Published December 20, 2021
First, we want to thank you for your diligence in helping to keep the UB campus and community safe this fall. The health and safety measures we followed made for a semester that was different in many ways but, in the end, successful—and for that, we are grateful.
Please know that UB officials are keeping a close eye on the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid spread of the omicron variant. Our experts continue to monitor the latest scientific findings regarding the increased infectiousness of the variant and the new challenges it poses.
The following points highlight some of the important steps our community will need to take:
Everyone in the UB community—students, faculty and staff—is urged to strictly adhere to good health practices during the winter break and throughout the spring semester. Booster shots provide very good protection, but we must continue to practice other healthy behaviors in order to be as well-protected as possible. That means wearing a face covering indoors and in public settings; avoiding high-risk indoor settings where mask wearing and/or vaccination is not in practice; frequent handwashing; staying home when sick; and getting tested if symptomatic or in close contact with someone who is positive.
We remain confident in UB’s ability to safely conduct in-person operations this spring as we did in the fall, with a comprehensive range of health and safety protocols in place. We will adjust our guidelines based on latest science and recommendations from health officials, and communicate them to you through UB’s COVID-19 Planning and Response site and in other ways as needed.
Please be assured that the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors remains paramount in all we do.
A. Scott Weber
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Allison Brashear, MD, MBA
Vice President for Health Sciences; Dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; and Chair, Health and Safety Committee