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College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Return to Campus Plan

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The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHS), in coordination with the University and UA System, is planning for a safe and successful academic year. We have created this resource webpage to help answer college-specific questions you might have about returning to campus this fall. We encourage all of our students, families, and faculty to check back frequently for the latest news and announcements.

Our Commitment 

Our goals and commitments to each of you, even with the impact of COVID-19, are as follows: 

  1. Promote the health and safety of students, faculty and staff of the UAH community 
  2. Provide high-quality education and engagement 
  3. Ensure that you have access to resources for your academic success and goals 
  4. Preserve and celebrate our college’s research and creative activity 

This year, we are preparing to return to campus.  Under our plan, students who want to have time on campus will be able to do so.  We will have a number of safety and health precautions in place to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission. For example, we will be using a Blue/Silver system to reduce the number of people on campus at any given time.  Classrooms will be designed to accommodate social distancing, which means there will be fewer students in each room. Courses will be in hybrid format. However, we have also greatly expanded our fully online course offerings for students who might not want to come to campus. Just as important, should circumstances dictate a campus closure, all of our faculty are prepared to teach their courses online. We are committed to providing you a high-quality education, and given the uncertainties about the pandemic, we are taking a thoughtful approach and preparing for multiple scenarios. 

Our faculty have worked hard to create online and hybrid courses over the summer. They have diligently prepared high-quality courses and enrichment activities to ensure a thoughtful curriculum for any circumstances during the year. This work has been supported and reviewed by instructional designers.

Office of the Dean 

When you first return to campus, you may have questions you need answered. To make this process easier during the beginning of the semester, we have set up a centralized answer center at the Office of the Dean, Morton Hall 116. Please be respectful of directions on signs before entering and wear a mask.

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Your Safety 

UAH has established safety and health expectations for all UAH employees and students. You can review them here.

To help support the well-being of our community, here are some friendly reminders:

  1. Wear appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) on campus 
  2. Practice social distancing with a separation of at least 6 feet from others
  3. Do not come to campus if you have symptoms of COVID-19
  4. Wash your hands often
  5. Take the stairs whenever possible

Throughout our facilities you will have access to and see: 

  1. Hand sanitizing stations
  2. Supplies to disinfect common areas before and after use  
  3. Directional signage that will give you instructions on how to use and enter classrooms, office areas, and common space

Your Class Schedule

We know you look forward to working with some of your favorite professors and learning about new topics. To help guarantee that coursework can continue in a safe environment, all CAHS courses are prepared for an online or hybrid format. When classes meet on campus, the University Blue-Sliver Class Schedule System will be followed: 

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Fridays are left open for special courses and activities, and students from either group should come to campus if their class is scheduled for that day. 

Students may come to campus in the evenings (after 5 pm), Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays to access academic support provided by Salmon Library, the Student Success Center and other resources which will be available both on-campus and remotely.

We recommend students review each of their syllabi in Canvas thoroughly to ensure they are actively engaged in their on-campus and online learning. 

View your Detailed Schedule

You can view your schedule and instructional options including traditional courses, hybrid courses, remote sections, and online courses by going to and selecting "Class Schedule."  You will see your blue or silver group designation and the current instructional plan for each of your classes. 

But what about my _________ class?

We know there will be questions about your specific courses and how the Blue/Silver plan will impact labs, studios, performance courses, ensembles, and one-day only classes. As information is finalized, we will be sharing these specific course needs within the coming weeks. Please continue to check your UAH email and if you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to your instructors.

Resources & Services

The changes to the fall term might seem overwhelming and confusing at first. We want to make sure you understand all terms, technology, and resources you will be able to use in our college.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Day-to-Day Happenings. To guide your first couple of days on campus and in our facilities, we have provided some initial questions and answers.

Our faculty will primarily hold online office hours to ensure everyone’s health and safety. Please consult your Canvas Course for your professor’s preferred method. We encourage you to email your professor to let them know you want to meet with them during their office hours. Lastly, if it is necessary to attend on-campus office hours, please be respectful of directions on signs placed on office doors before entering and please wear PPE.

The key is CAUTION and COMMUNICATION. Please do not come to campus if you are unwell and have symptoms of COVID-19. Email your professors directly and regularly check your Canvas Course for class updates and assignments.

We understand that when you are on campus you may need in-person assistance. To best help, we have centralized all CAHS help. Please go to the Office of the Dean, Morton Hall 116. Please be respectful of directions on signs before entering and wear PPE.

The goal is to practice social distancing, therefore our college will be monitoring the access and capacity of our conference rooms and study lounges until further notice. If face-to-face meetings are required, practice social distancing and wear masks.

Every day, more departments are choosing to teach 100% online. The fall schedule of courses is changing daily. We are doing our best to keep you informed as the changes occur.

Other Questions?

As you prepare for fall and throughout your first weeks back on campus, we know you will have questions about classes, resources, and daily operations. To help, we have created an FAQ database above. If you still have questions, please use the feedback and question form below so that we can help. Questions submitted will also help us update our FAQ database.

Feedback and Question Form


Campus Resources

Return to Campus

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Academic Support

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The Office of Academic Affairs is committed to your success in the classroom or online this coming semester.

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