Spring 2021 & COVID-19: FAQs

Spring Courses

How will courses be taught in the spring? Will my classes be in-person or online?

Courses will be taught in-person, online, and in hybrid formats. Our faculty and staff have been working diligently to modify classrooms and adjust teaching schedules and formats to provide as many in-person class opportunities as possible while following guidelines for maintaining the health and safety of our campus.

What if I need to remotely attend my Spring 2021 classes for the entire semester due to COVID-19?

The Office of Disability Services is facilitating student requests for remote learning due to COVID-19.  Go to ods.ua.edu/covid-19-disability and submit a request form if you are:

  • 65 or older.
  • At increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • A local campus resident sharing a household and/or are primary caregiver for an individual who has been determined to be at increased risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 according to the (CDC).
  • Pregnant.

The submission deadline for ODS remote learning requests is January 18, 2021.

What if my needs for remote learning do not fall into one of the above categories? 

You’ll need to make an appointment with a College of Arts and Sciences advisor to determine your options. Make an appointment online or by contacting the Office of Student Services at student.services@as.ua.edu or (205) 348-5970.

What if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 or am exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Complete the UA HealthCheck app at ua.edu/healthcheck, to determine your level of risk for on-campus activities. If the HealthCheck app deems your risk as elevated, per University policy:

  • Contact the COVID Hotline Support program.  You will receive a notice that you must then forward to your instructors.
  • You are not to return to class until cleared by a healthcare provider.
  • You should participate remotely until cleared.
  • Each of your instructors will determine how best to facilitate your remote attendance.
  • After obtaining medical clearance to return to campus activities, the COVID Hotline Support program will email you an authorization to return, which you must then forward to your instructors.

I prefer to participate remotely in my face-to-face classes.  Can I do so, without an ODS accommodation, illness, or quarantine? 

No. Healthy students who can attend in person should attend in person.  You may not choose to remotely attend your spring face-to-face classes in the absence of an ODS or A&S temporary schedule adjustment, illness, or quarantine.

Will my ODS temporary Adjustment allow me to take a F2F class remotely?

F2F courses are designed by instructors to be in-person learning experiences.  The majority of F2F courses are not designed for students to attend remotely.  For students with TA accommodations, you may request to take a course remotely, but it may not be possible due the content and design of the course.  After contacting the professor, if you need assistance adjusting your schedule please contact the Office of Student Services at student.services@as.ua.edu or (205) 348-5970 for assistance.

Can my instructors require in-person class attendance in the spring semester?

Yes. It is important to note that your instructors may take and/or require in-person attendance, allowing students with an ODS- or A&S-approved temporary schedule adjustment to attend via Zoom (or equivalent).  Students who are ill will be accommodated. Please make sure to review your syllabi for specific course attendance policies.


What is the difference between in-person and online classes?

The difference between in-person, online, and hybrid classes is the format or how the course content is delivered. Regardless of how a course is delivered, the content and learning outcomes remain the same.

How do I know whether my classes are in-person or online?

When you log in to myBama and view your class schedule, you will see each course labeled with an instructional method—face-to-face (FA), interactive audio/visual (AV), hybrid (HY), or internet (IN).

student resource guide

COVID-19: Student Resource Guide

Find a comprehensive list of resources to help you navigate the spring semester. 

What is a face-to-face course (FA)?

These courses are taught in a classroom, face-to-face with your instructor.

What is an interactive audio/video course (AV)?

These courses are taught remotely with real-time online class meetings with the instructor. The class will meet at a designated time with two-way exchange capabilities between the instructor and students.

What is a hybrid course (HY)?

A hybrid course includes both face-to-face interactions and online teaching components and learning activities. The internet-delivered components reduce the time traditionally spent in the face-to-face portion of the course, but you will still have the opportunity for face-to-face interactions with your instructor.

What is an internet course (IN)?

Internet course content is strictly delivered online. Some proctored exams may be required, but there are no other requirements that are place-bound. Regular interactions between you and your instructor are a part of the teaching and learning process online.

What do I do if I’m going to take my prerequisites over the summer at another institution?

Not a problem. Follow the links below for requesting prerequisite overrides for math, chemistry, and biology, and don’t forget to complete your letter of transiency form.

Request a biology prerequisite override

Request a chemistry prerequisite override

Request a math prerequisite override

Request a physics prerequisite override

I’m concerned about getting a job and what comes after I graduate. What should I do?

It’s always important to focus on what comes next. The Career Center is accepting virtual appointments, and they offer numerous resources for preparing resumes and cover letters as well as job opportunities through Handshake. Visit the Career Center website for more information.