REFER TO THESE GENERAL FAQs FOR ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. How do I know if I should self-quarantine or self-isolate?
Know the difference between isolation and quarantine.
- If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, see the What if I Have Been Exposed? page for information on what you should do.
- If you need to quarantine, 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, see the What if I Test Positive for COVID-19? page for information on what you should do.
5. Can I get accommodations for COVID-19?
Students who continue to be impacted by COVID-19 due to a clinically diagnosed disability can apply for academic accommodations with the Office of Disability Services.
6. Is remote learning allowed if I feel sick and I’m waiting on COVID-19 test results?
Ask your professor if course materials and/or recorded lectures are available. Faculty teaching in-person classes are not required to provide online options due to COVID-19 quarantine or isolation, absent necessary accommodations. They may be flexible when provided legitimate documentation of illness or quarantine orders. Consider getting vaccinated to avoid missing class due to severe illness.
7. What are some COVID Symptoms?
See the ADPH or CDC website for the most current list of potential symptoms. Here are a few:
- Temperature higher than 100.4
- Fever or feeling feverish
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Chills or repeated shaking with chills
- New unexplained muscle pain
- New or atypical headache
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- New loss of taste or smell
8. 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.
8. 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. Campus storm shelters can be located by using the UA Safety App or by visiting ready.ua.edu.