General Questions Student Testing and Notification Employee Testing and Notification Charger Healthcheck Face Coverings and PPE Academic Calendar and Schedule Classes and Academics Student Life and Athletics Housing Employees Vaccine Information General Questions What do I need to know as I prepare to arrive on campus? Students, faculty and staff returning to campus will be required to complete Charger Healthcheck, a COVID-19 assessment tool, to assess if you are safe to return. For additional information, please visit the Return to Campus website. Checklists are available for Students, Faculty and Staff, and Supervisors. How will UAH accommodate faculty, staff and students in high risk groups? Students, faculty and staff directed to return to campus who have concerns about doing so because of age, medical condition, or other reasons may contact Human Resources (faculty and staff) or Disability Support Services (students) to submit a request for accommodations. How will health and safety practices be enforced? Please visit the Community Expectations and Enforcement webpage for detailed information on disciplinary measures for students, student organizations and employees for violations of the University’s Safety and Health Requirements for Presence on UAH’s Campus During the COVID-19 Pandemic Policy, Number 02.01.71. How is "close contact" defined? Close contact is defined as an individual who has been within 6 feet of someone with the virus for a cumulative total of 15 minutes (or more) over a 24-hour period. Student Testing and Notification Am I required to participate in re-entry testing? Residential students must be tested within seven days of returning to campus. Tests will be provided to residential students at no cost. Students will receive an email outlining the details and options for their testing process. Student-athletes will be tested according to NCAA requirements. For more information go to the Student Testing Information page or contact the Student Health Center. Will there be sentinel testing of students? Sentinel testing of students will be conducted regularly to signal trends, identify outbreaks, and monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 on a randomized sample of students. Will sentinel testing be mandatory for students? Sentinel testing is voluntary for most of the campus community but is required for some students, faculty and staff. Those for whom the testing is mandatory will be notified and must create a sentinel testing account. If I receive an email about creating a sentinel testing account, is it mandatory to set up the account? Sentinel testing for some faculty, staff and students is mandatory. Those for whom the testing is mandatory will be notified and must create a sentinel testing account. Those for whom the testing is not mandatory do not have to create a sentinel testing account. If I receive an email about reporting for testing and I am not able or available to report, must I respond in any way or can the email simply be ignored without consequence? Sentinel testing for some faculty, staff and students is mandatory. Those for whom the testing is mandatory will be notified and must schedule a test in response to the email notification. Those for whom the testing is not mandatory can choose to schedule a test or simply ignore the email. How do students submit their test results? GuideSafe™ Testing (formerly known as Stay Safe Together™) will submit student test results to the University on behalf of students who use the at-home test kit or test in person with GuideSafe™ Testing. Those who test privately, or need to share a prior positive, will need to email their official lab report to COVIDtesting@uah.edu from their UAH email account. Do I have to quarantine after I test (until I receive my results)? It will be required for symptomatic individuals or those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive to self-quarantine. Symptomatic students may not come in contact with members of the University community (students, faculty and staff) until they receive a negative test result. What if I test positive right before I leave to come to campus? First and foremost: take care of yourself. Students who test positive must follow the isolation and quarantine protocols of your state or place of residence for your protection and well-being. Do not come to campus if you test positive. Student Affairs and others across campus will do everything they can to address concerns or delays caused by a positive test. Your professors are prepared to offer remote options and other accommodations. You can work directly with your faculty members for a variety of resources to make sure you don’t miss anything. How do I submit my previous COVID-19 test results or the results of my test from a different provider? Those who test privately, or need to share a prior positive, will need to email their official lab report to COVIDtesting@uah.edu from their UAH email account. Employee Testing and Notification Will testing be mandatory to return to campus? There is no testing requirement for faculty and staff who are coming back to campus for Spring 2021. Will there be sentinel testing of faculty and staff? Sentinel testing of faculty and staff will be conducted regularly to signal trends, identify outbreaks, and monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 on a randomized sample of employees. Will sentinel testing be mandatory? Sentinel testing is voluntary for most of the campus community but is required for some students, faculty and staff. Those for whom the testing is mandatory will be notified and must create a sentinel testing account. If I receive an email about creating a sentinel testing account, is it mandatory to set up the account? Sentinel testing for some faculty, staff and students is mandatory. Those for whom the testing is mandatory will be notified and must create a sentinel testing account. Those for whom the testing is not mandatory do not have to create a sentinel testing account. If I receive an email about reporting for testing and I am not able or available to report, must I respond in any way or can the email simply be ignored without consequence? Sentinel testing for some faculty, staff and students is mandatory. Those for whom the testing is mandatory will be notified and must schedule a test in response to the email notification. Those for whom the testing is not mandatory can choose to schedule a test or simply ignore the email. Will COVID-19 testing be available on campus? Yes. For more information, please visit the On-site Testing at Executive Plaza and Sentinel Testing at SSB 112 pages. How will testing be conducted? UAH has procedures to test any faculty, staff or student with COVID-19-related symptoms at our Executive Plaza testing location. Sentinel testing takes place in the Student Services Building. Will there be regular notification of testing and positive tests among students and employees? Students and employees who participate in re-entry testing, sentinel testing, or point of care testing will be notified directly of their results. The UA System has developed a COVID-19 Dashboard that provides System-wide COVID-19 information to the public. This content is broken down by campus, and offers an aggregate System total. This data includes the number of known positive cases of students, faculty and staff on- and off- campus, as well as the results for student entry testing and the occupancy percent rate related to the isolation space for COVID-19 positive students and/or close contact students. Please visit the Reporting Exposure page for detailed information on UAH notification protocols. How will I be notified if I have been in contact with someone with coronavirus? Please visit the Reporting Exposure page for detailed information on UAH notification protocols. In addition to traditional contact tracing by public health departments and UAH notification protocols, we are also using the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app. This is a voluntary COVID-19 exposure notification app that will alert users when they have come in close contact with individuals who tested positive. Charger Healthcheck What is Charger Healthcheck? Charger Healthcheck is a web-based COVID-19 assessment tool for employees and students that assesses the existence of any current COVID-19-related symptoms, exposure history, and testing history. The required assessment will help us all return to campus safely and help our community beat COVID-19. Charger Healthcheck is used to manage large groups and reduce the risk of further exposure to COVID-19. Charger Healthcheck informs public health and university officials about emerging symptom hot spots before these areas have catastrophic consequences. It also helps university health officials on prioritizing participants who might need COVID-19 testing. How does Charger Healthcheck work? Accessing Charger Healthcheck, a COVID-19 assessment tool, requires your Charger ID. Employees and students will log on regularly to share symptoms — even if you are feeling healthy. The initial survey takes about 20 seconds to complete. Subsequent surveys take about 10 seconds to complete. Employees and students are encouraged to complete Charger Healthcheck daily. UAH requires employees and students to complete it at least every three days and offers an option to get a reminder. If the survey responses indicate the user is symptom-free and has no close exposure to someone with COVID-19 illness, the individual is cleared to re-enter campus if all other re-entry requirements have been met. If Charger Healthcheck responses show the user is currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the preceding month, the user will not be permitted to be on campus until medically cleared by the Faculty and Staff Clinic or Student Health Center. If you have symptoms, contact your health care provider and notify Human Resources (for faculty/staff) or the Dean of Students (for students). Do not come to work or report to campus (CDC isolation guidance). The Faculty and Staff Clinic or Student Health Center will actively monitor your progress and follow up with you as necessary. Why do I have to report my symptoms so regularly? Because COVID-19 symptoms are a report at a single slice of time, students and employees should report their symptoms daily and are required to complete Charger Healthcheck every three days to confirm how they are feeling. Why is UAH requiring we use Charger Healthcheck? Charger Healthcheck, a COVID-19 assessment tool, informs public health and university officials about emerging symptom hot spots before these areas have catastrophic consequences. It also helps university health officials on prioritizing participants who might need COVID-19 testing. What am I required to do as a student/employee? Charger Healthcheck, a COVID-19 assessment tool, is required for employees and students as part of the campus protocol and is required of all faculty, staff and students who come to campus. Employees and students are required to sign the Charger Healthcheck/Stay Safe Together attestation statement, and then participate in Charger Healthcheck a minimum of every three days. Is Charger Healthcheck secure? Is my privacy protected? Charger Healthcheck, a COVID-19 assessment tool, is a HIPPA compliant platform. To access the tool, you will need to use your Charger ID. Charger Healthcheck is a tool for you to report COVID-19 symptoms and any exposure. It does not track your location. The Student Health Center, Faculty and Staff Clinic, and Human Resources will receive information to ensure those coming on campus are not showing symptoms. Will I remain anonymous? The Student Health Center, Faculty and Staff Clinic, and Human Resources will receive your information submitted with UAH Healthcheck, a COVID-19 assessment tool. The information is to ensure compliance and to identify employees or students who may need to be tested to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. How do I access the Charger Healthcheck? Do I have to use a smartphone? Charger Healthcheck is available at healthcheck.staysafetogether.org/30. You can use a smartphone, tablet or computer to complete Charger Healthcheck. Will I receive notifications or reminders to fill out Charger Healthcheck? Reminders will be sent via email to your UAH email account. There is also an option for you to receive text reminders. Compliance with completing Charger Healthcheck will be monitored. Those who do not comply with the required reporting will be subject to disciplinary action. Face Coverings and PPE What sort of face covering am I required to wear? Cloth face coverings made of common materials such as cotton that cover the mouth and nose and can be re-worn after proper cleaning are appropriate to wear on campus. Use of medical-grade N95 masks will be required for certain employees, including student employees, who are in situations where they are likely to come in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, like clinical settings and emergency response. Will the University provide face coverings to students? Face coverings for residential students will be distributed at check-in. Tables for distribution of face coverings will be set up in each area for distribution for the first week of school. Is UAH going to provide PPE for faculty and staff free of charge? Yes. Each faculty and staff member will be provided at least one face covering free of charge. PPE will be provided to employees appropriate to their job duties. I had a mask at the start of the semester, but it's lost now. Where can I find another one? In the event that we have extra, we will notify the student body where additional face coverings will be available. What if I cannot wear a face covering? Reasonable accommodations can be requested for those unable to meet these requirements. Students requesting accommodations should contact Disability Support Services. Faculty and staff requesting accommodations should contact Human Resources for assistance. What is the consequence if I do not wear a face covering where required? Appropriate face coverings are required. We will continue with messaging to remind our campus community of the importance of and requirement to wearing face coverings and other PPE. We believe the University community will join together to help each other. Continued non-compliance will result in further review through the Dean of Students, Human Resources, or the Office of Academic Affairs and could result in progressive disciplinary action following the Staff Handbook, Faculty Handbook and Student Code of Conduct, which may include dismissal or termination. We will continue with messaging on the importance of and requirement to wear face coverings and other PPE. Will I have to wear a face covering in class? How about in my residence hall room? Face coverings are required in all UAH facilities, with limited exceptions. A face covering is not required in your own room or suite in University housing. However, it will be required in common areas, like residence hall lobbies. We also strongly encourage you to use a face covering in all public settings. Where else do I have to wear a face covering? Wear a face covering at all times while inside all UAH buildings. Face coverings are not required for individuals who are in their residence hall room or suite, working alone in their office or study room, laboratory, or studio subject to any non-COVID related safety requirements. Face coverings are not required when walking or exercising outside while maintaining an acceptable social distance. Face coverings are required when meeting with others within a confined space, such as an office, conference room, or other space. Face coverings include disposable or cloth masks and/or cloth face coverings over a person’s nose and mouth. Face shields are allowed to be worn by faculty who are teaching class and by faculty, staff, and students who approved in accordance with Policy 02.01.71 Safety and Health Requirements for Presence on UAH’s Campus during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Faculty may wear facemasks, face shields, or both while teaching. How do the city, county, state, or national guidelines and regulations for face coverings apply to me on the UAH campus? While on campus, you must follow all UAH safety and health requirements, including the use of face coverings, outlined in Policy 02.01.71 – Safety and Health Requirements for Presence on UAH’s Campus During the COVID-19 Pandemic Interim Policy. Academic Calendar and Schedule Will spring course delivery methods change again? The spring course delivery methods have enhanced flexibility for student scheduling. All UAH courses will be offered in a manner that allows students to complete them remotely and, where possible, courses will have an on-campus component to add value to the student experience. The four general types of instructional delivery we will have this spring are traditional in person courses, following the class schedule, hybrid courses that include both face-to face and online instruction with remote sections, following the class schedule; and fully online courses. Did the Spring 2021 Academic Calendar change? Yes. Changes are summarized below: Spring break is eliminated. For students and faculty, the five days of Spring break are added to the holiday break and classes will start on January 13, 2021. April 23, 2021 is the last day of classes. Finals are scheduled for April 26 to 30. Commencement will be held on May 5. Staff may take the 5 days, consecutively or individually, of Spring break during the Spring semester with their supervisor’s approval. Spring break days that are not taken during Spring semester are forfeited. Will an increase in cases affect the Spring schedule? Yes, UAH has contingency plans for Spring semester. If the COVID-19 cases continue to be at a high level, if our hospital system becomes inundated with COVID-19 patients, or if other factors exist that affect the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students, UAH may need to take further precautions. The most likely precaution is starting Spring semester 100% online and staying online for a rolling two weeks. If we have to start the Spring semester 2021 online, we will notify you on January 6, 2021 that we will start the semester online for two weeks. On January 20, 2021, we will notify you if we are staying online for another two weeks or if we will resume in class operation as of January 27, 2021. We will continue to notify you every Wednesday as to whether we will stop the totally online delivery or continue it for another two weeks. Will classes continue if the state or local governments require another lockdown or issue stay-at-home orders? The University will announce adjustments to instruction and campus operations if our local, state or federal government issues rules affecting the University. Classes and Academics What types of instructional methods will be offered (in-person, online, hybrid, etc)? For spring semester, UAH will employ four general instructional methods. Regardless of instructional method, faculty have worked hard to ensure a high quality learning experience for you. The four instructional methods are as follows: Traditional Courses are conducted in-person, on-campus following our regular course schedules. The traditional format will typically be used for courses that are specialized, have a small number of students, or require physical presence (e.g., laboratories, studios, and clinical rotations). Hybrid Courses consist of a combination of traditional (face-to-face) and online instruction. In these courses, students will come to campus for approximately half of the sessions (see Blue/Silver Schedule information), and will complete the other half of the course via remote learning. Hybrid courses comprise a substantial portion of class offerings this Spring. Hybrid courses are designated with a Y in the course schedule. Remote Sections are associated with a hybrid or traditional course and are designed to allow students to complete the course without coming to campus. Students are able to complete a hybrid or traditional course without coming to campus even when a fully online section is not available. These sections may require virtual attendance at the scheduled class time or utilize recorded material and assignments from the hybrid/traditional course in ways that allow students to access and learn the material remotely. Remote sections are designated with an R next to the section number in the class schedule (e.g., MKT 301 01R). Online Courses are designed from the ground up to be completed fully online. The course includes a variety of assignments, activities, recordings, and exams. There is no traditional, on-campus component. Online courses are designated with an O in the course schedule. What is the Blue/Silver On-Campus Schedule? In order to promote safety and health through social distancing, we have to reduce the number of students in a classroom at any given time and on the campus as a whole. To accomplish this goal, attendance in on-campus sessions of hybrid courses is rotated based on the last digit of a student’s A# (you can see your number listed on your Charger ID card). Students, whose last digit of their A# is 0-4, are in the BLUE group and will attend class sessions that occur on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students, whose last digit of their A# is 5-9, are in the SILVER group and will attend class sessions that occur on Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you are in the BLUE group, you would come to campus for the Monday sessions of your Monday/Wednesday (MW) hybrid classes, and for the Tuesday sessions of your Tuesday/Thursday (TH) hybrid classes. If you are in the SILVER group, you would come for the Wednesday sessions of your MW hybrid classes, and for the Thursday sessions of your TH hybrid classes. If you are scheduled to attend a traditional course on a day that conflicts with your group designation, you should come to campus for that class period. 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, 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. How do I attend classes if I am isolated or quarantined? Remote instruction will be available to you. Be certain to contact your instructors to notify them of your situation and that you will continue to take the course remotely until you are able to return to campus. Can I complete all my classes remotely? We have designed the Spring class schedule so that there is either an online course or a remote section of a hybrid or traditional course available to you. If you have any difficulty in registering for remote instruction, please contact your advisor. What if I am too sick to attend class remotely? The most important thing for you to do is to take care of yourself and get well. For your courses, e-mail the Dean of Students, your professors, consult your syllabus, and contact your advisor for any assistance you may need. How will classrooms be different? All students and faculty are required to wear a face covering in the classroom and remain six feet apart. Classroom layouts will maintain at least 6 feet between each person. Hand sanitizer stations will be at the entrances to every building. Each classroom will have cleaning materials for faculty and students to use to clean their own spaces. Enhanced cleaning measures will be in place. Will professors and advisors have office hours? Faculty and academic advisors will have online options and on-campus options for office hours. In instances where an in-person meeting is needed, face coverings will be required. Can I go study in the library with a group of classmates? Yes. Face coverings and social distancing are required inside Salmon Library. Group study areas are set up in the Salmon Library. If you need assistance in the Library, please contact a Librarian. Groups of students who do not live together should consider meeting outside or meeting remotely. Salmon Library offers remote options to access resources. Will student support services be open? Yes, critical services, such as Career Services, the Counseling Center and Student Health Center will continue with enhanced remote availability. Academic support services including the Library, Disability Student Services (DSS), Testing Services, and Student Success Center will continue to support students in person and remotely. The Student Success Center will provide enhanced remote options. How have classroom protocols changed in response to COVID-19? Physical Distance in Academic Spaces All classrooms, laboratories, and other academic spaces have been reconfigured to increase physical distance among students and instructors. Unnecessary furniture has been removed when possible, and seating is marked to show where students should sit to stay socially distant. Please do not reconfigure chairs, tables, or other furniture. If the spacing of the desks and/or chairs in the classroom has shifted, please move the chairs and desks so that they are six feet apart. If the situation requires assistance from the Facilities Division to correct the issues, please ask your instructor to contact Facilities. If there are too many students in your classroom so that a six-foot distance separation is not possible between students, please ask your instructor to contact the department chair or associate dean to rectify the situation. Most likely the class will need to move to a different location. Use of acrylic barriers will be limited in the classrooms in favor of face coverings, which offer more flexibility for movement. Faculty will wear face shields and/or face masks when communicating in close proximity to students. Please note that face shields are an acceptable face covering when speaking to a group and for an instructor in a classroom setting according to the Madison County Face Mask Order. When interacting with fellow students and instructors, please maintain appropriate physical distancing. Face Coverings UAH students must wear a face mask/cloth face covering for the duration of any in-person class session or while in any University owned facility other than a private residence hall room or while alone in an enclosed study space. Students who are unable to wear a disposable or cloth face mask because of a medical condition are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services to determine alternatives. Options for accommodations are that students may access all of their classes online or use a face shield in the classroom purchased by Disability Support Services. If a fellow student is not wearing a face covering, please notify your instructor who will ask the student to put on a face covering. If your instructor is not wearing a face covering, please contact the department chair or dean immediately and report that the instructor is not wearing a face covering in your class. Please identify the instructor, course number and section, class time, building and room number. Failure to comply with these face covering guidelines may result in dismissal from class, as well as a Code of Student Conduct violation with a penalty as severe as immediate suspension from the University. Additionally, non-compliance may also result in a civil citation from law enforcement. Enhanced Cleaning UAH Custodial Services has developed a Building Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocol to guide frequent cleaning of academic spaces. In addition to central cleaning efforts, hand sanitizers and cleaning wipes will be placed in each academic space. Hand sanitizers are also located at the entrances to all campus buildings for your use. Disinfecting wipes will be available in classroom buildings. Students and instructors are encouraged to pick up a wipe on the way into classrooms and wipe down their work areas and classroom technology such as wireless microphones, keyboards, and podium touch pads. Before you leave after class, be certain to disinfect your classroom space. If working or studying on campus, disinfect the area before beginning your work and after you finish. If you have skin sensitivities, please bring appropriate gloves to use as needed. Exams Please review your syllabus regarding the requirements for exams in your course and follow them. Oftentimes professors walk through the classroom during tests for a variety of reasons. UAH faculty are encouraged to stay six feet away from students while walking through the class during exams. However, if because of the spacing in the classroom, the six-foot social distance requirement is impossible to maintain during the walk-through, the professor will pass by quickly and will not constitute a close contact which is defined as being within 6 feet of someone with the virus for a cumulative total of 15 minutes (or more) over a 24-hour period. If during an exam, you need to ask the professor a question, move quickly past your fellow students to the professor. When speaking to the professor, try to keep six feet between you and the professor. If that is not possible, step closer and keep as much space as possible between you and the professor. Keep the discussion brief. Student Life and Athletics Will the University Fitness Center be open? Yes. The University Fitness Center is open with enhanced distancing and cleaning. Can student groups meet? Yes. UAH Student Life will assist student organizations, including Greek organizations, to comply with all campus restrictions on social events. Larger physical spaces will be identified to allow for greater social distancing for face-to-face events and meetings. Student groups will be assisted in their efforts to educate and train on health promotions, and to maintain required distancing and other safety protocols. Student groups will be expected to have social distancing and PPE plans for events and meetings, must abide by all university-imposed limitations on event size, and must keep attendee lists to assist with exposure notification. Online options such as Zoom meetings will also facilitate group participation. Will there be campus events? Until further notice, the following restrictions apply to all academic and social events: Event Registration: All academic or social events must be pre-registered with the Office of Academic Affairs or the Office of Student Affairs. Event registrations must be updated following the event to include a comprehensive list of attendees, and maintained for at least 14 days following the event. Limitations on Attendance: Events are limited to 2 hours in duration. The capacity of all social and academic events must comply with all applicable health ordinances in place when the event is registered and hosted. Social event attendance may not exceed 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors. All academic events hosted by a faculty member or department are subject to the same limitations imposed in a class setting. Event organizers must comply with all campus and System-wide policies for screening event attendees, including the use of the UAH Charger Healthcheck and its features. Off-campus Events: Until further notice, no student organizations may hold off-campus events. This includes parties, swaps, formals, and other social gatherings. This restriction applies regardless of whether the event is organized by the student organization or on its behalf by some of its members or someone acting on their behalf. Academic events hosted off campus must have special written approval from the Provost. How is UAH protecting student-athletes? Student-athletes who are on campus are receiving targeted education, daily screening and regular testing by our sports medicine staff, in conjunction with conference recommendations. Will there be athletic events, including hockey, in the spring? Athletic events will adhere to NCAA, GSC, WCHA, CDC and all applicable health guidelines. Information on changes about events, venues and guidelines for attendees will be announced at the appropriate time. Housing What will be different about my University housing? COVID-19 will require some changes, especially in common areas such as building kitchens and laundry where social distancing is required. We will remove most items that can be touched by multiple people, and will arrange furniture to promote social distancing. Housing access by non-UAH visitors will be limited; staff will wear personal protective equipment; and staff will utilize enhanced cleaning techniques to ensure high-touch surfaces are disinfected. Will move-in be different this year? Yes, and no. Move-in will be more staggered with distancing to best protect the safety of students, families and staff. The same UAH spirit and helpfulness will greet you and welcome you back. Details, including the schedule and information on the sign-up process for move-in, can be found at UAH Housing and Residence Life. What happens if I or one of my roommates is diagnosed with COVID-19? Isolation spaces will be provided for any residential students who test positive and/or who may have come into close contact with someone who tested positive. UAH has had a designated quarantine location since March and will increase access as needed. Isolation and quarantine procedures will be in accordance with medical guidance, and will be consistent with the latest CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health guidance. Those with questions can call UAH Residence Life. Will I be required to isolate or quarantine if I live off campus? The expectation to abide by requirements applies equally to students living on- and off-campus. Students who live off campus are strongly encouraged to follow isolation/quarantine guidance as required by law and public health guidelines. Students in off-campus housing who fail to follow isolation requirements and return to campus will be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and subject to disciplinary measures. Will dining locations be open? Yes. The health and safety of all diners and food service staff are a top priority. The UAH dining staff is taking great care to promote continued high standards of cleanliness. Along with PPE worn by staff and markers and signs to identify appropriate social distancing, the dining locations will offer more grab-and-go options. Students are encouraged to use the GrubHub application to order from our retail locations for a pickup-and-go option to avoid the line. For up-to-date information on schedule and service options, visit UAH Dining. Employees When will employees know when to come back to work on campus? As we move toward the end of the spring semester, we are beginning our preparation for a return to campus for the fall semester. Specifically, we plan on utilizing the summer to transition to normal operations for fall 2021. Therefore, offices should be open with staff available by May 10, 2021 with most of the remote work options phasing out by June 1, 2021. While the summer academic classes will most likely have many remote and online options, walk-in services and other campus services should be open and operational as we welcome our summer orientation attendees and other campus visitors. In addition, since we have limited time to prepare for fall, we will not participate in a summer flex option. If employees have questions, please contact your direct supervisor. Will employees have to use their sick leave if they test positive? The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was signed into law on March 18, 2020, required The University of Alabama in Huntsville to provide employees with emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including time-off for COVID-related personal illness, care of an immediate family member, and/or childcare due to school closure or unavailable childcare. That leave expired on December 31, 2020. However, the University will extend the use of Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave through June 30, 2021. Employees may use EPSL and/or EFML for up to two instances of leave for the reasons noted above. Additional guidance on EFML and EPSL are available on the Human Resources web page or employees may contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. An employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should not report to work and must immediately contact Human Resources at email@example.com. Will employees who have been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19, who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or who are waiting for COVID-19 test results have to use their leave time for the quarantine period? The University is extending the use of Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave through June 30, 2021. An employee who has a close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should immediately contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. Vaccine Information Whom do I contact with questions about the vaccine and eligibility? If you continue to have questions after reviewing all of the information on this website, please contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at email@example.com or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256.824.6775. What reasons might prohibit me from scheduling a vaccine appointment? Do not schedule a vaccine appointment if you have: Tested COVID positive in the last 30 days; or Received or plan any other vaccination (including flu, shingles) in the period of two weeks BEFORE the first COVID vaccine dose through two weeks AFTER the second dose. Which versions of the COVID-19 vaccine will UAH distribute? UAH will provide COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The first group of vaccines received will come from Pfizer. How many doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will I need? The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses within a specified period – between 21 (Pfizer) and 28 (Moderna) days, depending on the manufacturer. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single dose. If I receive my first COVID-19 vaccine dose elsewhere, can I get the second dose at UAH? Generally, no. UAH cannot provide the second dose vaccine if the first dose was administered at a different location. To request an exemption from this policy, contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at email@example.com or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256.824.6775 for consideration. How will I be notified if I’m eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine? Campus community members will receive an email with details and a link to the scheduling portal when they are eligible for vaccination. What if I have previously tested positive for COVID-19? If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 30 days, you are not eligible to receive the vaccine at this time. In light of limited vaccine supply, delaying vaccinations for those who have recently tested positive will allow those at most risk of infection to be vaccinated earlier. Am I required to be vaccinated for COVID-19? No. Vaccination is not required for employment at this time. What is the COVID-19 vaccination process? You will be asked to schedule an appointment when you are eligible and the vaccine is available. You will fill out a consent form the morning of your appointment and will receive other pertinent information. You will report to the vaccination site on the scheduled appointment date and receive the first dose. After the dose is administered, you will stay at the vaccination site for 15-30 minutes to be monitored for any potential reactions. During this first vaccination, you will also receive instructions on scheduling an appointment to receive the second dose. What should I expect at the appointment site? Review the Vaccination Prep page for details. Bring your A Number and Charger ID or government-issued identification. Wear a mask and arrive no more than 15 minutes before your appointment time. Wear clothing that allows access to your shoulder and upper arm. You will have your temperature taken and asked health questions as part of the process. What if I experience an adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine? You will stay at the vaccination site under medical supervision for 15-30 minutes to be monitored for any potential reactions. If you later experience an adverse reaction and need immediate medical attention, call 911. The CDC recommends that individuals consider using the V-Safe App. Details are on the CDC website. Will I receive a proof of vaccination once I receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Yes. You will be provided a certificate of immunization after receiving each dose. Bring the certificate to the second appointment. If I decline the first offer to take a COVID-19 vaccine but change my mind later, can I still be vaccinated? If you decline the vaccination and change your mind later, your request will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the availability of vaccine and other resources at that time. Contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at email@example.com or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256.824.6775 if you change your mind after declining the vaccine. Where can I find more information on available COVID-19 vaccines so I can make the best decision for myself? You should consider your health circumstances and the available information on COVID-19 vaccines. Helpful information is on the on the FDA website, CDC website and ADPH website. Fact Sheets on vaccines authorized for emergency use are available on the CDC website. Does my certificate of immunization exempt me from UAH COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, such as wearing a mask and practicing social distancing? No. All members of the UAH campus community must follow the health and safety guidelines until instructed otherwise. Any changes to the Spring 2021 plan will be communicated via email and on the Return to Campus website at the direction of the UAH Communicable Disease Management Team and the UA System Health and Safety Task Force. Will there be a charge for the vaccine? No. The COVID-19 vaccines are free. What if I schedule an appointment to receive the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and miss my appointment? If you miss your first dose of the vaccine, contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at email@example.com or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256.824.6775. You may be rescheduled at a later date based on vaccine availability. What if I miss my appointment to receive the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine? If you miss your second dose of the vaccine, contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at email@example.com or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256.824.6775 as soon as possible. What if I am in quarantine on the date of my vaccine appointment? If you are in quarantine on the date of your appointment, please contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at email@example.com or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256.824.6775 to reschedule your appointment. Whom should I contact if I receive an email invitation to set an appointment, and I have questions about the process? Please contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at email@example.com or 256.824.2100, or the Student Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256.824.6775.