Category: Student Messages

Dining news, mail migration and more

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Dining Capacity Increases on Campus

Beginning Friday, Feb. 26, Bama Dining will increase capacity in dining facilities on campus from 25% to 50%, in accordance with local and state health orders.

Crimson Email is Moving to Microsoft O365

Student email will move from Google to Microsoft O365 in May. OIT is moving student Crimson email from Google to Microsoft to enhance cybersecurity, provide one cohesive directory, increase collaboration with tools like Microsoft Teams, and better prepare UA students for the workforce. Visit the OIT website for more information. OIT will share more detailed information with students as the migration date approaches.

Mask Up! It’s Required.

Cloth face coverings are required on campus and are proven to limit coronavirus spread. One of the best ways to demonstrate your care for others during this time — both on campus and off — is by wearing a mask. Face coverings help protect other people in case you are infected, and help limit you from inhaling the virus. Wear them over the mouth and nose when within 6 feet of others. Throughout the state of Alabama, masks are currently required in public spaces.

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s healthinfo website. If you have questions not answered on the website, please call UA’s COVID-19 hotline at 205-348-CV19 (2819).

Message from the VP for Student Life – Feb. 12

Dear students,

I am pleased to share the good news that beginning Feb. 15, student organizations may host social events with these rules:

  • All events, including off-campus events at a business or venue in the city of Tuscaloosa, must be registered and approved through mySource.
  • Given current University restrictions on travel, no events may take place outside the city of Tuscaloosa.
  • Events must follow the previous limitations for a maximum of 50 people inside and 100 people outside for on-campus events and no more than 150 attendees for approved off-campus events.
  • During registered events, visitors are permitted in common spaces of fraternity, sorority and small group houses. Access to residential spaces remains limited to residents and members of the organization.
  • Events at residential spaces and off-campus residences will not be approved.
  • Attendance at all in-person events must be tracked by the student organization through the Campus Labs Check-In App and mySource Event Pass. Failure to track attendance could result in sanctions for the organization.
  • Virtual events are allowed and strongly encouraged.

Masks, social distancing and all policies outlined in the Social Event Guidelines Addendum must be strictly followed at all events. Review our guide on planning and hosting eventsCampus Events directives and Event Limitations, which provide the overarching guidelines for any events. All events are subject to approval and can be denied, canceled or revoked up to the day of the event. Contact Student Involvement with any questions.

I am proud of the progress we have made and excited to safely restore in-person student events. Let’s finish the semester strong by remaining committed to the process and doing our part to protect our campus community and remain Tide Together.

Roll Tide,

Myron L. Pope
Vice President for Student Life

Message from the VP for Student Life – Jan. 29

Dear Students,

I am grateful for your vigilant attention to campus health and safety policies as we continue to track key health indicators. As a result, beginning Monday, Feb. 1, student organizations may host non-social engagement events that support their mission and business operations.

  • Permitted event types include: organizational business meetings, recreational activities, academic study groups, religious gatherings and community-building events. Limited intake/recruitment, initiation, sister/brotherhood and philanthropy events will be approved on a case-by-case basis
  • Events must follow the previous limitations for a maximum of 50 people inside and 100 people outside for on-campus events and no more than 150 attendees for approved off-campus events.
  • Permitted in-person events must take place between 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Only very limited off-campus activities may be approved.
  • All student organization events must be registered through the Source.
  • Virtual events are allowed and strongly encouraged.

In-person student social events still prohibited include:

  • Parties, band parties, swaps, day parties and date parties.
  • Philanthropy events with social event elements (amplified music including bands and DJs, cookouts, etc.).

Masks, social distancing and all policies outlined in the Social Event Guidelines Addendum must be strictly followed. Review our guide on planning and hosting events, Campus Events directives and Event Limitations which provide the overarching guidelines for any events. All events are subject to approval and can be denied, canceled or revoked up to the day of the event. Contact Student Involvement with any questions.

We will continue to evaluate loosening moratorium restrictions and, should numbers continue to improve, the possibility to lift the moratorium on Feb. 15, allowing student organizations to hold social events. Thank you for staying the course and following the health and safety protocols in our Spring 2021 Return Plan.

Let’s all do our part to stay Tide Together.

Roll Tide,

Myron L. Pope
Vice President for Student Life

COVID testing update, more – Jan. 22

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Classes Return to Planned Mode of Delivery 

After two weeks of flexible class delivery options, all classes should return to their planned mode of instruction Monday, Jan. 25. All health and safety rules remain in effect, including mandatory distancing, masks and other protocols. The Code of Student Conduct will continue to be enforced as it relates to COVID-19 and full compliance is expected this semester. Visit UA’s Healthinfo website for more information.

COVID Testing Update 

Symptomatic/exposure testing at the Capstone Parking Deck will end today at 4 p.m. The Student Health Center will be closed this weekend, Jan. 23-24, and open Monday, Jan. 25, for standard services and COVID testing. Students wishing to receive a COVID test due to exposure (and mild symptoms) may be tested Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-in testing is available, but appointments are preferred. Make an appointment online through the myBama SHC patient portal (preferred) or call 205-348-2778.

Be Wise, Sanitize

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, be wise and sanitize! It’s essential to frequently sanitize items you use often, such as phones, water bottles, keys, etc.

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s healthinfo website. If you have questions not answered on the website, please call UA’s COVID-19 hotline at 205-348-CV19 (2819).

Drive-thru testing this week, more – Jan. 19

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Drive-thru Symptomatic and Exposure Testing This Week

Students who may have been exposed to COVID or have related symptoms have a convenient option this week. Drive-thru supplemental COVID-19 symptomatic and exposure testing will be available in the Capstone Parking Deck beginning today through Friday, Jan. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. University health care workers will administer the antigen (rapid) test, and students will receive results within an hour. Prior to arriving, complete an online pre-intake survey and a consent form

Students’ insurance will be billed for all symptomatic and exposure testing. Any copays, deductibles or uninsured charges will be placed on the student’s account. In addition to their CWID and government-issued ID, students should bring their insurance information for billing. Students without health insurance will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but the goal is not to turn any students away if testing is warranted. The Capstone Deck will be closed to vehicle parking during this time.

Capstone Men and Women 2021 Applications Open
Capstone Men and Women serve as official ambassadors for the University of Alabama by working events for the President’s Office and providing tours to prospective students and families. Applications are due Jan. 29 at 12 p.m. and can be dropped off at Rose Administration Building, Room 316.

Join a UA Choir

The University of Alabama choral program is accepting new singers in all four of its choirs this semester. Choirs are open to all undergraduate and graduate students regardless of major. Distanced rehearsals will take place this semester in the 1,000-seat Moody Music Building Concert Hall.

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Sentinel Testing Continues in Spring 2021 with Improvements

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s healthinfo website. If you have questions not answered on the website, please call UA’s COVID-19 hotline at 205-348-CV19 (2819).

COVID testing, extended drop/add date, MLK celebration, more – Jan. 15

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Weekend COVID Testing Hours Jan. 16-17

The Student Health Center will be open on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16 and 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for symptomatic and exposure testing only. Testing will end at 1:30 p.m. for test processing. The SHC will use rapid testing during these weekend hours, and medical clinics will not be available. This is not reentry testing. While appointments are not required, students are encouraged to schedule an appointment through myBama and logging into the patient portal, or by calling 205-348-2778. For more information on student COVID testing, visit healthinfo.ua.edu.

Drive-thru Symptomatic and Exposure Testing Next Week

Drive-thru supplemental COVID-19 symptomatic and exposure testing for students will be conducted in the Capstone Parking Deck Tuesday, Jan. 19, through Friday, Jan. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. University health care workers will administer the antigen (rapid) test, and students will receive results within an hour. Prior to arriving, complete an online pre-intake survey and consent form. Students’ insurance will be billed for all symptomatic and exposure testing. Any copays, deductibles or uninsured charges will be placed on the student’s account. In addition to their CWID and government-issued ID, students should bring their insurance information for billing. Those without health insurance will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but won’t be turned away if testing is warranted. Students without health insurance will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but the goal is not to turn any students away if testing is warranted. The Capstone Deck will be closed to vehicle parking during this time.

Need a Mask? We’ve Got You Covered
Students can pick up free face masks today at two locations on campus. Masks are available while supplies last, with a limit of two per student.

Sentinel Testing Resumes Jan. 19, No Registration Required

Spring 2021 sentinel testing will resume and be conducted weekly for three consecutive weeks beginning Jan. 19 and every other week thereafter. Participation in sentinel testing is required for:

-Students living on campus;

-Students participating in clinical activities, who will have a presence on campus at any time during the semester; and,

-Other individuals participating in University-sponsored programs, at the discretion of UA.

Participants will receive incentives like Starbucks or Bama Cash gift cards, or other items. And beginning this semester, all sentinel testing will be managed through UA medical facilities, so registration is no longer required. If randomly selected, individuals will receive an email from the COVID-19 Support Program with instructions. Find more information about spring 2021 sentinel testing on the UA News Center.

MLK Celebrations Kick Off Monday
Join the campus community in celebrating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a series of virtual, in-person and passive events, which kick off Monday and take place throughout January and February.

Drop/Add Deadline Extended to Jan. 29
The deadline to add a course or drop a course without a grade of “W” for the full spring term has been extended from Jan. 20 to Jan. 29.

UA Prepared for Inauguration, Peaceful Transition

Our campus looks forward to a peaceful transition to a new federal administration with a hopeful and optimistic view. It’s more important than ever to remember the Capstone Creed and continue to be respectful to those around us. While there is no information suggesting concerning behavior on or near our campus, our many campus resources are available to help if you have any concerns.

Do Your Part to  STOMP COVID-19
S – Sanitize your hands frequently.
T – Track your symptoms daily.
O – Observe social distancing.
M – Mask up when indoors or near others.
P – Plan to stay home when sick.

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s healthinfo website. If you have questions not answered on the website, please call UA’s COVID-19 hotline at 205-348-CV19 (2819).

Sentinel Testing Continues in Spring 2021 with Improvements

To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19 sentinel testing of campus community members will continue in Spring 2021, with more frequent testing scheduled the first three weeks of the semester.

Participants will receive incentives like Starbucks or Bama Cash gift cards, or other items.

Beginning this semester, all sentinel testing will be managed through UA medical facilities, so registration is no longer required.

Sentinel testing captures a random sampling of students, faculty and staff to help monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 so UA can respond promptly to outbreaks or increases in infection rates.

Spring 2021 sentinel testing will include a sample of the UA population and is planned to be conducted weekly for three consecutive weeks beginning Jan. 19 and every other week thereafter.

Participation in sentinel testing is voluntary for most, but required for:

  • Students living on campus;
  • Students participating in clinical activities, who will have a presence on campus at any time during the semester; and
  • Other individuals participating in University-sponsored programs, at the discretion of UA.

Because sentinel testing is one of several important measures for preventing the spread of the coronavirus and keeping campus safe, voluntary participation is strongly encouraged.

If randomly selected, individuals will receive an email from the COVID-19 Support Program with instructions. Participants will choose a time and location to take the test conveniently, confidentially, and at no cost. A PCR test with a short nasal swab will be self-administered under observation, and results returned within 72 hours.

Additional Changes to Sentinel Testing for Spring 2021

  • Once an individual participates in sentinel testing, they will not be included in the selection pool again for 30 days.
  • All persons who are randomly selected and agree to participate will be tested regardless of previous COVID-19 test results.
  • Those who have isolated because of a positive test in the last 12 weeks will not be required to isolate again if the sentinel test is positive.

Sentinel testing is one of many measures, such as physical distancing and face coverings, that UA is taking to protect the campus community as outlined in its Spring 2021 Return Plan in accordance with The University of Alabama System’s COVID-19 updated guidelines.

More information on sentinel testing, return testing, for-cause testing and more can be found at the UA Healthinfo website or by contacting the COVID-19 Support Program.

COVID-19 training, testing for spring semester — Jan. 7

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Mandatory COVID-19 Training for Spring Semester Now Available
Students attending class on campus for Spring 2021 Semester must complete a new, two-part COVID-19 online training module prior to or immediately upon return to campus. The training is now available via the UA LMS button located on the Campus Life tab in myBama (or the email you should have received). For the best learning experience, access training with Chrome or Firefox browser on a desktop computer. The Safari browser or mobile devices are known to cause technical issues. Refer to the Tech Help Troubleshooting Tool for assistance. More information is available on the healthinfo website.

Reentry Testing Appointments Now Available
Spring 2021 campus residents are required to test for coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) prior to resuming classes and on-campus activities. Testing must be done within seven days of arrival on campus, and no later than Jan. 19. UA is offering one free PCR reentry test on campus to each on-campus resident. An appointment is required and can be scheduled online. Campus residents may elect to test at home or through a personal physician prior to returning to campus as long as they complete a PCR test  and upload their negative results to the UA COVID-19 Test Result Repository.

Use UA Healthcheck Daily
Share your current health status – even if you are symptom free – to ensure a safe return to campus. UA Healthcheck, a daily, 30-second assessment tool for students and employees, allows you to report any current COVID-19-related symptoms, exposure history and testing history.

Be a Responsible Tide Fan
The UA football team takes on Ohio State University in the national championship Monday, Jan. 11. As you cheer on the Tide, do so responsibly, respectfully and safely. Make smart decisions before, during and after the game to protect yourself and others. Wear your mask, avoid large gatherings and keep a 6-foot distance from others.

Moratorium on Student Events
To continue to maintain a safe campus, the spring semester will begin with a two-week moratorium on all in-person student events outside of classroom instruction.

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s healthinfo website. If you have questions not answered on the website, please call UA’s COVID-19 hotline at 205-348-CV19 (2819).

Free speech, COVID-19 training and more – Dec. 17

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Mandatory COVID-19 Training for Spring Semester Available Jan. 7

Students attending class on campus for Spring 2021 Semester must complete a new, two-part COVID-19 online training module, prior to or immediately upon return to campus. Distance students are encouraged to complete the training, which includes important information about health and safety expectations as well as useful steps to take at home and in the community. Beginning Jan. 7, 2021, students registered for spring semester classes may access training via the UA LMS button located on the Campus Life tab in myBama. Upon completion of all training components, you will be emailed a certificate of completion from UA LMS. You may be required to provide your certificate to return to campus or participate in activities.

For the best learning experience, access training with Chrome or Firefox browser on a desktop computer. The Safari browser or mobile devices are known to cause technical issues. Refer to the Tech Help Troubleshooting Tool for assistance. More information is available on the healthinfo website.

Commitment to Free Speech and Use of Facilities/Grounds for Expression

The University is committed to free speech and open inquiry and expression for faculty, staff and students. It supports and fosters the ability of the campus community to engage in debate and deliberation in a productive and responsible manner on campus. Under normal circumstances, numerous opportunities are provided for activities of expression on campus as outlined in the Facility and Grounds Use Policy. For additional information regarding the University’s commitment to open inquiry and expression for the campus community, please visit the Grounds Use website.

Remain Vigilant to Follow All Health and Safety Protocols

It is imperative that UA students, faculty and staff continue to practice stringent adherence to health and safety protocols, both on and off campus, and throughout winter break. The UA Situational Response Team is continuously monitoring local and national COVID transmission trends and consulting with local health officials and the UA System Health and Safety Task Force.

Stay Tuned over Winter Break

Please continue monitoring campus emails for any UA updates or important messages that may be sent during winter break.

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UA Winter Break Schedule

Student Health Center Schedule

Academic Calendar

More Student News

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s healthinfo website. If you have questions not answered on the website, please call UA’s COVID-19 hotline at 205-348-CV19 (2819).

Reentry testing, return to operations update – Dec. 10

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Reentry Testing Required for On-Campus Residents 

According to the UA Spring 2021 Return Plan and the UA System Spring 2021 Comprehensive Health & Safety Plan, students who live on campus, including Greek houses, must test for coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) prior to resuming classes or other on-campus activities for the Spring 2021 Semester. Free PCR testing for students will be conducted at Coleman Coliseum daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Jan. 7, 2021. Students must make an appointment and get a test within seven days of arrival on campus, but no later than Jan. 19. The appointment schedule will be available before Jan. 2, and an announcement will be made when appointments can be reserved. If students choose to be tested off-campus by a personal health care provider, a PCR test is required. It must be conducted no more than seven days before returning to on-campus housing and be uploaded and accepted by the UA COVID-19 Test Result Repository between Jan. 2 and Jan. 12. Read more on the UA News Center. 

Remain Vigilant to Follow All Health and Safety Protocols

It is imperative that UA students, faculty and staff continue to practice stringent adherence to our health and safety protocols, both on and off campus, and throughout winter break. The UA Situational Response Team is continuously monitoring local and national COVID transmission trends and consulting with local health officials and the UA System Health and Safety Task Force.

Spring 2021 Return to Operations Update Posted

The latest guidance for the Spring 2021 Semester is now posted on the healthinfo website. The Spring 2021 plan serves as the University’s interim policy in keeping with the comprehensive UA System plan. It remains subject to change as circumstances related to the pandemic necessitate the University’s responsiveness to health and safety directives, including possible distribution of vaccines. Addressed in the plan are current expectations related to testing, UA Healthcheck use, event limitations, accommodations, enforcement guidelines and other topics. Updates will continue to be shared with the campus community via email and posted on the healthinfo website.

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s healthinfo website. If you have questions not answered on the website, please call UA’s COVID-19 hotline at 205-348-CV19 (2819).