The Health component of the Comprehensive Fee was instituted by the SUNY Board of Trustees in an effort to provide student health services to SUNY campuses. Supported services include health care, health promotion, mental health counseling, and accessibility resources.
Note: The Health Fee is NOT health insurance. For more information about health insurance, please visit https://www.buffalo.edu/studentlife/life-on-campus/health/medical-care/health-insurance.html.
Health Services provides care for acute illnesses, injuries and chronic medical problems in a timely manner for students. Well visits and preventative care appointments are also offered to students. Patients receive follow-up care, education and referrals as needed.
Specialty clinics serve patients with specific medical needs. Individual patient utilization can range from a single consultation to continuous medical treatment. Many specialty care services can only be accomplished through in-person appointments which was limited due to COVID-19 prevention strategies. Demand for these services dropped dramatically while students were primarily studying remotely.
Quality patient information, workshops, and outreach programs for the entire student population. Provide information on current topics of interest, in order to build a healthy UB community.
Brief individual, group, and couples counseling, crisis intervention, mental health consultations, and educational programs. Tele-therapy added in Spring 2020.
Quality information, workshops and outreach programs for the entire student population. Present information on current topics of interest, to build a healthy UB community.
Answer mental health-related questions. Assist in referral to mental health resources in the community. Respond to campus emergencies.
15 graduate students were trained/supervised at Counseling Services. They provided assistance to students in the form of additional counselors, reducing the counselor to student ratio as well as providing support to academic programs at UB (Social Work, Counseling Psychology, and Mental Health Counseling)
This office provides health promotion, prevention and outreach through accurate, timely information and programs for key campus health and wellness priorities (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, nutrition, stress management, and sexual violence prevention, and outreach to high-risk populations). We partner with campus and community stakeholders to reach target groups and design and implement interventions to reduce health risks and increase opportunities for academic success.
48,537 student contacts were made through engagement in Health Promotion programs and services:
UB is a national leader in Peer Education for Sexual Violence Prevention. Through intensive training, peer educators learn to use their health knowledge to assist other students and to increase the “health literacy” of UB’s campus community. Each peer educator gains valuable hands-on experience in health promotion program development, group facilitation, public speaking, peer-coaching, social marketing and outreach.
Support and promote educational, career, social, and recreational choices and objectives of students with disabilities at UB, and advocate for their full inclusion in all aspects of campus life. Services are provided on an individualized basis.
120 Richmond Quad (North Campus)
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Michael Hall, 2nd floor (South Campus)
Monday 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
After hours crisis intervention available 365 days a year. Call 716-645-2720 and select option #2.
114 Student Union (North Campus)
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., plus extended evening and weekend hours for requested or indicated health promotion programs
Michael Hall, 3435 Main Street, South Campus
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone lines open at 8:30 a.m. Monday – Friday
On-call nurse triage services available during closed hours. Contact made by calling Health Services.
60 Capen Hall
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course testing hours at 60 Capen
Monday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday 8:30 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Course testing hours at 1 Diefendorf
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone: (716) 645-2608
Fax: (716) 645-3116
TTY: (716) 645-2616
Do I have to have the UB Student Health Insurance Program to be able to use the services of Student Wellness (Counseling Services, Health Services, and Health Promotion)?
No! The services are funded through the Health Fee that you pay with your tuition bill, so there is no extra charge for a visit. Lab work, prescriptions, radiology studies, and specialist care will be covered according to your personal health insurance policy.
How many visits to the services are covered by the Health Fee?
Currently enrolled UB students may be seen at Health Services as often as needed. Currently enrolled UB students should participate in the programs offered by Health Promotion as often as possible. The Office of Accessibility Resources offers services to any eligible, currently enrolled student. Currently enrolled students are eligible for an assessment at Counseling Services at the end of which one or more of the following recommendations will be made: counseling on campus, referral to other services on campus, or referral to a mental health provider in the community.
Whom do I contact with insurance questions?
Insurance questions are common. The Student Health Insurance Office staff (1 Capen, 716-645-3036) are great resources for all your insurance concerns. We do encourage you to talk directly to your own insurance company if you have specific benefit questions.
What if I have a medical emergency and I need to be seen today?
The appointment system at Health Services allows for acute problems that need immediate attention. Call 716-829-3316 for a “Same Day Appointment.” Walk-ins are not allowed. If there is a true medical emergency dial 716-645-2222 from any on campus location or 911 if you are off campus.
What do I do when I’m sick at 3 a.m.?
When Health Services is closed and you have a medical concern, call 716-829-3316 and you will be given instructions and information about your after-hours care options. There is medical advice available (by phone) 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support UB students when Health Services is closed. This on-call, nurse triage service can be contacted through Health Services general number at 716-829-3316. If there is a medical emergency, on campus, call 716-645-2222. If you are off-campus, dial 911.
What if I am concerned about the emotional well-being of a student or friend, but don’t quite know how to handle the situation?
Please call Counseling Services to consult with a counselor about your concerns. A counselor can coach you on how to discuss your concerns with the student, and provide you with information about our services in the event that a referral for counseling might be helpful.
If I come for counseling, who else will know?
Counseling often deals with very personal and private issues. Counselors respect students’ privacy and will not release information disclosed in counseling without the student’s explicit permission, except in situations when it is necessary to protect the student’s or another person’s safety.
What is the Peer Educator program offered by Health Promotion?
Our peer educators come from all academic majors, bringing their unique skills and diverse perspectives into their health promotion projects. Through intensive and extensive training, peer educators learn to use their health knowledge to assist other students and to increase the “health literacy” of UB’s campus community. Each peer educator gains valuable hands-on experience in program development, group facilitation, public speaking, peer-coaching, social marketing and outreach. Students can enroll in our UBE110 introduction to peer education courses offered in both the fall and spring semesters.
I am having trouble with my AlcoholEDU or Sexual Assault Prevention account, what can I do?
If you experience any difficulties or require support, the AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention Online Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Simply click on the “Help” button located in the upper right-hand corner of every screen. You do not need to be logged into the course to access the Help Site. Or if you have further questions, contact Sean Foster, Health Promotion, email@example.com.
Student Conduct & Advocacy directed me to UB SAFER because I violated alcohol policies and state laws, what is the UB SAFER program?
UB SAFER stands for UB Students Avoiding Further Exposure to Risk. Health Promotion educators provide an interactive alcohol and drug education workshop for all students who are referred to UB SAFER. The program provides a comfortable environment for personal reflection and exploration of behavioral options. In addition, each student is assigned to an educational intervention based on their initial screening for amount and frequency of alcohol and marijuana use, and as appropriate will receive a one-on-one confidential follow-up session with a health educator, to review any concerns or questions and identify additional referrals.
I can’t seem to manage my class load and my extracurricular activities. I feel stressed out. Help!
Stress reduction is an essential aspect of campus wellness for all students. We teach free mindfulness and meditation programs that teach the fundamental skills to support student well-being. We also offer yoga, a Chill Out program before finals and a 4-hour silent meditation retreat. For a listing of on-going programs stop by the Health Promotion Suite or look at the UB event calendar. The counseling and educational programs offered at Counseling Services often focus on problem-solving, coping skills, and values clarification which all contribute to reducing stress. In addition, the UB Wellness Coaching Program helps students define specific goals related to their overall health and wellness, and to identify and implement actionable steps to achieve those goals.
How is eligibility for disability-based services and accommodations determined?
Eligibility is determined through an individualized comprehensive review of the student accommodation request along with verification of documented disability and/or reasonable-accommodation history. Reasonable accommodations are identified which are intended to ensure you an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the programs, services, and activities of UB. Copies of the Office of Accessibility Resources eligibility policy are available at our office in 60 Capen.
Are there any scholarships available for students with disabilities at UB?
Yes, the Office of Accessibility Resources has three different scholarships available. Additional information is available at our office in 60 Capen.