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.

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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. 

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Physical (Social) Distancing

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

Quick Tips

Here are some simple ways to keep a safe physical distance (at least 6 feet) between you and others.

  • In hallways and stairwells, walk to the far right in a single file.
  • Travel outdoors when possible.
  • 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.
  • Seek less crowded routes.

Campus Transportation

Buses and Shuttles

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

  • Face masks are required on all UB buses and shuttles.
  • Please stay 6 feet away from other passengers while waiting for, boarding or disembarking the bus or shuttle
  • Choose a seat that will put physical 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.

Source: Parking and Transportation Services

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

Source: Parking and Transportation Services

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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

Here are some tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19 from touching potentially contaminated surfaces.

1. Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.

2. Use hand sanitizer when handwashing is not possible.

3. Be mindful of touching commonly touched surfaces or shared items such as:

  • Elevator buttons
  • Door handles
  • Restroom fixtures
  • Faucets
  • Printers, copiers
  • Bus, shuttle fixtures
  • Credit card readers
  • 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.

Source: University Facilities

Cleaning Surfaces

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.
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Wear a Face Covering/Mask

  • A face covering must be worn at all times including outdoor spaces on UB’s campuses, to further reduce the risk of transmission as people travel from place to place.

Bring your favorite face mask(s) to campus, then pick up your new, reusable UB face mask when the semester starts.

Where to Get a Mask On Campus

Before the Semester Starts

  • On-campus residents: Campus Living will be distributing masks to on-campus residents
  • Graduate students: Graduate programs will be distributing masks to students in the following schools:
    • School of Dental Medicine
    • School of Law
    • School of Social Work

At the Start of the Semester (Week of August 31)

Receive a Mask
Students can receive one mask at no cost from the following locations:
  • Welcome tents/tables on campus (August 28-September 4)
    • In front of the Student Union
    • Founder’s Plaza outside of Capen Hall
    • Near the Main Circle on South Campus
  • Student Union Welcome Center inside
  • 1 Capen
  • 1 Diefendorf (South Campus)
  • Buses and shuttles on campus
  • Libraries
Purchase a Mask
Anyone can purchase a mask at the following locations:
  • Retail locations
    • The Elli (Ellicott Complex)
    • Teddy’s (Governors) 
    • Campus Tees (Student Union)
  • Vending machines (disposable masks)
    • Clement Hall
    • Ellicott Food Court South (by Perks)
    • Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 
    • Knox Lecture Hall
    • Main Street Market (South Campus)
    • Natural Science Building
    • Student Union (second floor)

Helpful Tips

Face Coverings: Basics

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  • 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.

Source: University Facilities

How to Wear a Face Covering/Mask

It is important to understand how to effectively put on, take off, clean (as applicable) and discard face coverings. 

Put on your Face Covering

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • Wear eyeglasses outside of the mask, above or resting on the face covering.
    • To limit fogging, wash your glasses with soapy water, shaking off excess prior to wearing.

Take Off Your Cloth Face Covering Carefully

  • Do not touch the outside of the mask when taking it off. Remove it by the straps.
  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops.
  • Fold outside corners together
  • Place covering in the washing machine (learn more about how to wash cloth face coverings).
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.

Source: University Facilities

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Feel Sick? Stay Home!

  • Do a CDC COVID-19 symptom self-check every day before leaving your home.
  • Stay home and contact 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.

Student Compliance with Public Health Behavior Expectations

Students are expected to comply with the Student Compliance Policy for COVID-19 Public Health Behavior Expectations on campus. There may be consequences for students who do not comply with these directives. To learn more, including how to confront someone who is not following the policy, please review the expectations regarding public health behavior.

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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