In an effort to support the holistic wellness of students, the UABSOM Student Senate created a Prayer and Meditation Room. It provides an important space for quiet prayer, reflection, and meditation. Scientific evidence indicates that there are significant physiological, mental, and cognitive benefits to meditation. It is our hope that the prayer and Religious Symbolsmeditation room will allow students of all faiths to experience a place of peace and sanctuary while learning and working. 

Located inside the Learning and Community Meeting Room in Volker Hall, this quiet space is designed for reflection, meditation, and silent prayer and is open 24 hours a day.  OneCard access is required for entrance. 

Students who wish to use the space are asked to follow a few simple guidelines:

  • Prayer or meditation does not necessarily need to be silent, but it should be quiet enough not to disturb anyone studying in adjacent areas or rooms
  • The Prayer and Meditation Room cannot be reserved and is not to be used for studying or for meetings
  • Please keep the Prayer and Meditation Room clean. All personal materials are to be removed from the space after use. Mats need be returned to the allotted location
  • The use of fire, including lit candles or incense, is not permitted in the Prayer and Meditation Room
  • Symbols of faith must be removed after each individual usage and the overall tone of the room shall be religiously neutral
  • No items are to be removed from the room
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the space
  • Students may be asked to temporarily leave any rooms within the Learning Community space during testing. If you are asked to do so, you may return once testing has been completed.