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.
Starting two weeks before their planned return to campus, all students, faculty and staff must complete a daily screening via the Daily Health Check to evaluate for travel history, COVID-19 history and COVID-19 symptoms.
Students will also be required to continue completing the Daily Health Check throughout winter session and the spring semester if they live on campus, take one or more classes with an on-campus component, work on campus or use on-campus services such as dining, libraries or fitness facilities. Faculty and staff who plan to be on campus are also required to complete the Daily Health Check but only on those specific days.
Before spring semester begins, students planning to live, work or take classes on campus, or utilize campus facilities such as libraries, fitness/recreation or dining halls, must complete a precautionary quarantine starting seven days prior to their return to campus. Before arriving on campus, students must affirm via HUB attestation that they have done so.
Before arriving on campus, students must login to HUB to submit their seven-day precautionary quarantine attestation.
Per the SUNY mandate, limited exemptions to this precautionary quarantine requirement will be made for the following students:
Campus Living will help you to complete your precautionary or travel related quarantine period before moving you into your assigned on-campus housing for the spring. A residence hall on campus has been designated for this purpose. All students in quarantine will be housed in single occupancy rooms with private bathroom facilities.
Pre-arrival quarantine at UB will include the following:
Free campus testing will be available by appointment weekdays from 1/25-2/5 for eligible students. Students may also submit outside test results.
Read Spring ’21 Mandatory Return-to-Campus Testing for more information.
Per SUNY policy, some undergraduate, graduate and professional students are required to be tested prior to returning for the spring semester. UB will provide testing for those students not able to obtain testing on their own prior to returning to the campus.
The following groups of students are required to be tested by UB or other means prior to returning for spring semester:
All students who will be living on campus, taking classes on campus or coming to campus to participate in activities or utilize services must either present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days prior to their return or participate in on-campus testing as soon as possible but no later than five days after returning to campus. Students who present documentation of a positive diagnostic test within the previous three months are exempt from return-to-campus testing.
Review the health and safety information and mandates for students, including requirements for:
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.
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. All members of the campus community, including visitors, are required to wear face masks on campus, indoors and outdoors, according to UB's face mask guidelines.
Waiting in Line
UB units and operations with high traffic will communicate their specific requirements for maintaining safe physical distance in queues. In general:
Hallways and Stairwell
Avoid Large Gatherings
You should avoid mass gatherings of more than 25 people for any reason.
Practice social distancing during fire drills and evacuations to ensure your safety.
All campus visitors, including vendors and contractors, are required to abide by UB’s health and safety guidelines, including wearing face masks on UB campuses.
Hosting departments and units are responsible for informing their visitors of UB’s COVID-19 guidelines and for ensuring that they comply.
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 Environmental 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 residents in their building that tdo not reside in their room or apartment. Off-campus guests, including non-resideitial univrsity students, 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 theri visit and every day they are on campus.
UB’s COVID-19 surveillance testing program is more targeted than mass testing programs used by other schools. It focuses on testing students and employees who are asymptomatic, meaning that they are not showing symptoms of disease. This helps UB monitor COVID-19 trends within the UB community, including identifying potential hotspots, and make timely decisions to prevent outbreaks from occurring.
Surveillance testing is mandatory for all students who reside on campus.
If you are selected for surveillance testing you will receive an email with instructions to register online. There are testing sites located on all three of UB’s campuses—North, South and Downtown.
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:
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.