A message to students from Provost Donald Nieman

March 15, 2020

Dear Students,

The past days have changed your educational experience in ways that none of us could have imagined even a few weeks ago. The disruption to our normal semester is completely unprecedented for all of us and I know that the changes and cancellations, combined with the greater uncertainty about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in your home community as well as here, have had a tremendous impact on you. We understand the fear, disappointment and anxiety that can set in with disruption of this magnitude. 

I would like to address some key questions related to your academic degree progress as we transition to online course delivery. 

As instructors modify their courses and syllabi to deal with the changes, we have asked them to keep one fundamental principle in mind: modifications should be reasonable and not disadvantage students. 

Additionally, we have changed the date for individual course withdrawal to April 29, 2020. The date for changing your grading option has also been set to April 29, 2020.

We recognize that things will not go perfectly. Your instructors are doing their best to change their accustomed teaching methods in ways that most of them had never imagined and in a time frame that is extremely challenging. Making the transition will need to be a team effort — I would ask that you work together with your classmates and your instructors as we make this big shift. Together you can help each other find ways to make the rest of this semester as meaningful as possible. 

Finally, we know that completing courses in an online environment is challenging. It requires a different kind of discipline, different ways of communicating, and even the use of different tools or software.  

To help, we have created a special support page focused on students’ academic success in online courses: https://www.binghamton.edu/students-online/

Please check this frequently. It will be continually updated to help you with study strategies, technical challenges, instructions on how to access online tutoring and more. We’re also expanding our support so that you’ll have more access to live help. 

Binghamton University students are special. You were admitted to this University because you showed the kind of aptitude, tenacity and creativity that will help you succeed as students and then excel in your professional lives. These circumstances are a disruption, but you are exactly the kind of student who will rise to the occasion. We will find our way through this together. 

Sincerely,

Don Nieman
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

For more information and updates, continue to visit the University's COVID-19 website.