Need to Know: COVID-19 Issue 6. 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. 
  • Social media:  
    • #UBclassof2020: Join in on the celebration by posting to social media using the hashtag #UBclassof2020.
    • Virtual SwagA wide variety of assets and printables (photo props, car parade signs, proud parent signs, etc.) for virtual celebrations are now available for download. 
    • Departments: A social media toolbox of materials for departments to share and post on social media is available via UBbox for departmental use. If the Box folder has been shared with you and you have questions, please fill out a work order form
  • Questions:

Online Training and Support

  • Tips of the week: Preparing for end of the semester assessments and tests.
  • SUNY Workplace is a specific online area where you can share with others and we have highlighted areas that may be of interest for CAS.
  • Help with online learning: Is there a specific area with online (remote) learning that you would like to explore more? Please email your ideas to CAS Online Learning at
  • 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


  • Research activities will be among the first activities to resume on campus.
    VPRED announced a Research Ramp-up Town Hall Meeting to be held this week. Please participate in this opportunity to provide planning input as well as receive information on preparations for resuming research/creative activities. Stay updated with information from the VPRED.

Human Resources

  • Recent UUP communications to their members stated that UUP and SUNY have agreed that employees who are serving in tenure-track academic positions as of May 6, 2020 who have not yet been permanently appointed and who are not currently under review will receive an automatic one-year extension of their time to continuing appointment (also referred to as their tenure clock). This extension will not involve a move to qualified academic rank. Tenure-track academics who do not wish to have their tenure clocks extended may elect to opt out of the automatic one-year extension and be considered for continuing appointment on their original schedule.
    • The College anticipates further guidance from the University soon. Questions can be directed to Michelle Scott at
  • Hiring Pause information regarding RF positions: Information was provided for clarification regarding practices related to the university’s hiring pause and, in particular, for hiring on RF sponsored and non-sponsored awards. Normal recruitment and business rules continue to be required at all steps of the recruitment process. Protocols have been developed in consultation with the Office of the Provost: 
    • RF Project Employees (funded on sponsored awards):
      • Includes post-docs and other appointments paid on sponsored awards
      • Requires Position Recruitment Request Form
      • PI’s should submit hiring request to chair, dean; unit business officer or dean is final approval required for HR to process
  • RF Administrative Employees (non-sponsored awards):
    • Departments should follow the process in Hiring and Salary Pause Direction and Guidelines
    • Requires Position Recruitment Request Form
    • Requires Provost’s approval (for deans and vice provost units) and President’s approval (for vice presidential units) for HR to process

Resources for Faculty and Staff

  • SUNY has established a SUNY COVID-19 Re-Imagine and Resume Residential Education Task Force (Task Force), with seven working groups focused on specific areas integral to a safe and successful resumption of residential education - from student wellness and academic operations to community engagement, campus resources, research and the science of re-opening, physical plant preparedness and community colleges. Visit the SUNY website to read the full message from the chancellor.
  • Quality by Design: QbD is a 4-week, asynchronous, online course applicable to face-to-face, hybrid and online courses.
    • Those who complete the course will be able to:
      • Identify the importance of learner-centered instruction
      • Analyze the qualities of effective course design
      • Integrate these concepts into their teaching and/or instructional design strategies
    • For this cohort only, all SUNY faculty and staff can register without any registration fees. Non-SUNY registrants will be charged $25, which reflects a 50% discount off of the normal costs.
    • For more information and registration visit the QbD website.
  • Graduate Education Resource: This document was created as a reference to temporary policy/practice changes due to the pandemic.
  • Wellness: HR Virtual sessions focused on wellness, working remotely and other professional development topics.

Resources for Students

  • Emergency Funds: Students can now apply for "Universal Emergency Funds" through UB Academic Works. CAS-specific emergency fund information will be coming soon.  
  • 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!