COVID-19 Social Work Updates

Together, we are stopping the spread.

Know the rules regarding: Vaccinations, Face Coverings, Testing, Quarantine and Isolation.

The School of Social Work cares deeply about the health and academic progress of our students, as well as the safety of our faculty, staff and their families. We are committed to supporting the SSW community, while working together to take the necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We encourage everyone to stay informed of the latest COVID-19 research and guidance. We ask that you be kind, communicate what you need and take care of yourself.

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Important Student Information (Updated September 16, 2021)


  • The University at Buffalo is requiring all students attending in-person classes to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption, for which they must apply.
  • Students who have received one Pfizer or Moderna vaccination shot must have their second shot by September 27.
  • Students in our online program are not mandated to get vaccinated.
  • If you are going into a field placement, your field placement may require vaccination. Field placements have the right to refuse any student who is not vaccinated.
  • Please be aware that UB will forcibly resign students from their classes if they do not get their second shot by September 27, and students will not get their money refunded.
  • The UBSSW understands that some students may experience challenges such as lack of childcare, transportation, and easy access to vaccination sites, making it more difficult to comply with this mandate. Please let us know if you need assistance in getting your second shot.

UB now has on-campus clinics to give COVID-19 and flu vaccines without an appointment, visit the website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email Dr. Diane Elze, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,, 716-645-1228.

UB's COVID-19 website is the place to get up-to-date information on planning, social distancing, masking, and vaccination requirements, and other