What obligation does the university have to protect the WNY community from students and employees who become infected with the virus?

The vast majority of UB employees and students are members of the WNY community; they have the same obligation in their communities as they do on our campus. 

UB is emphasizing to our students living on- and off-campus that they are expected to follow UB’s health guidelines when out in the community.

Students will be advised that they must adhere to NYS guidelines mandated by the governor, which require everyone to wear a face covering when outside their home if unable to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others.

UB will communicate these guidelines to students who live in apartments near the South Campus through its “operation doorhanger” program, which will deliver the guidelines to the residences of students.

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. 

Updated August 17, 2020

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