Please note that reopening plans are subject to change based on evolving health and safety information, guidance, and/or direction from the State of New York and the Governor’s Office.
Triggers for a return to remote operations could include, but are not limited to:
Guidance from ECDOH, CDC and SUNY would determine necessary ramping down and evaluations of in-person events, instruction, and operations.
The Buffalo State Incident Management Team (IMT) would discuss necessary shut down and ramping down of operations processes. Based on guidance items such as remote delivery dining would begin, move out of residents who can return home would be implemented, any in-person events would be cancelled outside of virtual/remote events.
Human resource management would consult with SUNY and Government Relations regarding the status of alternate work arrangements. The Provost would communicate the need to return to remote operations via email, social media platforms and the web.
Should we need to have residential students depart campus quickly we will conduct express checkout.
Residents will be given move-out times (if feasible) and deadlines to have completed express
checkout. Resident students will be provided boxes and tape. They will be asked to pack their items
and label and leave them in their rooms if they cannot take them at the time of departure. If students cannot leave campus we will work with remaining residents to provide consolidated housing options.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, communications have been a central component of Buffalo State College’s incident management structure and response. The college’s communications director is a member of the Incident Management Team (IMT) and works closely with the IMT on all campuswide communications, including messaging (if necessary) regarding a change in operations or shutdown due to COVID-19 cases on campus or in the Western New York community.
Upon direction from President Conway-Turner, SUNY, local/state health officials, or the Western New York Control Room regarding changes to on-campus operations or a shutdown due to COVID-19, the college would utilize e-mail, multiple social media platforms (institutional and department-level accounts), local media, and the web to ensure current students (resident and commuter student populations), families, prospective students, faculty, staff, the local community, and alumni are informed.
Additionally, the college’s Marketing and Communications Office has centralized all COVID-19 related communications, FAQs, resources, and protocols online at coronavirus.buffalostate.edu/.
This site would be updated with appropriate information as it becomes available in the event a change in on-campus operations or campus shutdown becomes necessary.
Additionally, the college’s communication director (or designee) will remain in contact as needed with SUNY’s communication staff to ensure campus messaging is aligned with system administration and Governor Cuomo’s NY Forward Plan.
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