Category: Student Messages

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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UA Students Earn Gilman International Scholarships

Upcoming Events

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).

Face covering, testing and exposure updates

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Update to Campus Health and Safety Guidelines

In accordance with current CDC and UA System Comprehensive Health and Safety Task Force guidance, face coverings are no longer required for those who are fully vaccinated in most University of Alabama facilities, effective immediately. Masks will continue to be required in all clinical settings, inside the University Medical Center and the Student Health Center, and on the Crimson Ride buses. Individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask in circumstances where one is not required. All unvaccinated faculty, staff and students are required to wear face coverings inside all University buildings. Physical distancing of at least 3 feet is still required.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and our herd. COVID-19 vaccines are being administered by the University Medical Center, the Student Health Center and various businesses and healthcare providers. To help UA officials plan for supplies, let UA know if you were vaccinated off campus.

Testing and Exposure Updates

UA will continue to respond to suspected increases in COVID-19 exposures in a specific campus location or an identified group of individuals using for-cause testing. Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from for-cause testing. Also, in accordance with public health guidance, vaccinated persons with COVID-19 exposure are not required to quarantine.

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Upcoming Events

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).

Vaccines Now Available to UA Students at SHC

Beginning Monday, April 19, the Student Health Center will offer the Pfizer vaccine to all UA students (over age 16) who are able to receive both doses on campus. Students can now schedule a first dose appointment online through the SHC patient portal.

Appointments will be scheduled during regular SHC operating hours and will depend on vaccine supply and student demand. Timing between first and second dose appointments is 21 days, and second dose appointments will be scheduled during the first appointment. Those who will not be in Tuscaloosa for the second dose are encouraged to seek access to a vaccine in their expected locale.

All students are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated wherever it’s available, whether through the SHC or a variety of other sources. VaccineFinder.org provides distribution locations anywhere in the country. To help plan for vaccine supply, students are asked to report vaccinations received at an external location through UA’s healthinfo vaccine website.

While insurance information is requested when scheduling, the vaccine will be provided to everyone at no out-of-pocket expense, including those without insurance coverage. Tips on preparing for the vaccine appointment and details about the vaccines are available on the healthinfo vaccine website.

For more information about student vaccine access, contact the SHC at immunizations@ua.edu or 205-348-6262.

Message from the VP for Student Life – April 13

Dear students,

What a year it has been! While the unforeseen challenges due to COVID-19 have distinctly shaped our course over the past year, you continue to make me proud of your resiliency and care for your fellow students and campus community.

We are excited to see the Crimson Tide and Coach Saban at the A-Day Game this weekend. As we watch the game and close out the semester, please continue following these campus COVID-19 guidelines:

  • Face coverings are still required on campus.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained.
  • In-person, organized social events, both on and off campus, are PROHIBITED on A-Day.

The university began distributing the COVID vaccine to essential student workers with high levels of face-to-face interactions and will expand access to more students soon. I hope you will seek access to the vaccine wherever it’s available according to your timeline. Use VaccineFinder.org for distribution locations near you.

As you prepare for finals next week, maximize your study time by eating right, taking breaks and getting plenty of rest.

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our university safe. I look forward to finishing this academic year the same way we started – together.

Roll Tide!

Myron L. Pope
Vice President for Student Life

Severe weather, student emergency aid funding

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Severe Weather Possible This Week
With a marginal risk of severe weather in the forecast today and a moderate risk (level 4 out of 5) of tornadoes and damaging winds tomorrow afternoon through early Thursday, students should stay weather-aware. Have a way to receive weather alerts such as the UA Safety app, be familiar with UA’s Severe Weather Guidelines, and know where to shelter in case of severe weather.

When a tornado watch or warning is issued for the campus area, a UA Alert will be sent. Make sure your contact information is updated in myBama to receive all UA Alerts.

Classes will remain in session until the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for the campus area. When a tornado warning is issued, all University activities are automatically suspended, including all classes and laboratories. You should move immediately to a campus storm shelter or best available refuge area and remain there until the tornado warning expires or is canceled.

Student Emergency Aid Funding Distribution 

The University is distributing emergency aid funding provided from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act to eligible students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II). Initial 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. This is separate from the CARES Act funding distributed in 2020, and whether a student received CARES Act funds does not impact the ability to claim these funds. For more information, including a list of frequently asked questions, visit the HEERF page on UA’s healthinfo website.

Spring Commencement Ceremonies Announced
UA will hold nine ceremonies, all featuring extensive safety protocols, April 30-May 2 at Coleman Coliseum. See the full schedule and ceremony details on the UA News Center.

Mindfulness Week March 16-18
Mindfulness is the act of living in the present moment by being intentionally aware and fully engaged in one’s surroundings. Join Health Promotion and Wellness during Mindfulness Week from March 16-18 to explore various ways to incorporate mindfulness into every day to reduce anxiety and improve focus.

Tidecation Happening This Week

University Programs has scheduled a week of fun events themed Tidecation.

Road Closings Through April
Portions of Jack Warner Parkway and Nick’s Kids Avenue (28th Avenue) are closed for roadway improvements until 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 30.

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Hey, Where Did These Nice Chairs Come From?

Upcoming Events

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).

Student Health Care Expands

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Health Care Services to Streamline, Expand with SHC, UMC Merger

UA health care services will expand and become more efficient as the Student Health Center, currently managed by the Division of Student Life, merges its medical services and administrative operations with the University Medical Center, which falls under the College of Community Health Sciences, by fall semester.

Summer 2021 COVID-19 Adjustment Requests for High Risk Students Available April 5

Students meeting CDC criteria for being at risk of serious complications in contracting COVID-19 and who have not yet been offered or received vaccination may request temporary adjustments for the summer beginning Monday, April 5, using the online COVID-19 student application. The request process for summer requires documentation of CDC risk criteria from a medical provider. The deadline to complete requests for summer courses is Monday, May 3.Contact the Office of Disability Services for more information or if the deadline cannot be met due to extenuating circumstances.

Degree Application Deadline Today

March 5 is the last day to submit a degree application online through myBama.

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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Celebrate Women’s History Month with Events Across Campus

National Survey is Chance for Students to Help UA 

Upcoming Events

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).

Fall Semester 2021 Update

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

UA System Announces Plan for Return to Full, In-Person Classes for Fall 2021

The University of Alabama, along with other campuses in the University of Alabama System, will plan to return to traditional in-person instruction without restrictions on classroom capacity for Fall 2021, according to an announcement from the UA System today. Course planning and registration for Fall 2021 will take place as usual. The UA System Health and Safety Task Force made the recommendation to the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees in accordance with data and modeling. The task force urges individuals to remain committed to safe practices, such as masking and social distancing. Fall 2021 plans remain subject to change based on conformance to CDC and ADPH guidance.

Floor Plans Added to Campus Map

The campus map has added floor plans to many classroom buildings, including stairs, elevators and restrooms. Zoom in on the building, then select a floor from the floor plan menu in the top left corner to view the interior floor plan.

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.

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Undergraduates: The Princeton Review Wants to Hear from You 

The Safe Way to Hail a Ride

Sakura Virtual Festival

Upcoming Events

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).