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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.

Active Sentinel Testing

During the spring 2021 semester, UAB will be piloting a new active sentinel testing program. Every other week, students whose course schedules include face-to-face or hybrid classes will receive an email notifying them that they have an opportunity to test. These tests are voluntary but are strongly encouraged. After receiving the email, students will have seven days to schedule their test at one of the designated testing locations on campus. This approach allows for more frequent testing and gives us an idea of how much COVID-19 is circulating on campus.

Extracurricular - Clubs/Organizations

In-person student events will not be allowed for the first four weeks of the spring semester (Jan. 19-Feb. 14). This is a temporary restriction to reduce risk based on the status of COVID-19 in the broader community. This guidance applies to student organizations as well as schools and academic units. We will monitor data and reevaluate this temporary guidance regularly with the intention to reverse it and allow safe events as soon as possible.

UAB has developed a plan to communicate with registered student organizations a way in which they can keep their programs virtual.

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.

In-person student events will not be allowed for the first four weeks of the spring semester (Jan. 19-Feb. 14). This is a temporary restriction to reduce risk based on the status of COVID-19 in the broader community. This guidance applies to student organizations as well as schools and academic units. We will monitor data and reevaluate this temporary guidance regularly with the intention to reverse it and allow safe events as soon as possible.

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.

Temporary Limitations for Academic and Student Events

In-person student events will not be allowed for the first four weeks of the spring semester (Jan. 19-Feb. 14). This is a temporary restriction to reduce risk based on the status of COVID-19 in the broader community. This guidance applies to student organizations as well as schools and academic units. We will monitor data and reevaluate this temporary guidance regularly with the intention to reverse it and allow safe events as soon as possible.

Attendance limits for athletic events – which adhere to strict safety protocols and oversight – will be addressed with event-specific plans.

Event Registration

In-person student events will not be allowed for the first four weeks of the spring semester (Jan. 19-Feb. 14). This is a temporary restriction to reduce risk based on the status of COVID-19 in the broader community. This guidance applies to student organizations as well as schools and academic units. We will monitor data and reevaluate this temporary guidance regularly with the intention to reverse it and allow safe events as soon as possible.

Once temporary event restrictions are lifted in-person on-campus student events, academic and student events approved to take place will must comply with state and local health ordinances, and 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, as well as 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.

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.