SPPS Forward

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is committed to protecting the health and safety of our SPPS community while remaining focused on our academic, research and community service mission.

The following university and school guidelines have been established to help ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and guests. New information will be posted here when available, so please check back often.

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Complete your Daily Health Check.

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  • Evaluates COVID-19 symptoms and exposure
  • Part of UB’s Health and Safety Guidelines
  • Complete early in your day
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UB Student Guidelines and Updates

Travel Advisory

Mandatory 14-day quarantine for travel to high-COVID-19 areas for longer than 24 hours.

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International Travel

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Students' Return to Campus Guidance

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Student Compliance Policy for COVID-19 Public Health Behavior Expectations

The University at Buffalo is a community, like your hometown, and as a community all members will need to adhere to public health guidance as it relates to the prevention of the spread of COVID 19 infections. If we all work together, we can build and sustain a culture that takes our health, public health and the safety of others seriously. As we return to our campuses in larger numbers in the midst of a pandemic, we must all follow a shared set of behavioral expectations to reduce risk

Health and Safety Non-Compliance?

View tips for talking with other students, handing out Compliance Cards, and getting help.

Academic and Remote Learning Support

Find answers to common questions and to access resources you’ll need throughout the semester.

Touchdown spaces are temporary workspaces for students on the go. Use UB’s touchdown spaces if you need a place between remote and in-person classes, want to get your work done on campus or like the structure of an organized workspace. UB’s touchdown spaces are equipped with desks, chairs, outlets and internet access.

Students can now print from kiosks that are more convenient, environmentally friendly and touch-free!

A video that offers guidance on achieving success with online learning. View as PowerPoint presentation.

Additional Resources

Policy guidance for the Fall 2020 semester for F-1 & J-1 students is now available.

Consistent access to nutritious food is a necessary part of being a successful, healthy student. Should you experience an unanticipated hardship, we can help connect you to groceries.

Weekly digest with COVID-19 and other important news updates and resources for faculty, staff and students.

Graduate students can find temporary policy/practice changes enacted in response to the pandemic in this document.

There are many sources of support for students experiencing stress or anxiety, including counseling services and crisis resources.

SPPS Student Guidelines and Updates

Complete your Daily Health Check.

  • Chatbot screening tool
  • Evaluates COVID-19 symptoms and exposure
  • Part of UB’s Health and Safety Guidelines
  • Complete early in your day

What to do if you feel sick:

  • Symptoms: If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 (feverish/fever, new cough/chronic cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste/smell) stay home and consult your health care provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, please contact UB Student Health: 716-829-3316. Also refer to the UB Student Health COVID-19 Updates page.
  • Quarantine: Quarantine for 14 days from first date of symptoms. Return to campus or rotations is not permitted.
    No Report: Do not report for ANY required school activities/classes/rotations.
  • Daily Health Check: Immediately complete UB’s Daily Health Check
  • PharmD Students Need to Also Contact:
  • Karl Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean, Student, Professional, and Community Affairs
    Email: kdf@buffalo.edu
  • PHC Undergraduate and Graduate Students Need to Also Contact:

What to do if you have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual:

  • Close Contact:
    • being within six feet for more than 15 minutes or receiving respiratory secretions via cough, sneeze or kiss with people who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2
    • Or who report close contact with people whose symptoms are highly suggestive of COVID-19 (e.g., the loss of taste or smell) if one or both parties were not wearing masks.
  • Symptoms: Recent close contact with a person diagnosed as COVID-19 positive, monitor for symptoms:  feverish/fever, new cough/chronic cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste/smell.  If you become symptomatic, consult your health care provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, please contact UB Student Health: 716-829-3316. Also refer to the UB Student Health COVID-19 Updates page.
  • Quarantine: Quarantine for 14 days from first date of close contact. Return to campus or rotations is not permitted.
    No Report: Do not report for ANY required school activities/classes/rotations
  • Daily Health Check: Immediately complete UB’s Daily Health Check
  • PharmD Students Need to Also Contact:
    • Karl Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean, Student, Professional, and Community Affairs
      Email: kdf@buffalo.edu
  • PHC Undergraduate and Graduate Students Need to Also Contact:

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19:

  • Isolate: Isolate for at least 14 days after the test specimen was collected. Do not return to campus or rotations.
    Student HotlineImmediately contact UB’s Student COVID-19 Hotline at 716-645-1400 or email UBStudentReportingLine@buffalo.edu. You will receive health, housing and academic support guidance
  • No Report: Do not report for ANY required school activities/classes/rotations
  • PharmD Students Need to Also Contact:
    • Karl Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean, Student, Professional, and Community Affairs
      Email: kdf@buffalo.edu
  • PHC Undergraduate and Graduate Students Need to Also Contact:

Additional Guidelines:

Physical Distancing

  • Students must physically distance in all areas of the building.
  • No congregating in common spaces, including but not limited to the Atrium, Café, or hallways. Seating will be removed to encourage social distancing.
  • Students must follow SPPS Safety Protocols and General Building Guidelines, building signage and program specific emails.
  • Leave the building as soon as possible after required class/activity.
  • Please do not remove directional tape/signs or move furniture.
  • Abide by posted room occupancy and safety guidelines.

Face Coverings

Face coverings should preferably be a multilayered cloth covering or a surgical mask should cover both your nose and mouth at all times. See UB Face Mask Policies.

  • Inside: Face coverings must be worn at all times while in the Pharmacy Building except when alone in a private office. See CDC guidance on wearing a face mask.
  • Outside: Face masks are also required in all outdoor spaces.
  • Mask removal and maintenance: See CDC guidance on wearing a face mask.
  • No face mask, no entrance: Those who do not have a face mask or face covering may not enter the building.
  • PharmD and all Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate students (including those in their Master of Science year of the BS/MS program) may obtain a face mask in the Pharmacy Building. Contact Cindy Konovitz at cfk@buffalo.edu to arrange for face mask delivery.

    Any PharmD students who are enrolled in the Compounding Lab class this fall will receive their face mask in class.  

    If you have not yet received a face covering from Cindy Konovitz, you can receive one from the locations listed below, beginning with the start of classes on Aug. 31:
    • Welcome tents in front of the Student Union and on Founders Plaza outside Capen Hall on the North Campus, and near the Main Circle on the South Campus. These tents will be in place Aug. 28 through Sept. 4.
    • Welcome Center in the Student Union on the North Campus.
    • 1 Capen on the North Campus and 1 Diefendorf on the South Campus.
    • Stampede buses and shuttles on campus.
    • Libraries
  • Additional clean cloth or disposable face coverings are the responsibility of the student.
  • Reusable cloth coverings must be washed with laundry detergent and hot water after each use.

Small Group Meetings and Study Areas in the Pharmacy Building

  • It is highly recommended students avoid in person group meetings and instead video conference.
  • If small group academic meetings are needed, these can occur if all safety guidelines including social distance, face coverings and room occupancy are followed.
  • It is highly recommended to reserve classroom space and observe social distancing and room occupancy.
  • Social gatherings (including professional organizations) are highly discouraged. If it becomes necessary for any professional organization to meet in the building, an officer of the organization must contact the organization’s advisor for advice and permission at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.

In-Person Classes and Examinations

  • Refer to the course coordinators/faculty member and syllabus for information. concerning specific course guidance and restrictions.
  • Face covering required and maintain six-foot radius of physical distance.
  • Report to assigned classroom.
  • Sit in designated seats: per course coordinator (six-foot radius).
  • Faculty/staff proctors: front of classroom at all times.
  • For in-person examinations, no Q&A allowed.
  • SPPS will schedule students and establish protocols for entering and exiting classrooms to maintain physical distancing.
  • When possible, students should bring a personal supply of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.

Fundraisers

  • Approval process:
    • PharmD: Office of Student Professional and Community Affairs approval needed.
      • An approval form must be submitted to the OSPC prior to ordering the goods for sale, and at least two weeks prior to arrival of goods.
    • PHC Students: Department Chair approval needed.
  • All sales must also be approved by the School of Pharmacy Student Association.
  • Delivering items purchased through fundraisers:
    • No dispersal of goods/materials may occur in the hallways or classrooms.
    • To limit exposure, it is recommended students make appointments for pick-up via a drive through or walk through process.
  • Bake sales or food sales will not be allowed are suspended until further notice.

Advisement

  • All advisor meetings will be conducted virtually via Zoom or WebEx.
  • PharmD Students: Use EAB to schedule advisement meetings.