SEAS COVID-19 Information

Social Distance. Wash Your Hands. Wear a Face Mask. Feel Sick? Stay Home.

Together, we are stopping the spread.

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences cares deeply about the health and academic progress of our students, as well as the safety of our faculty, staff and their families. We are committed to supporting the SEAS community during this transition to online learning while working together to take the necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

For campus-wide updates, visit the UB COVID-19 Information site.

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SEAS Academic Continuity Support

In addition to the information being distributed out of the Office of the Provost and Center for Educational Innovation, our Office of Digital and Online Education and SENS are here to support the SEAS community.

General Tips for Faculty and Staff

  • Educational design and technology support staff have developed training opportunities and other resources, including the new UB Teach Anywhere website.
  • Be sure to review your syllabus, powerpoints, and other instructional materials to ensure inclusion of a copyright statement. CIE faculty have used this statement: The materials provided by the instructor in this course are for the use of the students enrolled in the course only. Copyrighted course materials may not be further disseminated without instructor permission.
  • Please keep devices updated with the latest UB software (VPN, security patches, etc.)
  • Forward your UB office phone number to another device in the event you cannot access your office phone. The following links describe UBIT phone features:

Department Announcements and Office Hours

Please use the template below to provide on-campus students, faculty and staff with information, instructions and office hours for your office. Once completed, feel free to print and post where appropriate. In addition, please upload your file to the UBBox folder below so that it can be included in the SEAS Safe Start Status page, a web-based database of research lab and office space information.

If you have questions about department announcements or the SEAS Safe Start Status page, contact Holly Evert.

Online Course Video Captioning

Although it is highly encouraged, we are not requiring all videos in UBLearns to be captioned during this time if you don't have the resources. Videos need to be captioned when an instructor has a student in their class that requires captioning because of a disability.

  • While we should be captioning for both legal and pedological reasons, we need to be pragmatic.
  • If you have a student who has asked for an accommodation, you should caption your videos. 
  • If you are creating videos of voice-over PowerPoint, include as much information as possible in the text of the PowerPoint
  • Use Panapto or YouTube and enable auto-captioning on YouTube and Panapto by default. Double check the accuracy to avoid any misinformation or embarrassing errors.
  • Utilize companies like Rev or Verbit to create transcripts when needed.


UBIT has “Recording with Panopto” instructions (aprox. 20 minutes plus reference links) that walks through all of the steps necessary to get started and use/copy/edit with Panopto and distribute via UBlearns. In addition, you can also watch previous training sessions:

If you are creating Panopto™ recordings and wish to discourage file sharing, please review the settings and restrict permissions (no podcast downloading) accordingly. If you have questions, reach out to Lisa Stephens,  Jim  Michalowski or

Remember — we’re all in this together. If you see a student violating health guidelines, here’s what you can do: