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Academic Year Student Health Information

Face Coverings

Through October 1 you must wear a face covering at all times while in the Law School Building.  This requirement applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. If you consume any food or drink outside of the designated areas in the law school (outlined below), you should remove your mask only as long as needed to take one sip or one bite, and then you should replace your mask. 

Limited exceptions at the Law School include:

  • When alone in offices and private workspaces
  • While actively eating or drinking (in dining venues—while seated at a table)
  • Faculty when teaching, if distanced and behind plexiglass

The café and the café-adjacent seating area are dining venues.  We have designated rooms A112 (behind the café) and 140 (Bedsole Moot Courtroom) as “dining venues” for purposes of this exception when hosting student organization or other law-school-sponsored meetings.  These rooms are not dining venues at any other time.  Groups wishing to schedule meetings with food should explicitly include this information in the room request so the meeting can be scheduled in one of these rooms.  Other rooms may be designated as “dining venues” for meetings only with advanced approval and only when A112 and 140 are unavailable or impractical.

What to Do If You Think You May Have COVID-19

If you have been exposed or believe you have been exposed to a COVID-positive individual; if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms; or if you test positive or are awaiting results from a COVID-19 test, you should not be at the Law School.  You should contact the UA COVID-19 Support Line at 205-348-2819 and avoid contact with others until you receive further instruction from someone from UA COVID Support.  

Likewise, if you test positive for COVID, you must call the COVID-19 Support Line at 205-348-2819. This hotline is the primary means for the University to perform contact tracing and notify others who may be affected by a positive case, so this step is crucial to the safety of our community

Vaccinations

  • We strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated, as doing so is the best way to protect yourself and our community.  Data continue to show the vaccines provide very strong protection against serious illness and hospitalization.
  • Students who upload proof of vaccination will qualify for $20 Bama Cash: https://healthinfo.ua.edu/vaccine/external-report/
  • Vaccines are available through the University and through various businesses and healthcare providers.  Additional information about vaccines, including information about how to schedule a free vaccine appointment online, can be found on the University of Alabama website (https://healthinfo.ua.edu/protectourherd/).

Attendance Guidelines

  • In accordance with University policy and ABA guidelines, students will be required to attend classes in person absent an accommodation from the Office of Disability Services.  Since the vaccine is widely available, the Office of Disability Services will no longer offer COVID-19 Adjustment Requests. Students impacted by COVID-19 due to a clinically diagnosed disability can still apply for academic accommodations with the Office of Disability Services. Students who are unsure if they meet criteria for disability-related accommodations can review documentation guidelines at http://ods.ua.edu/students-2/how-to-register/documentation/.
  •  If you are not vaccinated, you will be required to quarantine if you are exposed to COVID-19. If any student contracts COVID-19, they must isolate.   When possible, the Law School will arrange for students who are medically required to isolate or quarantine to attend class remotely.  Please contact Associate Dean Grace Lee (glee@law.ua.edu) if you receive a medical order to isolate or quarantine.

Remote Courses

All courses will be taught in person, with the following two exceptions, which will be taught remotely:

  • Lawyers & Social Change Practicum (LAW 843), taught by Professors Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
  • Civil Rights Actions: Enforcing the Constitution (LAW 726), taught by Professor Render

Students enrolled in these courses will receive information directly from the professor(s) about connecting to these courses.  The classrooms assigned on the course schedule will remain available for any students who wish to attend these classes on campus.

Counseling Resources

  • Mona Ochoa-Horshok, a licensed professional counselor, is available to meet with students, confidentially and free of charge, in Office A241 during the semester.  Please check the Law School website (https://www.law.ua.edu/students/counseling/) for office hours.  Appointments are encouraged and can be made through Lisa Drummond (ldrummond@law.ua.edu or 204-348-5750).
  • The University’s Counseling Center is open on Tuesdays from 9am – 5pm and on all other weekdays from 8am – 5pm.  You can reach the Counseling Center during its operating hours by calling 205-348-3863.  Counseling can be reached outside of these hours by calling UAPD at 205-348-5454 and asking to speak with the on-call counselor.
  • The Women and Gender Resource Center provides additional services to students who are victims/ survivors of interpersonal violence, as well as family and friends who have been impacted by abuse.  The WGRC can be reached Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm at 205-348-5040 and outside these hours by calling UAPD at 205-348-5454 and asking to speak with the on-call advocate for the WGRC.

Financial Resources

We know that some of you may be also dealing with financial challenges, especially during these difficult times.  If you are in need of financial assistance, we encourage you to reach out to Martha Griffith, Assistant Dean for Administration, at mgriffith@law.ua.edu, as she can assist you in identifying potential sources of aid.

COVID-19 Syllabus Statement for Fall 2021

All University faculty, staff, and students are expected to maintain a commitment to the health and safety of our campus community. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, specific health and safety standards are in place to minimize exposure and community spread on campus. In the interest of your health and safety and that of all UA students, faculty and staff, the University reserves the right to change the mode of instruction or schedule of instruction at any time, based upon prevailing public health and other guidance. While the method of delivery may change, educational instruction and opportunities will continue. As such, the University will not provide a refund of tuition, in whole or in-part, based on any such changes. Detailed information on changes in format or schedule can be found at studentaccounts.ua.edu andfinancialaid.ua.edu.

UA students, faculty and staff are required to comply with UA System Comprehensive Health and Safety Task Force guidance regarding social distancing, face coverings and other measures.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to  Protect Our Herd. COVID-19 vaccines are being administered by the University Medical Center, the Student Health Center and various businesses and healthcare providers. Students who report proof of their vaccination status will receive Bama Cash as a thank you gift for doing their part.