Most Recent Updates

Face Coverings on Campus

Published April 23, 2020

Dear UB Students,

As we continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we wanted to bring UB students up-to-date on the most recent news regarding the requirement to wear face coverings on campus. In accordance with Governor Cuomo's announcement on April 17, UB is encouraging students to wear face coverings (nose and mouth). This advisory is specific to all University at Buffalo common areas: including residence halls and libraries where social distancing may not be possible; ordering or picking up food on campus; and riding UB transportation, etc.

It is important to be reminded that the use of a face covering is not intended to protect the wearer from exposure to the virus. Face coverings are a physical barrier intended to stop the spread of respiratory droplets from the wearer into the environment. Social distancing is still the primary way to slow the spread of COVID-19, and should be maintained on campus regardless of whether a person is wearing a mask or face covering.

Face coverings can be items you already have, such as a bandanna or scarf, or you can make a simple cloth mask that can be laundered and re-used.  CDC guidance for making your own face coverings is available at this helpful link.  Please note that the university is working to secure masks for our campus community and details regarding their availability will be forthcoming. In the interim, please use your best judgment when entering areas where social distancing is not feasible.

Please continue to self-monitor your health. Anyone who is not feeling well and may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should stay home. Students who are not feeling well are encouraged to consult with their family physician or UB Health Services, where the staff is prepared to answer questions and provide support.

Thanks again for your cooperation. We are focused on complying with all local and state mandates, while keeping our UB community safe and healthy. With your help, we will all get through this together.

Sincerely,

Christina R. Hernandez

Interim Vice President for Student Life

 

Previous Updates

3/23/20 Credit/Refunds on Spring 2020 Semester Costs

Credit/Refunds on Spring 2020 Semester Costs

Published March 23, 2020

Dear Students and Parents,

The University has been working closely with SUNY leadership to quickly resolve the financial impact remote instruction, distance learning, and campus housing changes have on students and families.

We are developing approaches to credit certain unused fees to a student's account. Our approach includes ensuring that decisions we make do not jeopardize any student's financial aid. Those impacts are currently under study and review.

As previously communicated, resident students who leave campus housing this semester will receive a prorated credit for their housing effective March 23, 2020 through the end of their remaining housing contract.

Students who have meal plan contracts or campus cash will receive a prorated credit for the balance remaining on their meal plan/campus cash on their student account as well.  

Students will receive prorated credits for certain other fees where services have been discontinued or curtailed due to the COVID-19 emergency. A calculated credit amount is being determined for each of these fees:   

  • Transportation fee
  • Athletics fee 
  • Recreation 
  • Campus Life Fee
  • Student Activity Fee – to be determined by the applicable student government.

After these credits are applied to the student's account, a refund will be granted as applicable. Students anticipating a refund are encouraged to enroll in direct deposit. Absent a direct deposit on file a refund check will be issued and mailed to the student's permanent address.  

We realize this is a difficult, unexpected and unprecedented situation that we are all navigating together. Our goal is to finalize credits and applicable refunds as soon as possible and certainly before the end of the spring semester.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Laura Hubbard

Vice President for Finance and Administration

 

Christina R. Hernandez

Interim Vice President for Student Life

3/23/20 Resuming the Spring Semester

Resuming the Spring Semester

Published March 23, 2020

Dear Students:

As we welcome you back from spring break—wherever that might find you—and begin distance learning, you are undoubtedly aware of the guidelines for social distancing put out by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and  the New York State Department of Health. I am reaching out to urge all UB students, on campus or off, to take these guidelines seriously.

For your day-to-day life in the coming weeks or months, this guidance translates to the following points:

  • Do not get together with groups of friends for parties, study sessions or hang outs. Even something simple like sitting on a couch with others to watch a movie goes against CDC recommendations.
  • Strictly minimize the network of people you maintain in-person contact with.
  • Limit shopping trips to those needed for essential supplies.
  • Avoid any unnecessary travel.
  • Continue to follow tips for frequent and thorough hand washing and sanitation of regularly touched surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Learn the CDC recommendations for what to do if you are sick.

Adjusting to this temporary “new normal” will be tough but manageable. A big part of this challenge will be turning down invitations from those who appear—and may well be—healthy and unaffected. In the moment, your decisions may not seem critical, but I assure you that they are.

UB’s student body is strong, smart and determined—Bulls through and through. Remember that the UB family is also made up of the many others around you, including faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community. You are being called on to protect not just yourself but the whole community. Think of it as a learning opportunity: a chance to listen, to understand and to truly be a leader.

Life as we knew it even just a few weeks ago has changed dramatically, and it continues to change. Please know that there are counseling, health and other resources available to you at buffalo.edu/studentlife, and, of course, the university’s COVID-19 website is being continually updated with new information as it becomes available

The time calls for good judgment and caring hearts, things UB students are known to have in abundance. We are counting on you to do the right thing. We’re in this together, and we’ll get through this together.

Sincerely,

Christina R. Hernandez

Interim Vice President for Student Life

Transition to Distance Learning 3/13/20

Transition to Distance Learning

Published March 13, 2020

With the upcoming implementation of distance learning happening so suddenly, it’s understandable that you will have questions. We are working to help students complete their coursework amid this unprecedented situation. As a reminder:

  • Instructors will notify students by March 19 how to access course content and address any campus-based requirements for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • Instructors will review course syllabi to determine if changes to course requirements are necessary. Revised syllabi will be provided with clear instructions for class expectations, and stated learning outcomes will continue to be met.

You also may have questions about how this switch to distance learning will impact your day-to-day living. Please understand that while students who are able to complete their studies from home may do so, campus housing and dining will stay open and available for those who wish to remain on campus. Expect to receive direct communications from Campus Living and Campus Dining & Shops regarding any additional information. Other campus operations, such as student academic support and health services, libraries, transportation, and campus safety, will continue.

We have also been asked about the impact on other student obligations and activities. Please note:

  • UBIT very soon will send you instruction on how to test the ability of your personal computer to connect to UB and your online courses as well as information about free software and other helpful IT tools.
  • Student employees, including student assistants and work-study participants, should consult their supervisors for guidance regarding any modifications to regular duties.
  • Students on TA/GA/RA appointments and post-doctoral scholars are expected to carry out their employment obligations and should consult their supervisors for guidance regarding any modifications to regular duties.
  • Additionally, student clubs and organizations should following new guidelines from the Erie County Department of Health when evaluating whether or not to hold campus events involving more than 50 participants.

We understand that these developments may cause concern, stress or anxiety. Please know that you have many sources of support here on campus, including counseling services and crisis resources. Visit buffalo.edu/studentlife/life-on-campus/health/mental-well-being. In addition, if you are experiencing a hardship due to these unexpected changes, UB is here to help. Contact Student Conduct and Advocacy for support resources.

We also encourage everyone to continue to be diligent with basic health precautions. Wash your hands; refrain from shaking hands or sharing food and drink; cough and sneeze into your elbow; and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. Consult with your primary health care provider and/or UB Health Services as needed.

Finally, please continue to consult the UB COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information, including timely FAQs and helpful resources. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our county or at UB, we are continuing to take the most cautious approach as it concerns our students’ safety and well-being.

Please know that we care deeply about your needs and are working very hard to address them during what we hope will be a short-term disruption to university operations.

Together, we will get through this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Christina R. Hernandez

Interim Vice President for Student Life

Student Life Updates

Campus Bulletins

Latest on coronavirus

Spring Break Advisory - 3/9/20

Dear UB Students,

While spring break is historically a chance to relax from your academic studies, this year, the university is taking added precaution as it relates to your health and safety when planning international or domestic travel due to COVID-19.

As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel restrictions are quickly evolving, unpredictable changes during the week of spring break could impact your travel back to campus. The university cautions that students who choose to travel, may be subject to self-quarantine upon their return, as directed by the Department of Health (DOH) and the CDC. View the CDC’s current travel guidance.

In an effort to accommodate our campus community during this time, for students who wish not to travel, the university has arranged for access to residence halls and dining facilities during the week of March 14-22. To request your campus accommodations, utilize the Campus Living request break housing form by Wednesday, March 11.

Campus Dining will also be providing limited services during this period to accommodate those students who wish to remain on campus.

If you choose to travel, be aware of health and travel advisories for your destination. If your travels overlap with an impacted area, please consult Erie County Health Department upon your return to the Buffalo area for important next steps.

You can reduce your risk and help limit the spread of cold/flu by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Students who are not feeling well are encouraged to consult with their family physician or UB Health Services, where the staff is prepared to answer questions and provide support.

If you are experiencing a hardship due to your change in travel plans, UB is here to help. Student Conduct and Advocacy can provide helpful support resources (emergency funds, crisis support, travel delays, etc.).

The university will continue to monitor COVID-19 and update you accordingly. UB Alert will notify students of changes to the university’s schedule or emergency plans. Information can also be found on UB’s COVID-19 information website, which includes helpful FAQ’s regarding health and safety, academics, and travel and study abroad.

We wish you a healthy and restful spring break.

Sincerely,

Christina R. Hernandez

Interim Vice President for Student Life