Student quick reference guide

 When to wear your face covering

  • In your room on campus
    • By yourself: no mask required
    • With your roommate: no mask required
    • With a person other than your roommate: mask on AND socially distanced
    • Notes:
      • Flats, suites and apartments are considered a "unit” and not expected to socially distance within a resident’s own 
  • In your residence hall
    • In the bathroom
      • No mask if it is a private bath (in-suite, single-use).
      • Mask on if it is public/shared when possible (not when showering/brushing teeth/washing face).
    • In a lounge or study space alone: mask on
    • In a lounge or study space with other people: mask on AND socially distanced
    • In the hallway: mask on AND socially distanced
    • In any other building space: mask on AND socially distanced
  • Outside
    • By yourself, where no one will come within 6 feet: mask optional, but be prepared to put one on if someone approaches
    • By yourself, but near other people or when you might pass other people (sidewalks): mask on
    • With your roommate: mask optional, unless others approach whom you do not live with
    • With friend: mask on AND socially distanced
    • With multiple friends: mask on AND socially distanced
      • The limit for number of people gathering is based on the size of the space with people 6 feet apart.
    • Playing a sport
      • Mask optional if socially distanced.
      • Mask on if closer than 6 feet to others.
    • Exercising (jogging, etc.): mask optional if alone AND socially distanced
  • In a dining hall
    • By yourself: mask off to eat
    • With your roommate: mask off to eat
    • With friends: mask off to eat AND socially distanced
    • Notes:
      • Put mask back on as soon as you are done eating.
      • Furniture may not be moved to avoid social distancing.
  • In any campus building
    • All spaces: mask on AND socially distanced
      • Except when in a single-person study space by yourself that you have reserved and where you can lock the door: no mask required
    • Notes
      • Furniture has been reduced in common areas and maximum occupancy numbers are posted for indoor spaces. Furniture may not be moved to avoid social distancing.

The Big Three guidelines to follow

  • Face coverings

    Anyone in a Binghamton University (or University affiliated) space (including buildings, grounds, shared laboratory areas, conference rooms, restrooms, elevators, parking structures, etc.) must wear a face covering or mask that covers both nose and mouth at all times, except when alone in a private room, private office, private vehicle, cubicle space when appropriate social distancing can be maintained, in a more isolated area with no other people in proximity, or when exercising outside when appropriate social distancing can be maintained.

    Students must wear a mask or face covering when in public spaces in the residence halls including but not limited to hallways, kitchens, lounges, laundry rooms and elevators.

    Face coverings must be worn in classrooms at all times.

    While on public transportation, passengers must wear masks and social distance at all times, both inside the bus and while waiting in line with other passengers.

  • Social distancing

    Social distancing is defined as keeping a safe space (6 feet, which is about 2 arms’ lengths) between yourself and others in both indoor and outdoor spaces. In indoor spaces, furniture will be reduced in communal areas and maximum occupancy numbers will be posted. Furniture may not be moved.

    In the residence halls, flats, suites and apartments are considered a "unit." We do not expect residents within their own room or unit to socially distance.

  • Gatherings

    In person events, co-curricular gatherings and meetings of student organizations may occur only with appropriate social distancing and will require participants to wear masks. 

    Indoors: Furniture will be reduced in common areas and maximum occupancy numbers will be posted for indoor spaces.

    Outdoors: The limit for the number of people permitted in an outdoor space is based on the size of the space and the ability to keep a distance of at least six feet between attendees.  In no case should it exceed 50 people.

    In the residence halls, students may have residents from their own buildings visit them if they adhere to occupancy rates of double the amount of people (i.e., if it's a double room, they can have a total of four persons in the room). Social distancing guidelines apply. Gatherings of over 10 people are not permitted.

COVID-19 testing options and eligibility

There is confusion about what COVID-19 testing is available to students, faculty and staff on campus. Follow these guidelines to determine what testing you are eligible for:

  • If you are symptomatic

    Students should contact Decker Student Health Services (DSHSC) at 607-777-2221 for a phone or telehealth evaluation within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. If deemed necessary, on-campus students will be given a diagnostic test at DSHSC; off-campus students will be given an order for a test to be administered at an off-campus location.

    Do not simply show up to Old Union Hall to get a test. If you have been exposed you should expect to be contacted by the Broome County Department of Health. If you don’t receive a call, they have not determined you must be tested or quarantined.

    Faculty and staff should contact their primary care health provider.

  • If you are contacted for surveillance testing in Old Union Hall

    Surveillance testing is being conducted through random sampling and only those who are contacted by email are eligible to be tested. Those contacted are expected to sign up for a time to be tested and to arrive at Old Union Hall at that time. Students, faculty and staff who have not received an email message should not show up for a test; they cannot be accommodated. Instead, students should contact Decker Student Health Services Center at 607-777-2221, and faculty and staff should contact their primary care health provider.

  • If you want a test for any reason
    • Anyone may go to the drive-through New York State testing site located in lot ZZ on campus. You must have a vehicle. Appointments are required; call 888-364-3065 to make an appointment. The site is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
    • UHS Walk-in (physician order required)
      4417 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal (directly across from Binghamton University main entrance)
      607-729-2144
      https://www.nyuhs.org/locations/locations-profile/?id=21
      • Physician order required-may be faxed to 607-729-2145.
      • Patient will be called with appointment time.Testing site not limited to vehicles.
      • To schedule virtual walk-in appointment with a UHS provider-go to nyuhs.org and click on “Start a Virtual Health Visit”
      • Must wear a mask to visit clinic.
    • Additionally, individuals have the option of searching for a nearby test site through the search tool on the governor's website.

Report issues of non-compliance online