Need to Know: COVID-19, Week of August 10th. Notices and Updates for CAS.

Official UB Covid-19 Information


  • New Graduate Student Orientation
    • In lieu of an in-person orientation, incoming graduate students are being connected virtually.
      • To help students prepare for their graduate studies, the College has invited them to view the new orientation website, which includes helpful resources and videos to get students started on their graduate school journey. 
  • The University Libraries is following a phased reopening of its facilities. To protect the UB community, campus library locations will be open only to UB faculty, staff and students, and not the public. Online services will be continued.
  • Conference for Graduate Teaching Assistants
    • This online conference will help TA's adapt to the current teaching and learning environment; excel in formal and informal instructional roles; explore resources at UB that can help navigate the ever-changing environment of higher education; and learn from UB TAs, faculty and staff. Free registration.
      • Aug. 28, 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Information for Faculty and Staff

  • Daily Health Verification Form: As a reminder, in order to ensure the safety and public health of the UB campus and community, employees will be required to attest daily that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms before reporting to work on-campus.
  • CAS Student Emergency Fund: Give to the College of Arts and Sciences student emergency fund to help students during the pandemic.

Online Training and Support

  • Tip of the Week: Streaming Audio and Video Content in UB Learns
  • The new UB Teach Anywhere website is a resource for UB faculty to explore delivery methods (remote, hybrid, etc.) and find recommendations for technology; accessibility and inclusivity; test monitoring and academic integrity; and more.
  • Classroom upgrades: recording, livestreaming and conferencing
  • UB instructors can now invite virtual guests to in-person classes using Zoom or Webex in most UB classrooms. These classrooms also now feature the ability for faculty to record or livestream their lectures using the included Panopto software.
    • For more information about this project, and how to find and use classroom technology, visit the UBIT website.
  • Semester Start Up Workshop - Are you ready? 
    • Aug. 12, 9-10 a.m. (Password– 512968)
    • Aug. 18, 9-10 a.m.  (Password– 695587)
    • Hosted with the School of Management
  • UB workshops for Online Learning: Virtual and in-person sessions
  • Faculty with Lab Components
    • "Online Learning Consortium Ideate Labs for Online STEM: Innovating STEM Education 2020"
    • Free, virtual expo will showcase a wide range of virtual and other technology-enabled labs. Register.
    • Aug. 19 - 21
  • Chronicle of Higher Education: "Preparing Instructors for an Uncertain Fall."
    • Aug. 11, 2 p.m.
    • Register for the virtual forum.
  • CAS online learning web pages for Students and for Faculty
  • All CAS faculty may contact Jay Stockslader, director of online learning, for assistance with CAS specific online course building and university supported tools.

Resources for Students

  • Student Life Emergency Funds: Funds are available for students through the student life website. 
  • Student Life Guide Fall 2020
  • Student Academic Resources: Academic Affairs has an extensive FAQ listed on their website for students with questions in relation to online learning.
  • Blue Table: students experiencing food insecurity can get support through Blue Table.
  • Health and Wellness: a variety of services are available to help students with their physical and mental health needs. Please refer students to counseling and health services.

UB Seen: College Edition

Explore photographs, slideshows and videos capturing activities the of the College. UB Seen: College Edition

The UB Faculty Jazz Quartet played a socially distant concert on Aug. 5 for "Music in the Woods" in Artpark’s scenic Lower Park Emerald Grove area, overlooking the Niagara River.

Members: George Caldwell, piano; Bobby Militello, saxophone; Sabu Adeyola, bass; and John Bacon, drums.

Photo credit: Jordan Oscar

Let's show our students and the entire UB community that "Together, we are UB."  Snap a photo wearing your mask, or create a short video message to help welcome students back to UB.

Dean Robin G. Schulze wears her face covering to model proper UB health and safety practices.

All previous issues of "Need to Know" are available on the CAS COVID-19 website.