Published September 11, 2020
Your response can help our community stay safer.
September 11, 2020
In the past three weeks, we have seen the vast majority of you following UB's health and safety guidelines, and doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses and beyond.
Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that a number of you are not cooperating with local health departments' contact tracing efforts. Not only is this a violation of the Student Code of Conduct; it is a violation of New York State public health law rules and regulations and could lead to serious repercussions, including immediate suspension from the university.
Most importantly: We are all members of the UB and local community and it is your social responsibility to cooperate with this effort. Ensuring the safety of the campus and surrounding community is paramount as we evolve our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and continue offering in-person experiences. During a pandemic, contact tracing is critically important to stopping the spread; it is the best chance of breaking the chain of transmission of the virus and it is essential to protecting your fellow students, friends, family and the entire community, on and off campus.
Therefore, if a contact tracer for the local health department calls you, you must answer their call and provide accurate, complete answers to the best of your ability. It is absolutely essential to their prevention efforts.
If you have symptoms or have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive, resources are available for testing.
Also, if you suspect you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, we urge you to immediately contact the New York State COVID-19 hotline (1-888-364-3065), the Erie County COVID-19 hotline (716-858-2929) or UB Health Services (716-829-3316).
Remember, we are all in this together. And, we will only get through this, if we work together.
Please do your part.
Christina R. Hernandez
Interim Vice President, Student Life
Know the risk where you go—and who you’ll be with. COVID-19 isn’t just transmitted at parties/large gatherings–even small gatherings can be risky. Read our tips for socializing safer.