How will UB keep the university community safe?

The health and safety of UB faculty, staff and students is UB’s highest priority. The protocols put in place, if followed closely and in combination with reduced density, will significantly reduce the risk on campus.

The university will continue to monitor and follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and SUNY to guide its operations and decision making.

One of the most important things we can do is to work together to build and sustain a culture that takes our health, public health and the safety of others seriously. Students, faculty, staff and visitors must all follow a shared set of behavioral expectations  to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. We have a mutual responsibility to keep ourselves and each other safe.  

UB has implemented a process of daily screenings (Daily Health Check) of all students, faculty, staff. visitors and affiliates* using chatbot technology, followed by targeted viral testing of those who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to undergo isolation for 10 days.

The Daily Health Check will ask, at minimum, whether the participant:

  • Has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the past 10 days.
  • Has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the past 10 days.
  • Has had contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days.
  • Has traveled to a location on New York State's COVID-19 Travel Advisory list for more than 24 hours (except to and from Canada) in the past 14 days.

*Affiliates includes RF, State, UBF employees, adjunct faculty, volunteers, vendors, visitors and invited guests to campus. 

We likely will have positive cases on campus. However, the guidelines will reduce spread and we have protocols in place to respond to cases, in coordination with Departments of Health.

We will continually monitor transmission and spread of the virus in WNY and on-campus; and if prevalence increases to an unsafe level, UB will respond with measures that may include, if necessary, moving to remote instruction. 

Updated August 17, 2020

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