As the Vice President for Academic Affairs, I act as an intermediary between the undergraduate student body and the University on academic issues, and head of the Student Office of Academic Programs (SOAP).
My staff and I advocate on students’ behalf on matters of academic policy, conduct, and academic initiatives. In addition, we educate the student body about the resources available to them, the university’s academic policies, and their rights as customers of the University. If you ever have comments, questions, or complaints about academics or University policy, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Student Office of Academic Programs (SOAP) has a few important resources available to undergraduate students:
Program for Undergraduate Guidance (PUG) – A large scale mentorship program for students of any academic program.
Freshmen, Sophomores, and Transfers:
Are you a bit nervous about your classes? Finding clubs? Finding your clique? Want advice from an upperclassman who has been in your place in the past? If so, then you should sign up as a mentee for the Peer Undergraduate Guidance Program! It is where we match you with a junior or a senior who has similar interests as you!
Juniors and Seniors:
Are you looking to get more involved? Want to help underclassman? Share some vital Binghamton information? Then you should sign up to be a mentor! We will pair you with underclassman who best match up to you! You will be able to hang out with them, give them some advice on classes, time management, clubs, etc!
Academic Advocates – Bright, hardworking individuals who work with students to resolve academic complaints and issues. Academic Advocates have experience with academic policy, and can advocate for students, anonymously or not, to the relevant University parties.
Conduct Advocates – Every student who has been written up or brought to the Board of Student Conduct should spend time talking to a Conduct Advocate. Conduct Advocates can help you understand your rights, guide you through the appeals process, and even attend your hearing to advise you.