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Residence Halls

Residence Halls will reopen for the fall 2020 semester with strict protocols and practices to continue 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.

Move-In Process

As residents come to UAB's campus, it is important that we come on campus safely. Move-in will take place from August 19-23. More details will follow with specifics. Here is how you can get started:

Move-In: August 19 – August 23

  • Please pardon our progress: because of construction around the residence halls, traffic will be affected; some roads are narrowed or one way. Please consider traffic as you plan your route.
  • Before coming to campus, you will receive an email from UAB with directions about completing training modules required before you can return to campus. You will also receive information about how to sign up for your COVID-19 test. Your training modules must be complete, and your testing results cleared through Student Health, or you will not be allowed to check-in.
  • Do not come to campus if you or the person helping you move in are exhibiting any signs of COVID-19; your helper has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, or either of you have been exposed to anyone showing symptoms of the virus since you were tested through UAB.
  • Students will sign up for a move-in time by logging into myHousing. Roommates/suitemates will not be allowed to move in at the same time. You may sign up for a move-in time beginning Friday, July 31.
  • We are unable to provide volunteers during move-in. Students will be allowed one (1) helper to move belongings into your residence hall.
  • A limited number of hand trucks and carts will be provided, but we encourage you to bring your own hand truck if available.
  • You and your helper must be wearing a face mask covering your mouth and nose while moving into the building.
  • You will have one hour to move your belongings to your room. Please move your vehicle away from the loading zone as soon as it is unloaded. You may take as much time as you like to unpack and set up your room.
  • If you plan on moving in on or after the first day of classes, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Green Hall (our newest residence hall currently under construction) will not be completely open for operation until late Fall 2020; some students will have an opportunity to delay moving on campus until it is complete. If you would like to consider this option, please notify us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Rast and Blount Halls have private bedrooms and will be fully occupied this fall. Because the common areas will be used by up to four people, residents in these halls will be required to clean and disinfect their apartments weekly.

Sentinel Testing

Sentinel testing is voluntary for most of the campus community, but is REQUIRED for students:

  • Living in on-campus residential housing (including Greek housing)
  • Participating in intramural club sports
  • In registered student organizations that hold in-person meetings with ten (10) or more people.

Extracurricular - Clubs/Organizations

UAB is working on a plan to communicate with registered student organizations a way in which they can keep their programs virtual, or keep the tenets and parameters we have for social distancing. Parameters for gatherings on campus include: 

Maintaining 6 feet of distance between all participants

Making sure that all events are registered through Engage

Following facility guidelines

Keeping indoor events to 50 or less participants

We expect most registered student organizations will still be virtual. In certain circumstances, UAB will allow gatherings of up to 50 people who are able to physically distance at least 6 feet apart indoors and 100 people who are able to physically distance at least 6 feet apart outdoors. More information to come.

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.

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 band parties, swaps, formals, and out-of-town parties. All gatherings are subject to the attendance limitations set out below.

Attendance Limitations for Academic and Student Events

Unless otherwise dictated by state or local health ordinances, attendance at all on-campus academic and student events is limited to the number of people that can be accommodated when taking into account square footage and physical distancing requirements, and cannot exceed fifty (50) people indoors and one-hundred (100) people outdoors. Attendance limits for athletic events will be addressed with event-specific plans.

Event Registration

All academic and student events permitted on campus must comply with state and local health ordinances, and System and campus policies. All events must be registered in accordance with campus registration guidelines through Engage, and must include the proposed number of attendees and a plan for maintaining social distancing. No food is allowed at in-person activities. Event organizers must provide attendees with a link to the Guide Safe TM Healthcheck 24 hours before the event, and must use the Event Passport to facilitate access into the event. A list of all event attendees must be maintained by the department or student organization hosting the event for no less than fourteen (14) days. Any exception to these event limitations must be approved in writing by the Vice President for Student Affairs or the Provost.

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.

Fall 2020 Meal Plans

A meal plan will be required this fall. Fall semester 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.

If you have questions regarding dining or concerns please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.