Dean of Students: Halloween Message

Published October 26, 2020

A message from the Dean of Students regarding Halloween 2020.

Dear UB Students:

Together in cooperation with our UB community, we have worked diligently to navigate through this unique semester. And while we are cautiously optimistic about the future, as we approach the final weeks of the semester, I want to remind you that this is not the time to be complacent in your actions and behaviors.

I specifically want to address Halloween celebrations this week. I urge each of you to be smart and be safe. Attending off-campus events where you cannot wear a mask and/or maintain social distancing, including large off-campus parties, is strongly discouraged and could jeopardize the rest of our semester.

Positive cases at UB have been declining in recent weeks, thanks to everyone’s vigilance. Let’s keep the downward trend going so that we can finish the semester as scheduled – with everyone safe and healthy.

While we understand that most of our students know the importance of compliance with our university health and safety guidelines, students who choose not to adhere to these policies may be subject to both university and SUNY sanctions.

Your failure to comply with these guidelines is a serious disregard for the health and welfare of our entire campus. Be advised that I have instructed our student conduct office to enforce sanctions on those students involved in such activities to the full extent of our student conduct disciplinary process.

TOGETHER, we are stopping the spread of COVID-19 and collectively making so much progress. Let us commit this week to make good choices, adhere to university policies, and avoid selfish behavior.


Barbara J. Ricotta

Dean of Students