What steps do I need to take before coming to campus?

Precautionary Quarantine

To reduce the risk of virus transmission, and in accordance with SUNY guidelines, a precautionary seven-day quarantine at their own residence is highly recommended for all UB students, faculty and staff who return to or come to campus in August (or thereafter) to start the academic year.

In coordination with New York State officials, the university will follow guidance on mandatory 14-day quarantines when a person travels to the university from a region or country experiencing heightened prevalence of COVID-19. Students, faculty, staff and visitors arriving in New York State from designated states that have significant community spread of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 14 days before coming onto campus. This requirement does not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) through the course of travel. Additional information for UB employees is available this UB employee website.

Screening and testing

The university has developed a protocol for screening, testing and contact tracing based on evidence-based methods recommended by the most recent scientific research. UB’s protocol is based on SUNY and state guidelines, the expertise of UB faculty specializing in infectious disease and public health, and on the most recent CDC guidance, which does not recommend viral testing of all returning students, faculty and staff. UB’s protocol involves a process of screening, targeted testing and surveillance, as outlined below:

  • The university will institute mandatory health screenings using chat bot technology for students, faculty and staff, and, where practicable, scheduled visitors asking about, at minimum:
    1. COVID-19 symptoms in past 10 days
    2. Positive SARS-CoV-2 test in past 10 days, and/or
    3. Close or proximate contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in past 14 days when both parties were not wearing face coverings.

Employees reporting to any of UB’s campuses are required to attest daily that they are free of COVID 19 symptoms before reporting to work on-campus.

Students who will be coming to any of UB’s campuses can access a daily symptom self-check list on the Student Guide website.

The university will require viral testing for individuals who report symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or develop such symptoms during quarantine. Faculty and staff should arrange testing through their health care provider. Students will be directed to available testing off-campus. The cost of testing is the responsibility of each person through their health insurance carrier. Any person who has a positive viral test will be immediately sent home or to a designated isolation location.

Updated July 22, 2020

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