Published September 2, 2021
Last week, student volunteers working with the Office of Community Relations distributed kits to off-campus students living in University Heights that offer guidance on how to be a good neighbor and stay safe.
The effort, known as “Operation Doorhanger,” is a well-established part of UB’s efforts to promote student responsibility and safety, as well as establish community ties in the neighborhood, which is adjacent to South Campus in Buffalo.
All told, UB students and employees dropped off about 1,500 kits.
“Operation Doorhanger is part of our continuing commitment to work with students, residents and community groups to improve the quality of life in University Heights,” says Tess Morrisey, director of community relations.
The kits contain an off-campus renters’ checklist to help evaluate a rental unit’s fire and life safety, a recycling guide, a list of neighborhood businesses and more. The kits also include information on updated COVID-19 protocols, which require students attending classes or activities on campus to be fully vaccinated.
“To ensure a healthy and safe learning environment, all UB students will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend classes in person in the fall, according to a mandate from the state,” the letter states.
Students also have been urged not to attend off-campus events and social gatherings where mask-wearing and physical distancing are not a priority, such as large off-campus parties. Students who host large parties are told they may be subject to a $1,500 fine for violating city of Buffalo ordinances.