3/2/22: Effective March 5th, mask mandate lifted in most settings

Masks optional

Starting Saturday, March 5, the University at Buffalo will make masks optional on its campuses in most settings:

  • Students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, will no longer be required to wear masks in most settings, indoors or outdoors. 
  • Anyone who wishes to continue wearing a mask in a classroom, office or any other campus space is encouraged to do so. 
  • In keeping with state and federal regulations, masks will continue to be mandatory for everyone aboard UB buses and shuttles and in clinical health care settings (e.g. UB Health Services, Dental School facilities, on-campus testing sites) on campus.
  • UB faculty, staff and students who work or learn at hospitals, nursing homes, clinics or diagnostic and treatment centers off campus must continue to comply with any site-specific regulations in place.

Remember: There are many reasons that individuals may continue to wear a mask. Be kind and respectful toward others in our UB community.

Testing to continue

All campus community members who have regular on-campus contact and are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations must continue to participate in weekly surveillance testing, including those with an approved medical or religious exemption.

Guidance for faculty and academic support staff

With the lifting of the mask mandate comes new guidance for faculty in the classroom. Individual faculty members cannot require masking in their classroom, nor can they change course modality without explicit approval from their department and decanal unit. The risk of transmission in the classroom is still considered very low, as 98% of UB students are up to date with their vaccinations.