SUNY-Wide Sanctions

Published September 29, 2020

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras issued uniform SUNY-wide sanctions for COVID-19 health and safety violations and non-compliance of these policies that go into effect Oct. 1 at 8 a.m.

Dear Students,

I continue to be impressed by the commitment and actions of our UB students in the face of this challenging semester. As we navigate this new life on campus, it is imperative that we stay vigilant in our efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. Your actions and behavior will help preserve the right to maintain this in-person experience for the entirety of the fall semester.

In support of ensuring a safe campus experience for all, late last week, new SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras issued a new policy aimed at fostering uniform SUNY-wide sanctions for COVID-19 health and safety violations and non-compliance of these policies.

Please note that these increased uniform sanctions take effect at 8 a.m. Oct. 1.

While this is a newly announced SUNY initiative, the policy presented is consistent with our current student Code of Conduct and student compliance policies.

Students will be uniformly sanctioned if they are found to be responsible for any of the following:

  • Test positive for COVID-19 and then intentionally expose others to the virus;
  • Fail to adhere to isolation or quarantine orders;
  • Host or attend a prohibited on- or off-campus gathering;
  • Fail to follow face mask and physical distancing requirements;
  • Fail to complete Daily Health Check
  • Fail to comply with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts; or
  • Fail to attend at least two scheduled appointments, without a sufficient excuse, to obtain diagnostic or surveillance COVID-19 testing.

Sanctions range from restriction from all on-campus activities and classes, to permanent dismissal from the university and the inability to apply/transfer to any other SUNY institution. Many of the sanctions include a suspension with a time period of a year or more. Sanctions of suspension or dismissal also come with no refund of tuition, room, board, or fees, and students would be fully responsible for all amounts owed. It should be noted that not all classes and activities can be offered virtually; thus a student could seriously jeopardize their academic progress if found to be in violation of the policy.

Student-athletes found to have violated the SUNY policy also may lose the ability to compete in intercollegiate athletics. Student organizations that are found to be in violation of any of the above may be deregistered or derecognized, possibly even permanently. They also must report the violation(s) to their national organizing body, if applicable.

I have confidence in your ability to adhere to these health and safety protocols to reduce the spread of the COVID-19.  While this recent announcement is not applicable to the vast majority of our students, it does single out the few who have threatened the public health and safety of our campus community with their actions.

Thank you for all you continue to do in support of a healthy campus community.

Together, we are UB.


Christina Hernandez

Interim Vice President for Student Life  

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