Initiatives

“What’s next?” This is the question that drives us each day, as we strive to provide the new experiences, programs and resources that will meet the ever-changing needs of our diverse student body.

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Student Housing Master Plan

Starting in summer 2017, the University of Buffalo is initiating a comprehensive student housing master plan across its three campuses.  We are committed to better understanding the most appropriate and efficient use of all current and future campus student living space.  The need to provide a memorable UB living experience for our students during their education is a fundamental aspect of the UB student experience.  As such, UB will seek proposals for a student housing master plan study that will:

  1. Assess our existing conditions
  2. Study the market realities of our area
  3. Develop a strategic vision for student housing; and
  4. Make recommendations on future steps. 

To operationalize this effort a committee has been formed under the leadership of Tonga Pham, Associate Vice President for Facilities.  The committee will support project phases including Request for Qualifications (RFQ) review, consultant, and review of findings and recommendations.  Study conclusions are expected to be finalized in the 2017-2018 academic year.  

Global Market Café

In partnership with the university, and with the approval of the Capital Planning Board, Campus Dinning and Shops intends to design and build a new dining experience as part of UB’s overall Heart of the Campus (HOTC) initiative. The Global Market Café is envisioned to create a new and exciting dining environment consistent with the university’s aspirations. Located in the center of campus (Capen and Norton Halls), the dining facility will serve students, faculty, and staff. It is expected to open spring 2020.  Charged with guiding and advising on all phases of the Global Market Café project, including Request for Qualifications (RFQ) review, architect selection, conceptual design and naming/branding of the facility, a Global Market Café planning team began their work in May 2017.  Graham Hammill, Vice Provost of Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School is leading the planning team.

Office of Student Health

As part of an overall restructuring of Student Life announced in May 2017, the departments of Counseling Services, Student Health Services, and Wellness Education Services will coordinate and align their activities across campus through the creation of the Office of Student Health.  This office will provide strategic vision, leadership, advocacy for, and management of these three critical departments within Student Life.  The office will work to ensure that the University at Buffalo is adopting effective, ethical, culturally appropriate, and research-based counseling, health and wellness policies, programs and services that help to create a resilient campus culture at both the individual and community level. The office also will ensure that clinical and prevention services are coordinated and integrated as appropriate.  In conjunction with unit directors, the office will develop and assess learning outcomes for programs and services.  The leadership of this office will also be responsible for regulatory compliance for all programs and services.   

Student Union Master Plan

As Student Life evolves its programs to meet changing student needs, so should the University’s Student Unions, where many of these programs are housed and/or conducted.  Starting in fall 2017, Student Life will retain the services of a nationally recognized firm to perform a master plan for future use of the North Campus Student Union and Harriman Hall on the South Campus. 

Academic Integrity

For a number of years, there has been general dissatisfaction with the current academic integrity policy and its implementation at UB.  The dissatisfaction results primarily from two issues:

  1. The current policy is legalistic and bureaucratic, which can frustrate and disincentives consistent faculty and student participation; and
  2. There is potential for inconsistency in the execution of the policy. 

To address this concern a university-wide Committee on Academic Integrity was convened in early 2016 to evaluate the current climate and make recommendations for improvement. These have resulted in a recent report that has been presented to the Faculty Senate for their review and endorsement.  Basic recommendations included in the report included:

  1. The adoption of a more streamlined and understandable policy,
  2. Establishment of an Office of Academic Integrity responsible for proactive education and enforcement, and
  3. A process for enforcement that would follow a model similar to student conduct and advocacy that relies much more heavily on student participation than our current approach.  

As of May 2017, the Faculty Senate has endorsed the report from the Committee on Academic Integrity and asked for an expeditious review by the Faculty Senate Committee on Policy and Grading so that the full senate may consider any revisions to the university policies by this fall.  Furthermore, the initiative has received funding to establish the Office of Academic Integrity as a resource to faculty and students and implement any policy revisions as they are approved.