Parent Connect Newsletter

September 2021

Randall Edouard

Dear parents and families,

We are so happy to have students back on campus! Scenes of students walking to and from classes together, tossing Frisbees on the Peace Quad and getting lunch at the MarketPlace restore the vibrancy to our campus, and I know the students are enjoying catching up with old friends and making new ones.

Despite our great strides toward normal operations, this fall is still a little different. We welcomed around 4,000 first-year and transfer students to campus last month as usual, but many of our sophomores are setting foot on campus for the first time this fall as well. Even some of our upper class students are readjusting to life at Binghamton after having been remote learners for the past year and a half. It’s an exciting time, but maybe a little overwhelming as well. We’re here to help, though, with plenty of opportunities to get involved and connect with others. 

Over 600 student organizations, clubs and University offices and departments post events in B-Engaged, our campus engagement platform. Students can get acquainted with our beautiful campus on foot or by using our bike share program. For students who would like to get out and explore the greater Binghamton community, the Center for Civic Engagement can help make meaningful connections off campus.

As always, my team is here to provide the support students need to be successful, in and out of the classroom. We look forward to seeing you soon for Family Weekend!

Sincerely,

Randall M-J Edouard
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students


What’s happening with COVID-19?

As the semester has progressed, Binghamton University has seen an uptick in student positive cases that we are working to address through several actions.

  • To ease the load on our Decker Student Health Services staff, we have added capacity to our Surveillance Testing Center, which will now be able to test upwards of 5,000 students, faculty and staff per week, regardless of their vaccination status. Students have been provided the link to sign up for testing appointments, which will be offered first-come-first-served. Individuals can sign up for one test per week.
  • To better accommodate students who are required to isolate and choose to isolate on campus or are unable to return home to isolate, we have added 102 more beds in dedicated residence halls, without displacing any other students. We also have quarantine space reserved at a local hotel directly across the street from campus.
  • Students who are isolated or quarantined and unable to attend classes are strongly encouraged to work directly with their instructors to ensure they remain up to date with their coursework. Numerous resources are available to students and faculty to support them in maintaining academic continuity.

With more than 93% of our students and 75% of our faculty and staff having provided proof of vaccination (as of Sept. 3), we remind everyone that Sept. 28 is the deadline for students to provide such proof or be disenrolled and subject to the tuition refund schedule.

Join us for Family Weekend: Sept. 24–26

Are you ready for Family Weekend? We can't wait to see you and your student together on campus again! Those who have registered will receive an email from us Monday, Sept. 20, with everything you need to know, including a parking pass.

Haven't registered? No worries! Although pre-registration has closed, we will offer on-site registration at our Family Weekend Welcome Center from 4–7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in The Union Tillman Lobby, and from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in The Union, Room 120. 

Family Weekend offers a wide variety of fun events for you and your student to choose from, and we're excited to finally share the Family Weekend schedule. All programs and activities are optional, so take a look and find the best fit for you and your family!

Families who have already registered should look for the "Everything you need to know about Family Weekend" email on Sept. 20. This will be sent to the email address you registered under.

For more information about Family Weekend, visit the Parent and Family Programs website. If you have questions, email us at families@binghamton.edu.

New Binghamton Support Network platform for students

From academic issues to physical illness and emotional concerns, life as a college student can be difficult. That's why Binghamton University has launched the Binghamton Support Network, a new website where students can find resources listed in one convenient location to assist them with whatever they might be facing. Students can search for concerns via the search bar, sort by category or browse alphabetically. Links and contact information for over 90 on- and off-campus resources are right at their fingertips.

Parent Support Network hosted by PLC

Members of Binghamton University's Parents Leadership Council (PLC) have volunteered to assist in answering questions, serving as mentors and helping any Binghamton parent or guardian who wishes to speak to another more "seasoned" parent through our new Parent Support Network. The PLC will share information, answer questions, direct you to University resources or just share their experience of parenting a college student.

Any parent or guardian can fill out this simple form asking for some basic information including name, hometown, preferred way to be contacted, best time to be reached, etc. Within a few weeks, a PLC member will be in contact. However, because they are volunteers, we ask for your patience. 

If any parent or guardian has a time-sensitive question or concern, email the Parent and Family Program office at families@binghamton.edu or call 607-777-4668.

Connect with the community

Civic and community involvement are important parts of the Binghamton experience. The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) supports students in finding volunteer opportunities, registering to vote and more! 

Students can search the Service Listings to find volunteer opportunities at over 200 local nonprofit organizations or sign up for the impactBING CORE (Community Opportunities for Real Engagement) or LEAD (Leaders in Engagement, Advocacy and Democracy) programs for a more intensive semester-long community experience. The Youth Initiative offers a variety of ways to get involved with youth in local school districts.

Registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot

Students have a choice to register to vote at their college address or their home address. If they register with their on- or off-campus address, they can vote locally on Election Day. If they register with their home address, they will have to vote via absentee ballot unless they can physically return home to vote. Students may stop by the Center for Civic Engagement between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for assistance with registering to vote or requesting an absentee ballot, or to drop off completed forms. All relevant forms and deadlines are available on our website.

All New York voters may request an absentee ballot using the "temporary illness" excuse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In New York, the absentee ballot application must be received by the board of elections via mail, online portal, email or fax no later than Oct. 18. Ballots will be delivered to students' mailboxes and must be postmarked back to the board of elections by Election Day, Nov. 2. Students cannot drop off an absentee ballot from another county at the campus polling place or any other polling place in Broome County.

Encourage your student to get involved!

With classes up and running, Binghamton has begun another memorable semester. The start of a new school year is exciting for a variety of reasons. Students are jumping into new classes, navigating fresh schedules, making friends, and getting involved in campus life! 

At Binghamton, involvement starts in B-Engaged — our one-stop shop for connecting students with hundreds of University-recognized clubs and groups to join, extra-curricular opportunities to participate in and events to attend.

Tell your students to be on the lookout for awesome upcoming events this semester, like men's and women's soccer games, the Dollar Show featuring Binghamton's ten a cappella groups, the Fleishman Center's Job and Internship Fair, a Deliberative Dialogue on Inclusion and the First Amendment, and more! 

Students can start exploring by logging into B-Engaged or by downloading the B-Engaged app, called "CampusGroups" to their devices. 

Clothesline Project at the First Friday Art Walk

The Broome County Arts Council hosts First Friday Art Walk the first Friday of every month. It's an opportunity for the community to explore art spaces and restaurants in downtown Binghamton. The next First Friday is scheduled from 6–9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Health Promotion and Prevention Services (HPPS) provides programs about preventing dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking to students through the Interpersonal Violence Prevention (IVP) program. One way IVP delivers education about sexual assault prevention is by training peer educators in the 20:1 Sexual Assault Prevention and Bystander Intervention Internship.

Students in the 20:1 internship are partnering with the Bundy Museum of History & Art to display the Clothesline Project at First Friday Art Walk and throughout residential communities on campus after. Encourage your student to stop by this powerful exhibit, which includes t-shirts made by survivors of violence or by someone who has lost a loved one to violence.

In addition to the Clothesline Project display, HPPS is also providing One Love training to students in October. One Love educates young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships.

If you’re headed to Binghamton for Family Weekend, be sure to stop by the Events Center to meet staff from HPPS. Our staff would love to talk to you about our campaigns for awareness and prevention, and what we’re doing to help our students make healthy decisions.

Inaugural Wenzel Memorial 5K to honor late alumnus

Registration is open for the race scheduled next month.

On Saturday, Oct. 9, during Homecoming Weekend, Binghamton University will launch the inaugural Wenzel Memorial 5K to honor Gregg Wenzel '91. The event consists of a 5k run/walk on campus and it is open to all students, faculty, staff and the Binghamton general community.

Gregg Wenzel was a triathlete and a former student-athlete at Binghamton who competed on the men's varsity swimming and diving team. Unfortunately, Wenzel was killed in a car accident in July 2003 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he was working as a CIA directorate of operations.

Race check-in and on-site registration will take place in front of the West Gym at the Gregg Wenzel Memorial Statue on Bearcat Blvd. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers in separate age categories.

Individual participant race fees are $10 for students and $20 for all others. The fee includes the race and t-shirt through Sunday, Sept. 26. Beginning Monday, Sept. 27, the registration covers the race only. Encourage your student to sign up online.

​​Bike share with Gotcha Bike

Binghamton University has partnered with Gotcha Bike, a bike share and technology company, to bring 30 GPS-enabled bikes to campus. These bikes are spread out in four locations on main campus. Students can visit the Gotcha Bike website to find the location nearest them.

To ride, your student will need to download the free Gotcha app to join and reserve. Bikes may be reserved at no charge for two hours a day and for $5 an hour after the two-hour time period. Encourage your student to get outside and enjoy the fall weather!

See what students are saying about dining!

Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) is excited for another successful semester serving the campus community. Though we continue to face labor and food supply shortages, we are dedicated to providing great service for our customers.

We have opened this semester with expanded menu options, new dining locations and more. Students have had great things to say about their dining experiences so far — the highly anticipated opening of the newly renovated Hinman Dining Hall was only the beginning. See what else students are saying about dining on campus!

Stay up to date on operational changes, events and promotions as the semester progresses: visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok.

Virtual Graduate School Fair and Law Day

One in three Binghamton University graduates pursue graduate/professional school. Earning a graduate degree can be a fulfilling and life-changing experience, and it's important to conduct significant research before determining if advanced study is the way to go.

If your student is considering graduate or law school, encourage them to attend the virtual Graduate School Fair and Law Day to learn about programs and opportunities from schools across the country and make an informed decision about their future.

Students can register in hireBING by Handshake and create their individual schedule based on schools they are interested in learning more about. Representatives from 100+ graduate and law schools are available to meet with students one-on-one or in group information sessions.

These virtual events are great for students of any major and class year. Starting the graduate school exploration process as early as sophomore year will help students get all of the information needed to make an informed decision about career paths. The graduate fair can assist seniors in making informed decisions by providing the opportunity to learn more about programs and ask questions regarding outcomes of new graduates, how to stand out as an applicant, practical experience opportunities, relationships with faculty or funding.

If your student is unsure whether further education is right for them, you can also encourage them to meet with a Fleishman Center career consultant for individual assistance. In-person and virtual appointments are available Monday–Friday and can be scheduled in hireBING.

Financial Aid and Student Records is here to help! 

For all servicing options, hours of operation, document submission upload instructions, and much more, please visit the following respective websites:

Document submission: All documents can be uploaded securely through the myBinghamton portal. Click on Financial Aid and Student Records Document Submission (helpful links section on the left side of the page).

Financial Aid

COVID-19 emergency relief flexibilities extended

No interest is accruing on federal student and parent loans through Jan. 31, 2022, due to the COVID-19 emergency. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid website

2021–22 New York state aid

To apply for New York state aid, students must complete a New York State Student Aid Payment Application. The payment application provides a single conduit for applying for payment of state grants, scholarships and awards, which includes TAP, Excelsior and STEM. Students and parents have the option to link directly to the application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page or to complete the application by going to the NYS HESC website. Be sure to include Binghamton's school code (0880). Note that students must be full-time, matriculated New York state residents who qualify based on income and academic requirements.

Students are strongly encouraged to speak with their academic advising office to ensure their fall 2021 coursework meets degree applicability requirements. For more information on the New York state guidelines regarding degree applicability, view our web page.

New York state grants and scholarships will begin posting as ACTUAL awards (instead of ESTIMATED) on student financial aid packages in mid-July. ACTUAL awards are based on information received from the New York state Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).

Refunds

Is your student expecting a refund from financial aid? Most refunds are available the first week of classes. Students are encouraged to sign up for Direct Deposit to avoid waiting in the long lines. Direct Deposit allows the Student Accounts office to deposit any excess financial aid directly into a student’s bank account. Students sign up for Direct Deposit via the myBinghamton portal.

Federal Work Study

Students participating in the federal work study program that begin working during the first week of classes will not receive their first paycheck until Sept. 24. The Federal Work Study pay period schedule can be found on the Human Resources website.

Ensuring financial aid bill credit

If there are any unsatisfied requirements for financial aid, this can prevent your student’s aid from crediting their bill. Your student can check if they have any unsatisfied requirements by logging into their BU Brain account and following the steps below:

  1. Log in to the myBinghamton portal.
  2. Click on the BU BRAIN Self Service icon on top of the page.
  3. Go to the FINANCIAL AID tab, select ELIGIBILITY; choose the appropriate year when prompted for Award Year.
  4. View STUDENT REQUIREMENTS.

Information about other common reasons for aid to not appear on the bill is available on the Financial Aid website.

2021–22 Parent PLUS Loan — another option for funding your student’s education

Parents can apply online using their Federal Student Aid username and password. For more general information about Parent PLUS loans, visit the financial aid PLUS loan web page.

Proxy Access available for financial aid information

"Proxy access" is the ability students have to grant others access to view their financial aid information in BU BRAIN. For more information about Proxy Access, and instructions for students, visit the Proxy Access web page.

Student Records

Summer degrees

Degree candidates for the summer can expect to have their degree awarded by the end of August. Conferral date was Aug. 15. Diplomas are expected to go out in the mail in mid-September.

Fall registration

After the add/drop deadline (11:59 p.m., Sept. 9), students may petition to late add individual courses. A $20 fee per course will be charged to your student's account. To do this, students go to BU BRAIN, Student Tab, Registration, Late Course Add/Drop/Withdrawal Petition to complete the petition process online.

After the drop deadline, students may withdraw from a course themselves on BU BRAIN, Student Tab, Registration, Add or Drop courses then follow instructions for a web withdrawal. This will create a "W" on the student’s record.

After the withdrawal deadline (11:59 p.m., Nov 10), students may petition to withdraw from a course using the Late Course Withdrawal Petition process outlined above.

For more information, visit the Student Records website.

Fall proof of enrollment

Fall 2021 proof of enrollment will be available online through the National Student Clearinghouse in September after the add/drop deadline once, fall enrollment records have been uploaded to the National Student Clearinghouse. Students can access this through BU BRAIN. Click the Student tab, then Student Services Tools to print an enrollment certificate.

If you have an enrollment verification form that needs to be completed by the Student Records office, email the form to registrar@binghamton.edu and include your student’s name and B number.

DegreeWorks Audit

Students should review their DegreeWorks audit to ensure their fall 2021 courses are meeting degree requirements.

Lost IDs

Students can request a replacement ID card through myBinghamton or by sending us an email (using their official Binghamton University email account — emails from other accounts cannot be processed) with their name and B-number to idcard@binghamton.edu.

  • There is a $20 fee for all replacement ID cards, which will be assessed to the student's bill in Student Accounts.
  • Students will need a photo ID to pick up their card. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver’s license, passport, high school or other university photo ID.
  • ID Card distribution plans are posted on the Student Records website.

Official expedited electronic transcripts are available

In addition to free official paper transcripts, we offer official expedited electronic transcripts. There is a $5 charge per recipient for the expedited service. More information about electronic transcript service is available online.


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