Published August 10, 2020
Some clinical programs and programs that require practical in-person experiences are unable to fully comply with health and safety requirements related to COVID-19 because of the nature of the training or the experience, for example, in-person clinical experiences or community placements. These programs must develop plans to minimize potential exposure following guidelines given below.
Programs should submit plans for review by Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) regarding building and classroom occupancy, and should submit plans for final review and approval by the cognizant dean or dean’s designee. Upon approval, the dean should submitted plans to the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org) for record keeping.
Schools or programs that have developed plans to meet health and safety standards as established by accrediting or licensing agencies may be exempt from this process, so long as those plans meet UB’s general guidelines for clinical and practical programs.
To reduce the risks of faculty, students, staff and clients/guests being exposed in the classroom or clinic settings, programs will:
Because of the higher personal contact and potential to expose others in training situations, all participants in these higher contact disciplines will be expected to maintain physical distancing and protections, as feasible, in and outside the instructional settings to reduce risk of transmission to themselves and others as part of collective responsibility to maintain the safety and health of the campus.
Modifications to plans due to increasing or decreasing requirements or restriction should be reviewed for approval by the cognizant dean or designee and submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.