The State University of New York instituted the College Fee to provide funds, which would guarantee payment of bonds that the Dormitory Authority borrowed to build residence halls on State University campuses. In 1997-98, the SUNY Board of Trustees distributed debt service obligations and College Fee revenue to individual campuses. SUNY also gave campuses authority to allocate College Fee revenue at their discretion.
Some campuses, including the University at Buffalo, utilize the College Fee to fund activities supporting various University operations. At UB, this fee now supports the University Police and provides supplemental support for the university's academic mission.
The University Police is an accredited full service Police Department available 24/7, 365 days a year. The University at Buffalo Department of University Police exists to provide students, faculty, staff and visitors with a safe and secure environment that is conducive to UB’s educational mission. The remainder supports the academic and operations of the University.
The mission of the University at Buffalo Police Department is to provide a safe, friendly and welcoming environment for students, visitors, faculty and staff to live, learn, work, and play.
The College Fee provides support that allows UB to steadily expand our stature, renown and impact. The Fee seeks to support innovative university initiatives that accelerate UB’s efforts to be recognized as one of the leading public research universities in the nation by strategic investments to support our faculty, students, staff and the entire academic enterprise. Revenue may be used to enhance student academic support services, advisement, research opportunities, equipment, facilities, and scholarships. In addition, funds may be used for personnel service needs such as tutoring, laboratory technicians, faculty and other academic and student support activities.
What should I do if I witness a crime on campus?
Members of the academic community and visitors to the campus are encouraged to report crimes to the University Police Department’s dispatcher by telephone (716-645-2222). Crimes and emergencies can also be reported by using one of the campus’ strategically located “Blue Light” telephones that immediately connect the caller with the University Police dispatch office.
What should I do if there is a medical emergency on campus?
For all police, fire, and medical emergencies on campus, immediately dial 716-645-2222.
Does the University have an emergency notification system?
The University offers a text messaging service to members of the University community. The service is an opt-in service. You can sign-up for the service at www.emergency.buffalo.edu. In addition, emergency information is available at: MyUB, 645-NEWS, www.emergency.buffalo.edu and by email messages.
How do I arrange to have University Police give a presentation to my students, faculty, staff, or residence hall group?
To make arrangements for a group presentation, call University Police directly at 716-645-2227.
Effective Fall 2024, UB will discontinue the domestic health insurance plan offered by the university to our students. Additionally, we will no longer mandate health insurance for domestic students attending the University at Buffalo. Health-related programs may require students to have health insurance. Please check with your academic program about specific health insurance requirements. Learn more about the change.