Spring 2022 health and safety guidelines are currently under review. Please regularly check this website for updates.
The University at Buffalo is committed to protecting the health and safety of the UB community while remaining focused on our academic, research and community service mission. Ensuring the safety of the entire university community is paramount as UB responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.
UB’s health and safety guidelines are multifaceted and comprehensive. While we encourage you to familiarize yourself with them in full, here are a few key takeaways:
UB officials are keeping a close eye on the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of the omicron variant around the state. Our experts continue to monitor the latest scientific findings regarding the infectiousness of the variant and the new challenges that it poses.
UB is updating guidelines for the spring semester, in accordance with new guidance issued by SUNY. Guidelines will be adjusted based on the latest science and recommendations from health officials, and will be communicated on this site.
In the event that university leaders need to implement additional on-campus safety measures to align with new health regulations, this guidance will be communicated broadly to all members of the university community and will include details and resources about how the UB community can effectively respond to and implement the new guidance.
UB's definition of ‘fully vaccinated’:
Having received a complete series of an FDA-approved/authorized or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and an FDA-approved/authorized COVID-19 vaccine booster when eligible.
Students enrolled in clinical rotations or other placements off campus are advised to check with the clinical partner agency regarding its health and safety requirements. Site partners have the discretion to waive COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students who are participating remotely in their rotations, but such students are not guaranteed an exemption. All students, including graduate and professional students, who will have a regular physical presence on a UB campus must comply with all UB COVID-19 health and safety regulations, including the spring semester start-up testing, vaccination and booster requirements
In accordance with updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Erie County Department of Health, UB requires all students, employees and visitors—regardless of their vaccination status—to wear a high-quality, tight-fitting, high-filtration mask indoors and in public settings.
Regardless of vaccination status, high-quality, tight-fitting, high-filtration masks are required in classrooms, hallways, libraries, research and teaching laboratories and other common spaces, as well as UB buses and shuttles.
For fully vaccinated individuals, high-quality, tight-fitting, high-filtration masks
are not required inside personal rooms at residence halls, while eating in on-campus dining areas and spaces, and when alone in personal offices or workstations that are not accessible to the general public. Vaccinated individuals must wear high-quality, tight-fitting, high-filtration masks when moving around the office and interacting with other employees. Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals must wear high-quality, tight-fitting, high-filtration masks at all times, including personal offices and workstations.
UB defines a personal workstation as workspace assigned to one individual, such as a cubicle, that allows for a comfortable amount of physical distance to be maintained between colleagues.
Students who need to miss class due to COVID-19 illness, isolation or quarantine are responsible for contacting their instructors and making arrangements to make up missed work.
Effective Jan. 17, children ages 5-11 will be required to have proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to attend public cultural events in Alumni Arena, the Center for the Arts and Slee Hall.
The university has had this policy for spectators ages 12 and older. The new policy also aligns with a previously announced policy for children ages 5 to 11 for sporting events, which went into effect Jan. 1.
If students need to miss class due to illness, isolation or quarantine, they must notify their instructor by email as soon as possible and no later than 24 hours after missing class. Residential students may request assistance from Campus Living to provide faculty notifications.
Residential students have the option to isolate/quarantine in designated on-campus housing. See Quarantine Information for Residence Hall Students for more information.
Any employee who receives a positive COVID-19 test result should isolate and report it to their supervisor and to UB’s Office of Human Resources. HR will provide additional guidance.
UB Human Resources
All students and employees, regardless of vaccination status, should closely monitor their health, stay home if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested immediately.