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Important Information and Guidelines for Returning Home

Dear Students,

As you prepare to return home for the holidays, please be aware of the serious risk of bringing the COVID-19 infection home with you. In order to protect your family and friends, it is important for you to quarantine for 14 days before mingling or socializing. Your quarantine can begin at UB before returning home or once you arrive.

It is also critical that all students be tested for COVID-19 before leaving school or immediately upon arriving home. We will continue our random testing this Thursday (Nov. 19) as usual, but we will also offer additional “exit testing” for those that would like to have a test before they go home.

I will provide more information about exit testing over the coming days.

If you have family members who are at high risk of complications from COVID-19 (over age 60 or with chronic medical conditions) you should consider completing your quarantine somewhere other than with those high-risk family members.

Like so many other things this year, Thanksgiving will look different because of the pandemic. Here are some healthy travel tips to consider:

  • Do not attend large social gatherings or reunions as they pose a high risk for spreading COVID-19
  • Check travel restrictions for your destination before you go
  • Always wear a mask in public settings and on public transportation
  • If you are infected with COVID-19, have symptoms, or are within a mandatory quarantine period, avoid public transportation
  • Get your flu shot before you travel

And as always:

  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in your household
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer often
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth

You can also refer to the CDC’s Thanksgiving Holiday preparation guidance for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html

Lastly, you should know that starting November 26, all students will have their building access turned off. Access to campus will be limited to students with special permission, including those utilizing winter housing and academic programs.

Those students living on campus or taking classes after November 26 will receive additional instructions this week, including rules and procedures for returning to campus, as well as the forms you need to fill out prior to your building access being restored. Please note that restoring your access will take approximately 2 days. For additional questions, please contact deanofstudents@bridgeport.edu.

We hope that you have a happy, safe, and healthy holiday weekend. Please act responsibly and remember that the choices you make have an immediate impact on your friends, family, and the rest of the UB Community.

Best,

Craig S. Lennon
Dean of Students