INFORMATION FOR NEW STUDENTS
(Required Forms to Complete)
- Log onto https://myhealth.binghamton.edu. You'll need your PODS computer account username and password. On your homepage, in the Education section, is a link to "Immunization and Health Form Submission Instructions." Click the link to open a document with detailed instructions on how to complete and submit the online Medical History form and the Immunization Worksheet. Both forms are required for all students.
- If you are under 18 years old, then have your parent or guardian fill out the Under 18 Consent for Emergency/Medical Treatment (43k pdf) and submit it with the required immunization records from the previous step.
- Mandatory tuberculosis screening questions are included in the Medical History form, which is completed and submitted online at https://myhealth.binghamton.edu. Additional information about tuberculosis screening and PPD skin tests is provided below.
You must complete and submit both the online Medical History form and the Immunization Worksheet with immunization records before you will be eligible to register for classes. Find out more.
- Undergraduate students only: If you don’t need the University’s Student Accident and Sickness Plan, you must submit an online waiver through BU Brain to the Student Accounts Office by the 6th week of classes. Instructions on how to submit a waiver can be found at the Student Accounts website. Information about health insurance plan benefits is available at http://www.shs-nn.com/student-insurance-binghamton-university.asp. If you don’t submit the waiver on time, you’ll be responsible for paying for the insurance. If you waive the University insurance plan, we’ll assume you don’t need coverage in subsequent semesters unless you inform us that you do.
- Make sure you know about your health history.
- Carry a list of any medication you take and any allergies you have.
- Bring your health insurance card or a copy of it.
- Program the telephone numbers for the Decker Student Health Services Center (607-777-2221) and Harpur’s Ferry ambulance service (607-777-3333) into your phone.
- While not mandatory, we recommend that you visit with your home healthcare provider before coming to campus. You are encouraged to send any important health information to the Decker Student Health Services Center for inclusion in your student medical file.
- If you take prescription medication on an ongoing basis, be sure to bring enough with you, have your doctor call your prescription in to a local pharmacy, or if your doctor wants the Decker Student Health Services Center to write the prescription, ask him/her to send records to us.
- If you require allergy shots, the Decker Student Health Services Center can give you a list of local providers as we do not offer this service on campus.
- Put together a healthcare kit so you have some common medical supplies on hand. Here are some suggestions on what to include (223k pdf)
You MUST complete and submit the online Medical History form and Immunization Worksheet with supporting documentation. These forms must be submitted to the Decker Student Health Services Center before you arrive for Orientation. You won’t be allowed to register for classes until this documentation is complete.
If you don’t do this, you won’t be officially registered for courses and your campus housing and eligibility for financial aid will be affected. You won’t be able to remain in campus housing, and we won’t be able to process your financial aid or generate any applicable refunds.
About the Meningitis Acknowledgement
- The meningitis acknowledgement section of the Immunization Worksheet is mandated by New York state and required from all students.
- The immunization itself isn’t required, but acknowledging a decision to receive it or not is.
- If you haven't already been immunized and wish to receive this immunization, it’s available at the center for a fee.
- If you haven't already been immunized and don't wish to receive this immunization, sign the Meningococcal declination statement on the Immunization Worksheet.
- See this information about meningitis prepared by the New York State Department of Health (20k pdf).
About Proof of Immunization
- New York State Public Health Law requires you to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella, and the Immunization Worksheet is where you do this.
- If you need the MMR immunization, it’s available at the center for free.
- The Immunization Worksheet must be signed by a healthcare provider to be considered acceptable if other official immunization records are not submitted.
- Once the Immunization Worksheet is complete, enter month, day and year of each immunization online at https://myhealth.binghamton.edu as specified in the Worksheet's instructions. Afterward, fax your immunization records with the Worksheet to the Decker Student Health Services Center at 607-777-2881.
- Medical exemptions require a signed physician statement that includes the reason, specific immunizations that apply and an end date for the exemption.
- If you’re having trouble locating immunization records, consider checking with your high school, a previous college/university, your local health department, or your personal immunization record (if signed by a physician this is acceptable).
- Students with medical conditions that prohibit immunization are urged to submit blood titer results to identify immune status to measles, mumps and rubella. Those with religious beliefs that prohibit immunization are encouraged to do the same or to submit in writing a request for a waiver of the requirement. The request should document sincerely held religious belief and be accompanied by supporting documentation. Students who aren’t documented as immune may be excluded from campus in the event of a measles, mumps or rubella outbreak.
About Tuberculosis Screening
- Completion of the tuberculosis screening questions on the online Medical History form is required for all new students.
- Based on your responses to these questions, a Quantiferon-TB Gold blood test may be required.
- A previous PPD test may be acceptable if it was performed in the United States or Canada within the calendar year prior to admission to Binghamton University.
- Transfer students may submit their health forms from their previous institutions for review by Decker Student Health Services Center staff; however, a Quantiferon-TB Gold blood test may still be required.
…About the Student Health FeeEach semester you pay a Student Health Fee that supports Decker Student Health Services Center programs and services. Since the fee is pre-paid, you won’t be charged for any center visits, health education materials or programs. Your health fee also covers the cost of many medications and common medical supplies as long as center medical staff provide them to/order them for you. See Free or Fees for more information.
…About the University Health InsuranceAll domestic undergraduate students will automatically be enrolled in the Student Accident and Sickness Plan (University health insurance) unless you waive this plan online. Information about health insurance plan benefits is can be found at http://www.shs-nn.com/student-insurance-binghamton-university.asp . See Health Insurance to find out more about waiving the health insurance and why you need health insurance.