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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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Important: Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 Updates

Updated August 3, 2021. 

Vaccinated Students: Students who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 will now need to wear face coverings/masks inside all campus buildings, including classrooms, hallways, libraries and other common areas. Face coverings will not be needed inside personal residence hall rooms, while eating/drinking in UB dining areas or non public facing personal workstations. Face coverings will also be needed at large outdoor events or settings where large groups of people congregate.  Face coverings will not be needed at other UB outdoor settings. Physical distancing is not required at this time.   

Unvaccinated Students: These students are responsible for wearing a mask in all indoor and outdoor locations on UB’s campuses, with the exception of in their personal residence hall rooms, personal workstations or while eating in university dining areas. Physical distancing will not be required, but unvaccinated individuals must wear masks. Unvaccinated persons are encouraged to observe physical distancing wherever practical

Vaccinated Employees: Employees who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 will now need to wear face coverings/masks inside all campus buildings, including classrooms, hallways, libraries and other common areas. Face coverings will not be needed inside personal offices, while eating/drinking in UB dining areas or non public facing personal workstations. Face coverings will also be needed at large outdoor events or settings where large groups of people congregate.  Face coverings will not be needed at other UB outdoor settings. Physical distancing is not required at this time.   

Unvaccinated Employees: Employees who are not vaccinated are responsible for wearing a mask indoors and outdoors on UB’s campuses, with the exception of their personal workstations or while eating in university dining areas. Physical distancing will not be required, but unvaccinated individuals must wear masks. Unvaccinated persons are encouraged to observe physical distancing wherever practical

Public Transportation
Masks are required on UB shuttles and buses for all vaccinated and unvaccinated people. 

Health Care and Health Science Settings
Masks are required within health care settings (e.g. Student Health Services, the Dental Clinic) and campus health science and clinical teaching laboratories. Campus health science and clinical teaching laboratories may continue to operate without  six-foot distancing.

Visit UB's Return to Campus Summer & Fall 2021 website for detailed information.

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UB Student Guidelines and Updates

Return To Campus: Summer & Fall 2021

Current protocols at UB include:

  • Exemption from COVID-19 testing
    Students who are regularly on campus will no longer need to participate in mandatory weekly testing upon verifying that they have been fully vaccinated.
    See How to provide proof of vaccination
  • Indoor masking and physical distancing
    See above August 3, 2021 information
  • Continuity of daily health screening
    All students regularly on campus must continue to submit a daily health screening.
  • Following state guidelines for special events
    For performances or special events on campus, UB will adhere to current guidelines outlined by the New York State Department of Health.
  • No distancing in health science settings
    Campus health science and clinical teaching laboratories may continue to operate without the 6-foot distancing normally required in a classroom. Masks, however, must be worn, regardless of whether individuals have been vaccinated or not.
  • Immunization Requirements for Academic Year 2021-22.  See UB Student Guide for full immunization requirements.  For COVID-19 immunization see HERE.
  • Campus Resident Guide.  Health and safety guidance for student's living on campus.  See HERE.
  • UB Help Options: Need help? Need assistance?  Access UB's resource guide HERE.

UB Student Health COVID-19 Protocols: Complete Overview

Additional Resources

Everything you need to know to stay safe on campus.

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.

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

SPPS Student Guidelines and Updates

Illness and COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines:

Additional Guidelines: