Your Student Guide - Fall 2020

Together we are UB.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this fall, either virtually or here on campus. Start here to learn how you can help ensure a safer campus experience – together. New information will be posted here when available, so please check back often.

Protect Each Other

Help everyone stay healthy

Socialize More Safely

Clubs, shared spaces, recreation and more

Keep Thriving

Programs and activities, support services, calendar

Academic Essentials

Technology info, advising, career services

Living and Dining

Advice for students on- and off-campus
Protect Each Other Socialize Safer Keep Thriving Academic Essentials Living & Dining

Together We Are Stopping the Spread

Help our community stay safer and decrease the spread of COVID-19 by making these behaviors part of your routine. 

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

Social Distance

  • Practice social distancing from others.
  • Follow directional and spacing guidelines and instructions.


Keeping Things Clean

  • Wash your hands frequently, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow.
  • Dispose of used tissues immediately and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Wash Your Hands

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Cleaning Surfaces

Wear a Face Mask

  • It’s required that you wear a face mask whenever social distancing isn’t possible. This includes hallways, lounges and other shared and communal spaces.

Helpful Tips

Face Coverings: Basics

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  • Members of the UB community and campus visitors must wear face coverings at all times 
    • When inside UB buildings, classrooms, labs, facilities, and buses and shuttles and in outdoor campus spaces.
  • UB provided one reusable face covering to each student, faculty and staff member at no cost. 
  • You may use your own face covering, provided it:
    • Is snug but comfortable against the sides of the face.
    • Covers your mouth and nose.
    • Is secured with ties or ear loops.
    • Is made with multiple layers of material.
    • Allows you to breathe without restriction.
    • Will not be damaged or change shape with washing and drying
  • Do not wear face coverings (masks) with plastic valves. These are one-way valves that do not filter air you expel and are therefore unsafe to others if you are infectious.
  • Face shields will be provided if there is a medical reason a person cannot wear a face covering.
  • Do not share face coverings.
    • Label your face mask with your name to reduce risk of mixing masks with coworkers.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands after removing your mask.

Check back shortly for additional campus recommendations and distribution sites.

Feel Sick? Stay Home!

  • Do a CDC COVID-19 symptom self-check every day before leaving your home.
  • Stay home and contact Student Health Services or your health care provider if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms.

Know the Symptoms

Make sure you’re taking care of your mental health and wellness, too. See the Keep Thriving tab for more information. 

Additional Resources

For Parents/Families

Several student services areas, have content dedicated to assisting parents/families of current UB students:

Keeping You Informed

UB’s goal is to continue to deliver the best educational and research programs possible while protecting the health and safety of our university community from COVID-19.  View campus-wide announcements:

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