October 1 Update
- October 1st, 2020
- in Messages from the President
Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Parents,
I am greatly encouraged by the continued efforts and excellent progress of our campus community in staying safe and healthy. For the third successive week, positive COVID cases at the University have dropped dramatically. Last week we saw a 60 percent decrease in student positives and record lows in occupancy of our isolation/quarantine space. I encourage everyone to stay the course and remain vigilant by sharing health information through UA Healthcheck, wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
Earlier this week, Vice President for Student Life Myron Pope shared positive news about new guidelines allowing additional student activities. Effective today, and with safety measures in place, UA student organizations can begin hosting non-social engagement events that support their mission. Our more than 600 student organizations offer opportunities for growth, connection and leadership development that are an integral part of the Alabama experience. These new guidelines will allow these organizations to engage our students as they have in past semesters.
Class schedules for spring will be published next week and we have recently announced a modified 2021 Spring Semester calendar. First and foremost, we will see greater in-class learning opportunities for students across the board and on-campus residence will continue as normal in the spring. Please note these calendar modifications:
- Our student Winter break is extended by one week with classes beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13.
- With travel concerns and the lengthened Winter break, we will not include a Spring break week.
- The last day for students to add/drop classes without a “W” is Wednesday, Jan. 20.
- Classes will not meet on Monday, March 15, but University offices will remain open.
This weekend our 2020 game day protocols will enable us to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all fans visiting Bryant-Denny Stadium. Whether enjoying a watch party from home or cheering from the stands, it will be an exciting afternoon of SEC football.
I am proud of your continued commitment to our mission and remain grateful for your support. Tide Together, we will persist and prevail.
Stuart R. Bell