Extended Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading Period ends on May 16, 2020

The last day to submit a S/U from Spring 2020 Classes: Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students may opt to have a course graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) in lieu of traditional letter grades, where “S” indicates credit earned and “U” indicates no credit earned.

For further policy and procedure information on S/U grading, consult the Undergraduate Catalog Explanation of Grades and scroll down to the pertinent section called Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading. If opting to take a course S/U, be sure and also complete the Request for Undergraduate S/U Grade Form.

For spring 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, students may request an S/U in lieu of a letter grade by completing the Request for Undergraduate S/U Grade Form by the end of the final exam period of the semester. For spring 2020 only, S/U grades may be elected for any course including those that count toward UB Curriculum general education requirements and major requirements (with some limited exceptions). These grades will be noted by S* and U* in place of S and U, respectively. Pass (TP) and Satisfactory (TS) grades earned in transfer coursework completed in spring 2020 at domestic higher education institutions may similarly be applied towards UB Curriculum and major requirements.

To recover letter grades for courses taken in spring 2020 or later, please us the S/U tool (UBIT Name and password required). For courses taken prior to spring 2020, use the Undergraduate S/U Grade Recovery Request form.

Students in certain majors who select S/U grading for a course may not be able to count that course towards the major or major-prerequisites. The following majors are affected:

  • Nursing (Major Prerequisites and Requirements)
  • Occupational Therapy (Major Prerequisites and Requirements)
  • Accounting (Major Requirements only. MGA 201 and 202 may be taken S/U.)

Additional information on S/U grading for undergraduate students can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog covering the academic year in which the course was taken:

Source: Office of the Registrar: Special Grading Policies


May 16, 2020 is the last day to Resign from a Spring 2020 class

The last day to Resign from Spring 2020 Classes: Saturday, May 16, 2020

The last day to day to resign from a Spring 2020 class (15-week Standard Session, and or 7-week 2nd half of semester) is Saturday, May 16, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Before you Resign from a Class

Academic Advisor

Before resigning from a class you should speak with your academic advisor to determine if there may be consequence.  Your advisor or advising office contact information can be found in your HUB Student Center.  Click the Academic Progress tile.  This will bring you to the Advisors page where you will see the contact email for your advisor or advising office.

Financial Aid

Will resigning a class bring you below 12.0 credit hours for the Semester?

If yes and you receive Financial Aid you need to speak with a financial aid advisor, 716-645-8232 or via email at

International Student – Undergraduate

Will resigning a class bring you below 12.0 credit hours for the Semester?

If yes, then you must first schedule an appointment with one an International Student Services advisor to see if you can submit a Reduced Course Load form (this can only be done once during your Undergraduate career). Go to the International Student Services Contact Us page and  follow the instruction listed in the Schedule Appointment section.

How to Resign from a class

  1. Log into your HUB Student Center
  2. Click the Manage Classes tile
  3. This will bring you to the View My Schedule page.  On the left hand side of the page you will see a series of tabs, select the Drop Classes tab.
  4. You may then be asked to select a Semester or Term
  5. You will then see a listing of your current courses. Check the box of the course that you want to Resign and then click the Next or Continue button.
  6. On the next page you will see just the course you wish to Resign. Click the Finish Dropping button.


Spring 2020: The Academic Information You Need to Know!

Spring 2020: The Academic Info You Need to Know!

Get the information and resources you need for making decisions to support your academic success this semester.


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UB Wellness Coaching: Empowering You to Reach Your Goals

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UB Wellness Coaching: Empowering You to Reach Your Goals

Taking a positive approach to personal development, Wellness Coaches focus on helping students set and achieve meaningful goals.

What is Wellness Coaching?

The UB Wellness Coaching Program seeks to help students define specific goals related to their overall health and wellness, and to identify and implement actionable steps to achieve their goals.

Using a strengths-based and non-judgmental approach, UB Wellness Coaches assist students in pursuing goals related to academic, physical, social, emotional, relational or spiritual wellness.

Examples of Wellness Coaching Topics

  • Academic Success
  • Active Living
  • Eating Habits
  • Financial Wellness
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Sleep Habits
  • Social Connection
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management

Who Can Benefit from Wellness Coaching?

Wellness Coaching is a short-term option for students who have a goal in mind and need help formulating a plan to reach that goal. Students meet with their coach for an initial 45-60 minute session to discuss goals, values, and motivations for making the behavior change. After that, students may meet with their coach to follow up one or more times for 20-30 minutes to adjust the strategy and assess progress.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment, please call 716-645-3636.

Have you checked your Final Exam Schedule via your HUB Student Center?

Graphic showing the HUB Fluid tile to select so that you can find your Final Exam Schedule

Final Exam Schedule

Your final exam schedule is available in your HUB Student Center. Go to your Manage Classes tile, and then click the View Exam Schedule tab.

Student Responsibility for Exam Conflicts

Beginning in the fall 2014 term final exam information will be available one week prior to the start of fall classes.

A final exam conflict exists when a student has:

  • Three or more exams scheduled on the same day
  • Two exams occurring at the same time
  • When a student’s exam occurs contemporaneously with his or her commencement ceremony for spring or summer conferral

Students who find themselves with an unavoidable exam conflict should contact the instructors of the courses and explain the conflict in exams. Usually one instructor will be able to schedule an alternate time for the student to take their exam. If students are unable to arrange the re-scheduling of examinations with the faculty, undergraduate students should contact the appropriate dean’s office and graduate students should contact their academic department.

Final Exam Scheduled for More Than One Classroom

If your final exam is assigned to more than one classroom, contact your instructor during the last week of classes to determine where to report for the exam.

Source: Register – Final Exam Schedule

HUB Training Tutorial: View Exam Schedule


How much time will you need to devote to a Winter Session Class?

Do you know how many hours you will need to devote to a Winter Session course?

Let’s start by looking at the time required for a 3.0 credit hour 15-week course.  Over the course of the semester a student would attend 45 hours of lecture.  Faculty typically expect that student will spend two hours outside of class per credit learning the material.  For a 15-week class this would mean 90 hours spent learning the material and preparing for test, projects, papers, and or final exam. Over the course of a semester a student is expected to devote 45 hour of classroom and 90 hours on out of class learning, for a total of 135 hours per 3.0 credit hour course.

Winter Session courses are typically three weeks in duration.

So if a student is supposed to devote at least 135.0 hours per 3.0 credit hour class, how many hours should a student plan on devoting to a winter session course? If we divide 135.0 by 3 (the number of weeks in a Winter Session course), a student should spend 45 hours per week on a 3-week winter session course.

Minimal hours required for Winter Session courses

  • 3.0 credit hour class:  45 hours of instruction + 90 hours outside of class = 135 hours in total, or an average of 45 hours per week
  • 4.0 credit hour class: 60 hours of instruction + 120 hours outside of class = 180 hours in total, or an average of 60 hours per week
  • 5.0 credit hour class: 75 hours of instruction + 150 hours outside of class = 225 hours in total, or an average of 73 hours per week



Last day to Resign a 15-week course is Friday, November 8, 2019

The last day to resign from a 15-week Standard Session Course is Friday, November 8, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Before resigning a course:

  • Student should discuss with course instructor
  • Student should speak with an academic advisor to discuss the pros and cons of resigning a course.
  • Student should consider if h/she will need to register for the course in a future semester. If so, then h/she will want to see if the course is listed among the Course Enrollment Control List.  If it is, then a student may need to repeat during a Summer or Winter Session.

How to Resign a Course

Students electing to Resign from a course will log into their HUB Student Center.

  1. In the HUB Academic section they will select Enroll link.
  2. They will next be asked to select the semester, or session, for which they want to resign a course.
  3. For the selected semester, a student will now see a listing of all of the courses in which they are registered. Next to each course there will be a check box. Select the course to be resigned.
  4. Click the Drop Selected Classes button.
  5. Click the Finish Dropping button.
  6. To confirm that the course has been dropped, go to the HUB Academic section and click the View My Grades link.
  7. Select the appropriate semester/session and find the course. In the Grade Column, you will see that an “R” is listed.  A resigned course does not have a grade point value, and therefore is not used in the calculation of your grade point average (gpa).
  8. If you receive financial aid, a resigned course will be used in the calculation of a student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  9. Before you resign a course, and if you receive financial aid, discuss implications of resigning a course upon your financial aid eligibility.  Go to 1Capen and ask to speak with the next available financial aid advisor.


Undergraduate Catalog: Grading> Repeat Policy> (Course Enrollment Control Policy). You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page.

UB Registrar – Drop / Add/ Resign Courses

UB Financial Aid – Undergraduate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)


Some interesting courses for Spring 2020

Here are some courses that caught our eye (these maybe newly listed courses, Special Topics, or one that have not been offered recently):

AAP 101 – Intro to Arts Management

AAS 327 – Current African Affairs

AAS 350 – Identity Politics

APY 107 – Intro to Biological Anthropology

APY 311 – Psychological Anthropology

APY 347 – Understanding Human Variation

APY 356 – Cultural Anthropology

APY 402 – Contemporary Europe

APY 437 – Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Viking

AS 317 – Japanophilia

ASI 400 – Service Learning in the Buffalo Public Schools

ASL 211 – Deaf Culture in America

BIO 330 – Physiology life in Extreme Environments

CL 180 – Ancient Sport

COM 360 Social Networks Analysis

CPM 205 – Social Justice

ELP 407 – Language, Culture and Education in Global Society

HIS 235 – American Jewish Experience

HIS 237 – History of Israel and Zionism

HIS 274 – Bodies at War

HIS 300 – Age of Exploration

HIS 367 – Food in Asia

HIS 409 – Voyages of Discovery

HMN 201 – Intro to Digital Humanities

PHI 356 – Feminist Philosophy of the Body

PSC 344 – Presidential Campaigns

PSC 347 – Logic of Political Violence

PSC 370 – African Politics

PSC 376 – Money in Politics

PSY 347 – Psychology of Learning

SSC 235 – Intor to Nonprofit Organizations

SSC 317 – Politics of Sustainability

SSC 414 – Grant writing for nonprofits

STB 435 – Structural Pharmacology

TH 220 – Performing America

TSN 210 Writing Across Cultures


Spring 2019 Enrollments Dates will soon be published

The Office of the Registrar will soon be publishing the Enrollment Dates for Spring 2019. You should be check your UB email and  HUB Student Center daily.