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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


UWA Fall 2020 Operational Plan
GuideSafe™ Entry Testing is required
for every college student attending a public or private four-year college in the state of Alabama. The test is provided throughout Alabama at no cost to students through an initiative supported by CARES Act funding. learn more


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Most of the daily life on campus came to a screeching halt in March in response to COVID-19, and plans are underway for a phased return for employees and fall return for students.


On-Campus Classes Start August 17



Find the latest information on the virus and confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



To the UWA Community:

In response to the expanding threat of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and in adherence with advisories issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), UWA is taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of all our students, faculty, and staff. We recognize that some of the precautions may pose an inconvenience to you, but your cooperation and understanding are essential as we all work together to protect the health and safety of the entire University community.


Ken Tucker, Ph.D.
UWA President


UWA Return to Work plan phases established

UWA's Return to Work is steered by healthcare guidelines and government edicts, as well as our own resources and capabilities. The plan includes phases that allow limited exposure and interaction for employees on campus, as well as precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of our campus. Departments and staffs are expected to develop the schedule that best meets their needs and workloads.

Suggested staffing percentages during this process are:

June 1 – June 26 – 25% of employees in the office at any one time.

June 29 – July 17 – 50% of employees in the office at any one time.

July 20 – August 7 – 75% of employees in the office at any one time.

August 10 – Normal operations to resume.


UWA has canceled all university-sponsored domestic and international travel.

No additional international travel arrangements will be approved until further notice.

If You Experience Flu or Flu-Like Symptoms

Students, faculty, and staff who experience flu or flu-like symptoms should contact a healthcare provider immediately. Explain your symptoms and recent travel history to your medical care provider. For those with limited access to their current or preferred healthcare professional, UWA partners with Rush Medical Group of Livingston for basic health care services.

Please follow these and any other practical measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

  • Cover your mouth when coughing.

  • Use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol or above.

  • Avoid contact with sick people.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid unnecessary travel.