Return To Campus - Summer ’21

Updates and Protocols

Summer ’21 Semester:

UB is updating its COVID-19 protocols in preparation for more employees returning to campus over the summer.

The rules for summer reflect revised guidance recently issued by SUNY, as the pandemic continues to evolve and colleges and universities across the state prepare for a more normal return to campus come fall.

The health and safety of our campus community will take precedence in any plans that UB implements. 

The university strongly urges students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible, because the vaccines are safe, effective and free. Vaccination is how we will end the pandemic and return to a much more normal existence on our campuses and throughout the world.

Need To Know

Effective immediately, summer protocols at UB will include:

Exemption from COVID-19 testing
Students and employees who are regularly on campus will no longer need to participate in mandatory weekly testing upon verifying that they have been fully vaccinated.

However, required weekly testing will continue for those who are on campus and have not been fully vaccinated or fail to verify that they have completed their vaccination series.

Human Resources has provided guidance to employees on how to provide proof of vaccination. Students can submit vaccination documentation through the Student Health Services portal.  

Indoor masking and physical distancing
Students and employees on campus during the summer must continue to wear masks and stay physically distanced while indoors, unless they are alone in an enclosed office space or in their residence hall room.

Continuity of daily health screening
All employees and students regularly on campus must continue to submit a daily health screening. That can be found at buffalo.edu/coronavirus/health-and-safety/health-check.

Following state guidelines for special events
For performances or special events on campus, UB will adhere to current guidelines outlined by the New York State Department of Health. Depending on the event, this may include capacity limits, mask wearing, physical distancing and/or proof of testing or vaccination.

No distancing in health science settings
Campus health science and clinical teaching laboratories may continue to operate without the 6-foot distancing normally required in a classroom. Masks, however, must be worn, regardless of whether individuals have been vaccinated or not.

Rules for visitors
Visitors to UB will be required to abide by its health guidelines, which include wearing a mask and filling out the Daily Health Check when coming to campus.

Fall planning

UB will be resuming in-person, campus-based instruction for the fall 2021 semester. In preparation for the fall semester, employees will be returning to campus throughout the summer months. Additional SUNY and UB fall guidance and updates are forthcoming.

FAQ - for Summer '21

This FAQ further explains how UB will implement this plan and what it means for students, faculty and staff. 

  • Do students, faculty and staff need to participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing at UB?

    Students and employees who are regularly on campus will no longer need to participate in mandatory weekly testing upon verifying that they have been fully vaccinated. However, required weekly testing will continue for those who are on campus and have not been fully vaccinated or fail to verify that they have completed their vaccination series.

    Human Resources has provided guidance to employees on how to provide proof of vaccination. Students can submit vaccination documentation through the Student Health Services portal.  

    Updated June 3, 2021

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  • Do individuals need to wear masks and stay physically distanced while on UB’s campuses?

    Students and employees on campus during the summer must continue to wear masks and stay physically distanced while indoors, unless they are alone in an enclosed office space or in their residence hall room. This guideline is in place for all individuals, regardless of their vaccination status.

    Individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e., those who are two weeks past their final dose of an authorized vaccine) no longer need to wear a mask outdoors on campus while alone or in small outdoor groups and gatherings.

    Masks are still required in crowded outdoor settings and venues, as well as on campus transportation, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. 

    Updated June 3, 2021

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  • CDC guidelines state that individuals who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or physically distance themselves from each other when they are indoors. Why are UB’s guidelines different?

    New York State Department of Health strongly recommends masks and social distancing in indoor settings where vaccination status of an individual is unknown. SUNY has given each campus the flexibility to implement additional mask-wearing guidance for the summer months.  We will keep the UB community informed if this guidance should change. 

    Updated June 3, 2021

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  • What are UB’s guidelines for special events?

    For performances or special events on campus, UB will adhere to current guidelines outlined by the New York State Department of Health. Depending on the event, this may include capacity limits, mask wearing, physical distancing and/or proof of testing or vaccination.

    Updated June 3, 2021

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  • What are UB’s guidelines for those in health science settings?

    Campus health science and clinical teaching laboratories may continue to operate without the 6-foot distancing normally required in a classroom. Masks, however, must be worn, regardless of whether individuals have been vaccinated or not.

    Updated June 3, 2021

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  • Will UB increase the number of students who will be able to live on campus in the fall?

    Because all on-campus students are expected to be vaccinated to start the fall semester, UB will plan for higher occupancy in its residence halls for the fall with the understanding that a reduced capacity may be required, as well as the need for some quarantine and isolation space.

    Updated June 3, 2021

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  • When will UB communicate health and safety guidance for the fall ’21 semester?

    There are continuing discussions about protocols for the fall, when UB is planning to hold classes largely in person, and more employees and all students are expected to be vaccinated. President Tripathi has stated that as of August 2, UB should be operating as a place-based institution in preparation for the fall 2021 semester. We will keep the UB community informed if current guidance should change. 

    Updated June 3, 2021

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  • How many faculty and staff at UB currently have had one dose or are fully vaccinated?

    As of June 1, about 90% of employees coming to campus on a regular basis - have reported via Daily Health Check that they've been fully vaccinated. This is a great start, and we’re thankful for those employees who have already been vaccinated. We will continue to encourage all faculty and staff to get vaccinated over the summer as part of UB’s return-to-campus planning. 

    Updated May 12, 2021

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  • Does UB plan to require the vaccine for in-person faculty and staff before the fall semester?

    Requirements for SUNY faculty and staff are negotiated through the various unions that represent these employees and are not at the discretion of individual campuses. The university will continue to strongly urge that faculty and staff get vaccinated prior to the start of the fall semester, because the vaccines are safe, effective and free.  Vaccination is how we will end the pandemic and return to a much more normal existence on our campuses and throughout the world. We’re hopeful that the unions will also urge their members to get vaccinated.

    Updated May 12, 2021

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  • What are the guidelines for campus visitors?

    Volunteers, adjunct faculty, tenants/affiliates residing in UB facilities, vendors, visitors and invited guests to campus who are otherwise not affiliated with the university are required to complete the Daily Health Check prior to their arrival on campus.

    One of the most important things we can do is to work together to build and sustain a culture that takes our health, public health and the safety of others seriously. Students, faculty, staff and visitors must all follow a shared set of behavioral expectations  to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. We have a mutual responsibility to keep ourselves and each other safe.  

    Whether you are coming to UB for business or leisure (e.g. walking your dog on campus grounds, a contractor or invited guest), all campus visitors will be required to abide by all campus safety protocols (including the use of face masks and physical distancing). Hosts of invited guests must ensure their guests are aware of and follow university protocols. Off-campus guests, including non-residential university students, are not permitted to enter the residence halls. The UB Libraries are closed to non UB affiliates.

    If you are visiting the UB campus and require additional accessibility features, you must submit a health attestation through this form. This must be completed for every day you are on campus. 

    New signage has been added across campus both indoors and outdoors, promoting safe practices, indicating flow of traffic in buildings, and designating where traffic is restricted.

    For events and gatherings on campus, the university will adhere to New York State guidelines, as well as recommendations from the CDC and public health experts. This includes limiting the size of private, social gatherings as well as larger events and gatherings (e.g., arts, entertainment and other leisure activities) in both indoor and outdoor public spaces. The number of people allowed at an event or gathering may change, depending on the degree of COVID-19 spread within the community.   

    For information on what is expected of you before visiting campus grounds or buildings, see Health and Safety Guidelines: Protecting the university community

    Updated March 24, 2021

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