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.

UAB will return to in-person operations, with the following guidelines in place:

  • Unvaccinated individuals are expected to use face coverings inside campus buildings and should practice social distancing wherever possible.
  • Those in a clinical setting remain subject to the individual healthcare setting's protocols and requirements, which may include face covering, social distancing, visitor restrictions, health screenings and other established protocols for that setting.
  • Campus events can return to normal in accordance with pre-pandemic policies (Athletic events remain subject to NCAA and/or conference requirements.)
  • On-campus COVID testing will remain available.

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  

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.

For the current semester, face coverings and social distancing are encouraged in all University buildings for those who are unvaccinated and required for anyone working in a clinical setting.

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's Summer Commencement Ceremonies will be held in-person on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, and Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, in Bartow Arena. For more information visit the Commencement website.

Libraries

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

Finance & Scholarships

UAB recognizes that you may be facing hardship during this time. The 2021 American Rescue Plan (ARP) includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) 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-III certification by filling out this form or 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

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 with the UAB travel website on allowable travel and travel reimbursements, domestic or international. The Office of Education Abroad will continue to identify future opportunities for students to study internationally.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

Student Athletes

Student Athletes should check the Teamworks platform regularly for updates. Athletic events and student-athlete protocols should follow all NCAA and conference guidelines.