College During COVID

How Will UAA Operate in fall 2021?

Fall colors and reflections of the Student Union on the UAA Spine over Chester Creek.

UAA's goal is to keep the community safe

UAA leadership cares about the health and safety of each person in our campus community. We’re committed to following the guidance of the CDC, as well as state and municipal health officials regarding COVID-19 protocols. On Aug. 2, the Anchorage campus will open to all faculty, staff and students.

We encourage all students, staff and faculty to get vaccinated! For additional information and resources, visit the UA Vaccine Information page.

Important Information at a glance

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Find guidance to frequently asked questions generated by students, faculty and staff about what returning to campus safely means for fall 2021 campus operations.

Reporting COVID-19 Cases

If you test positive for COVID-19, inform Environmental Health and Safety at 907-786-1300 or via email. Do not come to campus. Stay home and begin quarantining immediately.

Students should work with their instructor(s), knowing they will not be penalized academically if they have to self-quarantine. The university will offer flexible academic adjustments and support to students who have to self-quarantine.

Staff members should discuss with their supervisor and faculty members with their dean or director.

Masks

  • Masks are required in all university facilities and in all classrooms.

  • View the official UAA mask policy for information about exceptions and accommodations due to medical conditions or job-related hazards that would prevent mask use.

Vaccination

Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are available for UAA students and employees by appointment at the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC).

Call 907-786-4050 to schedule your vaccination appointment with SHCC.

We encourage you to get vaccinated! Visit covidvax.alaska.gov to view all providers. For additional information and resources, visit the UA Vaccine Information page. Vaccination remains are most effective tool against COVID-19.

Academics

Fall 2021

  • UAA will operate in-person for fall '21.

    • On Aug. 2, the Anchorage campus will open to all faculty, staff and students.

    • CDC-recommended physical distancing in classrooms, as much as reasonably possible.

    • Fall classes begin Aug. 23. UAA will offer the campus community a full and vibrant lineup of campus activities and sporting events, in addition to academic classes and student support services.

Building Access

Summer 2021

  • Restricted access — no facilities will be open to the general public. Keys and WolfCards are required to access campus buildings.

Fall 2021

  • On Aug. 2, the Anchorage campus will open to all faculty, staff and students.

  • Employees and students who do not currently have a WolfCard should obtain one from the University Cashiering Office in Eugene Short Hall or the UAA/APU Consortium Library. WolfCards will be required to access campus facilities since our buildings are not yet broadly open to the public. You can obtain a WolfCard at the Consortium Library and at the Cashiering Office in Eugene Short Hall. New students must be within 10 days of the semester’s start before they can get a card.

  • Fall classes begin Aug. 23. UAA will offer the campus community a full and vibrant lineup of campus activities and sporting events, in addition to academic classes and student support services.

  • CDC-recommended social distancing will be maintained as much as is reasonably possible.

Student Health and Counseling Center

The UAA Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) is is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. SHCC is keeping abreast of both state and federal guidance on public health issues related to COVID-19. Call 786-4050 for more information or to make an appointment. The center:

  • Recommends everyone get their COVID-19 vaccine before the start of fall semester! Both Pfizer and Janssen vaccine are available at the health center by appointment for anyone affiliated with the University of Alaska.

  • Provides COVID-19 testing for students and specified essential personnel.

  • Provides in-person health care services to students for physical exams and visits for illnesses or injuries. Some types of physical health appointments can be provided via telehealth if the student prefers.

  • Provides mental health care in-person or via telehealth. Medication management visits are primarily done in person. Telehealth sessions are conducted through HIPAA-compliant video conferencing.

  • Supports Residence Life/Housing with guidance for safe living arrangements and to assist any residential student who tests positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to a person with COVID-19.

Please note: Masks are required for all SHCC patients and for employees when interacting with patients, regardless of vaccination status. The rationale behind this is based on the CDC guidance that employees and patients in health centers should continue to be masked to prevent the inadvertent spread of COVID-19.

questions?

Submit questions to the Environmental Health & Safety Department.

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