Finishing the Semester Remotely: Ways to Support Your Student


As the University continues to implement its response to COVID-19, Parent and Family Programs wants to be sure to keep you informed about important information, updates and resources. All updates and communication from the University can be found by visiting the University Coronavirus web page. We know that many students and families have questions, and the FAQs page is the best place to find the most current information.

The transition for your student to finish the semester remotely happened quickly and required a large adjustment for not only them, but for you as well. Reading the letter from the provost dated Monday, March 30, is a great place to find information regarding grading, registration and other policies for spring 2020. In addition, the Student Services page was set up to assist students with a quick reference to helpful resources. Encourage your student to bookmark this page for easy access.

As we finish the semester, here are some helpful insights on what your student might be experiencing and ways you can provide support. 

Allow time to process feelings

Students are experiencing a large amount of change very quickly. They might be anxious about how they will finish their classes, sad about the unexpected loss of time with friends and their campus community, and struggling with the transition of suddenly being home. All of this is in addition to general worry that people may be experiencing regarding the national pandemic.

Ways to support your student:

  • Keep communication open. Let your student know that you recognize that they are going through a transition and that you’re open to talking about anything.
  • Encourage your student to access campus resources. Even though classes have moved online, there are still University resources they can access. This includes the CARE Team as well as other mental health resources.  

Set up for online learning success

Many students may never have experienced an online course. While there are many effective ways to engage with classes online, there will probably be at least some learning curve with your student making this transition.

Ways to support your student:

  • Help create a work space. If possible, encourage your student to set up a dedicated work space that they can use to work on class assignments. Ideally, this work space would be free from distractions and noise to help your student focus on their academics.
  • Treat the online course like an in-person course. Encourage your student to create a schedule and structure for working on class assignments. Creating dedicated time will help your student stay on top of all their work and class requirements.
  • Encourage your student to access campus resources. Binghamton has offered information for student online success and our Information Technology Services (ITS) offers several guides and videos to assist students in utilizing technology. ITS is also able to help your student work through any technology issues that they may experience.
  • Familiarize yourself with the campus academic calendar and offer reminders for your student.
  • Encourage your student to access campus resources. All of our offices are figuring out the best ways to offer services to students remotely. 
  • You may not be familiar, but Binghamton students are sent B-line Announcements via email every day that are also posted online. Now more than ever, encourage them to read through the items, which will include updates, deadlines and opportunities for your student.
  • After spring break, students will be finishing the last leg of the semester. Encourage them to take advantage of our virtual Stress-free Bing activities.

Remember important upcoming events and dates

There are a lot of important things that happen during the last part of the semester. This includes advising and course selection for students for the fall, submitting the FAFSA for next year’s financial aid, and planning for housing in August. Each office does a great job at reminding students and providing information, and it can be helpful for parents and families to have a sense of what important things are coming up.

Please know that in this unprecedented situation, we are here to partner with you and support your student and their success at Binghamton University!

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