Frequently Asked Questions
What course formats are being offered this spring?
The University will continue normal academic operations for the spring semester on Monday, January 11, 2021. You have a choice to take classes on-campus, online, or in a blended format.
For those wishing to take classes on-campus during the spring, please review the protective measures and protocols that have been put in place to keep students, faculty, and staff safe. These include reduced class sizes to ensure social distancing, protective barriers in classrooms, hand sanitizing stations in campus buildings, and ongoing campus entry screening.
Are there helpful tips or resources available for taking online classes?
- 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.
If I choose to take online classes, how do I access them?
Classes that are being facilitated 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.
Am I required to be tested for COVID-19 before I can resume classes in the spring?
No, entry testing is not required for on-campus or online students during the Spring 2021 semester. Instead, the University will conduct enhanced Sentinel Testing, which will include sampling new on-campus students to screen for COVID-19.
Will my Spring internship, field experience, or other experiential learning activity be affected?
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.
I’m taking classes at the Alabama Center for the Arts this Spring. What guidelines apply to the ACA?
Spring campus guidelines for the Alabama Center for the Arts can be found here.
What is the best method to receive support from Student Services during this time?
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: email@example.com
Financial Aid: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accessibility Services: email@example.com
Office of Student Records: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I get other help, such as access to community resources or counseling services?
- Student Resource Guide
- 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.
What support is available if I have technical questions?
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.
Are campus tours being conducted this Spring?
Please reach out to the Office of Admissions at email@example.com to discuss scheduling a campus tour. There are many options available to you, including a virtual tour in real-time conducted by one of our Athenian Ambassadors!
Is there a resource to help me find temporary work?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Is Kares Library open?
Yes, Kares Library and the Writing Center will be open during the Spring 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.
As a student, am I required to be tested before I can visit Kares Library?
No, students are not required to be tested before entering campus for the Spring semester. However, students must still enter campus through the gate on Beaty Street or Hobbs Street and receive a wristband before visiting Kares Library.
Will taking online classes affect my 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.)
COVID-19 has changed my employment status and income. Can Financial Aid help?
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.
What is the best way to contact Financial Aid?
Any questions or concerns can be sent to email@example.com. 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
Is the University hosting any events this Spring?
At this time, on-campus events are being limited; 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.
Will the University Testing Center be open during the Spring semester?
The Athens State University Testing Center will be open during the Spring semester with reduced capacity and added safety protocol. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.