Spring Semester Student FAQ


Health & Safety

Q: How often do I have to complete a UA HealthCheck Assessment?

You are required to complete the UA HealthCheck assessment and receive a green passport every day that you are on campus.  By entering the Law School, you are affirming that you have completed the UA HealthCheck and received a green passport.  Entering the Law School building without a green passport, evading attempts to confirm your HealthCheck status, or providing false information about your HealthCheck status will be severely sanctioned.


Q: I have tested positive for coronavirus.  What should I do?

If you test positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate and contact the Student Health Center ((205) 348-3854/ (205) 348-0386) or your healthcare provider immediately for medical guidance. 

We will work with you to ensure that you can attend class remotely until you have been cleared to return to the classroom.  Please contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee (glee@law.ua.edu) and your professor as soon as you become aware of the need to self-isolate so that we can make arrangements for you to attend your classes remotely.  You will be free to return to the classroom once it has been determined that self-isolation is no longer necessary.You must receive clearance from Dr. Steven Hood (steven.hood@ua.edu) at the Division of Student Life before returning to campus.


Q: I am not feeling well, or someone I have been in contact with has tested positive for coronavius.  Can I attend class remotely until I am sure that it is safe for me to be in the classroom?

You are required to self-quarantine if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the coronavirus (e.g., if you someone you have been in extended contact with tests positive for coronavirus).  We also encourage you to self-quarantine when you feel doing so will help protect the health of the community.  If you are required to self-quarantine, or if you choose to voluntarily self-quarantine, we will work with you to ensure that you can attend class remotely.  Please contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee (glee@law.ua.edu) and your professor as soon as you become aware of the need to self-quarantine so that we can make arrangements for you to attend your classes remotely.


Face Coverings

Q: When do I have to wear a mask?

You are required to wear a mask or other appropriate face covering over your mouth and nose in all classrooms and common areas in the Law School.  Failure to wear a mask is a violation of the UA Student Code of Conduct.  Willful and/ or repeated violations of the mask requirement will be reported to the UA Office of Student Affairs and may result in additional sanctions by the Law School.  A description of proper face coverings can be found in the UA Return Plan: https://pubs.ua.edu/uahealthinfo/return_plan/MobilePagedReplica.action?pm=2&folio=14#pg14


Q: Are there any exceptions?

Yes, there are exceptions for eating/drinking and presence alone in enclosed study spaces.  You do not have to wear a mask while eating and drinking, though you still must maintain proper social distance.  You should take off your mask only while actively eating and drinking, and should replace your mask immediately when you are finished.  Eating and drinking is not allowed in classrooms but is allowed in common areas.   You may remove your mask if you are alone in a dedicated study space, with the door closed, in the Law School building.  Classrooms do not count as dedicated study spaces.  You must wear a mask in a classroom, even if alone, during the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Social Distancing

Q: Will I have assigned seats this semester?

The Registrar’s Office will not be assigning seats this semester, although you are still required to maintain social distancing in the classroom.  Please note that individual professors may assign seats for their classes.


Q: Will we have lockers and student mailboxes this year?

No.  Because of the need for social distancing, students will not be allowed to use lockers or student mailboxes this semester.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but we have determined that this is necessary to protect student health.


Q: Will the Law School Café be open?

The Law School Café will be open, but with service differences.


Q: Can we use the refrigerators and microwaves in the student area?

Yes.  Please use the provided wipes to clean refrigerators and microwaves before and after use.


Q: Where can I get water?

While water fountains have been closed, water bottle filling stations remain open and are available at various locations in the Law School.


Q: Can I still study with my friends in common areas?

Students are allowed to work together in common areas of the Law School.  Students are required to wear masks unless eating or drinking and are strongly encouraged to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet at all times.



Q: Has Spring Break been canceled?  What does that mean for my classes?

Yes, Spring Break has been canceled.  The current academic calendar can be found at https://www.law.ua.edu/resources/registrarfiles/Academic%20Calendar%202020%20-%202021.pdf


Attending Classes Remotely

Q: I am interested in attending class remotely.  How do I do this?

If you are interested in attending class remotely, please contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee (glee@law.ua.edu).  You will still be required to attend all courses in real time, even if you choose to attend remotely.


Remote Courses

Q: Some of my classes were included on the list of “Remote Courses.”  What does that mean?

In Remote Courses, the professor will not be in the classroom.  Instead, instruction will be given using Zoom or a similar method.  Instructions on how to connect to your course will be sent to you by your professor prior to your first class.


Q: Do I have to attend Remote Courses at home?

No.  You may attend a Remote Course either from home or from its assigned classroom inside the law school. Most Remote Courses will be broadcast on a screen in their assigned classroom for convenience, although students are required to bring their own computers so that they can actively participate in the class.  Students are strongly encouraged to also bring headphones with microphones to avoid audio issues.  If you have been given an assigned seat, you must use that seat when attending from the classroom.


Q: If my course is on the list of Remote Courses, do I still have to attend it in real time?

Yes.  You must attend all classes, including remote classes, at their scheduled times.  You will be marked absent for any classes you do not take in real time.


Q: If my class is conducted via Zoom, do I have to leave my camera on?

You are required to follow all instructions on your class syllabus, which may include a requirement to leave your camera on during class.  If you are unable to turn on your camera for technical reasons, please contact the Technology Department, which can provide you with documentation to provide your professor.  Even if you are not required to turn on your camera, you are still required to actively participate in class.  Misrepresenting class attendance can be a violation of the Honor Code. 


In-Person Courses

Q: If my course is not on the list of “Remote Courses,” does that mean that it will be taught 100% in person?

If a course is not on the list of “Remote Courses,” a substantial portion of the course will be taught in person.  Some faculty may, for pedagogical reasons, incorporate some remote elements into courses that are being taught in person.  Questions about the specific format of a course should be directed to the individual professor teaching the course.



Q: If a course is being taught in person, can I still take it remotely?

Yes.  If you are interested in taking an in-person course remotely, you should e-mail Grace Lee, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, at glee@law.ua.edu.  Some courses may have components that must be completed in person.  Students must attend all classes in real time, even when taking classes remotely.


Other Questions

Q: Will recordings of my classes be made available after class?

Generally, recordings of class sessions will not be available to students without permission from either their professor or the Office of Academic Affairs. Some professors may allow students general access to recordings, but students must follow any guidelines set by their professor regarding access to and use of recordings.  Accessing recordings without permission, making your own recording without permission, or using a recording for any purpose other than its authorized use is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will be reported to the Office of Student Affairs.  Unauthorized use of recordings may also be a violation of the Law School Honor Code and subject to additional sanctions.

Please note that faculty may record any class for use by students who are enrolled in the course.  By participating in a recorded class, you are agreeing to have your voice and image recorded.  If you have any concerns about being recorded, please Contact my office.


Q: The course I want to take does not have any available seats.  Can I still sign up?

Some classes may have limited seats available, even if they are currently listed as full.  Please contact either Caroline Barge (cbarge@law.ua.edu) or Karla Fuell (kfuell@law.ua.edu) if you are interested in enrolling in a class that is listed as full.


Q: Is counseling still available at the Law School?

Yes.  Our in-house counselor, Mona Ochoa-Horshok, will be holding office hours in Room A241 on Tuesdays from 12-3pm and on Thursdays from 12-2:30om.  Ms. Ochoa-Horshok is also available via Zoom for students who would prefer to meet virtually.  Appointments are encouraged.  You can make an appointment by phone at 205-393-9029 or by e-mail at mochoahorshok@gmail.com.

Counseling is also provided through the University Counseling Center which is across the street from the western end of the Law Center. The telephone number to make an appointment is 205-348-3863.


Q: Where can I find more information about University policies regarding COVID-19?

The most recent information about University policies regarding COVID-19 can be found on the University website at https://healthinfo.ua.edu/  Information specifically for students can be found at https://healthinfo.ua.edu/student-faqs/  Please check these sites regularly.