Binghamton University Closes Classrooms for Two-Weeks of Remote Instruction

Harvey Stenger / Binghamton University

Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger announced Wednesday that the University would be begin a two-week period of remote instruction on Thursday, Oct. 8, due to a rising number of positive COVID-19 cases.

Though Binghamton had not yet reached the 100 threshold, positive cases are trending up and the decision was made to help reduce density, Stenger said.

“The campus will remain open and all core operations of the University will remain open,” he said. “We remain committed to in-person instruction for the fall semester and will work to make our transition back to in-person activities as quickly as we can under Department of Health guidelines while ensuring the safety of students, faculty, staff and our community.”

Binghamton University will also increase enforcement of “evidence-based” COVID-19 safety guidelines — such as the guidance against large gatherings. Students found to have violated those protocols will be subject to “strict penalties.” Those in violation face “immediate” academic and housing suspension and possible dismissal, loss of athletic eligibility, and ineligibility for admission at every other SUNY college.

Student groups in violation may be banned from campus “permanently.”