If you are experiencing symptoms, call your primary care physician or urgent care facility first.

For the latest COVID-19 information from the Alabama Department of Public Health, call 211.

JCDH suspending certain public gatherings due to risk of infection by COVID-19 (.pdf)

Latest updates from UAB

Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m.: Campus community member tests positive for COVID-19

UAB was notified this afternoon that a campus community member tested positive for COVID-19 today, March 31, 2020. The safety and well-being of the community is UAB's top priority, so we are providing this notification out of an abundance of caution. It is important to note that the vast majority of the campus community has been working and learning remotely.

State and local health departments have protocols for testing and advising cases – including contact tracing and notifying individuals who may have been exposed. Public health authorities determine what information is shared publicly in the interest of health and in accordance with privacy requirements.

The university is taking precautionary measures – including cleaning and disinfecting – and continues to encourage aggressive social distancing and other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Thursday, March 26 at 1:30 p.m.: Extended Duration of Limited Business Model

USE THE EMPLOYEE WORKFORCE APP TO CHECK YOUR WORKGROUP

  • The following information about extending the duration of the limited business model applies BOTH to Workgroups A and C.
  • Faculty (Workgroup F) involved in activities that require a presence at their work location (e.g., patient care or essential research) should continue to report to their place of work. Faculty who can work remotely (e.g., if you have only instructing responsibilities that can be done online), please do so from your home if possible. If you have questions, consult your supervisor.
  • For guidance on research activities, please see Resources for Researchers on the Employee section of uab.edu/coronavirus.
  • UAB Hospital never closes and continues to prepare to safely isolate and care for COVID-19 patients.

UAB faculty and staff (including student/employee workers),

We often say UAB’s people are our most valuable resource, and we sincerely thank you for all you do for UAB and our community in this challenging time. We continue to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and carefully plan in an attempt to minimize disruptions while maintaining critical functions in a safe environment.

As you know, UAB announced an initial 14-day limited business model in mid-March for Workgroups A and C. We are now extending the duration of the limited business model — as it is now — for Workgroups A and C until or unless notified otherwise by their supervisor.

All employees who are working remotely, or unable to perform their jobs remotely, will continue under the same conditions and circumstances as previously announced – including pay and benefits. We will continue to update and inform you of any changes to this policy, and your supervisor will notify you of any changes to your work group, taking into account the need to stagger campus visit times and maintain social distancing at all times.

As a reminder, the categories of employees in Limited Business Model Workgroup A and C are (employees are assigned to the appropriate group by their unit leadership/supervisor and should follow supervisor instructions):

  1. Workgroup A and C, Group 1: Those who will continue work in-person and continue to be paid at the normal rate. Do not come to work if you are sick, and continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene.
    • Supervisors should make every effort to not include student-employees in Workgroup A or C, Group 1 on-campus work. If a supervisor thinks a student’s role is essential, approval must be granted by HR before a student is assigned to Workgroup A or C, Group 1.
  2. Workgroup A and C, Group 2: Those who will continue work but can do so from home and continue to be paid at the normal rate.
    • Read UAB’s temporary telecommuting guidance and fill out and sign the telecommuting agreement if you have not already. If you completed a telecommuting agreement for the initial 14-day limited business phase, you do not need to fill it out a second time.
    • Working from home can be challenging. For the short- and long-term health of our institution and our vital mission, managing those challenges to remain productive is imperative. Communicate with your supervisor and/or speak with your Human Resources representative for guidance.
    • Your group assignment is subject to change if business needs arise.
  3. Workgroup A and C, Group 3: Those who will not work during a time of limited business and will continue to receive normal pay and benefits until or unless notified otherwise by their supervisor.
    • Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic makes it necessary to limit on-campus personnel to only those whose functions are imperative during limited business operations — and not all functions can be done remotely or are required under extreme circumstances.
    • Workgroup A and C, Group 3, may be called upon to perform duties (on-site or remotely) within the employee’s skill set but outside of the employee’s job description.
    • Workgroup A and C, Group 3 employees will continue to be paid during the limited business period until or unless notified otherwise by their supervisor. In the event of a prolonged disruption that requires this policy to change, leadership will work with all sources (federal, state, etc.) in an effort to continue financial support of our employees. UAB is raising funds to help those affected by COVID-19. Students in need of assistance can request a COVID-19 emergency grant. Employees in need of assistance can pursue the Employee Emergency Assistance Program.
    • If you need to go to campus to get critical personal belongings, coordinate with your supervisor for approval and to stagger timing with others to minimize personal contact. Absolutely do not go to campus if you are sick.
    • Your group assignment is subject to change if business needs arise.

NOTE: Unit leaders/supervisors will assign and communicate group assignments within Workgroup A and C.

Employment and pay for Federal Work Study students will be handled per current federal guidance.

UAB — working within the framework of the proactive COVID-19 planning led by The University of Alabama System — will maintain health and safety as our top priority. We are committed to making prudent decisions and communicating regularly. Read more on the employee section of www.uab.edu/coronavirus, our definitive website that is continually updated.

Please take care of yourself and each other as much as possible.

Wednesday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m.: Spring Semester Announcement

UAB Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Spring Semester Announcement

Update: Yesterday we communicated that Dr. Mike Saag tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a trip to New York. It is important to note that after returning from his trip he did not work or see patients. When tested, all proper isolation and protective protocols were followed to ensure safe testing.

Students, faculty and staff,

Thank you for your efforts to minimize the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In the midst of an extremely unsettling time, the Blazer community has come together to make sacrifices and support one another. Please continue to practice aggressive social distancing and good hygiene so we can “flatten the curve” and save lives.

When we announced the online/alternative instruction format March 12, it was unclear how long it would last. It is now clear that in-person instruction will not be possible for the remainder of the semester.

As part of the ongoing University of Alabama System Office planning to safeguard our campus community, UAB and our sister campuses are announcing today that there will be no more in-person/on-site classes for the duration of the spring semester. Instead of on-campus commencement ceremonies this spring, UAB will host virtual/alternative commencement ceremonies.

This is an unprecedented situation, but UAB remains committed to minimizing disruptions while keeping health and safety our top priority. Additional logistics will be communicated in the coming days, but here are details we know now:

Online and Alternative Teaching

The UAB spring semester will resume Wednesday, March 25, in an online/alternative format. All instruction will be delivered remotely using the most effective tools available. Students should work with their instructors to access materials and utilize resources, an online FAQ and guidance to help them succeed in this format. Faculty have been provided eLearning and IT resources, as well as peer guidance. Policies regarding clinical and research requirements, student-teacher programs and other specific professional programs will be formulated based on guidance from the state of Alabama and the appropriate academic departments and governing agencies.

Virtual/Alternative Commencement Ceremonies

We are deeply disappointed that our graduating Blazers will not experience a traditional commencement this spring, but we will do everything we can to recognize and celebrate your accomplishments. There are several commencement ceremonies each spring, and details of each virtual/alternative commencement will be communicated in the coming days and weeks. This announcement is being made now to best accommodate the logistics of graduating students and their families, as well as campus departments. Additional information about this and other opportunities will be provided.

Residence Halls

Now that we know on-campus instruction will not take place this semester, we can begin to make decisions and provide guidance to allow students to move out of their residence hall rooms. We are formulating a plan now to allow a systematic and safe way for students to retrieve their belongings and move out. This plan will be shared in a separate communication directly to residential students. Students, please DO NOT RETURN TO CAMPUS at this time. It remains vitally important to aggressively promote social distancing and “flatten the curve.” Students should email studenthousing@uab.edu if an extreme hardship or circumstance arises. Students are not authorized to return to campus outside of this plan, and any who show up without authorization will not be accommodated.

Now that on-campus classes will not resume this semester, a plan will be communicated in the near future regarding residential student housing fees and meal plans. Transportation Services continues to discuss parking issues and will provide further guidance in the future. Please stay safe and take your responsibility to “flatten the curve” seriously. Together, we can save lives.

Tuesday, March 17 at 9:30 p.m.: Physician Tests Positive for COVID-19

Dr. Mike Saag tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a trip to New York. It is important to note that after returning from his trip he did not work or see patients. When tested, all proper isolation and protective protocols were followed to ensure safe testing.

UAB Coronavirus Update: Physician Tests Positive for COVID-19

UAB Community,

Mike Saag, M.D., a physician in the UAB Division of Infectious Disease, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He wishes to make his case known as an example of the COVID-19 reality and the importance of practicing aggressive social distancing. As Dr. Saag will share, he was exposed on a family visit to New York City. Dr. Saag and UAB are taking precautionary measures to promote a safe environment, and we will diligently work with health department officials to identify and notify anyone who may have been exposed.

Please follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UAB guidance to protect yourself and others, including social distancing and good hygiene. If you have symptoms, call your health care provider BEFORE going to the doctor, and if you feel sick STAY HOME.

  • UAB Student Health Services: 205-934-3580
  • UAB Employee Health: 205-934-3675 from 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • After hours/weekends, call 205-934-3411 and ask them to page the nurse on call

UAB is fully prepared to safely isolate and care for patients with infectious diseases, and we have taken aggressive action to slow the spread of coronavirus, including:

  • a move to online/distance learning
  • work-from-home for thousands of employees
  • closing buildings and cancelling events

Please take care of yourself and each other.

Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m.: Limited University Business Operations

THE FOLLOWING IS FOR WORKGROUP A

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS FOR WORKGROUP C

USE THE EMPLOYEE WORKFORCE APP TO CHECK YOUR WORKGROUP

  • The following information about a limited business model applies ONLY to Workgroup A.
  • Faculty (Workgroup F) are asked to work remotely IF POSSIBLE (e.g., if you are instructing online, do so from your home, not campus), and come to campus only if required (e.g., direct patient care or research responsibilities that require a physical presence on campus). If you have questions, consult your supervisor.
  • Instructions and updates for employees in Workgroup C will be forthcoming from the UAB Health System and School of Medicine. These forthcoming updates will also address UAB employees at Children’s of Alabama.
  • UAB Hospital never closes and continues to prepare to safely isolate and care for COVID-19 patients.

UAB is complex. Changes to work schedules mean different things to employees and can be confusing. If you have questions about the following guidance, please ask your supervisor or HR contact.

UAB faculty and staff (including student employees/workers),

Late Friday, a state of emergency was declared for Alabama and the nation to address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This announcement — which includes the closing of K-12 schools statewide starting Wednesday at 5 p.m. and relaxing absentee policies in some schools for the beginning of the week — has prompted concerns and questions about UAB policies that address remote work, essential staffing and child care issues.

With guidance from Human Resources, leaders across the university have been working to assess resources and staffing needs, and will be moving to a limited business model. Based on the latest COVID-19 developments and the need to minimize in-person contact, UAB (university) will begin transitioning to a limited business model for employees in Workgroup A starting Monday, March 16, to be fully implemented by 5 p.m. The limited business model will be in place for at least 14 days starting March 17.

Again, the following information about a limited business model applies ONLY to Workgroup A. Faculty (Workgroup F) are asked to work remotely IF POSSIBLE (e.g., if you are instructing online, do so from your home, not campus), and come to campus only if required (e.g., direct patient care or research responsibilities that require a physical presence on campus). If you have questions, consult with your supervisor. Instructions and updates for employees in Workgroup C and those at Children’s of Alabama will be forthcoming from the UAB Health System and School of Medicine.

This limited business model identifies employees in Workgroup A who are:

  • needed to continue work in-person (Limited Business Model Workgroup A, Group 1)
  • needed to continue work but can do so from home (Limited Business Model Workgroup A, Group 2)
  • not needed to work during a time of limited business (Limited Business Model Workgroup A, Group 3)

NOTE: Unit leaders/supervisors will assign and communicate group assignments within Workgroup A.

Early data suggests a limited business model may reduce the presence of on-site university employees by as much as 75 percent while maintaining functions critical to the UAB mission. It is important to remember that UAB Hospital never closes and continues to prepare to safely isolate and care for COVID-19 patients.

At this time, a limited business model is in the best interests of the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and is an important community service to minimize COVID-19 spread. During this time, it is vital that everyone in every group practices aggressive and meaningful social distancing, as well as proper hygiene to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19. If you experience symptoms, call before you go to the doctor. Please call Employee Health or call UAB Medicine 4YOU at 205-934-9999.

How will limited business operations work?

Employees are assigned to the appropriate group by their unit leadership/supervisor and should follow supervisor instructions.

Workgroup A, Group 1 will report to work as normal; Workgroup A, Group 2 will stay home and continue to work; and Workgroup A, Group 3 will not work. Supervisors determine which positions and employees are suitable for telecommuting, not the individual employees themselves.

  • Workgroup A, Group 1 will report to work as normal (unless you are sick or have been in immediate contact with a person known to have COVID-19 — see employee coronavirus health resources).
    • Maintain social distance and good hygiene. Utilize phone calls and virtual meetings as much as possible (even for small groups). Any gatherings of more than 25 people will require approval from a dean, vice president or AVP.
    • Supervisors should make every effort to not include student-employees in Workgroup A, Group 1 for on-campus work. If a supervisor thinks a student’s role is essential, approval must be granted by HR before a student is assigned to Workgroup A, Group 1.
  • Workgroup A, Group 2 will stay home and continue to work (as soon as possible but in effect no later than 5 p.m. Monday, March 16). If you do not need to return to campus, don’t. Also, do not return to campus if you are sick. See employee coronavirus health resources for guidance if you think you may have symptoms.
    • If needed, Monday, March 16, can be used to prepare to effectively work from home. If you need to go to campus to get essential items (e.g., laptop or desktop computer, supplies) to make working from home possible, coordinate with your supervisor to stagger coming to campus with others to limit contact with others.
    • Carefully read the UAB Temporary Telecommuting Guidance, sign the Temporary Telecommuting Agreement and send to your supervisor (scan or digital photo is OK), then forward to your HR representative.

      The temporary telecommuting agreement and guidelines were established as part of UAB’s efforts to support business continuity across campus. They are temporary and should not be confused with UAB’s standard telecommuting agreement and guidelines. Highlights of the agreement include:
      • Supervisors determine which positions and employees are suitable for telecommuting, not the individual employees themselves.
      • The temporary telecommuting agreement can be modified or terminated at any time, especially if operational needs warrant the change.
      • Employees should understand obligations regarding securing UAB records and transmitting information (e.g., sensitive information related to student records, patient privacy, intellectual property, etc.).
      • Employees are responsible for establishing an appropriate work environment, meeting productivity and service goals required by management, keeping and reporting time worked, and communicating in the appropriate manner and frequency.


Working from home can be challenging. For the short- and long-term health of our institution and our vital mission, managing those challenges to remain productive is imperative. Communicate with your supervisor and/or speak with your Human Resources representative for guidance.

  • Workgroup A, Group 3 will not work (after being notified of your group assignment by your supervisor).
    • Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic makes it necessary to limit on-campus personnel to only those whose functions are imperative during limited business operations — and not all functions can be done remotely or are required under extreme circumstances.
    • Workgroup A, Group 3 employees will be paid during the initial 14-day limited business period. In the event of a prolonged disruption, leadership will work with all sources (federal, state, etc.) in an effort to continue financial support of our employees. Further, UAB Leadership is exploring opportunities — including possible use of the Benevolent Fund — to financially help employees who encounter hardships due to the suspension of work IF limited business lasts longer than two weeks.
    • If you need to go to campus to get critical personal belongings you must have during the next two weeks, coordinate with your supervisor for approval and to stagger timing with others to minimize personal contact.
    • Your group assignment is subject to change if business needs arise.

This unprecedented and fluid event will not be easy on anyone. As we adjust our work lives while managing concern for our loved ones and community, challenges will be significant. Employees across the United States and beyond are concerned about job security and financial stability. UAB — working within the framework of the proactive COVID-19 planning led by The University of Alabama System — will maintain health and safety as our top priority while we work to minimize disruptions for our most important asset, our people. We are committed to making prudent decisions and communicating regularly. Read more on the employee section of www.uab.edu/coronavirus, our definitive website that is continually updated.

Please take care of yourself and each other as much as possible. Utilize Employee Health, as well as free services available through the Employee Assistance Counseling Center. If you would like to donate to help students, faculty and staff with COVID-19 related hardships, or if you need to inquire about help, please contact the Benevolent Fund.

Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m.: Faculty and Staff Resources and Business Planning

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Faculty and Staff Resources and Business Planning

The fast-moving and dynamic nature of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has led to many uncertainties and questions. This is not unique to UAB, universities or health systems. We are glad the University of Alabama System took decisive action as part of a proactive planning process to promote health and safety on our campus.

As we work to operationalize the change, we may not have all the answers immediately. But a very dedicated team is committed to reducing uncertainties as much and as quickly as possible. Ultimately, we want to minimize disruption to the lives of our campus community while keeping health and safety our top priority.

A great deal of planning has taken place, and many questions have been answered. Please take the time to review the information that is available – including resources, communications and frequently asked questions – on the Employees tab at www.uab.edu/coronavirus. Some resources found at this central hub include:

As you know, we are shifting to online and alternative learning after spring break. Additional preparations are underway as we monitor the outbreak. Business operations are being maintained at this time (i.e., faculty and staff are asked to report to work), but we may need to make additional adjustments in the interest of health and safety. At this time, student workers/employees/interns who remain on campus and want to continue working may be able to maintain their normal work schedule. Managers are asked to be understanding of student-employees’ circumstances. Ultimately, circumstances will vary, and student-employees should speak with their supervisor/coordinating instructor who can consult leadership on a case-by-case basis as necessary.

In the event normal business operations are altered, Human Resources is working with leaders across campus to explore – for example – job functions that can take place in a remote setting off campus to promote social distancing.

In the meantime, units on campus are encouraged to test remote working capabilities on a limited basis with some faculty and staff working from home to help identify challenges and opportunities, should a more comprehensive limited business plan be implemented. UAB Telecommuting Agreement

Logistical changes – including limiting access to some facilities and closing some university functions – are being considered and will be communicated as soon as details are clear. While student access will be limited, all academic buildings will remain open to faculty and staff.

Please continue to monitor your email for updates, as well as visit www.uab.edu/coronavirus. In the meantime, please take care of yourself and each other, and utilize services of Employee Health and the Employee Assistance Counseling Center (EACC FAQ at uab.edu/coronavirus).

Thursday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m.: UAB Transition to Online or Alternative Instruction

Coronavirus Update: UAB Transition to Online or Alternative Instruction

Based on recent developments, discussions with leadership on University of Alabama System campuses and with other institutions, and advice of the University of Alabama System Task Force, the UA System is making immediate preparations to transition to on-line or alternate instruction for all academic courses to protect the health and safety of our communities. This policy will be re-evaluated on or before Monday, April 6, 2020.

Each campus will keep faculty, staff and students updated electronically on individualized plans, timelines and specific changes as soon as possible.

  • UAB is scheduled for Spring Break the week of March 16-20. UAB’s Spring Break will be extended through at least March 24. Each campus will notify students, faculty and staff when the semester will resume.
  • Following Spring Break, UAB students should not return to campus and will continue their course work via distance learning subject to the following limited exceptions:
    • international or other students who do not have alternative accommodations;
    • students from areas without high-speed internet or other means of receiving remote instruction;
    • students with exceptional hardships, or academic, employment, clinical or research requirements that should be reviewed by the respective campuses on a case-by-case basis.
  • Arrangements will be made by the campuses to ensure any students remaining on campus have access to essential services (including Student Health Services/Counseling Services). Residence Hall and dining facilities will be open for students who remain on campus.
  • The UA System’s restriction on ALL non-essential international and domestic travel remains in place. All non-essential University meetings, gatherings and events are cancelled. Faculty, staff and students abroad and in international affiliated programs sponsored by third parties should contact their program administrators for information and further guidance.
  • These policies will be updated as circumstances require.

Students leaving for spring break, please take essential belongings with you (e.g., class materials, textbooks, medications, electronics, valuables, etc.). If you have already left and will need to return, please alert Student Housing at studenthousing@uab.edu.

This policy applies only to academic classes. At this time, regular business operations will continue until further notice. Additional guidance will be forthcoming. Until further notice, faculty and staff should report to work.

This is a quickly evolving situation, and we are committed to answering questions and supporting students, faculty and staff through this unprecedented event at UAB. There will be questions, and leaders across campus are working to answer them and make this transition as smooth as possible.

Please continue to follow your emails, as well as updates at www.uab.edu/coronavirus.

Wednesday, March 11 at 4:30 p.m.: Information Regarding Spring Break

Update to the UA System’s Interim Emergency Policy – Information Regarding Spring Break

As are colleges and universities throughout North America, the University of Alabama System is taking precautionary measures regarding the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

In preparation for the upcoming spring break March 16-20 at UA and UAB, with UAH’s break the following week (March 23-27), our current plans call for maintaining normal campus operations. Our guidance is based on the best information available to us at this time from local, state and federal agencies and health care professionals.

As you consider plans for spring break, please keep these important points in mind to protect yourself and our community from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  1. Our goal is to provide continuity and consistency for our students. If the situations in our communities change, we will transition to alternative modes of instruction (such as on-line classes) to protect the health and safety of System campuses. While current plans are to maintain regular schedules, it is possible that System campuses could move to alternative modes of instruction at some point this semester depending on the state of COVID-19 in Alabama. IF it becomes necessary to cancel in-person classes, plan ahead to have what you need. When you leave for spring break, take essential belongings with you (e.g., class materials, textbooks, medications, electronics, valuables, etc.), in the event a transition to alternative modes of instruction becomes necessary.

  2. If you live on campus, are uncomfortable traveling, and prefer to stay on campus during spring break, we will provide you with accommodations. It is important that you notify us of your plans if you decide to remain on campus. At UAB, email studenthousing@uab.edu.

  3. Everyone on our campuses should take extra care to follow personal hygiene instructions from the CDC:
    • Wash hands frequently, and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid sick people, avoid people if you are sick, and do not travel if you are sick.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces, and cover your cough or sneeze with a sleeve or tissue.
    • Protect against the flu by getting the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19, but the flu is still circulating in the community at this time.
    • The CDC does not recommend the general public buy or wear masks in the United States.
    • If you have symptoms, call your health care provider BEFORE going to the doctor.

  4. Continue to be vigilant, plan ahead and protect against spreading viral illness. The following two maps are available to assist you with accurate information on affected areas:
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Global Outbreak Map
    CDC United States Outbreak Map

  6. If you develop respiratory symptoms during spring break, or are exposed to an individual with or suspected of having COVID-19, then please DO NOT return to campus, and we will work with you to provide alternative arrangements for remote learning through the best available platforms. Students should contact their advisor or program head regarding academic concerns.

  7. We are continuously monitoring the situation, which could change at any time. We will notify you of updated information and policy changes on the UA System’s dedicated webpage.
We want to remind everyone to please monitor your emails. The System’s previous advisories canceling international travel and discouraging any non-essential domestic travel remain in effect. Advisories and updates can be found at http://uasystem.edu/news/2020/02/ua-system-covid-19-updates/.

Wednesday, March 11 at 11:45 a.m.: Required Review of Domestic Travel, Events and Visitor(s)

Coronavirus Update: Required Review of Domestic Travel, Events and Visitor(s)

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is evolving quickly, and the outbreak has required proactive leadership from the University of Alabama System to restrict international travel.

There are some decisions — based on the current status of the outbreak and recent guidance from the UA System — that UAB leadership should make based on specific potential risks and circumstances. Decisions must be made regarding university-sponsored domestic travel, events and visitors to campus.

Any faculty or staff member sponsoring, organizing or otherwise leading university-sponsored or university-hosted travel, events or visitors should alert your leadership as soon as possible. That leader will determine if the activity is essential or non-essential, and if it poses a risk to the health and safety of the campus community:

  • Non-essential Domestic Travel (UA System Domestic Travel Advisory): Non-essential domestic travel is discouraged at this time. A decision must be made as to whether the university-sponsored domestic travel is essential or non-essential.
  • Events/Visitor(s) to Campus: A decision must be made as to whether the event or visitor on campus (e.g., speakers, conferences, orientations, seminars, performances, competition) carries potential risks and whether the event/visit can take place.

Leaders responsible to make decisions in each area include:
  • Deans will review activities in schools and colleges
  • VPs and/or AVPs will review activities for administrative units (each VP will determine the appropriate starting point for his or her unit)
  • Athletic administrators will review activities in Athletics

Decisions should be based on the relative risk of the travel or visitor(s), understanding that our top priority as an institution is the health and safety of our campus community. If the dean, AVP or athletic administrator is the event sponsor, the determination for that event should be made by his or her supervisor so the decision is not made by someone personally invested in the organization of the event.

Questions to ask when considering the necessity of the travel or visitor(s) include:

  • Can you explain why the travel/visitor(s) is essential?
  • Can the travel/visitor(s) be postponed?
  • Can the purpose of the travel/visitor(s) be accomplished in another way (e.g., virtually)?
  • Does the size of the event/number of attendees create too much risk?
  • Do the attendees/visitor(s) create too much risk (e.g., coming from a domestic or international location with significant COVID-19 spread)?

UA System and UAB leaders will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide additional or revised guidance as the situation evolves. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Monday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m.: NEW Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Advisory

NEW Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Advisory

The University of Alabama System continues to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Today System officials issued guidance advising against any non-essential domestic travel at this time, particularly to large conferences with attendees from multiple states or locations that have declared a state of emergency due to the virus.

Faculty, staff and students on UA System campuses are encouraged to use good judgment when making travel decisions and work with campus administration to evaluate alternative methods of remote participation such as live-streaming of conference sessions and meetings.

The UA System advisory also states: “Students, faculty and staff who have concerns about being exposed to the virus while traveling should not be required to travel. Likewise, any student, faculty or staff member who elects not to attend a previously scheduled event due to those concerns should not be disciplined.” Read the full advisory here.

The UA System website will continue to be a centralized source for updated information on the virus outbreak, policies and other guidance (http://uasystem.edu/news/2020/02/ua-system-covid-19-updates/). Learn more about COVID-19 and UAB at www.uab.edu/coronavirus. Access information about UAB coronavirus travel restriction reimbursements.

Wednesday, March 4 at 3:30 p.m.: Coronavirus Preparedness Updates and Resources

Email from President Ray L. Watts and Health System CEO Will Ferniany: Coronavirus Preparedness Updates and Resources as of March 4, 2020

*NOTE: The following email was sent March 4, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. as part of a collaborative communications effort led by the University of Alabama System in the interest of health and safety on the three System campuses. Last week Chancellor Finis St. John appointed a COVID-19 Communications and Policy Task Force to address the 2019 Corona virus. The task force, comprised of UA System medical researchers, faculty and staff, is continuously monitoring public health risks posed by the outbreak. Subsequently, a comprehensive University of Alabama System Interim Emergency Policy was developed regarding the 2019 Coronavirus. The policy will be updated as circumstances warrant.

UAB Community,

Today you received an email about new travel restrictions, including the CANCELATION of all university-sponsored international travel in March. Travel outside the United States after March is ON HOLD and will be addressed as soon as possible. Details can be found on the UAB Updates tab of www.uab.edu/coronavirus, an online resource that provides important information, tips and resources as we safeguard our community and prepare for the likely appearance of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Alabama. If you have not read that communication, please do so in the interest of your health and safety, and that of our community.

While there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Alabama at the time of this communication, there are confirmed cases in Florida and Georgia, and it could be seen in Alabama soon. COVID-19 appears to cause mild illness in the majority of those infected but can be fatal. Learn more at www.uab.edu/coronavirus.

The CDC predicts possible significant disruptions to daily life in the United States. While we cannot predict whether our community will be affected in a small or big way, we want to be prepared for even extreme outcomes.

UAB officials are and have been very active in monitoring the quickly evolving outbreak with infectious disease and public health experts and taking aggressive steps to prepare for possible scenarios. University and Health System emergency management professionals have convened broad and targeted groups to review the plans to address an infectious disease outbreak and apply it to the specific COVID-19 threat.

Units across campus have been taking steps to prepare for eventualities. For example:

  • First and foremost, medical providers at the University and Health System are trained to properly care for patients with infectious diseases and have plans in place to safely care for COVID-19 patients.
  • UAB launched www.uab.edu/coronavirus as a resource to communicate news and updates, as well as tips to stay healthy and prepare. Information will be maintained there.
  • UAB Facilities is increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting areas like bathrooms, entryways, door handles, railings and elevator buttons.
  • From Campus Housing and Dining to Environmental Health and Safety, to Hospital Supply Chain, procurement officials have assessed what supplies are needed now and what supplies would be needed if disruptions become extreme.
  • Plans to manage and conserve supplies (e.g., plans to prioritize, limit and/or reuse certain supplies to avoid a shortage if the duration of disruptions become significant) are being reviewed and updated based on possible COVID-19 scenarios.
  • Offices that support international travel for students, faculty and staff are supporting unexpected changes in travel plans and programs to minimize disruptions as much as possible while maintaining health and safety.
  • Health care professionals in Student and Employee Health have enacted protocols to monitor, guide and report the status of those returning from international destinations in partnership with the Alabama Department of Public Health.
  • Information Technology, the Office of the Provost, and school and college deans are taking steps to protect our ability to maintain our academic mission while employing social distancing techniques or quarantine measures. This planning includes addressing the technical and logistical infrastructure that would allow for classes to continue if they eventually need to move online in Canvas.
  • Planning and preparations are also taking place to protect our vital research mission. Research Administration leadership is updating business continuity plans based on COVID-19 and will continue to monitor and prepare to protect research activities as much as possible if disruptions occur.
  • Human Resources is consulting with leadership to provide guidance regarding the possible future need for work-from-home scenarios.
  • Areas have been identified where facilities can be repurposed to safely manage patient flow should an influx of COVID-19 patients take place.
  • We are encouraging patients with concerning symptoms to call their health care provider before going to the doctor, and our Emergency Department is screening incoming patients just outside the entrance to the Emergency Department to decrease possible exposure to others.

These are just a few examples of steps being taken. Units across campus will continue to update their specific plans to protect each other and our community and continue to deliver essential services. Disruptions — small or large — may be inevitable; but our goal is to minimize the effect on you — our students, faculty and staff — as well as the education, research, innovation and economic development, patient care, and community service pillars of our mission.

Please continue to look to your emails and www.uab.edu/coronavirus for important updates. At UAB, we are fortunate to have many experts in epidemiology and the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases to guide us. Know that our top priority will remain the continued health and safety of our UAB community.

Please continue to be vigilant, plan ahead and protect against spreading viral illness:

  • Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sick people, avoid people if you are sick, and do not travel if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and cover your cough or sneeze with a sleeve or tissue.
  • Protect against the flu by getting the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19, but the flu is still circulating in the community at this time.
  • The CDC does not recommend the general public buy or wear masks in the United States.
  • If you have symptoms, call your health care provider BEFORE going to the doctor:
    • Students should call UAB Health Services at 205-934-3580.
    • UAB employees should call UAB Employee Health at 205-934-3675 from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours and on weekends, call the UAB Call Center at 205-934-3411 and ask them to page the needlestick/exposure nurse on call.

More information and tips can be found at www.uab.edu/coronavirus. UAB medicine employees can go to www.oneuabmedicine.org for Health System specific updates.

Sincerely,

Ray L. Watts
President

Will Ferniany
Health System CEO

Wednesday, March 4 at 1:30 p.m.: NEW Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Restrictions and Updates

Information about UAB coronavirus travel restriction reimbursements

NEW Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Restrictions and Updates

Effective immediately, UAB is canceling all university-sponsored international travel that is scheduled to depart in the month of March. Faculty, staff and students MAY NOT TRAVEL anywhere outside the United States for university business or academic purposes (“university-sponsored travel”), including but not limited to study abroad or other international academic work, research or grant activity, internships, conferences or presentations, teaching or training, performances, recruiting, or athletic competitions.

Additionally, university-sponsored travel outside of the United States that is scheduled to depart after the month of March is suspended effective immediately. Regarding future university-sponsored travel outside of the United States beyond March, this is a complex decision that is based on new and evolving information. Decisions on those future programs are ON HOLD and will be addressed as soon as possible. Please read the full updated interim policy issued by the University of Alabama System.

Due to the expanding global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the significant risk of exposure during international travel, and guidance from experts in public health and infectious disease, we expect full cooperation and compliance with this Updated Interim Policy to maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone. Faculty, staff, students, and visiting students and scholars who fail to comply with this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.

We recognize the significance of these measures to members of our campus community and are committed to providing support. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our campus and community. Students with questions about travel should contact the Office of Education Abroad at 205-975-6611 (after hours 205-329-0019) or aneyer@uab.edu. Faculty, staff and visiting research scholars should contact the Office of Sponsored International Programs at 205-975-2438 (after hours 205-789-5212) or whiteside@uab.edu. These offices are available to provide guidance and assistance to our travelers, in addition to providing resources through our System travel provider, International SOS.

While we cannot restrict individuals’ travel for personal business or affiliate programs (i.e., travel that is not university-sponsored but related to academic or business pursuits — e.g., travel through another institution or program), the UA System strongly encourages students, faculty and staff to follow CDC travel watches, alerts and warnings, and be aware of additional CDC and State Department updates. The global situation is rapidly evolving, and risk of acquiring COVID-19 may change abruptly. Please be mindful of potential associated risks of disruptions to reentry to the United States, including possible quarantine.

Any and all travelers returning to the United States or coming to the United States to participate in university-sponsored business or programs must comply with all U.S. re-entry, quarantine, self-isolation or self-monitoring requirements in place before returning to or engaging with the university community. Travelers must provide verification from the Alabama Department of Public Health or their health provider confirming they have completed the appropriate monitoring process. To the extent a traveler is monitored or otherwise reporting to the university during any monitoring period, the traveler must receive express approval from the university in order to return to the university community. Additional detail is available in the updated interim policy.

Returning travelers should follow guidance provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health for returning travelers on the ADPH website. Any traveler should be aware of CDC Travel Health Notices and observe CDC travel precautions for COVID-19.

We understand that many members of our community may have upcoming spring break travel, conferences or summer study abroad plans that this policy may affect. We further understand that the longer the travel restrictions remain in place, more questions will arise related to future plans for international travel. To assess the impact of the virus on faculty, staff and students, a dedicated team composed of members from throughout the UA System, including our clinical and infection prevention experts, is monitoring the outbreak and utilizing guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, and international governments and health agencies. Administrators at each campus are continuously evaluating and receiving advice on potential impacts and will provide future information and guidance.

While there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Alabama at the time of this communication, there are confirmed cases in Florida and Georgia, and it could be seen in Alabama soon.

Please continue to be vigilant, plan ahead and protect against spreading viral illness:

  • Wash hands frequently, and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sick people, avoid people if you are sick, and do not travel if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces, and cover your cough or sneeze with a sleeve or tissue.
  • Protect against the flu by getting the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19, but the flu poses an active health threat in Alabama at this time.
  • If you have symptoms, call your health care provider BEFORE going to the doctor:
    • Students should call UAB Student Health Services at 205-934-3580.
    • UAB employees should call UAB Employee Health at 205-934-3675 from 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. After hours and on weekends, call the UAB Call Center at 205-934-3411 and ask them to page the needlestick/exposure nurse on-call.

Closures

UAB Employees

With guidance from Human Resources, leaders across the university have been working to assess resources and staffing needs, and will be moving to a limited business model.

USE THE EMPLOYEE WORKFORCE APP TO CHECK YOUR WORKGROUP

UAB announced an initial 14-day limited business model in mid-March for Workgroups A and C. We are now extending the duration of the limited business model — as it is now — for Workgroups A and C until or unless notified otherwise by their supervisor.

Faculty (Workgroup F) involved in activities that require a presence at their work location (e.g., patient care or essential research) should continue to report to their place of work. Faculty who can work remotely (e.g., if you have only instructing responsibilities that can be done online), please do so from your home if possible. If you have questions, consult your supervisor.

All employees who are working remotely, or unable to perform their jobs remotely, will continue under the same conditions and circumstances as previously announced – including pay and benefits. We will continue to update and inform you of any changes to this policy, and your supervisor will notify you of any changes to your work group, taking into account the need to stagger campus visit times and maintain social distancing at all times.

As a reminder, the categories of employees in Limited Business Model Workgroup A and C are (employees are assigned to the appropriate group by their unit leadership/supervisor and should follow supervisor instructions):

  1. Workgroup A and C, Group 1: Those who will continue work in-person and continue to be paid at the normal rate. Do not come to work if you are sick, and continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene.
    • Supervisors should make every effort to not include student-employees in Workgroup A or C, Group 1 on-campus work. If a supervisor thinks a student’s role is essential, approval must be granted by HR before a student is assigned to Workgroup A or C, Group 1.

  2. Workgroup A and C, Group 2: Those who will continue work but can do so from home and continue to be paid at the normal rate.
    • Read UAB’s temporary telecommuting guidance and fill out and sign the telecommuting agreement if you have not already. If you completed a telecommuting agreement for the initial 14-day limited business phase, you do not need to fill it out a second time.
    • Working from home can be challenging. For the short- and long-term health of our institution and our vital mission, managing those challenges to remain productive is imperative. Communicate with your supervisor and/or speak with your Human Resources representative for guidance.
    • Your group assignment is subject to change if business needs arise.

  3. Workgroup A and C, Group 3: Those who will not work during a time of limited business and will continue to receive normal pay and benefits until or unless notified otherwise by their supervisor.
    • Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic makes it necessary to limit on-campus personnel to only those whose functions are imperative during limited business operations — and not all functions can be done remotely or are required under extreme circumstances.
    • Workgroup A and C, Group 3, may be called upon to perform duties (on-site or remotely) within the employee’s skill set but outside of the employee’s job description.
    • If you need to go to campus to get critical personal belongings, coordinate with your supervisor for approval and to stagger timing with others to minimize personal contact. Absolutely do not go to campus if you are sick.
    • Your group assignment is subject to change if business needs arise.

NOTE: Unit leaders/supervisors will assign and communicate group assignments within Workgroup A and C.

Employment and pay for Federal Work Study students will be handled per current federal guidance.

For additional information, check the latest UAB Updates tab.

UAB Classes

Based on recent developments, discussions with leadership on University of Alabama System campuses and with other institutions, and advice of the University of Alabama System Task Force, the UA System is making immediate preparations to transition to on-line or alternate instruction for all academic courses to protect the health and safety of our communities. This policy will be re-evaluated on or before Monday, April 6, 2020.

Each campus will keep faculty, staff and students updated electronically on individualized plans, timelines and specific changes as soon as possible.

  • UAB is scheduled for Spring Break the week of March 16-20. UAB’s Spring Break will be extended through March 24. The semester will resume through remote instruction on March 25.
  • Following Spring Break, UAB students should not return to campus and will continue their course work via distance learning subject to the following limited exceptions:
    • international or other students who do not have alternative accommodations;
    • students from areas without high-speed internet or other means of receiving remote instruction;
    • students with exceptional hardships, or academic, employment, clinical or research requirements that should be reviewed by the respective campuses on a case-by-case basis.

UAB Residence Halls

We are formulating a plan now to allow a systematic and safe way for students to retrieve their belongings and move out. This plan will be shared in a separate communication directly to residential students. Students, please DO NOT RETURN TO CAMPUS at this time. It remains vitally important to aggressively promote social distancing and “flatten the curve.” Students should email studenthousing@uab.edu if an extreme hardship or circumstance arises. Students are not authorized to return to campus outside of this plan, and any who show up without authorization will not be accommodated.

If there are academic materials, medication or other items left in the residence halls that are needed during break, please contact housing at studenthousing@uab.edu.

Students who left campus for spring break:

  • PLEASE DO NOT RETURN TO CAMPUS. For safety reasons, returning students cannot be permitted to return to their residence hall until further notice. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Student Housing at studenthousing@uab.edu. We will follow up with you as soon as possible.

Students still on campus living in a residence hall:

  • If you have another place to live and can leave the residence hall, PLEASE LEAVE CAMPUS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE but no later than the end of the day Tuesday, March 17. If you do not have another place to live, please contact Student Housing now at studenthousing@uab.edu for guidance and assistance. We will follow up with you as soon as possible.
    • We have consulted at length with COVID-19 experts. For safety reasons, only students who do not have a place to go (e.g., students with an exceptional hardship or international students) can be allowed to stay in a residence hall.
  • Take any essential belongings and school-related resources you will need with you.

UAB Buildings & Transportation

Commons on the Green

Meal hours for Friday, March 20- Sunday, March 29:

  • Saturday – Sunday:
    • Brunch 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Dinner 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday - Friday:
    • Breakfast 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    • Lunch 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Dinner 5 p.m.– 7 p.m.

Show your valid UAB One Card to enter the Commons on the Green.

UAB Parking

UAB parking lots and decks remain open. UAB Medicine employees with parking permits are being provided parking in decks within three blocks of the hospital. Any employee needing parking accommodation may contact the UAB Transportation Office at 205-934-3513 Monday thru Friday between 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Blazer Express

Effective midnight March 13th, UAB Transportation is suspending several Blazer Express routes until further notice. This decision is being made to best allocate resources as UAB moves to remote teaching for the coming weeks.

The following routes are suspended until further notice:

  • Gold
  • North Green
  • South Green
  • Purple

The Blue route will be modified to discontinue the Collat Business School stop. The Silver route will continue operations as normal.

All of these changes are temporary. UAB Transportation will make any updates regarding Blazer Express routes on its website.

Academic Buildings

Note: Does not include SOM buildings

  • Abroms-Engel Institute
  • Alys Robinson Stephens Center
  • Ctr Biophysical Sciences and Engineering
  • Campbell Hall
  • Collat School of Business
  • The C-Store
  • The Den
  • Education Building
  • Education & Engineering
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Hansell/Hulsey Center
  • Henry Peters Building (School of Optometry)
  • Heritage Hall Building
  • Holley-Mears
  • Hoehn Engineering Building
  • Humanities Building
  • Lister Hill and Sterne Library
  • Learning Resource Center (School of Health Professions side only)
  • Johnson House 1006 19th (Art Play)
  • ROTC Building
  • Ryals Public Health Building
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Nursing
  • Spencers Honors House
  • Starbucks at Sterne
  • Starbucks at Hill
  • WOW Cafe
  • The Grid
  • Jamba Juice
  • Sandella's
  • Full Moon BBQ
  • Mein Bowl
  • Panera
  • University Boulevard Office Bldg
  • University Hall
  • Webb Building
  • 10th Avenue South Academic Building
  • 1605 Building
  • 1701 Building
  • 501 Building
  • 916 Building
  • 936 Building

Residence Halls

For the health and safety of our residents, all overnight visitation in the residence halls is immediately suspended until further notice.

Hill Student Center

The Hill Student Center, inclusive of dining options, is closed until further notice.

Campus Recreation Center

The Campus Recreation Center is closed until further notice.

UAB Area Hospital Temporary Visitation Policy

In accordance with the Alabama Department of Public Health and Governor Ivey’s public health order regarding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, all UAB hospitals and clinics will be prohibiting visitation of all visitors and non-essential healthcare personnel effective immediately.

The only exceptions include compassionate care situations, including end-of-life circumstances and maternity care.

If you are experiencing symptoms, call your primary care physician or urgent care facility first. For the latest COVID-19 information from the Alabama Department of Public Health, call 1-800-338-8374.

With a growing number of confirmed COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases in the United States, feeling sick can be scary. But the best thing to do if you feel ill is to stay calm and contact your doctor. If you have symptoms like cough, fever or other respiratory problems, contact your doctor before coming to a clinic or hospital. Please do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

UAB Visual and Performing Arts

We are monitoring the evolving situation closely and will provide updates via email, our website, and social media should our plans change. In the interim, we must share with you a few changes to the following events:


Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts

AEIVA galleries are closed until April 6.


Alys Stephens Center

No Change

  • ArtPlay Classes (Spring Semester)

Cancelled

  • Cuban Lunch & Learn

To be rescheduled:

  • ArtPlay Family Day
  • MUSE Conference
  • Meshell NdegeOcello
  • Stefon Harris
  • Maxim Lando
  • Alfredo Rodriguez/Pedrito Martinez

For UAB Department of Music, Department of Theatre and Department of Art and Art History events, please check the UAB Events section.

UAB Events

UA System and UAB leaders will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide additional or revised guidance as the situation evolves. Please check with event organizers for the status of individual events.


Cancelled

Department of Music:

  • Natalie Bergeron Alumna Recital
  • PRISM
  • Jazz Summit
  • Piano Series featuring Kate Liu
  • Gospel Choir Alumni 25th Anniversary Concert with John P. Kee
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Opera Workshop Scenes
  • Brass Ensembles

On hold

Department of Music:

  • Faculty Recital by Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, soprano; Yakov Kasman, piano.
  • Concert Bands
  • Jazz Band
  • Birmingham Youth Wind Symphony
  • Honors Recital
  • ASO Concerto Concert
  • Computer Music Ensemble
  • Steel Band
  • Commercial Music Ensemble
  • Piano Studio/Ensembles
  • Jazz Combos and Guitar
  • Concert Choir

To be rescheduled

Department of Theatre:

  • "The Secret Garden" will be performed for the 2020-2021 season.

UAB Athletics

Effective immediately by a unanimous vote of the Conference USA Board of Directors, all spring sport competition and championships have been canceled.

The league previously announced on March 12 that spring sports were suspended indefinitely, but this evening officially canceled the remainder of the season.

Fans who have purchased tickets for UAB Athletics events canceled due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), will receive an email notifying them of the refund process for affected spring 2020 events. Learn more here.

UAB Admissions events

UAB is closely monitoring the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and the following actions are being taken regarding activities for prospective students:

For questions about prospective student activities, contact UAB Undergraduate Admissions at 205-934-8221 or chooseuab@uab.edu.

The UA System has developed a proactive plan to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, which is revised and updated as new information becomes available. Learn more