U.B. student compares quarantine treatment to prison

Posted at 5:24 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 20:17:37-04

A University at Buffalo sophomore is questioning the living conditions during quarantine on campus.

“Even though they claim they’re providing quarantine students with everything they need, they’re really not,” said the student who asked that we not reveal her identify. So, we’re calling her “Sarah” for the purposes of this story.

She was told by the college she had to quarantine after one of her friends tested positive for the virus.

She said the last few days in isolation inside Goodyear Hall on U.B.’s South Campus have been difficult.

“There’s no hand soap at all,” Sarah said. “And when you call to request it, they say they don’t have any. So, I’ve been using body wash.”

Nutrition is another concern. For example Sarah said her dinner is delivered every day at five o’clock. But, so is the next day’s breakfast and lunch. And, there’s no microwave so she’s forced to eat those meals cold. She’s also requested more fruits and vegetables. But, so far, to no avail.

“Especially because I might have COVID, like I want more fruits and Vitamin-C, and they literally said they can’t guarantee that.”

Sarah’s one of 30 students currently quarantined in the designated residence hall. She said she’s only given two bottles of water a day, and she has to pay $2.00 for every additional bottle. she also says no one has checked on her in days.

“I could be dead on the floor right now and they wouldn’t notice for a couple days.”

U.B. Director of Campus Living Tom Tiberi said they’re always looking to make improvements, when possible. He said he plans to look into why no one has touched base with Sarah like she claims. He also told 7 Eyewitness News that the college will provide all students in quarantine with hand soap moving forward.

“We certainly encourage students to bring whatever they may need to a two week period. But, we can certainly do that. It’s easy to do,” Tiberi said.