University at Buffalo The State University of New York

2015-2016 College Fee Report


The State University of New York instituted the College Fee in order to provide funds, which would guarantee payment of bonds that the Dormitory Authority borrowed to build residence halls on State University campuses. In 1997/98, the SUNY Board of Trustees distributed debt service obligations and College Fee revenue to individual campuses. SUNY also gave campuses authority to allocate College Fee revenue at their discretion. Some campuses, including the University at Buffalo, utilize the College Fee to fund activities in support of various University operations. At UB, this fee now supports the University Police and provides supplemental support for the academic mission of the University.

Student Benefits/Impacts

The University Police is an accredited full service Police Department available 24/7, 365 days a year. The University at Buffalo Department of University Police exists to provide students, faculty, staff and visitors with a safe and secure environment that is conducive to UB’s educational mission. The remainder supports the academic and operations of the University.

  • Emergency response
  • Crime prevention and community policing
  • Safety escorts, door locking, and night host programs
  • Safety fairs and information tables
  • Women’s safety and sexual assault programs
  • Citizens Police Academy
  • Operation Identification
  • Self-defense workshops
  • Lost and found
  • Supplemental support of the operations and academic mission of the University
Student Access
  • 24/7 availability of police officers
Contact Information
  • University Police
  • Bissell Hall
  • Tel: 716-645-2227
  • Emergencies and Service: 716-645-2222
Actual Expenditures
College Fee budget graph by functional area College Fee budget graph by initiative area

University Police: $387,320

The mission of the University at Buffalo Police Department is to provide a safe, friendly and welcoming environment for students, visitors, faculty and staff to live, learn, work, and play.

Fast Facts

  • The University Police are the first respondents for all emergencies on campus
  • Primary providers of safety and security presentations
  • Safety and security support of special events
  • Consistently high rankings in SUNY Student Opinion and ACUHO/EBE surveys
  • Accredited by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Authorities (CALEA) and by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administration (IACLEA).

Academic Mission of the University: $249,180


What should I do if I witness a crime on campus?

Members of the academic community and visitors to the campus are encouraged to report crimes to the University Police Department’s dispatcher by telephone (716-645-2222). Crimes and emergencies can also be reported by using one of the campus’ strategically located “Blue Light” telephones that immediately connect the caller with the University Police dispatch office.

What should I do if there is a medical emergency on campus?

For all police, fire, and medical emergencies on campus, immediately dial 716-645-2222.

Does the University have an emergency notification system?

The University offers a text messaging service to members of the University community. The service is an opt-in service. You can sign-up for the service at In addition, emergency information is available at: MyUB, 645-NEWS, and by email messages.

How do I arrange to have University Police give a presentation to my students, faculty, staff, or residence hall group?

To make arrangements for a group presentation, call University Police directly at 716-645-2227.

Questions and comments regarding the Comprehensive Fee may be emailed to

Last updated: August 29, 2017 1:13 pm EST