SHOW your Blazer spiritAs students unite on and off-campus, UAB will launch its hybrid learning model — a course delivery system that requires a combination of both in-person instruction and remote instruction — to ensure social distancing precautions. We want to equip you with information and how to be successful in hybrid learning no matter what your classroom looks like. 

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.

As described here on the UAB United website, students will be required to complete the COVID-19 assessment tool Healthcheck on a daily basis, and their assigned risk level will automatically be communicated to the GuideSafe™ Event Passport system. Students and employees will press the “Passport” button after completing Healthcheck to get their passports, which are good for 24 hours. Each user is assigned a unique passport number indicating their status which will show a “Clear” screen or “Not Clear” screen to display on students’ phones. A clear passport will be required to enter classes, meetings, the library and other events on campus.

Fall 2020 Semester Schedule

Many higher education institutions have made the decision for students not to return after Thanksgiving to prevent the spread of the virus. UAB considered public health recommendations and made this same decision to protect the health and safety of our university community.

To promote the health and safety of the campus community, adjustments have been made to the fall semester schedule:

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Fall semester classes will start.

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Fall semester in-person classes will end for the Thanksgiving break.

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Dec

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Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving break but courses will continue remotely.

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DEC

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Final exams will be conducted remotely.

Exceptions can be granted for students based on work, research or clinical responsibilities, and adjustments can be requested for international students or others who do not have alternate living arrangements. For more information, contact your instructor or appropriate campus support office.

Students who meet conditions (i.e. tested positive for COVID-19, considered a higher risk for severe illness per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or care for or reside with a high risk individual) that require COVID-19 related temporary adjustments, should contact Disability Support Services.

Coursework engagement during these weeks is necessary to accommodate SACSCOC accrediting standard requirements for credit granted for coursework.

Hybrid Learning: UAB's Learning Model

Our flexible approach allows you to experience both in-class and remote instruction while maintaining a safe environment. Faculty can easily and quickly shift their courses to full remote delivery should circumstances surrounding the pandemic, or any other natural disaster, require it. Students should check BlazerNET regularly to see what method of delivery is assigned to their courses.

In this model, UAB will offer four options:

face to face

Face-to-Face

These are typically courses that are discussion sections, labs, or performance-based courses that are small in size where we can socially distance and allow for safe quality education. Classes will be taught in-person, on-campus on the days and hours listed in the class schedule. (Social distancing, mask wearing and other safety measures will be implemented.)

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Hybrid Learning

Courses will be a mixture of in-person and on-campus instruction and remote learning components. In this format, the instructor will present the class lecture in-person, which will be captured by new camera systems being installed in designated classrooms across campus. The video feed of the in-class presentation will be available at the same time to the remaining registered students, as well as stored and available on Canvas.

Students will alternate in-class and remote options based on a schedule that UAB is currently working through. UAB is exploring creative options to make sure students are able to socially distance within the classroom. Having half of the students in the classroom at a time allows us to be able to accomplish that in many of our classrooms and we anticipate that a significant number of the classes will be in this hybrid format. Students should be available on the days and hours listed in the class schedule. Students will be assigned which days to attend class in person.

For example, if you are taking a Tuesday/Thursday class, students would alternate who is in class and who is viewing the class remotely. The class will have 50% of students in a classroom at one time to allow for proper social distancing.

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Remote

Courses will be conducted virtually using a combination of live and recorded content through Canvas, Zoom and other tools. These are typically going to be classes that might be large lecture courses where we cannot appropriately social distance. Usually, a remote class is very synchronous, meaning at the same time all the students and the instructors are available and hearing the information. Students should reserve the days and hours listed in the class schedule for live course elements, determined by the teacher. Students will not attend class on-campus.

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Fully Online

Courses will be conducted entirely online through Canvas, Zoom and other tools. They are courses that were designed to be entirely online and tend to be primarily asynchronous so that you are not necessarily in the same location at the same time. Students will not attend class on-campus. These classes are designated in the class schedule with a section number beginning with the letter "Q."

A full breakdown of UAB's four modes of instructions can be found in this PDF. These options provide our faculty with necessary flexibility to deliver quality instruction for you in the fall. The instructional format is dependent on the course objectives and the ability to socially distance. Our review process involves:

Identifying which students will be on campus on which days

Limiting the number of in-person exposure hours any student has

Modifying classrooms to accommodate socially-distanced students

Identifying additional spaces for classes that need more room to safely spread out

Please check your schedule carefully to see the format and location for your registered courses. There may be changes to both the delivery platform and building/classroom.

After reviewing your schedules, students who think it may be difficult to arrive to class on time should consult with your instructors; the hybrid learning delivery model may offer solutions. For instance, a student with back-to-back classes in different buildings might opt to do the first class synchronously on Tuesday and the second one synchronously on Thursday.

Click here for additional questions regarding the Fall 2020 Semester, including labs and specific course questions.

Need a place to study? UAB has safe study spaces for students to use in between classes to maintain social distancing.

Safe Study Spaces currently available

Technology

UAB’s Information Technology team is working across campus to ensure that classrooms and other educational spaces are equipped for all learning scenarios. In partnership with UAB eLearning, UAB IT is identifying the most appropriate and affordable options for lecture-capture technology to ensure faculty and students can effectively teach and learn in a remote or hybrid format.

Additional Resources:

Laptop Loaners

If you need a laptop you may be able to receive one based on financial need. Student Affairs will provide additional information soon.

Virtual Desktop Technology

Will be 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.

Retail Support

UAB IT will open its TechConnect store, and host a soft launch of the Apple on Campus Store, when Hill Center opens.

Public WiFi

Express Lot 4 remains open for public WiFi. UABIT is currently exploring additional lots that would be available to UAB students and faculty.

Grading

The default grading method for the Fall 2020 semester will be the normal letter grade method. UAB encourages you to continue taking courses for a letter grade where possible. Students should understand the following:

  • Where the university can, it is providing a Pass/Fail option in case there are circumstances and/or challenges related to the ongoing pandemic that might make a Pass/Fail option a better option for you. 
  • If you are not remaining with the default letter grade method for any of their courses, you must select the Pass/Fail grading method for each course individually. 
  • Once you select the option for a Pass/Fail grading method for a particular course, that decision is not reversible regardless of your performance on remaining assignments or final exams. 
  • Professors will take an attendance grade, but all COVID-19-related illnesses will be excused. Click here to learn more about how to get tested for COVID-19.
  • Students concerned about their attendance as a result of COVID-19 should register with Disability Support Services to ensure you have enough time to recover so you do not have to take a medical drop. Faculty will be flexible in offering time away from class when you are ill and time to make up work.

We anticipate that the same adjustments that were made for the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 semesters to continue for the Fall 2020 semester: student option to choose pass/fail grading in most courses) course withdrawals and Incomplete grades. 

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

Summer commencement ceremonies, scheduled for Aug. 14-15, will be virtual. Fall 2020 commencement ceremonies are being planned as virtual ceremonies as well.

The undergraduate deadline to apply for a degree is Aug. 31; the graduate student deadline is Sept. 4. For more information visit www.uab.edu/commencement/ceremony/fall.

Libraries

UAB Libraries' buildings are now open. See our Fall 2020 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. 

UAB is using GuideSafe™ Event Passport to facilitate access to classrooms, meetings, events, or facilities having ten or more people. Attendees, including faculty, staff, and students, will complete UAB Healthcheck, a COVID-19 assessment tool, prior to entering their event. An Event Passport is issued based on factors from your daily risk level as assigned by the UAB Healthcheck. After you have completed Guidesafe™ Healthcheck, press the “Passport” button to get your passport. This passport is good for 24 hours. Each user is assigned a unique passport number indicating their status for the upcoming event that will show a “Clear” screen or “Not Clear” screen. A clear passport will be required to enter classes, meetings, the library and other events on campus.

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

In the Fall 2020, UAB Libraries will be open with social distancing and masking requirements. 

Procedures for UAB Libraries include: 

  • Entry to building is by badge only. Please do not hold or prop doors open for anyone else.
  • Students need to present a cleared GuideSafe™ Event Passport when entering the library buildings.
  • Upon entering, please check in at the front desk to be directed toward a designated path of traffic.
  • 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.
  • Be kind to your fellow users and limit your stay in the building to 2 hours in order to allow others to use the space. To keep you safe, we can only allow as many users as available seats.
  • 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 6 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 6 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

When an unprecedented and quickly evolving disruptive event occurs, it can be difficult to have all the answers right away. The decision by the UA System and UAB to move to online/alternate learning and limited business operations was a difficult but crucial response to the COVID-19 pandemic in our communities. The frustration and stress that this pandemic is causing are not unique to UAB or higher education and we are committed to answering questions and supporting students in the midst of these extraordinary circumstances. We will continue to make decisions with the safety of our students in mind and ask for your patience as the situation continues to change.

Tuition and Rates

Hybrid learning will be offered at the regular rate as UAB did in the spring. UAB recommended and the UA System Board of Trustees approved no increase in tuition, so tuition rates for both in-state and out-of-state students will remain the same as they were for the last academic year. 

UAB values and supports our international students and we deeply appreciate their decisions to make UAB their academic destination of choice. Tuition rates are set as conservatively as possible to ensure that our international students have all the necessary resources. A $75/credit hour tuition increase for international students was approved in June 2019 for the fall 2020 semester. This tuition increase supports campus resources offered to all international students and reflects the fact that international students do not pay certain state and federal taxes that support a public institution like UAB.

If a course was originally scheduled to be online, you will pay the online rate. If your course is delivered as hybrid learning, in person or remote, students will continue to pay the standard tuition rate. In-state students will pay the in-state rate and out-of-state students will pay the out of state tuition rate. The differential between in- and out-of state tuition reflect that in-state students and your families also contribute through their state taxes to higher education institutions.

There's a distinction between remote courses and online courses. Online courses are the Q courses. Those were designed to be offered online and the pricing reflects that. It is asynchronous kind of delivery. Remote courses will be offered at the regular rate as UAB did in the spring. 

Scholarships

The Office of Undergraduate Scholarships will review students on scholarship who contract COVID-19 on an individual basis. Learn more about scholarships.

Financial Resources for Students

UAB recognizes that you are facing hardship during this time. Here are some ways that you can get help if you are experiencing financial distress.

Student Government Association COVID-19 Emergency Grant

  • The grant was created during the Spring 2020 semester to help students in financial need by the Undergraduate Student Government Association, the Division of Student Affairs and the Graduate Student Government contributed.
  • Currently enrolled students, including undergraduate, graduate and professional, who need emergency aid due to unexpected expenses caused by the ongoing COVID-19 situation are eligible.
  • To apply, students should submit the COVID-19 Emergency Grant application via a Maxient online form.
  • The submission must also include documentation supporting the need for emergency aid, such as a bill, letter of delinquency, invoice or bank statement.
  • Students are eligible for a maximum of $500, to be distributed using wire/direct deposit to an account provided by the student.

Learn More

CARES Act

  • The COVID-19 Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund are federal funds available to students.
  • Students can access the link to the HEERF certification form by logging into BlazerNET and navigating to your My Financial Aid page.
  • Students may contact the 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.

For additional questions regarding finance and scholarships:

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 mailing address is:
UAB Financial Aid
LHL G20, 1720 2nd Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Scholarships at 205-934-8134 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The mailing address is:
UAB Undergraduate Scholarships
936 Building, 1720 2nd Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35294-3704

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 suspending all UAB student-related international travel through December 31, 2020 as a result of the US Department of State Level 4 Global Health Advisory-Do Not Travel.

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.

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.