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.
Together, we must all follow these shared standards of behavior to reduce risk of spreading COVID-19.
If you suspect you have COVID-19, please contact Human Resources or your supervisor immediately. We will provide guidance.
If you are unable to report to work because of a nonmedical COVID-19 situation (e.g., caring for a child whose school or day care is closed; caring for a family member with COVID-19), please contact your supervisor. They will work with UB Human Resources (HR) to determine what benefits or leave options may be available (e.g., accruals, NYSPFL, FMLA, or other) and to consider whether there are any alternative work arrangements that would allow you to perform essential job duties.
Effective March 17, 2020, all non-essential SUNY employees were assigned to perform their work-related duties and responsibilities from alternate work locations, via telecommuting.
Beginning 7/1/20, UB has begun allowing some units to return to on-site activities, upon approval of each unit’s Return-to-Work plans.
Employees will be informed by their supervisors if their work situation (work remote or work on-campus) has changed.
The university strongly recommends that UB faculty, staff and students avoid traveling to regions that are impacted by the virus.
If a faculty, staff, student or non-employee (guest) travels for essential university business, they must adhere to NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory guidelines.
For those limited circumstances in which overnight business travel is required, UB employees must obtain pre-approval before making any travel arrangements. Travelers should follow guidance from their Unit Business Officer (UBO) to obtain required approvals, including the Provost’s approval for Decanal and Vice Provost unit travel and President’s approval for Vice Presidential unit travel. Once your travel is pre-approved, and after your trip has occurred, you must attach a copy of the completed signed travel pre-approval form to your expense report for reimbursement.
The university will follow New York State’s guidance on mandatory quarantines when a person travels to the university from non-contiguous states. Before traveling out of state, all employees should consult the New York state COVID-19 website to confirm whether they are traveling to a state that requires quarantine upon return to New York.
If UB orders an employee to travel to a designated state for work, the employee may telecommute for the duration of the quarantine. If the employee cannot telecommute, the employee shall be placed on quarantine leave at full pay without charge to accruals.
Upon returning to campus after traveling to affected areas, employees will be required to continue to follow UB’s health and safety guidelines, including (but not limited to):
You can learn more about UB’s and New York State’s guidelines and protocols for COVID-19 from these resources: