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The University of Alabama has announced that all students who live on campus will have to receive a COVID-19 test prior to resuming class in the spring.

According to a Thursday press release, UA will offer a free PCR test at Coleman Coliseum weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting on Jan. 7. Students must test within seven days of arrival on campus and cannot test later than Jan. 19.

Students who choose to be tested by a personal health care provider must have a PCR test conducted no more than seven days before returning to campus.

The release also states that a negative test documentation must be uploaded to the university's COVID-19 Test Result Repository. Students must also report that they have been symptom-free and have isolated for at least 10 days prior to returning to campus.

"We will continue to be nimble and responsive to changing circumstances and will keep you advised of any necessary changes as we go forward," UA President Stuart Bell said in a letter students and parents. "As allowed by changes in the pandemic, our knowledge of treating the sick, and in the development and distribution of vaccines, we will work towards further expansion of in-person opportunities.  Amidst that hope, let’s start the semester strong and plan to finish even stronger."

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