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Residence Halls

Residence Halls will open for the Spring 2021 semester with strict protocols and practices to keep you and your families as safe as possible. We have specific guidance for the move-process, safety and cleaning for scenarios within UAB Residence Halls that will be shared in the coming weeks.

Move-In Process

As residents come to UAB's campus, it is important that we do so safely. More specific details about the move-in process will follow.

Safety & Sanitization

All residence hall rooms, lobbies, lounges, and laundry rooms will be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and sanitized prior to opening for fall. Common area spaces (lobbies, lounges, laundry rooms, elevators) will be cleaned more frequently throughout the day during the year. In an effort to decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19, here are some guidelines for our residents:

  • Common kitchen or eating areas will remain open. Regarding shared appliances, only automated ice machines will be in use (no “scoops” will be allowed for self-serve); only touchless water fountains that dispense water to containers will be in use; and refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and other appliances will be allowed as long as each user disinfects after each use with disinfecting wipes and proper social distancing is enacted in shared spaces.
  • Eating areas should be limited to one person at a time. Shared food or “pot luck” are highly discouraged.
  • In-hall gatherings will be very limited and prohibited for groups larger than 10 people.
  • Lounges and lobbies will be restricted to 10 people or less, and 6 feet of separation between individuals must be maintained.
  • Face masks will be required in common areas and wearing them will be enforced.
  • No more than two residents on an elevator at a time – riders will face opposite walls with face masks in place.
  • Visitors will not be allowed in any UAB residence hall for the entire fall semester.

Residents must self-isolate if they have COVID-19 related symptoms. Apartments designated for quarantine and isolation will be made available. Residents will be required to temporarily relocate to those spaces until symptoms subside and Student Health clears them to return to their assigned residence hall.

Extracurricular - Clubs/Organizations

The start of the spring semester has gone well, and safety behavior exhibited by students, faculty and staff has allowed us to maintain relatively low COVID transmission. COVID cases and hospitalizations in the broader community are also decreasing, and eligible populations are receiving COVID vaccines.

Strategies to enhance safety during the initial return to campus for the spring have been successful. As a result, UAB leadership is working to reduce some restrictions and allow students to enjoy certain programming that had been suspended.

The temporary restriction on in-person student events for Jan. 19-Feb. 14 has expired. Sanctioned/approved on-campus student events are now permitted for student organizations as well as schools, with stipulations:

  • Student organizations must register their events on the Engage platform; submit an event for approval.
  • A staff/faculty advisor must be present throughout the event.
  • Safety strategies used for in-class instruction apply to on-campus events (e.g., proper masking and social distancing are required).
  • As of Feb. 15, 2021, attendance limits are 25 for indoor events and 50 for outdoor events, as long as social distancing can be observed (i.e., if the size of the event space does not allow for 6 feet of distance to be maintained among attendees, a larger space or smaller attendance limit will be required).
  • A green Healthcheck passport is required for events through May 10.
  • No food and beverage are allowed at events.

To maintain this privilege and possibly further reduce restrictions throughout the semester, remaining safety strategies must be followed to keep campus safe. We will monitor data and evaluate guidance regularly.

Student Events On- and Off-campus

All off-campus student events organized by or for a student or a student organization are STRICTLY PROHIBITED, absent special approval from the vice president of Student Life. Regardless of location, large gatherings of any kind organized by or for a student or a student organization are PROHIBITED. This includes but is not limited to concerts, parties, swaps, formals and out-of-town parties. All gatherings are subject to the attendance limitations.

The temporary restriction on in-person student events for Jan. 19-Feb. 14 has expired. Sanctioned/approved on-campus student events are now permitted for student organizations as well as schools, with stipulations:

  • Student organizations must register their events on the Engage platform; submit an event for approval.
  • A staff/faculty advisor must be present throughout the event.
  • Safety strategies used for in-class instruction apply to on-campus events (e.g., proper masking and social distancing are required).
  • As of Feb. 15, 2021, attendance limits are 25 for indoor events and 50 for outdoor events, as long as social distancing can be observed (i.e., if the size of the event space does not allow for 6 feet of distance to be maintained among attendees, a larger space or smaller attendance limit will be required).
  • A green Healthcheck passport is required for events through May 10.
  • No food and beverage are allowed at events.

Off-campus Gatherings, Interim Policy (All Students)

Residences (e.g., Apartments/Houses/Condos): Consistent with public health ordinances, 6 feet of social distancing must be maintained at gatherings in residences occupied by students that are attended by individuals who do not reside at that location. Such gatherings should also include masking and hand hygiene, as well as compliance with state and local health ordinances.

  • Escalated sanctions will be imposed for students found responsible for hosting or attending a social gathering in violation of this interim guidance.

Bars/Clubs/Public Establishments: Masks and physical distancing parameters are required by state and local health ordinances at bars/establishments in the community, and students are expected to comply.

  • Escalated sanctions will be imposed for students found responsible for violating masking and/or physical distancing off-campus.

Event Registration

In-person student events must be approved by Student Affairs and registered on the Engage platform. In-person on-campus student events and academic and student events approved to take place must comply with state and local health ordinances and with System and campus policies. All events will need to be registered in accordance with campus registration guidelines through Engage, must include the proposed number of attendees and a plan for maintaining social distancing, and must adhere to additional restrictions required by the institution.

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE GUIDELINES WILL RESULT IN SANCTIONS AGAINST STUDENTS AND STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Dining

Students are not able to eat in the classroom. Water is allowed.

Dine here safely

Campus Dining continues to serve students on campus. Commons on the Green is currently open seven days a week.

Meal Plans

A meal plan will be required and the meal plan selection is open. Meal plans can be selected online at uab.edu/mealplans. BlazerBucks are also available to anyone with an active ONE Card. They can be added online via credit card or payroll deduction at uab.edu/blazerbucks.

Dining Safety

We anticipate having most of our food venues open, but are in the process of making final decisions on which venues will be open. We are going to do our best to provide safe and quick service and will require students to wear face masks, remain socially distanced and plan their meals around their schedules to spread out our peak demand times throughout the day. A few things to remember: 

  • Campus Dining will be a cashless facility and will only be able to accept payment with debit, credit and ONE Cards.
  • If you are in line for dining, remain 6 feet apart while you wait on food.
  • There will be no self-service of food.
  • All food will be prepared behind stations.
  • Grab and go will be available, so that if there are not tables available students can grab food, leave the Hill Center or the Commons and eat on the Green and enjoy some fresh air.
  • We are also working on a plan to extend contact free pickup and delivery at all locations.

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Blazer Kitchen will continue distributing bags for students who have food insecurities. Blazer Kitchen will continue to provide food to students in need via a drive thru process at UAB Medical Towers (1717 11th Ave. S.) each Wednesday between the hours of noon-6 p.m.

Transportation & Parking

Parking permits for the 2020-21 academic year went on sale July 1 for students via the parking portal; purchasing initially was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UAB Transportation has lowered student permit pricing as part of the hybrid model fall semester. A full list of student permit options is online at uab.edu/transportation.

Enhanced cleaning procedures have been instituted on Blazer Express vehicles to protect the safety of all riders and drivers. Riders are required to wear a mask while riding in Blazer express vehicles and maintain social distancing. Click here for current routes.