UB has put the following protocols in place to protect your safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For specific concerns please call (24 hours a day):
UB University Facilities Customer Services
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).
There are many types of masks you can use to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading COVID-19. The best, most readily available face mask is made of multiple-layers of cloth with a nose wire, that fits snugly.
Lecturers who have been fully vaccinated may request a face shield for lecturing purposes ONLY. For those lecturers who are NOT fully vaccinated, face shields must be worn in conjunction with an appropriate mask, and NOT in lieu of a mask.
To request a face shield, submit a work order request (UBITName and password required). Under the Select a Service section, check the Face Shield box. A fee of $5 per face shield will be charged to units.
Face masks are dangerous because they restrict oxygen and expose me to dangerous levels of carbon dioxide from my exhalations.
Masks are not air tight. Oxygen and carbon dioxide molecules are small enough to easily pass through a face covering. If masks made it impossible to breathe, then any surgeon, any nurse, any lab technician, any person who works in a job that requires them to wear a mask would be passing out.
Wearing a face mask impinges on my individual freedom.
Striking a balance between individual liberty and collective safety is a challenge. Your individual concerns should be weighed against the need of the UB community to mitigate spread of the virus. Wearing a mask is a minimal sacrifice to protect us all. Further, many members of our community view it as a violation of their human rights to be exposed to potential infection from those who will not wear face masks. Like face masks, seat belts don’t guarantee your safety, but give you much better odds of surviving an accident or avoiding more serious injury. One big difference: Masks also help protect other people.
If you wear a cultural or religious head covering, such as a hijab, niqab, or turban, you are required to wear a cloth face mask, too.
In general, most cultural or religious head coverings either do not cover the face or do not fit snugly enough around the face to provide sufficient protection against COVID-19. Additionally, most head coverings that extend over the face are made of fabric too light and porous to offer protection.
Wearers of hijabs, turbans, tichels and head coverings like them that do not cover the face, must also wear a cloth face mask.
A standard cloth face mask can be tucked inside your veil or turban, behind your ears.
If you prefer to wear your face mask outside your head covering, consider attaching face mask extensions or buttons so you can attach ear loops.
Niqabs (niqaabs) and headcoverings like it do not provide sufficient protection against COVID-19 because they are not worn snugly against the face, are not air tight and are usually made of chiffon or other lightweight fabrics. For these reasons they do not effectively block your own respiratory emissions.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings that are at least 2 plies thick.
For these reasons, wearers of niqabs and coverings like it are required to wear a face mask.
In addition to wearing a mask, physical distancing (also known as social distancing) is highly recommended by the CDC. To promote physical distancing, when necessary the university will modify or restrict use of spaces (including classrooms) where people tend to congregate, so people can stay at least 6 feet apart in all directions.
Effective 8/2/21, all students, employees and visitors – regardless of their vaccination status – are required to wear face coverings while inside campus buildings.
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.
Waiting in Line
UB units and operations with high traffic will communicate their specific requirements for maintaining safe physical distance in queues. In general, try to keep safe distance (6 feet) between you and the next person in line. Listen carefully for instructions from those operating the queue.
Hallways and Stairwell
Stay to the right and walk in single file when traveling through hallways, walkways and staircases. When possible, judge the density and either wait until an area is less crowded, or seek alternate routes. Travel outdoors if possible.
Limit elevator occupancy to 2 people (or occupancy stated on posted signs). Stand in each corner to maintain safe distance and face away from other occupants. Please consider giving up your elevator spot to those who need it, especially those with physical disabilities.
Fire Drills and Evacuations
Leave adequate space between you and others while exiting building. Remember to hold the handrails on stairs and to disinfect your hands once you are able.
As campus guidelines dictate, face masks may be required on all UB buses and shuttles. Additionally, passengers may be required to show ID or to enter and exit from the rear door of buses for the safety of drivers. Here are some tips for maintaining safe physical distance on buses and shuttles:
In general, cubicle walls provide some protection to unvaccinated individuals while you are seated when combined with use of face masks, hand washing and maintaining safe physical distance. If you are unvaccinated, be sure to maintain a safe 6-foot distance from others.
COVID-19 restrictions remain in effect only for large indoor events with more than 100 people in attendance. At UB, this means that most activities and events on campus will resume in-person, with masking and physical distancing required for individuals regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated individuals must practice physical distancing, where possible.
Effective Aug. 3, the University at Buffalo will require all students, employees and visitors – regardless of their vaccination status – to wear face coverings while inside campus buildings. This includes classrooms, hallways, libraries and other common spaces, as well as UB buses and shuttles.
Enabling safe physical distancing in high-traffic service areas will necessitate some longer wait times. Please allow extra time to travel around campus.