Important Notice: UB’s spring 2021 semester will begin on Feb. 1, 2021. View the academic calendar on the registrar’s website.
Whether you’re taking classes in person or remotely, we want you to have the best UB experience possible. This page is a resource to find answers to common questions and to access information you’ll need during the semester.
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Academic departments are responsible for providing instruction for all courses. Arrangements for replacement instructors will be made by the academic department.
University officials will continue to work with the state, system, local and health professional leaders to provide guidance on the university’s operations. The university will communicate with all community members any needed changes in academic operations.
Classroom capacities have been reduced to accommodate social distancing, resulting in classrooms being used at approximately 25% of their usual capacity. The course schedule has been modified to allow 20 minutes between classes to alleviate congestion in hallways and classrooms. The university is requiring individuals to wear face masks at all times when in classrooms and on any of UB’s campuses when a minimum of six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. All students, faculty and staff will receive a face covering from the university, and individuals are welcome to use their own face coverings.
Within on-campus dining facilities, individuals should wear face masks until seated at least six feet apart from another individual, and then they may remove their masks by necessity when actively eating or drinking. However, the university strongly encourages mask usage inside the dining area when not actively eating and drinking. Masks must be worn when entering and exiting the dining area.
If you did not receive your face mask, please check with your supervisor or Unit Business Officer (UBO).
Additional face masks are available for purchase at the following campus locations:
UB will provide face shields to individuals who have a documented medical reason for being unable to wear a cloth face mask, or for any faculty member who prefers to use a face shield (instead of a cloth face mask) for purposes of lecturing.
Face Shields are not as effective as cloth face masks in preventing exposure to the COVID-19 virus. For this reason, UB will require any employee who requests a Face Shield to sign a disclaimer acknowledging that they are aware of this risk. In addition, we would ask that cloth face masks be worn in place of your face shield whenever possible.
To request a Face Shield, please contact Environmental Health & Safety (EHS@facilities.buffalo.edu) and include:
1. Name, Unit
2. Your role (e.g., lecturer, lab instructor, administrative staff, trainer)
3. Reason for requesting Face Shield:
EH&S will review your request and if approved, they will send you Face Shield Acknowledgement form for you to complete and return.
Once all documentation is received, EH&S will send you a Face Shield.
While attendance and participation are essential components of courses, it is critical that students follow public health guidelines. As such, any student exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should not come to campus to participate in coursework. If students need to miss class due to illness, isolation or quarantine, they must notify their instructor by email as soon as possible and no later than 24 hours after missing class. At that time, students are also expected to make the necessary arrangements to complete missed work.
The fall 2020 Tuition and Fees rates have been finalized. Current rates and FAQs are available on the Student Accounts website.
The last day to drop/add a class in the regular 15-week session for the fall semester is Sept. 8. Drop/add deadlines for other sessions are available on the Office of the Registrar website.
Yes, classes will be held on Labor Day.
UB will move to remote instruction after the Thanksgiving recess for the remainder of the semester.
UB Information Technology has provided a list of minimum recommendations for technology. Technology requirements for specific classes are determined by the academic department and will be communicated by the instructor.
Students have access to free tutoring via Tutoring and Academic Support Services. Students have access to the Center for Excellence in Writing. Students will also have access to their academic advisors, the libraries and many other academic support and student engagement services.
You must log in to your HUB Student Center to view your schedule.
You can find the specific instruction modes within the Class Details portion of the Class Information section. For more information on how to locate the instruction mode, review the HUB Student Center Training Guide.
Students should review the registrar's email sent on July 15 and review the important information on the Office of the Registrar website.
Continuing students and new transfer students need to review their schedule in HUB to note any changes to class times, class locations (including campus) and mode of instruction. Students may need to make changes to their schedule to resolve any conflicts or register for additional courses. New freshmen will receive an email from their academic advisor about next steps.
Academic departments and programs determined which courses will be offered in person, in a hybrid format, or fully remote based on public health guidelines related to space and social distancing, curricular requirements, course learning outcomes, and campus goals. Given the need for six feet of physical distancing, face coverings and other health considerations, the amount of in-person instruction possible during the fall was limited by classroom availability.
Students should check the fall schedule to see if there is an on-campus session available for the classes for which they have registered. Students should contact their academic advisor with any questions about changing their schedule. Students should also be aware that there will be dining, technology, libraries, activities, and services available on campus throughout the semester and available to all students, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in an on-campus course.
Students should know that the health and safety of the campus community is the university’s main priority. Detailed health and safety guidelines have been established to allow everyone coming to campus the opportunity to feel safe. Students should check the fall schedule to see if there is a remote session available for the classes for which they have registered. In the event a student needs to drop any courses, they should contact their academic advisor to ensure they are not jeopardizing their satisfactory progression toward degree. The university is unable to guarantee that all courses can be offered remotely. If a course isn’t available remotely, students should discuss course options with their academic advisor.
UB is offering various course instructional modes to ensure our community’s safety while delivering a high-quality academic experience. Use the links below to access the systems and information you’ll need this semester. Whether your classes are in person or delivered remotely, the learning outcomes, access to distinguished faculty and key support resources remain the same.
We know that college can feel challenging. We’re here for you! Here are a few key resources to help you stay on track and be successful. Remember, asking for help is one of the smartest things you can do.
This semester, stay involved with your favorite activities, or try a new one! There are plenty of ways to connect with opportunities at UB, both on campus and remotely.