Category: Student Messages

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.

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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 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

COVID-19 Testing at Coleman Coliseum – Oct. 2

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

COVID-19 Testing 

If you experience symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19, please get tested. Testing for symptomatic or exposed students will be at Coleman Coliseum Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Schedule a student appointment at Coleman. Bring your health insurance card, ACT Card, CWID and driver’s license. 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 Student Health Center and Pharmacy will be closed Saturday, Oct. 3, but will reopen Sunday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Telemedicine visits are encouraged, and students should call 205-348-2778 or 205-348-0386 for an appointment. No drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be held.

Spring Schedule Coming Oct. 9, Registration Oct. 26

A goal for the 2021 Spring Semester is to further improve the educational experience while continuing to maintain safety measures as recommended by the CDC. UA will open additional classrooms, adding plexiglass to further increase the seating capacity of existing classrooms, and maximizing the use of classrooms across the entirety of the day to provide as many face-to-face learning opportunities as possible. Plans include a greater number of hybrid sections with a combination of in-classroom and live videoconferencing instruction. Colleges and academic departments are continuing to revise planned courses, and the spring schedule of classes will be released Friday, Oct. 9. Registration begins Oct. 26.

Premier Awards Nominations, Applications Open 

The application period for UA’s Premier Awards has opened, and the University Awards Committee welcomes applications for the six awards, the highest honors given at the Capstone. The deadline to submit a nomination is Nov. 1, and the deadline for applications is Nov. 15. Direct questions to studentlife@ua.edu.

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.

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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).

Changes for Spring Semester 2021 – Sept. 30

The University of Alabama will continue in-person instruction and on-campus residence for the 2021 Spring Semester with some important changes to the calendar:

  • Classes will begin Wednesday, Jan. 13, a week later than previously scheduled to provide 12 days between New Year’s Day and initial classroom meetings.
  • Spring break will be canceled for continuous learning to mitigate risks associated with travel.
  • The last day for students to add/drop classes without a “W” is Wednesday, Jan. 20.
  • Classes will be cancelled on Monday, March 15, as a wellness/study day mid-semester, but offices will remain open.

Other important dates for Spring 2021 include the following:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (UA closed) – Jan. 18
  • Honors Week – April 5-April 9
  • Honors Day – April 9
  • Final Exams – April 26-30
  • Commencement – April 30-May 1

Classes will look much the same as they do this semester, with the majority having an in-person component and remote options in case a student or faculty member needs to quarantine or isolate.

Spring semester health and safety protocols:

The established public health policies will continue to be in effect, including wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Faculty and staff will be allowed to use available leave as needed for symptoms, quarantine and isolation related to COVID-19.

Those on campus are encouraged to report known or potential cases of COVID-19 to employee and student health officers for assistance and follow-up.

Faculty and staff concerned about being at a higher risk can contact UA Human Resources to assist with questions and requests for accommodations.

The spring semester will continue to work in accordance to UA’s return plan, which is governed by the UA System Comprehensive Health and Safety Plan.

COVID-19 testing, game day updates – Sept. 29

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

COVID-19 Testing for Students Available

Testing for students with symptoms of COVID-19 or exposed to someone with the virus may be tested at Coleman Coliseum Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students should schedule an appointment to be tested and bring their health insurance card, ACT Card, CWID and driver’s license.

Quad Renovation Program Survey Open

Would you like to help shape the upcoming renovation of the Quad? Complete this survey and share your ideas for the conceptual design of this important area of campus.

BFSA Social Justice Webinar Oct. 1

The Black Faculty and Staff Association’s webinar series on social justice continues via Zoom. “The Plight, Path, and Progression of Black Men” will be offered Oct. 1 from noon to 2 p.m. Registration deadline is Sept. 30. 

myBama, Banner, Other Services Unavailable Oct. 4

OIT will install the quarterly Oracle patch on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 4 to 10 a.m. Several campus services including myBama, Banner and DegreeWorks will be unavailable during the upgrade. More information is available on the OIT Status Page.

Higher Education Act Compliance Memo Update 

The Higher Education Act of 1965 requires institutions to make certain information available to the campus community and general public. The University established a website to compile and disclose pertinent information related to the HEA’s requirements. The Higher Education Act Compliance Memo pdf is updated and advertised annually to students and employees in the fall semester.

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.

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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 of Student Life

Dear Students,

I am pleased to share good news. We are moving forward with another positive update to the moratorium on student activities. Beginning Oct. 1, student organizations may host non-social engagement events that support your mission and business operations.

Here are key points:

  • Examples of events that are permitted include: organizational business meetings, community service, recreational activities, academic study groups, religious gatherings, sister/brotherhood events, intake/recruitment, initiation, community-building events, limited philanthropy events (approved on a case-by-case basis, see below).
  • In-person events are permitted to take place between 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Very limited off-campus activities may be approved.
  • Beginning today, the SOURCE will begin accepting registration for events that fit the outlined criteria and will take place on or after Oct. 1.
  • Virtual events are allowed and strongly encouraged.

Please note that in-person student social events are still NOT permitted including:

  • Parties, band parties, swaps, day parties and date parties.
  • Philanthropy events with social event elements (amplified music including bands and DJs, cookouts, etc.).
  • In-person events of any kind on Saturdays of home Alabama football games.

Masks, social distancing and all policies outlined in the Social Event Guidelines Addendum must be strictly followed. You will find more details about planning and hosting events here. Please carefully read these directives that provide the overarching guidelines for any events.

I expect all student organizations to take the utmost care to protect the health and safety of your members and our community. Please contact our Office of Student Involvement with questions.

Roll Tide,

Myron L. Pope
Vice President for Student Life

Watch the Crimson Tide safely – Sept. 25

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

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. 

myBama Maintenance Sept. 26

Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to noon myBama will be unavailable due to scheduled database maintenance. Banner, Blackboard, DegreeWorks and other applications will remain available. More information is available on the OIT Status Page.

UA Campus Drone Policy

Any UA-affiliated Unmanned Aircraft System, regardless of size, location or persons, should always be operated efficiently, safely, ethically and consistent with applicable FAA laws and the University’s UAS policy.

Weekend COVID-19 Testing Available

The Student Health Center and Pharmacy will hold weekend clinics for students with symptoms from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday until further notice. No drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be held. Telemedicine visits are encouraged, and students should call 205-348-2778 or 205-348-0386 for an 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.

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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 Center weekend clinic – Sept. 18

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

SHC Weekend Clinic Sept. 19-20

The Student Health Center and Pharmacy will hold a weekend clinic for students with symptoms from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20. No drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be held on Sept. 19 or 20. Telemedicine visits are encouraged, and students should call 205-348-2778 or 205-348-0386 for an appointment.

Current Student Scholarship Application Available

Current student scholarship applications for the 2021-22 academic year are accepted through March 1, 2021. Returning students may access the scholarship application through the myBama portal under the “Admissions/Scholarship” tab.

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.

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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).

Potential for severe weather Wednesday – Sept. 15

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Sept. 16 Sentinel Testing to be Rescheduled 

Due to the possibility of severe weather on Wednesday, Sept. 16, all sentinel testing that day will be canceled and rescheduled. Students scheduled for testing on Wednesday, Sept. 16, should check their crimson.ua.edu email for messages from healthy@verily.com regarding cancellation and rescheduling.

Use myBama Email to Sign Up for Sentinel Testing

Students should use their myBama username @crimson.ua.edu when signing up with healthy.verily.com for sentinel testing.

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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Hurricane Sally Expected to Bring Heavy Rain to Tuscaloosa

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).