Effective 4 p.m. March 4, 2022, UAB no longer requires masks to be worn inside non-clinical university buildings. Read more details.

Teaching Formats

Teaching Formats: Spring 2022

The formats for teaching during the spring 2022 semester will be fully face-to-face (i.e., in-person) courses or fully online courses (i.e., asynchronous “Q” courses), in addition to some “blended” courses (i.e., online courses with periodic in-person requirements) that are traditionally available in some schools. Remote courses (e.g., primarily synchronous virtual classes) and hybrid courses (e.g., alternating attendance) will not be offered.

Effective 4 p.m. March 4, 2022, UAB no longer requires masks to be worn inside non-clinical university buildings. See further guidance.

Technology

Even with classes returning to in-person, the technology installed in classrooms and other educational spaces is still available to help instructors augment their students’ experience. Learn more. In addition, remote working tools such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and virtual desktops are still valuable assets whether you are on campus or off.

Academic Technology Resources

Lecture capture technology remains available in most classrooms through Zoom and Kaltura Classroom. The technology components installed in the rooms vary depending on the location, size and capacity of the classroom. Click here to learn more. Learn how some plan to continue using classroom technology here.

Additional Resources

  • Virtual desktop technology — Is available for employees who need access to published apps or software on campus, without the need of a VPN or powerful computer. Learn more.
  • Retail Support — UAB IT’s TechConnect store is open on campus at Hill Student Center and online at uab.edu/techconnect.
  • Public WiFi — Express Lot 4 remains open for public WiFi. UAB IT is currently exploring additional lots that would be available to UAB students and faculty.

Faculty can register for training and other support on the UAB eLearning site as well as find additional resources on the UAB IT Remote Work toolkit.

Attendance

Our continuing battle with COVID-19 requires that faculty consider possible adjustments to the foregoing policies, particularly as they pertain to class attendance and what might constitute COVID-related excused absences. Detailed information on current attendance policies is available on the Faculty website.

Grading

Spring 2022 Semester Grading

The grading method for the spring semester will be the normal letter grade method. There will be no Pass/Fail option, unless a course was structured for such grading even in the absence of the pandemic. Instructors will be permitted to take attendance and count attendance toward grades as is normally the case. Faculty and students are responsible for keeping up to date with further information that UAB will provide regarding any additional COVID-19-related attendance policies.

Course Withdrawals and Incomplete Grades

The normal times for course withdrawals will be in effect for the spring semester. Students will no longer have until the end of the semester to withdraw from a course. The last day to drop a course without paying full tuition or fees, and the last day to withdraw from a course, will depend upon the length of the course. See the drop and withdrawal dates in the Academic Calendar.

As is always the case, students must request an Incomplete before the last day of classes, which varies for the sessions offered in the summer semester and fall semester. See the Academic Calendar. Students must communicate with their instructors before this date about the circumstances surrounding their inability to complete the missing assignment(s) and request an Incomplete. Otherwise a zero will be assigned for missing assignments and normal grade calculations will be made accordingly. Failure to complete the work by this deadline will trigger the normal process whereby an Incomplete automatically turns into an F.

IDEA Student Evaluations

Effective with student IDEA evaluations done during the fall 2021 semester, faculty will no longer have the option of choosing not to allow use these student evaluations in their own performance evaluations. Faculty who are concerned about the effects of the pandemic on their teaching evaluations by students should describe their concerns in a pandemic impact statement available here submitted to their chairs or other supervisors. Chairs have been provided guidance on how to consider these situations.

Disability Support Services

Beginning Fall 2021, Disability Support Services (DSS) will no longer offer “Temporary Adjustments Due to COVID-19”. Students who meet DSS criteria for disability under the ADA and require accommodations based on disability may apply for services at www.uab.edu/dss. Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or those who had exposure to COVID-19 should visit the UAB Student Health Patient Portal and complete a screening survey.

Click here for additional questions regarding Disability Support Services information.

Travel

To see current UAB travel policies due to COVID-19, visit the Financial Affairs Covid Resources page.