Ongoing Updates

As the situation related to COVID-19 evolves, the University’s protocols are subject to change.  Every effort has been made to ensure that the content in this update is as up-to-date as possible at the time of publication, but it is important for the University community to continually monitor official channels of communication including emails and the UA Health Info website.

Changes in Format or Schedule

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.

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COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness or even death, and there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any place where people are present. Participation in on-campus educational programs and activities, on-campus work, clinical programs, or other campus activities may expose individuals to a risk of contracting COVID-19. Even if individuals and the University use all reasonable care, there is still a risk of exposure or infection while on University grounds or property, or while taking part in University activities or business.

The University of Alabama System and The University of Alabama have implemented rules, regulations, and protocols relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the continued, accurate, and timely use of the UA Healthcheck tool, submission to COVID-19 testing, the observance of social distancing guidelines, maintenance of personal hygiene requirements, use of personal protective equipment, cooperation with contact tracing, and compliance with isolation or quarantine requirements (“COVID-19 Health and Safety Rules and Requirements”).

Faculty, staff, and students must comply with all COVID-19 Health and Safety Rules and Requirements implemented by the University and University of Alabama System, currently summarized in this document, but which may be revised from time to time.

Faculty, staff, and students must notify their supervisor (for employees) or Student Health (for students) in the event that they (a) test positive for COVID-19; (b) show any of the CDC recognized symptoms of COVID-19; (c) become aware that they have been in close contact to a person that has tested positive for COVID-19; or (d) are advised to self-quarantine or self-isolate by a public health official or my medical provider, including any medical professional employed by or acting on behalf of the University. They must also accurately report such information in the UA Healthcheck tool. Faculty, staff, and students must not to return to campus until receiving written clearance from either Employee Health (for faculty and staff) or Student Health (for students).

Failure to comply with the University’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Rules and Requirements may subject faculty, staff, or students to discipline, up to and including the suspension or termination of employment, or suspension or expulsion from campus.