Category: Student Messages

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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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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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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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).

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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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).

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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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).

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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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).