Need to Know: COVID-19 Issue 13. Notices and Updates for CAS.

Official UB Covid-19 Information

Academics

  • The fall course schedule is expected to be finalized by mid-July, and students will be notified when it becomes available.
    • Up-to-date answers to questions regarding registration, grading, advising and other related topics have been made available on student academic resources.

Research

  • UB research operations are now in phase two. Please note: UB phases are different than state/county phases.
    • During UB Research phase two, researchers can be granted approval to resume operations upon approval of their Laboratory Opening Plan (LOP) by either the CAS associate dean for research administration or CAS associate dean for research and sponsored programs. Researchers given approval to open under the phase two restrictions can immediately resume operations.
    • OVPRED:
      • Please do not contact OVPRED with questions or updates. The CAS research team reports approved laboratories weekly to OVPRED.
      • The only reason to contact OVPRED about laboratory reopening is if a faculty member wishes to have their research operation designated as essential in the event that UB research re-imposes phase one restrictions.
    • Questions: Contact Gerald Koudelka, associate dean for research and sponsored programs at koudelka@buffalo.edu or Lorraine Oak, associate dean for research administration at loak@buffalo.edu.

Information for Faculty and Staff

  • CAS Student Emergency Fund:
  • Purchasing PPE: The university has centrally procured and will distribute supplies of face coverings and disinfecting products to the campus community. Management and distribution of this COVID-19-related PPE will be handled by Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S).
    • For the following reasons, the university has temporarily paused all COVID-19-related PPE purchasing by individual units:
      • To ensure that the local supply of PPE remains available to others with greater need, such as healthcare professionals, hospitals, COVID-19 testing centers, and first responders
      • To ensure that we do not engage in “panic buying”, “over-buying” or “hoarding” of PPE
    • This purchase pause does NOT affect units that need to procure PPE as part of their normal operation (i.e., not related to COVID-19).
    • Units that wish to procure additional COVID-19-related PPE, beyond what will be provided by EH&S, are asked to work though their FPMO to have their purchase approved by EH&S.

Online Training and Support

Resources for Students

  • 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. Students who are eligible to receive federal financial aid may apply for a HEERF grant through June 30, 2020.
  • Student Life Emergency Funds: A variety of additional funds are also available for students through the student life website. Information and applications.
  • 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 Department of Classics held Friday Tea Time Zoom sessions with faculty and graduate students. “It's a way to bring faculty and graduate students together for an hour to close the gaps between us all,” said Bradley Ault, professor and chair of the department. “Like everyone else, we miss seeing our colleagues and students.” The hour served as a way to socialize, share information, offer reassurances and answer any questions students asked of the faculty.

The Department of Classics held Friday Tea Time Zoom sessions with faculty and graduate students. “It's a way to bring faculty and graduate students together for an hour to close the gaps between us all,” said Bradley Ault, professor and chair of the department. “Like everyone else, we miss seeing our colleagues and students.” The hour served as a way to socialize, share information, offer reassurances and answer any questions students asked of the faculty.

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.

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