COVID-19 Employee Guide

Together, we are staying informed

Know the rules regarding: Vaccinations, Face Coverings, Testing, Quarantine and Isolation.

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.

For more information or help with employee COVID-19 concerns, please contact:

UB Human Resources
716-645-7777
ub-hr@buffalo.edu

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Masks are optional on UB’s campuses in most settings:

  • Students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, will no longer be required to wear masks in most settings, indoors or outdoors. 
  • Anyone who wishes to continue wearing a mask in a classroom, office or any other campus space is encouraged to do so. 
  • Masks will continue to be mandatory for everyone aboard UB buses and shuttles and in clinical health care settings (e.g. UB Health Services, Dental School facilities, on-campus testing sites) on campus.
  • UB faculty, staff and students who work or learn at hospitals, nursing homes, clinics or diagnostic and treatment centers off campus must continue to comply with any site-specific regulations in place.

Remember: There are many reasons that individuals may continue to wear a mask, including those who are:

  • Unvaccinated 
  • Immunocompromised
  • Living with someone at higher risk

Please be kind and respectful toward others in our UB community.

Faculty and academic support staff, see Guidance for faculty and academic support staff.

Quick Links to Forms
Form Description Link
Proof of Vaccination or Booster for Employees Employees can submit proof of vaccination or booster to Human Resources. By submitting this proof, you will be exempt from mandatory weekly surveillance testing. COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination and Booster for Employees
Acknowledgment of Workplace Health and Safety Provisions All employees are expected to submit this form acknowledging their obligation to follow updated COVID-19 return-to-work guidance from SUNY and the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER). Acknowledgment of Workplace Health and Safety Provisions for Employees (UBITName login required)
Flexible Work Program Application Faculty and staff may use this form to request flexible work such as a compressed work week, flexible start and end times and telecommuting. Applications may be submitted at any time; there is no specified application period. Flexible Work Program Application
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COVID-19 Updates

In this section:

Updated 3/2/2022

For Employees

Vaccination and Boosters

While vaccinations are not mandated for employees, UB officials and infectious disease experts strongly urge all faculty and staff to get vaccinated and get boosted as soon as medically eligible. Vaccines and boosters are the most effective defense against the coronavirus. State employees who do not get vaccinated will be required to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. 

Updated 3/2/22

Masks are optional on UB’s campuses in most settings:

  • Students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, will no longer be required to wear masks in most settings, indoors or outdoors. 
  • Anyone who wishes to continue wearing a mask in a classroom, office or any other campus space is encouraged to do so. 
  • Masks will continue to be mandatory for everyone aboard UB buses and shuttles and in clinical health care settings (e.g. UB Health Services, Dental School facilities, on-campus testing sites) on campus.
  • UB faculty, staff and students who work or learn at hospitals, nursing homes, clinics or diagnostic and treatment centers off campus must continue to comply with any site-specific regulations in place.

Remember: There are many reasons that individuals may continue to wear a mask, including those who are:

  • Unvaccinated 
  • Immunocompromised
  • Living with someone at higher risk

Please be kind and respectful toward others in our UB community.

Faculty and academic support staff, see Guidance for faculty and academic support staff.

Updated 3/2/22

Working Remotely

Updated 3/2/2022

On August 2, 2021, the new SUNY Telecommuting Policy was distributed to the University at Buffalo for implementation at the campus level. The policy has been officially extended by the New York State Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) through June 30, 2022 (March 31, 2022 for PEF-represented employees).

Events and Gatherings

Updated 3/2/22

Visitors

Updated 3/2/22

Resources

You can learn more about UB’s and New York State’s guidelines and protocols for COVID-19 from these resources:

COVID-19: UB Planning and Response

  • Health and safety information for the university community
  • How UB is moving forward during COVID-19

Student Guidance

  • Staying healthy together
  • Living and dining tips
  • Campus resources
  • Get the most from your experience

Research Ramp Up and Guidance

  • Guidance for resuming research activities
  • Lab ramp-up checklists and policies