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

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Notes for Missing Class or Work

It is each student’s responsibility to meet all course requirements that are set by his/her professors. If a student feels that he or she is too ill to attend class, take an exam, or complete an assignment, the student must notify the professor directly. It is up to the professor to decide if he or she will accept this personal report of illness as a valid excuse.

Health Services will not formally excuse a student from class with a written note, except in the case of serious illness or public health concern. Health Services will, with the student’s written permission, verify the date of a student’s visit to our office as well as the extent of his or her illness, should the professor or teaching assistant choose to contact us for this information.


We cannot provide documentation related to COVID-19 for clearance for travel, work, or class attendance. We also cannot provide documentation for those requesting exemptions from wearing face coverings. We cannot provide documentation for those seeking accommodations related to the COVID-19 pandemic unless specific criteria are met.

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 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 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 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 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.

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

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