What personal health and safety practices/guidelines is the university putting in place for students, faculty and staff?

The university’s No. 1 priority is ensuring the health and safety of the UB community in an era of face masks and physical distancing. Toward that end, UB has developed and released a set of guidelines to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors on UB’s campuses.

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. 

UB will continue to follow Erie County Department of Health protocols related to isolation and treatment of individuals who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms or test positive. For students who live on campus, isolation space will continue to be available along with health care and food delivery services. While in isolation, students will be able to continue their classes remotely.

UB students, faculty and staff may experience high amounts of anxiety and stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes it has forced on individuals’ academic, work and personal lives. UB is committed to helping all members of the campus community cope with mental and emotional challenges and will ensure that they have access to helpful tools and resources.

Through the ongoing development and implementation of the campuswide health information campaign, “Together, we are UB,” the university continues to raise awareness about the importance of complying with the critical protocols outlined in UB’s official health and safety guidelines.

Health and safety protocols and general return-to-campus information is available on two new university websites for UB students and employees.

Updated August 17, 2020

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