Academic Calendar

The academic calendar gives an overview of important dates for students, staff and faculty related to registration deadlines, holidays, and University closings.  For a complete listing of dates for the academic terms refer to http://registrar.ua.edu/academiccalendar/.

Action Card

The Action Card is your student’s official University identification card. It is an essential key to campus life and a handy tool for managing money.
Students will use their Action Card for access to:

  • NCAA athletic events (for football they will also need a ticket)
  • University Libraries (in order to check out books)
  • Action Card Accounts (Bama Cash, Dining Dollars, and Meal Plans)
  • University Recreation facilities
  • Computer labs
  • Student Health Center
  • Residence Hall lobby areas
  • Campus entertainment events
  • Parking decks
  • MyTickets

Action Card accounts are similar to a checking account. With a prepaid deposit of funds, students can use their card to make purchases at participating locations. Bama Cash accounts are optional. Money deposited in a Bama Cash account can be used at locations both on and off campus. Deposits can be made by mail, phone, online at actcard.ua.edu, or UA’s mobile app. For more Bama Cash information and location information, call 800-474-2288 or visit actcard.ua.edu.

Alabama Alumni Association

The National Alumni Association of The University of Alabama is an organization of current students, alumni, former students, and friends of the University whose purpose is to stimulate interest in and mobilize support for the betterment of The University of Alabama. While the Alumni Association has several support programs, the most significant is the Alumni Scholarship Program. Through both competitive and membership-based scholarships the purpose of the Alumni Scholarship Program is to recruit prospective students to the University, recognize full-time undergraduate students for their academic excellence, and attract children and grandchildren of UA graduates who are also members of the Association. Through earnings generated from investment of endowments combined with its operating budget and other available funds, the National Alumni Association is responsible for awarding approximately $4.5 million in scholarship assistance annually to more than 2,400 students. For more information regarding the Alumni Scholarship Program, contact the Alabama Alumni Association at 205-348-5963, visit alumni.ua.edu/scholarships or email alumnischolarships@alumni.ua.edu.

AlcoholEdu

Because Alabama cares about your health and safety, the University is one of hundreds of institutions nationwide taking a new approach to alcohol prevention. The university requires all incoming students to complete AlcoholEdu for College – a science-based course taken by tens of thousands of students each year. The course aims to educate students about alcohol and its effects on the mind and body. Whether or not they drink, AlcoholEdu for College empowers students to make well-informed decisions and better cope with the drinking behavior of peers. For more information please visit alcoholedu.ua.edu.

Application to Graduate

Each candidate for graduation is expected to submit an online degree application through myBama by the set deadline. A student who fails to meet the deadline will be required to apply online for the following graduation. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor to ensure they stay on track in completing degree requirements. A graduation fee is charged each time a student applies to graduate. If a student does not graduate in the term they applied, they will be refunded a portion of the fee. The graduation fee is payable to the Office of Student Receivables during the term for which the application for degree is submitted. For more information visit the University Registrar website at registrar.ua.edu.

Arts

The University of Alabama offers a multitude of exciting cultural events throughout the semester, which include theatrical and dance performances, art lectures and exhibitions, as well as musical performances. The Theatre District (including the Marian Gallaway Theatre and the Allen Bales Theatre in Rowand-Johnson Hall and Morgan Auditorium across the street) is located on Stadium Drive near the intersection of Marr’s Spring Road on the west end of The University of Alabama campus. The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is located in Garland Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with Thursday evening hours of 5 to 8 p.m. Additionally, the School of Music, located in the Frank Moody Music Building, offers student performances as well as guest artists, which frequently features the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.  For more information, visit art.ua.edu.

Athletics

From football, gymnastics, basketball, rowing, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming/diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, The University of Alabama can boast 23 team NCAA championships and countless more conference championships and individual achievements. Intramural sports, sport clubs, sports for students with disabilities, and a student recreation center ranked among the best in the nation gives every student an opportunity to participate in the pride and tradition that define Alabama athletics and recreation. For more information, visit the Athletics website at rolltide.com and the University Recreation website at urec.ua.edu.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend classes as scheduled. Attendance policies will be provided to each student at the beginning of the semester in each class. Methods for making up missed assignments may vary from course to course; however, these methods will be stated in the course syllabus provided to each student at the start of each semester.

Bama Bikes

The BamaBikes Program is a Student Life initiative designed to provide a low-cost bicycle rental system for UA. The program was developed to help students move around campus in a quick, safe and sustainable fashion. Bama Bikes may be rented out by members of the UA community per month from the Outdoor Recreation office, located on the second floor of the Student Recreation Center. Learn more at https://urec.sa.ua.edu/outdoor-recreation-news/bamabikes/.

Bama Dining

The UA community enjoys 25 convenient on-campus dining locations throughout campus that feature 30 options, making it easy for students, faculty, and staff to enjoy great-tasting meals while at the Capstone. There are a total of six on-campus dining locations that currently accept meal plans: Lakeside Dining Hall, Burke Dining, Fresh Food Company, Bryant Dining, Julia’s Market, and Presidential Terrace. The Dining Dollars program is designed to supplement a student’s campus dining needs. All undergraduate students with nine or more (on-campus) credit hours are required to purchase $325 in Dining Dollars each semester. Dining Dollars can be used at all Bama Dining locations and most on-campus vending machines. For more information, please call 888-BAMA-FOOD (2262-3663) or visit bamadining.ua.edu.

Big Al

The story of how the elephant became the mascot for The University of Alabama dates back to 1930. On October 8 of that year, a sportswriter wrote, “At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. An excited fan in the stands bellowed, ‘Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,’ and out stamped this Alabama varsity.” Big Al’s debut as UA’s mascot came at the 1979 Sugar Bowl, where the Crimson Tide turned back Penn State at the goal line to earn a 14-7 victory and a national championship. Today, the elephant is synonymous with the Crimson Tide, and Big Al is one of the nation’s most popular collegiate mascots.

Black Warrior Review

The Black Warrior Review is a nationally-recognized literary magazine published by graduate students in the creative writing program. Published biannually in the fall and spring, it features fiction and poetry as well as essays and book reviews. Writing, editing, design, and business experience is available for students. For more information, visit bwr.ua.edu.

Blackburn Institute

Named in honor of Dr. John L. Blackburn who served as UA’s dean of men and was instrumental in the peaceful integration of campus, the Blackburn Institute develops a network of leaders, the Blackburn Fellows, who have a clear understanding of the challenges that face the state of Alabama. The Institute’s leadership development curriculum prepares students and fellows to improve the quality of life in our state and nation. For more information, visit blackburninstitute.ua.edu.

Blount Undergraduate Initiative

The Blount Undergraduate Initiative is a four-year program that affirms the value of a liberal arts education based on classical traditions. The objective is to instill in students the habits of mind that characterize self-reliant thinkers. The Blount Program is based on the assumption that all students, no matter their backgrounds, can read and discuss excellent literature. The program also invites students to join faculty in the liberal arts tradition of exploring the intellectual and cultural heritage of western civilization and to come to a critical perspective for understanding the world in all its diversity. For more information, visit blount.as.ua.edu.

Bryant-Denny Stadium

Bryant-Denny Stadium is the home of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team, winners of 16 national championships. The stadium is named for legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and former UA president George H. Denny.  The most recent expansion, in 2010, increased stadium capacity to 101,000.

Campus Mail

The Student Mail and Package Distribution Center will handle all student mail and packages, departmental mail, and all other mailing options that are available with USPS. Students will be able to rent a mailbox and receive USPS, UPS and FedEx items at this location, which will be on the first level of the Ferguson Center. In addition, computers will be available for students, faculty and staff to go online to ship items by UPS or FedEx. These packages will be accepted at the Campus Mail counter.  The Campus Mail center will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays (closed the day of home football games), providing efficient and convenient service for the University community. For more information, visit www.campusmail.ua.edu.

Campus Ministries

Many religious denominations, faiths, and organizations offer on-campus ministry opportunities for University of Alabama students. For more information on these religious opportunities, visit dos.ua.edu/campusMinistries.cfm.

Capstone Creed

This statement of values, written by the Student Leadership Council, is the pledge made at convocation by each incoming freshman class at the start of the academic year: “As a member of The University of Alabama community, I will pursue knowledge, act with fairness, integrity, and respect; promote equity and inclusion; foster individual and civic responsibility; and strive for excellence in all I do.”

Capstone International

The mission of the Capstone International Center is to initiate, promote, and support The University of Alabama’s international efforts on campus as well as throughout the state and the world. The Center, comprised of International Academic Programs, International Services, and the English Language Institute (ELI), coordinates the University’s international endeavors, facilitates the development of a global perspective campus-wide, and supports students, faculty, and staff in global outreach, teaching, and research. For more information, visit international.ua.edu.

Care Packages

Send your student a fun surprise with their favorite things through a care package. A percentage of the sales also benefit Parent Programs for providing resources and programming to UA families. Visit parents.sa.ua.edu/resources/care-packages to order one today!

Center for Academic Success

An on-campus resource for students offering regularly scheduled study skills and reading proficiency workshops, supplemental instruction sessions for many quantitative UA courses, and an appointment-based individual and group tutorial service, the CAS fosters collaborative relationships among faculty, academic departments and other service units on campus. The CAS also provides on-campus access to the services of Kaplan which are designed to help UA students prepare for professional and graduate school entrance examinations. For more information, visit cas.ua.edu or call 205-348-5175.

Class Standing

Class standing is the term used to describe your student’s year classification at The University of Alabama. Students with 0-29 hours of completed college credit are classified as freshmen, 30-59 as sophomores, 60-89 as juniors, and 90 or greater as seniors.

Coleman Coliseum

Coleman Coliseum is home to the Crimson Tide men’s basketball and gymnastics teams. The Coliseum seats more than 15,000 and frequently hosts UA events such as commencement exercises.

Convocation

Convocation is a way for new UA students to officially embark upon their college career at the Capstone. This events serves as the welcome to new students by the University community just before classes begin the for the Fall semester and is designed to inspire new students and give them a sense of what is possible as they begin their endeavors at the Capstone. During this occasion, students are reminded of their commitment to the UA community through the words of the Capstone Creed. The Capstone Creed was developed by the Student Leaders Council as a reflection of the core values that sustain members of the UA community.

Computer Labs

The University provides computer labs for use by its faculty, staff, and students. These are maintained by the individual colleges and departments. All computer labs have a standard printing policy and pricing. All use the Uniprint system and charge five cents per page for black and white printing and 15 cents per page for color printing. The Uniprint system requires students to have Bama Cash on their Action Card. For more information on the locations of The University of Alabama’s computer labs, visit oit.ua.edu.

Creative Campus

The Creative Campus Initiative is dedicated to building a collaborative environment where students can connect with each other, faculty, and their community in turning innovative ideas into action. In support of the University and its dedication to excellence in teaching, research, and service, the Creative Campus Initiative is structured on visions that include providing a student internship experience that enhances curriculum, leadership, and creative thinking, allowing students to become the best possible individuals, fostering creative student-led activities, programs, and events that better UA and the Tuscaloosa Community. For more information, visit creativecampus.ua.edu.

Crimson Copies

Crimson Copies is conveniently located on the ground level of the Ferguson Center and offers low cost copy center services for students. Offered are color copies, posters, photo print kiosk, laminating, binding, and much more. For more information, visit printing.ua.edu or call Crimson Copies at 205-348-6544.

Crimson Ride

The Crimson Ride is The University of Alabama’s transportation system and operates weekdays during the spring and fall from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Summer hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend and after hours transportation is also available by calling 205-348-RIDE (7443). For more information, visit the Crimson Ride’s website at crimsonride.ua.edu.

Crimson Tide Sports Network

The Network, which includes more than 60 radio stations, is a service of Crimson Tide Sports Marketing (CTSM). CTSM is a joint venture of Learfield Communications of Jefferson City, Missouri, and International Sports Properties, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Alabama football is just the beginning of the Network’s coverage of Alabama athletics. Fans will also be able to hear play-by-play of men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, the weekly coaches’ call-in show, daily updates on all sports, as well as weekly television shows highlighting Crimson Tide athletics. The Citadel family of stations in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa will serve as the network’s flagship stations. In Birmingham, the Citadel stations include WZRR-FM 99.5 and WAPI-AM 1070. The new Tuscaloosa affiliate is WFFN-FM 95.3 with backup coverage from WTSK-AM 790.

The Crimson White

The Crimson White is the student newspaper of the University. It is published four times per week throughout the academic school year and once per week during the summer. Students of all majors work for the paper. Parents can read the paper online at cw.ua.edu.

DegreeWorks

DegreeWorks allows students to access their personalized degree audit from anywhere at any time. This system allows students to track their degree progress, explore other majors and minors, and develop semester by semester plans to guide them through their time at UA.  DegreeWorks also contains eight semester plans for every undergraduate major which are accessible through the Student Educational Planner. A student may access DegreeWorks through myBama. More details about the program can be found at registrar.ua.edu/student-services/degree-works/. The University of Alabama’s Finish in Four campaign, in conjunction with the DegreeWorks academic planning tool and guidance from your student’s academic advisor, can help students stay on track to graduate in eight semesters. Find out more about the Finish in Four campaign at finishinfour.ua.edu.  Here are some of the benefits of your student planning to Finish in Four:

  • Saving money. Extra semesters add up. You can plan your college budget more accurately.
  • More choices sooner. They can enter the job market or enroll in graduate study. It all starts with their UA degree.
  • Participate in summer or semester-long study abroad, internship, and service-learning experiences.

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) serves as the central contact point for students with disabilities. The goal of ODS is to provide a physically and educationally accessible University environment that ensures an individual is viewed on the basis of ability, not disability. ODS works individually with students to determine appropriate and reasonable academic accommodations and to ensure that students’ academic performance is evaluated apart from the limiting effects of disability. For more information, visit ods.ua.edu or contact the Office of Disability Services at 205-348-4285 (voice) or 205-348-3081 (TTY).

Dropping Classes

A student may withdraw from, or drop, an individual course until the end of the tenth week of a fall or spring semester, the second week of Interim session, the third week of a five-week summer session, or the fourth week of a 10-week session. After this period, students are expected to maintain their course loads. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information on the policies involved in dropping classes. For more information related to specific dates to drop classes, review the academic calendar at registrar.ua.edu.

English Language Institute

The University of Alabama’s English Language Institute (ELI) provides instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) and orientation in U.S. culture to international students who are non-native speakers of English. The ELI’s goals include: providing international students with the cultural knowledge and awareness which they will need to function satisfactorily, both academically and socially, in the U.S.; preparing students who are studying ESL for academic purposes with academic skills and strategies that will help them to be successful in their undergraduate or graduate studies; serving as a resource for international education to the faculty, staff, and students of The University of Alabama; and, encouraging all students, as citizens of the world, to learn to respect and appreciate countries and cultures different from their own. For more information, visit eli.ua.edu.

Family Weekend

All family members are invited to attend Family Weekend each fall on a football game weekend. During the weekend, parent and family members have an opportunity to experience student life, attend the football game, and enjoy other events provided by the Office of Parent Programs. These functions are designed to allow parents to meet one another, become more familiar with University staff and administrators, and spend time with their student(s). Learn more about Family Weekend at parents.sa.ua.edu.

Ferguson Center

The Ferguson Center Student Union is the epicenter of student life at The University of Alabama, offering students an engaging schedule of collaborative programming and a variety of important services for more than 340 days per year, seven days per week, and at least 15 hours per day. The facility features multiple dining options, a wide variety of meeting and event spaces, and houses a number of staff and student organization offices. For more information, visit ferguson.ua.edu or call the Ferguson Information Desk at 205-348-6063.

Financial Aid

The Student Financial Aid Office provides comprehensive information and services regarding federal aid opportunities to finance the cost of education.  Federal assistance available through our office includes grants, loans, work study, and information about student employment.  A representative may be reached at 205-348-6756 or 855-4MYBAMA, by email at financialaid@ua.edu, or stop by visiting the office located in 106 Student Services Center between 8 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, is a federal law that protects the privacy and confidentiality of personally identifiable information contained within student education records. The University of Alabama complies with FERPA’s confidentiality protections and adheres to procedures dealing with student education records and directory information recommended by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. For more information, visit the University Registrar website at registrar.ua.edu.

Freshman Learning Communities

Freshman Learning Communities (FLCs) give students the opportunity to develop a small group of friends and mentors who share a desire to learn in a special, interesting, and challenging way during the important freshman year by developing a pre-planned schedule of courses that pairs the student with other students with similar interests and sets their education on the right track. FLCs enable your student to take responsibility for academic and personal development early in their college career making college life easier to manage. FLCs also allow your student to connect with faculty and other students in mentoring and friendship relationships that may extend a lifetime. For more information, visit housing.ua.edu.

Freshman Seminars

Freshman Seminars seek to engage first-year students in meaningful relationships with their peers, faculty, and/or the campus community. Freshman Seminars feature special topics that often take an interdisciplinary approach to subject material. The purpose of the Freshman Seminar is to emphasize the development of intellectual abilities in a small classroom setting. The seminars provide a mechanism for new students to get to know faculty and for faculty to share their excitement and enthusiasm in studying a favorite topic. Seminars are designed to fulfill a core curriculum requirement. Visit provost.ua.edu/freshman-seminars to learn more.

Gorgas House

Built in 1829, the Gorgas House was the first structure to be built on The University of Alabama campus and stands as an excellent example of Low Country architecture. The Gorgas House is one of only four buildings on campus to survive the Civil War and the only one designed by renowned architect William Nichols. Originally built as a “hotel” or “steward’s hall,” the house served as a dining hall for the University students until the mid-19th century when it became a faculty residence. The Gorgas family lived there from 1879 to 1953. The residence is now a house museum with collections of antiques and Gorgas family memorabilia. For more information, visit gorgashouse.ua.edu.

Grading System

In undergraduate courses at The University of Alabama, passing grades are A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, and D-. The F and I (Incomplete) grades cannot be modified with a + or -. Four grade points are given for each hour of A; three for each hour of B; two for each hour of C; and one for each hour of D. The plus sign added to a grade raises the points awarded by one-third point per hour. A minus sign lowers the points awarded by one-third point. For more information, view the undergraduate catalog at catalogs.ua.edu.

GUARDIAN Program

The GUARDIAN program allows students to use their cell phones to notify UAPD at the touch of a single button if they need emergency assistance or to set a passive timer based on their expected arrival time at a destination on campus or in the Tuscaloosa area. If a student initiates an emergency call or if the notification timer is not deactivated, GUARDIAN software provides UAPD with critical profile information and, in most cases, GPS information to help contact and locate the student if necessary. If the student deactivated the notification time when he/she reached the destination, no information is forwarded to UAPD. To sign-up for the GUARDIAN programs, students should go to their myBama and select the GUARDIAN link. There is no charge to sign up for or use the program.

Housing Work Orders

Residents who encounter a problem with their room, such as heat, air conditioning, locks, etc., should enter a work order through the Housing and Residential Communities website at housing.ua.edu. For emergencies that occur after 3:30 p.m. or on weekends, students should contact their area desk.

IT Service Desk

The University of Alabama’s IT Service Desk is available 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for any technological questions students may have about email, Internet access, computer labs, computer security, and much more. For more information, visit oit.ua.edu or call the IT Service Desk at 205-348-HELP (4357).

Laundry Facilities

Coin or Bama Cash operated laundry rooms are located in all of the residence halls. LaundryView is an Internet application that allows you to monitor the status of washers and dryers in connected laundry rooms through a Web browser. LaundryView was developed in response to requests for greater control over laundry activities. Since many people tend to do their laundry during similar time periods, it results in busy laundry rooms. LaundryView’s mission is to help students save time by providing information about the current state of laundry room equipment wherever students have access to a browser or email messages. For more information, visit laundryview.com.

Libraries

University Libraries at The University of Alabama includes five libraries: Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library (located on the Quad), Angelo Bruno Business Library (Stadium Drive), McLure Education Library (University Boulevard), Eric and Sarah Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering (Hackberry Lane), and the W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library (on the second floor of Mary Harmon Bryant Hall on Hackberry Lane). The Sanford Media Center, located on the second floor of Gorgas Library, is a multimedia production facility for students. The University Libraries offer services such as interlibrary loan, library instruction, circulation, course reserves, and reference and information services, plus the library electronically links researchers 24/7 to a wide array of databases, electronic journals, and course guides. Quick answers to frequently asked questions, plus research and reference help, are available virtually through the “Ask a Librarian” service. For more information, visit lib.ua.edu or call the University Libraries Information Desk at 205-348-6047.

Living-Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) connect students’ academic interests with their residence hall and allow them to live in UA’s residence halls for the same cost, while accessing educational opportunities exclusive to each LLC. Each community is unique, with specific requirements and living arrangements. Some LLCs require a separate application from the housing application, while others can be selected during the online room selection process. The Honors College and the Blount Undergraduate Initiative, in particular, require a separate program application. For more information, contact Housing and Residential Communities at 888-498-2262 or visit housing.ua.edu.

Marr’s Field Journal

Marr’s Field Journal is an undergraduate literary/art journal produced by students showcasing student creative compositions. Marr’s Field Journal recently received a National Pacemaker, and award honoring general excellence in collegiate magazines, marking it as one of the three best publications of its type in the country as determined by the National Collegiate Press Association.

Million Dollar Band

The University of Alabama’s “Million Dollar Band” is an exciting and important part of the spirit and tradition of the University community and Crimson Tide athletics. Comprised of more than 380 students with various majors and interests, the band is the largest single organization on campus. Participation in the marching band enables members to continue their involvement in a quality band program while interacting and traveling with a large cross-section of students. The nationally recognized “Million Dollar Band” was honored with the Sudler Trophy in 2003, an award that recognizes collegiate marching band programs with long-term excellence in the marching band activity. The band’s percussion section has been featured in advertisements internationally and has partnered with Evans Drumheads, Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, and Zildjian Cymbals. Alta Marea, the band’s winterguard, has competed in World Guard International, making the championships in its first three years of existence. Membership in Alta Marea is open only to members of the marching band.

Motorist Assistance Program (MAP)

The University of Alabama Transportation Services Department offers the Motorist Assistance Program (MAP) to faculty, staff, students, and visitors. If students happen to accidentally run out of gas, need a battery jump, or even need air in their tires, M.A.P. is there for students, free of charge. If assistance is needed, call 205-348-0121 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

myBama

myBama is an interactive website for University of Alabama students, faculty, and staff. myBama provides access to email, personal calendars, course information, campus news, and more, all the time, from anywhere in the world. A student may allow a parent or other individual to view his or her financial student account and to conduct business (i.e., make a payment, elect deferment plan option, confirm class schedules) on the student’s behalf. The student will assign a user ID and password, through his/her myBama account, to allow this access and will need to give this information to the individual(s) authorized by the student. Your student will need to go to myBama, click on the Student tab, and under Banner Self-Services, Student Services, click on the Student Receivables channel. Choose Create/Change a Parent Guest Account and complete the information. If you provide email address(es) in conjunction with the Parent/Guest Account, these email addresses will also receive notices and reminders of billing dates and deadlines. For more information, visit helpdesk.ua.edu and mybama.ua.edu.

National Student Exchange

The National Student Exchange (NSE) is an undergraduate study away program much like study abroad. Rather than crossing oceans, NSE students cross state, regional, provincial, and culture boarders. Through this program students take a semester or academic year to attend another fully accredited participating institution while making progress toward University of Alabama degree. By participating in the program, students can broaden their personal and educational experiences, explore and appreciate new cultures, take courses not offered at The University of Alabama, learn from different professors, explore new areas of study, break out of their comfort zones, expand academic program options, experience personal growth, and investigate graduate schools or employment opportunities. For information visit www.nse.ua.edu or call 205-348-2461.

Off-Campus Housing

Student housing options abound in the Tuscaloosa and surrounding community. Students’ transitions to off-campus living are encouraged and supported through Housing and Residential Communities’ off-campus resources, which include an off-campus housing web site, housing fairs, and programming in the residence halls about leases, landlords, and successful community living. Visit offcampushousing.ua.edu to learn more about the options, questions to ask and to compare properties in the area.

Office of Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct seeks to develop students in a manner that provides a foundation for success, a commitment to responsible citizenship, and a desire to make positive lifestyle choices based on the Capstone Creed values of fairness, honesty, accountability, integrity, and respect. If a student is charged with violating the Code of Student Conduct, parents will typically be notified if the charges are associated with the University’s alcohol or drug policy. You can help guide your student through the process and be supportive while holding your student accountable to your expectations and the University’s. You can also help identify and provide necessary interventions, such as alcohol or drug evaluations, anger management, and others, so that your student can be successful at Alabama. Visit http://www.sc.ua.edu/index.cfm for more information.

Official Ring

The University of Alabama Official Ring is available to all alumni and undergraduate students having earned a minimum of 60 hours while pursuing an undergraduate degree and to degree candidates for the graduate programs. For more information on the Official Ring Program, please contact the University Supply Store at 205-348-6124 or visit universitysupplystore.com/graduation_ring.asp.

Parking

Student online registration for a parking permit begins at the end of June and coincides with the registration window for classes. Emails are sent to the student’s crimson email prior to registration letting them know when they are to register. Freshmen can register for a parking permit the day after registering for classes as long as the parking permit registration is opened. Priority is given to upperclassmen for the commuter zones. Residential students are guaranteed a parking permit for their residential zone whenever they register. For more information visit bamaparking.ua.edu or call the Parking Services Office at 205-348-5471.

Recontracting (On Campus)

Students who wish to return to campus housing the following year must take part in the recontracting process. Information will be available to students beginning in the fall, with deadlines in the spring. Find more information at housing.ua.edu.

Resident Advisor (RA)

The RA is a well-trained student staff member who is prepared to assist students’ transition to campus life and help them connect to the larger University. Students who encounter issues with their rooms or roommates, or who want to learn more about campus life, should first go to their RA.

Residency

The term “Alabama resident” for tuition purposes may differ from other definitions of Alabama residency. To be classified as a resident for tuition purposes, a student must meet the guidelines for residency as defined by the Alabama Code and University of Alabama Board of Trustees rule. For more information, please review the UA residency policy at registrar.ua.edu/policies/residency.

Safe Zone

The UA Safe Zone program provides a visible network of Allies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer and ally (LGBTQA) individuals. Safe Zone Allies distribute information regarding sexuality, gender identity, campus and community resources, and methods for reporting harassment and/or discrimination. The purpose of the Safe Zone program is to produce an environment based on dignity and respect in which every student and employee is free to thrive academically, professionally, and personally. Learn more at safezone.ua.edu.

Schedule Builder

This tool allows students to build the optimal class schedule based on course preferences and breaks that the students create. These breaks can consist of work, practice and other activities during which students are unable to take classes. Schedule Builder is used to generate the class schedule that fits your student’s schedule.

Scholastic Progress Standard

Students are expected to maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher on all work at The University of Alabama. When a student’s grade point average falls below 2.0, the student may be placed on academic warning or suspension. In order to monitor students’ progress toward the baccalaureate degree, The University of Alabama employs the Scholastic Progress Standard (SPS). The SPS sets the minimum required grade point average (for all hours completed at The University of Alabama) for freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior students. Students are advised that these are minimum GPA requirements for continuing at the University; to meet divisional graduation requirements, higher grade point averages may be needed.  For more information, view the undergraduate catalog at catalogs.ua.edu.

The SOURCE

The SOURCE provides support to the hundreds of student organizations on campus. The SOURCE can aid student organizations in their efforts to recruit members by providing consulting and publicity opportunities. The SOURCE also recognizes the accomplishments of organizations throughout the year. Additionally, The SOURCE sponsors “Get On Board Day” each fall and spring, an event designed to encourage student co-curricular involvement by showcasing all student organizations on campus. For more information regarding student organizations, visit thesource.ua.edu.

Southern Historian

The Southern Historian is a journal dedicated to publishing research by graduate students concerning the history of the southern region of the U.S. Published annually in the spring, it features research articles, book reviews, and an interview with a prominent historian. Writing, editing, design, and business experience is available. For more information, visit to southernhistorian.ua.edu or call 205-348-1868.

Student Account Services

The Student Account Services office is responsible for maintaining the student financial accounts, and the Web billing and collection of these accounts. Web payment on myBama at mybama.ua.edu may be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, DiscoverNetwork, or American Express) or by Web check. If you or your student do not want to make a payment or confirm a class schedule on the Web, the student may mail the required payment to The University of Alabama, Student Account Services, Box 870120, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0120; make in-person payments at Student Account Services, 105 Student Services Center; or pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, DiscoverNetwork, or American Express) via phone by calling 205-348-4470 or 205-348-5350. If your student does not arrange payment and complete confirmation, his/her schedule will be dropped. Visit studentaccounts.ua.edu for more information.

Student Alumni Association

The primary objectives of the Student Alumni Association (SAA) are to serve as a support group for the National Alumni Association and to provide students, faculty, administrators, and alumni with programs and projects that are beneficial to the University and community. SAA seeks to increase student awareness of the National Alumni Association and to foster interaction between students and alumni. The people who comprise the SAA have been chosen for their academic and leadership qualities. This organization is responsible for numerous fundraisers and projects that have been beneficial to both The University of Alabama and the surrounding community. For more information, visit saa.ua.edu.

Student Athletic Tickets

Admission to baseball and softball, men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, and volleyball sporting events is free for students with their Action Card. In order to purchase football tickets/attend games, your student must be currently enrolled in classes at UA. If your student is currently enrolled with four or less hours, he or she must purchase an activity/recreation/athletic privilege to be able to buy football tickets. To purchase student football tickets, students can create a student account online at rolltide.com or call the Ticket Office at 205-348-BAMA or 877-TIDE-TIX (8433-849).

Student Care & Well-Being Office

The Student Care & Well-Being Office is designed to assist students experiencing a crisis situation. Sometimes a student enters college with a serious illness, such as cancer, and will miss class due to the treatment requirements. This office will inform his/her instructors of these absences. If a student is transported to the hospital by emergency medical professionals, the Student Care & Well-Being Office can assist these students with instructor notifications and connect them with various on and off campus resources. These notifications are not to be considered an official excuse. This office can provide assistance with the following: serious injuries or illnesses needing medical attention, alcohol and drug abuse and suicidal or alarming behaviors. You may contact the office at 205-348-2461.

Student Employment

Opportunities for on-campus employment are available for all students. Jobs are posted at jobs.ua.edu throughout the year and students can apply for positions that are posted by various departments. For assistance with the job site, please call 205-348-4354 or email UARecruitment@fa.ua.edu.

Student Health Insurance

Many students over the age of 18 may not be covered by their parents’ policy away from home. Also, those covered by HMOs or PPOs may not have coverage for non-emergency related services when at school and outside the plan’s coverage area. Undergraduate students registered for six or more credit hours and all graduate students registered for at least three credit hours are eligible to enroll in The University of Alabama’s Student Health Plan, administered by UnitedHealthcare StudentResources. Students must actively attend regularly scheduled classes for at least the first 31 days after the date the coverage is purchased. For more information on eligibility and costs, visit shc.ua.edu/insurance/.

The SUPe Store

The University of Alabama’s Supply Store (The SUPe Store) is the place for official University of Alabama textbooks, apparel, and gifts. The SUPe Store is owned and operated by The University of Alabama and helps support UA students through book and supplies scholarships, book loans, and academic scholarships. Visit one of their four convenient on-campus locations (ground floor of the Ferguson Center, Tutwiler Hall, Bryant Museum, and UA’s School of Law) or you can shop with them online at supestore.ua.edu.

Transcripts

A University of Alabama transcript is a complete record of a student’s enrollment at UA, including all undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses. Students can request transcripts through myBama, in person, by mail, or by phone at 800-646-1858. For more information, visit registrar.ua.edu.

Veteran and Military Affairs

The Office of Veterans and Military Affairs provides programs and services to meet the needs of veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors in order to ease their transition to college life and fulfill their educational goals. The center supports all UA veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors. Programs and services include but are not limited to VA certification, benefits counseling, transition counseling, outreach, family assistance, liaison services (between students and VA), admission assistance, military records assistance, scholarship and financial aid information, tutoring services, counseling services, and the Campus Veterans Association. Learn more about Veteran and Military Affairs at vets.ua.edu.

Withdrawal

A student may withdraw from a semester through the last day of classes (excluding final exam periods) in the fall, spring and summer semesters following clearance by the Office of the University Registrar. A withdrawal from the semester occurs during summer term only of the student withdraws from all part of the term. A semester withdrawal will not be processed if the student is enrolled in a part of term that has concluded. No notation of courses attempted is made on the permanent record of a student who withdrawals from the semester during the change of schedule period (when a course can still be added). After the change of schedule period, a grade of “W” (“withdrawn”) is assigned for all courses in which the student was enrolled. The withdrawal process is initiated online through the student’s myBama account.

Women and Gender Resource Center

The Women and Gender Resource Center mission is based upon the core values of: social Justice, community, safety, leadership, mentoring, education, diversity and research. The center provides services to victims of interpersonal violence and hosts leadership, awareness, and activism projects which foster a positive learning environment inclusive of women and all members of the campus community. To learn more, visit wrc.ua.edu or call 205-348-5040.

Writing Center

The University of Alabama’s Writing Center seeks to provide professional writing tutoring to all UA students, graduate and undergraduate. Assistance can be offered in both general writing skills and more discipline-specific forms of writing at any stage of the writing process. The Writing Center also maintains a collection of writing sources in print and electronic form for student use and can help review the requirements of writing assignments, focus ideas and develop strong arguments, write with sources and format work, write in subject areas outside of English and the humanities, and address problems with punctuation, grammar, and spelling. For more information, visit writingcenter.ua.edu.

WVUA 90.7 FM

WVUA is the UA student radio station. Operated by a student staff, it plays a regular offering of alternative rock in addition to metal, rap, and other musical styles. It also offers news, weather, talk, and a full schedule of award-winning sports broadcasts, which provide on-air experience in addition to marketing, management, sales, and programming experience for students. For more information, visit wvuafm.ua.edu or call 205-348-9070.

Zipcar

Zipcar is the world’s largest car sharing and car club service – an alternative to traditional car rental and car ownership. UA students can reserve cards by the hour or by the day with low rates which include gas and insurance. Zipcar reduces demand for on-campus parking and helps alleviate campus congestion. It is a sustainable alternative transportation solution that reduces your carbon footprint. Visit zipcar.com/ualabama for more information.