UAF COVID-19 FAQs
Everyone at UAF
Will I need to wear a face covering?
Mask requirements vary depending on COVID-19 community conditions at each of the universities. UAF masking recommendations, based on CDC community levels, can be found on the UAF COVID-19 dashboard. Visit the UAA and UAS COVID-19 pages for additional information about requirements at those locations.
Are face masks available on campus?
Prospective UAF Students
Current UAF Students
What are my options if I don’t feel my professors are offering appropriate accommodations and flexibility when I need to quarantine or isolate?
Share your concern with your department chair or dean so they can help informally resolve the issue. For issues that are not resolved at that level, students can file an academic (non-grade) appeal with the provost's office. The process to do that is defined in the Provost's Office student resources page.
How will credit-no credit classes appear on my transcript?
If credit is granted, a “CR” notation will be on transcripts after final grades have been submitted. If credit is not granted, the course will not appear on their academic record. In either case, the course is not included in GPA calculations.
Are students living on campus required to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
The university is not planning to require vaccination for residential students for the fall 2022 semester.
How will students who live on campus in Fairbanks isolate if they become sick?
In Fairbanks, students will isolate in their rooms. Meals will be delivered to students in isolation and virtual resources will be offered to help them stay connected. More up-to-date information will be posted on the UAF Residence Life COVID-19 information page.
More housing FAQs
Visit the UAF Residence Life COVID-19 information page for instructions, housing guidance and FAQs related to UAF housing.
Visit the UA FAQs for other general questions related to housing for all UA students.
Classes/guidance for fall 2022
Can I require masks in the classroom?
UAF’s current COVID-19 face-coverings policy is that faculty may not individually require students to mask in UAF classrooms. Please note that masking in classrooms is optional when COVID-19 community levels are green and yellow. Masking in classrooms is highly recommended when the COVID-19 community level is orange. Faculty who believe their classroom situation is unique and warrants an exception, can request for an exception to the face-coverings policy using this Google form. Individual health information should not be submitted as part of any request. As noted in the Chancellor’s July 28, COVID-19 update, these requests will be evaluated based on a risk assessment of the particular course, rather than on individual health issues.
Faculty and instructors who have personal health concerns with regard to COVID-19 in the execution of their work should seek assistance from UAHR at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Medical accommodations are specific to individuals and therefore will not result in a mask or vaccine mandate for others in a classroom.
Can I pick the modality of course delivery if I'm sick/concerned about COVID?
Because students signed up for classes with expectation that the course would be delivered as described on the schedule (and because changes could negatively impact some students such as International students or those using VA benefits), no, faculty may not make such changes to a course unilaterally. If faculty need to briefly make such changes due to personal illness, they should alert their chair, who should inform the dean's office. If faculty believe they need to change a course mode of delivery permanently, they should contact their Dean.
Can I ask a student who is coughing to leave the classroom? Or someone who is sick?
Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to or overlap with any number of other illnesses or medical conditions, so faculty should never assume that any student with such symptoms is COVID-19 positive. However, if someone appears to be severely ill, and/or their symptoms are disruptive to the learning environment, faculty may remind them of our general policy that we should not be on campus when ill. Faculty may ask students to step outside of the room if their symptoms are disruptive but should allow them to return when the disruptive symptoms resolve if they are temporary/due to factors not involving illness.
What happens if I (the faculty member) am sick with COVID? Do I cancel class?
If you get COVID, please plan your course delivery as you would have with illnesses and absences prior to COVID.
What do I do if a student is immunocompromised, or has an infant who is too young to be immunized?
A student who learned of this type of change in health status should work with Disability Services. If Disability Services requests an accommodation on behalf of a student, they will work with faculty to determine the most appropriate way to implement this.
What is the extent to which faculty are expected to accommodate makeup work, alternate testing, and so on related to absences from class?
If a student misses classes due to COVID, please continue to make reasonable accommodations and help the student make up for the work they miss, as you would do for other illnesses.
What should I do if a student in my class tells me they have tested positive for COVID-19 or are sick with COVID-19 symptoms?
Faculty members should be flexible with students so that their illness does not adversely affect their academic progress.
When faculty members have to stay home, what options are there for contacting students other than email. Is text messaging available?
Texting is available via Nanook Navigator. See Nanook Navigator texting instructions (PDF). Faculty members should make it clear to students that they must opt-in to receiving messages from Nanook Navigator.
My department already has an approved mitigation plan on file. Will that plan need to be rewritten now that there’s a general UAF-wide plan?
No. However, if policies and guidance changes, you may need to update your plan.
My department requires a mitigation plan that is much more detailed than the UAF-wide plan. What is the approval process for a plan that’s customized for a department’s needs?
Mitigation plans that are more detailed or restrictive than the standard plan should be reviewed and approved within your department and then submitted to your vice chancellor for approval.
Will the UAF-wide plan cover research operations such as field work, travel and specific projects?
No. You still need to develop research safety plans. You should continue to work with your dean, director or the vice chancellor for research on the development and approval of research safety plans.