Operations Update Regarding COVID-19

 

The University of North Alabama is extending the remote/online instructional environment throughout all of the Summer 2020 sessions.

Further, in light of recent federal and state directives, the UNA campus will be accessible on a modified schedule from sunrise to sundown. We ask that all visitors maintain social distancing while on campus. Updates to this schedule will be made as details regarding the national emergency emerge.

All international education abroad trips for the May Intersession and Summer Session are canceled. Study Away (domestic) trips for the May Intersession and Summer Session are canceled. University-sponsored international travel and non-essential domestic travel remain canceled until further notice.

This schedule is subject to additional modification based on federal and state directives and as the situation evolves. 

What does this mean for students?

  • Modified classes will be offered online through the use of Canvas and videoconferencing technology, such as Zoom.
  • A limited number of on-campus computer labs will also be open for student use, most notably Collier Library through the expansion of technical support.
  • Medical, counseling, disability, student recreation, and other services will continue to be offered.

For the health and wellbeing of students and the greater UNA community due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, students who live in UNA residence halls and who have access to alternative housing are asked to remain off campus. Please be assured that residential students who do not have access to alternative housing and/or have other extenuating circumstances will be able to remain on campus. Dining services will also continue to be available. All residential students received correspondence via their UNA email account, which outlines instructions for checking out and/or applying to remain in the halls or request a delayed check-out.

The health and wellbeing of all students is of the utmost importance. The university worked closely with the Alabama Department of Public Health in establishing the housing check-out process. The process is designed to maintain social distancing and be in compliance with Governor Ivey's directive that was announced on March 19th. The process includes limiting the number of students who can move out per hour and by floor, limiting guests per student to two, a prescreening process by University Health Services staff to make sure high-risk and/or ill individuals do not enter the residences, and additional disinfecting protocols.

For more information regarding the housing check-out process and what to expect upon arrival visit: https://una.edu/housing/living-on-campus/

What does this mean for UNA faculty and staff?

What does this mean for parents?

The safety and well-being of your students, our campus, and our community is of utmost importance. We remain in contact with the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We have plans in place to address the need for isolation areas, food distribution, and other possible student needs. Please know that we are acting on behalf of your student to ensure their safety and well-being as a member of the UNA family.

To inquire about additional precautions UNA is taking, call 256-765-5000 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., and someone will respond to your questions as quickly as possible.

The health and safety of our Kilby Cubs is of utmost importance to the faculty and staff of Kilby Laboratory School. In consultation with University administration and under the guidance of Governor Kay Ivey’s recommendation to all Alabama public P-12 schools, Kilby Laboratory School will be closed from Monday, March 16, until April 6th. 

Under order of Governor Ivey, beginning at the start of school on April 6, 2020, all public K-12 schools shall implement a plan to complete the 2019-2020 school year using alternate methods of instruction as established by the State Superintendent of Education. University leadership will continue to monitor developments at the state and local levels regarding public P-12 schools and will provide updates accordingly.

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University housing and dining services will remain open for students who reside on campus and who do not have alternative accommodations or have other exigent circumstances, including but not limited to the following:

  • extreme distance to, and current conditions in, permanent home locations
  • documented needs for academic accommodations that can only be met on campus
  • complete reliance on local employment for financial stability
  • residential displacement (homelessness)
  • Convenience jobs, unless deemed a critical public safety or public health profession should not be considered a legitimate reason for remaining in the residence halls.

Students who have access to alternative housing and/or do not meet the criteria for exigent/hardship circumstances should remain off campus. This is a precautionary measure and aligns with all health-related guidelines and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 outbreak that has occurred in other areas of Alabama, as well as globally.

The health and safety of our Kilby Cubs is of utmost importance to the faculty and staff of Kilby Laboratory School. In consultation with University administration and under the guidance of Governor Kay Ivey’s recommendation to all Alabama public P-12 schools, Kilby Laboratory School will be closed from Monday, March 16, until April 6th.

Under order of Governor Ivey, beginning at the start of school on April 6, 2020, all public K-12 schools shall implement a plan to complete the 2019-2020 school year using alternate methods of instruction as established by the State Superintendent of Education. University leadership will continue to monitor developments at the state and local levels regarding public P-12 schools and will provide updates accordingly.

Academic and other support services are available for all students. Students are encouraged to visit https://una.edu/successcenter/ and https://una.edu/studentaffairs/. Students should also reach out to their professors or advisors for advice regarding academic matters.

Because UNA has moved to remote classes for the remainder of the semester, we will work with you on a one-on-one basis to help get your food needs covered. Please contact Bethany Green at bloliver@una.edu or fill out this form to make necessary arrangements. 

University Wellness Center is closed.
All academic buildings are closed.
Collier Library has limited hours for students, faculty, and staff only Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mane Market will be open for to-go orders only Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. and Saturday - Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Create will be open for to-go orders only Monday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

What is the modified food pantry hours/locations?
Because UNA has moved to remote classes for the remainder of the semester, we will work with you on a one-on-one basis to help get your food needs covered. Please contact Bethany Green at bloliver@una.edu or fill out this form to make necessary arrangements. 

What is the modified Health Services Schedule?
Health Services will operate on an appointment-only schedule. Anyone needing an appointment for any reason, will need to call 256-765-5000.  Click here for further information.

What is the modified Dining Schedule?
Dining services has provided the times and locations of food options for the next three weeks. Click here for further information.

What is the modified bus operations schedule? 
UNA shuttle bus operations have been modified.  Students may call 256-765-4853 for assistance.  Click here for modified times and days.

What is the modified way to access Disability Support Services?
Please contact Disability Support Services at 256-765-4214 or dss@una.edu for immediate assistance during normal operating business hours from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For further information go to, https://www.una.edu/disability-support/

What is the modified way to access to Student Counseling Services?
Please contact Student Counseling Services at 256-765-5215 for immediate assistance during normal operating business hours from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  For further information go to, https://www.una.edu/counseling/index.html.  Additional resources for students will be pushed out via Student Counseling Services social media platforms on self-help and coping strategies in managing overall health and well-being.

What are modified mail room services?
Starting Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and until further notice, the UNA Mailroom will be open between the hours of 1pm and 4pm, Monday-Friday. You may enter the GUC via the side door closest to the Mailroom.
If you need to call the Mailroom, please dial 256-765-4282.

Monday, March 16 - Social Services Career Fair - GUC - Postponed
Tuesday, March 17 - Light the Fountain - Harrison Fountain - Postponed until Fall 2020.
Wednesday, March 18 - Beta Gamma Sigma Induction - GUC - Postponed
Thursday, March 19 - Come One Come All Carnival - GUC - Canceled
Monday, March 30 - Shoals Symphony at UNA practice - Music Building - Canceled
Thursday, April 2 - 6th Annual NA Sustainability Conference - GUC - Postponed until Fall 2020
Friday, April 3 - President's Concert & Reception - Rogers Hall / Norton Auditorium - Canceled
Friday, April 3 - Gala for the Arts - GUC - Postponed
Saturday, April 4 - Gala for the Arts - GUC - Postponed
Saturday, April 4 - Panhellenic Preview Day - Canceled
Sunday, April 5 - Leadership Shoals Youth Graduation - GUC
Monday, April 6 - Shoals Symphony at UNA practice - Music Building
Tuesday, April 7 -  SGA Recognition Dinner - GUC
Wednesday, April 8 - Fraternity and Sorority Honor Society Inductions - Canceled
Monday, April 13 - Shoals Symphony at UNA practice - Music Building
Monday, April 13 - Lion's Birthday Party - Lion Habitat/Harrison Plaza - Postponed
Wednesday, April 15 - ROTC Awards Ceremony - GUC - Canceled
Thursday, April 16 - Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony - GUC
Thursday, April 16 - Spring Concert - Canceled
Thursday, April 16 - "The Steelies" Awards Banquet - Mane Room
Saturday, April 18 - 2020 Alumni Summit - Burford S&T Bldg - Postponed

Yes, based on individual department's discretion.

While in the process of completing required clinical experience hours, ACONHP nursing students have been in contact with some patients who have been tested for COVID-19. At this time, no UNA nursing students have tested positive for COVID-19.

The following COAS Study Abroad trips are canceled:

Spain: Claudia Vance and Alejandra Alvarado-Brizuela

Peru: Michael Pretes and Scott Infanger

Scotland: George Makowski and Carolyn Barske

Great Britain: Lisa Darnell and Justin Joseph

For more information please click here.
We still have campus tour options available through April 29, 2020. Tours will have no more than 10 people. However, residential tours will be unavailable during this time. For more information, students may visit www.una.edu/visit.

ACONHP faculty are reviewing each student’s clinical records to develop an individualized plan to complete remaining clinical requirements with minimal COVID-19 exposure.

Students who were unable to complete the semester as a resident in a residence hall may be eligible to receive a refund in the form of a scholarship for use in the summer or fall. Housing and meal plans have been prorated for these students and will be issued as scholarships, where applicable, directly to their student account in the following manner:

  • Graduating seniors, those scheduled for a May commencement, will receive a credit to their student account which will be disbursed as a refund if there are no financial obligations remaining on the account.
  • Other students, including freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors, will have a scholarship applied to their student account for use in the summer or fall 2020 semester.

GOOD NEWS: If you’ve already registered for summer courses, the University will match the amount of your scholarship, not to exceed the total cost of summer tuition and fees. For instance, a scholarship issued in the amount of $250 will be matched for summer, so the total toward summer tuition would be a $500 scholarship.

If you’ve not registered for summer courses, now is the time to do so in order to take advantage of the matching scholarship from UNA and to remain on track academically in order to finish your college career in four years.

Any unused Dining Dollars by July 31st will roll into the fall 2020 semester for use in the 2020/2021 academic year.

Yes! Any graduating senior who prefers to take advantage of the matching scholarship opportunity should contact Student Accounts as soon as possible.

How will I know if I’m receiving a scholarship and the amount?

Students will receive an email with their eligible amount identified. The scholarships will be applied as defined above without action from the student. More information will be provided within the emailed notification.

Do you have more questions? Please reach out to us at student_accounts@una.edu or by calling 256-765-4442.