Is UB affected by the governor’s March 20 executive order mandating that all employees from “non-essential businesses” stay home beginning March 22?

No, UB is still operating under guidance from the governor issued on March 17 regarding essential and non-essential employees at SUNY institutions. 

According to this guidance, the essential employee designation includes those employees whose worksite presence is necessary to the continued operation of the university, who are integrally involved in the COVID-19 response effort, or those who must be present at the workplace in order to carry out their work-related duties and responsibilities. Under this guidance essential employees include, for example:

  • Faculty members who need to access offices to teach remotely
  • IT staff
  • Student health services and counseling staff
  • Library staff
  • On-campus housing employees
  • Food service employees
  • Facilities employees

All non-essential SUNY employees have been assigned to perform their work-related duties and responsibilities from alternate work locations, via telecommuting.  Non-essential status may change at the discretion of management; accordingly, employees should contact their supervisor daily to confirm their status.  As the operational needs of the COVID-19 response change, management may modify specific job functions and/or work locations.

For more information, please refer to UB’s March 17 memo “Information for Employees Regarding COVID-19.”

Updated March 21, 2020