COVID testing, extended drop/add date, MLK celebration, more – Jan. 15


Weekend COVID Testing Hours Jan. 16-17

The Student Health Center will be open on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16 and 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for symptomatic and exposure testing only. Testing will end at 1:30 p.m. for test processing. The SHC will use rapid testing during these weekend hours, and medical clinics will not be available. This is not reentry testing. While appointments are not required, students are encouraged to schedule an appointment through myBama and logging into the patient portal, or by calling 205-348-2778. For more information on student COVID testing, visit

Drive-thru Symptomatic and Exposure Testing Next Week

Drive-thru supplemental COVID-19 symptomatic and exposure testing for students will be conducted in the Capstone Parking Deck Tuesday, Jan. 19, through Friday, Jan. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. University health care workers will administer the antigen (rapid) test, and students will receive results within an hour. Prior to arriving, complete an online pre-intake survey and consent form. Students’ insurance will be billed for all symptomatic and exposure testing. Any copays, deductibles or uninsured charges will be placed on the student’s account. In addition to their CWID and government-issued ID, students should bring their insurance information for billing. Those without health insurance will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but won’t be turned away if testing is warranted. 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 Capstone Deck will be closed to vehicle parking during this time.

Need a Mask? We’ve Got You Covered
Students can pick up free face masks today at two locations on campus. Masks are available while supplies last, with a limit of two per student.

Sentinel Testing Resumes Jan. 19, No Registration Required

Spring 2021 sentinel testing will resume and be conducted weekly for three consecutive weeks beginning Jan. 19 and every other week thereafter. Participation in sentinel testing is required for:

-Students living on campus;

-Students participating in clinical activities, who will have a presence on campus at any time during the semester; and,

-Other individuals participating in University-sponsored programs, at the discretion of UA.

Participants will receive incentives like Starbucks or Bama Cash gift cards, or other items. And beginning this semester, all sentinel testing will be managed through UA medical facilities, so registration is no longer required. If randomly selected, individuals will receive an email from the COVID-19 Support Program with instructions. Find more information about spring 2021 sentinel testing on the UA News Center.

MLK Celebrations Kick Off Monday
Join the campus community in celebrating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a series of virtual, in-person and passive events, which kick off Monday and take place throughout January and February.

Drop/Add Deadline Extended to Jan. 29
The deadline to add a course or drop a course without a grade of “W” for the full spring term has been extended from Jan. 20 to Jan. 29.

UA Prepared for Inauguration, Peaceful Transition

Our campus looks forward to a peaceful transition to a new federal administration with a hopeful and optimistic view. It’s more important than ever to remember the Capstone Creed and continue to be respectful to those around us. While there is no information suggesting concerning behavior on or near our campus, our many campus resources are available to help if you have any concerns.

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.


University Libraries Reopen Rooms for Student-Centered Events

UA Will Provide Employees Campus-funded COVID Leave in 2021

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).