Welcome to The University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences. We’ve gathered information that you may find useful in your first few weeks and months on campus.

ACT Card

As the official University photo ID, your Action Card serves multiple purposes: access to campus facilities, University Libraries (to check out books), and NCAA athletic events, to name a few. Faculty and staff generally receive instructions about Action Cards during orientation. For more information, visit actcard.ua.edu or call (205) 348-2288.


myBama is the online portal for UA faculty, staff, and students. It provides access to email, course information, campus news, and other resources. For help with myBama, contact the IT Service Desk at (205) 348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.


UA offers a variety technology resources to faculty and staff:


Once you are officially assigned to a course, the University Supply Store will email you an online form to select the textbooks and other materials for your course. Include all the materials students must purchase, plus any free or open access materials (OER) you plan to use. Visit the Supe Store’s Faculty page for more information.

Office of Disability Services (ODS)

The Office of Disability Services provides academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities. This website describes the services available to students, as well as your role in the accommodations process.

Online Syllabus Management (OSM)

The OSM is the University’s online portal for syllabi. Faculty should post their syllabi to the system before registration begins each term. To access your reports, log in to myBama and select either the Faculty or Employee tab. Then click the OIRA Resources channel.

Room Scheduling

Classroom scheduling is performed by the Office of the University Registrar.

Student Opinions of Instruction (SOI)

SOI is an online course evaluation system that allows students to confidentially rate their learning experience in your course. Surveys are available to students near the end of the semester, usually during the last two weeks of class, and results are provided to faculty after final grades are submitted. Access your reports through the OIRA Resources channel on myBama.

Study Week (Dead Week)

The week immediately before final exams is reserved for completing coursework and preparing for final exams. Only lab exams that are omitted from the regular final exam schedule are permitted during this week. The University prohibits all other exams and major assignments during this time. See the Faculty Handbook for more details.

Campus Policies and Resources