Finishing the Fall Semester

Published November 20, 2020

As we move to a fully remote schedule after Thanksgiving, the following information may be useful as you prepare for this transition.

Dear students,

We are quickly approaching the final weeks of the fall semester. We want to thank you for working so hard to persevere through this unprecedented start to the academic year. By following the established health and safety guidelines, we have been able to maintain the in-person and hybrid course instruction model that allowed safe and meaningful learning to continue.

We will transition to a fully remote schedule after Thanksgiving. Below is information you may find useful as you prepare for this transition.

Course Expectations

  • Instructors have prepared their courses for the transition to remote learning. All course requirements should be listed in your course syllabi.
  • If you have questions regarding course requirements, reach out to your instructor or teaching assistant.
  • Some clinical, laboratory or other in-person activities that are required to obtain or maintain professional licensure will continue with in-person instruction after Thanksgiving. Students should contact their instructor to confirm.

ACADEMIC INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

  • Graduate and undergraduate students can access support through the Center for Excellence in Writing. Undergraduate academic support will continue to be provided remotely through Tutoring and Academic Support Services and other tutoring centers across campus.
  • As you prepare for final projects and exams, please remember the importance of honest and ethical completion of work while adhering to the university’s academic integrity policies. Helpful information is available on the Academic Integrity website.
  • Lockwood, Abbott and Silverman libraries are open to current UB students, faculty and staff. All library study spaces are being monitored to ensure that building capacity does not exceed NYS guidelines and that groups do not gather. Most library services also continue to be available remotely. Updates to services can be found at the University Libraries website.
  • Campus touchdown spaces will remain open after the Thanksgiving recess through the end of the fall semester for students who need a temporary workspace.
  • The Navigate app allows undergraduate students to make appointments with their advisor and contains a Study Buddies feature for creating study groups and connecting with classmates. Undergraduate and graduate students can use the app to reference campus resources quickly.
  • Your undergraduate academic advisor is a valuable resource and can assist you with any questions you may have. You can locate your specific advisor or advising unit in your HUB Student Center. Graduate and professional students should consult their advisor or director of graduate studies.

HELPFUL ACADEMIC RESOURCES

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • We know many of our students and UB families have experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic, and we’re here to support you. Please visit Financial Aid’s COVID-19 FAQ page for more information. 

CAMPUS DINING

  • Meal swipes will end Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 a.m. Dining Points will remain active and can be added using the GET app. 
  • From Nov. 25 to Jan. 22, Campus Dining will have limited services available. To see what will be open and hours of operation, visit the Campus Dining and Shops website.
  • Campus Dining will be providing daily mobile ordering of meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for pickup through the GET app. Information and menus will be emailed to students staying on campus.

CAMPUS LIVING

  • On-campus residence halls and apartments will close Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 10 a.m.
  • Students will not have access to their rooms or belongings during the break period and should pack accordingly.
  • Only students who have completed a Break Housing Application and have been approved to stay on campus will have card swipe access to the buildings after this time.
  • Residents must complete the Resident Closing Checklist before leaving their rooms.
  • Health and safety checks of all rooms will be completed over the break period.
  • More details about spring move in will be emailed to residents in December. 

WELLNESS SERVICES

OTHER STUDENT SERVICES

  • Visit the Parking and Transportation website for current bus schedules, service advisories and more.
  • 1Capen will have a modified in-person and remote services schedule. Appointments are required for in-person services and can be made online. Please visit the 1Capen website for up-to-date information.

VIRTUAL ENGAGEMENT AND RECREATION

  • Connecting with friends and peers is an important part of your UB experience. We are committed to providing outside-the-classroom programs and activities for you to stay engaged. Visit UBLinked to learn about ways to get involved with clubs and organizations and participate in virtual programs and activities.
  • All UB Recreation facilities are now closed and will tentatively reopen on the first day of spring 2021 classes. Virtual programs, online daily workouts and on-demand group fitness classes will continue to be offered. Visit the Virtual REC page for unique recreation programs and campus resources that enhance all areas of wellness. For updates on programs and activities, visit the UB Recreation website.

UBIT SUPPORT

  • UBIT will continue to support all of your technology needs. If you need any IT help while learning remotely, visit the UBIT website.

DAILY HEALTH CHECK

  • To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus, the university has deployed the Daily Health Check. This virtual screening tool is an important part of the campus Health and Safety Guidelines and is critical to UB’s ability to monitor the health of the entire community in real time. Even after classes transition to remote learning, you are required to complete the Daily Health Check if you will continue to live on campus, live in Erie or Niagara counties, or any time you come to campus.

UPCOMING REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • Registration is underway for the spring semester. Check for your registration enrollment appointment and plan to complete your spring registration during this window.
  • Winter session registration is now open. Visit the UBThisWinter website to learn more about how winter session can help you get ahead or stay on track. 

CHECK FOR UPDATES

  • The spring 2021 academic calendar has been updated in compliance with SUNY spring reopening guidelines. Classes will begin on Feb. 1 and there will be no spring break.
  • It is imperative that you check all communication modes often. You should be checking your UB email at least two or more times a day. You should be logging in to UB Learns or other course-related platforms daily. Stay in touch with your instructors and on top of your work so you are aware of any updates or changes. In addition to regularly checking your email, please visit UB’s COVID-19 website for updates and information.

The entire university community appreciates the efforts you have made to be a good university citizen. When fall 2020 began, we all had questions about what we would face as the weeks unfolded. As we approach the end of the semester, we can reflect on our efforts with confidence and pride in our commitment to each other and the individual resilience that enabled you to make the most of an uncertain time. We hope everyone remains healthy as we finish the semester strong.

Graham Hammill

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Dean of the Graduate School

vpaa@buffalo.edu

Christina Hernandez

Interim Vice President for Student Life

vpsl@buffalo.edu

Ann Bisantz

Dean of Undergraduate Education

uge-dean@buffalo.edu