UB Forward - 2/26/2021

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Published February 26, 2021

News and Updates

For all the latest news and updates, consult UB's COVID-19 site.

  • Revised guidance from the state requires SUNY colleges and universities to pause in-person instruction if their positivity rate, as indicated by weekly testing of at least 25% of their total on-campus population, exceeds 5% during a rolling 14-day period. Previously, the limit was 100 positive cases during a set two-week period. UB’s COVID-19 dashboard has been updated to utilize the SUNY COVID-19 Case Tracker, which provides a comprehensive overview of daily and weekly testing, along with positivity rate data for UB’s on-campus community.

  • Students are reminded that they must wear face coverings and maintain physical distance when getting together for group study, online learning or other activities in classrooms and study spaces. University officials are seeing an increase in students removing masks in these situations. Adherence to UB’s requirements on mask wearing and physical distancing at all times is in the best interest of everyone on campus.

Resources for Faculty and Staff

    • March Into Wellness. UB Recreation will host a four-week brown-bag series to discuss health and wellness topics.
    • Moving to Microsoft 365. UBIT has announced a five-year project to provide users with a standard suite of essential apps and services, including email (Exchange), cloud storage (OneDrive) and collaboration software (Teams). Faculty and staff are invited to provide input at two virtual information sessions in March.

Resources for Students

    • Creating Routine To Support Distance Learning. In this workshop focused on the impact of remote instruction on the student experience, participants will learn how to establish routine and increase their motivation, as well as find resources for virtual academic support.
    • Reducing Zoom Fatigue. This video from Health Promotion shares tips for avoiding virtual-learning burnout.
    • Ask the Advocate. Weekly virtual drop-in hours allow students to speak privately and confidentially with a crisis services advocate dedicated to serving members of the UB community.

* This information is for archival purposes. Some links may be out of date.