Category: Student Messages

Student Announcements and Reminders – July 14

Originally posted on July 14, 2020

205-348-CV19 Hotline for UA COVID-19 Plan Questions

As the University prepares to welcome students, faculty and staff back to the Capstone, a new resource will provide up-to-date COVID-19 information to the campus community. Students, faculty and staff can call 205-348-CV19 (205-348-2819) to get answers to frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 and UA’s plan and protocols. In addition to providing information related to UA Student Life, Human Resources and Academic Affairs, two nurse practitioners will be available to answer basic medical questions and refer callers to testing, self-quarantine or medical care. Operators will also be able to guide those in the UA community who test positive for COVID-19 on what they need to do regarding work, housing and other protocols. The hotline was developed by UA’s College of Community Health Sciences and is operated by the Institute for Rural Health Research and department of community medicine and population health. The hotline operates daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Face Coverings Mandatory in All Campus Buildings

The UA System Health and Safety Task Force has updated its guidance for face coverings beginning immediately. Face coverings, which includes masks, face shields and cloth coverings over a person’s nose and mouth, are required in all University buildings with limited exceptions. In accordance with the recommendations of health experts and in compliance with local ordinancesmandating their use, face coverings must be worn in any campus building except when an individual is alone in an enclosed workspace or private office with no other personnel present.

Bama Dining Safety Plan Updates

Bama Dining is committed to taking extra precautions to keep the UA community well, and has been working to develop a plan that enhances student safety and mitigates the potential spread of COVID-19. In the interest of public safety, hand-to-hand interactions at dining facilities will be limited, and cash handling has been removed. Bama Dining locations will accept only Dining Dollars, Bama Cash and credit/debit cards, beginning Fall Semester 2020.

DEI Offers Common Book Read Experience

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a common read of the New York Times best-selling book “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo beginning the last week of July.

Ferguson Supe Store Reopens This Week

The Supe Store location in the Ferguson Center is reopening this week; check the website for hours of operation. Face masks are required, and customers are asked to practice social distancing inside the store. The Supe Store is offering in-store and online savings.

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New Vice President for Student Life Making Himself at Home Again 

UA’s Sorority Recruitment Goes Virtual 

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Student Announcements and Reminders – July 10

Originally posted on July 10, 2020

Sorority Recruitment Takes Hybrid Approach

Most of the sorority recruitment process has already transitioned online with limited face-to-face interactions following careful preventive measures. Most of the recruitment rounds, which begin Saturday, Aug. 8, will be held virtually, with potential new members interacting with current members via Zoom. The later rounds will meet in person, and those participating will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Women who are immunocompromised or feel unsafe participating in the in-person round of recruitment will have the option to participate virtually. Bids will be emailed to PNMs on Sunday, Aug. 16. New members will then be able to visit their new chapter house at a predetermined time, as chapter-specific times will be staggered throughout the afternoon. Bid Day will not be open to the public.

Requesting Bids for Possible Isolation Space

As part of our proactive planning process, the University is seeking options and proposals for possible extra living spaces to transition students while freeing space on campus that may be needed to assist those who test positive, are symptomatic or may be exposed to someone positive or symptomatic. We requested bids for spaces that could be used for healthy students or those affected by the coronavirus on an “as needed” basis. Our Return to Campus plan states we will provide quarantine/isolation space as needed. That is consistent with the UA System Health & Safety Plan and CDC guidance for those who become ill or have been exposed to someone who tests positive. Our plan will help limit the spread of the virus while providing the highest level of care for our students.

Campus Services, Facilities Resume with Limited Operations

  • Student Recreation Center has Limited Hours of Operation 

Beginning July 15 the Student Recreation Center will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until further notice. Visit COVID-19 UREC Updates for available opportunities and restrictions.

  • Bama Dining has Three Locations Open

The following Bama Dining locations are open: Lakeside Dining hall is open Monday – Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Starbucks in the Ferguson Center is open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Starbucks on Bryant is open every day from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rodgers and Gorgas libraries opened this week, and Bruno and McClure libraries will open next week.

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myBama Outage July 11 and July 18

Leaving Home for a Brighter Future

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Student Announcements and Reminders – July 7

Originally posted on July 7, 2020

Face Coverings Required in the City of Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance requiring face coverings while interacting in public places in the city of Tuscaloosa. It is in effect until Aug. 5, unless extended by the Council. Read the full ordinance and find answers to frequently asked questions on the city of Tuscaloosa website.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshops for July 

Throughout July, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the UA Counseling Center will host a series of workshops titled “Resilience and Empowerment Through Racially Challenging Times.” For workshop descriptions and registration information, visit the workshop series webpage.

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Student Creates Presidential Election Forecasting Model Used by CNN

Bama Bug Fest Goes on the Web 

Leaving Home for a Brighter Future 

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Student Announcements and Reminders – June 30

Originally posted on June 30, 2020

Move-in Plans Announced

Students begin returning to campus Aug. 4 as UA Housing and Residential Communities begins the process of move-in, starting with those approved for early move-in. For more information on move-in options, visit UA’s move-in webpage.

UA Alerts Test July 1

Weather permitting, the University will test its emergency notification systems, including UA Alerts, the public address system and digital signage Wednesday, July 1, at 11:55 a.m. Even though many in the UA community are not in Tuscaloosa currently, it is important to continue monthly tests to verify the system works correctly.

Starbucks on Bryant To Close Holiday Weekend

Starbucks on Bryant Drive will be closed Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5.

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UA Libraries Begin Staggered Reopening

Wearing is Caring

Cybersecurity @ Home

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

Student Announcements and Reminders – June 24

Originally posted on June 24, 2020

UA to Hold Spring and Summer Commencement July 31-Aug. 2

The University of Alabama will hold nine joint spring and summer commencement exercises beginning Friday, July 31, at Coleman Coliseum. Health and safety precautions include physical distancing measures, limited number of guests, required mask wearing and extensive cleaning. For more information, including times of ceremonies, go to UA’s Commencement websiteand the UA News Center. All commencement plans are subject to change at any time due to health concerns, and there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. Any changes will be communicated directly to those graduates attending the ceremonies and through the commencement website.

myBama Planned Outage

Sunday, June, 28, myBama will be unavailable from 7 to 8 a.m. for scheduled upgrades. More information on the OIT Service Status page.

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UA Offers New Minor in Public Health 

Growing UA Esports Club Connected Even Away from Campus 

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

Student Announcements and Reminders – June 19

Originally posted on June 19, 2020

FAQs on Fall Course Listings 

The instructional delivery methods of many Fall Semester 2020 class sections are being updated to reflect the unprecedented and evolving nature of planning for students to return to campus this fall. Details are still being determined based on the best available guidance from health experts and our UA Systemwide Task Force. The course content will remain the same.Information on fall course listing updates is available on the Student FAQs page of UA’s HealthInfo website.

Juneteenth Resources and Information 

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers these resources for the observance and celebration of Juneteenth, or June 19, the day marking the effective end of slavery in the United States.

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Overcoming Challenges, Realizing Dreams Together 

Pandemic Public Nights Allows for Stargazing on Four Continents 

UA Theatre and Dance Releases Online Performances, Lessons

Social Work Dean Search Underway

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

Student Announcements and Reminders – June 10

Originally posted on June 10, 2020

UA System Health and Safety Plan Announced, UA Return Plan to be Released in Coming Days 

Today the University of Alabama System released its Comprehensive Health and Safety Plan developed by a System-wide Task Force with knowledge and guidance from the scientists, doctors, researchers and numerous higher education experts on our campuses. The plan, which was approved by the Board of Trustees, provides an overview of phased returns at the three campuses and includes details on health protocols, featuring the Stay Safe Together Platform with a Healthcheck assessment tool, an exposure notification app and event passport. The full report is available on the System website. Details of our UA campus return plan will be released in the next few days. The UA plan, which is governed by the System’s plan, paves the way for the University to resume its fundamental mission of teaching, research and service through a careful and measured reopening this fall.

Reflections on the Stand: June 11 at 1 p.m. 

A conversation about June 11, 1963 — the day Vivian Malone and James Hood desegregated The University of Alabama — with Dr. E. Culpepper Clark, author of “The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation’s Last Stand at the University of Alabama,” and Dr. Art Dunning, a three-time UA graduate and student during the mid-1960s, will be held via Zoom by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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UA’s Model UN Team, Members Ranked Among the Best

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

Student Announcements and Reminders – June 2

Originally posted on June 2, 2020

Virtual Vigil, Campus Conversation and a Message from Dr. Christine Taylor 

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a virtual vigil for those who lost their lives to racialized violence Thursday, June 4, at 6 p.m. and a campus conversation on coping during trauma Friday, June 5, at 1 p.m. For more information about these events and resources on how to get involved, read this message from Dr. G. Christine Taylor, vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

CARES Funding Distribution 

The University is distributing emergency aid funding provided from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to eligible students who have experienced a disruption because of the coronavirus pandemic. 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. For more information, including a list of frequently asked questions, visit the CARES Act page on UA’s HealthInfo website.

Summer Graduation Application Deadline June 5

Students who plan to graduate in August and have not submitted a degree application online through myBama should do so by June 5. For more details visit the commencement website.

UA Alerts Test June 3

Weather permitting, the University will test its emergency notification systems, including UA Alerts, the public address system and digital signage Wednesday, June 3, at 11:55 a.m. Even though many in the UA community are not in Tuscaloosa currently, it is important for UA to continue regular monthly tests to verify the system works correctly.

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Yes, Big Al, You Need to Wear a Mask

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

Student Announcements and Reminders – May 29

Originally posted on May 29, 2020

Remote Learning Continues for Summer 2

UA academic leaders announced today that remote learning will continue with second session summer courses. The campus remains under limited business operations, and students have continued to move out of their spring semester campus housing this week. Plans are ongoing for a return to full operations in the fall, with guidance and carefully designed protocols from the UA System Task Force and the President’s Advisory Committee for Return to Full Operations to ensure health and safety remain the priority.

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Class Prepares Students for ‘New Normal’ of Live Entertainment

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.

Student Announcements and Reminders – May 15

Originally posted on May 15, 2020

Limited Business Operations Remain in Effect

Though the city and state have lifted some retail restrictions, the University remains under Limited Business Operations. Group 2 employees should continue working remotely unless they have been assigned to critical on-campus functions like residence hall move-out. With few exceptions that have been appropriately cleared, transitioning to on-campus operations should not begin until Limited Business Operations restrictions have been lifted. The University is developing safety plans and protocols in coordination with the UA System-wide Task Force on campus safety, including plans for the use and distribution of personal protective equipment for those employees returning to campus.

Thank a Health Care Worker

UA’s Student Government Association is asking students to send virtual cards to health care workers at DCH expressing their gratitude for all their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students can submit words of appreciation and encouragement through May 31 by using this virtual card form.

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Surrounded by Family at Home, ROTC Students Commissioned Virtually

A Life Inspired by a Special Brother 

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Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s health info website.