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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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From the President

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Face Masks Required Indoors Beginning August 9

In accordance with updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Erie County Department of Health, Buffalo State College will again require all campus community members and visitors—regardless of vaccination status—to wear face masks while indoors on campus beginning Monday, August 9.

Face masks are not required when faculty or staff members are alone in their personal offices or when students are inside their private residence hall rooms, or for individuals who are actively eating or drinking in a campus dining area.

Unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear face masks in all outdoor settings. Face masks will also be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in all large outdoor group settings of 200 or more people.

Buffalo State College plans to welcome the campus community back to campus this fall for a fully in-person academic year. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains a top priority.

As COVID-19 protocols and recommendations continue to evolve, Buffalo State will adjust its health and safety guidelines accordingly for the prevention and management of COVID-19. Additional details and protocols for the fall can be found on the Coronavirus Information website. Faculty and staff members should read the Daily Bulletin for the most current information about returning to the workplace. Students should continue to monitor their campus email as well as the For Students section of the Coronavirus Information website for updates and important details regarding returning to campus.

Buffalo State will continue to use the COVID-19 Daily Screening Questionnaire for all faculty, staff, and students who present to campus each day. Mandatory weekly testing will continue to be required for any individual who has a physical presence on campus who has not been fully vaccinated or has not shown proof of vaccination status. Buffalo State will require all resident students living on campus this fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, now is the time to do so. Buffalo State joined Chancellor Malatras and other SUNY campuses in participating in the #30DayVaxChallenge, encouraging any remaining unvaccinated individuals to do their part before returning to campus this fall. Make a vaccine appointment today by visiting suny.edu/KnowYourVax.

Over the past year, our campus community has done a remarkable job of adhering to the guidelines and keeping our campus healthy and safe. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

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