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Student Testing Process Update

July 31, 2020

We are excited about welcoming our students to campus for the fall semester. With comprehensive health and safety procedures in place, it is important you follow the instructions below.

Reminders:

  • All students must provide a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test result before returning to campus. Those planning to drop off their belongings in on-campus residences and then leave should plan to be tested before they return to stay. You do not have to have your test result before dropping off your belongings if you are dropping them off and not interacting with others on campus.

(*NOTE: Drop off days ended Aug. 3. Just dropping off items is no longer an option. All students who are returning to campus must have a negative COVD-19 antigen or PCR test result.)

  • Emails sent from testing@staysafetogether.org are being sent according to date of return to campus. Please check your crimson.ua.edu email regularly.

 

  • Testing is conducted in one of three ways:
  1. On-site testing locations (13 sites across Alabama)
  2. At-home testing kits (limited availability; primarily for out-of-state students who live on campus and those who do not have access to a testing site before returning to campus)*
  3. Student tests at an alternative testing location**

*At-home test kits cannot be shipped to students under the age of 18 and cannot be shipped to Maryland, New Jersey, New York or Rhode Island due to FDA restrictions.
**If you cannot receive an at-home kit or prefer to test with your primary care physician or a private clinic, please upload your results to the Student Health Center. If you have tested positive in the last 12 weeks, upload documentation of your positive test result and the medical clearance from your health care provider.

  • The testing window is 14 days before you return to campus.

Updates:

  • If you are participating in on-site testing in Alabama, you will receive information about what test site you should go to and how to register through Verily. The invitation to register with Verily will come from testing@staysafetogether.org.

 

  • Emails with testing information for a staggered return are being sent to crimson.ua.edu email addresses, scheduled as follows:
    1. Those known to be returning within the next week should have already received testing instructions.
    2. Campus entry dates between Aug. 6-12 should receive email instructions on Aug. 3 with either information about an in-home test kit OR instructions on signing up for in-person testing in Tuscaloosa.
    3. Campus entry dates between Aug. 12-19 should expect to receive email instructions by Aug. 7.
    4. Campus entry dates between Aug. 19-24 should expect to receive email instructions by Aug. 10.

 

  • Students with known campus arrival dates prior to Aug. 6  who have not received testing instructions may use their @crimson.ua.edu email address to schedule an appointment at https://healthy.verily.com. If you cannot schedule your appointment online, email testing@staysafetogether.org. Remember – you may not come to campus to stay until you receive a negative test result. TEST + TRAIN + CHECK = Welcome Back!

 

  • Anyone testing at one of the 13 official GuideSafeTM (formerly Stay Safe Together) testing locations in Alabama MUST register and have an appointment to be tested. Walk-in testing is not available.

 

  • One GuideSafeTM testing location is located here on UA’s campus. A scheduled appointment is required.

 

  • Testing involves a simple swab just inside the nose that you will do yourself. It allows for results within 48 hours via an email from covid19@pwnhealth.com for in-person testing, or from covid19@everlywell.com for mail-in testing. If your test is positive, you will be contacted by phone within 24 hours of the email and given instructions for next steps.

 

  • Those who are 18 or younger have been sent a separate email with a link to a parental consent form. Please have your parents complete and virtually sign the three consent forms located here.

 

  • Once entry testing is complete, ongoing efforts to flatten the COVID curve will include Sentinel Testing, which is voluntary random testing of about 4% of the campus population.

Thank you for doing your part to help get this semester off to a safe and healthy start!

 

*This information was updated on 8/4/20 for clarification purposes.


Rules of Student Conduct in Fall 2020

July 31, 2020

Dear Students,

Our team has spent the last five months preparing for your arrival on The University of Alabama campus with health and safety protocols that are the most comprehensive in the nation.

If we are to have a successful opening of the University and remain open for the fall semester, we must work together in an unprecedented way, approaching this semester in a totally different manner. I am 100% confident we can meet and exceed those expectations.

In preparation for your return and in coordination with health and safety experts at UA and throughout the UA system, the University has carefully crafted the following social event guidelines and other protocols. Violations will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.  COVID-related health and safety violations may result in loss of privileges and other sanctions.

Before you arrive on campus:

  • You are required to provide proof of a negative COVID test when you arrive on campus either through the testing company or uploading your test results through the Student Health Center. Please bring documentation or screenshot of your result when you come to campus so you have evidence for move-in or if otherwise needed. Each of you has received detailed information about the free testing being provided by Governor Ivey. For questions, visit the ua.edu testing page.
  • You are required to complete the training module before you return. It is easy, informative and designed to give you what you need to know about staying healthy during this global pandemic.
  • Enroll in the required UA HealthCheck to confidentially share health status updates.

If you do not meet these three requirements, you will not be granted access to the campus.  A limited exception will be made for those coming to campus for the entry testing and those who are dropping off items to on-campus residential housing. The processes are easy, and we are here to help if you have issues.

After you arrive on campus:

  • You are required to wear face coverings in public spaces and practice social distancing. In addition, students should follow adequate handwashing and hygiene practices.
  • There will be no large social gatherings. This includes band parties, swaps, formals, out-of-town and off-campus parties or large social gatherings of any kind. The guidelines for indoor events are no more than 50 individuals, with no more than 100 for outdoor events. Most importantly, attendance limits depend on the distance capacity of the space, so each event space is different and may only allow for a smaller gathering.
  • Off-campus social events sponsored by, or on behalf of, student organizations are impermissible, absent special approval from the Vice President of Student Life or his designee.
  • Attendance restrictions for UA social events will be strictly applied, and all on-campus events, meetings, and programs held by student organizations must be registered through the Office of Student Involvement, including virtual events and meetings.
  • If at any point a member of our community does not adhere to University regulations and guidelines, disciplinary action will be taken pursuant to the Code of Student Conduct. Student organizations that do not adhere to University Health and Safety guidelines will have privileges revoked following the first offense.
  • Student organizations hosting events will be required to complete and pass with 90% proficiency the Event Smart training module or will be asked to meet with the Office of Student Involvement and other campus partners before their first on-campus event. Capacity restrictions outlined above apply to service organizations, honoraries and others.

The UA Division of Student Life team is here to help you. You will be fully supported in all efforts to have a safe and positive experience here at the Capstone. Please check healthinfo.ua.edu often for updates.

You are valued, respected and admired for your commitment to doing your part – whatever the circumstances. Once a member of our student body, you pledge to live, study and work by the Capstone Creed: “As a member of The University of Alabama community, I will pursue knowledge; act with fairness, integrity and respect; promote equity and inclusion; foster individual and civic responsibility; and strive for excellence in all I do.” There has never been a more important time to live out our shared promise.

Thank you for being part of the rich legacy of our great University and for representing UA with integrity by upholding your civic responsibilities. With your help, we will have a safe and successful fall semester at the Capstone.

Dr. Myron Pope
Vice President for Student Life

 


Student Testing Information Updates

July 24, 2020

Dear students,

As you prepare to return to campus, here is the latest available information about COVID-19 testing. We will continue to update you frequently as details are finalized. As of 6:30 p.m. CST today:

  • Important messages to students with instructions about COVID testing are going out daily (based on your move-in date) via the Testing for Alabama platform. If you haven’t yet heard from testing@staysafetogether.org, you will soon.
  • Many out-of-state students with early move-in assignments have received self-administered test kits by mail, and in-state students are receiving details about convenient testing locations across Alabama.
  • About 2,000 faculty and staff have been tested as of today.
  • Our call center (205-348-CV19) can help answer your questions. We are dealing with extremely high volumes of calls, so please leave a message if you do not connect with a staff member immediately.
  • Before you come to campus, please receive clearance from your doctor.
  • Students can now upload their prior test results on the Student Health Center website.

Our partners throughout the University of Alabama System are working around the clock to provide a safe and healthy return to campus. During these unprecedented times, we are grateful for your support as we remain #StillTideTogether.

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Do I have to quarantine after I test (until I receive my results)?

It will be required for symptomatic individuals or those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive to self-quarantine. Students may not come in contact with members of the University community (students, faculty and staff) until they receive a negative test result.

How long does it take to receive results once I send in my sample?

If using the at-home kit, you should get your results within 72 hours after you ship your kit. If testing at an on-site location in Alabama, within 48 hours of specimen collection.

What happens if I test positive?

You will get an email with your results through the platform portal (Everlywell for the at-home kit and PWN Health for the on-site platform). If your test is positive, you will also get a phone call from a health care provider within 24 hours after you receive the email. The testing group will notify the appropriate public health officials, as required. We have designated a specific point of contact at UA, and privacy protections are in place.

What if I don’t receive my results before I leave for campus?

A negative test result is a prerequisite for returning to campus. Given the national testing situation, however, that may be difficult for some. If you encounter complications, contact the UA Student Health Center, which may be able to assist depending on availability of test kits.

What if I haven’t yet received the email with testing instructions?

These messages are being sent in a staggered fashion based on move-in dates. 205-348-CV19 is attempting to respond to all inquiries and the vendors should have a call-in center soon.

What if I live in Alabama and will return to campus after Aug. 6?

Students who live in Alabama and who plan to return to campus after Aug. 6, should watch for an email from testing@staysafetogether.org. The email will provide instructions for registering for and scheduling your COVID-19 test at one of 14* testing sites in Alabama.

Where are the on-site testing locations in Alabama?

There will be 14* locations in Alabama where in-state students may get tested:

  • Auburn
  • Birmingham
  • Florence
  • Hoover
  • Huntsville
  • Jacksonville
  • Livingston
  • Marion
  • Mobile
  • Montgomery
  • Normal
  • Talladega
  • Troy
  • Tuscaloosa

What if I test positive right before I leave to come to campus?

First and foremost: take care of yourself. Students who test positive must follow the isolation and quarantine protocols of your state or place of summer residence for your protection and well-being. Do not come to campus if you test positive. Student Life and others across campus will do everything they can to address concerns or delays caused by a positive test. Your professors are prepared to offer remote options and other accommodations. You can work directly with your faculty members, the Student Health Center or the Office of Disability Services for a variety of resources to make sure you don’t miss anything.

How do I submit my previous COVID-19 test results or the results of my test from a different provider?

Students who are tested at a private clinic or other facility, including the Student Health Center and Pharmacy, will upload the results in myBama using this link. Obtain an official copy of your lab test results report from the testing agency, and write your CWID and birthdate on the lab report for verification. Take a photo or scan of the report (must be a jpg or pdf format) and upload the file to myBama. After UA processes the submission, a confirmation email will be sent to your UA email account. Due to the large number of submissions being processed, you will not instantly receive an email. Keep a copy of your lab report for your records. Check the Student Health Center and Pharmacy website frequently for any updated information.

The self-administered test is not available because I live in NY, NJ, MD, RI or am under 18 years old. How do I test?

Due to FDA restrictions, out-of-state minors (under 18), those living outside of the United States or residents of New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Rhode Island will not be able to participate in the at-home testing kit option for entry testing provided by GuideSafe Testing (formerly known as Stay Safe Together).

Students who are not eligible for an at-home testing kit have the following three options to complete the COVID-19 entry testing requirements prior to coming to campus:

  • Identify a testing option (at personal cost) such as a drug store, your primary care physician, a local health department or drive-thru testing. This can include a testing option in your community or once you are in Alabama, as long as it is within the 14-day window of your entry to campus.
  • GuideSafe Testing (formerly known as Stay Safe Together), has 14 test locations set up across Alabama. To use this option, please email testing@staysafetogether.org now to register to receive a test at one of these locations once you are in Alabama. You will need your negative test results prior to arrival on campus, and before moving into campus housing.
  • Call 205-348-CV19 or the Student Health Center to see if they have other campus testing options available.

*The number of testing locations in Alabama changed to 13 after this message was distributed on July 24. The correct list of testing locations in Alabama can be found here. 

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

July 22. 2020

Update on Submitting Student Test Results

Testing for Alabama will submit student test results to the University on behalf of students who use the at-home test kit or test in person with Testing for Alabama. Those who test privately, or need to share a prior positive, need to upload their official lab report through their MyBama account. The electronic upload process will be posted on the Student Health Center and Pharmacy website and healthinfo.ua.edu soon.

When the upload procedure is posted, students should write their CWID and birthdate on the lab report for verification, then follow the instructions for uploading. Check the Student Health Center and Pharmacy website frequently for any updated information. Instructions will be posted there first.

For more information on student testing, go to UA’s Student COVID webpage.

Reminder: Testing Information Email

Students should monitor their UA email accounts for a message from testing@staysafetogether.org for details about testing.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Frequently Asked Questions About Return-to-Campus Plan 

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

July 21, 2020

Fall Course Delivery Methods Updated Today

Changes to course delivery methods were updated today. Students who log in to their class schedules will likely see changes in the ways many of their classes are scheduled to be taught this fall. More face-to-face and hybrid courses have been added to increase opportunities for in-person instruction. Colleges have sent information directly to students with instructions about making changes to class schedules. Updates are implemented based on the best and most current guidance from health experts and the UA Systemwide Task Force. The latest information on fall course listing updates is available on the Student FAQs page of UA’s HealthInfo website.

myBama Maintenance 

MyBama will be unavailable Saturday, July 25, from 7 to 9 a.m. and again Saturday, Aug. 8, from 8 to  9 a.m. for scheduled maintenance. For information, please visit the OIT Status Page.

Banner Database Upgrade

Sunday, July 26, OIT will perform a database upgrade that will cause some systems, including Banner and DegreeWorks, to be unavailable from 5 to 10 a.m. For information visit the OIT Status Page.

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UA Employee Overcomes Obstacles, Earns Bachelor’s Degree

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

July 17, 2020

Student COVID-19 Testing

All UA students will receive FREE coronavirus testing through the statewide Stay Safe TogetherTM program for Alabama. The testing program, funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act), is part of the University’s Plan for a Return to Full Operations and UA System’s re-entry plan. An email was sent to all enrolled students today with details about testing options and processes. Information is also available at the healthinfo.ua.edu testing website.

UA Introduces Healthcheck Assessment Tool

To support UA’s Return Plan for the fall semester, the University has rolled out the UA Healthcheck assessment tool. The brief 30-second assessment allows students and employees to report any current COVID-19-related symptoms, exposure history and testing history. All members of the campus community must complete the assessment once every three days – even if symptom free – or daily if desired. Visit the Healthcheck site to access the assessment.

Fall Semester Classes Go Remote After Nov. 20

The Fall 2020 academic calendar is being updated to provide instruction and testing remotely after Nov. 20. The semester, scheduled to begin on campus with mostly in-person instruction components, will shift to remote just before Thanksgiving week. Calendar changes include:

  • Mid-Semester Study Break (previously scheduled for Oct. 29-30) is canceled. Classes will take place as scheduled on these days.
  • In-person instruction ends Nov. 20, and any remaining instruction will be remote.
  • No classes held Thanksgiving week, Nov. 21-29.
  • Study week will continue remotely after Thanksgiving, and finals week will remain Dec. 7-11. All final exams will be conducted remotely.

The schedule change comes after discussions with faculty and planning to provide the best results for the campus community. It aligns with guidance from the UA System Health and Safety Task Force to avoid unnecessary risks caused by holiday travel. Exceptions and accommodations may be provided for students based on specific academic program needs and in close consultation with their academic advisers and for international students or other students who may not have alternate living arrangements. Presently, we do not anticipate any changes to the spring academic calendar.

FAQs About Return Plan Added to Healthinfo Website

As the University prepares to welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus, a new list of frequently asked questions about the Plan for a Return to Full Operations and the Fall 2020 Semester can be found at UA’s Healthinfo website.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

More Student News

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s Healthinfo website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

July 16, 2020

Fall Course Delivery Method Updates

Faculty and academic teams in each college have been working hard to modify classrooms and plan teaching modes to provide as much in-person learning as possible. Updates to course delivery methods will be posted within the coming days. Students will receive a message from their academic programs with more details and will likely see changes in the ways many of their classes are scheduled to be taught this fall. Course delivery methods are being updated to reflect the evolving nature of planning to return to campus in conjunction with health and safety guidelines.

A vast majority of all classes scheduled are planning to provide some type of in-person instruction. Details are being determined based on the best and most current guidance from health experts and the UA Systemwide Task Force. Students should be watching for an email from their academic advisers or college about specifics for their schedules.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

More Student News

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

July 15, 2020

Update on Federal Ruling Concerning International Students

Last week, the Capstone International Center was in close contact with UA international students following an initial White House announcement that would have restricted the educational opportunities afforded to international students studying in the United States. The University is grateful the recent policy was rescinded yesterday and will continue to monitor information for updates. We value the important contributions of our international students, and we will continue to advocate on their behalf and support them in the pursuit of their educational, research, leadership and service goals.

Statewide Mask Order Takes Effect Thursday

Gov. Kay Ivey has amended the state’s Safer at Home Order to include a statewide requirement for masks effective July 16 at 5 p.m. through July 31 at 5 p.m. Throughout the state, individuals are required to wear a mask when within six feet of someonefrom another household in an indoor space open to the public, a vehicle operated by a transportation service, or an outdoor public space where 10 or more people are gathered. This statewide mask requirement supports the UA System Health and Safety Task Force’s requirement that face coverings must be worn in all university buildings with limited exceptions. Read more about the Safer at Home mask requirement.

Submit Questions for COVID Conversations

The University is planning candid video conversations with campus leaders and those involved in developing plans for the return to campus this fall about a number of topics. The videos will provide supplemental information and answers to frequently asked questions submitted by students, families, faculty and staff. Submit questions for the first round of video conversations about academics, student life, campus health and safety, and campus operations through this survey. Additional conversations will be planned to address other topics and questions identified through survey responses.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Student Recreation Center Hours

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

July 14, 2020

205-348-CV19 Hotline for UA COVID-19 Plan Questions

As the University prepares to welcome students, faculty and staff back to the Capstone, a new resource will provide up-to-date COVID-19 information to the campus community. Students, faculty and staff can call 205-348-CV19 (205-348-2819) to get answers to frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 and UA’s plan and protocols. In addition to providing information related to UA Student Life, Human Resources and Academic Affairs, two nurse practitioners will be available to answer basic medical questions and refer callers to testing, self-quarantine or medical care. Operators will also be able to guide those in the UA community who test positive for COVID-19 on what they need to do regarding work, housing and other protocols. The hotline was developed by UA’s College of Community Health Sciences and is operated by the Institute for Rural Health Research and department of community medicine and population health. The hotline operates daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Face Coverings Mandatory in All Campus Buildings

The UA System Health and Safety Task Force has updated its guidance for face coverings beginning immediately. Face coverings, which includes masks, face shields and cloth coverings over a person’s nose and mouth, are required in all University buildings with limited exceptions. In accordance with the recommendations of health experts and in compliance with local ordinancesmandating their use, face coverings must be worn in any campus building except when an individual is alone in an enclosed workspace or private office with no other personnel present.

Bama Dining Safety Plan Updates

Bama Dining is committed to taking extra precautions to keep the UA community well, and has been working to develop a plan that enhances student safety and mitigates the potential spread of COVID-19. In the interest of public safety, hand-to-hand interactions at dining facilities will be limited, and cash handling has been removed. Bama Dining locations will accept only Dining Dollars, Bama Cash and credit/debit cards, beginning Fall Semester 2020.

DEI Offers Common Book Read Experience

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a common read of the New York Times best-selling book “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo beginning the last week of July.

Ferguson Supe Store Reopens This Week

The Supe Store location in the Ferguson Center is reopening this week; check the website for hours of operation. Face masks are required, and customers are asked to practice social distancing inside the store. The Supe Store is offering in-store and online savings.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

New Vice President for Student Life Making Himself at Home Again 

UA’s Sorority Recruitment Goes Virtual 

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

July 10, 2020

Sorority Recruitment Takes Hybrid Approach

Most of the sorority recruitment process has already transitioned online with limited face-to-face interactions following careful preventive measures. Most of the recruitment rounds, which begin Saturday, Aug. 8, will be held virtually, with potential new members interacting with current members via Zoom. The later rounds will meet in person, and those participating will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Women who are immunocompromised or feel unsafe participating in the in-person round of recruitment will have the option to participate virtually. Bids will be emailed to PNMs on Sunday, Aug. 16. New members will then be able to visit their new chapter house at a predetermined time, as chapter-specific times will be staggered throughout the afternoon. Bid Day will not be open to the public.

Requesting Bids for Possible Isolation Space

As part of our proactive planning process, the University is seeking options and proposals for possible extra living spaces to transition students while freeing space on campus that may be needed to assist those who test positive, are symptomatic or may be exposed to someone positive or symptomatic. We requested bids for spaces that could be used for healthy students or those affected by the coronavirus on an “as needed” basis. Our Return to Campus plan states we will provide quarantine/isolation space as needed. That is consistent with the UA System Health & Safety Plan and CDC guidance for those who become ill or have been exposed to someone who tests positive. Our plan will help limit the spread of the virus while providing the highest level of care for our students.

Campus Services, Facilities Resume with Limited Operations

  • Student Recreation Center has Limited Hours of Operation 

Beginning July 15 the Student Recreation Center will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until further notice. Visit COVID-19 UREC Updates for available opportunities and restrictions.

  • Bama Dining has Three Locations Open

The following Bama Dining locations are open: Lakeside Dining hall is open Monday – Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Starbucks in the Ferguson Center is open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Starbucks on Bryant is open every day from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rodgers and Gorgas libraries opened this week, and Bruno and McClure libraries will open next week.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

myBama Outage July 11 and July 18

Leaving Home for a Brighter Future

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

July 7, 2020

Face Coverings Required in the City of Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance requiring face coverings while interacting in public places in the city of Tuscaloosa. It is in effect until Aug. 5, unless extended by the Council. Read the full ordinance and find answers to frequently asked questions on the city of Tuscaloosa website.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshops for July 

Throughout July, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the UA Counseling Center will host a series of workshops titled “Resilience and Empowerment Through Racially Challenging Times.” For workshop descriptions and registration information, visit the workshop series webpage.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Student Creates Presidential Election Forecasting Model Used by CNN

Bama Bug Fest Goes on the Web 

Leaving Home for a Brighter Future 

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

June 30, 2020

Move-in Plans Announced

Students begin returning to campus Aug. 4 as UA Housing and Residential Communities begins the process of move-in, starting with those approved for early move-in. For more information on move-in options, visit UA’s move-in webpage.

UA Alerts Test July 1

Weather permitting, the University will test its emergency notification systems, including UA Alerts, the public address system and digital signage Wednesday, July 1, at 11:55 a.m. Even though many in the UA community are not in Tuscaloosa currently, it is important to continue monthly tests to verify the system works correctly.

Starbucks on Bryant To Close Holiday Weekend

Starbucks on Bryant Drive will be closed Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

UA Libraries Begin Staggered Reopening

Wearing is Caring

Cybersecurity @ Home

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

June 24, 2020

UA to Hold Spring and Summer Commencement July 31-Aug. 2

The University of Alabama will hold nine joint spring and summer commencement exercises beginning Friday, July 31, at Coleman Coliseum. Health and safety precautions include physical distancing measures, limited number of guests, required mask wearing and extensive cleaning. For more information, including times of ceremonies, go to UA’s Commencement websiteand the UA News Center. All commencement plans are subject to change at any time due to health concerns, and there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. Any changes will be communicated directly to those graduates attending the ceremonies and through the commencement website.

myBama Planned Outage

Sunday, June, 28, myBama will be unavailable from 7 to 8 a.m. for scheduled upgrades. More information on the OIT Service Status page.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

UA Offers New Minor in Public Health 

Growing UA Esports Club Connected Even Away from Campus 

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

June 19, 2020

FAQs on Fall Course Listings 

The instructional delivery methods of many Fall Semester 2020 class sections are being updated to reflect the unprecedented and evolving nature of planning for students to return to campus this fall. Details are still being determined based on the best available guidance from health experts and our UA Systemwide Task Force. The course content will remain the same.Information on fall course listing updates is available on the Student FAQs page of UA’s HealthInfo website.

Juneteenth Resources and Information 

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers these resources for the observance and celebration of Juneteenth, or June 19, the day marking the effective end of slavery in the United States.

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Overcoming Challenges, Realizing Dreams Together 

Pandemic Public Nights Allows for Stargazing on Four Continents 

UA Theatre and Dance Releases Online Performances, Lessons

Social Work Dean Search Underway

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

June 10, 2020

UA System Health and Safety Plan Announced, UA Return Plan to be Released in Coming Days 

Today the University of Alabama System released its Comprehensive Health and Safety Plan developed by a System-wide Task Force with knowledge and guidance from the scientists, doctors, researchers and numerous higher education experts on our campuses. The plan, which was approved by the Board of Trustees, provides an overview of phased returns at the three campuses and includes details on health protocols, featuring the Stay Safe Together Platform with a Healthcheck assessment tool, an exposure notification app and event passport. The full report is available on the System website. Details of our UA campus return plan will be released in the next few days. The UA plan, which is governed by the System’s plan, paves the way for the University to resume its fundamental mission of teaching, research and service through a careful and measured reopening this fall.

Reflections on the Stand: June 11 at 1 p.m. 

A conversation about June 11, 1963 — the day Vivian Malone and James Hood desegregated The University of Alabama — with Dr. E. Culpepper Clark, author of “The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation’s Last Stand at the University of Alabama,” and Dr. Art Dunning, a three-time UA graduate and student during the mid-1960s, will be held via Zoom by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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UA’s Model UN Team, Members Ranked Among the Best

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

June 2, 2020

Virtual Vigil, Campus Conversation and a Message from Dr. Christine Taylor 

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a virtual vigil for those who lost their lives to racialized violence Thursday, June 4, at 6 p.m. and a campus conversation on coping during trauma Friday, June 5, at 1 p.m. For more information about these events and resources on how to get involved, read this message from Dr. G. Christine Taylor, vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

CARES Funding Distribution 

The University is distributing emergency aid funding provided from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to eligible students who have experienced a disruption because of the coronavirus pandemic. Eligibility for funds is based on a student’s Estimated Family Contribution as calculated on their existing Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FASFA. Eligible students will receive an email from Student Financial Aid with next steps. For more information, including a list of frequently asked questions, visit the CARES Act page on UA’s HealthInfo website.

Summer Graduation Application Deadline June 5

Students who plan to graduate in August and have not submitted a degree application online through myBama should do so by June 5. For more details visit the commencement website.

UA Alerts Test June 3

Weather permitting, the University will test its emergency notification systems, including UA Alerts, the public address system and digital signage Wednesday, June 3, at 11:55 a.m. Even though many in the UA community are not in Tuscaloosa currently, it is important for UA to continue regular monthly tests to verify the system works correctly.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Yes, Big Al, You Need to Wear a Mask

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.


ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

May 29, 2020

Remote Learning Continues for Summer 2

UA academic leaders announced today that remote learning will continue with second session summer courses. The campus remains under limited business operations, and students have continued to move out of their spring semester campus housing this week. Plans are ongoing for a return to full operations in the fall, with guidance and carefully designed protocols from the UA System Task Force and the President’s Advisory Committee for Return to Full Operations to ensure health and safety remain the priority.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Class Prepares Students for ‘New Normal’ of Live Entertainment

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

May 15, 2020

Limited Business Operations Remain in Effect

Though the city and state have lifted some retail restrictions, the University remains under Limited Business Operations. Group 2 employees should continue working remotely unless they have been assigned to critical on-campus functions like residence hall move-out. With few exceptions that have been appropriately cleared, transitioning to on-campus operations should not begin until Limited Business Operations restrictions have been lifted. The University is developing safety plans and protocols in coordination with the UA System-wide Task Force on campus safety, including plans for the use and distribution of personal protective equipment for those employees returning to campus.

Thank a Health Care Worker

UA’s Student Government Association is asking students to send virtual cards to health care workers at DCH expressing their gratitude for all their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students can submit words of appreciation and encouragement through May 31 by using this virtual card form.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Surrounded by Family at Home, ROTC Students Commissioned Virtually

A Life Inspired by a Special Brother 

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

April 30, 2020

Move-out Schedule and Procedures Begin May 5

UA officials have announced a plan to allow students to remove their belongings from campus housing. In order to support social distancing efforts, there will be a staggered move-out schedule for residence halls and Greek chapters beginning Tuesday, May 5. To promote social distancing, students will sign up for a date and time for move-out. Information from UA Housing and Residential Communities and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life was sent to campus residents with details on how to sign up for a move-out time slot, parking information, social distancing measures and more. For more information, go to the Housing and Residential Communities or Fraternity and Sorority Life websites.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Dancing for Joy

Graduating Seniors Can Qualify for ‘Quick Admit’ to Grad Programs

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

April 29, 2020

Planning Continues for On-Campus Courses in the Fall

We have been planning for and will continue to work toward in-person instruction this fall on the regular schedule. Our campus working group has representation from across the University and will be addressing the various elements of our plan, including academic quality, campus life, and health and safety, and will coordinate with the UA System. We are also reviewing the possibility of returning to in-person classes for the second summer term. A decision about the summer 2 courses will be announced before the end of May.

Graduating Seniors Can Qualify for ‘Quick Admit’ to Grad Programs

To better equip undergraduate students for the evolving job market, the Graduate School launched the Graduate Quick Admit Program, an initiative that offers priority admission to graduating UA seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA. Beginning with the Summer 2020 Semester, select UA graduate programs are offering expedited graduate admissions for eligible May and August 2020 graduates.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

UA Students Help Youth on Path to GED Diploma

Pandemic Doesn’t Stop UA Student From Still Serving Tuscaloosa

April 30 Deadline for Feedback on Provost Candidates 

More Student News

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

April 24, 2020

Student Services Go Virtual 

Most services UA students rely on have moved online to better help meet student needs. We continue to provide resources to support the holistic needs of our campus community — from academic progress to career planning to mental and physical health and beyond. Visit the Virtual Student Services page for more details.

Honor 2011 Tornado Anniversary with Acts of Kindness

Monday, April 27, marks nine years since the 2011 tornadoes that struck Tuscaloosa and the region. Here are nine ideas on what you can do, and share on social media using #StillTideTogether to potentially be featured on UA’s social media accounts.

UAB Launches Symptom Tracker to Improve Disease Tracking 

Experts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have created a symptom checker to identify hot spots where the virus is spreading. The project will help public health officials and health care workers track symptoms before the disease spreads and could help identify new community outbreaks more effectively. Tell them how you feel at HelpBeatCOVID19.org.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

UA Students Display Research, Creativity for Annual Conference

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

April 16, 2020

Important Information on Student Employees

The University has been paying all student employees, including those who have not been actively working, for the past several weeks. All student employees will continue to be paid through April 17. Those paychecks will be direct deposited on or about April 24. This will serve as the final paycheck of the semester for student employees who are not actively working. Student employees who continue to work will be contacted by their supervisor with instructions regarding recording hours after April 17. Students with current or future needs may visit our emergency assistance website for links to short-term financial and other assistance programs. More information about employment related issues, including student unemployment eligibility is available on the employee FAQs web page.

Campus Access During Limited Business Operations

The University of Alabama prioritizes the health and safety of our campus community. In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all classes are being taught remotely. There should be no person-to-person or onsite instruction. Academic and instructional buildings are closed, and students should not attempt to access on-campus instructional facilities.

Group 1 employees working on campus should coordinate with their supervisors to ensure adherence to guidance related toLimited Business Operations. Even for this group, staggered times on campus are encouraged, as is remote performance of duties when possible. Group 2 and Group 3 employees should have permission from their supervisors before coming to campus. 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Meet Finalists for Executive Vice President and Provost

Academic Help Moves Online

More Student News

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

April 15, 2020

Refund Notifications Delayed One Week

Technical complications have required a delay in notifying students about prorated refunds related to housing, dining and parking. Students who qualify based on residence hall, meal plan or permit type will receive notification about their account adjustments by April 22. We apologize for the delay. Students who qualify for a refund will be able to specify one of the following options:

  • Receive a prorated refund. See studentaccounts.ua.edu/refunds for information about how refunds are issued; or
  • Apply the refund to your Fall 2020 student bill (Students who elect this option will receive an additional credit of 10% of the refund amount. For example, under this option with a $500 refund, an additional 10% or $50 for a total of $550 would be applied to your Fall 2020 student bill.); or
  • Donate your refund to the Tide Together Student Support Fund.

Bama Bound to be Held Virtually

The University of Alabama will hold 2020 Bama Bound orientation sessions online. We are working diligently to provide an excellent online experience to provide new and transfer students with a successful transition to UA. For those students who have already paid an orientation deposit, half of that fee will be credited to their account this fall. For students yet to register, the fee will be half of the original price. Go to the orientation website for more info.

UA System Team to Develop Comprehensive Health and Safety Plan

The University of Alabama System has created a task force led by UAB Health System experts to develop plans for the three University of Alabama System campuses – University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Alabama in Huntsville – to be the safest universities in America when on-campus instruction resumes. Read more about this initiative on the UA System website.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Meet Finalists for Executive Vice President and Provost

More Student News

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

April 14, 2020

Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order

Students who reside in Alabama are subject to the governor’s recent stay-at-home order, and are advised to review the order for a list of limited exemptions and specified essential activities. This is an important measure for public health and the efforts of our officials, and your compliance is appreciated.

Banner Upgrade April 19

OIT will be implementing a Banner Bundle upgrade on Sunday, April 19, from 4 to 10 a.m.  During the upgrade myBama will be available, but channels that connect to Banner will not be accessible, including self-service and administrative systems. More information is available on the OIT website.

Printing Services Open and Operating

UA Printing Services is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. UP offers signage, engraving, high-speed digital copies, graphic design services and more. Contact UP at 205-348-5200 or visit their website.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Meet Finalists for Executive Vice President and Provost

Virtual Tapping on the Mound Recognizes UA Achievement

Meet UA’s New SGA President

Student Accounts Calendar

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

April 10, 2020

May graduates invited to participate in summer commencement ceremonies

Although any plans must be contingent on how the summer health outlook progresses, all May graduates are invited to participate in the summer commencement events scheduled for Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1. Each college is mailing honors cords and stoles to the graduates’ permanent address listed in MyBama in the next couple of weeks. Caps and gowns can still be purchased through the Supe Store.

More details will be provided in the coming weeks on how to register and the date and times for each ceremony. We will also be recognizing the achievements of our Spring 2020 graduating class in May through online and social media outlets to highlight our pride in their success. Visit the health info and commencement websites where more details will be posted when available.

Potential for Severe Weather on Sunday

The National Weather Service has placed Tuscaloosa County in a moderate risk (4 out of 5) for severe weather during the afternoon and evening of Sunday, April 12. Strong tornadoes, damaging winds up to 70 mph, and golf-ball size hail are possible with these storms.

If a tornado watch is issued for Tuscaloosa County, the North Campus Storm Shelter, East Campus Storm Shelter, John H. England Jr. Hall Storm Shelter, North Lawn Hall, Magnolia Parking Deck Best Available Refuge Area, or BARA, and Capstone Parking Deck BARA will be available for all students, faculty and staff until the watch expires. The Magnolia Parking Deck BARA can accept pets with their owners. Read more about sheltering with pets in the Magnolia Deck BARA.

Even with the extraordinary social distancing precautions, the Alabama Department of Public Health recommends that your first priority should be to protect yourself from a potential tornado.

Wherever you choose to shelter from severe weather, you should use as many precautions as possible to inhibit the spread of COVID-19 as best as you can. You are encouraged to wear a mask or other face covering while in a shelter, and to bring hand sanitizer with you. Also try to practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others when possible.

Download the UA Safety App for iOS and Android devices to receive watches and warnings from the National Weather Service for Tuscaloosa County, UA Alerts, and to locate storm shelters.

Meet finalists for executive vice president and provost

The UA campus community is invited to attend video presentations by the five finalists for the position of executive vice president and provost April 13-28. Each candidate will engage with several student, staff and faculty groups using video conferencing. The candidates will make a presentation to the campus community from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. CDT.

Be Watchful for Phishing Emails

OIT reminds students, faculty and staff to keep an eye out for phishing emails. Visit the OIT website to see recent phishing email alerts – including O365 and COVID-19 scams – and to learn how to spot the red flags of phishing messages.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

UA Students Can Continue Career Pathways

Q&A: Staying Emotionally/Mentally Healthy in Virtual Academia

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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

April 8, 2020

Interim and early summer courses to be taught remotely

The University of Alabama is committed to providing consistency and continuity to our students, faculty and staff during this uncertain time. To aid in scheduling and planning, all summer courses with a class start date before June 22 will be taught in an online or remote format, which includes Interim, summer I and full summer term sessions.

We remain hopeful of the possibility to return to on-site instruction later in the summer. However, until circumstances change, faculty should continue preparing for online/remote course options for the remainder of the summer, including courses with a class start date on or after June 22.

Any further changes in the status of summer instruction will be announced by April 30 in accordance with UA System Office policy.

Virtual Tapping on the Mound

In lieu of an in-person Honors Day Tapping on the Mound ceremony, The University of Alabama’s Office of Student Involvement, Coordinating Council for Honor Societies and Division of Student Life will host a live virtual ceremony April 10 at 1:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on the UA Division of Student Life’s Facebookpage.

SHC provides telemedicine for students no matter where they are

The Student Health Center and Pharmacy is continuing to serve all students no matter where they live through expanded telehealth services for routine primary care needs. Students can call 205-348-0386 to request a telemedicine visit. Students who are still in Tuscaloosa can call and request an on-site appointment if they prefer. All visits to the SHC will require a pre-screening call for your safety and the safety of the staff.

Psychiatry appointments are being handled exclusively through telepsychiatry.

The pharmacy is offering curbside pickup for new or refill prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines. Students should call 205-348-0386 when they arrive at the SHC and a staff member will bring the prescription to your vehicle.

Immunizations are being provided as well as allergy injections. Please call 205-348-5789 if you need your allergy serum transferred to your home allergist at this time.

The Student Health Center and Pharmacy is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

What is the deadline to return rented text books?

The deadline for returning books rented from the Supe Store for Spring Semester 2020 has been extended to May 31. Avoid shipping charges by using the UPS label available on the Supe Store site. More information on returning book(s) via USPS, UPS or Fedex is also available on the Supe Store website. 

Upgrade Zoom

OIT Security recommends that all Zoom software be updated. By updating to the latest version, you will receive security patches and upgrades to ensure the security of your computer and also your meetings. More information is available on the OIT website.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Meet Finalists for Executive Vice President and Provost

Emerging Scholars Program Application 

Bama By Distance Seeks, Offers Tips for Online Learning 

First Year Experience Compass Talks Continue on Zoom

First Year Experience Hangout Hours Move Online 

More Student News

UPDATED FAQS

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to https://healthinfo.ua.edu/faqs/.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

April 2, 2020

Update your contact information in myBama

Make sure your contact information, including permanent home address and mobile phone number, are updated in myBama.

Campus Mail Services will forward packages and mail received in the mailroom to your permanent home address.

In order to receive UA Alerts notifications, verify your current mobile phone number is listed.

Click here to update your contact information. Log in to myBama and go to the Personal Information page to update your cell phone number and permanent address.

Payments for student workers

Student employees, including those not required to be at work, will continue to be paid during limited business operations. Those who cannot locate their pay stubs should check their email or contact Human Resources.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

UA Graduate School Temporarily Waives Test Score Requirements

Tide Together Student Support Fund

City of Tuscaloosa Curfew 

UPDATED FAQS

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to https://healthinfo.ua.edu/faqs/.

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

March 31, 2020

Pass/Fail Grading Information Update 

Students will have the opportunity to choose a pass/fail (P/F) grading option for courses in which they are enrolled during Spring Semester 2020, provided that the course has not yet ended. More information has been added at the registrar’s website.

Welcome Back from the Faculty 

Faculty from across campus are sending students a video greeting.

BAMA Dining Options 

Starbucks on Bryant Drive offers drive-thru service from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Lakeside Dining offers to-go meals daily. For details about hours, payment and prices visit bamadining.ua.edu and choose “Order Ahead for Lakeside.”

Student Conduct in Online Classes

With the transition to distance and online learning this week, both faculty and students are using new approaches to class instruction. For faculty, this new environment requires extensive planning, creativity and energy. Faculty are working tirelessly to challenge and support students during an unprecedented time. For some students, this new setting might initially feel challenging. Please do not hesitate to contact your professors when you need help or have questions. Many resources and tips are also available to help.

The new learning environment has resulted in social media posts from campuses around the country showing disruptions in online course content. We hope to avoid this unfortunate behavior, which is in clear contradiction to the Capstone Creed and what UA stands for as a united community.

The UA Student Code of Conduct prohibits “disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other University activities.” Any related behavior will be reported to Student Conduct for disciplinary action. Please help your fellow students and faculty create a safe and effective learning environment for our entire campus community.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Make a Difference with the 2020 Census: We’re Counting on You    

Connect with the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Show Your School Spirit While Slowing Spread of Coronavirus

UPDATED FAQS

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go tohttps://healthinfo.ua.edu/faqs/.

 


 

The latest information on pass/fail grades, city curfew, online learning and more. 

March 27, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Pass/fail grading, extended drop deadline offered

Following a recommendation by the Faculty Senate and approved by President Bell today, students now have the option to choose between a letter grade or pass/fail designation for Spring 2020 courses. The deadline to drop a course has also been extended through April 24.

More details will be provided next week through individual academic programs and via healthinfo.ua.edu, but basic guidelines include:

  • This change applies only to Spring 2020 courses that have not yet ended.
  • Students can choose between the letter grade or pass/fail option on a course-by-course basis.
  • Grading choice can be made at any time until 5 p.m. April 24, the last day of classes.
  • If a student does not specify a preference, the original grade assignment procedure will be used.
  • The pass/fail option will be generally available to both undergraduate and graduate students except as professional or certification requirements dictate otherwise.

Understanding grade implications on future plans, degree completion, graduate or professional program applications and financial aid is important. As you consider your grading options, please discuss any impact a pass/fail designation may have with your academic, program, athletic and financial aid advisers.

Implementation procedures and program specific instructions for these options will be rolled out in the coming days.

City curfew announced

The City of Tuscaloosa has adopted a 24/7 curfew effective Sunday night to support social distancing and prevent possible community spread of coronavirus. In agreement with city officials, University work, already functioning under a limited business operations plan, is not affected by the curfew. Employees and students who reside in the city are subject to the curfew when not working, and are advised to review the executive order for a list of limited exemptions and specified essential activities. This is an important measure for public health and the efforts of our city officials, and your compliance is appreciated.

MESSAGE FROM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND STUDENT LIFE 

Over the past two weeks UA faculty and staff have been working to transition all face-to-face courses to online formats. We understand this is not the end of the semester you expected; however, our hope is that the information in this email helps in your transition to online learning.

Adjusting to online learning

Online learning is new territory for many students and instructors. The College of Continuing Studies has prepared an orientation to help you get started on the right foot as you shift to online learning for the remainder of the semester. It’s a great starting point for setting up your work space, downloading instructional software, finding student resources, and developing strategies for success in your courses. It will be continually updated with additional resources.

Many of your instructors have reached out to check in on your readiness to learn online. Please take a moment to respond. it will help us make sure you and our instructors are ready to go.

Before classes begin, review the updated syllabus and course schedule for each of your classes, and make note of any technology tools you will need to accomplish your assignments. Software such as Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, Matlab and more can be downloaded from the Office of Information Technology’s software catalog.

Virtual meetings

Zoom accounts are available to all UA students. Note – only the individual hosting a Zoom meeting is required to have an account. You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. Blackboard Collaborate is another web conferencing option for students and instructors.

Internet service

Many internet service providers have temporarily changed their service offerings. Xfinity, AT&T and others have opened up hotspots and are providing discounted services to certain households. Learn more about these options on the OIT website.

Technology help

OIT, CIT and the College of Continuing Studies have partnered to provide instructional support for students during this time of remote instruction. For any questions related to online learning or Blackboard, contact techsupport@ccs.ua.edu or call 1-866-205-1011. Answers to frequently asked questions are available on theCCS website.

Student services

Starting March 30, The Capstone Center for Student Success will be offering academic support, tutoring and Academic Coaching and Skills Workshops through Zoom.

Student Care & Well Being staff are working remotely to provide assistance and case management for students in crisis and also providing outreach to parents and families. Contact the Student Care & Well Being office at bamacares@ua.edu or 205-348-2461. The 24/7 On-Call Dean Program will continue to support students who have been transported to local hospitals.

If you are experiencing food insecurity and have financial need due to COVID-19, apply for assistance at  https://bamacares.sa.ua.edu/student-assistance/.

The Student Health Center & Pharmacy is open. All students entering the SHC building will need to have a phone call screening completed prior to any visit other than tele-psychiatry, walk-ins, and pharmacy. Students can call 205-348-0386 between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for assistance.

The Counseling Center will be providing teletherapy services for existing clients and for potential new clients. If students are experiencing an emergency, please contact UAPD at 205-348-5454 and ask to speak with the on-call counselor.

Coping Tips

Coping with Social Distancing

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go tohttps://healthinfo.ua.edu/faqs/

 


 

The latest information on University operations, refunds and Honors Week 2020, and some coping tips. 

March 26, 2020

Student Refunds

Housing, Dining and Parking will all offer prorated refunds to applicable students based upon residence hall, meal plan or parking permit type. Each affected student will be contacted directly no later than April 15 with more information about their specific refund. Students with a refund will be able to choose from these options:

  • Receive a prorated refund. See studentaccounts.ua.edu/refunds for information about how refunds are issued; OR
  • Apply your refund to your Fall 2020 student bill; students who elect this option will receive an additional credit of 10% of the refund amount.  For example, under this option with a $500 refund, an additional 10% or $50 for a total of $550 would be applied to your Fall 2020 student bill; OR
  • Donate your refund to the Tide Together Student Support Fund.

Refunds will be applied to accounts with outstanding balances before distribution of any remaining refund balance. Students with UA scholarships that paid for housing, dining or parking are not eligible for refunds.

More detailed information specific to each student will be provided no later than April 15. Other updates will be posted at healthinfo.ua.edu and related offices’ websites as they become available.

Graduation Fee Error
A number of students have been inadvertently charged a graduation application fee due to an automated process. We apologize and have instituted a process to fully refund them. We are determining alternative means of recognizing the significant achievements of our graduates and students earning honors and will provide that information as soon as possible.

Extension of Limited Business Operations 

The University continues to address and manage issues related to the Covid-19 outbreak, so limited business operations will continue for the time being. Any changes to this policy will be communicated to the UA community. For the latest updates to frequently asked questions, go to https://healthinfo.ua.edu/faqs/.

Honors Week

Honors Week 2020 will be held in a virtual format in late April. Advisers are working with students to plan the alternative event. Updates will be provided when available.

Coping Tips
As details emerge and continue to change with COVID-19, it’s important to manage stress during this unprecedented crisis. Dr. Sha-Rhonda Green, assistant professor of social work, offers these coping tips.

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to https://healthinfo.ua.edu/faqs/

 


 

The latest information on campus mail, Student Health Center, Crimson Ride and what to do in case of severe weather. 

March 23, 2020

Student Health Center 

The Student Health Center and Pharmacy re-opened Monday, March 23. It will serve students from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, but all students entering the SHC building will have to have a phone call screening completed prior to a visit for any reason, including appointments (women’s health; allergy/immunization; and face to face psychiatry, but not tele-psychiatry), walk ins, and pharmacy. Students can call 205-348-0386 between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Weekend clinics will not be available. At this time, the Student Health Center does not have COVID-19 testing kits. DCH Regional Medical Center is overseeing drive-through coronavirus testing in Tuscaloosa.

Counseling Center

When campus is in session, students can speak with a counselor or make an appointment through The University of Alabama Counseling Center by calling 205-348-3863. At other times or during an emergency call UAPD at 205-348-5454 and ask to speak to the on-call counselor.

What to do in Case of Severe Weather 

In the event of a tornado watch or warning, the University will open storm shelters and best available refuge areas (BARAs) for students who may still be in Tuscaloosa.  Wherever you choose to shelter from severe weather, use as many precautions as possible to inhibit the spread of COVID-19 as best as you can.

Campus storm shelters can be located by using the UA Safety App or by visiting ready.ua.edu.

Campus Mail Services 

The Ferguson Mail Center will remain closed to students for mail and package pick-up services indefinitely. With the exception of packages received that contain medication, all packages will be forwarded to addresses provided by students. If addresses are not provided, packages will be sent to the student’s permanent address in myBama. It is imperative your address is correct in myBama.

If you are awaiting delivery of medications, send an email that includes your name, mailstop code and tracking number for the package containing the medication(s) to the Ferguson Mail Center at fergmailcenter@ua.edu. These items will be placed in the parcel lockers located at Bryce Lawn and if not retrieved by you sooner will remain in the lockers until March 31. If medications are not retrieved, they will be sent to your permanent address. When the packages are ready for pickup, you can expect to receive an email notification from the Ferguson Mail Center.

Transportation Update 

All Crimson Ride and 348-RIDE services have been suspended indefinitely.

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to https://healthinfo.ua.edu/faqs/

 


 

Campus COVID-19 Update

March 20, 2020

As a reminder, students must NOT return to campus from Spring Break. Residence halls and Greek residential houses are closed. Recreation facilities are also closed. Dining halls, food courts, libraries and other services will not be readily available. The availability of such services in the community is also greatly limited. Now that on-campus classes will not resume this semester, a plan will be communicated in the near future regarding residential student housing fees and meal plans.

If your home is in Tuscaloosa and you’ve been away for Spring Break and around large groups of people, please consider staying away from others after returning. While you may not be affected, the virus could easily be transmitted to those who are more vulnerable.

Social distancing tips

Everybody should be doing everything possible to practice social distancing and other preventive health strategies related to COVID-19 – whether you are on campus or not. Here are some social distancing tips and techniques to help you.

Recent updates to healthinfo.ua.edu and FAQs

  • A new section titled Student Assistance has been added to the HEALTHINFO The page provides links to UA Care and Wellbeing resources to help students in need as well as commercial offerings for services and discounts related to the pandemic.
  • A few more campus events have been canceled.
  • Bama Dining at Lakeside and Starbucks on Bryant Drive have moved to take-out or drive-through services only.
  • On-campus Spring Commencement will not be held as scheduled, and families should not plan on traveling to campus for that event. We are actively exploring and hope to provide alternative means of recognizing the significant achievements of graduates and students earning honors, but it is too early to make those plans firm.

 


 

Message to Students from the Vice President for Student Life

March 10, 2020

Dear Students:

I know you have all had a busy semester, and I hope you’re looking forward to enjoying some rest and relaxation, and time with family and friends over spring break.

As stated in recent messages to campus about the evolving coronavirus situation globally, UA has had no reported cases of the virus. If you are planning personal travel over the break, please monitor healthinfo.ua.edu for the most recent campus information about the situation. While the updated interim emergency policy does not inhibit or restrict the travel of individuals traveling on personal business at the time of this communication, the UA System strongly encourages our faculty, staff and students to consider this updated policy when making decisions to continue on or schedule travel to any of the impacted countries. Stay aware of CDC travel watches, alerts and warnings, and seek out additional CDC and State Department updates.

The most recent local guidance includes:

  • The UA System has canceled all University-sponsored international travel scheduled to depart in March. University-sponsored travel outside of the United States that is scheduled to depart after the month of March is suspended effective immediately.
  • The UA System advises against any non-essential domestic travel, particularly to large conferences or to states or locales that have declared a State of Emergency or Public Health Emergency due to the virus.
  • Those who travel to a CDC COVID-19 Level 2 or 3 country (on personal or University business) or have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to contact the Alabama Department of Public Health, remain away from the UA campus and other large gathering places, and self-monitor for 14 days after leaving the affected area.

If you have concerning symptoms during the break, please contact your family physician or other primary care provider. As a reminder, it is flu and cold season. It you haven’t already received a flu shot, it’s not too late to get one before spring break. Also, take general precautions such as frequent hand washing to prevent the spread of any virus, including seasonal flu, which is still active across Alabama and the U.S. For more information or assistance, please contact Student Health Center and Pharmacy at 205-348-3854 or after hours at 205-348-0386.

As you look ahead to spring break, no matter what your plans are, please remember the following safety guidelines:

  • Lock your doors and windows at all times, even when you are home. Leave an inside light on while you are away.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Look out for each other. Walk in groups in well-lighted areas.
  • Know the local laws and ordinances, especially regarding alcohol consumption, parking, noise and use of outdoor areas.
  • Be the friend you’d want to have when your peers need assistance.
  • Call local police immediately if an incident occurs, or if you become concerned about your safety.
  • If using a rideshare, check for a match on your phone to ensure you are getting in the right vehicle. Stay awake/alert during your ride and keep belongings close by and together.
  • Know how and where to seek medical assistance in the event you need it. Be sure to have your insurance card with you at all times.
  • If you have an emergency (accident, illness, injury, etc.) while you’re away from campus, please let us know so that we can provide follow-up support when you return to campus. You can notify us by calling UAPD at 205-348-5454.
  • Keep in mind, should you remain on campus during the break, the Student Health Center and Pharmacy will be closed Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m. through Monday, March 23 at 8 a.m.

Remember that crime can, and does, happen anywhere. Take a few minutes to review the information in UAPD’s Safer Living Guide, which can be found online at http://police.ua.edu/slg.html. Please be safe, take good care of yourself and be a good friend to your fellow students.

Enjoy your break, and Roll Tide!

Kathleen Cramer, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Life