Return to Campus

Together, we are protecting each other.

UB Employee Safe Return to Campus

The entire UB community is pulling together to face the COVID-19 pandemic.

UB’s COVID-19 planning committees, including faculty, staff and students, have worked tirelessly and collaboratively on the following campus guidelines, which are designed to protect the health and safety of our community.

This information will serve as a guide to university employees that will help us continue serving our students and the university community in the safest way possible, as a phased return-to-campus plan is implemented.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we expect to modify these protocols as necessary.

Please check this page often to stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 protocols for UB employees.

Woman wearing COVID-19 face mask.

UB's goal is to continue to deliver the best educational and research programs possible while protecting the health and safety of our university community from COVID-19.

Safe Workplace Work On or Off Campus Screening and Testing

UB has implemented several protocols to promote a safe workplace.

Face Coverings

Face Coverings: Basics

Woman wearing cloth face mask.
  • Members of the UB community and campus visitors must wear face coverings at all times 
    • When inside UB buildings, classrooms, labs, facilities, and buses and shuttles and in outdoor campus spaces.
  • UB provided one reusable face covering to each student, faculty and staff member at no cost. 
  • You may use your own face covering, provided it:
    • Is snug but comfortable against the sides of the face.
    • Covers your mouth and nose.
    • Is secured with ties or ear loops.
    • Is made with multiple layers of material.
    • Allows you to breathe without restriction.
    • Will not be damaged or change shape with washing and drying
  • Do not wear face coverings (masks) with plastic valves. These are one-way valves that do not filter air you expel and are therefore unsafe to others if you are infectious.
  • Face shields will be provided if there is a medical reason a person cannot wear a face covering.
  • Do not share face coverings.
    • Label your face mask with your name to reduce risk of mixing masks with coworkers.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands after removing your mask.
Face Masks are required to be worn at all times on UB campuses.

Need a Face Mask?

One reusable face covering has been provided to all faculty, staff and students at no cost.

Individuals may choose to wear their own face covering if desired, provided it meets the criteria for an appropriate face covering. 

Additional disposable masks will be provided to the UB campus community upon request. Please use the form below to request disposable masks.

Social Distancing

Social Distancing: Quick Tips

Here are some simple ways to keep a healthy physical distance between you and others, to reduce your risk of COVID-19 infection.

  • Wear face coverings whenever you are unable to maintain social distance.
  • Limit elevator occupancy to 2 people. 
  • Limit restroom occupancy to the number of fixtures available in each restroom.
  • Avoid gatherings of 25 people or more.
  • When possible, judge the density and either wait until an area is less crowded, or seek alternate routes.
  • In hallways and stairwells, walk to the far right in a single file.
  • Travel outdoors when possible.
Allow Extra Time

Enabling safe physical distancing in high-traffic service areas will necessitate some longer wait times. Please allow extra time to travel around campus.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Cleaning and Disinfecting: At a Glance

Below are some of the cleaning and disinfecting protocols currently in place at UB.

1. UB custodial staff conduct regular cleaning and disinfection of facilities and more frequent disinfection for high-traffic public areas for frequently touched surfaces.

  • High-traffic areas are cleaned daily (usually at night), including (but not limited to):
    • Hallways, lobbies, entrances
    • Elevators
    • Meeting rooms
    • Classrooms
    • Libraries
    • Clinical and Counseling spaces
  • Commonly touched public surfaces are disinfected daily, including (but not limited to):
    • Doors (doorknobs, handles, opening bars and activators)
    • Copy machines
    • Handrails
    • Elevator buttons
    • Light switches and push plates
    • Water fountains
  • Public restrooms are cleaned several times daily, including toilet seats, flush mechanisms, handrails, stall locks, faucet activators, paper towel dispensers and soap dispensers.
  • In the event that an individual is confirmed to have COVID-19, UB will clean and disinfect exposed areas in line with CDC guidelines.

2. UB custodial staff have been trained in specialized CDC-recommended sanitization and bio-safety procedures.

3. Cleaning products used at UB are certified by the EPA and CDC for the destruction of COVID-19.

4. Handwashing stations (restrooms) with warm water and hand soap, are provided throughout campus, as well as alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

5. Cleaning supplies (limited by availability) will be provided in centrally scheduled classrooms and to UB units to enable faculty, staff and students to wipe down commonly used surfaces (e.g., keyboards, remote controls, desks, copiers).

Everyone at UB is asked to do their part to keep UB COVID-free by cleaning their own, personal work or living spaces.

Wilkeson Hall staff cleaning public spaces.

Campus Living staff cleaning residence hall spaces.


Clean Hands: Quick Tips

Here are some tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19 from touching potentially contaminated surfaces. Be mindful of touching commonly touched surfaces or shared items. When possible, touch these surfaces with a barrier such as a paper towel. Commonly touched surfaces can include:

  • Elevator buttons
  • Door handlesRestroom fixtures
  • Faucets
  • Printers, copiers
  • Bus, shuttle fixtures
  • Credit card readers
20 Seconds to Clean Hands

Wash hands frequently and thoroughly (20 seconds) using soap and warm water.

  • Wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer) immediately after touching commonly shared items, and  before and after getting to your destination.
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly (20 seconds) using soap and warm water.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially after removing your face mask or after touching commonly shared items.

Building and Workplace Signage

Campus-wide COVID-19 Signage

Campus COVID-19 signage will reinforce our highest priority messages:

  1. Do a symptom self-check every day and stay home if you are sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. Wear a cloth face mask
  3. Social distance: Stay 6 feet away from others.
  4. Wash your hands frequently, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

University Facilities and University Communications collaborated to design and produce instructional and directional signage to guide our community in COVID-safe behaviors.

These vinyl floor and wall signs will be installed by University Facilities in high-traffic locations such as:

  • Building entrances, to advise on face mask requirements.
  • Common queueing locations (e.g., 1Capen, dining facilities) to help those waiting in lines to maintain a safe 6-foot social distance from one another.
  • Elevators, to reduce elevator occupancy.
  • Bus shelters, buses and shuttles, to advise on seating and social distancing guidelines.
  • Restrooms, to include “Wash your hands” signage.
  • Stairwell entry doors, to advise people not to prop open Fire Exits.
  • COVID-19 signage will be limited in stairwells, restrooms, etc., due to possible building code implications.

University Facilities will be responsible for the production and installation of the signs in public spaces: all building entries, elevators, restrooms, fire exits, and bus stops. 


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