Effective 10/1/20, SUNY-wide standards for violations of COVID-19 safety protocols strengthen sanctions for reckless behavior and non-compliance. Students found in violation now face immediate academic and housing suspension, as well as possible dismissal, and student organizations in non-compliance face a permanent campus ban as a result of:
View additional details and the full policy.
This guide will help you understand what to expect from on-campus housing and learn more about what role you will play in keeping our community healthy and safe.
As the COVID-19 public health situation improves, our health and safety policies continue to evolve. Fall 2021 policies are currently being developed and will be announced later this summer. Check back here for updates.
Find details about how the health and safety policy categories below impact you as an on-campus resident.
Together, we can help ensure a safer campus experience. By making good choices, we can work to stop the spread of COVID-19. Remember — this is a shared responsibility.
All students who reside on campus must participate in surveillance testing every week.
Testing is a critical way to keep our campus safe, and disregarding these mandates will have consequences. Residents who do not attend testing will initially be sent reminders. Missed testing in consecutive weeks may result in suspension from on-campus housing, as well as in-person classes.
Student testing will be available in the Student Union, Greiner and Allen Hall, by reservation. Locations have appointments Monday-Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (JSMBS) is available for walk-up testing downtown.
If you have a health risk or cannot/will not report for testing, please use the EXEMPTION FORM to submit your reason.
(NOTE: Tests collected off-campus will NOT be accepted for weekly surveillance testing.)
You must complete your Daily Health Check everyday, including weekends and holidays. You should complete it early in your day, before leaving your room.
CDC recommends a 5-step process for hand washing:
All members of the campus community are expected to keep 6 feet of physical distance between themselves and others in all areas of campus whether visual guidance is provided or not.
In outdoor spaces on UB’s campuses, it is required that you maintain 6 feet physical distancing between you and others.
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.
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.
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.
Visitors Must Wear Face Coverings at All Times
Face coverings must be worn at all times, according to UB’s face covering protocol.
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).
Visitors in Campus Housing
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 and Daily Health Check
Visitors to campus are required to complete the Daily Health Check prior to their visit and every day they are on campus.
Campus Living has designated quarantine and isolation spaces on campus. These rooms are available to students with on-campus housing assignments who are required to quarantine or isolate by a health care provider or who are travelling from a restricted area outside of New York State.
Student Health Services will notify Campus Living when students in their care need to quarantine. But it is up to students to contact their RA or CA to tell us if:
If you will be travelling outside of New York State for more than 24 hours, it is your responsibility to notify Campus Living before you return. This is critical so that we can help you make the necessary arrangements to complete your NYS mandated quarantine upon arrival.
Once we know that a student needs quarantine we will arrange everything to make the process as easy as possible. Campus Living will:
Find out what to expect, what to take with you and links to all of the resources that you may need to keep you safe and cared for while you are in quarantine housing.
It is not advised that a student in isolation or quarantine while living in campus housing return home due to the risk of spread of the virus to his/her family and other communities.
If you do decide to return home, you may NOT use public transportation, and it is not safe for someone who is feeling ill to drive themselves home. If a parent or friend chooses to drive you home, that person must understand that they and anyone else traveling with you are at risk of getting infected.
Anyone in quarantine or isolation should have their own private bedroom and bathroom. Anyone else living with someone in quarantine or isolation is at risk of getting infected.
Before leaving to complete quarantine off campus, you should call Campus Living at 716-645-2171 or speak with your Hall or Complex Director when you are leaving, and provide them with the address where you will be staying.