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Are any Bama Dining locations open?
While UA continues to operate under limited business operations, Bama Dining continues to operate Starbucks on Bryant Drive (drive-thru only) daily from 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
What is deadline to return rented text books?
The deadline for returning books rented from the Supe Store for the spring 2020 semester has been extended to May 31, 2020. Avoid shipping charges by using the UPS label available on the Supe Store site. More information on returning book(s) via USPS, UPS or Fedex is also available on the Supe Store website.
While the University Supply Store is closed, students may return rented textbooks and sell used textbooks at the Supe Store tent on the Ferguson Plaza. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays throughout residence hall move-out, weather permitting.
When can I move my belongings out of the residence hall or Greek house?
A staggered move-out schedule for residence halls and Greek chapters will begin Tuesday, May 5. To promote social distancing, students will sign up for a date and time for move-out. Information from UA Housing and Residential Communities and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life was sent to campus residents with details on how to sign up for a move-out time slot, parking information, social distancing measures and more. For more info, go to the Housing and Residential Communities or Fraternity and Sorority Life websites.
What is the status of interim and summer courses?
The University of Alabama is committed to providing consistency and continuity to our students, faculty and staff during this uncertain time. To aid in scheduling and planning, all summer courses with a class start date before June 22 will be taught in an online or remote format, which includes Interim, summer I and full summer term sessions.
We remain hopeful of the possibility to return to on-site instruction later in the summer. However, until circumstances change, faculty should continue preparing for online/remote course options for the remainder of the summer, including courses with a class start date on or after June 22.
Any further changes in the status of summer instruction will be announced before the end of May in accordance with UA System Office policy.
Will on-campus courses resume for Fall?
We have been planning for and will continue to work toward in-person instruction this fall on the regular schedule. Our campus working group has representation from across the university and will be addressing the various elements of our plan, including academic quality, campus life, and health and safety, and will coordinate with the UA System. We are also reviewing the possibility of returning to in-person classes for the second summer term. A decision about the summer 2 courses will be announced before the end of May.
Will summer tuition rates change?
UA has always charged non-resident students out-of-state tuition for summer courses, whether taught in-person or online. Tuition for summer courses has been previously approved and published. The University is committed to continuing to provide exceptional learning opportunities for our students during the summer terms, tailored by leading faculty to meet specific learning objectives. Most courses will feature small classes and individual attention. Exceptional student support and resources will continue to be provided through remote means, including access to the expansive digital library, student success center, advising, counseling and more. A list of ongoing student support services and resources to request emergency assistance is available at the healthinfo.ua.edu website.
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 full evaluation of the patient.
Are student employees being paid during limited business operations?
The University has been paying all student employees, including those who have not been actively working, for the past several weeks. All student employees will continue to be paid through April 17. Those paychecks will be direct deposited on or about April 24. This will serve as the final paycheck of the semester for student employees who are not actively working. Student employees who continue to work will be contacted by their supervisor with instructions regarding recording hours after April 17. Students with current or future needs may visit our emergency assistance website for links to short-term financial and other assistance programs. More information about employment related issues, including student unemployment eligibility is available on the employee FAQs web page.
Will I get a refund on housing/meal plans/fees/parking permit?
Technical complications have required a delay in notifying students about prorated refunds related to housing, dining and parking. Students who qualify based on residence hall, meal plan or permit type will receive notification about their account adjustments by April 22. We apologize for the delay.
Students with a refund will be able to choose from these options:
- Receive a prorated refund. See studentaccounts.ua.edu/refunds for information about how refunds are issued; OR
- Apply your refund to your Fall 2020 student bill; students who elect this option will receive an additional credit of 10% of the refund amount. For example, under this option with a $500 refund, an additional 10% or $50 for a total of $550 would be applied to your Fall 2020 student bill; OR
- Donate your refund to the Tide Together Student Support Fund.
Refunds will be applied to accounts with outstanding balances before distribution of any remaining refund balance. Students with UA scholarships that paid for housing, dining or parking are not eligible for refunds.
Will Spring 2020 Commencement still be held?
On-campus Spring Commencement will not be held as scheduled, and families should not plan on traveling to campus for that event.
All spring graduates are invited to participate in Commencement ceremonies on July 31 and August 1. A survey will be sent in the next few weeks requesting graduates’ intent to return to campus for the ceremonies and more details will follow.
What about Honors Week and Tapping on the Mound?
Honors Week will be held in a virtual format on Friday, April 10. Read More.
Are free digital textbooks available?
Yes. The Supe Store, along with RedShelf, is providing UA students with free and convenient access to digital textbooks, through the RedShelf Responds initiative. Students may access up to seven digital textbooks using Redshelf’s digital platform. Books will be available for download through May 25. Download your free digital textbooks by going to studentresponse.redshelf.com and searching the textbook title or ISBN.
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 are my grading options for the Spring 2020 courses?
Following a recommendation by the Faculty Senate and approved by President Bell, both undergraduate and graduate students now have the option to choose between a letter grade or pass/fail designation for Spring 2020 courses. The policy can be found here. Procedures are currently being put in place to allow students to take this action in myBama, and instructions for doing so will be disseminated in the coming days.
- This change applies only to Spring 2020 courses that have not yet ended.
- Students can choose between the letter grade or pass/fail option on a course-by-course basis.
- Grading choice can be made at any time until 5 p.m. April 24, the last day of classes.
- If a student does not specify a preference, the original grade assignment procedure will be used.
- The pass/fail option will be generally available to both undergraduate and graduate students except as professional or certification requirements dictate otherwise.
The deadline to drop a course has also been extended through April 24.
Is the Student Health Center open?
Yes. 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. No nights or weekend hours are available. Walk-in visits or web appointments are available for the general clinic. Walk-in visits for immunizations are also available.
Appointments by phone are required for Women’s Health, Allergy Injections, and Psychiatry. Psychiatry visits are all by tele-psychiatry only. For tele-psychiatry appointments, call 205-348-8262.
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. For general health visits for existing patients, the web appointment feature in the Patient Portal is also convenient.
The SHC Pharmacy is now offering Curbside Pickup! Call ahead for your refill, 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 Counseling Center open?
Yes, the Counseling Center has resumed services with a number of changes to accommodate UA’s current limited business operations status. Counselors will continue to reach out to existing clients to discuss options for continued counseling (including teletherapy) and referrals. For students in crisis or experiencing an emergency, please call 205-348-3863 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., to speak with a counselor immediately. For students experiencing urgent/crisis situations after hours, please contact UAPD at 205-348-5454 and ask to speak with the on-call counselor. If you are new to the counseling center and are interested in services, please call to discuss options with a therapist. 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.
Why am I being charged a graduation fee if I can’t walk for commencement in May?
A number of students have been inadvertently charged a graduation application fee due to an automated process. We apologize and have instituted a process to fully refund them. We are determining alternative means of recognizing the significant achievements of our graduates and students earning honors and will provide that information as soon as possible.
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.
Will Crimson Ride buses and 348-RIDE services be operating after spring break?
All Crimson Ride and 348-RIDE services have been suspended indefinitely.
Is the Ferguson Mail Center open? If not, how can students with campus P.O. boxes retrieve their mail?
The Ferguson Mail Center will remain closed to students for mail and package pick-up services indefinitely. With the exception of packages received that contain medication, all packages will be forwarded to addresses provided by students. If addresses are not provided, packages will be sent to the student’s permanent address in myBama. PLEASE encourage all students to ensure their permanent addresses are correct in myBama.
Students who are awaiting the delivery of medications should send an email that includes the student’s name, mailstop code and tracking number for the package containing the medication(s) to the Ferguson Mail Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. These items will be placed in the parcel lockers located at Bryce Lawn and if not retrieved by the students sooner will remain in the lockers until March 31, 2020. If medications are not retrieved, they will be sent to the student’s permanent address. When the packages are ready for pickup, students can expect to receive an email notification from the Ferguson Mail Center.
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.
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.
Does the plan for online or alternate instruction apply to the duration of the Spring semester?
Yes. Instruction for all remaining classes this semester will be taught remotely. There will be no further person-to-person or on-site instruction. Exceptions will only be made as accreditors or licensors require, and as specifically approved by the Provost. This is a rapidly evolving global issue and we are working diligently to plan and care for the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.
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?
Will we be able to continue to keep Federal Work-Study students on payroll?
Yes, effective 3/3/2020, while students will not be required to remain on campus, Federal Work-Study students should remain on payroll at their typical number of hours per week. Supervisors will need to enter time for Federal Work-Study students to ensure that they continue to receive their typical bi-weekly paychecks.
Do student employees need to return to work?
Effective 3/17/2020, UA is functioning under a limited business operations model. Please see the faculty-staff communication of 3/17/2020 and consult with your supervisor if you have any questions
Are Student Assistants required to continue to work?
No. Student Assistants are not required to continue to work if they do not remain in Tuscaloosa and/or if remote work is not an option. Even if they remain in Tuscaloosa, they could choose (with no penalty) to end their on-campus student work position at this time.
Will A-Day still be held?
The SEC has canceled all remaining athletic competitions for the 2019-20 athletic year, including the 2020 Golden Flake A-Day game. Visit Rolltide.com for the latest information on all UA athletic events.
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.
Can graduate students, undergraduate students and faculty still conduct research in labs during this time?
Please contact the lead researcher or dean with specific situations.
Will libraries still be open?
Yes, but only for limited purposes and at limited times. Please check the libraries’ calendar online for posted dates and times.
Will student rec centers still be open?
All University Recreation facilities closed March 17 and will remain closed until further notice.
What is the process for applying to live in campus housing, for example, employment or international students?
Students who may need accommodations should complete this form.
I have no home to go to. Can I stay on campus?
Residents wishing to request an exception to the rule must submit the request on this form as soon as practical. The committee appointed by the Vice President of Student Life will begin reviewing requests on Wednesday, March 18 in order to expedite the requests, the committee will respond within 24 hours. Only those with truly unique situations where the student has no other options will be approved.
What about student advising and registration?
Advising and registration will continue as planned, but will be extended for a longer period of time. Details will be shared as soon as they are available. Please contact your college with specific questions.
Have priority registration for summer and fall dates changed?
Priority registration for the summer and fall 2020 terms will begin Monday, March 30. Check the registrar.ua.edu website for a complete calendar of academic dates.
Has the last day to drop a course with a grade of “W” changed?
Yes. The last day to drop a course with a grade of “W” for the spring 2020 full-term and Spring 2 has been extended to Friday, April 24. Check the registrar.ua.edu website for a complete calendar of academic dates.
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. This could include, but is not limited to, attending concerts, sporting events, religious gatherings, going to movie theaters or using public transportation such as buses and subways for travel. 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 (if possible, maintain a distance of about 6 feet).
- Avoid gatherings or meetings of 10 or more people.
- Wash your hands often and/or use a hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or inside elbow if you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly.