Need to Know: COVID-19, Week of August 24th. Notices and Updates for CAS.

Official UB Covid-19 Information

Health and Safety

Don't forget to complete your daily health check! To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus, the university has deployed a new virtual screening tool for all students, employees and visitors to campus. 


  • UB's Office of Educational Effectiveness released their Spring 2020 Impact Report, detailing the response to the COVID-19 pandemic through assessment.
  • All students will be required to complete a COVID-19 Traveler’s Attestation form upon logging into HUB. All students must affirm that they have met or will meet the outlined requirements before participating in on-campus activities.
  • 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

  • COVID-19 Tenure-Clock Stops: Per agreement between SUNY and UUP, tenure-track faculty who as of May 6, 2020, were serving in a position of academic rank were granted an automatic one-year extension of the time to continuing appointment without change in title, full-time equivalent or other employment status.
    • Per the vice provost for faculty affairs, the faculty member’s COVID-19 clock stop occurs in the year they would normally come up for tenure. It is in that year that the faculty member may “opt out” and have their dossier come forward rather than take the automatic clock stop and they must notify their supervisor (department chair) with copies to the Dean’s office.
    • This year (2020-2021), all normally submitted dossiers are for cases qualified for that clock stop. This year, if the faculty wish to be reviewed for tenure and promotion, they are ‘opting out,’ and should provide written notice to their chair and the Dean’s office.
    • Contact Michelle Scott, assistant dean for human resources, for more information. 
  • 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

Resources for Students

  • UB Print Anywhere: powered by Wepa
    • Students can print without touching a printer using a mobile app to release printouts at one of 40 new kiosks around campus using their UB print quota. 
  • 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

 Chemistry PhD student, Heshali Welgama, synthesizes nanoparticles in Tim Cook's lab while following additional safety measures including face coverings and social distancing.

Chemistry PhD student, Heshali Welgama, synthesizes nanoparticles in Tim Cook's lab while following additional safety measures including face coverings and social distancing.

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.