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.
UB continues to take many steps to ensure that our campus environment stays safe.
The use of face coverings is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All members of the UB community, as well as all campus visitors, are required to wear face coverings at all times according to the guidelines outlined in UB’s Health and Safety Guidelines.
Cleaning and disinfecting of most public spaces at UB is the responsibility of University Facilities’ custodial team. This team works hard to routinely clean and disinfect all UB public spaces in accordance with CDC and Department of Health guidelines. But we all need to do our part and wipe down personal work spaces, private offices and commonly touched areas to stop the spread of illness.
Proper handwashing is always the preferred method for infection control. When that is not possible, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
The university has limited visitors to "invited guests" only, who are expected to abide by all campus safety protocols. Guests are the responsibility of the invitee who will ensure that the guest is aware of and follows university protocols.
Whether you’re coming to UB for business (e.g., employees, contractors, speakers or other invited guests) or leisure (e.g., walking your dog on campus grounds), all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors will be required to abide by all campus safety protocols (including the use of face masks and physical distancing). Hosts of invited guests must ensure their guests are aware of and follow university protocols.
Exception: Some construction or trade workers are bound by requirements (New York state or OSHA) that may differ somewhat from UB’s health and safety guidelines. Such work should always be taking place in areas fenced or cordoned off from the general campus population. Within those cordoned off areas, workers are required to abide by New York state and OSHA COVID-19 guidelines. As soon as those workers leave the restricted work area, however, they are required to follow UB health and safety guidelines, including wearing face masks at all times.
If you notice construction or trade workers who are not wearing face masks outside their restricted work area, please contact Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S).
Students may only enter the residence hall or apartment where they reside. Students will not be allowed to host anyone in their rooms, including other campus residents. Off-campus guests, are not permitted to enter residence halls.
Visitors to campus are required to complete the Daily Health Check prior to their visit and every day they are on campus.
UB will post directional and health promotion signage in high-traffic areas. This signage provides guidance to ensure safe social distance between individuals and to decrease density where possible. Some signage is intended to raise awareness about healthy behaviors and UB requirements to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Tips for effective engagement:
When we notice others who do not follow our guidelines, the first step is to respectfully engage them in conversation to educate them on UB’s guidelines and their importance.
If you see a person not wearing a mask:
“I noticed that you are not wearing a mask. I thought you might not have heard that all staff, students and visitors have been asked to wear a mask while on campus out of respect for others and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. UB has provided you with a mask, or you’re welcome to wear one you made/purchased.”
If you see people too close to one another:
“I’m sorry to interrupt, but it looks like you’re closer to one another than the recommended 6 feet for physical distancing. I’m staying that far away from you, and keeping physical distance is one of the best ways of keeping everyone healthy and safe. Many people think that wearing a mask is the only thing they need to do to stay safe; I just wanted to let you know that you would be even safer if you stayed at least 6 feet apart.”
If you see someone who did not wash their hands:
“I noticed that you did not wash your hands after using the bathroom. Hand washing is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of spreading disease and protect the UB community.”
Engage in Discussion:
If engaging in discussion isn’t effective, consider making a simple, but respectful request such as:
You might have to leave or separate yourself from the situation.
Sometimes it is frustrating to see others behave in a manner that poses a risk to your friends and co-workers. It may make you angry. If that happens, try to remember the goal: to get this individual to agree that their behavior should change. We achieve change through conversation, not force. Approaching them with hostility or aggression, rather than respectful guidance, will likely evoke a defensive response rather than the change we desire.
You can learn more about UB’s and New York State’s guidelines and protocols for COVID-19 from these resources: