From the Vice President for Student AffairsPosted: Monday, March 30, 2020
Helping Students Access Hardware, Software for Course Participation
Thank you, everyone, for all you are doing to prepare for and implement remote instruction this week. I’d like to share with you some information about the process and key players as we continue to help students who need assistance with access to hardware and software for course participation.
Some of our students have indicated that to complete their courses off campus, they must borrow a campus computer. Buffalo State College and SUNY are provisioning laptops for students who have expressed this need. Distribution of this equipment has presented challenges that we continue to work through.
I ask that you be patient with students who may not have received equipment as of this week. I will update campus as soon as I have more information.
Jeffrey Ventura, assistant director of athletics for sports information, continues to be the point of contact in coordinating student requests for hardware. If your department is working with students to provide for their needed resources from campus, please contact Jeffrey Ventura and inform him. This is essential so that we do not duplicate efforts.
In addition, students who have an unmet need (meaning they have taken all financial aid including loans) and have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 can request help to purchase technology through the Emergency Relief Fund Program. Students should apply online through the Dean of Students website.
Once a student has applied, the Dean of Students Office will contact the student and identify next steps in the process. If a student does not qualify for assistance through this program, their information will be shared with the Student Affairs staff members who are coordinating alternative means for students to borrow technology.