UB Health Guidelines for Start of 2020-21 Academic Year

Published July 15, 2020

Dear University Community:

As we prepare to return to campus in a modified, in-person capacity in Fall 2020, we are writing to share that UB has released health guidelines and procedures. These guidelines will be implemented across the campus community and will allow UB to continue delivering excellent educational experiences and research programs while protecting the health and safety of the university community.  For more information, please see the story in UB Now.

Developed by UB’s COVID-19 Screening, Testing and Contact Tracing Protocol Committee, composed of campus medical, infectious disease, laboratory medicine, and public health experts, UB’s guidelines are based on the most recent scientific research on effective methods for preventing the spread of COVID-19. They are further informed by the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health, and SUNY. UB’s guidelines will be updated regularly as new guidance is provided and new knowledge emerges from the scientific community.

All members of the UB community have a shared responsibility to follow the guidance on face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, health screening and monitoring, as well as the request to undergo a precautionary seven-day quarantine prior to returning to campus for the fall semester. Your pledge to stay safer together as a university and commitment to these interventions when on UB’s campuses and in the local community are essential and fundamental to a safe campus reopening.



Michael E. Cain, M.D.
Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

A. Scott Weber
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs