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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

It’s normal to be experiencing increased stress and anxiety right now. Be gentle with yourself and others, and to take steps to support both your own and your family’s mental well-being. 

Your Emotional Health

  • Get help to reset your thoughts and emotions, and regain your balance

Coping with COVID-19 Stress

Taking care of your emotional health during this uncertain time will help you think clearly, prioritize your concerns and react appropriately to protect yourself and your family.

UB Employee Assistance Program (EAP) staff can offer guidance to help you reset your thoughts and emotions, and regain your balance. EAP provides information, assessment, problem-solving and referral services for all university faculty, staff, their families and retirees on any work or life concern. EAP services are free, voluntary and confidential. 

How Well Are You Coping? Quick Tests

If you’re not sure if you need help, take these two quick, anonymous tests. They can help you think about how well you're coping. Then contact EAP for help or if you just need someone to talk to about your thoughts.

Self-care and Wellness

  • Engage in activities and practices to reduce stress and enhance our health and wellbeing

Self-care Resources

Self-care refers to activities and practices that we can engage in on a regular basis to reduce stress and enhance our health and well-being. Practicing self-care will help you:

  • Identify and manage the general challenges of life and work.
  • Be aware of your own personal vulnerabilities and traumas.
  • Achieve more balance in your life.

These free tools designed from UB faculty experts are available to all employees.

Self-Care Starter Kit from UB School of Social Work

Mindful Self-Care Scale from Catherine Cook-Cottone, UB Graduate School of Education, Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology.

Wellness Activities

UB offers training in a variety of wellness skills and techniques. Check out the HR Training Catalog for more information.

Exercise and Well-being

Exercise plays an important role in well-being and mental health. UB Recreation Services offers several mostly free resources and classes that can be done inside with limited space and equipment. We may be practicing social distancing, but we can still work out and stay fit both physically and mentally.

Source: Human Resources

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

When You're Not Feeling Well

If you feel sick or are concerned that you have COVID-19 symptoms, please do the following:

  1. Stay home. Please do not come to campus until your doctor confirms you do not have COVID-19 or you are tested negative for the virus.
  2. Contact your healthcare provider. They will advise you on next steps. (Be sure to make an appointment before contacting them in-person.)
  3. Notify your supervisor. Employees, if you will be absent, notify your supervisor and follow your unit's normal call-in procedures. 
  4. Notify Human Resources. Employees, if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, notify UB Human Resources as soon as possible. 

UB Human Resources

UB-HR@buffalo.edu

716-645-7777

Please do not come to campus until your doctor confirms you do not have COVID-19 or you are tested negative for the virus.

Source: Human Resources

Need Help?

Need help with UB's COVID-19 protocols for employees? Please contact:

  1. Your supervisor
  2. UB Human Resources, 716-645-7777, ub-hr@buffalo.edu
  3. UB Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

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