Your Student Guide - Fall 2020

Need to Knows


SUNY Policy on Sanctions

Effective 10/1/20, SUNY-wide standards for violatons of COVID-19 safety protocols strengthen sanctions for reckless behavior and non-compliance. Students found in violation now face immediate academic and housing suspension, as well as possible dismissal, and student organizations in non-compliance face a permanent campus ban as a result of:

  • COVID-Positive Intentional Violations
  • Failure to Self-Isolate
  • Failure to Quarantine 
  • Prohibited On Campus Gathering (for Hosts and Attendees)
  • Prohibited Off Campus Gathering (for Hosts and Attendees)
  • Face Mask and Social Distancing Requirements
  • Contact Tracing
  • Failure to Comply with Campus Health Protocols (includes: surveillance testing and Daily Health Check participation)

View additional details and the full policy.

Week of October 19

Welcome to Fall

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing color, and it’s the perfect time to stay active and appreciate everything happening this Fall.

Explore Letchworth Woods on North Campus

Did you know there’s a 65-acre forest right on campus, just a short walk from Ellicott Campus or anywhere on the Academic Spine? Go for a hike with friends to watch for wildlife, see how many plants you can identify, or just enjoy the brilliant Fall foliage.

Warm Up to New Events

Check out the full schedule of events, including virtual and in-person activities. Events include:

  • A bike trip
  • Halloween themed activities
  • Seed planting
  • Online yoga
  • Improv workshop

Pumpkin Carving

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Did you know that pumpkins are grown on every continent except Antarctica? Grab your pumpkin and get ready for an online carving class with a professional carver.

Take a Drive

If you have a car (or a friend with a car), take a drive to some of the nearby pumpkin patches and farmers’ stands. Just remember to wear your mask and be safe when you’re out in the community.

Tag Us on Social

Show us what you’re doing to celebrate the season. Whether you’re apple picking, taking a hike or just lounging outside in your favorite sweater or hat, tag UB Student Life (UBStudentExp) when you post on social media, and we might pick some of our favorite stories and posts to share.

Campus Flu Shot Clinics Underway

You can now get a flu shot at an on-campus clinic; view dates and details.

Important Dates

4 Steps: Stop the Spread

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Keep Up the Good Work

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at UB is staying relatively low. Please keep doing what you can to help stop the spread, as we work together to help keep everyone healthier and safer.

> See the number of confirmed cases

On Campus or At Home, We're Here For You

Helping you have a great fall semester.

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Keep Thriving

Take this time to take care of yourself, learn new skills, and discover programs and services that can help you achieve your goals.



  • Search for interests and get involved at UBLinked
  • Learn about virtual engagement opportunities
  • In every class – in-person or online – make a point to connect with at least one peer. Share contact information, trade notes, or simply ask “how’s your day?”

Skill Building

  • Think about skills that would complement your major
  • Don't forget to develop soft skills (communications, leadership, relating to others, etc.)

Resources to Explore

Need help making a plan?

Taking a positive approach to personal development, Wellness Coaches can help you set and achieve meaningful goals.

Upcoming Events

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Recreation: Gyms, Fitness Centers and Virtual Recreation

Current UB Students can now enjoy modified services and programming from UB Recreation at Alumni Arena. In addition, there are other opportunities to get exercise at home or outdoors.

UB Recreation Updates

> Campus Living Updates

> Virtual Recreation Opportunities

> Bicycling on Campus

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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