Weekly surveillance testing is required for any employee who has not yet voluntarily provided proof of vaccination to opt-out of weekly testing and any student who is partially vaccinated or has received a limited medical or religious exemption.
Testing is being conducted in Buckham Hall’s D Wing main gym, which is located on the lower level (enter from Lot R-12, closest to the Technology Building), during the following days and times:
This weekly requirement must be met by the close of testing each Friday. Employees may choose a convenient time within the available windows to present to Buckham Hall. To expedite the process, please complete the registration process through the online portal before arriving in Buckham Hall.
A user guide to the registration process (PDF, 2.4 MB) is available online. Individual test results will be securely posted to the online portal, and test participants will be notified via e-mail when their test results are available.
An informative video about the test registration and sample collection process is also available online.
We strongly encourage employees to voluntarily provide proof of vaccination to the Human Resource Management Office. As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, having employees’ voluntary vaccination information is key to our efforts. You can upload your information or contact the Human Resource Management Office at 878-3042 to schedule an appointment to provide your documentation in person.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation on March 12, 2021, granting public and private employees time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Under this new law, employees are granted up to four hours of excused leave per injection. This time will not be charged against any other leave the employee has earned or accrued.
Use of the vaccination leave should be requested in advance and approved by your supervisor. While up to four hours of leave with pay is available for COVID-19 vaccination leave, not every employee’s situation will require the full four hours’ allotted time.
The SUNY Time and Attendance System has been updated to provide a COVID-19 vaccine drop-down option in the non-chargeable category. If you have questions about recording the non-chargeable leave, please contact Al Galone, manager of payroll, 878-4124 (for CSEA); or Carey Seneca, interim manager of recruitment and classification, 878-3042 (for UUP).
Please note that as of August 23, the SUNY mandate that all students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is in effect. Buffalo State College strongly supports and will enforce this student mandate.
Buffalo State follows guidelines from the New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding mechanical ventilation and air filtration.
There may be areas of the campus that are warmer or cooler than usual as a result of these changes. Individuals are asked to please accommodate these minor inconveniences and dress appropriately, so that the whole community can benefit from these ventilation changes.
Workplace capacity is limited only by the space available for individuals to maintain physical distancing, based on vaccination status. For fully vaccinated individuals, no physical distancing is required.
At this time, proof of vaccination status is not required from employees. However, employees are invited to upload their vaccination information to Human Resources to be exempted from weekly surveillance testing.
Buildings have been prepared for a 100 percent return to in-person operations in compliance with CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfection.
The custodial emergency response team is trained and equipped with specialized disinfecting equipment and is available to address any area of concern, at any time of day quickly and thoroughly.
Custodial services has resumed normal cleaning operations and is augmenting these with disinfection of high-touch surfaces in public areas. Faculty, staff, and students should make use of hand sanitizer stations and are encouraged to use the disinfectant wipes and spray provided by the campus to disinfect high-touch surfaces in their work areas.
State agencies and authorities may continue to screen individuals for COVID-19 symptoms, recent close contacts, and recent positive COVID-19 test results, prior to, or immediately upon, arrival to the workplace, regardless of individual vaccination status.
Screening may be performed via signage, by e-mail and website, by telephone, or by electronic survey before individuals arrive to work. Temperature checks are no longer required as a part of health screening. Buffalo State will continue to use the daily health screening process for all employees who present to campus for work each day.
As announced by President Conway-Turner on August 4 and 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.
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.
Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to be socially distanced, but unvaccinated individuals and those whose vaccination status is unknown need to maintain 6 feet of social distance in accordance with CDC guidelines. In instructional spaces, in lieu of maintaining 6 feet of social distance, appropriate physical barriers may be used as long as they do not present a health or safety hazard. A mask is considered a physical barrier.
During challenging times, it is especially important that we be attend to our mental health and well-being. Here are several resources available to support employees:
Every campus employee reporting to work in person must affirm that he or she has read and understands the Guidance for State Agencies and Authorities during the COVID-19 Public Health Public Emergency. Please follow the link to read the guidance and attest that you understand its provisions and will adhere to its requirements.
Buffalo State has returned to the schedule for building opening and closing used prior to COVID-19. Under the normal schedule, all doors on academic and administrative buildings are opened by 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. Academic buildings are closed at 10:00 p.m. and administrative buildings are closed at 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Any facility that requires opening on Saturday or Sunday will be opened upon authorized request from the Events Management Office.
Hosts and attendees must follow the Buffalo State COVID-19 guidance in place at the time events occur. Events must be registered through the Events Management Office.
Consistent with current guidance, face masks are required at all indoor events for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Masks are also required in outdoor group settings of 200 or more people.
There are no capacity limits specific to COVID-19, but CDC physical distancing requirements for unvaccinated individuals are applicable when space allows.
Hosts should use event-related communications to remind attendees of current campus COVID-19 guidance. Guests should monitor themselves for symptoms on the day of the event and should not attend if they are experiencing symptoms or are otherwise concerned they could be infected with the coronavirus or other illness.
When you return to in-person operations, please inspect all your computers and peripherals at your earliest opportunity to ensure they are in good working order:
Instructors: Before the start of the semester, please visit the instructional spaces into which you have been scheduled, especially if you are not familiar with the presentation technology in those rooms. Classroom technology training is available by appointment.
Please note: Consistent with a new policy implemented by SUNY System Administration, the campus no longer supports local desktop printers (e.g. HP Deskjet, HP OfficeJet).
Many hardware and software-related problems can be resolved by simply restarting your computer. We recommend trying this first before opening a ticket for service:
If your computer isn’t responding, you may need to perform a cold boot by pressing and holding the power button on the computer. The computer will turn off after 10 seconds. Once the computer is off, wait a few seconds before turning it back on.
If you encounter hardware-related problems that can’t be resolved by restarting (e.g. the monitor won’t turn on, the mouse or keyboard don’t work, you can’t print), please open a hardware issue ticket to report the problem to Information Technology (IT). Include any troubleshooting steps you’ve already taken to help IT find a solution more quickly.
If you encounter software-related problems that can’t be resolved by restarting (e.g., an application won’t launch, an application is giving a ‘license expired’ message), please open a software issue ticket to report the problem to IT. Include troubleshooting steps you’ve already tried in the ticket description.
The deadline for academic software requests for the academic year 2021-2022 was May 14, 2021. New software requests, depending on title, may require license review and installation preparation. You may experience delays if your request was not submitted by the deadline.
You may request IT assistance via the online portal, at email@example.com or at 878-4357; or by visiting the new Help Desk location in Butler Library, Room 103, at the Ask Us Desk. Appointments are recommended for all in-person visits. Please visit the booking page to schedule.
Mail delivery has returned to normal schedules used prior to COVID-19. Special requests regarding mail and parcel delivery may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All faculty, staff, student and visitor vehicles parked on campus are required to display current parking permits appropriate to the lot designation, and according to permit instructions. Parking meters provide short-term parking for visitors, and are available in lots R-3, R-4, G-25, and I-30. Vehicles in metered spaces must display a valid meter receipt.
To ensure proper use of campus lots with the return to in-person operations, full parking enforcement has resumed. Questions about parking at Buffalo State may be directed to email@example.com.
The Pilot Statewide Telecommuting Program (alternative work locations) has ended. Requests for exceptions involving extenuating circumstances limited to child care, elder care, or specific COVID-19-related medical accommodations should be addressed to the Human Resource Management Office. For those with extenuating circumstances, an extension of telecommuting arrangements may be possible through September 7, 2021.
In accordance with SUNY guidance and until further notice, all Buffalo State departments should continue to curtail Other than Personal Service (OTPS) spending. The restrictions described in the Procedures for Spending Controls: COVID-19 and Post-COVID-19 have been updated to reflect recently publicized changes to travel and personnel procedures and apply to all state, Buffalo State College Foundation, and Research Foundation administrative funds.
Purchases must be limited to those items and services that are urgent, essential, and relevant to Buffalo State’s strategic priorities. Spending down of departmental accounts is prohibited. These procedures aim to provide methods for prioritizing, seeking approval for, and enacting essential OTPS spending at Buffalo State College during and after the COVID-19 impact.
This guidance pertains to all state, Research Foundation, and Buffalo State College Foundation funds:
International travel continues to be prohibited. Limited domestic travel may be permitted if it is consistent with local health guidance, supports essential business of the college, and relates to
All travel requests must be accompanied by a COVID-19 Travel Attestation Form and require approval from the traveler’s supervisor. With the exception of Research Foundation–sponsored travel, all requests require review and approval at spending thresholds consistent with ongoing spending constraints reviews. Proposed travel valued above $10,000 would be subject to approval of the College Budget Committee. Research Foundation sponsor-funded travel is allowable consistent with New York State and local health guidance.
Travel Cards (T-Cards) will be available for use on approved travel. To reactivate T-Cards, please secure supervisor and respective cabinet member approval and submit to Bonnie Heim, director of non-contract procurement.
Seating charts and capacity for individual classrooms are available to view/download.
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