I hope your semester is off to a terrific start.
I know the first few weeks of a new semester are always a bit challenging – getting used to your new schedule, securing your books and materials, etc. – but I ask that you continue to prioritize your commitment to being safe and following UB’s COVID-19 guidelines.
With the vaccine being administered to millions of Americans, there is certainly a light at the end of the tunnel and a renewed hope we can resume some activities we used to take for granted – as soon as conditions and state guidance allows. We remain optimistic that the Spring athletics season will proceed as planned. We have even begun preparing for an in-person graduation ceremony in May.
If we remain committed to these guidelines, I am confident we will reduce the spread of the virus on campus and continue to protect our community.
Here is what you can do to help:
- Complete all of UB’s Return to Campus regulations. This includes completing your self-certification as well as submitting results from TWO negative COVID tests.
NOTE: If you have not done these things already, you can still get caught up if you get started on these tasks today!
- Comply with UB’s weekly COVID-19 testing program. We will continue to randomly test 5% of all commuter students and employees each week, but we now require every residential student get tested each week.
- Continue to practice these healthy behaviors: wear a mask, practice social distancing, frequently wash your hands, and avoid large social gatherings.
I encourage you to take these rules seriously. We have done a good job over the past year – now is not the time to relax!!
Most of you follow these rules because you care about each other and because you know it is the right thing to do. But just a quick reminder that failure to comply will lead to disciplinary action.
Thank you again for everything you do every day to protect yourself and the UB community. I encourage you to keep your eye on the prize and remain committed to following UB’s COVID-19 guidelines this semester.
If you have any questions, check out UB’s COVID-19 page for the latest information.
Dean of Students