Page last updated:  11/12/20  at 6:31 p.m. CDT. The latest information will be at the top of the page.

Are adjustments available if I’m at high risk of contracting COVID-19?

Students meeting CDC criteria for being at risk of contracting COVID-19 may begin making requests for temporary adjustments for the spring semester using the online COVID-19 student application. Those seeking remote course access should register for online and audio-visual courses to ensure remote participation is available. The request process for spring semester requires documentation of CDC risk criteria from a medical provider, and the deadline to complete requests is Jan. 18, 2021. Contact the Office of Disability Services at odscovid@ua.edu for more information or if the deadline cannot be met due to extenuating circumstances.

Are visitors still prohibited in residence halls?

Visitors are no longer prohibited in residence halls. Students can have up to one visitor per person (so, two visitors at a time in a double room and up to four visitors at a time in a 4-bedroom suite), as long as those visitors are from the same residence hall. Overnight visitation is still prohibited.

When do I have to move out of my residence hall?

While in-person instruction will end Friday, Nov. 20, as classes transition to remote learning to close out the semester, you may choose to stay in your room for any or all of the time through Dec. 12, including Thanksgiving weekend, but you must let Housing know by completing a survey you received via email. You must check out of your room by 10 a.m. on Dec. 12.

What should I do if I plan to stay on campus after Nov. 20?

If you plan to stay on campus anytime between Nov. 20 and Dec. 12, you must fill out the survey that will be sent by Housing later this month. The survey must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 6, to ensure you have access to your residence hall.

What about dining options after Friday, Nov. 20?

Dining options will continue to be available every day through Dec. 12. The Bama Dining website will provide updated hours and locations in the coming weeks.

Do I need to remove my belongings if I’m returning in the spring?

No. If you are planning to return to your residence hall for the spring semester, you do not need to remove your belongings when you leave for the winter break.

Are students permitted to eat together in the dining halls as they were prior to the new directive?

No. All dining locations currently offer to-go options only.  To clarify what this means to meal plan participants, we will no longer have on-site seating, but our residential all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities will remain open, and serve the same hot meals and menus they usually do.  While students cannot dine inside the facility, there are outdoor benches, patios, and shaded areas to sit near the dining outlets, if they do not want to go back to their residence hall. Visit the Bama Dining website for menus, locations and hours of operation.

Is the Counseling Center open?

Yes, the Counseling Center has resumed services with a number of changes to accommodate current situations.  Please visit the Counseling Center’s website to find information about current services for students, instructions for existing clients, and information for faculty and staff

Is the Ferguson Mail Center open?

The Ferguson Mail Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What are my privacy rights in Zoom classes?

All meetings held in Zoom that include course content or student information are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. 

For class sessions recorded during the COVID-19-related remote instruction period, students will be notified. If students do not want their likeness during class participation included in the recorded class session, they may elect to not participate in the video recordings. If a student participates in recorded online class sessions with their camera engaged, or uses a profile image, they are agreeing to have their video or image recorded. If a student is unwilling to consent to have their profile or video image recorded, it’s their responsibility to keep their camera off and to not use a profile image.

Likewise, students who un-mute their audio input during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded. If students are not willing to consent to have their voices recorded during class, they must keep their mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the chat feature, which allows students to type questions and comments live.

Recordings will be available for viewing during the remote instruction period subject to the following:

  • Only students enrolled in the subject class during the remote instruction period may view the recording.
  • Students may not post or use the recordings in any other setting (e.g., social media) for any purpose. Students who violate this will be subject to student discipline, up to and including expulsion.
  • Without prior approval from the instructor of this course, students may not record course content and/or post course content publicly, including on social media sites. Students who record and/or post course content without instructor approval may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary action.

What if I need information specific to COVID-19 and Disability-related concerns?

Students who have COVID-19 and disability-related concerns should visit the Office of Disability Services to see a list of available resources.

Is the Aquatic Center open?

Yes, the Aquatic Center is open for lap swimming only. Advanced reservation is required. For more information or to sign up for a reservation go to the University Recreation website.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you receive a positive test result for COVID-19, see the What if I Test Positive for COVID-19? page for information on what you should do.

What if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, see the What if I Have Symptoms? page for information on what you should do.

What if I have been exposed to someone who has COVD-19?

If you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, or if someone in your hall or house has tested positive, see the What if I Have Been Exposed? page for information on what you should do.

What does close contact mean?

Close contact is defined as (1) anyone who spent at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive or suspected COVID symptomatic individual while not wearing a mask (either you or the other individual or both); (2) anyone who has had frequent bodily contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive or who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19; or (3) anyone having direct contact with secretions (e.g., cough, sneeze, etc.) of a COVID-19 positive individual or suspected COVID symptomatic individual.  Anyone who is a close contact and is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be treated as a suspected positive unless a negative test proves.

How do I know if I should self-quarantine or self-isolate?

  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should self-quarantine, which means:
  • Staying at home/residence hall room until 14 days after your last contact
  • Checking your temperature twice a day and monitoring yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Stay away from others, particularly those individuals who may be at high risk for becoming sick from COVID-19.
  • If you are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19, you will be provided isolation accommodations and you should:
  • Stay in the isolation accommodations until (a) all of your symptoms have resolved, (b) you have been fever free for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication, and (c) it has been at least 10 days since your symptoms first appeared or you tested positive.
  • Stay away from others and use a separate bathroom as available.

What are some COVID Symptoms?

See the ADPH or CDC website for the most current list of potential symptoms.

  1. Temperature higher than 100.4
  2. Fever or feeling feverish
  3. Cough
  4. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  5. Chills or repeated shaking with chills
  6. New unexplained muscle pain
  7. New or atypical headache
  8. Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  9. Sore throat
  10. Congestion or runny nose
  11. New loss of taste or smell

Are students permitted to attend church?

Yes. Students should follow guidelines by wearing a mask and maintaining a 6-foot distance from others.

Can students gather in study groups outside, play sports outside or eat together outside in small groups?

Yes. Students should follow guidelines by wearing a mask when possible and maintaining a 6-foot distance from others.

Can Greek house residents sit outside on the lawn or house steps to eat their grab-and-go meals?

Yes. Students should follow guidelines by wearing a mask when possible and maintaining a 6-foot distance from others.

Is the Rec Center open?

Yes. Patrons should follow guidelines by wearing a mask when possible and maintaining a 6-foot distance from others.

Can students share a ride in the same vehicle?

Yes, but they should wear masks.

Are any Bama Dining locations open?

Yes. Access information on Bama Dining locations, hours of operation and menus for Fall Semester 2020. More information about Bama Dining can be found on their website.

Are University libraries open?

Operating hours for University libraries through Tuesday, Aug. 18

Before going to any of the University libraries, read the University Libraries Facilities Use Guidelines for Fall 2020.

Fall Semester 2020 Hours:

Rodgers Library

McLure Education Library

Bruno Business Library 

Hoole special Collections will be by appointment only until further notice Researchers should contact Special Collections at archives@ua.edu.

Patrons can request print materials housed in all University Libraries to be available for retrieval by using the Grab-N-Go Book Pickup Service.

Patrons who have books needing to be returned to any University library should drop them in the book drop located near the Capstone entrance doors of Gorgas Library.

Is the Student Health Center open?

The Student Health Center and Pharmacy is open to students from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 9 a.m – 5 pm. on Fridays. The SHCP is providing appointment-based visits only with telemedicine and zoom available to all students. Web appointments are no longer available, and students must call 204-348-2778 or the SHC COVID line at 205-348-0386 to request a visit or a service.

Night clinics are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. starting September 15. Weekend clinic will resume Saturday, September 19 and will run every weekend (closed for home football games) from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

All students entering the SHC building must have a short COVID-19 screening phone call completed prior to any visit, including appointments.  Students can call 205-348-0386 between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for the screening.

The SHC Pharmacy is now offering Curbside Pickup!  Call ahead for your refill, 205-348-6276, then call again when you arrive and we will bring it out to you.  Copays are billed to the student account, so all interaction is limited for your safety. Please bring your ID.

Is the Student Recreation Center open?

Beginning August 17, the Student Recreation Center will be open Monday–Thursday from 5:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday from 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.  Visit COVID-19 UREC Updates for available opportunities and restrictions.

Wear your mask. Facial coverings that cover the nose and mouth are required at all times when inside a UREC facility.

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. 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.

Does the Student Health Center have testing kits for COVID-19?

The Student Health Center offers COVID-19 testing by the medical opinion and discretion of the provider after a full evaluation of the patient. Drive-through testing is now available by appointment only. Please call 205-348-0386 for a screening and to schedule an appointment.

Why has the fall course I’ve registered for now changed to “hybrid” or something similar?

The instructional delivery methods of many Fall 2020 class sections are being updated to reflect the unprecedented and evolving nature of planning for students to return to campus this fall. These updates are in alignment with the University’s Return to Campus Plan and the UA System Comprehensive Health and Safety Plan. While details are still being determined based on the best available guidance from health experts and our UA Systemwide Task Force, further updates to class sections are also evolving. The course content will remain the same.

What does a “hybrid” course look like?

How a hybrid course is offered will depend on many variables, including the course topic, the class size, the current environment, expert guidance, etc. One example may be a large Monday/Wednesday/Friday lecture class where social distancing is required. A third of the class may attend in person with seating spread at least six feet apart on Monday, the next third attend the classroom on Wednesday, and so on, while video capture and recordings remain available to all of the enrolled students.

Will all courses be hybrid?

No.  We are planning for in-person classes where possible. Nobody can predict exactly what the health environment will look like later this fall, and we must be nimble to adjust to changing circumstances. We are cognizant that risk mitigation can be achieved with prudent planning. Such planning includes social distancing, the use of masks and hybrid and remote delivery for appropriate classes or segments of courses.

Will hybrid courses or those that change to online only be offered at a cheaper rate?

The course content is being developed for multiple scenarios of delivery. The tuition rate has been set and will not change.

Is the Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC) open?

The WGRC is staffed Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Students can speak with a counselor or make a virtual/phone appointment by calling 205-348-5040. After hours and on weekends, the WGRC crisis line is available by calling UAPD at 205-348-5454 and asking to speak with the WGRC Victim Advocate.

The Tuscaloosa SAFE Center is still open and providing forensic exams to victims of rape and a WGRC victim advocate may be able to be on-site to support students through exams. The SAFE Center can be reached at 205-860-SAFE (7233).

Do student conduct rules apply in online classes?

The UA Student Code of Conduct prohibits “disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other University activities.” Any related behavior will be reported to Student Conduct for disciplinary action. Please help your fellow students and faculty create a safe and effective learning environment for our entire campus community.

What if a student needs emergency financial assistance or support?

UA students currently in need of financial assistance because of the pandemic should submit an Emergency Assistance Application. When submitting the application, include documentation demonstrating the loss of income. Please note that  immediate financial assistance may not be available.

In the event of severe weather, will UA storm shelters open?

Yes. In the event of a tornado watch or warning, the University will open storm shelters and best available refuge areas (BARAs) for students who may still be in Tuscaloosa, faculty and staff. 

Even with the extraordinary social distancing precautions, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) recommends that your first priority should be to protect yourself from a potential tornado. If a warning is issued for the campus area, you are more likely to be affected by the tornado than the virus. 

Facial coverings are required in all UA storm shelters and BARAs.

Certainly, wherever you choose to shelter from severe weather, you should use as many precautions as possible to inhibit the spread of COVID-19 as best as you can. 

Campus storm shelters can be located by using the UA Safety App or by visiting ready.ua.edu.

What about students who don’t have internet access at home?

Campus facilities with internet access will remain available for those who remain local.  Students from areas without high-speed internet or other means of receiving remote instruction should discuss their circumstances with their instructors. Arrangements will be made to assist with meeting course requirements.

What resources are available to help students with distance learning?

The Office of Information Technology has a number of resources available for students to help facilitate remote learning.

I am an international student and cannot return to my home country. What can I do?

Accommodations will be made for international or other students who cannot travel. If you have not already done so, please contact Housing and Residential Communities or complete this form.

Will Bama Cash still work for off-campus students who are staying / living off campus?

Yes, Bama Cash will still be available during the break and during this period of remote instruction.

Will this affect financial aid?

Federal guidance so far indicates student financial aid will not be affected. Additional updates will be provided as they are made available.

What should I know about social distancing?

Social distancing is staying away from large crowds or congregations of people with the intent of minimizing transmission of infectious disease outbreaks. Follow CDC guidelines about avoiding and slowing the virus spread.

  • Stay home if you are sick or have been around someone who has been exposed or diagnosed.
  • Try to avoid close contact with others (maintain a distance of about 6 feet).
  • Avoid gatherings or meetings of 10 or more people.
  • Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose.
  • Wash your hands often and/or use a hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly.