COVID-19 INFORMATION

This page is transitioning to information for Fall 2020. Please check back the week of July 6th for additional details!

We would like to refer you to the official update located HERE for details regarding the academic and event schedule. Please read the following information in its entirety so you are aware of housing guidelines.  

The University of North Alabama will continue all instruction via remote/online environment for 2020 Summer Term. With respect to Center for Disease Control, Alabama Department of Public Health, and the National Institutes of Health, it seems imperative to support social distancing efforts in a clear manner to protect the health of our campus and local community and as such, University Housing and Residence Life operations must be amended. Please know that your experience at UNA and in particular, housing, is of the utmost importance to us and any alterations to our area are made in the interest of safety.

If you have any questions, please email Housing & Residence Life or call 256-765-5558.  

 

Delayed Check-Outs:

Spring semester delayed check-outs have concluded with the exception of students unable to return due to restrictions at their permanent home. 

If you are returning from a state/country that has travel restrictions that prohibited you from gathering your belongings, please arrive on campus during business hours (Monday-Thursday / 7:30am-4:30pm). You will contact Health Services prior to arriving on campus at 256-765-5000 for screening. You may contact HRL for assistance at 256-765-5558. 

The following guidelines will be implemented: you may have two guests assist, but only one is allowed into the hall; you have 2 hours from the time you arrive to retrieve your belongings; you and your guest(s) will be asked a series of questions by Health Services; your Mane Card will be activated upon arrival and de-activated approximately 2 hours later.

We ask that individuals in the following categories refrain from entering the hall for your safety and health: over the age of 65; history of heart or lung disease, diabetes, autoimmune compromised, anyone with a fever within 48 hours or that has been exposed to someone awaiting COVID-19 test results. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to protect the health of our residential community. We understand that this is a challenging time and are here to support you during this transition. 

Dining operations will be modified during this time period, but will continue to serve those students that remain on campus. Our food pantry will be available in Rice Hall at 12pm and 8pm each day. For information on the GUC Food Pantry, please visit HERE. Meal exchanges will be available during spring break. You may visit UNA Dining for updated hours and locations, but the following options will be available to our students.

Mane Market

  • Sunday - Saturday / 11am-1pm and 4-6pm

GUC Dining

  • All GUC Dining is currently closed. 

Commons

  • All Commons Dining is currently closed. 

Create

  • Create is currently closed. 

You may visit Health Services for additional information on symptoms and obtaining medical assistance. You may also call 256-765-5000 between 8am-8pm to inquire about the precautions UNA is taking and/or if you are experiencing symptoms.

  • EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:  Health Services will operate on an APPOINTMENT ONLY schedule.  Health Services will continue to service ALL students, faculty and staff staying on campus or off campus at this time.  ALL appointments will now be handled via a phone call or a ZOOM video appointment.  ANYONE needing an appointment for ANY reason, will need to call 256-765-5000.
  • MEDICATIONS:  Health Services will deliver all prescription medications to the residence halls and campus apartments for any clinic appointments via phone and/or ZOOM.  If you need a refill on any medication, please call 256-765-5000.  If you currently take daily prescription medications, those medication refills can be transferred to Massey Drugs and they will deliver the medications to Health Services and we will deliver to the residence halls or apartments twice a day.  To inquire about this service, please call 256-765-4328. 
  • COVID-19:  If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been near or around someone that has tested positive for COVID-19, please call 256-765-5000 for further instructions and where you can go to be tested.
  • STAY HOME:  We strongly recommend that everyone stays home, takes all necessary precautions listed above and does not risk any unnecessary exposure to COVID-19.
  • Please visit HERE for more information on Student Counseling Services.
  • At this time Student Counseling Services will not be scheduling ongoing individual, in office appointments.
  • Counselors are still on campus and will be seeing students in the office for emergent needs during regular campus office hours (M-F 8:00am-4:30pm).  Call 256-765-5215 to schedule an appointment after an initial phone assessment.
  • For non-emergent issues counselors will remain available to serve students and are providing consultation by phone during regular business hours.
  • Group therapy and workshop sessions are cancelled until further notice.
  • If you have a scheduled appointment you will be contacted by your counselor to discuss alternative service deliveries.
  • While off campus be sure to research your local mental health service agencies and reach out to them if needed.  Call our office for assistance with a referral if needed.
  • Student Counseling Services will be pushing out various self-help information and videos via social media platforms to address overall health and wellbeing.  Follow us @una_scs on Instagram and @unastudentcoun1 on Twitter!

  • If you are experiencing a mental health emergency after hours you can call our Community Crisis Line at 256-764-3431, the University Police Department by dialing 911, or go to the nearest emergency room for assistance.
  • Students can "dial a ride" at 256.765.4853 / Monday-Friday from 8am-12pm. Please call one hour before your requested time.
  • Only rides to/from current bus stops on daily routes.  Students should allow 15 minutes for pick up.
  • 7 Point Shopping Center will be a supply/grocery bus stop available during the week. 
  • Saturday Shopping will run 11am-4pm as normally scheduled. Pickup will be each hour on the hour and will run to Target and Walmart.
  • The shuttle will not operate on Friday, April 10th or Saturday, April 11th. 

Students may submit a request online for Food Pantry items. For information on the GUC Food Pantry, please visit HERE

If you are interested in donating to the UNA Food Pantry, please visit HERE, select other, and enter Caring for the Pride. 

  • You may submit an address change on the USPS website HERE.
  • Students may retrieve mail and packages on Monday-Thursday (7:30am-4:30pm) and Friday (7:30-11:30am)
  • Students must provide Mane Cards to pick up packages.
  • Please enter the GUC side door that is closest to the mailroom and practice social distancing. 

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.

Possible circumstances that may be considered include extreme distance to, and current conditions in, your home locations; documented needs for academic accommodations that can only be met on campus; complete reliance on local employment for financial stability; or residential displacement (homelessness). Jobs of convenience will not be considered a legitimate reason for remaining in the residence halls. 

If you believe you meet one or more of these exceptions, you may email Housing & Residence Life. A decision will be shared via UNA email within 72 hours. Please note that should your request for an exemption be granted, you will likely be required to move to a different residence hall in order to ensure appropriate staffing. Housing and Residence Life staff will contact you with further instructions at a later date.

** This form is ONLY for residents that are requesting a hardship extension for the current term. It is not for residents that need to schedule a later pick-up time due to compromised immune systems, inability to travel an extended distance during the designated check-out days, etc.

All current residents are expected to check out of their housing assignment. However, we understand that leaving on-campus housing is not possible for all residents, so housing accommodations will be reviewed for individual residents and their circumstance. 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. We will relocate residents to areas that support social distancing and maximize the support that we can provide. In efforts to create an efficient and safe move-out process, our priority is to:

  • Maintain the health of our students and staff by adhering to guidelines set forth by the CDC regarding social distancing and large group gatherings.
  • Maintain the security of the buildings and your belongings.
  • Create the easiest move-out process as possible given the circumstances.

We have assessed our facilities and spoke with individuals providing guidance from the state and CDC. At this time, we are not asking apartment residents to relocate or check out of your apartment. You will continue in your current contract for the foreseeable future. We ask that you continue to follow the expectations set forth and practice social distancing by maintaining 6 feet distance and do not gather in large groups. Additionally, all university and residential policies should be strictly followed. We will continue providing updates as they become available.  

The university is working on a plan that would provide prorated credit for on-campus housing and dining plans.  More information will be provided in the coming weeks and distributed by the Office of Student Accounts.

The following precautions will be effective immediately. We ask that you check your email often as we will continue to send updates as they become available.

  • Visitation will be restricted beginning Sunday, March 15, 2020. This includes the following changes to our residential policies:
    • Visitation is limited to UNA residents only (10am-10pm).
    • Overnight guests (including residents) are not permitted.
  • We encourage you to implement social distancing and refrain from large gatherings. We understand that this is difficult to do in the residence halls, but it will help protect our residential community.
  • Please be reminded of University expectations for student behavior as violation of the code of conduct could result in immediate disciplinary action up to and including removal from housing during this time. You may review university and residential policies at the following websites.
If you have a medical condition that is considered high risk and need support or guidance from Housing & Residence Life, please contact us at housing@una.edu.

In effort to protect our university community, please follow the World Health Organization recommendations and guidelines.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Consider alternatives to shaking hands.
  • Unless you are sick with cough, sneezing and fever, it is not advised to wear a mask.
  • Maintain Social Distancing (at least 6 feet)
  • Avoid crowds and gatherings