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, success and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and guests. New information will be posted here when available, so please check back often.

Latest Updates from UB

Important Updates for Spring 2022

UB officials are carefully monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of the Omicron variant around the state. UB is updating guidelines for students and employees in advance of the start of the spring semester, in accordance with new guidance issued by SUNY. 

  • UB definition of "fully vaccinated:"
  • Random surveillance testing will be conducted among all those with a regular physical presence on campus who have not received a booster shot. This is for students and employees. More details will follow.
  • Mask-wearing will still be required indoors and in public settings and UB is strongly recommending that students and employees upgrade their masks to a high quality, tight-fitting, high-filtration mask.

The latest information can also be found on the Return to Campus - Spring ’22 webpage.

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UB Student Guidelines and Updates

Return To Campus: Spring 2022

Guidelines for students in advance of the start of the Spring 2022 semester, in accordance with new guidance issued by SUNY. 

Mandatory Vaccination for In-Person Students

  • Return to Campus Vaccination and Booster Requirements. Students must be in compliance with SUNY’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for the spring semester. 
  • *NEW* booster requirement. All students who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to obtain a booster and submit documentation. This booster requirement must be met by Jan. 31. If you will not be eligible to receive a booster before Jan. 31, you must obtain your booster and submit your documentation within one week of becoming eligible.
    • If you received your booster dose in New York State, UB Health Services may already have received this information from the New York State Immunization System (NYSIIS).
    • To view the COVID-19 vaccination information that UB Health Services currently has on file for you or to upload your documentation, go to the UB Health Services Patient Portal.


  • Return-to-campus testing requirementAll students who will have a regular physical presence on campus must get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to their arrival on campus. The test can be a PCR or rapid antigen (either laboratory or at-home test). This test must be taken no more than 72 hours (three days) prior to your return to campus.  
  • Surveillance testing requirement. Random surveillance testing will be conducted among all those with a regular physical presence on campus who have not received a booster shot. More details will follow.

UB Health and Safety Protocols

The latest information from UB on vaccinations, face coverings, physical distancing, testing and more.

Students are expected to comply with COVID-19 public health behavior expectations on all UB campuses.

In accordance with updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Erie County Department of Health, UB  requires all students, employees and visitors — regardless of their vaccination status — to wear a high-quality, tight-fitting, high-filtration mask indoors and in public settings.

Additional Resources

Feeling stressed? Here are ways UB can help!

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.

Keeping your body and mind as healthy as possible will help you achieve all of your goals. Make sure you know about the resources available here at UB.

This guide will help you understand what to expect from on-campus housing and learn more about what role you will play in keeping our community healthy and safe.

SPPS Student Guidelines and Updates

Illness and COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines:

Additional Guidelines:

  • Eating/Drinking Pharmacy Building 
    • No eating/drinking in lecture halls, classrooms, labs, student lounge, student organization suite, hallways, stairways.
    • If you are fully vaccinated, eating/drinking may occur while seated in the 1st floor cafe and 2nd floor atrium. You may also eat/drink in Room 183 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
    • Masks/face coverings may be removed when seated and actively eating/drinking only.
    • Social distancing is strongly encouraged while unmasked and eating/drinking.
    • If you are not fully vaccinated, you are NOT permitted to remove your mask to eat and drink in the pharmacy building.