Category: Student Messages

Create an Account in Verily for Sentinel Testing – Sept. 11

The University of Alabama is moving to the COVID-19 sentinel testing phase of our campus health and safety plan.

The sentinel test is a self-administered nasal swab that takes less than one minute. Find out more about UA’s sentinel testing on the UA News Center.

To participate, go to now to set up an account. Use your email address to create your account if you don’t already have one. You will answer some basic questions and verify your email. Once your account is created, you are all done for now.

Sentinel testing is required for students:

  • living on campus,
  • participating in intramural athletics, registered student organizations that hold in-person meetings of 10 or more, or
  •  who have clinical activities and will be on campus during the semester.

You do not need to set up an account if you are learning or working exclusively online, and it is unlikely you will be coming to campus for any reason.

Check your Crimson Mail regularly to see if you have been selected. Randomly selected individuals will receive an email from Verily ( directing them to sign up for a testing appointment on campus within the next seven days. If you are randomly selected, you will be prompted in the email to log into your Verily account and request a test.

We all have a role to play in keeping our campus as healthy as possible. If you have any questions, call UA’s COVID19 hotline (205-348-2819) or contact GuideSafe at or 1-866-839-5308.

Message from VP for Student Life – Sept. 11

Dear Students,

Our numbers for testing continue to improve and I remain grateful for your vigilant attention to campus policies helping us curb the spread of COVID-19. It is imperative we all continue to follow our UA Health and Safety Guidelines as we strive to complete a safe fall semester.

The moratorium on in-person gatherings remains in effect. However, because of your commitment to halting the spread of COVID-19, I am pleased to share the following changes, effective Monday, Sept. 14:

  • Campus study spaces in residential areas are eligible to be opened.
  • Dining rooms will be opened with strict adherence to safety guidelines.
  • Colleges and departments can begin to host in-person events that follow the previous limitations for a maximum of 50 people inside and 100 people outside. Events must be submitted for approval through the appropriate VP or dean’s office.
  • Students who live in the same residence hall may visit each other’s rooms, provided: (1) masks are worn; (2) social distancing is strictly observed; and (3) each resident is limited to one guest at a time.

Social distancing, mask wearing, and other health and safety protocols must be strictly observed in all of these environments. Student-organized gatherings and events remain prohibited at this time.

The gradual loosening of moratorium restrictions will continue to be evaluated as we move forward. With your continued cooperation, and as our numbers for testing and student conduct cases continue to improve, we will consider longer-term plans for the semester. We must stay the course and continue to follow the health and safety protocols set forth in the Return to Full Operations Plan.

We have listened and responded to your concerns about evolving our policies to create the healthiest learning environment possible. I hope the changes outlined above demonstrate our continued commitment to your academic success and creating a more engaged and safe campus for all.

Thank you again as we all do our part to stay Tide Together.


Dr. Myron Pope
Vice President for Student Life

Message from the President – Sept. 9

Dear students, faculty, staff and parents,

Hoping your Labor Day weekend was safe and relaxing, I want to update you on three COVID-19 steps we have implemented effective today.

  • For our students who test positive and prepare to move to campus isolation space, staffing and medical resources have been enhanced to ensure prompt communication and expanded services.
  • The COVID19 hotline (205-348-2819) has been upgraded to speed the delivery of answers to your questions. The UA healthinfo website is another good resource.
  • A key component of our plan, sentinel testing for asymptomatic students, faculty and staff, began yesterday and will continue weekly. Participation is required for all students who live on campus and other select groups. Verily, the company that has worked with us on many aspects of our testing program, will notify you if you are selected for sentinel screening.

Other testing reminders:

  • Testing for students who are symptomatic or have been exposed is 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each weekday at Coleman Coliseum.
  • Testing for employees who are symptomatic or have been exposed is 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each weekday at University Medical Center.
  • For-cause testing in geographic areas or groups continues as determined by UA health officials.
  • The Student Health Center will remain open for any weekend testing needs.

As a reminder from the Division of Student Life, we are continuing the moratorium on student events through Sept. 13 as we meet with student leaders and health officials to determine the appropriate next steps.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority and we will use every resource available to assist with testing, education and enforcement. Thank you for your commitment, patience and resiliency in the face of these challenges as they are making a difference.

Tide Together,

Stuart R. Bell

Crimson Ride, testing and more – Sept. 4


Crimson Ride & 348-RIDE Labor Day Schedule

Crimson Ride will provide regular service from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4. All routes will run. There will be no bus service on Monday, Sept. 7. Regular service will resume 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

348-RIDE will provide regular service beginning 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, to midnight Monday, Sept. 7.  There will be no 348-RIDE service on Monday, Sept. 7. Regular service will resume 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Call 205-348-7433 with questions.

COVID-19 Sentinel Testing Begins Next Week

UA will begin COVID-19 sentinel testing members of the campus community next week. Sentinel testing is a random sampling of all asymptomatic students, faculty and staff to understand the underlying prevalence of infection on campus so UA can respond promptly to any outbreaks or increases in infection rates. The goal is to test around 3% of the total campus population each week. Although voluntary for most, sentinel testing is strongly encouraged to help provide a snapshot of infection on campus and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

When Should I Get Tested? 

UA has implemented a testing program to help keep campus open and students, faculty and staff safe. But when should an individual be tested for COVID-19? Testing at UA is conducted in five different circumstances: initial return to campus, symptomatic individuals, possible exposure, sentinel testing and for-cause testing. Students and employees are encouraged to test on campus, instead of with an off-campus provider so the information can be confidentially used to alert others of possible exposure.


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 of Student Life – Sept. 4

Dear Students,

Thank you for your vigilance to curb the spread of COVID-19. I am proud of the resilience shown by all of you who continue following our UA Health and Safety Guidelines as we strive to complete a safe fall semester.

Two weeks ago, we implemented a 14-day moratorium on in-person student organized events. This moratorium will be extended through September 13.

We will continue to evaluate our policies and protocols as we meet with student leaders and follow the guidance of our Health and Safety Task Force.

If all of us continue to do our part, I believe we will get to a position to consider relaxing some aspects of the moratorium.

Please know your efforts are making a difference as you:

  • properly wear a mask
  • practice social distancing
  • refrain from gathering in large groups

During this Labor Day weekend, we hope you will responsibly connect with your roommates or a small group of friends (3-4 people) and explore our campus and state. Here are a few opportunities the Student Life team has put together for you to consider:

Over the past few weeks, I have talked to many of you, answering your questions and concerns through town hall sessions, meetings, and phone calls. Your investment in our campus community is what makes the Capstone so special, and I will continue to address your questions with clear and transparent answers.

Thank you again as we all do our part to stay Tide Together.


Dr. Myron Pope
Vice President for Student Life

Message from the President – Sept. 3

Dear students, faculty and staff,

As Labor Day approaches, we must all remain vigilant in following the Health and Safety protocols designed to help protect you, your family and our University community.

Wherever you spend the holiday, remember to:

  • Wear your mask.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Complete isolation or quarantine, if applicable.

Our robust testing, isolation and quarantine protocols make it possible for us to contain the coronavirus and keep us together this fall. To accomplish our goals, it is imperative that all of us do our part, in all settings on and off campus. Violations of our Health and Safety directives will continue to be investigated and appropriate actions will follow.

Our COVID hotline will remain open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the weekend, so please call 205-348-CV19 if you have questions or health concerns. Our Healthinfo website is continually updated with the latest information and is an excellent resource.

Your continued commitment is the key to unlock the Alabama experience this fall and beyond. I hope you have a safe holiday weekend!

Tide Together,

Stuart R. Bell

UA COVID testing program and more – Sept. 2


UA Testing Program Keeps Health and Safety Paramount

UA’s robust testing program provides both sentinel and for-cause testing, and allows students and employees to be tested on campus. Detailed information on sentinel testing, which begins next week, for-cause testing and testing options for students and employees experiencing systems or possibly exposed to COVID is available on the UA News Center.

Bourg Discusses COVID-19 Isolation Experience 

Zachary Bourg, a freshman majoring in biology, talks about his experience in isolation housing following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, including meal delivery and access to his classes. Watch the video. 

Students Gather Gift Bags for Those in New Housing 

The Capstone Men and Women, official ambassadors for UA, recently put together gift bags for some of their peers who have been directly impacted by COVID-19.

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.


SGA Elections Board Applications Close Sept. 11

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).

UA System plan update – Message for students


Two Easy Things to Help Stop COVID-19 Spread

Two ways to help reduce the spread of COVID-19: use UA Healthcheck and download the GuideSafe Exposure Notification App.

Dodd Shares Experience with COVID-19

John Dodd, a junior majoring in political science and public relations, talks about his battle with COVID-19 over the summer, which included a severe fever and shortness of breath, and shares why it’s important for fellow students to get tested and do their part in preventing the spread of coronavirus.

UA System Updates Comprehensive Health and Safety Plan

The University of Alabama System updated the Comprehensive Health and Safety Plan with the following changes.

  • Students participating in clinical activities – provided that student also has or will have a presence on campus throughout the semester – will be required to participate in sentinel testing.
  • For-cause testing will be conducted when campus health officials determine the need based on a notable increase in reported positive tests or COVID-related symptoms in a common geographic area or group of people. Students required to participate in sentinel testing must also participate in for-cause testing. Students participating in organized student groups that would hold in-person meetings of 10 or more absent the interim prohibition on in-person events are still required to participate in sentinel and for-cause testing. Those who refuse to participate in for-cause testing will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
  • On-campus residents required to relocate from housing for isolation and quarantine have the option to return home in lieu of moving into dedicated campus isolation space for their quarantine and isolate period. Campus protocols for isolation and quarantine will be implemented consistent with current CDC guidance.

UA Alerts Test Sept. 2

Weather permitting, the University will test its emergency notification systems, including UA Alerts, the public address system and digital signage Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 11:55 a.m.


Cahaba Mural in Ferg Depicts Biodiversity, Beauty 

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 President – Aug. 31

To students, faculty and staff:

This past week’s increase in COVID-positive cases among our students is of grave concern to me and to everyone who loves and cares for The University of Alabama.

Our Health and Safety Plan is guiding our operations aimed at reversing this trend through educating, testing, reporting, specialized care for at-risk students and disciplinary actions when required. As we accelerate education and enforcement efforts on and off campus, we look to each of you to do your part.

Those who fail to abide by the Health and Safety protocols face serious consequences. To date, we have issued more than 400 conduct referrals for COVID-related violations. Interim measures removing individuals from campus have been imposed in several of these cases. Those who blatantly disregard the rules will not be given the option of jeopardizing the semester for everyone else.

In addition to wearing your mask and practicing social distancing, it is imperative that you comply with all aspects of our testing and isolation or quarantine protocols. Students with COVID symptoms should seek testing through the Student Health Center or the University Medical Center testing site at Coleman Coliseum.

If you choose to test off campus, you are required to share positive results with the CV19 Support Program immediately by calling 205-348-CV19. Anyone who fails to disclose a positive test or violates the University’s isolation or quarantine protocols is subject to severe disciplinary action.

Sentinel testing will begin soon. The updated UA System Comprehensive Health and Safety Planoutlines mandatory participation for cause and cluster testing. Please read these updates carefully and contact the UA COVID-19 Support Program if you have questions.

Everyone who truly values the Alabama experience will continue to follow our Health and Safety protocols, which provide a path to complete the semester together on campus. I want to thank all of you – the vast majority of our campus community – for your sacrifice and commitment in support of our shared goals.

Tide Together,

Stuart R. Bell

Safer at Home order extended – Aug. 28


What You Need to Know About Isolation, Quarantine Protocols

UA has numerous measures in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including isolating those who tested positive or are suspected of having COVID-19, and recommending those who have come in close contact with a positive individual to quarantine. Learn more about what to do in this UA News story.

Governor Extends Safer at Home Order

Gov. Kay Ivey announced yesterday the extension of the Safer at Home order that includes a statewide mask requirement and restrictions on gatherings through Oct. 2.

Coronavirus Virtual Student Services Updated

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many virtual services for the holistic support of students, faculty and staff at The University of Alabama continue and have been updated for the fall semester. Learn more on the Virtual Student Services page of the Healthinfo website.

SGA Reviews Steps to STOMP Out COVID-19

UA’s Student Government Association has produced a video that covers the steps required for students to stay healthy on campus by following personal hygiene and public health guidelines.


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).