Graduate Manuals and Policies

CSEE graduate students must abide by the policies set forth by the department, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the University at Buffalo (UB).

Graduate Studies Manual

Policies and procedures related to graduate study in the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering are included in the Graduate Studies Manual (revision pending). All students should be aware of the contents of this manual as they progress through their academic careers in CSEE. Any exceptions to these policies and procedures must be approved by the Department Chairperson or Director of Graduate Studies. 

Seas and UB Policies

Distance Education

In accordance with the New York State Education Department (SED) regulations, the percentage of courses taken through distance education must be less than 50% of a graduate student's degree requirements. The SED policy is summarized at

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Requirement

All students initially admitted to the PhD program for the Fall 2009 semester or thereafter are required to document successful completion of "Responsible Conduct of Research" (RCR) training when they submit their Application to Candidacy (ATC) for their PhD degree. This training requirement may be fulfilled by either (1) enrolling in and passing PHI 640 Graduate Research Ethics or RPN 541 Ethics and Conduct of Research or (2) completing the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online Responsible Conduct of Research course with an average score of 80% or higher. Students opting to complete the CITI online course must supply documentation of its successful completion with their Application to Candidacy.

More information on this and other requirements for the PhD are available on the UB Graduate School website.

CSEE Computing Lab Policies

Access to the 208 Ketter and 215 Jarvis computing labs is a privilege provided to students in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. All students are required to follow the CSEE Computing Lab Policies (PDF), as well as the university-wide policies on computing and network use.