August 2, 2021: UB to implement indoor masking requirement

UB’s health guidelines and procedures for face coverings were updated in a university-wide email from UB Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs A. Scott Weber and Vice President for Health Sciences Michael E. Cain.

Dear university community:

In accordance with updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Erie County Department of Health, the University at Buffalo will require all students, employees and visitors – regardless of their vaccination status – to wear face coverings while inside campus buildings, effective starting tomorrow, Aug. 3.

Face coverings: Face coverings will be required in classrooms, hallways, libraries and other common spaces, as well as UB buses and shuttles. Face coverings are not required inside personal rooms at residence halls, while eating in on-campus dining areas, when alone within personal offices or in non-public-facing personal workstations.

Outdoor settings: Vaccinated UB students and employees will not be required to wear face coverings on UB campuses. Unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear face coverings in all outdoor settings.  Face coverings will be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals at outdoor events or settings where large groups of people congregate, such as at on-campus football games.  

Vaccination: As we safely resume in-person classes and operations for the fall semester, UB strongly urges all students and employees to get vaccinated, in compliance with state and SUNY requirements. Pending FDA full approval, vaccination will be required for all students participating in in-person classes and activities. Vaccination is required for all students residing in university housing. UB will continue to require regular testing of non-vaccinated students and employees.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and as recommendations from federal, state and local entities potentially change, UB will adjust its health and safety guidelines accordingly.

For all updates, please refer to UB’s COVID-19 Planning and Response website.

Sincerely,

A. Scott Weber                                                                   
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs                                                             

Michael E. Cain   
Vice President for Health Sciences
Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences