Category: Student Messages

Aid available to students impacted by COVID-19

The University of Alabama recognizes the unique challenges the COVID-19 pandemic created for students and their families. Please know resources may be available to students with exceptional financial need.

Congress distributed funds to higher education institutions through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III. These funds are to be used by colleges and universities to provide aid to students impacted by COVID-19. This is separate from previous federal COVID relief funding. Receipt of previous funds does not impact the ability to receive these new funds. Students with a secure Fall Semester 2021 schedule enrolled at least half time may be eligible on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are distributed.

These funds will be distributed by Student Financial Aid and Student Care and Well-Being based on a student’s demonstration of need. Students will not receive funds from both sources.

Student Financial Aid will use the Estimated Family Contribution, derived from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, to determine the amount of funds for students that complete a 2021-2022 FAFSA and will begin reaching out to students after Labor Day.

Student Care and Well-Being will determine the amount for students that do not complete the FAFSA based on the type of emergency identified on their application.

Additional information is on the health info website.

August 27-28 Vaccine Clinics Scheduled

Walk-In Vaccine Clinic Set for Friday at the Ferg:  August 27

A pop-up, walk-in vaccine clinic featuring the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, now approved for those aged 16 or older by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will be held, Friday, August 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ferguson Student Center Great Hall. No appointment required. 

Saturday, August 28 Vaccine Clinic at University Medical Center

University Medical Center will offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call 205-348-1471 to schedule an appointment (required), and leave your name, birthdate and a way for UMC to contact you. Or, make an appointment for another day/time at the Student Health Center today.

Pop-up Vax Clinic, Mask Up!

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Walk-In Vaccine Clinic Set for Wednesday at the Ferg

A pop-up, walk-in vaccine clinic featuring the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which is now approved for those aged 16 or older by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ferguson Student Center Great Hall. No appointment required.

Mask Up, Bama! It’s Required
UA requires face coverings indoors on campus, including classroom buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Pull up the mask as you pull open the building door!

Vaxxed Students Can Win Grand Prize Incentives 
Students who roll up their sleeves to Protect Our Herd can win:

  • all-access parking passes
  • housing scholarships
  • away-game football tickets
  • and more.

In addition to the $40 Bama Cash reward for all students who let us know they’ve received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, students also will be entered to win several grand prizes to be awarded Aug. 23 and Aug. 30. Review the Vaccination Incentive Program rules for more details. Don’t miss your shot at claiming your award or winning a prize! Make an appointment locally or through the Student Health Center today.

Vaccinations are the key to a successful fall semester and to protecting yourself and our herd,” said Dr. Ricky Friend, dean of the College of Community Health Sciences. “Everyone is strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. Data continue to show the vaccines provide very strong protection against serious illness and hospitalization.”

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).

Vaccinated Students Can Win Parking Passes, Housing Scholarships, Football Tix

Students who roll up their sleeves to Protect Our Herd now have an opportunity to win all-access parking passes, housing scholarships, away-game football tickets and more.

In addition to the $40 Bama Cash reward for all students who let us know they’ve been vaccinated before 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, students vaccinated against COVID-19 will be entered to win several grand prizes to be awarded Aug. 23 and Aug. 30. Grand prizes include three all-access campus parking passes, 10 $1,000 on-campus housing scholarships, six pairs of away game football tickets, and lunch with Dr. Myron Pope, vice president of Student Life.

All students currently enrolled for the Fall 2021 Semester are eligible and qualify after uploading proof of their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Students selected for grand prizes will receive an invitation to participate in Zoom trivia to win their prize. Review our Vaccination Incentive Program rules for more details.

Haven’t gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet? Don’t miss your shot at claiming your award or winning a prize. Make an appointment locally or through the Student Health Center today.

Get Vaxxed, Get More Cash!

The University of Alabama is now offering an even bigger COVID-19 vaccine reward for students doing their part to Protect Our Herd. Now, students enrolled for the fall semester can receive $40 in Bama Cash as a thank you for getting vaccinated!

If you haven’t already, let us know you’ve been vaccinated before 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, to receive your $40 Bama Cash reward. If you’ve already submitted your proof of vaccination, you don’t need to do anything else. You will automatically receive an additional $20 in Bama Cash.

To get the $40 reward, you must upload proof of vaccination, even if you reported your vaccination before any reward was announced or if you received your vaccine from the Student Health Center or University Medical Center.

Haven’t gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet? UMC is offering Saturday vaccine clinics on Aug. 14 and Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make a clinic appointment by calling 205-348-1471, or schedule an appointment locally or through the Student Health Center today so you can claim your reward, too.

All students currently enrolled for the Fall 2021 Semester are eligible and qualify after their first dose. Check the status of your $40 Bama Cash reward through the eAccounts app, Apple Wallet, Google Pay or the Action Card website. For a list of locations that accept Bama Cash and more information, visit the Bama Cash website.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the vaccine is the best way to protect our campus community and yourself – especially from serious illness and hospitalization.

Thank you for rolling up your sleeve!

UA to Reinstate Indoor Mask Rule; Will Review and Monitor

The University of Alabama will require face coverings indoors on campus, where and when distancing is not possible, beginning Friday, Aug. 6. This requirement applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Given the increase in COVID cases and recent CDC guidance, UA is taking this step to further protect the Fall 2021 semester.

With this new requirement, masks must be worn:

  • In classrooms and classroom buildings, regardless of distancing
  • In personal meeting spaces, such as meetings with faculty and advisors
  • When gathering in common spaces, such as the Student Center
  • On campus transportation

Exceptions include:

  • Indoor areas when distanced
  • When alone in offices and private workspaces
  • In residence hall rooms
  • While eating or drinking
  • While exercising
  • Faculty teaching, if distanced and behind plexiglass

The indoor masking requirement is intended to be temporary and will be reviewed after the first two weeks of classes. Guidance and data are continually reviewed by medical professionals and administrators working with the campus Situational Response Team and the UA System Health and Safety Task Force.

Vaccinations are the key to a successful fall semester and the key to moving beyond these types of requirements,” stated Dr. Ricky Friend, Dean of the College of Community Health Sciences.  “Everyone is strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. Data continue to show the vaccines provide very strong protection against serious illness and hospitalization.”

Schedule your vaccination appointment today, or let us know if you’ve been vaccinated. Students who upload proof of vaccination will qualify for $20 Bama Cash.

“Our vaccine numbers among faculty and staff are strong – the percentage vaccinated more than doubles the statewide number. We are still learning about students who were vaccinated over the summer, and will be offering expanded opportunities for vaccination as classes approach. Again, vaccination is key,” Friend said.

Check the UA HealthInfo website for the latest information.

Claim Your Reward for Protecting Our Herd

The University of Alabama is announcing its new COVID-19 vaccine rewards for students who are enrolled for the fall semester. By rolling up your sleeve, you’ve helped Protect Our Herd, and this is our way of saying thank you!

Let us know you’ve been vaccinated, and we will automatically thank you with $20 in your Bama Cash account. Do so before 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, to receive your reward.

Haven’t gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet? Make an appointment locally or through the Student Health Center today so you can claim your award, too.

All students currently enrolled for the Fall 2021 Semester are eligible and qualify after their first dose. Check the status of your $20 Bama Cash reward through the eAccounts app, Apple Wallet, Google Pay or the Action Card website. For a list of locations that accept Bama Cash and more information, visit the Bama Cash website.

Message from the Vice President for Student Life: Fall 2021 updates

Dear students,

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. As we prepare for our return to in-person operations at The University of Alabama this fall, I want to make sure you are prepared for the semester. We have posted our latest COVID-19 plan with guidelines for Fall 2021. These guidelines are subject to change, if the need arises.

Below are important points we are emphasizing for students and their families.

Vaccine and mask policy

Widely available vaccines and adherence to safety protocols have allowed UA to plan our Fall 2021 experience. While vaccination is not mandated as a condition of attendance, all members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. Those who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear a mask indoors, practice physical distancing or quarantine for mere exposure. Unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear a mask inside campus buildings. Please be understanding and compassionate to those who must or choose to continue to wear a mask for any variety of reasons.

Vaccine information

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, free and effective. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine on the CDC website, including common myths and facts, to inform your decision. Feel free to reach out to the Student Health Center with any questions. They will be happy to talk with you.

We strongly encourage each of you to do your part in protecting yourself, our campus and community by getting the vaccine before the semester begins. Find a vaccine appointment online, and please let us know if you were vaccinated off campus.

While we hope you are fully vaccinated before you return to campus, if you arrive having received only the first of a two-dose vaccine, you can still schedule an appointment at the Student Health Center for your second dose. UMC and SHC continue to provide vaccines at no cost to faculty, staff, and students.

Class delivery

Class delivery and absence guidelines are returning to pre-pandemic expectations. If you are not vaccinated, you will be required to quarantine if you are exposed to COVID-19. If any student contracts COVID-19, they must isolate. Faculty teaching in-person classes are not required to provide online coursework, lectures or resources if you miss class due to COVID quarantine or isolation, unless directed to do so by the Office of Disability Services. Missing up to two weeks can have a major impact on your class experience and potentially your grade.

Further, since the vaccine is widely available, the Office of Disability Services will no longer offer COVID-19 Adjustment Requests. Students impacted by COVID-19 due to a clinically diagnosed disability can still apply for academic accommodations with the Office of Disability Services. Students who are unsure if they meet criteria for disability-related accommodations can review documentation guidelines.

COVID protocols

For Fall 2021, individuals required to isolate or quarantine will be recommended to return to their legal residence. For campus residents unable to return home, UA will maintain limited on-campus housing designated for this purpose.

Please consider these possibilities, along with other health and safety benefits of being vaccinated, as you prepare to return to campus in the fall. Fully vaccinated individuals who are potentially exposed to COVID-19 but remain asymptomatic are not required to quarantine.

Student events and activities

We plan to hold student-led activities and events at full capacity for fall. You can help by being vaccinated. If not fully vaccinated, please wear a mask when indoors and follow social distancing requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19. By getting the vaccine, we each do our part to prevent virus and variant spread and sustain full, in-person capacity for student activities and events. Please help us Protect Our Herd.

I’m proud of the care shown by our campus community in the past year, and am excited to welcome you all back safely to campus this fall.

Myron L. Pope, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Life

Fall 2021 Plans with Updated COVID-19 Guidelines Announced

The University of Alabama System released today its Fall 2021 Operations Plan. In accordance with the System plan, The University of Alabama updated its COVID-19 plan with guidelines for Fall 2021. Widespread utilization of the life-saving COVID vaccine has helped UA officials plan for our Fall semester experience. Every member of our campus community is strongly encouraged to be vaccinated to keep you and our campus safe and Protect Our Herd.

What’s Required

  • All faculty, staff and students must report COVID-positive test results to the UA COVID-19 Support Program, follow required instructions, and isolate in accordance with public health guidance.
  • Unvaccinated individuals who test positive or who have known exposure to COVID-19 must quarantine/isolate in their legal residence.
  • In the event of a suspected increase in exposure at a specific location or among an identified group, unvaccinated individuals in those locations/groups are required to take part in “for-cause” testing.
  • Masks are required in clinical settings.

What’s No Longer Required

  • Faculty teaching in-person classes are generally not required to offer online options for students.
  • Reentry or sentinel testing, COVID-19 training, physical distancing and masks (unless in a clinical setting) are not required.

Recommendations

  • Everyone on campus is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated to Protect Our Herd. UA will continue to offer the vaccines at no cost through the Student Health Center and University Medical Center.
  • Students, faculty and staff should report vaccines received off campus to help UA better plan for the semester. Participating students will receive a reward (details to come as they’re available). Any false reporting of vaccine status will be considered a code of conduct violation.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are expected to protect the campus community by continuing to wear masks indoors and practice physical distancing wherever possible.

Acknowledgments

  • All faculty, staff and students must comply with the health and safety guidelines. Failure to comply with guidelines may subject individuals to disciplinary actions.
  • There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any place where people are present. Participation in on-campus activities, programs, work and events may expose individuals, especially those who are unvaccinated, to a risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • The UA System Health and Safety Task Force will remain active and continue to monitor data on campus and in the community. The health and safety guidelines are subject to change.

Update to travel guidance

University-sponsored Domestic Travel Resumes

The University of Alabama System Health and Safety Task Force has updated the System-wide travel guidance. Effective today, University-sponsored domestic travel is no longer prohibited. However, departments and travelers will need to follow all University travel policies. Any non-essential University-sponsored international travel continues to be prohibited with limited exceptions approved through the existing waiver process. To request approval for and assistance with international travel, contact Chad Berry at chad.berry@ua.edu.


Moundville’s Saturday in the Park Returns

UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park’s Saturday in the Park returns this summer to provide a series of demonstrations and presentations related to Native American culture, archaeology, natural history, sustainable gardening and more.

Crimson Email – Check Email in O365

Crimson email accounts have been migrated from Google to O365. Effective Tuesday, June 8, students will no longer be able to access Crimson email in Gmail. Crimson email accounts must be accessed at mail.crimson.ua.edu or through Outlook mobile and desktop apps. More information is available on the OIT website.

Vaccinated Off-Campus? Let UA Know

To help plan for vaccine supply, report vaccinations received at an external location.

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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).