Student Information

Frequently Asked Questions

ACADEMICS

The University plans to resume normal academic operations for the fall semester on Monday, August 17, 2020. You have a choice to take classes on-campus, online, or in a blended format. We have added several flexible course options for the fall semester, including the new synchronous online format and a new pilot “HyFlex” format in select classes that offers students the opportunity to alternate between a traditional and online course format as needed through the semester. Be sure to review the updated fall schedule to see if any of these course options are a good fit for your needs.

For those wishing to take classes on-campus during the fall, please review the information provided above regarding student entry testing. Several protective measures and protocols have been put in place to keep students, faculty, and staff safe, including reduced class sizes to ensure social distancing, protective barriers in classrooms, hand sanitizing stations in campus buildings, and ongoing entry restrictions to only those who are cleared to enter the campus.

  • Check your Athens student email account every day for information from your instructor.
  • Log in to your Blackboard account every day. Blackboard is the primary resource used by most faculty to share course content with you.
  • Read the Student Guide to Online Learning for helpful pointers and useful tools to help you succeed in your online classes.
  • Contact your faculty member or the Help Desk if you are having problems with accessing email, Blackboard, or course materials.
  • Attend a live webinar to assist students with questions & issues in online courses
  • Athens State has WiFi available on campus that can be accessed from the Founders Hall parking lot. More information can be found here. Additionally, you may be able to reach out to your cellular provider concerning a mobile hotspot you are able to add to your plan.

Classes that are remaining online may involve the use of Blackboard or another electronic means of learning delivery.

All current students are assigned a Blackboard Learn™ account. To access Blackboard, please use your full MyAthens email address as your username. If you do not remember your Blackboard password, you can reset it with the “Forgot Your Password?” link on the Blackboard login page. Password reset instructions will be sent to your MyAthens email address. For more information, please visit the “Blackboard Learn” section of the Athens State Help Desk. 

Testing is not required for online students who won't be attending face-to-face classes. For students who are taking on-campus or blended courses, a negative test result must be received before he or she can enter campus. 

For students completing a field experience in K-12 schools, please reach out to your intern supervisor for any questions concerning whether a school will be operational or not. The impact on other experiential learning activities will vary depending on the host organization and its operating procedures. Please reach out to your instructor to discuss the individual scenarios.

Fall return-to-campus guidelines for the Alabama Center for the Arts can be found here.

STUDENT SERVICES

Student Support Services is available to assist with any questions or issues you may have. The best way to reach these offices is through email. Please see below for helpful email addresses you may need:

Student Services: student.services@athens.edu
Admissions: admissions@athens.edu
Financial Aid: finaid@athens.edu
Accessibility Services: accessibility.services@athens.edu
Office of Student Records: registrar@athens.edu

  • Student Resource Guide
  • Counseling
  • Athens State recently introduced TalkCampus, a new app that provides a safe place for students to talk anonymously to other college students around the world and get support for their mental health.

The Athens State University Help Desk is available for assistance. The best way to get assistance is to submit a ticket by emailing HelpDesk@athens.edu.

Campus tours are temporarily being suspended. Please email the Office of Admissions at admissions@athens.edu to discuss scheduling a future date.

Yes, the Career Development Center can help you find temporary, part-time, or full-time opportunities. Employers are still posting jobs, but the hiring process may be taking a little longer. Keep an eye on Handshake for new job opportunities.

Additionally, the Career Development Center has contacts with SCI and Toyota, both of which are looking for temporary workers to fulfill essential roles. Please contact the Career Development Center at careerdevelopmentcenter@athens.edu for more.

LIBRARY

Yes, Kares Library and the Writing Center will be open during the fall semester, but all visitors must go through the screening process and receive a wristband. Additionally, all social distancing and hygiene recommendations will apply to Kares Library visitors.

Yes. Because Kares Library is a campus facility, students must be tested and receive a negative result before he or she can gain entry to the campus. Please review the information in the “Return to Campus” section for more details.

FINANCIAL AID

Normally, taking online courses does not have a negative effect on your financial aid. However, the Office of Student Financial Aid is prepared to answer your questions and discuss your unique situation. Due to high volume, the best way to contact us is by phone or email (see contact information.)

If you have a change or loss in income, please reach out to us as there may be additional financial aid available. To request this type of review please schedule a phone appointment here: Financial Aid Appointment.

Delivering on President Trump’s Promise, Secretary DeVos Suspends Federal Student Loan Payments, Waives Interest During National Emergency.

Secretary DeVos announced that the office of Federal Student Aid is executing President Donald J. Trump’s promise to provide student loan relief to tens of millions of borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency.

All borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days. In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency. This will allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest.

“These are anxious times, particularly for students and families whose educations, careers, and lives have been disrupted,” said Secretary DeVos. “Right now, everyone should be focused on staying safe and healthy, not worrying about their student loan balance growing. I commend President Trump for his quick action on this issue, and I hope it provides meaningful help and peace of mind to those in need.”

Any questions or concerns can be sent to finaid@athens.edu.   You may also schedule a phone appointment here: Financial Aid Appointment. Please remember, the Office of Student Financial Aid is here to assist during this unique situation. Additionally, to keep up with the latest information about Federal Student Aid please review their announcement page: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus

OTHER

At this time, no on-campus events are planned; however, virtual events have been and will continue to be planned. This is an evolving situation, and we will act in accordance with state and local guidance. Please check our website and social media often for any events that may be planned during the semester.

The Athens State University Testing Center will be open during the fall semester, with reduced capacity and added safety protocol. As a reminder, all students who may need to access campus facilities (including the Testing Center) must be tested for COVID-19 and receive a negative test result. If visiting the Testing Center, please visit the campus entry checkpoint at 300 N. Beaty Street for the screening process. All visitors to Chasteen Hall, where the University Testing Center is located, must have a wristband showing they are approved to visit campus.

Additional safety protocol will be six-feet spacing for candidates waiting in the hallway for one-at-a-time check-in and recommendations that all personal items be left in vehicles to avoid touching lockers. Masks are now mandatory; gloves are allowed and recommended but not mandatory at this point. Masks and gloves will not be supplied by the Testing Center. Candidates should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their appointment time to accommodate the extra safety protocol.

Testing Center staff are monitoring and responding to email inquiries (testcenter@athens.edu) and phone calls (256-233-6540). Please reach out if you have additional questions. We will work with each candidate to meet their testing needs as normal operations resume.