Policies

Student Health Services policies are designed to help ensure access to health care resources, help safeguard student privacy, and promote student well-being.

On this page:

Notes for Missing Class or Work

Student Health Services does not issue notes to excuse class or work absences; doing so would disempower students, and would take time away from providing care. If you miss a class or work because you’re sick — or you have some other health-related excuse  —  it’s your responsibility to communicate directly with your instructor or employer.

If an instructor or employer wants to call Student Health Services to verify the nature and extent of your illness, you can provide written consent at the time of your appointment for Student Health Services to release this information.

Parental Consent for Treatment

If a student is younger than 18 years of age when they arrive on campus, a parent or guardian must provide written consent for treatment. Students under 18 cannot access health care from Student Health Services without a completed Parental Consent Form on file. This form must be completed if the student is under 18 years of age at the time of arrival on campus, even if the student will turn 18 during the academic year.

To get parental consent for treatment of students under 18 years old, please complete and submit the Parental Consent Form.

Information About Students Over the Age of 18

In accordance with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), if a patient is 18 years of age or older we cannot release any medical information to a parent, spouse, instructor, employer or anyone else other than the patient him/herself. Patients who would like Student Health Services to verify an appointment or discuss diagnosis and treatment with anyone other than themselves must sign an authorization consent form during their visit. This consent pertains to that day’s appointment only; a new release form must be signed at each visit.

Confidential and Voluntary HIV Testing: New York State Public Health Law

New York State Public Health Law requires that an offer of HIV testing be made to all persons aged 13-64 seeking hospital or primary care services except under specific circumstances. This includes students seeking services from a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner at University at Buffalo’s Student Health Services. Testing is confidential and voluntary.

ADHD Diagnosis and Medication Refills

Students diagnosed with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who would like to have their stimulant medication refilled by a provider at UB’s Student Health Services must provide our office with adequate documentation of an ADHD diagnosis. These records must be comprehensive, authoritative documents not more than three years old and prepared by a licensed professional in psychiatry, neurology or psychology. Diagnostic reports should be on professional letterhead with name, address, phone and professional credentials of each evaluator as well as date(s) of testing. All quantitative information should be reported in standard scores and/or percentiles and must be based on age norms.

The ADHD assessment report must include:

     1.   Formal testing of Attention

     2.   Formal testing of Information Processing

     3.   Formal testing of Aptitude/Cognitive Ability

     4.   Assessment of Effort (Validity)

     5.   Assessment of Academic Achievement/Adequate Preparation for College

This information should be faxed to 716-829-2564 in advance of your appointment. We cannot accept documentation from family practitioners or school psychologists, as they are not ordinarily qualified to conduct the assessments we require. The prescribing of stimulant medications is at the sole discretion of the providers at Student Health Services. We reserve the right to decline to prescribe stimulant medications should we feel the diagnosis has not been established, the student needs more specialized treatment or there are adherence and/or abuse concerns.

Appointments: Eligibility, Frequency and Tardiness

Student Health Services offers health care services to any registered UB student. The vast majority of our services are paid for by the students’ mandatory health fee. We do not provide services to faculty, staff or the general public. If you are a UB student who is currently registered for classes, you can be seen regardless of the type of health insurance plan you have. You do not need to be insured through one of UB’s health insurance plans to utilize Student Health Services.

Visiting Scholars and OPT

Visiting Scholars or Optional Practical Training (OPT) participants should call Student Health Services for more information on how to gain access to our services.

When Does Your Access to Care End?

If you are leaving, graduating or transferring from UB at the end of the fall semester If you are leaving, graduating or transferring from UB at the end of the spring semester
You can continue to receive care through December 31

You can continue to receive care through May 31

One Appointment Per Day

Patients are limited to one appointment per day with a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.

Late Arrival

If you arrive 10 minutes or more late for your scheduled appointment, you may be rescheduled for a future date and time. When you are late, it causes other scheduled appointments to be delayed, which is not fair to our other patients. Please try to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make sure you have plenty of time to find parking (if needed), check in for your appointment and complete any necessary paperwork.

Need Help?

University at Buffalo
Michael Hall, 3435 Main Street, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3316; Fax: (716) 829-2564