Student Life Updates and Changes Due to COVID-19

Published March 18, 2020

With the evolving COVID-19 situation, our staff is here to help you through this unprecedented time. Listed below are some updates regarding Student Life operations and resources for the spring 2020 semester.

Service Updates by Unit

Updated March 26, 2020

This list will be updated frequently; please review for the most up-to-date information.

Health: Protect Yourself and Others

  • Follow CDC and local guidelines regarding social distancing; remain at least 6 feet away from other people, even if they don’t appear to be sick
  • Be diligent with basic health precautions
  • Wash your hands
  • Refrain from shaking hands or sharing food and drink
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • View additional social distancing tips - view PDF
  • Consult with your primary health care provider and/or UB Health Services as needed

Distance Learning and UBIT

UBIT has sent instruction on how to test the ability of your personal computer to connect to UB and your online courses as well as information about free software and other helpful IT tools.

Additional SUNY Resources

Live Drop-in Support Sessions

We have organized live, drop-in, sessions via Collaborate to assist students with the transition to remote course instruction. The goal of these sessions is to provide another resource to go to for questions about the basics of online/remote course delivery, successful strategies for participation, encouragement to engage, and even to address fears/concerns.

SUNY personnel will help to quickly address common questions about participation in online/remote courses, technical support for remote access to courses, and referrals to campus resources. 

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Midnight EST
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m.  - 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST

OR Dial in: +1-571-392-7650 PIN: 258 129 3907

SUNY Learning at a Distance Resource Website

The SUNY Learning at a Distance Resource Website features:

  • Resources for Success in Your Online Course
  • Resources for Active Military and Veteran Students
  • Mental Health, Nutrition, and Technology Resources
  • Links to the Support Guides for Working with Blackboard, Brightspace, Canvas, and Moodle.

Essential Campus Services

Campus operations such as health services, libraries, transportation, and campus safety, will continue. But due to the uncertain nature, please check directly with service providers for their latest hours of operation.

Support for Students

We understand that these developments may cause concern, stress or anxiety. Please know that you have many sources of support here on campus, including counseling services and crisis resources, as well as online information about mental well-being.

If you are experiencing a hardship due to these unexpected changes, UB is here to help. Contact Student Conduct and Advocacy for support resources.

Student Employees

Student employees, including student assistants and work-study participants, should consult their supervisors for guidance regarding any modifications to regular duties - and before returning to campus worksites.

Students on TA/GA/RA appointments and post-doctoral scholars are expected to carry out their employment obligations and should consult their supervisors for guidance regarding any modifications to regular duties.

LATEST GUIDANCE - 3/23/20

Stay home for the remainder of the semester. 

Campus residents: DO NOT return to campus to pick up your belongings. Your belongings will be secured.

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