Published December 17, 2020
Dear university community:
With our fall 2020 semester coming to an end, we would like to take this opportunity to update you on our plans for the upcoming spring semester.
As you may recall, last spring UB launched a framework of university-wide committees to develop plans for both short- and long-term scenarios in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Comprised of more than 150 faculty, staff, students and senior administrators, these committees were charged with determining how best to allow UB to continue offering transformative educational opportunities and conducting world-class research while protecting the health and safety of our university community.
Earlier this month, the Campus Planning Committee submitted its Executive Summary and Final Report and Recommendations for the spring 2021 semester, which we have accepted. We are pleased to share that, similar to our fall semester, UB is planning a return to campus in a modified in-person capacity, which will include a mix of in-person instruction—within distancing and public health guidelines—and remote courses.
Thanks to your compliance with UB’s health, safety and testing guidelines during the fall semester, we were able to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus and follow the schedule we set for our academic calendar. With these same safety measures in place—including using face coverings on campus and practicing physical distancing—our decision to return to a modified in-person format in spring 2021 is consistent with our mission as a place-based public research institution. This spring, we encourage our faculty to continue providing safe, in-person and synchronous educational experiences for our students as appropriate and to the extent possible.
Below are the guidelines we will be following during our spring semester. The health and safety of the campus community is of paramount importance; as such, we will continually evaluate our plans in the months ahead, should conditions change. Please note that all determinations about the spring semester will align with SUNY’s spring 2021 reopening guidance and are dependent on Western New York’s color-coded zone status.
Modified In-Person Instruction and Spring 2021 Calendar
Campus Health and Safety
Screening, Testing and Tracing Protocol
Up-to-date information about UB’s plans, including specific guidance for employees and students returning to campus, is available at https://www.buffalo.edu/coronavirus/latest-update.html.
In the coming days and weeks, you will receive more detailed information and guidance related to plans for spring 2021.
We remain very grateful for our university community’s dedication to advancing our research mission and providing transformative academic experiences for our students as we continue to navigate the pandemic. As always, we are here to support each of you in your academic, research, scholarly and professional endeavors.
Satish K. Tripathi
A. Scott Weber
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs