CSEE COVID-19 Updates

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. 

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. 

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Ask the Chair

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. 

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COVID-19 Resources

- UB Student Health Center: (716) 829-3316

- Erie County Health Department:  (716) 858-7690

- UBIT Help Center: (716) 645-3542

- UB Emergency Funds: (716) 645-6154

Student Guidance

  • Staying healthy together
  • Living and dining tips
  • Campus resources
  • Get the most from your experience

Helpful Links

For Employees

Employee Guidance

  • Workplace Health and Safety Guidelines
  • Employee Health and Wellness during COVD-19
  • HR Guidance

If you suspect you have COVID-19, please contact Human Resources or your supervisor immediately. We will provide guidance.

Human Resources

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. 

Source: Human Resources