Need to Know: COVID-19 Issue 5. 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. 
  • 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. Links to both ceremonies will be available before the scheduled virtual event time.
  • Social media:  
    • #UBclassof2020: There will be a significant focus on social media throughout the month of May to engage our faculty, students and families using the hashtag.
    • Virtual SwagA variety of assets and printables are available for students to use for their virtual celebrations. 
    • Departments: A social media toolbox of materials for departments to share and post on social media will be available via UBbox this week.
  • Department celebrations: The CAS Communications team developed a toolbox and UBCMS web page template that allows departments to drop in content for CAS departmental graduation/student awards celebration information. If you would like access to the web page template, please submit a Website Maintenance and Updates work order.
  • Questions:

Online Training and Support

  • Tips of the week: Preparing for end of the semester assessments and tests.
  • Summer Workshops:
    • Do you have a specific online area that CAS Online Learning can build summer workshops to help you?
  • 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
      • Including but not limited to: Labs, experiments, dance, art, theatre, large lectures, etc. Contact CAS Online Learning at


  • HR Virtual sessions focused on wellness, working remotely and other professional development topics.

Resources for Students

  • Free Hotspots: The university is now offering a limited number of free, temporary wireless hotspots on a first come, first serve basis for students who are struggling to complete coursework due to limited wifi connection at home. To receive a temporary wireless hotspot, students can fill out the application on the UB Libraries website.
    • These hotspots must be returned by June 17, 2020.
    • Depending on location, students may also be able to take advantage of free in-home internet offers from service providers, or public Wi-Fi in safe locations. UBIT has compiled a list of these and other resources for UB students struggling with with technology at this time. For more information, visit the UBIT website.
  • 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.
  • 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!