Need to Know: COVID-19 Issue 3. Notices and Updates for CAS.

Official UB Covid-19 Information

Commencement

  • Virtual commencement: As previously announced, UB will celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates through virtual commencement ceremonies.
    • The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 (please note the change in date and time). Students have received emails with instructions about how to participate. Students with questions can contact cas-commencement@buffalo.edu.
    • The graduate ceremony will be held on Friday, May 15 at 1 p.m. Students have received email instructions about how to participate. Students with questions can contact David Lang at langdj@buffalo.edu.

Academics

  • Summer Session: As the University moves forward with transitioning to distance education for the summer, the Registrar's Office has sent schedulers instructions for properly characterizing summer courses in HUB. Please ensure the requested changes in HUB are made no later than Thursday, April 30.

Online Training and Support

  • CAS Specific Support:
    • 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.
  • CAS Online Learning recommended workshop: Assessments and Grading Online with Jeanne Myers, Learning Designer - Friday, April 24, 9-10 a.m.
  • University Coordinated 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, email ubcei@buffalo.edu.

Technology

  • UB Learns will be upgraded to include a new navigation system, Ultra BaseNavigation, bringing instructors and students easier access to critical academic information at a glance.
    • Information sessions hosted by UB’s Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) will demonstrate the new design and benefits of UB Learns.

Research

  • Payroll for RF project employees: The RF Salary Continuation Policy was recently enacted specific to the continuation of salaries under unexpected or extraordinary circumstances, and is meant to provide guidance to faculty supervising RF employees on how to best manage these employees, while also being aware of budgetary constraints that may exist on specific awards. Additional information can be found on the VPRED Impact on Research website.

Travel

  • Faculty and staff should cancel any open travel plans using State resources that might be still scheduled through May (at a minimum). We will continue to monitor and update the timeline accordingly.

Resources

  • UB Counseling Services is facilitating virtual drop-in, outreach workshops that focus on providing psychoeducation and support to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty and staff. Psychoeducational workshops are intended to provide information, skills and support.
    • Workshops include:
      • "Connection and Compassion for International Students"
        This workshop will highlight unique challenges experienced by international students; introduce strategies and resources for coping, and ways to cultivate compassion and connection with others in this era of social distancing.
      • "Cultivating Connections During Social Distancing"
        This workshop will address the impact of social isolation and the current effect on mental health and overall wellness. Coping skills and tools to increase virtual connections will be provided.
      • "Life Through Loss: Coping with COVID-19 Related Grief"
        Provides education and validation surrounding the impact of grief and loss associated with COVID-19. It also assists individuals in identifying strategies of self-care and support.
      • View more workshop options and details on the wellness event calendar.
  • 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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