General Resources and Guidance

Guidance for Faculty
1) Using Distance Learning

Plan to move classes online wherever possible and supplement with alternative modes of instructional delivery where more practical (e.g. video, teleconferencing, delivery of written materials by mail and email). 

  • Record all lectures. When using Zoom or video conferencing to deliver lectures or engage in student discussions, be sure to record all sessions and make them available to students upon completion. 

  • Please take into account that some students may have limited high speed internet and access to technology. 

Video Sessions: 

We encourage the use of asynchronous teaching to the extent possible, saving synchronous sessions for discussions or observation of student activities/projects that are critical to student learning outcomes.  

Many households are sharing bandwidth and internet access between individuals working from home and students seeking to access remote courses.  Providing asynchronous recordings will give students greater flexibility given constraints on their household bandwidth and accessibility. 

If you are planning to teach through Zoom in a synchronous format, you will need to record your session so that it can be made available to students who were not able to attend the live lecture. Please realize that for a variety of reasons students may have difficulty logging into live sessions at the scheduled course time, so having a recorded session available to them is critical. 

If you are teaching asynchronously you can pre-record your lecture and make it available to students to view in Blackboard. 

Please also review the guidelines for protecting the security of your Zoom meeting.

2) In-Class Meetings

The Governor’s directive allows small group meetings and courses to continue on campus. The University has approved in-person course meetings of up to 12 students to be held during a class’s designated meeting time.  On a case-by-case basis faculty can request to hold in person classes if there is enough social distancing space in the room for the number of students attending.  However, even if a class is held in-person, there must be a comparable remote option for students who are not on campus.

  • Consider splitting necessary lab sections to reduce class size.
  • Develop a plan for continuity of research including keeping social distancing and other best practices in research laboratories and facilities.
3) Distance Delivery Timeline

All courses must retain a distance delivery option though the conclusion of the semester to serve those students who do not return to campus.  

4) Credit-Bearing Internship Courses (Non-Certification/Professional Licensure)

Undergraduates and graduate students enrolled in internship for credit should consult with their faculty/instructor and internship supervisor. Options for completing the semester include: 

  • Continuing in the placement if the site is open and receptive to our students. (This is becoming increasingly unlikely as concerns about the spread of COVID-19 increase, so start considering other options.)
  • Ask your internship supervisor if remote work is possible and identify projects or activities that fulfill internship requirements. 
  • If the placement site closes and does not provide opportunity for remote work, students should work with their faculty to identify alternative options. Faculty are encouraged to be flexible in determining how students meet internship course requirements. 


5) Research, Thesis, Dissertation Courses (x699, x799, x899)
  • Temporary remote delivery is not required for students enrolled in research courses (e.g., 699, 799, 899 courses). Since these courses follow an independent study format, they may continue in their current format. However, faculty and students are also encouraged to consider ways in which research can be done remotely. 
  • Graduate students conducting research for their dissertation or thesis may also continue. 
  • Dissertation and thesis defenses may continue, however, the size of the audience should be monitored. We recognize the importance of the open dissertation defense, but in keeping with the principle of social distancing, consideration should be given to restricting the size of the audience, to the dissertation committee members and select faculty representatives. Also, departments will be allowed the flexibility to shift dissertation and thesis defenses to a synchronous online environment (e.g., Zoom). 


Campus Office Access 

Faculty who do not have access to the resources and tools or are otherwise not able to deliver remote instruction MAY come to campus and deliver their courses from their offices. 

All buildings will require your campus ID card for access. 

Please be sure, however, to follow social distancing protocols.  To the extent possible, work only in your office, close your door, do not congregate in common spaces, consider off-peak hours (if asynchronous learning is being used), and wash hands before and after. 

Contact UPD if you have any problems accessing your office. 

Also, please be aware that campus access may change at some point in the future. 

Office Supplies

If you need office supplies or materials, please contact your School or College Dean’s office for the necessary materials. 

Faculty may bring their office desktops homes if necessary to deliver instruction remotely. Faculty will need to complete the Office Campus Authorization form for each tagged piece of equipment (i.e., one for CPU and one for each monitor).   


Student Enrollment Information

Please note that given the current circumstances, we are providing additional flexibility for students, including an extension of the S/U and Course Drop deadlines, and an expansion of the S/U option. 

S/U Grading Options

All undergraduate students at UAlbany may choose to take their courses Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) for the Spring 2020 semester. (A formal policy will be made available shortly.) 

Guidelines for S/U option: 

  • Students will be permitted to choose the S/U grading option for any spring 2020 semester course, including upper division courses. 

  • Limits on the number of courses and the total credit hours taken for S/U grades will be suspended for the Spring 2020 semester only. 

  • Some courses may NOT be available for S/U opting if they are essential for accreditation or licensure.  Advisors and faculty will identify if students have selected one of these courses. 

  • Students will have until May 1, 2020 to elect the S/U grade option for any course. 

  • To make this change, students will simply complete the S/U option form and an advisor will reach out to them with additional information to finalize the changes. 

Dropping a Semester Length Course (“W” assigned)

For all students (undergraduate and graduate) the date to drop a semester length course will be extended to May 1, 2020. 

Military Withdrawal

Guidelines for students who withdraw as a result of being called to active military duty will be posted on the COVID-19 website shortly. Students called to active military duty should contact Joel Davis at and he will work with them directly. 

SUNY Shared Resources

1. SUNY: Drop-in Instructional Design Support Sessions

Learn how to move face-to-face activities, assignments, assessments, etc., into a manageable, online learning experience for your students. 

  • Monday - Friday 7:00AM - 12:00AM Midnight EST
  • Saturday 10:00AM - 5:00PM EST
  • Sunday 1:00PM - 9:00PM EST

To join a live, drop-in web meeting visit:

2. Register Today for Sessions in the SUNY Remote Teaching Clinic

Current offerings in Technical Training focus on utilization of Blackboard. Offerings in Remote Instruction are more content and process based including:

  • Effective Online & Distance Teaching in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Natural Sciences at a Distance: Making the Move and Meeting the Learning Outcomes

Register today! New offerings will be posted regularly. You can even make a request for certain topics and we’ll work to find a SUNY expert, just fill out this workshop request form.  

SUNY faculty training resources are posted on:





SUNY Remote Teaching Clinic

Academic Video Online (AVON) has a variety of instructional videos that include some lab simulations and demonstrations for a variety of disciplines. provides videos demonstrating a variety of psychotherapy techniques.

Some good starting points for finding open access content include: