Need to Know: COVID-19 Issue 2. Notices and Updates for CAS.

Official UB Covid-19 Information

  • UB COVID-19 Dashboard: the official UB website for information regarding COVID-19. 
  • CAS-specific COVID-19 site: CAS information and resources.
  • Remember to monitor your health and follow guidelines provided by the Erie County Department of Health and the CDC.

Commencement

  • This year’s commencement ceremonies will be delivered virtually with the hope of also recognizing the 2020 class during an on-campus celebration at a future date.
  • The virtual graduate commencement will take place on Friday, May 15 at 1 p.m. and the virtual undergraduate commencement will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 3 p.m. Additional details will be available in the coming weeks. Read the full announcement from the President.   

Academics

  • Comprehensive reviews: Departments scheduled for comprehensive reviews in the 2020 - 2021 academic year should plan to have their reviews as scheduled. SUNY has permitted virtual reviews and the College intends to follow the current schedule as much as possible.

Enrollment

  • UB's annual Accepted Students Day is taking place in a virtual format this year to accommodate our incoming Class of 2024. The Office of Admissions is providing a variety of virtual options at buffalo.edu/visit/index.php.
  • International graduate student enrollment and I-20 visas: To help alleviate international student concerns about the status of their immigration and shipping data, schools will now send non-official information to prospective graduate students electronically.  The CAS graduate enrollment team is working on this request.

Online Training and Support

  • The Center for Educational Innovation is offering continued support for faculty. Online Teaching Web Series and one-on-one consultations are available. For further assistance, please email ubcei@buffalo.edu.
  • CAS Specific Support and Online Tools: All CAS faculty are encouraged to contact Jay Stockslader, director of online learning to assist with CAS online course building and university supported tools such as UB Learns, Zoom, Webex and Panopto. Jay works closely with CEI, UB Learns and other support systems to provide resources and answers that may be CAS specific.

Technology

  • Zoom recording feature: Beginning today, Monday, April 13 a UB login will be required by default for anyone viewing your recordings in the Zoom cloud. This will affect any previous recordings, as well as new recordings. For more information, visit the UBIT website.
  • Integrating Zoom with email: UB’s Security office investigated the integration of zoom with UB Exchange/Outlook and determined that this violates UB policy. If you have this integration enabled, please disable it.

Resources for Faculty and Staff

  • Wellness and Professional Development: To accommodate the many UB employees who are now working remotely, HR is offering a schedule of virtual wellness and professional development learning opportunities. All offerings are free and open to all UB employees. To register, visit buffalo.edu/administrative-services/training/training-catalog/human-resources/hr-virtual-workshops.
  • NYS Headspace: A collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises are being offered for free through New York State to help support you through stressful and challenging times. Resources are available on headspace.com/ny.
  • Exercise Classes: UB's Recreation office is posting online exercise classes weekdays for the duration of the spring semester. Classes will vary between meditation, yoga, pilates, HITT, Cardio Kick and low-impact options. Follow UB Rec on Facebook and Twitter to view their latest workouts.

Resources for Students

  • 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.

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