Fall 2021 Return Plan FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are face coverings required?

Beginning Friday, Aug. 6, face coverings will be required indoors on campus where and when distancing is not possible. This requirement applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Masks must be worn:

  • In classrooms and classroom buildings, regardless of distancing
  • In personal meeting spaces, such as meetings with faculty and advisors
  • When gathering in common spaces, such as the Ferguson Student Center
  • While using Crimson Ride busses

Exceptions Include:

  • Indoor areas when distanced
  • When alone in offices and private workspaces
  • In residence hall rooms
  • While eating or driniking
  • While exercising
  • Faculty teaching, if distanced and behind plexiglass

Is entry testing required for fall semester?

No, entry testing is no longer required. Voluntary testing remains available at SHC and UMC. “For-cause” testing may be required for specified, unvaccinated individuals under the UA System Health and Safety plan in the event of a suspected increase in exposures at a specific location or among an identified group.

Is sentinel testing required?

No, sentinel testing is no longer required. However, “for-cause” testing may be required for specified, unvaccinated individuals under the UA System Health and Safety plan in the event of a suspected increase in exposures at a specific location or among an identified group.

Is the COVID vaccine required at UA?

As a federal contractor, The University of Alabama, like most higher education institutions, must comply with Executive Order 14042 and accompanying guidance. Consequently, the University is required to ensure that all UA employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Dec. 8, 2021, unless they have an approved medical, disability, or religious exemption.

The life-saving COVID-19 vaccine is strongly encouraged for all students to protect our herd. UA will continue to offer the vaccines at no cost through the Student Health Center and University Medical Center. Students, faculty and staff should report vaccines received off campus to help UA better plan for the semester. Participating students will receive a reward. Any false reporting of vaccine status will be considered a code of conduct violation.

Are there any physical/social distancing requirements on campus?

No, physical/social distancing is no longer required. However, COVID-19 remains a concern, and not all spread can be avoided. Attendance at any event, especially where attendees are close together, will increase risks, especially for those who cannot or choose not to be vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear a mask indoors and continue to practice social distancing wherever possible.

Will campus events have any attendance limits or special restrictions?

Events are returning to pre-pandemic rules. Attendance at athletic events will return to normal capacity for each venue. Participants should note attendance will increase risks, especially for those who cannot or choose not to be vaccinated.

Will I have to complete any COVID-19 training before Fall semester?

No, COVID-19 training modules are no longer required for students, faculty or staff. Everyone is encouraged to monitor the latest developments at healthinfo.ua.edu.

Can faculty require masks in class?

Faculty can require masks in clinical settings. Masks can be encouraged in other classrooms. Unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear a mask indoors and continue to practice social distancing wherever possible.

Will social distancing be required in classrooms?

No. Classroom capacity is returning to pre-pandemic levels. Unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear a mask indoors and continue to practice social distancing wherever possible.