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UB Employee Safe Return to Campus

UB employees are working tirelessly and collaboratively to keep our community safe and our operation running smoothly, while continuing to provide the best academic experience to our students in the safest way possible.

Employees are advised to check this page often for COVID-19 related protocols and practices that affect the UB workplace.

Returning to Campus?

To keep you and all our employees safe, UB is requiring that every employee verify that they are free of COVID-19 symptom each day before entering our campus.

Protect Each Other Before Coming to Work Screening & Testing Safe Workplace HR Guidance Health & Wellbeing

The COVID-19 pandemic impacts everyone. Do your part to foster a healthy and safe campus environment for all by following these important guidelines.

Daily Health Check

  • Mandatory health screenings for students, faculty and staff, and scheduled visitors (e.g., on-campus tour groups) who plan to visit or return to campus

Daily Health Check for Employees

All employees are required to complete the Daily Health Check on the days they are scheduled to work, even if working remotely, whether or not they are coming to campus. Employees are not required to complete the Daily Health Check on the days they are not working, including holidays, scheduled days off and sick days; however, doing so even on the days when it is not required is strongly recommended out of concern for your personal health and the health of the entire UB community.

State, Research Foundation and UB Foundation employees, as well as volunteers, adjunct faculty, vendors, visitors and invited guests to campus who are otherwise not affiliated with UB, must also complete the Daily Health Check prior to their arrival on campus.

Students, faculty and staff who are working/learning entirely remotely and outside of New York State, do not have to complete the Daily Health Check.

Individuals will be required to attest that they:

  1. Have not had COVID-19 symptoms in past 10 days
  2. Have not had a positive SARS-CoV-2 test in past 10 days, and/or
  3. Have not had close contact with someone who is confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in past 14 days when both parties were not wearing masks.

Source: Human Resources

Precautionary Quarantines

  • Precautionary quarantines for all UB students, faculty and staff who return to or come to campus in August (or thereafter) and for traverlers to the university from a region or country experiencing heightened prevalence of COVID-19

Quarantine

To reduce the risk of virus transmission, and in accordance with SUNY guidelines, a precautionary seven-day quarantine at their own residence is highly recommended for all UB students, faculty and staff who return to or come to campus in August (or thereafter) to start the academic year.

During these seven days, all members of the campus community are asked to exercise extra caution in protecting yourself from COVID-19 infection, especially by:

  • Avoiding travel
  • Avoiding large gatherings
  • Limiting public exposure

Upon return to campus, it is important and necessary that all individuals adhere to all UB health guidelines, which include the use of a face covering at all times, appropriate physical distancing and frequent handwashing.

The university’s guidelines will continue to be updated as needed in accordance with new recommendations from the state and CDC, and as new scientific findings emerge. Updates will be posted on the Health and Safety Guidelines webpage.

Health Screening and Testing

  • UB will follow local and state guidelines for screening and support Erie County Health Department's contact tracing procedures

Screening, Testing and Contact Tracing

The university will immediately notify the state and local health departments of known confirmed positive cases on a UB campus.

If a member of the campus community is tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, UB will support the Erie County Health Department’s contact tracing procedures in accordance with the New York State Contact Tracing Program. Confidentiality will be maintained as required by federal and state law and regulations.

The university will continue to evaluate new smartphone and web-based technologies that monitor individual activities and potential exposures to assess whether these new technologies will add value to current screening and contact tracing programs.

Concerns About Coming to Campus

  • For faculty and staff who share concerns with their supervisors regarding their level of comfort about returning to work on campus, the university will address specific issues and situations on a one-to-one basis

Worried About Returning to Campus?

Concerns About Returning to Campus

UB employees who are concerned about their safety in returning to work on campus should speak with their supervisors. UB will address specific issues and situations on a one-on-one basis. UB Human Resources' COVID-19 web page provides more information about how to safely work on campus.

If You're Feeling Sick

  • Not feeling well? Check your symptoms and if you're not reporting to work, then notify your supervisor and follow your departmental call-in procedures

Feeling Ill?

Feeling ill? Please stay home and take care of yourself.

If you do not feel well or you are concerned that you have COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, these should be your first actions:

  1. Stay home or in your campus housing unless you need URGENT medical care.
  2. Contact your health care provider. They will advise you on next steps. Be sure to call ahead and tell your provider about any recent travel and symptoms you are experiencing. 
  3. Please do not come to campus until your doctor confirms you do not have COVID-19 or you are tested negative for the virus. 
  4. Employees, if you are unable to report to work, notify your supervisor and follow your department's normal call-in procedures. Keep them informed of your status.

Please contact your supervisor or UB Human Resources at 716-645-7777 or ub-hr@buffalo.edu for specific guidance regarding your personal work situation.

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

Students' Return to Campus Guidance

  • Staying healthy together
  • Living and dining tips
  • Fall academic support
  • Get the most from your experience

Research Ramp Up and Guidance

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