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.


Surrounded by Family at Home, ROTC Students Commissioned Virtually

A Life Inspired by a Special Brother 

More Student News

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


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.


Dancing for Joy

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

More Student News

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


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.


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.


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


UA Students Display Research, Creativity for Annual Conference

More Student News

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


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. 


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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

More Student News

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


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.


UA Students Can Continue Career Pathways

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

More Student News

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


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.


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


Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to


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.


UA Graduate School Temporarily Waives Test Score Requirements

Tide Together Student Support Fund

City of Tuscaloosa Curfew 


Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to


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 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.


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


Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to

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

March 27, 2020


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, 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.


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 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 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

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 to


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 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 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

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

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

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 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

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 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 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 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