A return to campus - UPDATE: 08/23/2021
The Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering's first concern is the physical and mental health of our students, faculty and staff. We welcome our University community back to campus in accordance with state guidelines, and will strive to provide a safe environment.
The University and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have already taken steps to keep the UB community safe.
These precautions were put in place by Department leadership after careful considerations for the safety of all members of the CSEE community. Please remember that CSEE faculty and staff are available to students whether it be for questions regarding graduation, academic discussion or just general support. Members of the CSEE community will support each other throughout this process.
While the Department is encouraging students, faculty and staff to take steps aimed at maintaining physical health, we also want to remind you to keep your mental health in mind as well. UB Counseling Services remains open and are here to help. Although Counseling Services are not taking in-person appointments, students can speak to mental health professionals by calling (716) 645-2720. The Student Life Gateway also provides some information on self-help resources
We will update this section weekly as new questions are asked.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
-Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
-New confusion or inability to arouse
-Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.
Some of the Department's computers will be accessible. Undergraduates please visit this link for more information. Graduate students are already aware of the remote options in 133A Ketter Hall.
All students, international or domestic should complete the Daily Health Check prior to arriving on campus each day. Per the Daily Health Check, all members of the UB community arriving at the university from abroad are required to quarantine for 14 days before coming to campus.
Governor Cuomo has instructed all SUNY and CUNY colleges and universities that they must switch to 100% remote learning temporarily if their Coronavirus caseloads rise above 100, or a number equal to 5% of their on-campus population. The University has not reached either of those thresholds yet, and to date has remained well under. In the event of a campus shutdown, members of the university community will receive guidance from University leadership.
CSEE chair Joseph Atkinson is a resource for students during this transition. Please submit your questions or comments directly to him via the form below.
These responses will help us answer your questions and generate a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Section
If you suspect you have COVID-19, please contact Human Resources or your supervisor immediately. We will provide guidance.
If you are unable to report to work because of a nonmedical COVID-19 situation (e.g., caring for a child whose school or day care is closed; caring for a family member with COVID-19), please contact your supervisor. They will work with UB Human Resources (HR) to determine what benefits or leave options may be available (e.g., accruals, NYSPFL, FMLA, or other) and to consider whether there are any alternative work arrangements that would allow you to perform essential job duties.