Update for Students and Parents from Dr. Kimberly A. Greenway - Vice President for Student Affairs - March 15, 2020

Dear University of North Alabama Students and Parents,

Many of you are following the evolving COVID-19 situation and are concerned about how the virus might affect you, your families, and the UNA community. As indicated in previous correspondence and press releases, UNA has continued monitoring the situation and is making the best decisions possible for the safety and well-being of students.

University administrators and stakeholder group leaders met this afternoon and determined that based on recent developments and Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding social distancing, UNA will move to an online environment effective immediately and at least through April 5th. The University will remain open, but students are encouraged to stay off campus until a return to normal operations is announced.

Please be assured that services for students who have essential housing or other needs will remain open, although some services may have modified hours and visiting policies. Students who are off campus can still access services through telecommunication and/or other available technology. Students who remain on campus can access services personally, but maintaining social distancing (6ft) and avoiding large gatherings is recommended.

I realize the fluidly of this situation brings with it questions regarding return travel dates, viability of student employment situations, and more. Please be assured that student well-being is at the center of our decisions and that we are doing our best to keep you updated as changes occur. The situation is evolving and sometime changing minute-by-minute.

Following is information that address the most frequent questions identified thus far, which I hope will be helpful:

University residence halls and apartments will remain open

Dining options will continue to be available – hours of operation and menus can be accessed using Chartwells DineOnCampus app

Campus buildings and normal business operations will remain open, including the Library

Student support services, including academic advising, student counseling, career counseling, and health services will be available through technology and in person as needed

Student employees of UNA who chose not to work while we are in the online environment will not lose student employment status

Students in academic programs that have requirements for internship or clinical hours will be contacted by the related major department of Colleges

Decisions regarding when the University will resume face-to-face classes will be communicated out as soon as possible once decisions are made. I realize this is not an ideal answer for those booking airfare, but it’s the best we can do at this time given the uncertainty of the situation. Leniency related to air travel will be applied upon return to normal operations.

Current and previous information and UNA communications regarding COVID-19 are available at https://una.edu/university-communications/covid-19.html

As we face the uncertainty of COVID-19 together, I encourage us to apply sound reasoning and intellectual prowess in evaluating the overwhelming amount of information related to the situation. Let’s be good citizens when making decisions that could put others at risk.

UNA has a long history of overcoming in the face of challenge. I am confident that, working together, we will prevail against this challenge as well and will be better prepared, both individually and corporately, for the challenges of the future.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kimberly A. Greenway
Vice President for Student Affairs
University of North Alabama