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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, success 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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UB Student Guidelines and Updates

UB updates for the general university student population on returning for spring semester

Jan. 15, 2021:

UB provided an update on preparations for the upcoming spring semester in a memo to students today.

In addition, Student Life has revised the Student Guide in preparation for a return to campus this spring. The Student Guide is a resource to provide students and parents with the most up-to-date information, as it becomes available.

Please note: This information does not apply to PharmD students on rotations through Feb. 1, 2021.  PharmD students on rotations should reference SPPS Student Guidelines and Updates dated 12/30/20 (yellow box).

Academic Success 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!

Additional Resources

Everything you need to know for life outside the classroom.

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. 

Policy guidance for F-1 & J-1 students.

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.

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

SPPS Student Guidelines and Updates

SPPS Quarantine and Testing Directives for Return to Campus/Rotations: Spring 2021


A three step process (below)
is required for all PharmD students before beginning rotations or returning to campus for the start of the spring semester. Guidelines are based on your geographic residence.

Students on rotation must comply with UB SPPS as well as all rotation site-specific directives.

These directives only impact spring rotations beginning 1/4/21 through 2/1/2 along with return to campus dates 1/4/21 through 2/1/21.

Updated 12/30/20

New York and Contiguous States: One (1) COVID-19 test and 7-day quarantine

Students over semester break who have only resided in New York State or contiguous states (CT, NJ, PA, MA, VT)

  1. Quarantine*:
    US SPPS is requiring all PharmD students to quarantine for 7 days before beginning an IPPE or APPE rotation or returning to campus.
    *Exceptions to Quarantine: Pharmacy Interns
    If you are working as a pharmacy intern over winter break, you are not required to quarantine per New York State ‘essential worker’ status.
  2. One (1) COVID-19 Test:
    UB SPPS is requiring all PharmD students have a molecular or antigen COVID-19 test within 3 days of beginning an IPPE or APPE rotation or returning to campus (i.e. the test may be completed <3 days before returning to rotations/campus, or <3 days after returning).
    You may remain on rotation while awaiting the results of your test.
    Test must indicate a negative result for you to continue with your rotation or to remain on campus. If a positive result occurs, please follow directives below.
  3. Daily Health Check: Before Rotation or Return to Campus
    UB SPPS is requiring all PharmD students to complete a daily screening via the Daily Health Check tool before beginning rotations or returning to campus.

    One Week Prior: For rotations or return to campus beginning now until January 11, 2021
    : Begin using the Daily Health Check one week before beginning rotations or returning to campus.

    Two Weeks Prior: For rotations or return to campus beginning January 12, 2021 through February 1, 2021:
    Begin using the Daily Health Check two weeks before beginning rotations or returning to campus.

Non-Contiguous and Level 2-3 Countries: Two options

Students over semester break who have resided in non-contiguous states or Level 2-3 countries

OPTION 1: One (1) COVID-19 test and 14-day quarantine

  1. Quarantine*:
    For option 1, 
    UB SPPS is requiring all PharmD students to quarantine for 14 days before beginning an IPPE or APPE rotation or returning to campus.
    *Exceptions to Quarantine: Pharmacy Interns
    If you are working as a pharmacy intern over winter break, you are not required to quarantine per New York State ‘essential worker’ status.
  2. One (1) COVID-19 Test:
    For option 1, 
    UB SPPS is requiring all PharmD students have one molecular or antigen COVID-19 test within 3 days of beginning an IPPE or APPE rotation or returning to campus (i.e. the test may be completed <3 days before returning to rotations/campus, or <3 days after returning).
    You may remain on rotation while awaiting the results of your test.
    Test must indicate a negative result for you to continue with your rotation or to remain on campus. If a positive result occurs, please follow directives below.
  3. Daily Health Check: Before Rotation or Return to Campus
    UB SPPS is requiring all PharmD students to complete a daily screening via the Daily Health Check tool before beginning rotations or returning to campus.

    One Week Prior: For rotations or return to campus beginning now until January 11, 2021
    : Begin using the Daily Health Checkone week before beginning rotations or returning to campus.

    Two Weeks Prior: For rotations or return to campus beginning January 12, 2021 through February 1, 2021:
    Begin using the Daily Health Check two weeks before beginning rotations or returning to campus.

OPTION 2: Two (2) COVID-19 tests and 7-day quarantine

  1. Quarantine*:
    For option 2
    , UB SPPS is requiring all PharmD students to quarantine for 7 days before beginning an IPPE or APPE rotation or returning to campus.
    *Exceptions to Quarantine: Pharmacy Interns
    If you are working as a pharmacy intern over winter break, you are not required to quarantine per New York State ‘essential worker’ status.
  2. Two (2) COVID-19 Tests:
    For option 2, 
    UB SPPS is requiring all PharmD students have a molecular or antigen COVID-19 test within 3 days of beginning an IPPE or APPE rotation or returning to campus PLUS another test Day 4 after returning to rotations or returning to campus. 
    You may remain on rotation while awaiting the results of your test.
    Test must indicate a negative result for you to continue with your rotation or to remain on campus. If a positive result occurs, please follow directives below.
  3. Daily Health Check: Before Rotation or Return to Campus
    UB SPPS is requiring all PharmD students to complete a daily screening via the Daily Health Check tool before beginning rotations or returning to campus.

    One Week Prior: For rotations or return to campus beginning now until January 11, 2021
    : Begin using the Daily Health Check one week before beginning rotations or returning to campus.

    Two Weeks Prior: For rotations or return to campus beginning January 12, 2021 through February 1, 2021:
    Begin using the Daily Health Check two weeks before beginning rotations or returning to campus.

Illness and COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines:

Additional Guidelines: