Need to Know: COVID-19, Week of August 31st. Notices and Updates for CAS.

Official UB Covid-19 Information

Health and Safety

Be sure 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. 

Guidance for Faculty

  • Faculty guidance for students with concerns related to COVID-19.
    • Urge students to Complete the Daily Health Check 
    • If a student has symptoms consistent with possible COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with established infection, the Daily Health Check will outline appropriate next steps, including, in the following order:
      • Where to get tested
      • When to contact a health care professional
      • How to quarantine pending test results. It will then provide important contact details.
      • Finally, the individual will receive a secure email requesting additional information so that the university may follow up.
  • If a student has symptoms or think they have been exposed to COVID-19, they should stay home.
  • If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms, they should isolate and immediately notify their health care provider, or, UB Health Services at 716-829-3316.


  • Students can use UB’s new Touchdown Spaces if they need a place between remote and in-person classes, want to get work done on campus, or like the structure of an organized workspace.
    • All currently scheduled classrooms can be used as touchdown spaces when they are not in use for instruction. 
    • Faculty or instructors who need a touchdown space can reserve study rooms in Silverman Library. Reservations can be made online.

Information for Faculty and Staff

  • Public Health Behavior Expectations: Student compliance and policy information
  • Face Shields: Interested lecturers can go the Administrative Gateway and and submit an electronic work order.
    • Identify the account/account number to be used for an at-cost $5 charge for the face shield.
    • Under “select a service” choose “other” and a text box will appear.
    • In the text box indicate “face shield request for lecture”.
    • The work order will then be routed to EH&S and the faculty person will be contacted on next steps.  They will need to fill out and sign a form and bring the completed form to Helm warehouse on north campus to pick up the face shield.
  • A new Zoom background promoting UB's Health and Safety guidelines is available for use.
  • 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

Twitter Video: Jason Benedict, director of graduate studies and associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, welcomes students back to campus with important reminders. 

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.