What screening and testing protocols will the university employ?

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. 

In the event that infection becomes more widespread in the local community and/or campus, widespread testing for SARS-CoV-2 infection may be recommended in order to identify cases for isolation and to guide aggressive contact tracing and quarantine as appropriate. Both of these measures would mitigate further spread.

UB is pursuing a strategy to offer timely testing or specimen collection for on-campus students, faculty and staff experiencing symptoms.

Students' Return to Campus Guidance

Students' Return to Campus Guidance

  • Staying healthy together
  • Living and dining tips
  • Fall academic support
  • Get the most from your experience

Employees’ Return to Campus Guidance

Employees’ Return to Campus Guidance

  • Workplace Health and Safety Guidelines
  • Employee Health and Wellness during COVD-19
  • HR Guidance

Updated August 17, 2020

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