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Fall 2020 Expectations at UAS

UAS is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, and visitors as we start a new academic year during COVID-19. We will be implementing modifications to our regular operations. Check back regularly for updates.

Campus Access

Our campuses are only open to UAS students, faculty, and staff. Community members who would like to visit campus should call in advance to discuss remote service options, or arrange an in-person appointment if necessary. Physical access to campus spaces will fluctuate depending on State of Alaska and local city COVID risk levels. See our Student Services Dashboard for up-to-date information.

Student Services Dashboard: Contact UAS Staff

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required when on campus. To see the full policy, view University of Alaska COVID-19 Information.

COVID-19 Training

All students are encouraged to complete the UAS COVID training course available online in Blackboard. This course was developed in partnership with a professional epidemiologist and with the latest guidance from the CDC.

Begin Training Course

Spring Semester 2021 Schedule

Some classes have shifted from in-person to online, check the Class Schedule for more information.

Spring 2021 Class Schedule

Course Definitions

In-person or Face-to-Face

This course will be taught in a classroom setting. Seating will be spaced to maintain social distance and everyone in the classroom will be required to wear a face covering. Instructors may remove their face covering if they are teaching behind a classroom shield.

Online/Synchronous

Synchronous courses require attendance in scheduled class meetings (e.g., via audio conference, desktop video conference, or web conference). If your Face-to-Face course was changed to Online/Synchronous, you’ll know this because the course day(s) and time(s) will remain listed in your schedule and it will say "Distance Ed ELIVE".

Online/Asynchronous

In an asynchronous online course, students work on course material at a time of their choosing, within constraints provided by the instructor. For example, a threaded discussion might take place over the course of a week. These courses do not have a set meeting day(s) or time(s) listed in your schedule and it will say "Distance Ed Web".

General Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Please reach out to your faculty member(s) to inform them of your situation. UAS is closed for Winter Break from December 24, 2020-January 3, 2021 and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021.

If you miss a class session, contact your instructor to let them know so they can work with you to keep current or catch up. It is important to remember that if you miss too many class sessions, it might not be possible to make up the material. In these situations, it may be necessary to take an incomplete (if eligible) or withdraw from the course.

Yes, everyone is expected to wear a face covering while on campus and especially in classrooms. Please see our Face Covering policy. If you forget, UAS will have disposable masks available on campus. We have supplies in our classrooms, at main desks in Ketchikan and Sitka, and in Juneau, at the Student Resource Center, Egan Library, and Lakeside Grill and Cafe.

Contact Disability Services to talk to an advisor regarding your options. Accommodations follow ADA guidelines. Please call 907-796-6000 or email: Jenny Malecha (jamalecha@alaska.edu) or Carrie Kline (ckline7@alaska.edu) to schedule a virtual appointment.

No. UAS is not offering COVID testing, but we are working closely with local community resources. Contact information for the Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka communities is listed below. If you live outside one of those communities, please contact your local health providers or city office for guidance.

COVID Assessment

In Juneau
907-586-6000
In Ketchikan
907-247-8378
In Sitka
907-966-8799

UAS COVID General Inquiries

uas.virusresponse@alaska.edu

UAS Student IDs, also known as your Whale Card, are available from the Student Accounts Office. Whale Cards are being issued remotely. Here are the instructions:

  1. Fill out the Whale Card Application Form
  2. Scan a current, valid picture ID (state ID, driver's license, passport, military ID, etc.)
  3. Take an eligible digital photo of yourself (head and shoulders close up photo of just yourself). We accept JPG and PNG formats (.jpg / .jpeg or .png)
  4. Send all required documents to uas.cashier@alaska.edu or fax to (907)-796-6006

Once issued, the Whale Card will be mailed to the address listed on the student’s university account or to their local campus for pickup. You can check and update your address on UAOnline.

In Juneau
The Egan Library (use your Whale Card to swipe in during library hours). Any empty classroom in the Egan Classroom Wing or the Anderson building (check the schedule outside of the classroom door first). Ask a faculty member or employee if you need space down at the Technical Education Center.
In Ketchikan and Sitka
Ask a faculty member or employee if you need a space on campus.

Socializing is important to our well-being and is not discouraged, however UAS expects students to wear face coverings, maintain six feet (or more) physical distance, and keep group sizes small.

Your health is our top priority. UAS is prepared to support you during this time.

If you are having trouble breathing, have pain or pressure in your chest, or are having trouble staying awake — please call 911 or seek immediate medical assistance.

Don’t come to campus for any reason if you’re not feeling well.

If your symptoms are less severe and:

  • you live on campus in Juneau, call your Residence Life staff member.
  • you live off campus, contact public health for an assessment to see whether or not you should be tested. Also, contact your faculty and your advisor to let them know you won’t be coming to/attending class, or need other accommodations.

COVID Assessment

In Juneau
907-586-6000
In Ketchikan
907-247-8378
In Sitka
907-966-8799

UAS COVID General Inquiries

uas.virusresponse@alaska.edu

Campus Contact Information

In Juneau
1-877-465-4827 (Toll free)
907-796-6100(Local)
uas.info@alaska.edu
In Ketchikan
1-888-550-6177 (Toll free)
907-225-6177(Local)
ketch.info@alaska.edu
In Sitka
1-800-478-6653 (Toll free)
907-747-7700(Local)
sitka.info@alaska.edu

UAS and public health can help you assess the situation. We recommend you do not come to campus (even if you’re feeling okay) until the assessment is done.

  • If you live on campus in Juneau, contact your Residence Life staff.
  • If you live off campus, contact your local campus and ask to speak to someone about COVID assessment.

COVID Assessment

In Juneau
907-586-6000
In Ketchikan
907-247-8378
In Sitka
907-966-8799

UAS COVID General Inquiries

uas.virusresponse@alaska.edu

Campus Contact Information

In Juneau
1-877-465-4827 (Toll free)
907-796-6100(Local)
uas.info@alaska.edu
In Ketchikan
1-888-550-6177 (Toll free)
907-225-6177(Local)
ketch.info@alaska.edu
In Sitka
1-800-478-6653 (Toll free)
907-747-7700(Local)
sitka.info@alaska.edu

UAS is prepared to support you through this time. Please follow all instructions you’ve received from your health provider. Please do not come to campus.

If at any time you have trouble breathing, have pain or pressure in your chest, or are having trouble staying awake - please call 911 or seek immediate medical assistance.

If you live on campus in Juneau, contact a Residence Life staff member.

Contact your faculty and your advisor. If you’re not sure how to get in touch with them, contact any of our main campus numbers:

COVID Assessment

In Juneau
907-586-6000
In Ketchikan
907-247-8378
In Sitka
907-966-8799

UAS COVID General Inquiries

uas.virusresponse@alaska.edu

Campus Contact Information

In Juneau
1-877-465-4827 (Toll free)
907-796-6100(Local)
uas.info@alaska.edu
In Ketchikan
1-888-550-6177 (Toll free)
907-225-6177(Local)
ketch.info@alaska.edu
In Sitka
1-800-478-6653 (Toll free)
907-747-7700(Local)
sitka.info@alaska.edu

UAS has a protocol in place to respond to anyone who is COVID symptomatic, has been exposed to someone who is COVID positive, or has tested positive themselves. If you fall into any of those categories do not come to campus and do not go to class. Students living on campus should contact the Housing/Residence Life Office and students who live off campus should email uas.virusresponse@alaska.edu and someone from the University will be in touch to support you and initiate the response protocol. Your information will be kept confidential.

You will be notified if UAS and/or Public Health determines that you are a “close contact” through contact tracing. Otherwise, you will not be notified.

We intend to offer quality instruction whether it be through an online or face-to-face course. Classes may have switched from face-to-face to online delivery but they are being taught by the same professor. If you would prefer to postpone that course to a future semester, please work with your advisor.

Juneau Campus Housing FAQs

Only the Juneau campus offers housing on campus. Housing is limited for Spring 2021. If you have questions about housing, please contact the housing office directly at 907-796-6445 or visit the Housing webpage.

View COVID-19 and Student Housing Announcement

Yes, there are updated policies and restrictions for this fall. No, overnight guests are not permitted. Please view the Fall 2020 Policies and Restrictions page on the UAS Housing webpage.

Yes, there are updated policies and restrictions for this fall. No, overnight guests and non-resident guests are not permitted. Please view the Fall 2020 Policies and Restrictions page on the UAS Housing webpage.

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