What should I do if I feel ill at work or need to call in sick?

Faculty and staff who are not feeling well are asked to stay home and consult their health care provider as needed. Please notify your supervisor that you will be absent. 

If faculty or staff are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, contact your health care provider. Be sure to call ahead and tell your provider about any travel and symptoms you are experiencing.   Faculty or staff must notify their supervisor and then Mark Coldren, associate vice president for human resources, at (716) 645-8155 or mcoldren@buffalo.edu to ensure that the University takes appropriate preventive actions. 

Students experiencing symptoms should call UB Student Health Services at 716-829-3316.

Members of the UB community should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 by doing the following:

  • If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, stay in your apartment or residence hall room unless you need URGENT medical care. The most common symptoms reported include:
    • Fever of 100.4 F or higher
    • Cough
    • Fatigue
    • Other symptoms like body aches, sore throat, headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, chills, and shortness of breath can also occur.

Most people have only mild to moderate symptoms and are able to manage their symptoms at home.


Everyone should practice social distancing and good hygiene. UB is asking members of the campus community to follow these public health recommendations to avoid the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Cover your cough
  • Sneeze into a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay in your apartment or residence hall room when you are sick

For your day-to-day life in the coming weeks or months, this guidance translates to the following points:

  • Do not get together with groups of friends for parties, study sessions or hang outs. Even something simple like sitting on a couch with others to watch a movie goes against CDC recommendations.
  • Strictly minimize the network of people you maintain in-person contact with.
  • Limit shopping trips to those needed for essential supplies.
  • Avoid any unnecessary travel.
  • Continue to follow tips for frequent and thorough handwashing and sanitation of regularly touched surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Learn the CDC recommendations for what to do if you are sick.

Updated March 17, 2020