Need to Know: COVID-19 Issue 4. Notices and Updates for CAS.

Official UB Covid-19 Information


  • Virtual Commencement Ceremonies:
    • CAS Graduate Commencement: Friday, May 15 at 1 p.m
    • CAS Undergraduate Commencement: Saturday, May 16 at 3 p.m. (Please note: the two undergraduate ceremonies have been merged into one, with a changed date and time.)
  • MarchingOrder is the platform that will be used for all the UB commencement ceremonies. This platform allows for virtual delivery of the standard commencement components such as processional and recessional music, national anthem, alma mater, remarks by leadership and guests, announcement of student awards, etc.
  • Social media: There will be a significant focus on social media to engage our students and their families using the #UBclassof2020 hashtag. Departments will be asked to provide short video or written messages for CAS social media feeds. Departments are also encouraged to share these messages on their social media accounts. A toolbox of materials for departments with templates and resources will be available soon.
  • Department celebrations: On May 1, the CAS Communications team will provide a webpage template that would allow departments to drop in content for CAS departmental graduation/student awards celebration information. This information can include a message from the Chair, DUS, beloved faculty members; the listing of student awards, etc.
  • Questions:


  • 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.
  • 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

  • Tip of the week: Name your college or department in Zoom to help you and others identity themselves when on Zoom calls. 
    • Instructions: Go into Zoom, right-click on your picture, click on "Rename".  Then, edit and add your school (UB) or your department (English, chemistry, etc.)
  • Online Rubric and Checklist 30 minute training:
    • April 28, 2020 at 12 p.m.
    • Webinar link:
    • The Open SUNY Course Quality Review is a free and openly-licensed resource, developed as a companion to the OSCQR rubric, that provides more in-depth explanations of each standard, provides ideas and examples of how to address each standard, provides citations and information that supports each standard, and facilitates additional contributions crowd-sourced from the users of OSCQR. For more information, visit
  • 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.
  • 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


  • Psychological Services Center: The PSC has developed a webinar series that addresses basic coping skills focused on helping folks adapt to and find meaning during the current pandemic. New webinars will be released weekly, for five weeks, along with daily challenges. All are free to the public. Additionally, a list of other resources will continue to be added to their website,
  • 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. View their 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

  • Health insurance: The University is providing information for students who are looking to continue their health insurance coverage. 
    • Domestic Students: The UB required health insurance covers summer in all cases. The coverage period starts on 8/22/19 and ends on 8/21/20. Students do not have to take a summer course to be covered.In almost all cases, international students who were enrolled for Spring 2020 will be covered through 8/14/20, even if they graduate in June. 
    • International students on assistantships ending in June are permitted to purchase student insurance coverage 6/15/20-8/14/20 with a premium of $263.38. 
    • International students who remain in the US to work but are not registered fall 2020 can purchase the international health insurance directly from Student Medical Insurance. 
    • Online options are available so coming to campus is not necessary. 
    • Students can email individually with any questions or concerns.
  • Moving out of dorms: Campus Living will be starting a staggered schedule for students to come back to campus to pick up their belongings that were left in their residence hall room as of spring break. From May 1 -17 more students will be on campus. To prioritize health and safety, Campus Living is limiting the number of residents who can sign-up for a specific time to retrieve belongings and move out. They will also be staggering by buildings so there are few students in each building. The reservations are limited to three-hour time blocks between the hours of 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • 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.

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

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.

If you share on social, use "#UBuffalo Strong" in your post!