COVID-19 Summer Updates and Protocols

Published June 3, 2021

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UB is updating its COVID-19 protocols in preparation for more employees returning to campus over the summer. The rules for summer reflect revised guidance recently issued by SUNY, as the pandemic continues to evolve and colleges and universities across the state prepare for a more normal return to campus come fall. 

Effective immediately, summer protocols at UB will include the following:

Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from surveillance COVID-19 testing

  • Employees who are regularly on campus will no longer need to participate in mandatory weekly testing upon verifying that they have been fully vaccinated.
  • Required weekly testing will continue for those who are on campus and have not been fully vaccinated or fail to verify that they have completed their vaccination series.

Continuity of daily health screening

All employees regularly on campus must continue to submit a daily health screening. That can be found at buffalo.edu/coronavirus/health-and-safety/health-check.

Providing proof of vaccination

  1. Upload your documentation to the HR website here
  2. Follow directions on the HR website to complete a Formstack form and then upload a picture of your vaccination card or a screen shot of your Excelsior Pass to the secure HR Box. Information will only be accessible to HR and will remain confidential.

Based on documentation that is uploaded, HR will invite non-vaccinated employees to weekly surveillance testing. This invitation will no longer be generated from the Daily Health Check data. 

Indoor masking and physical distancing

Employees and students on campus during the summer must continue to wear masks and stay physically distanced while indoors, unless they are alone in an enclosed office space or in their residence hall room. Campus health science and clinical teaching laboratories may continue to operate without the 6-foot distancing normally required in a classroom; masks, however, must be worn, regardless of whether individuals have been vaccinated or not.

Visitors and special events

For performances or special events on campus, UB will adhere to current guidelines outlined by the New York State Department of Health. Depending on the event, this may include capacity limits, mask wearing, physical distancing and/or proof of testing or vaccination.

Visitors to UB will be required to abide by its health guidelines, which include wearing a mask and filling out the Daily Health Check when coming to campus.

Fall planning

UB will be resuming in-person, campus-based instruction for the fall 2021 semester. In preparation for the fall semester, employees will be returning to campus throughout the summer months. 

Additional SUNY and UB fall guidance and updates are forthcoming.

Contact For Questions

Mark Coldren.

Mark Coldren

Associate Vice President

Human Resources

Townsend Hall

Phone: 716-645-8155

Email: mcoldren@buffalo.edu