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FAQ - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are included below. If you don't see an answer to your question, please ask your instructor/advisor (for students), supervisor (for staff), or dean (for faculty).

When will on-campus classes stop meeting?

On-campus classes will be suspended beginning Monday, March 16, until further notice. 

When is Spring Break?

UWA will close for extended Spring Break March 18-27.

When will on-campus classes begin online?

All on-campus classes will have completely transitioned to online instruction by April 6.

On-campus classes will be suspended March 16-20 and March 30-April 3 to allow additional time for UWA to transition as efficiently and completely as possible to online instruction. Students do not have to report to campus for classes the weeks of March 16-20 or March 30-April 3 and will begin online instruction during this transition period. All classes will have fully transitioned by April 6.

How does this impact students currently enrolled in UWA Online courses?

Students currently enrolled in UWA Online courses will continue as originally scheduled. 

When will staff and faculty return to campus? 

Adjustments and modifications to on-campus work schedules are currently being considered, and will be announced prior to March 30.

Should students return to campus following Spring Break?

Students have the option of completing their courses via online instruction away from campus, or they may use University facilities on campus to assist in completing their courses. However, students are not required to return to campus beginning March 16.

Can students continue to reside in their on-campus housing?

Yes. Students, at their option, may continue to reside in their on-campus housing. Specifically, international or other students who do not have alternative accommodations, students from areas without high-speed internet or other means of receiving remote instruction, and students with exceptional hardships, or academic, employment, or clinical requirements may need to return to their University housing.

Will services be available to students who remain on campus?

Arrangements will be made to ensure any students who need to remain on campus have access to essential services, including housing and food services.

Is additional move-out information available?

Yes. Please see Early Checkout From Campus Housing for comprehensive instructions on moving out of campus housing.

How will this impact my student teaching/internship/clinical experience?

At this time there are no changes to student teaching assignments, internships, or clinicals. However, the University does not fully control our partners' decisions regarding COVID-19. Please reach out to your professor, dean, or clinical director for more information.

I'm unsure/uncomfortable taking online classes. What should I do?

Training and support sessions will be available on campus March 16 and March 17, but those who wish to view online are encouraged to do so instead of attending the workshops.

I'm a staff/I'm a faculty member and don't feel comfortable being on campus. What should I do?

Remember, social distancing (avoiding close contact with others) is key in reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Speak with your supervisor or dean to determine ways to maintain a healthy, low-risk work environment.

I'm a student worker or graduate assistant, can I continue working?

Speak with your supervisor. In general, you may continue working if you choose, but you are not required to do so.

Are visitors to campus still welcome?

As part of our social distancing strategy, all visitation within the residence halls will be suspended, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Only residents of the specific residence hall will be permitted to enter a residence hall or apartment area. In addition, residents will only be permitted to enter their assigned room/apartment. An exception will be made for family members assisting with move-out.

Is food service on campus impacted?

Food service on campus will continue at a reduced capacity. An updated schedule of dining locations and hours of operation can be found here.

Will commencement (graduation) occur as scheduled?

The University of West Alabama wishes for graduating students to celebrate their achievement through a time-honored tradition shared with families and special guests. As part of its commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy environment, however, and in compliance with both federal and state guidelines and orders concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19), the University has postponed Spring Commencement exercises from May 9, 2020, to a tentative date of Friday, July 31, 2020. This tentative date will not be confirmed until federal and state agencies indicate it is safe to do so. We have shared this tentative date solely for the purposes of planning and scheduling, and will manage the expectations of our graduates, their families, and guests through regular updates. 

Have any other campus events been postponed or canceled?


All campus events and special programs have been canceled until further notice.

Is a housing refund available?

Housing refunds will not be available as moving off-campus is optional.

Are official University travel schedules impacted?

All University travel - domestic and international - has been canceled until further notice.

How long will this impact campus?

Potentially through the end of Spring, 2020. We will continue to monitor and adjust as necessary.