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 room or unit.
    • Only residents from your building permitted. No other visitors or guests.
    • No more than double the occupancy rate and not to exceed 10.

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.

Report issues of non-compliance online