New York state law permits residents 60 years or older to audit credit-bearing classes at state-affiliated campuses free of charge. Auditors participate in class activities at the discretion of the instructor and on a space-available basis. Participants identify courses of interest and contact the instructor to determine openings for older adult auditor participation.*
Auditors participate fully in classes, but there is no college credit, nor are any formal records kept of involvement. Auditors are expected to comply with instructor requirements; consent for participation in the program can be withdrawn if circumstances warrant.
*NOTE: Individual lessons on musical instruments aren’t available through this program. Also, space limitations in the school of nursing and studio art courses often mean auditors can’t be accommodated. In addition, all requests for audits in the School of Management must be approved in the school office and not by individual instructors. At this time we can’t accommodate older adults auditors in distance-education courses. Certain other courses may also have restrictions.
While there is no charge for tuition, you may voluntarily choose to purchase materials associated with a course. In addition, auditors can request a limited Binghamton University ID card from the Continuing Education & Outreach office. This card can be used for the library, a Binghamton University email account, and on-campus computer access, as well as Blackboard.
A personal email account is recommended. As of 2010, BU discontinued providing email addresses for Older Adult Auditors. Official BU communications are available on the B-Line website:
|For this||What is this?||Where can I get more information on this?|
|To access the Bartle Library||University Libraries provides access to a wide variety of print and digital resources.||http://library.lib.binghamton.edu/|
|To gain assistance from the Information Technology Services Help Desk||The Help Desk offers students assistance setting up a University email account and answers other questions about the use of information technology.||http://its.binghamton.edu/helpdesk|
|To use computers in campus computer labs (PODS).||If you want to use a computer on campus, you can go to a PODS location. You may need to schedule a time.||http://its.binghamton.edu/facilities/pods|
|To use Blackboard the instructor must add you to course list and you must contact Susan Holden at 607.777.2793 to set up a Blackboard account.||Blackboard is a course management system instructors use to generate information, communicate with students, record grades and more. Once enrolled, you will have access to the same information as your classmates.||http://blackboard.binghamton.edu|
|To obtain a University parking permit at Parking Services.||All vehicles on campus must be registered with Parking Services and must display a valid parking permit. There is a fee for parking permits; daily permits are available.||http://parking.binghamton.edu/regs.htm|
Last Updated: 9/28/12