This information is subject to change based on evolving guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State, SUNY and the Erie County Department of Health. Please monitor Buffalo State’s Coronavirus Information website for updates.
Return to In-Person Operations is Planned for Fall 2021
It is Buffalo State College’s intention to return to normal in-person operations for the fall 2021 semester.
With COVID-19 vaccinations becoming more readily available each week and all New Yorkers age 16 or older now eligible for the vaccine, the college is planning for a robust fall semester with in-person classes, vibrant campus life, and a return to the workplace for faculty and staff.
As guidance from the governor continues to evolve, allowing places of employment to increase density, we will plan to safely transition away from remote operations during the summer months and move toward an in-person environment for fall.
Of course, the health and safety of our campus community will remain our No. 1 priority. We will remain vigilant in adhering to guidelines from New York State, state and local health departments, and SUNY as operations progress toward a return for fall 2021.
We will follow the counsel of public health authorities to ensure a safe semester for all, and proper precautions will be in place this fall. And if the guidance should change, we must be prepared, flexible, and able to continue to offer our students an engaging educational experience.
Returning to In-Person Operations in Stages
Buffalo State will phase in employees’ return to in-person operations in stages and in a purposeful manner. This approach will support the important measure of thoughtfully increasing campus density over the course of summer 2021, consistent with health and safety guidelines.
Supervisors should notify employees currently working remotely about when and how to return to in-person operations on campus. Unit heads should prepare for employees’ return to in-person operations in cooperation with the offices of Human Resource Management and Environmental Health and Safety, as well as the appropriate divisional leaders.
Although New York State has approved extending remote work plans through July 2, some employees will be expected to return prior to that date depending on the operational needs of the unit.
As employees return to in-person operations, Buffalo State Alternative Work Location/Flexible Work Hour Agreements – which are temporary arrangements - will no longer be in use (unless the conditions of the pandemic worsen significantly, requiring a return to work-from-home). We are optimistic that this summer 2021 return to the workplace will be permanent, and we expect to welcome all employees back to campus by Monday, August 2. Requests for exceptions involving extenuating circumstances should be referred to the Human Resource Management Office.
Before workers return, supervisors must develop safety-oriented plans for a return to in-person operations for the Buffalo State offices or departments they oversee. Employees must follow all applicable health and safety guidelines.
Requests for Reasonable Accommodations
Requests for reasonable accommodations based on an individual’s health circumstances will be managed by the Human Resource Management Office. Employees requesting accommodations due to health conditions must complete a request form.
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