Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for Commuter Students

Dear Commuter Students,

UB has been conducting weekly testing for COVID-19 since we returned to campus in September. Our random testing program is required by the state of Connecticut, but more importantly, it is a critical element of our overarching COVID-19 management plan.

Our testing program includes everyone who is in regular contact with members of the UB community, including students, faculty, staff, and service providers.

Each week, approximately 5-10% of commuter students are randomly selected and must report to the Arnold Bernhard Center (ABC) building on Thursday between 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. to have a COVID-19 test performed.

UB’s COVID-19 testing program is mandatory, except for students who are 100% online and never visit campus. This small segment of the student population is exempt from the testing program. For all others, failure to be tested when selected may result in disciplinary action, up to and including suspension.

If the testing period conflicts with a class, please inform your professor that you have been selected for the mandatory COVID-19 test. If you have any other conflict, we ask that you adjust your schedule accordingly so you can be on campus Thursday morning for your COVID test. If that is not possible and you would like to be tested at another location, you can find test sites here. The test must be a RT-PCR-COVID-19 test taken within two days of the original testing date. If you are tested at an off campus location, please submit results here.

While some universities have chosen to test everyone on campus – in some cases multiple times per week – UB elected to implement random testing. This approach can be just as effective and is far less imposing on your schedule. However, random testing only works if everyone reports for their test when selected.

Due to the random testing approach, you may be selected multiple times per semester – you could even be selected two weeks in a row. While this may seem unfair or inconvenient, it is simply the nature of a random testing program.

Over the past few weeks, we have seen a noticeable decline in the number of students showing up for their scheduled tests. As a result, we will be increasing our enforcement efforts going forward.

We ask that you to take UB’s COVID-19 testing program seriously. Getting screened for COVID-19 is not a punishment. Testing is critical to our ability to remain on campus and something we must do to keep each other safe and healthy.

Thank you again for your cooperation. It is truly appreciated.

Best,

Craig S. Lennon
Dean of Students