What personal health and safety practices/ guidelines is the university putting in place for students, faculty and staff?
Individuals on UB’s campuses must use social distancing as a way to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 virus and slow its spread. UB is asking individuals who are on campus to stay at least 6 feet from other people and avoid gathering in groups.
The university is requiring individuals to wear face masks on any of UB’s campuses when a minimum of 6 feet social distancing cannot be maintained. All students, faculty and staff will receive a face covering from the university, and individuals are welcome to use their own face coverings. Additional guidance for students, faculty and staff regarding social distancing and the use of face masks in classrooms will be forthcoming.
Students, faculty and staff will be asked to monitor their health daily for symptoms of COVID-19. If students or employees feel sick, they should stay home and seek health advice. It is each member of the UB community’s responsibility and shared duty to comply and act responsibly, to help ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. Additional guidance for students, faculty and staff and students regarding daily health monitoring will be forthcoming.
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.
UB will be putting in place a university-wide health awareness campaign to remind students, employees and campus visitors of public health protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Health and safety protocols and general return-to-campus information is available on two new university websites for UB students and employees.