Essential Information for Students

Fellow Purple Knights:

We are so excited to welcome you back to campus for the fall semester! Faculty and staff have been working hard to prepare for your return and are coordinating a plan that adapts to the current reality. COVID-19 may have changed some of the ways we interact, but we are prepared to welcome you back to our vibrant classrooms and campus life.

Our ability to move forward during this pandemic will require each of us, without exception — faculty, staff and students — to comply with all COVID-related health and safety rules as articulated by the Emergency Response Team. We agree that the health of the UB community must be our first priority as we prepare to welcome students and employees back to campus.

Today, we share information with you on our plans thus far. While this is more information than we typically provide in an email, there is much to share. You can find more details on our website.

All students and employees will participate in a required training session that includes information about COVID-19, your responsibilities to prevent its spread, and UB’s policies and procedures put in place in response to the pandemic. Students, faculty, and staff members must complete the training session prior to their return to fall 2020 on-campus operations.

Return to Campus

All residential students from Connecticut must have a negative test result as close to the time of arrival on campus as possible, preferably within 72 hours but no more than 14 days in advance of moving into their residence hall room. Testing is not required, but is recommended, for Connecticut commuter students living at home or off campus.

All out-of-state students, regardless of whether they live on campus or off campus, must have a negative test result as close to the time of arrival on campus as possible. The test must be administered preferably within 72 hours but no more than 14 days in advance of moving into their residential hall room or, for non-residential students, immediately before classes begin. All students arriving from out of state should be prepared to quarantine at home or in their residence hall for 14 days after arriving to the state but prior to attending classes. Any student awaiting test results, must quarantine until results are available.

For more information please visit these websites: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Travel-In-or-Out-of-CT

CDC Data Tracker in the U.S. https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/index.html#cases


To protect the health and safety of the campus community, and to ensure that students continue to receive a world-class academic experience, classes for the fall 2020 semester will be offered in several formats:

Traditional: Course instruction will take place on campus.
Remote (Synchronous): Students must log in online at a specific time along with their professor and classmates.
Online (Asynchronous): All instruction is online only, with no specific meeting dates or times.
Hybrid: Students are occasionally expected to be on campus for face-to-face instruction, but they will also complete work online through distance education.

Students should expect to hear more information from their faculty about course structure and meeting dates. Many courses will have online components. The faculty will communicate when you will be responsible to be physically in the classroom.

Campus Life

Student activities, student organizations, social events and campus-wide celebrations are an integral part of student life. While we may be physically distant, we have developed many opportunities for you to remain socially connected. These events will look different than they have in the past, and you can look forward to celebrating your Purple Knight pride with many traditions like Welcome Week, as well as new opportunities for online programs such as trivia, crafts, bingo and comedy.

This may not be how we imagined our fall semester a year ago. But in times of great crisis, we can each commit to doing our part to mitigate risk, to actively demonstrate our care for the physical and emotional well-being of others, and to complete a successful year — together.


Craig S. Lennon
Dean of Students