The University will move to fully-remote learning after November 24. For more information, visit the UB COVID-19 Dashboard page
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.
Visit the SEAS COVID-19 Information site to learn more about initiatives at the School level, and receive campus-wide updates at the UB COVID-19 information site.
General Conditions (CSEE)
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.
- Ketter and Jarvis Halls will be accessible to students, faculty and staff, but the buildings MUST remain at or below 50% capcity.
- ALL meetings between students and faculty or staff members MUST be appointment-based. Some faculty and staff members will continue to work off-campus, and NO faculty or staff member will be on-campus every day of the week. If you need to make an appointment with a faculty or staff member, you must email them to schedule the appointment ahead of time. Walk-in meetings are prohibited.
- No one, to the extent possible, should come to campus. Graduate students working the lab on research projects are exempt from this rule. Undergraduate and non-research graduate students should take the necessary actions to protect themselves and others. These include: washing hands, social distancing (at least six feet), keeping gatherings to fewer than 10 people, etc.
- Unless otherwise notified by your instructor, you should anticipate being available at the same times for which a class was originally scheduled. The same logic applies to recitations and office hours.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
We will update this section weekly as new questions are asked.
What should I do in case I feel sick or am concerned I may have been exposed to the Coronavirus?
- Do a CDC COVID-19 symptom self-check every day before leaving your home.
- Stay home and contact your health care provider if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms.
You should first contact the Student Health Center. The Student Health Center can connect you with a number of services. You can also contact the Erie County Health Department (ECHD). The ECHD generally will let you know what your next steps would be.
Will I be asked to leave campus if I am exhibiting symptoms
- According to University guidelines: If students or employees feel sick, they should stay home and seek health advice. It is each member of the UB community’s responsibility and shared duty to comply and act responsibly, to help ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus.
- If an individual appears to exhibit symptoms, faculty and staff can suggest to that person that they seek medical attention. They will be encouraged to visit their doctor, call 911 if there is a medical emergency, or visit the UB Student Health Center.
- Faculty may ask students to leave class if they are being disruptive. If a student is showing symptoms in a classroom during class, the faculty member may ask them to leave.
What should I do if I am tested positive for the Coronavirus, or if I think I have been exposed?
When to Seek Medical Attention
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.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency:
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.
- If you think you have been exposed, please contact Student Health Services. If you are tested positive, the ECHD will provide further information on what you need to do. Please let the Chair of the Department know if you are in quarantine and if you need additional help.
Will the Department's seminar rooms (140 Ketter Hall and 223 Jarvis Hall) remain operational?
- Yes. The seminar rooms will be available only by RESERVATION. Faculty members can reserve Departmental spaces at this link. Each seminar room will be available for some classes and TA space. The occupancy for each room has been reduced for effective social distancing. No more than 16 seated students are permitted in 140 Ketter Hall, and the number of seated students in 223 Jarvis Hall is not to exceed 13. Students are prohibited from meeting in those rooms if they are not attending class or working with a teaching assistant.
What is the status of the computer labs in Ketter Hall?
- Occupancy in the undergraduate computer lab in room 208 Ketter Hall is not to exceed 15 seated students. Some devices from 208 Ketter Hall have been moved to 101 Ketter Hall which will no longer serve as a refreshment hub. These computers have been split between the two rooms to allow for proper social distancing.
- The graduate student computer lab in 133A Ketter Hall is CLOSED. Students can reserve time to remotely log into the computers there through this link
- Students are encouraged, but not required, to bring their own keyboards and other devices for the computer lab when possible. Each room will cleaned three times a day, and students are also encouraged to use one of the Department's several hand sanitizer stations before using computers in the lab.
Can I access any of the computer labs remotely?
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.
What is the procedure for graduate student offices?
- The graduate studies coordinator has set up schedules for 115, 116, 133A and 206 Ketter Hall, and 204 and 208 Jarvis Hall based on student seat location and compliance with physical distancing. Capacity in these rooms may be different based on the A/B day schedule developed by the Department. Students MAY ONLY ENTER these spaces if they are on the schedule, or have discussed it with the graduate studies coordinator. No guests are allowed in any of the graduate student spaces. Students can schedule their office time with the graduate studies coordinator.
- Additionally, students are required to sign in when they enter student offices, and sign out when they leave student offices. The Department will provide sign-in sheets, but students MUST use their own pen/pencil to sign in/out.
What is the status of common areas like the Undergraduate Learning Landscape (202 Ketter Hall) and 101 Ketter Hall?
- As referenced above, 101 Ketter Hall has been converted into an undergraduate computer lab and will no longer serve as a refreshment hub. There will be reduced occupancy levels for all student offices in both Ketter and Jarvis Halls.
- Additionally the learning lounge in 202 Ketter Hall will have a reduced capacity. For safety purposes, all students are required to sign into 202 and 101 Ketter Hall.
I am traveling from a different country to UB, do I need to self-quarantine?
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.
Will restrooms have a limited occupancy?
- Yes. The occupancy of restrooms is limited to the number of fixtures available. Individuals waiting to use a fixture should wait outside. If a line develops, everyone in line MUST stand at least six feet apart.
When should students, faculty and staff wear masks?
- A face covering must be worn at all times including outdoor spaces on UB’s campuses, to further reduce the risk of transmission as people travel from place to place.
- When faculty and staff members are in their own offices, and no one else is present in that office, they will not have to wear a mask as long as the door is closed.
Is the University making any changes to its ventilation and air purification?
- Neither the CDC nor the ASHRAE recommend additional cleaning of air handling systems, air handler, ductwork or any other comnents due to the Coronavirus. There are currently no known cases of COVID spread from HVAC ductwork. Facilities will continue to assess the risk for building occupants and optimize HVAC system performance for each individual building system.
What is the Departmental procedure in case there is the need for a campus shutdown?
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.