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As we move toward the summer semester in 2021, UAB remains committed to providing the nation's safest campus environment for its students, faculty, and staff. Home to the renowned UAB Health System and nationally ranked UAB School of Medicine, our institution is fortunate to have top-tier infectious diseases doctors, epidemiologists, virologists, and other scientists who are helping our administration and system leadership guide our planning.

Our external environment is constantly changing as we make our way through this unprecedented pandemic—please check this site and your UAB email regularly, and look for upcoming town halls, for updates on these topics and on topics not covered here. We are united in our shared goals of ensuring the safety of our campus and surrounding communities.

UAB is committed to providing the nation's safest campus environment for its students, faculty, and staff. Home to the renowned UAB Health System and nationally ranked UAB School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions and School of Public Health, our institution is fortunate to have top-tier infectious disease doctors, epidemiologists, virologists and other scientists who are helping our administration and system leadership guide our planning. The situation is fluid—please check this site and your UAB email regularly for updates. We are united in our shared goals of ensuring the safety of our campus and surrounding communities.

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  

Summer & Fall 2021 Semesters Teaching Formats

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.

The masking and social distancing requirements used so successfully for in-person and hybrid courses throughout the fall 2020 and current spring semesters will be continued for the summer and fall 2021 semesters. Face-to-face classes for the summer and fall 2021 semesters will be assigned to classrooms with adequate capacity to accommodate proper distancing. We will continue to have safe study spaces for students to use in between classes to maintain social distancing.

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.

Additional Resources:

Laptop Loaners

If you need a laptop you may be able to receive one based on financial need. To see if you are eligible, learn more about the process, and apply, visit the Student Laptop Loaner Program application in BlazerNet. Virtual desktop technology will be available on these laptops for students who need access to lab or library computers or published apps or software when they are off campus, without a VPN or powerful computer.

Virtual Desktop Technology

UAB Anywhere, virtual desktop technology, is available for students and employees who need access to lab or library computers or published apps or software when they are off campus, without a VPN or powerful computer. Learn more.

Retail Support

Visit UAB IT's Tech Connect store online or in person.

Public WiFi

Express Lot 4 will remain open for public WiFi. UABIT has created this map of free WiFi locations around the state.

Grading

Summer & Fall 2021 Grading

The grading method for the Summerand 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. Professors will be permitted to take attendance and count attendance toward grades as is normally the case. 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 the 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.

Disability Support Services

If you test positive during the course of the semester, Disability Support Services is available to help you navigate your coursework and ensure are given enough time to recover so you do not have to take a medical drop. Be sure to talk to your instructor as well. Faculty will be flexible in offering you time away from class when you are ill and time to make up work. Of course, just like with any other illness, faculty may ask for documentation.

Should COVID-19 affect your schoolwork or if you fall in one of the high-risk categories:

  • Register for COVID-19-related academic adjustments through Disability Support Services.
  • Look for information about the process and the application on the DSS site in the section titled “Request COVID-19 Temporary Adjustments."
  • On the application, you must complete an attestation and identify which category applies to your situation.
  • You will be allowed to submit documentation to support your requests.
  • Any questions regarding this process should be sent directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • For qualifying students, DSS staff will create a Notification of Temporary Adjustment Letter, which will be provided for the student to share, as needed, with instructors to request adjustments.

Click here for additional questions regarding Disability Support Services information.

Commencement

UAB will have socially-distanced in person commencement ceremonies as it is safe to do so. For more information, please visit the commencement website.

Libraries

UAB Libraries' buildings are now open. See our hours of operation. We have created a library guide for access to special resources during this time and Interlibrary Loan services are available to help obtain articles and/or book chapters. Members of the UAB community with a BlazerID may also submit a request form for circulating items (e.g. books in print format) to be pulled and delivered to them curbside at UAB Libraries' locations.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out through chat, or email.

Please pay attention to the following procedures to keep you safe in the libraries:

  • Entry to library buildings is by badge only. Please do not hold or prop doors open for anyone else.
  • All library users are required to wear a mask correctly (covering nose and mouth). If you don’t have one, a disposable mask will be provided. Study rooms and workstations in the libraries are public spaces and therefore require masks/face coverings.
  • Use curbside delivery or request materials to be delivered to the service desks for pick-up to limit traffic in the stacks.
  • Hand sanitizers and cleaning supplies are available throughout the building. Please wipe your work surfaces after use.
  • Please stay at least 3 feet from others at all times and don’t gather in groups.
  • Please don’t rearrange or move furniture, which is configured for your safety.
  • Be sure to pay attention to posted signage, including floor decals.

Safety precautions to create a safe environment for library users:

  • Disperse public seating and computer stations 3 feet apart.
  • Designate separate entrance and exit when possible (may not be feasible at Sterne due to construction) and designate flow of traffic in the common areas with floor markings and signs.
  • Assign separate stairwells for up & down traffic as needed.
  • Post signage for social distancing (including floor indicators and elevators). Reserve elevators for vulnerable employees and patrons who are not able to ascend/descend stairs.
  • Place touchless hand sanitizers in public spaces and entry points and post signage to sanitize surfaces that have been touched.
  • Install Plexiglas partitions at HUB (service) desks and office front desk to separate HUB staff from patrons and mark floors to indicate required distance among patrons. HUB desk surfaces will be cleaned after each transaction.
  • Sanitize frequently used items, such as shared printers, scanners, door handles, light switches, shared computers/monitors/keyboards/mouse, shared phones in office areas, water fountains (drinking spouts will be covered up, bottle-filling function will remain in use).
  • Equip all bathrooms with hands-free paper towels and soap
  • We’ll have regular monitoring of the floors (staff on shifts walking through the floors on a regular basis) to assure that students don’t cluster in groups and wear masks. The staff on those shifts will also help with sanitizing frequently touched surfaces.
  • Based on materials safety guidelines, circulation and recirculation procedures for books and other materials may be changed. Returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before processing and reshelving. Equipment that may be sterilized with a sanitizing agent will be wiped and put back in circulation.

Finance & Scholarships

UAB recognizes that you may be facing hardship during this time. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF-II) that provides emergency funding to eligible students. These funds may be used for emergency costs that are incurred due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.

Eligible students may submit the HEERF-II certification by logging into BlazerNET and accessing the Emergency Relief Form.

Students may contact UAB One Stop Student Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-934-4300 with questions, or contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 205-934-8223 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Student Financial Aid mailing address is:

UAB Student Financial Aid
LHL G20, 1720 2nd Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

Travel

UAB continues to monitor the worldwide novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to prioritize health and safety while also ensuring delivery of quality education and experiences. Due to the continual effect of the pandemic, the university is continuing to suspend all UAB student-related travel until further notice.

All current travel restrictions for UAB-sponsored/affiliated travel for students, faculty and staff will remain through July. Starting Aug. 1, restrictions on domestic travel due to COVID-19 will be removed. International travel restrictions will remain in place for Summer and Fall 2021. 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.

The Office of Education Abroad will continue to identify future opportunities for students to study internationally. Students are asked to work with their academic advisors to identify alternative courses to ensure their academic progress. Resources throughout this site are available to help students stay current with the university’s response to COVID-19. We will continue to keep our campus updated on new developments.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions. 

Student Athletes

Student Athletes should check the Teamworks platform regularly for updates.

UAB is working with the UA System to develop protocols to regularly test all students and employees participating in intercollegiate athletics. These protocols will be outside of sentinel testing, and must comply with all NCAA and host site requirements. At a minimum, all staff and students actively engaging in intercollegiate workouts or competitions, whether formally or informally, must be tested at least one time per week.