Category: Student Messages

COVID-19 adjustment request form, Directory change – Nov. 12

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Spring Semester Adjustment Requests for High Risk Students Now Available

Students meeting CDC criteria for being at risk of contracting COVID-19 may begin making requests for temporary adjustments for the spring semester using the online COVID-19 student application. Those seeking remote course access should register for online and audio-visual courses to ensure remote participation is available. The request process for spring semester requires documentation of CDC risk criteria from a medical provider, and the deadline to complete requests is Jan. 18, 2021. Contact the Office of Disability Services at odscovid@ua.edu for more information or if the deadline cannot be met due to extenuating circumstances.

Change to Online Directory Monday

Beginning Monday, Nov. 16, the online student and faculty/staff directories will be moved behind the myBama central authentication. Campus community members will use their UA credentials to log in to access the online directory search function. The move supports cybersecurity measures, addresses some privacy issues and helps reduce email spam and phishing attempts. The directory link will remain in the same location on the UA.edu website.

Student Health Center Weekend Hours 

The Student Health Center and Pharmacy will be open Saturday Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. While appointments are not necessary, students are encouraged to call 205-348-0386 before coming to the SHC. Telemedicine visits are encouraged. Students who do have an in-person appointment should arrive at least 20 minutes prior to their appointment. Those who have COVID symptoms will be tested before being seen by a health care provider. The SHC is no longer providing drive-up COVID testing.

Fight COVID-19 with the GuideSafe App

The COVID-19 Exposure Notification App will anonymously notify users if they have been in potential close contact with someone who later reports a positive COVID-19 test result — without sharing the identity of either person. It is a critical component to mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Spring 2021 Tuition Bills Open Nov. 16

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).

COVID-19 employee accommodation form, free exit testing – Nov. 10

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

2021 COVID-19 Employee Accommodation Form Now Available

Faculty, staff and student workers/graduate assistants who are members of a ‘vulnerable population’ that are or might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 may be concerned about returning to work on campus. Vulnerable employees and/or employees who share a household with or have primary care responsibility for someone who is in the

vulnerable population may complete the online form to request temporary, COVID-19 accommodationsfor Spring 2021.With the exception of age-related accommodations (age 65 or older), employees will be required to complete a medical inquiry form to be reviewed by Human Resources. Additional information is available on the HR website.

Schedule Appointment for Free Exit Testing 

Before you visit vulnerable loved ones over the holidays, make an appointment for a free COVID-19 exit test. Research any requirements for airlines or destinations, which may include a negative test. Bring your ACT Card, CWID and driver’s license or government-issued ID when you test.

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.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Tuscaloosa Veterans Day Program

Finalists for Dean of Social Work Meet Campus Nov. 9-12 

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).

Campus operations after Nov. 20 – Nov. 6

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

UA Operations and On-Campus Services Continue After Nov. 20

As in-person classes transition to remote learning beginning Nov. 20, the University will remain open and continue with normal operations through Dec. 18. Despite classes being dismissed for Thanksgiving week, some students will continue to live on campus through the end of the semester Dec. 12. Students will continue to have access to libraries, dining facilities, the Student Recreation Center and more. Additional services that will continue include Crimson Ride, the Student Health Center and Counseling Center, among others.

Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel 

Traveling over Thanksgiving or winter break? Determine whether your airline requires a negative COVID test for boarding. Free COVID-19 exit testing is available by appointment.

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. This statewide mask requirement supports the UA System Health and Safety Task Force’s requirement that face coverings must be worn in all University buildings with limited exceptions.

Veterans Day Program 2020
The annual Tuscaloosa Veterans Day program will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park as a drive-through-only event. Audio will be broadcast on 87.9 FM radio for participants parked in the immediate area. The event is hosted by the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority’s Veterans Memorial Park Association, in conjunction with the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center and UA’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Let Your Fingers do to the Talking in an Emergency

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).

SHC weekend hours, COVID-19 exit testing – Nov. 5

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

UA Offers Free Exit Testing for Students

UA is offering free exit testing to students leaving for Thanksgiving and winter breaks. This new option joins COVID-19 exposure and symptomatic testing available to UA students, as well as sentinel testing. Weekday exposure, symptomatic and exit testing is currently available at Coleman Coliseum. Schedule an appointment for testing online. Students should bring their ACT card, CWID, and driver’s license or government-issued ID. For a complete list of dates and times, read the UA News story.

Weekend Hours for Student Health Center

The Student Health Center will be open Saturday, Nov. 7, and Sunday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students who have COVID-19 symptoms will be tested before being seen by a health care provider. While appointments are not necessary, students are encouraged to call 205-348-0386 before arriving.

Meet the Finalists for Dean of the School of Social Work Nov. 9-12
The UA campus community is invited to attend video presentations by each of the four finalists for the dean of the School of Social Work from 9 to 10 a.m. daily Nov. 9-12. Candidate information, including CV, presentation link and feedback submission forms, are available on the search website. UA faculty, staff and students can access the information using their myBama login credentials. Each candidate will engage with student, staff and faculty groups and make a Zoom presentation to the campus community followed by a question and answer session.  

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.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Tips for Success in Classes During COVID-19

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).

Weekend COVID-19 testing, A-Team applications – Oct. 30

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Weekend COVID-19 Testing 

The Student Health Center will be closed Saturday, Oct. 31. It will reopen Sunday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students are encouraged to call 205-348-0386 before they arrive for screening. Those with COVID symptoms will receive a test before being seen by a provider.

A-Team Applications Open 

The A-Team is a group of student leaders who serve UA by supporting new students during the 3-day, 2-night program Camp 1831. These leaders will offer their personal insight, advice and tips for having a fun and successful college experience at the Capstone to camp participants. Priority application deadline is Oct. 31, with the application window closing on Nov. 5. 

Socialize Responsibly

Avoid large gatherings to help curb the spread of coronavirus. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet — about two arm lengths (or an elephant’s trunk!) — away from others.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Get involved with Campus Research Through Showcase Event 

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Digital Footprint

UA Faculty and Grad Students Shine at NCTE Awards

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).

New withdraw deadline, weekend COVID testing

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Drop with “W” Deadline Now Nov. 11

The University has extended the deadline to drop a course with a grade of “W” for fall semester Full Term and Fall 2 classes to Wednesday, Nov. 11. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for additional information.

Weekend COVID-19 Testing

The Student Health Center and Pharmacy will be open Saturday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. COVID testing is available for symptomatic students seeking care. Telemedicine visits are encouraged, and students should call 205-348-0386 for an appointment. No drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be held.

Fight COVID-19 with the GuideSafe App

The COVID-19 Exposure Notification App will anonymously notify users if they have been in potential close contact with someone who later reports a positive COVID-19 test result — without sharing the identity of either person. It is a critical component to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

It’s the Return of the Crimson Carving Contest

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).

COVID testing, flu shots – Oct. 16

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Weekend COVID-19 Testing 

The Student Health Center and Pharmacy will be closed Saturday, Oct. 17, and will reopen Sunday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students who are ill. COVID-19 testing is available for symptomatic students seeking care. Telemedicine visits are encouraged, and students should call 205-348-0386 for an appointment. No drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be held.

October is LGBTQIA+ History Month

Several virtual events, including discussions and film screenings, are part of UA’s observance of LGBTQIA+ History Month.

92.5 FM UA Info Radio 

For game day traffic, weather and other important updates, tune into UA’s radio station, 92.5 FM. The station covers the University campus, Northport and Tuscaloosa areas.

Tips for Watching the Crimson Tide

Enjoy watching the Crimson Tide while staying safe and helping avoid the spread of COVID-19. Watch the video. 

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.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

What’s New to the 2020 Game Day Experience 

Flu Shots Offered Oct. 28, Nov. 3

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Passwords

Fall 2020 Academic Skills Sessions 

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 VP for Student Life

Dear Students,

I am pleased to share the good news that, beginning Oct. 19, 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 capacity limits set by UA Environmental Health and Safety (on campus) and ADPH and city officials off campus.
  • Regardless of capacity, attendance must remain limited to no more than 50 for indoor events and 100 for outdoor events.
  • 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.
  • In-person events of any kind are PROHIBITED on UA home football game days and from Thanksgiving break through winter break (Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 12, 2021).
  • 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. Details about planning and hosting events are on this chart. Please carefully read these directives with the guidelines for any events. Contact our Office of Student Involvement with questions.

I am proud of the progress we have made and excited to safely restore in-person student events. We have entered the second half, but the semester is not over yet. Let’s finish 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

Severe Weather Notice, Technology Need Application – Oct. 9

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Severe Weather Possibility – Know Where to Go

According to The National Weather Service, Tuscaloosa County may experience severe weather with the potential for a brief tornado and/or damaging winds up to 60 mph from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. The forecast can change before Saturday and should be monitored through the NWS website. Know where to go in case of severe weather. 

Student Health Center Weekend Hours

The Student Health Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11 for students who are ill. COVID testing is available for symptomatic students seeking care. It is recommended that students call (205) 348-0386 before going to the SHC.

Student Media Launches Black Student-Led Magazine 

Nineteen Fifty-Six is a Black student-led magazine that amplifies the voices within The University of Alabama’s Black community. Founded by current Editor-in-Chief Tionna Taite, it seeks to educate students from all backgrounds on culturally-important issues and topics in an effort to produce socially-conscious, ethical and well-rounded citizens. Read the first issue.

Need a laptop or web camera?

WIFI Hotspots, web cameras and laptops are available for lease to students in need. To get started, submit aTechnology Need Application on the Student Care and Well-Being website.

Sign Up for Sentinel Testing With myBama Email

Students are encouraged to register to be included in the random sampling of students, faculty and staff for COVID sentinel testing. Sentinel testing helps the University understand the underlying prevalence of infection on campus in order to respond promptly. The goal is to test around 3% of the campus population each week with a sampling technique using a self-administered nasal swab. Use your myBama username @crimson.ua.edu when signing up at healthy.verily.com for sentinel testing.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Register Today, Roll the Vote!

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 VP for Student Life

UA Students and Families,

We have made great progress these past few weeks as we have worked together to control the spread of COVID-19. Like you, we were excited to restore some in-person student organization events last week. This positive development allows students more opportunities to connect with one another, our campus and our community.

Social connection is crucial to our goal of supporting students’ holistic well-being. The Division of Student Life offers a variety of ways to get plugged in to campus activities as well as resources to support your mental health and other areas of your wellbeing.

I encourage you to check out our calendar of programs and services for ways to safely connect to your peers this semester:

First year and transfer students can connect directly with our office of First Year Experience for one-on-one peer mentoring, community building programs, First Year Hangout Hour and more.

I urge you to continue to do your part to protect those around you by wearing your mask, practicing physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings. Let’s remain committed to the process so we can achieve our goal of finishing the semester together on campus. I am proud of the dedication you have demonstrated in protecting our campus community and look forward to remaining Tide Together.

Roll Tide!
Myron L. Pope
Vice President for Student Life