Student Health COVID-19 Updates

Health Services will provide current University at Buffalo students (and their families) with the latest information and service announcements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Using Health Services

You can help yourself and your campus community by doing the following:

  • Do not come to Health Services without an appointment
  • Attend scheduled appointments alone, wearing your face covering
  • Arrive at your scheduled time to avoid contact with other patients
  • Set up voicemail on your smartphone. Make sure your voicemail box is not full, and check your messages throughout the day. If you are determined to be a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, contact tracers will need to reach you
  • E-mail, mail or fax forms to our office 
    • Fax is the best option for submitting forms   
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COVID-19 Vaccination

All students living on-campus and attending in-person classes are required to submit proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Exemption requests for medical or religious reasons will be reviewed. Students who are remote only can also apply for a one-semester exemption.

COVID-19 Testing

Testing - Diagnostic

If you have symptoms or have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive, see below for testing options and required health and safety steps:


Erie County and NYS testing sites offer free testing. Other locations may bill your health insurance or expect payment at the time of testing.  For additional testing locations beyond the table below:

> Search Erie County COVID-19 Testing Sites

> Search NYS or nationally with Castlight: COVID-19 Resource Center

COVID Positive Reports

 The university has a reporting process for students living on- and off-campus who have tested positive for the virus. University staff will record positive test results and provide students with important information regarding health, housing and academic resources as necessary.

As necessary, students will be referred to their primary care provider or to UB Health Services for medical care - this process is not intended for treatment, diagnosis or immediate medical support. For confidential reporting, please use the online reporting form.

Health Services does not provide notes relating to travel or completion of isolation/quarantine.  Students in need of this documentation should complete the appropriate form provided by the Erie County Department of Health and submit this to the requesting party.

Testing - UB Surveillance

UB has implemented a COVID-19 surveillance testing program for asymptomatic community members. Learn more about this invitation-based preventative testing process


We are unable to provide:

  • travel clearance documents
  • documentation regarding your health infection status
  • class excuses

Additional Information and Support

Managing COVID-19 Anxiety

Counseling Services is here to help with the following tips to help you manage your anxiety.

NYS Crisis Line

New York State residents can schedule a FREE appointment with a mental health professional by calling 1-844-863-9314.

Authoritative Sources

Health Services

Student Life

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

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