Need to Know: COVID-19 Issue 11. Notices and Updates for CAS.

Official UB Covid-19 Information

Academics

  • UB's plans for the fall were announced today in a university-wide email from President Satish Tripathi and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs A. Scott Weber.
    • UB is planning to return to campus this fall, offering educational and research programs under a "modified in-person" format. Read the full announcement.

Funding for Students

  • CARES and HEERF: The university has received emergency federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes the Higher Education Economic Relief Fund (HEERF). This fund provides financial aid grants to students who have incurred educational expenses related to the disruption of campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • CAS Student Emergency Fund:
  • Student Life Emergency Funds: A variety of additional funds are also available for students through the student life website. Information and applications.

Research

  • Clarification on Research Ramp Up: Research and creative activities that are taking place completely off-campus (e.g., writing, computer-based research, data analysis) do not need a research ramp up plan.
  • Research Ramp Up Guidance for resuming research activities and lab ramp-up checklists and policies are available on the Office of Research and Economic Development (OVPRED) website.

Online Training and Support

  • Tip of the week: Focus on Accessibility
    • Contrast and color use are vital to accessibility. View this Contrast Checker for assistance.
    • Ally is a UB Learns tool that helps instructors enhance the usability and accessibility of their course materials in UB Learns.
  • Online Labs: Do you hold or need to hold online labs? View a growing collection of free and fee-based virtual labs
  • CEI: Workshops are almost full. Designing and Building Online Courses Academies start July 7.
  • All CAS faculty may contact Jay Stockslader, director of online learning, for assistance with CAS specific online course building and university supported tools such as UB Learns, Zoom, Webex and Panopto.  

Resources for Students

  • Student Life Information: Summer 2020 Student Life Services
  • Student Academic Resources: Academic Affairs has an extensive FAQ listed on their website for students with questions in relation to the transition 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 Department of Chemistry hosted a virtual trivia night for all faculty, staff and students in the department. Professor Jason Benedict said the event “is our way of being #TogetherAlone during these trying times.”.

The UB Department of Chemistry hosted a virtual trivia night for all faculty, staff and students in the department. Professor Jason Benedict said the event “is our way of being #TogetherAlone during these trying times.”

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

The College wants to hear about how you are teaching or working remotely. Please submit your photos or a few short sentences about the ways you are staying connected to students or colleagues so we can share them with the rest of the College and the UB community.

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