UAB continues to consult public health and infectious diseases experts to assess the pandemic and make data-driven decisions to safely pursue our vital mission. As of Monday, July 26, 2021, all campuses in the UA System will return to in-person instruction, events and activities. Read the full memo here.

Due to the recent surge of COVID-19 and updated CDC guidance, UAB will require face coverings indoors on campus – regardless of vaccine status – effective Thursday, July 29.

There are limited times when individuals can be unmasked indoors on the university campus (exceptions may not apply to clinical buildings – please continue to follow established protocols for clinical buildings).

  • Employees can unmask if alone in a private workspace (e.g., office or cubicle)
  • Students can unmask in their residence hall room 
  • Individuals can briefly unmask while actively eating or drinking if a minimum of 6 feet of social distancing can be maintained

Safe and effective vaccines are free and easy to get. If you have not yet been vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, including the more contagious and dangerous Delta Variant. Click here to learn about COVID-19 vaccines. Additional guidance on lifted COVID restrictions can be found through out this site.

The UA System Health & Safety Task Force is increasingly concerned about the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the state, as well as the prevalence of the delta variant. Widespread vaccination is key to mitigating further increases. The Task Force will remain intact and will continue to monitor data points such as vaccination rates on campus and in the community, COVID-positive cases per 100,000 individuals, age-specific hospitalization rates, rate of breakthrough infection or reinfection, and prevalence of emerging variants. This Plan remains subject to change based on these factors.

Starting May 10, many members of the UAB community will no longer be required to complete a daily Healthcheck to access campus. However, in part to comply with a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement, students, faculty and staff who are considered health care personnel or have a touchpoint in a clinical building or setting will be required to complete Healthcheck daily until further notice. Click here to learn more about if you should or should not fill out Healthcheck daily.

Summer 2021 Semester Schedule

MAY

10

The summer semester will begin as scheduled for the Summer 14-week Session, Summer A Session, and May Semester, as has been published in the Academic Calendar.

JUN

7

The Summer 10-Week and Summer 2A MBA session begins.

JUN

28

The Summer B Session begins. 

AUG

6

Last day of classes

AUG

7

 

AUG

13

Final exams

AUG

13

 

AUG

14

Commencement

Fall 2021 Semester Schedule

AUG

23

The fall semester will begin as scheduled.

NOV

22

 

NOV

28

Fall/Thanksgiving break

DEC

3

Last day of classes

DEC

6

 

DEC

10

Final exams

DEC

10

 

DEC

11

Commencement

Teaching Formats

Teaching Formats: Summer and Fall 2021

The formats for teaching during the summer and fall semesters 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 this summer or fall.

For the current semester, face coverings and social distancing are required in all University buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

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.

Grading

Summer & Fall 2021 Semester Grading

The grading method for the summer and fall 2021 semesters will be the normal letter grade method. There will be no Pass/Fail option for summer and fall courses, 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 summer and fall semesters. 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. The last date for completing the work for a grade of Incomplete in the summer 2021 semester will be the last day of the fall 2021 semester classes. 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 summer 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

If students test positive during the course of the semester, Disability Support Services will continue to be available to help them navigate they coursework and ensure they are given enough time to recover so they do not have to take a medical drop. Please be flexible in offering time away from class when students report that they are ill and need time to make up work. Of course, just like with any other illness, instructors may ask for documentation.

Students who fall in one of the high-risk categories are required to register for COVID-19-related academic adjustments through Disability Support Services. Additionally, qualifying students will continue to be eligible for special COVID-19-related temporary adjustments. For in-person classes, either type of adjustment might require that you accommodate students who are not able to attend class in-person. Consider using alternatives to in-person teaching for these students that you have used in prior semesters, such as recorded lectures and online testing.

Click here for additional questions regarding Disability Support Services information.

Libraries

UAB Libraries have returned to normal operations. See our hours of operation.

Travel

University-sponsored travel may resume under approval from the UAB Travel Management Center and in compliance with the U.S. Department of State. Please check this with UAB travel website on allowable travel and travel reimbursements, domestic or international.

As travel resumes, be strategic and responsible with your expenses. We are working on enhanced guidance to manage budgets in a manner that demonstrates accountability and good stewardship, while also maintaining our commitment to the professional development of our faculty and staff and advancing our reputation.

Employees with questions about international travel should contact the Office of Sponsored International Programs at 205-996-2735 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This office is available to provide guidance and assistance to our travelers, in addition to providing resources through our System travel provider, International SOS.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.