Published August 24, 2020
Faculty, staff and senior leadership have worked continuously and diligently for the past five months to plan and prepare for the 2020-21 academic year, transforming all aspects of our academic programs and campus operations in an age of COVID-19. We benefit from our location in a community and state with low COVID-19 transmission rates and are fortunate to have among our outstanding faculty world-renowned experts in infectious disease and public health who have guided all of our health and safety decisions. In developing our plans, we have followed evolving scientific evidence and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, New York State, SUNY and the Erie County Department of Health.
Throughout the summer, faculty have been returning to research labs. Now, confident in the extensive planning and preparation that we have undertaken, we are in the process of welcoming UB students back to the university, whether they are pursuing their studies in a fully remote or hybrid model. I encourage you to review extensive information regarding our fall plans here. Below is a summary of key points for your information as we approach the beginning of the fall semester:
Protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our highest priority during these unprecedented times. In the coming months, we must remain flexible with the ability to pivot quickly under fluid circumstances. We can and should be confident in the plans we have made to protect students, faculty and staff to the greatest extent possible in an evolving situation.
In closing, it is critical that each of us do our part to prevent the spread of disease through appropriate face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, health screening and monitoring and staying home when sick. Your full commitment to these interventions when on UB’s campuses and in the local community is essential to a safe return to campus.