A Letter from the President (Updated 8/12/20)
In June, I provided the campus with a draft report of my Advisory Committee for a Return to Full Operations. Working in conjunction with the UA System Task Force, we established the cornerstones of our plan to return and our fundamental principles of planning. Our timeline was ambitious – returning to campus operations with the beginning Fall 2020 semester, while adhering to appropriate health and safety protocols.
Throughout the summer, professionals across campus determined how we could accomplish the goals of continuing our mission and the value of the UA experience, while mitigating risks, protecting the community, safeguarding the vulnerable, and supporting the campus community to achieve at its highest level. Academics reviewed their classes. Facilities studied and modified our classrooms and other spaces. Student Life innovated in order to preserve our experience in the “new” normal we faced. Updates were provided to the community through frequent emails, communications and updates to healthinfo.ua.edu, through employee and student training protocols, and with posters, videos, and social media campaigns.
Today, I am pleased to provide this comprehensive update, summarizing those plans and communications, and establishing the necessary health and safety rules that will guide our return. While #StillTideTogether, The University of Alabama can continue our indispensable role as a preeminent provider of education, research, and service.
We will continue to be nimble and responsive to changing circumstances, and I will notify you of any necessary changes as we go forward. For now, let’s start the semester strong and plan to finish even better.
Dr. Stuart R. Bell