UAB’s plan is aligned and consistent with local, state and federal public health guidelines and recommendations. Our plan is also aligned with the University of Alabama System guidance on the Return to Campus. The UA System and its three universities set a bold target to be the “safest universities in America,” committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty and staff.

We anticipate restrictions and limitations will be in place for the next 12 to 18 months. After evaluating several factors — including the trending numbers of new COVID-19 cases in our community, our testing capability and availability, our ability to monitor the spread of the virus in the campus community, the adequacy of community health care resources, current supply levels of personal protective equipment, and applicable federal, state, and local directives — we developed the following color code system to coordinate and integrate operational procedures across UAB.

The active color code will be determined based upon state, local or UA System restrictions and conditions. Changes in the prevailing code will be announced by UAB leadership in response to the changing circumstances. Each level defines a different set of work criteria, rules and regulations and operational plans.


Access Severely Limited
(maintenance only, no research or academic activity)


Modified Business Operations
(26% - 74% capacity)


Limited Business Operations
(0% - 25% capacity)


Full Access; Limited Public Health Restrictions
(75% - 100% capacity)

The COVID-19 pandemic is a dynamic situation that continues to evolve, and our response will inevitably evolve as well. We will therefore update these guidelines and the protocols outlined below – including testing – as necessary to continue to ensure the health and safety of the campus community. As of mid-May, we are working toward implementing guidelines for the Modified Business Operations/Yellow phase as research and clinical activities begin to resume.