Updates September 16, 2021
The University at Buffalo takes very seriously its commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment for all members of its campus community and visitors to UB campuses. The health and well-being of students, faculty and staff is very important to the University at Buffalo, and we have a long history of providing mental health, wellness and safety education, promotion and response. The university monitors issues affecting the health of its community carefully and takes proactive measures to ensure the safety of the UB community.
The university revises preparedness and response plans with the guidance of the university’s infectious disease experts and the county health department. UB Student Health Services personnel are well-versed in recommended protocols for screening, evaluation, isolation and protective procedures for infectious diseases.
The university takes very seriously its obligations and commitment to provide a safe and secure environment for all members of the campus community, as well as for visitors to UB's campuses. UB officials, in partnership with local and state public health officials, take measures to prepare for a potential case of infectious disease locally, including:
All UB students are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend classes in person in the fall '21, according to a mandate from the state.
In accordance with New York State Public Health Law 2165, UB requires that all incoming degree-seeking students (undergraduate, graduate, professional) born on or after January 1, 1957 must provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella. The state also requires that all students receive information about meningococcal disease and have made an informed decision about whether or not to receive immunization against meningococcal disease. Students accepted to health-related majors/schools have additional requirements on an annual basis.
All UB students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend classes in-person in the fall '21, according to a mandate from the state. The Food and Drug Administration granted full approval of the vaccine on August 23, 2021.
Students must provide an official record of their measles, mumps, and rubella immunity before registering for classes. Records may be obtained from the student's past or current health care provider, previous school or university, public health department or government agency. Students may utilize UB's Health Background Form for compliance
Students must verify that they have received information about meningococcal disease and have made an informed decision about whether or not to receive vaccination against meningococcal disease. Students comply by reading the required information regarding meningitis, and completing the meningococcal information response form. The student is considered compliant with the requirement whether they received the vaccination or declined it.
In addition to the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Meningitis Information requirements, Health-Related Profession students must provide documentation of:
For each year of their academic program, Health Related Profession students must complete an immunization update – including a PPD test (or symptom review for previous positive PPD).
The health and well-being of students, faculty and staff is very important to the University at Buffalo, and we have a long history of providing mental health, wellness and safety promotion. The university has implemented many different strategies to keep UB community members safe while dealing with health issues or the stress of life events. The following are services and policies based on current best practices.