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The University of Alabama Parent & Family Programs


The safety and well-being of UA students is one of our highest priorities. Many areas across campus work together to promote and enforce an environment in which students, faculty, and staff feel safe and conducive to learning and development. In the event of an emergency, our first priority will be communicating with the campus community, so that our students and employees have the information they need to be as safe as possible. Several resources and communication tools are available to the UA community that provide proactive and supportive roles in times of emergency. It’s important for you as a parent to be knowledgeable about the tools that you can use to feel confident about your student’s well-being while on campus and in the Tuscaloosa community. Here are the different ways UA communicates with students, faculty, staff, and families:

UA Alerts

This is the University’s emergency notification system for students and employees. In order to receive UA Alerts, your student should update contact information through their myBama account. The website www.prepare.ua.edu offers detailed instructions for how a student can update their contact information.

The University of Alabama Website

Refer to www.ua.edu for the most up to date and accurate information regarding campus safety and emergency situations.

PENPALs

The Office of First Year Experience & Parent Programs sends any and all University information to the UA family community through emails. Enter as many email addresses as you like to our database by visiting parents.ua.edu/stayInformed.cfm.

GUArdian

Enroll in GUARDIAN, a safety application your student can download onto their phone. To sign up for GUARDIAN, your student should register from their myBama account.

Safer Living Guide

This publication is produced by UAPD and provides tips and information about emergency preparedness, theft prevention, and personal safety. An online version of this can be found by going to www.police.ua.edu

Social Media

Emergency information is also communicated via UA’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/universityofalabama) and Twitter accounts (@UofAlabama).

UA is also proactive in communicating safety shelters that are available in times of severe weather. Several safety shelters are available on campus including Gorgas Library, the UA Recreation Center, and the Student Activity Center at Presidential Village. If your student lives in a residence hall on campus, there are pre-identified safety locations and housing staff ensures clear communication about safety protocol.

The University of Alabama is dedicated to not only provide a safe environment for students but also share with our family community the tools and resources necessary to feel comfortable about their student’s success. Encourage your student to be prepared and make decisions to help keep them and the UA community safe!

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