General FAQs

What do I need to know as I prepare to arrive on campus?

As students, faculty and staff begin returning to campus, everyone will be required to complete three steps:

  1. TEST. Take the return-to-campus test for the virus.
  2. TRAIN. Complete a short web-based training course about the virus, symptoms and how to mitigate risks. Learn how to access the training course.
  3. CHECK. Sign up for the online UA Healthcheck symptom assessment tool and update it regularly.

How will UA accommodate faculty, staff and students in high risk groups?

Many aspects of our plan are designed to protect vulnerable individuals. We have established multiple resources for students, faculty and staff concerned about being at higher risk of complications from the virus. These resources include ways to assist with questions, facilitate requests for accommodations and refer you to student or employee health for your personal medical questions. Students can work with the Office of Disability Services and Student Health Center. Employees can work with Human Resources and the University Medical Center.

How will health and safety practices be enforced?

Social distancing and face coverings are required. We are also requiring education and training tools for students, faculty and staff before you return to campus. Individuals who fail to complete these measures will be asked to repeat the training. Continued non-compliance will result in further review through the Office of Student Conduct or Human Resources and could result in dismissal. Human Resources and the Division of Student Life are developing protocols to address compliance issues. We will continue with messaging on the importance of and requirement to wear face coverings and other PPE. In keeping with Crimson Tide tradition, we are confident the University community will join together to help each other.


Employee Testing and Notification FAQs

Will testing be mandatory to return to campus?

Employees: All faculty and staff currently working on campus, or planning to return to campus prior to the start of fall semester, will receive COVID-19 tests at no cost. Those who continue to work remotely need not be tested now, but must be tested before returning to campus.

For more information go to the Faculty/Staff Testing Info page or call 205-348-CV19 (205-348-2819).

Will there be sentinel testing?

Sentinel testing of faculty and staff will be conducted regularly to signal trends, identify outbreaks, and monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 on a randomized sample of approximately 4% of employees. For more information call 205-348-CV19

Will sentinel testing be mandatory?

Sentinel testing will be voluntary for most of the UA campus population. Students who live in on-campus residential housing or participate in University-sponsored extracurricular activities will be required to participate in sentinel testing. For more information, call 205-348-CV19.

Will COVID-19 testing be available on campus?

Yes. For more information go to the testing information page or call 205-348-CV19.

How will testing be conducted?

All returning faculty, staff and students on UA System campuses will be tested for COVID-19 before or immediately following their return to campus. In the event universal testing is not available, UA System campuses will have procedures to test any faculty, staff or student with COVID-19-related symptoms or who is arriving from an area identified as experiencing increased community transmission. For more information, call 205-348-CV19 (205-348-2819).

Will there be regular notification of testing and positive tests among students and employees?

Students and employees who participate in sentinel testing will be notified directly of their results. We will make efforts to notify individual members of the campus community that they may have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive. Private medical information will not be shared.

All of our preparation now and when implemented is designed to return the University to its fundamental mission while being consistent with public health policies, supplementing the notification process of the Alabama Department of Public Health. For more information, call 205-348-CV19.

Will we be notified of positive cases among students and employees?

We plan to provide exposure notification when we have reason to believe a person with a positive test result has been in close contact with other members of the campus community. Private medical information will not be shared. UA’s plan, in compliance with the UA System Health and Safety Plan, focuses on ways we can continue to educate our community to avoid infection, reasonably modify our physical surroundings and actions, test, track, isolate those at risk, and treat those who are infected. For more information, call 205-348-CV19.

How will I be notified if I have been in contact with someone with coronavirus?

As required by the UA System Health and Safety Plan, we will be using the GuideSafe Program (formerly known as Stay Safe TogetherTM) platform developed by UAB. This includes a mandatory Healthcheck feature where you can routinely assess your symptoms. It takes less than a minute to sign up for the Healthcheck, which is already being used by thousands of people. The platform also includes a voluntary COVID-19 exposure notification app that will alert users when they have come in close contact with individuals who tested positive. Additionally, the University will employ a team dedicated to manage exposure notifications.


Section last updated:  7/31/20  at 5:00 p.m. CDT.  The latest information will be at the top of the section.

Student Testing and Notification FAQs

When will I be contacted about testing?

Emails sent from testing@staysafetogether.org are being sent according to date of return to campus. Please check your crimson.ua.edu email regularly.

Emails with testing information for a staggered return are being sent to crimson.ua.edu email addresses, scheduled as follows:

  1. Those known to be returning within the next week should have already received testing instructions.
  2. Campus entry dates between Aug. 6-12 should receive e-mail instructions on Aug. 3 with either information about an in-home test kit OR instructions on signing up for in-person testing in Tuscaloosa.
  3. Campus entry dates between Aug. 12-19 should expect to receive e-mail instructions by Aug. 7.
  4. Campus entry dates between Aug. 19-24 should expect to receive e-mail instructions by Aug. 10.

Students with known campus arrival dates prior to Aug. 6  who have not received testing instructions may use their @crimson.ua.edu e-mail address to schedule an appointment at https://healthy.verily.com.

If you cannot schedule your appointment online, email testing@staysafetogether.org.

Remember – you may not come to campus to stay until you receive a negative test result.

Do I have to have an appointment to be tested?

Anyone testing at one of the 13 official GuideSafeTM (formerly Stay Safe Together) testing locations in Alabama MUST register and have an appointment to be tested. Walk-in testing is not available.

Is there a testing location on campus?

Yes. One GuideSafeTM testing location is located here on UA’s campus. A scheduled appointment is required.

What is testing like?

Testing involves a simple swab just inside the nose that you will do yourself. It allows for results within 48 hours via an email from covid19@pwnhealth.com for in-person testing, or from covid19@everlywell.com for mail-in testing. If your test is positive, you will be contacted by phone within 24 hours of the email and given instructions for next steps.

I am under 18, what do I need to do?

Those who are 18 or younger have been sent a separate e-mail with a link to a parental consent form. Please have your parents complete and virtually sign the three consent forms located here.

Will testing be mandatory to return to campus?

All students currently on campus or planning to return to campus prior to the start of fall semester will receive COVID-19 tests at no cost. Students will receive an email from testing@staysafetogether.org outlining the details and options for their testing process.

For more information go to the Student Testing Information page or call 205-348-CV19 (205-348-2819).

Will there be sentinel testing?

Sentinel testing of students will be conducted regularly to signal trends, identify outbreaks, and monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 on a randomized sample of approximately 4% of students. For more information call 205-348-CV19 (205-348-2819).

Will sentinel testing be mandatory?

Sentinel testing will be voluntary for most of the UA campus population. Students who live in on-campus residential housing or participate in University-sponsored extracurricular activities will be required to participate in sentinel testing. For more information, call 205-348-CV19 (205-348-8219).

When will tests arrive for students participating in early move-in?

Notifications are staggered according to scheduled move-in and return, beginning with late July move-ins and progressing from there.  Those students who are registered for early move-in and return – for example, resident assistants, sorority recruitment participants, and others — will be among the first to receive notification from GuideSafe™ Entry Testing (formerly Stay Safe Together™ Testing). Students should monitor their UA email accounts for a message from testing@staysafetogether.org for details about testing.

How do students submit their test results?

GuideSafe™ Entry Testing (formerly Stay Safe Together™ Testing) will submit student test results to the University on behalf of students who use the at-home test kit or test in person with GuideSafe Entry Testing. Those who test privately, or need to share a prior positive, will need to upload their official lab report through their MyBama account.  Go to ua-app01.ua.edu/covid-upload/public and follow the directions. You must write your CWID number and date of birth and expected date of arriving or returning to campus at the top of your lab test report before scanning it.

Do I have to quarantine after I test (until I receive my results)?

It will be required for symptomatic individuals or those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive to self-quarantine. Students may not come in contact with members of the University community (students, faculty and staff) until they receive a negative test result.

How long does it take to receive results once I send in my sample?

If using the at-home kit, you should get your results within 72 hours after you ship your kit. If testing at an on-site location in Alabama, within 48 hours of specimen collection.

What happens if I test positive?

You will get an email with your results through the platform portal (Everlywell for the at-home kit and PWN Health for the on-site platform). If your test is positive, you will also get a phone call from a health care provider within 24 hours after you receive the email. The testing group will notify the appropriate public health officials, as required. We have designated a specific point of contact at UA, and privacy protections are in place.

What if I don’t receive my results before I leave for campus?

A negative test result is a prerequisite for returning to campus. Given the national testing situation, however, that may be difficult for some. If you encounter complications, contact the UA Student Health Center, which may be able to assist depending on availability of test kits.

What if I haven’t yet received the email with testing instructions?

These messages are being sent in a staggered fashion based on move-in dates. 205-348-CV19 is attempting to respond to all inquiries and the vendors should have a call-in center soon.

What if I live in Alabama and will return to campus after Aug. 6?

Students who live in Alabama and who plan to return to campus after Aug. 6, should watch for an email from testing@staysafetogether.org. The email will provide instructions for registering for and scheduling your COVID-19 test at one of 14 testing sites in Alabama.

Where are the on-site testing locations in Alabama?

There will be 13 locations in Alabama where in-state students may get tested:

  • Auburn
  • Birmingham
  • Florence
  • Hoover
  • Huntsville
  • East Huntsville
  • Jacksonville
  • Livingston
  • Mobile
  • Montgomery
  • Talladega
  • Troy
  • Tuscaloosa

What if I test positive right before I leave to come to campus?

First and foremost: take care of yourself. Students who test positive must follow the isolation and quarantine protocols of your state or place of summer residence for your protection and well-being. Do not come to campus if you test positive. Student Life and others across campus will do everything they can to address concerns or delays caused by a positive test. Your professors are prepared to offer remote options and other accommodations. You can work directly with your faculty members, the Student Health Center or the Office of Disability Services for a variety of resources to make sure you don’t miss anything.

How do I submit my previous COVID-19 test results or the results of my test from a different provider?

Students who are tested at a private clinic or other facility, including the Student Health Center and Pharmacy, will upload the results in myBama using this link.

The self-administered test is not available because I live in NY, NJ, MD, RI or am under 18 years old. How do I test?

Due to FDA restrictions, out-of-state minors (under 18), those living outside of the United States or residents of New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Rhode Island will not be able to participate in the at-home testing kit option for entry testing provided by GuideSafe Testing (formerly known as Stay Safe Together).

Students who are not eligible for an at-home testing kit have the following three options to complete the COVID-19 entry testing requirements prior to coming to campus:

  • Identify a testing option (at personal cost) such as a drug store, your primary care physician, a local health department or drive-thru testing. This can include a testing option in your community or once you are in Alabama, as long as it is within the 14-day window of your entry to campus.
  • GuideSafe Testing (formerly known as Stay Safe Together), has 13 test locations set up across Alabama. To use this option, please email testing@staysafetogether.org now to register to receive a test at one of these locations once you are in Alabama. You will need your negative test results prior to arrival on campus, and before moving into campus housing.
  • Call 205-348-CV19 (205-348-2819) or the Student Health Center to see if they have other campus testing options available.

 


Academic Calendar and Schedule FAQs

Will fall course delivery methods change again?

Faculty and academic teams in each college have been working hard to modify classrooms and plan teaching modes to provide as much in-person learning as possible. Updates to course delivery methods will be posted at 10 a.m. July 21. Students will receive a message from their academic programs with more details and will likely see changes in the ways many of their classes are scheduled to be taught this fall. Course delivery methods are being updated to reflect the evolving nature of planning to return to campus in conjunction with health and safety guidelines. A vast majority of all classes scheduled are planning to provide some type of in-person instruction. Details are being determined based on the best and most current guidance from health experts and the UA Systemwide Task Force. Students should be watching for an email from their academic advisers or college about specifics for their schedules.

Is the semester going to end early?

UA’s fall semester will cease in-person instruction on or before Thanksgiving when only study week and final exams remain.

Will an increase in cases affect the fall schedule?

Changes to our timeline will be based on facts and evidence, including the number of positive cases, methods of transmission, hospitalizations and ability of campus and local officials to manage the impact of the virus on our campus. Decisions will be made in consultation with the UA System Health and Safety Taskforce and will be based on how best to maintain and protect the health and safety of faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Will classes continue if the state or local governments require another lockdown or issue stay-at-home orders?

The Situational Response Team will announce adjustments to instruction and campus operations if our local, state or federal government issues rules affecting the University.


Student Life and Athletics FAQs

Will UA support services be open?

Yes. Critical services such as the Career Center, Counseling Center, WGRC and Student Health Center will continue with enhanced remote availability. Academic support services such as tutoring and the Writing Center will continue with enhanced remote options.

Will the Rec Center be open?

Yes. University Recreation will be open with enhanced distancing and cleaning.

Can student groups meet?

Yes. UA Student Life will assist student organizations, including Greek organizations, to comply with all campus restrictions on social events.

Online options such as Zoom meetings remain the first choice for campus events. For in-person events, outdoor events are encouraged.

There will be no large social gatherings. This includes band parties, swaps, formals, out-of-town and off-campus parties or large social gatherings of any kind. The guidelines for indoor events are no more than 50 individuals, with no more than 100 for outdoor events. Most importantly, attendance limits depend on the distance capacity of the space, so each event space is different and may only allow for a smaller gathering.

Larger physical spaces will be identified to allow for greater social distancing for face-to-face events and meetings. Student groups will be assisted in their efforts to educate and train on health promotions, and to maintain required distancing and other safety protocols.

Attendance restrictions for UA social events will be strictly applied, and all on-campus events, meetings, and programs held by student organizations must be registered through the Office of Student Involvement, including virtual events and meetings.

Off-campus social events sponsored by, or on behalf of, student organizations are impermissible, absent special approval from the Vice President of Student Life or his designee.

Student organizations hosting events will be required to complete and pass with 90% proficiency the Event Smart training module or will be asked to meet with the Office of Student Involvement and other campus partners before their first on-campus event. Capacity restrictions outlined above apply to service organizations, honoraries and others.

If at any point a member of our community does not adhere to University regulations and guidelines, disciplinary action will be taken pursuant to the Code of Student Conduct. Student organizations that do not adhere to University Health and Safety guidelines will have privileges revoked following the first offense.

Read more about hosting campus events and the rules of student conduct in Fall 2020.

Will recruitment for Greek organizations be different?

The University of Alabama Panhellenic Association sorority recruitment rounds, which begin Saturday, Aug. 8, will be held virtually, with potential new members interacting with current sorority members via Zoom.

Bids will be distributed via email to new members at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16. New members will then be able to visit their new chapter house at scheduled staggered times throughout the afternoon. Visitors will not be allowed.

For information on fraternity recruitment, visit the IFC recruitment website.

Will there be campus events?

Yes. Social events and group experiences, such as Get-on-Board Day, career fairs, swaps, get-togethers, and recruitment activities will be planned to preserve the experience, consistent with health and safety requirements. Details will be released for each event. Students should take personal responsibility to protect themselves and others from infection.

Student groups, including Greek organizations, are strongly encouraged to move events outside and use online meeting platforms when possible. Student groups must abide by all stated occupancy limitations when hosting events or gatherings indoors. More guidance will be available at healthinfo.ua.edu. Those with questions can call 205-348-CV19.

Are student parties and get-togethers going to be monitored for risks?

UA, in compliance with the UA System Health and Safety Plan, has implemented additional restrictions on certain events in an effort to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Event attendees should enter a facility or event only after having completed the Healthcheck assessment tool.

How is UA protecting student-athletes?

Student-athletes who are on campus are receiving targeted education, daily screening and regular testing by our sports medicine staff, in conjunction with NCAA and conference recommendations.

Will there be athletic events, including football, in the fall?

Final plans about athletic events will adhere to NCAA, SEC, CDC and all applicable health guidelines. Information on changes about events, venues and guidelines for attendees will be made available as soon as they are known.


Section last updated:  7/28/20  at 10:19 a.m. CDT.  The latest information will be at the top of the section.

Face Covering and PPE FAQs

Do I have to wear a mask in class? Are other safety measures are required?

All students must be familiar with and abide by the requirements outlined in the UA Return Plan and UA System Comprehensive Health and Safety Plan.  Students must (1) wear a mask or face covering at all times while participating in face-to-face class; (2) adhere to social distancing standards; and (3) comply with all other health and safety restrictions. If a student refuses to comply with the requirements, the student will be asked to leave the class and reported for a conduct violation. Unless a student has an exemption from the requirement to wear a face covering, the student will be reported to Student Life for further disciplinary action. More information on these requirements and UA Healthcheck system and screening can be found at healthinfo.ua.edu/returnplan.  You are expected to visit the site and comply with all noted requirements related to in-person class attendance.

What sort of face covering am I required to wear?

Cloth face coverings made of common materials such as cotton that cover the mouth and nose and can be re-worn after proper cleaning are appropriate to wear on campus. Use of medical-grade N95 masks will be required for certain employees, including student employees, who are in situations where they are likely to come in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, like clinical settings.

Will the University provide face coverings to students?

Yes. The University will provide two cloth masks to each student. A distribution plan will be announced in the coming days.

Am I required to wear only UA-issued face covering?

No. Students, faculty and staff are not required to wear only UA-issued face coverings. Cloth face coverings made of common materials such as cotton that cover the mouth and nose and can be re-worn after proper cleaning are appropriate to wear on campus.

What if I cannot wear a face covering?

Reasonable accommodations can be requested for those unable to meet these requirements. Students requesting accommodations should contact the UA Office of Disability Services. Faculty and staff requesting accommodations should contact Human Resources for assistance.

What is the consequence if I do not wear a face covering where required?

Appropriate face coverings are required. We will continue with messaging to remind our campus community of the importance of and requirement to wearing face coverings and other PPE. We believe the University community will join together to help each other.

Will I have to wear a face covering in class? How about in my residence hall room?

Face coverings are required in all UA facilities, with limited exceptions. A face covering is not required in your own room or suite in University housing. However, it will be required in common areas, like residence hall lobbies. We also strongly encourage you to use a face covering in all public settings.

Where else do I have to wear a face covering?

Face coverings are required inside all University-owned buildings, and outside during on-campus gatherings and in other on-campus settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Employees: Face coverings are required in classrooms and labs; open office spaces; and on-campus gatherings and other on-campus settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Face coverings will not be required in private offices, your vehicle or outdoors where social distancing is possible.

Students: Along with your personal room and suite in University housing, you do not have to wear a face covering in enclosed offices, enclosed study spaces, your vehicles, outdoors where distancing is met and when doing certain physical activities such as working out at specified University Recreation facilities. Although not required in these instances, use of a face covering in all settings is strongly encouraged.

Those with questions can call 205-348-CV19.

Is UA going to provide PPE for faculty and staff free of charge?

Yes. Each faculty and staff member will be provided PPE. Please contact your supervisor before returning to campus.


Section last updated:  8/04/20  at 12:44 p.m. CDT.  The latest information will be at the top of the section.

Housing FAQs

Why am I being moved from my residence hall to an off-campus apartment?

We apologize for any inconvenience, but we expect the new facilities to be comparable or an enhanced option to students’ previous assignment, including a private bathroom for each resident, and a washer/dryer in each apartment. Every effort was made to assign students with roommates in their roommate group, possibly along with one additional student. Students still live under the HRC housing contract, which will last only for the academic year, although students will have the option to remain through July 2021, at no additional cost. Students will pay a reduced rate, and utilities will be included. Housing scholarships continue to apply. Crimson Ride will also provide transportation between campus and the Lofts. We understand this is unexpected news, and we regret that it may add to what has without doubt been an uncertain few months. The University does not make the change lightly, but only because of its obligation to be proactive in planning for capacity issues while following the guidelines outlined in the University’s Plan for a Return to Full Operations and keeping the campus community as safe as possible during the school year. Students who instead prefer to make their own off-campus arrangements may cancel their housing contract if they prefer.

What will be different about my University housing?

COVID-19 will require some changes, especially in common areas such as building kitchens and laundry where social distancing is required. We will remove most items that can be touched by multiple people, and will arrange furniture to promote social distancing.

Housing access by non-UA visitors will be limited; staff will wear personal protective equipment; education and training will be required for re-entry; and staff will utilize enhanced cleaning techniques to ensure high-touch surfaces are disinfected.

Will move-in be different this year?

Yes, and no. Move-in will be more staggered with distancing to best protect the safety of students, families and staff. The same Bama spirit and helpfulness will greet you and welcome you back. Details, including the schedule and information on the sign-up process for fall move-in, can be found at UA Housing and Residential Communities.

What happens if I or one of my roommates is diagnosed with COVID-19?

Isolation spaces will be provided for any on-campus students who test positive, are asymptomatic, and/or who may have come into close contact with someone who tested positive.

UA has had a designated location since March and will increase access as needed.

Isolation and quarantine procedures will be in accordance with medical guidance, and will be consistent with the latest CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health guidance. Those with questions can call 205-348-CV19.

Will I be required to isolate or quarantine if I live off campus?

The expectation to abide by requirements applies equally to students living on- and off-campus. Students who live off campus are strongly encouraged to follow isolation/quarantine guidance as required by law and public health guidelines. Students in off-campus housing who fail to follow isolation requirements and return to campus will be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and subject to disciplinary measures.

Will dining halls be open?

Yes. The health and safety of all diners and food service staff is a top priority. Bama Dining is taking great care to promote continued high standards of cleanliness. Along with PPE worn by staff and markers and signs to identify appropriate social distancing, the dining halls will offer more grab-and-go options. Students can use the GrubHub application to order from a dining hall, get it to go, and return their reusable containers for more food in a clean container.

Inside the dining halls, the number of diners will be limited to ensure compliance with state and local guidelines for restaurants. Tables will be spaced to accommodate social distancing; high-touch areas will be eliminated as much as possible; and single-use condiments and utensils will be provided.

For up-to-date information on schedule and service options, visit Bama Dining.

Will Greek houses have a meal plan this year?

Yes. Campus dining, including Greek dining, will require adjustments to maintain distancing.


Section last updated:  7/30/20  at 10:32 a.m. CDT.  The latest information will be at the top of the section.

Class and Academic FAQs

If I can’t be in class in person, or the semester is cut short, what happens with tuition?

In the interest of your health and safety and that of all UA students, faculty, staff, the University reserves the right to change the mode of instruction or schedule of delivery of instruction at any time, in its sole discretion, based upon prevailing public health and other guidance. This could include the transition from our planned methods of delivery including on-campus, hybrid, and remote classes and experiences to – if circumstances warrant – the exclusive provision of University services, classes, and other instruction or experiences on a remote basis, as practicable, or on an alternative schedule.

We are committed to maintaining the delivery of instruction to allow students to continue their education with minimal disruption, but the University cannot guarantee or promise to provide a specific mode of delivery of services, classes, instruction, or experiences, or that the mode of delivery will not change during the semester.  While the method of delivery may change, educational instruction and opportunities will continue. As such, the University will not provide any refund of tuition, in whole or in-part, based on a change in the mode of instruction or schedule of delivery of any services, classes or other instruction or experiences.

Are any of my classes going to be by remote instruction?

Some may be, but the expectation is for the vast majority of courses to feature weekly in-person instruction. When necessary, UA faculty will use a rotating attendance approach for teaching that blends in-class instruction with remote instruction to prevent the spread of the virus. All classrooms will be equipped with webcams for recording or streaming lectures.

How a rotating attendance course is offered will depend on many variables, including the course topic, class size, current environment, expert guidance and other issues.

Will all courses be hybrid?

No. We are planning for in-person classes wherever and whenever possible. It is impossible to predict exactly what the health environment will look like later this fall, and we will be nimble to adjust to changing circumstances. We know that risk mitigation can be achieved through social distancing, the use of face coverings and rotating attendance and remote delivery for appropriate classes or segments of courses.

How do I attend classes if I am isolated?

Remote instruction will be available to you.

Can I complete all my classes remotely?

There are options available should you wish to only take classes remotely. Not all classes, however, will be offered in that capacity.

What if I am too sick to attend class remotely?

Email your professor and consult your syllabus. Those with questions can call 205-348-CV19.

How will classrooms be different?

Physical distancing will be in place in the classroom, plexiglass dividers may be added, and face coverings will be required for students and faculty. Sanitation stations and hand sanitizers will be strategically located and enhanced cleaning measures will be in place.

Will professors and advisers have office hours?

Faculty and academic advisers will have online options for office hours. In instances where an in-person meeting is needed, face coverings will be required.

Can I go study in the library with a group of classmates?

Yes. Face coverings will be required inside all UA Libraries. Groups of students who do not live together should consider meeting outside or meeting remotely. UA Libraries will offer additional remote options to access resources.


Employee FAQs

When will employees know when to come back to work on campus?

Some employees will continue to work remotely after the end of limited business operations. For employees working on campus, staggered schedules and social distancing may be implemented. Details will be forthcoming from supervisors.

Will employees have to use their sick leave if they test positive?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law on March 18, 2020 and requires The University of Alabama to provide employees with emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Will employees who have been exposed to someone testing positive have to use their leave time for the quarantine period?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law on March 18, 2020 and requires The University of Alabama to provide employees with emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Can I travel to a professional conference or a professional development opportunity?

UA has discontinued all non-essential travel for faculty, staff and students. A waiver process is, and will remain, in place.