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 and implements plans for a safe return to campus.
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:
Free COVID-19 vaccines are now available to all members of the UB community at three on-campus clinics. To receive a vaccination, students, faculty and staff must present a UB identification card. No appointments are necessary. The clinics will operate each week through Nov. 18.
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 face coverings while inside campus buildings.
Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings 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, face coverings 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 masks when moving around the office and interacting with other employees. Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals must wear a face covering 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.
If your individual sample tests positive, you will be required to isolate.
Any student who receives a positive COVID-19 test result should isolate and report it via UB’s confidential reporting form.
Any employee who receives a positive COVID-19 test result should report it to their supervisor and to UB’s Office of Human Resources - HR will provide guidance.
Any student who receives a positive COVID-19 test result should report it via UB’s confidential reporting form.
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 isolation/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 guidance.
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The county health department will notify you if you are believed to be a close contact of someone who has tested positive. If you are a close contact, you must take the following steps, per CDC guidelines.
Fully vaccinated individuals:
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.
Students who do not meet the vaccine requirement by the deadlines will be immediately resigned from all courses with an in-person instructional component and will be assigned a grade of "R" for those courses. Students are financially liable for all courses unless they have dropped or resigned by published deadlines.