UB continues to adjust our workplace to protect our community during this fast-changing and unpredictable pandemic. UB employees are advised to stay informed of the university’s most recent COVID-19 protocols.
For more information or help with employee COVID-19 concerns, please contact:
UB Human Resources
UB strongly encourages all employees to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible. The vaccines are safe and effective.
|Proof of Vaccination for Employees||Employees can submit proof of vaccination to Human Resources. By submitting this proof, you will be exempt from mandatory weekly surveillance testing.||COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination for Employees (UBITName login required)|
|Acknowledgment of Workplace Health and Safety Provisions||All employees are expected to submit this form acknowledging their obligation to follow updated COVID-19 return-to-work guidance from SUNY and the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER).||Acknowledgment of Workplace Health and Safety Provisions for Employees (UBITName login required)|
|Flexible Work Program Application||Faculty and staff may use this form to request flexible work such as a compressed work week, flexible start and end times and telecommuting. Applications may be submitted at any time; there is no specified application period.||Flexible Work Program Application|
Human Resources provides further detail on some COVID-19 prevention practices at UB.
Employees who come to a UB campus are required to submit a Daily Health Check.
Mandatory weekly testing will continue for those who:
UB employees should be returning to campus to support our goal of being a place-based institution for the fall semester. We ask that all individuals interested in exploring workplace flexibility and telecommuting be patient as the university takes steps to implement the new policy.
SUNY Telecommuting Policy:
On August 2, 2021, the new SUNY Telecommuting Policy was distributed for implementation at the campus level. This new policy is a positive step forward and will assist our institution’s efforts to assist with work productivity and increase employee engagement overall. SUNY’s policy will support telecommuting and flexible work, where it is reasonable to do so, based on the University’s mission, operational and program needs. Read more about SUNY’s Telecommuting Policy.
I do not meet the exemption criteria for not returning to work on campus, but I feel unsafe doing so.
The best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated. COVID-19 cases are very low in our region and health risks have significantly decreased due to high rates of vaccination. Anyone who is unvaccinated will be expected to wear a mask and practice physical distancing. These practices have been repeatedly shown to significantly reduce your risk of being infected with COVID-19. Vaccinated students and employees may choose to wear a mask in all settings for their own comfort or personal medical reasons.
I am currently working remotely as part of an approved FMLA agreement. Do I still need to request a telecommuting arrangement?
Employees who are working remotely as part of an approved Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) benefit are not required to submit a Telecommuting request. Your work arrangement is unaffected by this policy change.
If your request for a face mask exemption is approved, you will be provided with documentation and asked to request a Plexiglas or plastic face shield from University Facilities and provide them with exemption documentation from Human Resources. The face shield that should be worn at all times on campus.
It is important to remember that face shields do not provide as much protection against COVID-19 as a tight fitting, cloth face mask.
Fast Fact: The American Lung Association has stated that even individuals with underlying chronic lung disease should be able to wear a non-N95 facial covering without affecting their oxygen or carbon dioxide levels.
You can learn more about UB’s and New York State’s guidelines and protocols for COVID-19 from these resources: