Your Student Guide - Fall 2020

Together we are UB.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this fall, either virtually or here on campus. Start here to learn how you can help ensure a safer campus experience – together. New information will be posted here when available, so please check back often.

Protect Each Other

Help everyone stay healthy

Socialize More Safely

Clubs, shared spaces, recreation and more

Keep Thriving

Programs and activities, support services, calendar

Academic Essentials

Technology info, advising, career services

Living and Dining

Advice for students on- and off-campus
Protect Each Other Socialize Safer Keep Thriving Academic Essentials Living & Dining
Social Distance. Wash Your Hands. Wear a Face Mask. Feel Sick? Stay Home.

Together, We Are Stopping the Spread

Help our community stay safer and decrease the spread of COVID-19 by making these behaviors part of your routine. 

Physical (Social) Distancing

  • Practice social distancing from others.
  • Follow directional and spacing guidelines and instructions.

Quick Tips

Social Distancing: Quick Tips

Here are some simple ways to keep a healthy physical distance between you and others, to reduce your risk of COVID-19 infection.

  • Wear face coverings whenever you are unable to maintain social distance.
  • Limit elevator occupancy to 2 people. 
  • Limit restroom occupancy to the number of fixtures available in each restroom.
  • Avoid gatherings of 25 people or more.
  • When possible, judge the density and either wait until an area is less crowded, or seek alternate routes.
  • In hallways and stairwells, walk to the far right in a single file.
  • Travel outdoors when possible.

Campus Transportation

Buses and Shuttles

UB Parking & Transportation has implemented several practices to ensure passengers of buses and shuttles can be safely spaced apart.

  • Please stay 6 feet away from other passengers while waiting for, boarding or disembarking the bus or shuttle
  • Choose a seat that will put some distance between you and other passengers.
    • Some seats may be blocked off to create safe distances between passengers. When necessary, we may need to limit the number of passengers on buses or shuttles.
  • Swiping of UB ID cards at boarding has been suspended until further notice.
  • Follow guidance and direction provided by bus/shuttle drivers or UB Parking & Transportation.
  • Use hand sanitizer before and after touching surfaces. Wash hands thoroughly before and after riding.
  • Open windows (when feasible) to improve ventilation.

Rear-Door Boarding on the UB Stampede

Temporarily, all passengers riding the UB Stampede buses will enter and exit from the rear door for the safety of our drivers until such time as protective barriers can be installed on each bus.

All passengers on UB buses and shuttles are required to wear a face mask.

Keeping Things Clean

  • Wash your hands frequently, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow.
  • Dispose of used tissues immediately and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Keeping Your Hands Clean

Clean Hands: Quick Tips

Here are some tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19 from touching potentially contaminated surfaces. Be mindful of touching commonly touched surfaces or shared items. When possible, touch these surfaces with a barrier such as a paper towel. Commonly touched surfaces can include:

  • Elevator buttons
  • Door handlesRestroom fixtures
  • Faucets
  • Printers, copiers
  • Bus, shuttle fixtures
  • Credit card readers
20 Seconds to Clean Hands

Wash hands frequently and thoroughly (20 seconds) using soap and warm water.

  • Wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer) immediately after touching commonly shared items, and  before and after getting to your destination.
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly (20 seconds) using soap and warm water.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially after removing your face mask or after touching commonly shared items.
Opening text panel: CDC How to Wash Your Hands.

Cleaning Surfaces

Cleaning & Disinfecting: Quick Tips

Killing COVID-19

UB University Facilities uses cleaning products that are EPA-certified to destroy the COVID-19 virus.

We all need to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Here are some quick tips for keeping your personal spaces disinfected:

  • Wipe down surfaces in your room or office with disinfectant wipes or sprays at the start and end of every day, including:
    • Computers, keyboards, mouse
    • Coffee pots, water spigots, water fountains
    • Lab equipment
    • Remote controls (clickers) in shared meeting spaces
    • Workshop tools
    • Copier keyboards
    • Phone dials and panels
    • Entry keypads
  • Wash your hands frequently, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Staff member cleaning kitchen.

Cleaning shared spaces like kitchens and break rooms is an easy way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Wear a Face Covering/Mask

  • It’s required that you wear a face covering or mask whenever social distancing isn’t possible. This includes hallways, lounges and other shared and communal spaces.
  • A face covering must also be worn at all times in outdoor spaces on UB’s campuses, to further reduce the risk of transmission as people travel from place to place.

Helpful Tips

Face Coverings: Basics

Woman wearing cloth face mask.
  • Members of the UB community and campus visitors must wear face coverings at all times 
    • When inside UB buildings, classrooms, labs, facilities, and buses and shuttles and in outdoor campus spaces.
  • UB provided one reusable face covering to each student, faculty and staff member at no cost. 
  • You may use your own face covering, provided it:
    • Is snug but comfortable against the sides of the face.
    • Covers your mouth and nose.
    • Is secured with ties or ear loops.
    • Is made with multiple layers of material.
    • Allows you to breathe without restriction.
    • Will not be damaged or change shape with washing and drying
  • Do not wear face coverings (masks) with plastic valves. These are one-way valves that do not filter air you expel and are therefore unsafe to others if you are infectious.
  • Face shields will be provided if there is a medical reason a person cannot wear a face covering.
  • Do not share face coverings.
    • Label your face mask with your name to reduce risk of mixing masks with coworkers.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands after removing your mask.

Bring your favorite face mask(s) to campus, then pick up your new, reusable UB face mask when the semester starts. Please check back later for information about mask distribution sites and additional guidelines for wearing masks.

Feel Sick? Stay Home!

  • Do a CDC COVID-19 symptom self-check every day before leaving your home.
  • Stay home and contact Student Health Services or your health care provider if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms.

Know the Symptoms

COVID-19 Symptoms

New information about COVID-19 symptoms is being confirmed often. As of this writing, common COVID-19 symptoms include the following. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Please be sure to check the CDC website for the latest known COVID-19 Symptoms.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Make sure you’re taking care of your mental health and wellness, too. See the Keep Thriving tab for more information. 

Stronger Together

The UB community is strong, smart and determined—Bulls through and through.

Being a part of this community requires that everyone take the necessary steps to protect themselves and others.

All UB students, faculty, staff and guests are asked to demonstrate their shared commitment by pledging to follow these guidelines at all times and in all circumstances while on campus.

Additional Resources

For Parents/Families

Several student services areas, have content dedicated to assisting parents/families of current UB students:

Keeping You Informed

UB’s goal is to continue to deliver the best educational and research programs possible while protecting the health and safety of our university community from COVID-19.  View campus-wide announcements:

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