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August 2018

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Harvey Stenger 

 Dear Parents and Families,

 The first day of classes is a few short days away and you'll be   helping your student move onto campus later this week for what I   hope are four exceptional years of study and growth. I'm thrilled   that you have given us permission to nurture your   student academically, socially and culturally.

You may be aware that we had a very difficult spring semester, and I want to update you on the measures we have taken to address the safety of our students.

This summer, we've been reviewing and updating our safety and security policies, trainings and Orientation activities to ensure that our students, faculty and staff know what to do in crisis situations. Some initiatives include enhancing our B-Alert emergency notification system to speed messaging to the campus, making the B-Alert system an opt-OUT instead of an opt-IN program for our students, installing additional security cameras in residence halls and adding three counselors to our University Counseling Center staff.

I am proud of the Binghamton University community and how students, faculty and staff support each other and continue to look for ways to make this campus the best it can be.

I ensure you that the safety of our students is one of my highest priorities and we will continue to educate all of our students about the safety resources available to them, and also to help them make good choices while they are here.

In addition to our recent updates, we have a wide array of programs and resources to help create a safe environment on campus, including:

  • A fully empowered, state law enforcement agency. The University Police are trained to address the unique needs of our diverse campus.
  • University Police presentations on campus safety, party safety, personal safety and self-defense classes.
  • Our on-campus safe-ride escort program that operates from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week by calling 607-777-7233.
  • Mandatory new-student prevention programs relating to sexual assaults.
  • Our Office of Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention Programs and Services.
  • The University Counseling Center.
  • Case Management services through the Dean of Students Office.

I encourage you learn about additional information on campus safety on our website.

My thanks to each of you for allowing us to share your student for the next few years. I wish each of our students at successful time at Binghamton.

Harvey Stenger
President

Parent and Family Move-in Day Reception!

If you are still on campus later in the day Sunday, Aug. 19, join us for a reception for parents and families from 4-5 p.m. in Old Union Hall in the University Union. There'll be light refreshments and the opportunity for an official send-off! Gather last-minute information and write a note to your student that will be delivered during the first week of classes – and enter to win a "swag" bag of Binghamton goodies!

Register now for Family Weekend: Sept. 28–30!

Binghamton University is your student's home away from home, and each year we invite you and other family members to visit and make it your home, too. Share the Binghamton experience as you spend time reconnecting with your student, meeting faculty and staff, and experiencing what makes being a Bearcat so special.

Highlights of the weekend include:

  • a welcome by President Harvey Stenger
  • a family-friendly bonfire
  • a special Bearcat Pep Rally in the Events Center with student performances and giveaways
  • a NCAA Division 1 men's soccer match: Binghamton vs. University of New Hampshire
  • the Absolutely A cappella show and Comedy Improv café
  • Nature Preserve tours
  • residential community festivals
  • many opportunities to meet faculty, staff and other families!

Registration is now open! Check our website for details!

B-Alert — our emergency messaging system

Binghamton University has partnered with Rave Mobile Safety to provide an emergency alert system capable of delivering messages to your student's University and personal email addresses, cell phone and the University's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Many students have already registered for the service, including hundreds who signed up during the Campus Services Fairs held this summer for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Students who want to receive text notifications, must log in to enter or verify their cell phone number and provider. Otherwise, they will be notified of emergency situations only via email. Note that cellular phone providers may charge a per-text message fee for the delivery of emergency notifications to cell phones. Students may enter up to three email addresses and three cell phone numbers on their accounts, so if you as a parent or guardian also wish to receive emergency messages via email or text, your student must register that information for you on their account. 

We encourage all students to login to the Rave Wireless site to confirm their contact information and choose their notification preferences.

Tuition protection insurance

Helping you get the most out of your Binghamton University experience is always our top priority. That's why Binghamton University has partnered with GradGuard™ to make the Tuition Protection Plan from Allianz Global Assistance available to its families.

Consider tuition protection insurance to supplement and strengthen the school's current refund policy.

A college education is a major investment – which means it's worth protecting. The Tuition Protection Plan can reimburse your tuition payments, housing and meal fees, and other nonrefundable expenses if a student withdraws because of a covered reason, such as:

  • serious covered illness or injury
  • psychological condition
  • chronic illness
  • death of tuition payer

The Tuition Protection Plan offers high levels of coverage at a reasonable rate. You can be protected for less than 1.5% of the cost of your tuition. For more information, visit GradGuard online

Binghamton University is not compensated for this program and provides GradGuard™ as a valuable student benefit.

Residential Life

Welcome students and families!

Residence halls will open for new students at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. To make the process as effective and stress-free as possible, we mailed you a move-in guide in early August that also included a color-coded card that you should put on your dashboard when you arrive. That will make it easier for staff to quickly direct you to your appropriate area where you'll unload and then go park. Look for our staff and Welcome Crew at all the communities to help you move in.

Access the guide online.

Our returning students can start moving in Monday, Aug. 20.

We've got a fun and busy week planned! Each community and building will be hosting events – check our Welcome Week calendar for the full schedule.

Stay up-to-date on all our activities through Facebook and Instagram!

Job and Internship Fairs: For all students

Job and Internship Fairs aren't just for juniors and seniors, or students from specific majors; all students are encouraged to participate in these events early and often to explore options and begin working toward their own career success! Binghamton's Fall Job and Internship Fair will be held from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in the Events Center. Representatives from more than 120 organizations are expected to attend the fair, and are eager to speak with students from all majors regarding full-time and internship opportunities. Encourage your student to not only attend, but to prepare for the fair by reviewing the list of registered organizations and conducting research on employers of interest. Students should also plan to:

  • craft a top-quality resume
  • develop a 30-second commercial to articulate their skills and interests
  • create a game plan to optimize their time at the fair
  • dress appropriately and make a good first impression

In the weeks leading up to the fair, the Fleishman Center hosts multiple programs to help students with each of these! Encourage your student to attend these programs to enhance their job search strategies and skills so they can best position themselves with employers. The Fleishman Center has partnered with JCPenney to offer 40 percent off professional attire for students during a private store event from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Oakdale Mall JCPenney store. This is the perfect opportunity for students to buy their first suit or supplement their existing professional wardrobe at a discounted price. A free round-trip shuttle from campus to the event is provided.

If your student has questions about their participation or preparation for the fair, encourage them to visit the Fleishman Center during walk-in hours (11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday) or email the Fleishman Center at careers@binghamton.edu.

Athletics

Binghamton University hosts 21 Division I teams including basketball, soccer, lacrosse and volleyball. Stay up to date for the latest scores and Bearcats updates by visiting bubearcats.com. Undergraduate students get free admission to all regular-season home games simply by showing their valid BingU ID. Parents and families can purchase tickets online at bubearcats.com/tickets or on campus at the Events Center Ticket Office. Go Bearcats!

Construction update

Some major projects have been completed this summer, including the new School of Pharmacy at 96 Corliss Ave. in Johnson City, just a few short miles from the Vestal Campus at our new Health Sciences Campus. Pharmacy administration, staff and faculty have moved in and classes will be underway Aug. 22. The 105,500 square-foot, four-story building includes state-of-the-art research labs, offices for faculty and staff, a lecture hall, classrooms, a community pharmacy lab and teaching labs.

The Science 4 renovation is also complete. The project has provided the Psychology Department with new office space, laboratories and restrooms as well as a new entrance and elevator. In addition, the building's exterior was re-clad and landscaping on the east side of the building outside the new entrance was included in the project. New furnishings are being installed.

Work on summer projects is wrapping up. Several roadways were repaved including the main campus entrance, West Drive, the Appalachian walkway, parking Lot F in front of the Events Center and Bearcat Boulevard. Work also took place in several other areas including the old Dickinson Community, Hinman, Visitors lot and Lot W. Work is also complete on a new parking lot adjacent to the main campus entrance, campus directories/directional signs were installed at 10 locations across campus, new light poles were placed in the old Dickinson community, repairs to a storm water line at East Campus Housing are complete and the quad area as been re-sodded, breezeways and decking were refurbished in the Hillside Community, lecture halls 12 and 13 have been renovated and masonry repairs to walkways and retaining walls took place across campus.

Looking to get involved at the leadership level at Binghamton?

The Parents Leadership Council and the Binghamton Parents Circle were created to meet requests from many parents who wished to get involved at the leadership level at Binghamton University.

The Parents Leadership Council (PLC) offers parents an opportunity to enrich the Binghamton student experience by serving as a link between the University and the parents of undergraduate students. Members participate in quarterly conference calls with the vice president for student affairs and other University staff, visit campus for an annual meeting during the spring semester and represent the University at numerous functions, among other activities. More information about the PLC role can be found on our website. If interested, contact Linda Salomons, parent, family and events coordinator, at salomons@binghamton.edu.

Financial Aid and Student Records

Financial Aid

Refunds

  • Is your student expecting a refund from Financial Aid? Most refunds will be available the first week of classes. Students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit to avoid waiting in long lines. Direct deposit allows our Student Accounts office to deposit any excess financial aid directly into the student's bank account. Students can sign up for direct deposit via the Binghamton portal

Bill credit

Federal Work Study

  • Students who are participating in Federal Work-Study and begin working during the first week of classes will receive their first paycheck Thursday, Sept. 13. The Federal Work-Study pay period schedule can be found on the Human Resources website

2018-19 Parent PLUS Loan – another option for funding your student's education

Proxy Access available for financial aid information

Student Records

Confirmation of Enrollment

  • Confirmation of Enrollment is now available online through BU BRAIN via the Binghamton portal. The deadline for students to confirm their enrollment is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, to avoid cancellation of courses and for disbursement of their financial aid.

Fall 2018 Proof of Enrollment

Clear holds

  • Be sure to clear all holds that may prevent registration.
  • Holds can be viewed online through BU BRAIN.

Registration adjustment period

  • If a student does not have a full schedule or needs to change classes, the registration adjustment period is Monday, Aug. 20-Wednesday, Sept. 5. The add/drop deadline is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5.
  • After the deadline, students may petition to late add individual courses. A $20 fee per course will be charged to the 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, students may petition to withdraw from a course using the Late Course Withdrawal Petition process outlined above.
  • For more information, go online

Summer degrees

  • Degree candidates for the summer can expect to have their degree awarded by the end of August, after the summer term has ended. Conferral date is Friday, Aug. 17. Diplomas are expected to go out in the mail in mid-September.

DegreeWorks audit

  • Students should review their DegreeWorks audit to ensure their fall 2018 courses are meeting degree requirements. Students can view their time tickets online through BU BRAIN via the Binghamton portal to find out when they are able to register.

Lost IDs

  • Students who have lost their BU ID card over the summer can request their new ID card and have it waiting for them when they return to campus. We will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, for ID card pickup in the Admissions Center, Basement Room B09. Students can request a replacement ID card through BU BRAIN or students can send 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. Students must be registered for the fall in order to receive a replacement ID card.
  • There is a $20 fee for all replacement ID cards. The $20 fee will be assessed to the student's bill in Student Accounts.
  • Note: Students will need a photo ID to pick up their ID card. Acceptable forms: driver's license, passport, high school or other university photo ID.

Official expedited electronic transcripts are available!

  • In addition to free paper official transcripts, we offer official expedited electronic transcripts.
  • The expedited service is available for a $5 USD charge per recipient.
  • Go online for more information about this electronic transcript service.

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Visiting Binghamton?

If you're planning a trip to Binghamton, visit the Visiting Binghamton section on our website or the Greater Binghamton Convention and Visitors Bureau for information on what to see, where to stay and where to eat while you're here.

Update parent information

Keep your contact information updated in our parent database. If your address, phone or e-mail has changed, send a note to kellis@binghamton.edu to let us know. And if you're looking for more from us, check out some of our pages targeted directly to parents and guardians:

Calendar of events

  • University's Academic Calendar
  • Aug. 19: Residence halls open at 8 a.m. for new students
  • Aug. 20: Residence halls open at 8 a.m. for returning students
  • Aug. 22: Classes begin 
  • Sept. 3: No classes (Labor Day)
  • Sept. 10-11: No classes (Rosh Hashanah)
  • Sept. 12: Classes resume
  • Sept. 19: No classes (Yom Kippur)

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Last Updated: 8/16/18