Are masks required in the residence halls?

Masks are required in all common areas of the residence halls, including elevators, hallways, lobbies, and at community desks. Students do not need to wear masks when they are in their own rooms/suites/apartments.

Are residents allowed to have visitors in their rooms?

At this time, only residents of that hall and staff are permitted to be in a residence hall. Students may have up to one guest each in their room at a time, as long as that guest lives in the same residence hall. Visitation policies may be updated throughout the semester; please check the Community Living Standards for the most up-to-date information.

Are overnight guests permitted in the residence halls?

No. At this time, overnight guests are prohibited.

When do students have to move out of the residence halls for fall semester?

Although in-person instruction will end on Nov. 20, the residence halls will not close until 10 a.m. on Dec. 12. Students may remain in their rooms for any of the time between Nov. 20 and Dec. 12, including over Thanksgiving. Students who wish to be on campus during any or all of that time must complete a brief survey, which will be emailed out during October. Responding to the survey will ensure that residents retain access to their building. The deadline to complete the survey is Nov. 6.

Do students have to move all of their belongings out at the end of fall semester?

No. Students who are returning in the spring can leave their belongings in their room. Students moving out for good at the end of fall semester must remove all of their belongings.

Can I stay in my room during Winter Break?

Students living in Bryce Lawn, Highlands, Burke East, and Parham Hall can remain during the Winter Break, if they wish. Students who wish to be on during any or all of the break from Dec. 12 until Jan. 9 must complete a brief survey, which will be available later this fall.

When can students return to their residence hall in the spring?

With the start of classes on Wednesday, Jan. 13, the residence halls will open on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m.

What happens if a campus resident tests positive for COVID-19?

Isolation housing is available on campus for any resident who tests positive. While in isolation housing, students are supported by a member of the COVID Support Team and food is delivered daily from Bama Dining. Generally, a student may leave isolation housing 10 days after symptoms begin if they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved. A student who has testing positive may also return home for isolation, if they wish and can do so safely. More information about isolation and quarantine housing can be found at Any student who tests positive or believes they have been exposed to someone who has COVID should contact the COVID Hotline at 205-348-2819.

What happens if my roommate tests positive for COVID-19?

If you live in a suite or apartment, have your own bedroom and do not share a community bathroom, you should self-quarantine in your own room for 14 days. During this time, you should avoid contact with others, take your temperature twice a day, and watch for symptoms to develop. Even if you have tested negative or are not experiencing symptoms, you should continue to self-quarantine, as symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear. You may leave your room during this time to pick up food or other necessities, but you should wear a mask at all times and avoid any unnecessary contact with others.

If you live in a double occupancy room and use a community bath, you will be provided space in quarantine housing on campus for 14 days, so that you can self-quarantine without risking exposure to others. You may leave your space for food or other necessities, but should wear a mask at all times and avoid unnecessary contact with others. You may also quarantine off campus if you can do safely and without putting others at risk.

Any student who believes they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should contact the COVID Support Team at 205-348-2819 for more information. More information about isolation and quarantine housing can be found at