickets or passes, fundraising and awareness activities or other similar University-sponsored activities;
  • In extraordinary circumstances, such as times of natural disaster, when permission has been granted by the President or other University official with responsibility.

Responsibilities, Enforcement and Compliance

  1. The Office of the Dean of Students, or a designee of the office, is responsible for addressing non-compliance with this policy by students.
  2. The New York State University Police at Binghamton is responsible for addressing non-compliance with this policy by persons other than employees or students, and may address violations of this policy by employees and students that constitute criminal trespass or any other violation of law.
  3. Requests for an exception to this policy must be made in writing to the Binghamton University Office of Risk Management and Administrative Compliance who is responsible for application review and the granting of exceptions.
  4. Students, faculty and staff may be referred for discipline for alleged violation of this Policy.

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