How will the university protect faculty in the classroom?

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. As we return to campus students, faculty and staff 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. 

We continue to actively communicate UB’s health and safety guidelines and standards through posters, signage, emails, websites, virtual town hall settings, social media and in-person discussions. 

For those members of the university community who do not follow these guidelines, our first priority and initial step is to respectfully engage them in conversation.

There are protocols in place to handle situations where students or employees are not following UB’s health guidelines, and are continuously putting others’ health and safety at risk. 

Student Compliance

Students are expected to comply with the Student Compliance Policy for COVID-19 Public Health Behavior Expectations on campus. If a student is continuously in violation of UB’s health guidelines and endangering the health and safety of members of the campus community:

  • They will be asked to comply and warned that continuing such behavior can result in disciplinary action.
  • A university official may ask them to leave a public space or classroom.
  • They may be referred to UB’s Health Promotion dept. to complete the Healthy Campus Public Health Class online module.
  • Refusal to comply may lead to further disciplinary action as appropriate.

Employee Compliance

If an employee is continuously in violation of UB’s health guidelines and putting others at risk, their supervisor should be notified and each situation will be handled on a case by case basis. 

UB’s HR department has put in place an Advocate program whereby UB employees are trained to have conversations with individuals on campus who are not following the university and public health protocols.

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. 

Faculty members are responsible for effective management of the public space and classroom environment to promote conditions that will enhance student learning and promote community health. Faculty should stress that following UB’s health guidelines is a requirement of class.

There will be a reduction in density in classrooms and students and faculty are expected to wear face coverings and maintain 6 ft. physical distance while they are in a classroom setting. 

Updated August 17, 2020

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