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February 6, 2014
H1N1 Virus

Reference to the above mentioned subject and the news circulating in the media for the past few days about the emerging of the H1N1 virus, we would like to inform you that till now we didn't receive any formal warning from the Ministry of Health in Egypt and the WHO and that we are in continuous contact with them to be updated with any news.
 
We will continuously monitor the situation and seek expert guidance from health authorities. We will keep the AUC community informed of the new development and  announce any additional precautionary measures that maybe required.

However, there are several simple steps that we encourage everyone to follow to avoid the infection:
 
* Avoid crowds and close contact to suspected or known flue cases.
* Stay home if you are feeling very sick.
* Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
* Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as it will spread the germs.
* Practice other good health habits like eating and sleeping well.
* Vaccination for seasonal flue may help reduce the incidents of swine flue and it's available at the AUC clinic.

 
You are encouraged to visit the website of the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control

January 24, 2014
Bombing in Cairo This Morning and AUC Security

There were reports of three explosions in different areas around Cairo, targeting police and military locations this morning. Consequently, the University's Emergency Management Team advises members of the AUC community to avoid being in close proximity to police or military buildings for the remainder of the weekend.

The University’s Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and through the Emergency News link on this page. If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.

January 5, 2013

University Open January 14 and 15

It has been announced that the referendum on the constitution will be held on January 14 and 15. The University will be open on both days, but all employees who wish to participate may take a half day on either the 14 or 15, in coordination with the department or office head, in order to do so.  Each unit head is responsible for allocating the time off in a way that permits all employees who wish to take the time to participate the opportunity to do so, while maintaining normal operating hours. Faculty members are asked not to give exams on those two days, but class sessions are expected to be held as normal.

 The University's Emergency Management Team will be monitoring the situation and will alert the community via email and SMS should the need arise for different arrangements on January 14 and 15 due to safety concerns.

November 17, 2013

Tahrir  Square Campus Closed Tuesday  November 19

In light of reports of possible unrest in the downtown area, the

University will close the Tahrir Square campus on Tuesday, November

19. The Falaki Academic Center will continue to operate, but members

of the community are advised to avoid Tahrir Square in accessing the

Falaki center. All classes in the School of Continuing Education are

canceled on Tuesday; plans for make-up sessions will be communicated

directly to continuing education students.


The R12 downtown bus route will operate from Al Zahraa as the only

drop off and pick up point on Tuesday.


AUC New Cairo campus will operate as normal.


The University’s Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor 

the situation closely and will keep the community updated with any new

information via email, SMS and through the Emergency News link on this page.

If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication

System, please update your information at http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu


November 3, 2013
Classes Suspended Tomorrow; Offices Closed

In light of reports of planned demonstrations, the University will suspend all classes tomorrow, Monday, November 4. While the New Cairo and Tahrir Square campuses will be open for University ID card holders, students, faculty and staff will not be expected to come to the University. The University will continue to provide needed services for students who live in the residences on campus, but the library and sports facilities will be closed and the bus service will not operate.
 
Faculty members will make arrangements for the missed classes directly with their students and inform their department chair of their plan. The provost's office is coordinating with the deans to ensure all courses have made appropriate arrangements.
 
As a reminder, the University is also closed on Tuesday, November 5 for the Islamic New Year holiday. We expect to operate as normal on Wednesday, November 6.
 
The University’s Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and on this page. If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.

September 23
Curfew Compensation for Graduate Students

In reference to the curfew hours that have not been shortened to 12:00 pm - 5:00 am, starting Monday September 23, 2013, the last buses will leave AUC at 8:30 pm. This will allow most of our graduate classes to start on their originally scheduled times, except for those starting at 7:00 and 7:30 pm.
   
Until further notice graduate classes, starting at 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm, will be compensated for on Saturdays of each week, according to the following table:

Time Slot  To Compensate for 
8:30-10:40  Classes originally scheduled on Monday and start at 7:00 pm onwards
10:50-1:00 Classes originally scheduled on Tuesday and start at 7:00 pm onwards
1:10-3:20  Classes originally scheduled on Wednesday and start at 7:00 pm onwards
3:30-5:40  Classes originally scheduled on Thursday and start at 7:00 pm onwards

And Graduate ENGL Module courses that start at 7:00 pm (ENGL 123-1 class, ENGL 124 and EGL125)   
5:50-8:00  Classes originally scheduled on Sunday and start at 7:00 pm onwards

And ENGL 123-1 Wednesday class that starts at 7:00 pm

Please note that the English Module classes (ENGL 123, 124, 125) are compensated for in the time blocks starting at 3:30 pm and 5:40 pm. Only section ENGL 123-1 has its second class compensated for in the time slot 5:50 to 8:00 pm.

September 16
Curfew Compensation for Graduate Students

In reference to the curfew hours that have not been changed for another week, the last buses will continue to leave AUC at 7:30 pm. This will allow many of our graduate classes to start on their originally scheduled times, except for those starting at 7:00 and 7:30 pm. 

Until further notice graduate classes, starting at 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm, will be compensated for on Saturdays of each week, according to the following table:

Time Slot  To Compensate for 
8.30-10.30 classes originally scheduled on Monday and start at 7:00 pm onwards 
10.40-12.40 classes originally scheduled on Tuesday and start at 7:00 pm onwards
12.50-2.50  classes originally scheduled on Wednesday and start at 7:00 pm onwards
3:00-5:00  classes originally scheduled on Thursday and start at 7:00 pm onwards 
And Graduate ENGL Module courses that start at 7:00 pm (ENGL 123-1 class, ENGL 124 and EGL125)   
5:10-7:10 classes originally scheduled on Sunday and start at 7:00 pm onwards
And ENGL 123-1 Wednesday class that starts at 7:00 pm

Please note that the English Module classes (ENGL 123, 124, 125) are compensated for in the time blocks starting at 3:00 pm and 5:10 pm. Only section ENGL 123-1 has its second class compensated for in the time slot 5:10 to 7:10 pm.
 
For classes that start before 6:30 pm and end after 7:15 pm, students will continue to meet with their instructors as originally scheduled for a shorter class period and they may work together on how to make up for the lost class time. There are two possibilities to make up for the missed times and both of them should be decided upon with full agreement between the instructors and their students: (i) Classes may be started earlier (e.g., classes that start at 6:00 pm may be rescheduled to start at 5:00 pm). If this is not possible (ii) a second class (e.g. 6:00 pm-7:15 pm) may be offered on another day of the week. To adopt one of the two options you should contact Ms. Hala Elsayed (hala_m@aucegypt.edu) in the Office of the Registrar to make the necessary room reservations.

September 8
Curfew Compensation for Graduate Students

In reference to the curfew hours that have not been changed for this week, the last buses will continue to leave AUC at 7:30 pm. This will allow many of our graduate classes to start on their originally scheduled times, except for those starting at 7:00 and 7:30 pm. 

For classes that start before 6:30 pm and end after 7:15 pm, students will continue to meet with their instructors as originally scheduled for a shorter class period and they may work together how to make up for the lost time. 

Graduate classes, which start at 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm, will be compensated for on Saturday September 14th, according to the following table:                        

                                   
Time Slot  To Compensate for 
 8.30-10.30  classes originally scheduled on Monday and start at 7:00 pm onwards
10.40-12.40  classes originally scheduled on Tuesday and start at 7:00 pm onwards
 12.50-2.50  classes originally scheduled on Wednesday and start at 7:00 pm onwards
 3:00-5:00  classes originally scheduled on Thursday and start at 7:00 pm onwards
  
  And Graduate ENGL Module courses that start at 7:00 pm (ENGL 123-1 Sunday class, ENGL 124 and EGL125)    
 5:10-7:10  classes originally scheduled on Sunday and start at 7:00 pm onwards

And ENGL 123-1 Wednesday class that starts at 7:00 pm

                                   

Please note that the English Module classes (ENGL 123, 124, 125) are compensated for in the time blocks starting at 3:00 pm and 5:10 pm.            

September 1
Curfew Compensation for Undergraduate Students

The curfew hours have been modified to go from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am. Accordingly, the last buses to leave AUC have been scheduled for 7:30 pm. This will allow us to hold most of our undergraduate classes at their originally scheduled times. So please IGNORE the schedule modifications reported to you in the message of August 29. For the first week of the semester, undergraduate classes will be held at their originally scheduled times, however, they should end by 7:15 pm.

There are few classes that end after 7:30 pm, and these are shown in the table below. The following actions should be taken:
1. Students registered in the four courses printed in RED (MUSC 267, MUSC 367, MUSC 467 and ECON 418 which start at 7:30 pm) should contact their departments to reschedule these classes for the coming few weeks.
2. Students enrolled in other classes ending after 7:15 pm should attend their classes at the originally scheduled times and arrange with their instructors how to make up for lost time.

For details on courses, click here.


September 1
Curfew Compensation for Graduate Students

In reference to the earlier message concerning make up for graduate classes, you should already note that curfew hours have been modified to 11:00 pm to 6:00 am. Accordingly, the last bus to leave AUC will be scheduled for 7:30 pm. This will allow us to hold our graduate classes at their originally scheduled times, except for those starting at 7:00 and 7:30 pm. 

For classes that start before 6:30 pm and end after 7:15 pm, students will be meeting with their instructors as originally scheduled, and they should arrange with them how to make up for lost time.

My earlier message indicated that graduate classes which start at 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm will be compensated for on Saturday, September 7, according to the following table:

 

Time Slot

To Compensate for

8.30-10.30

classes originally scheduled on Monday and start at 7:00 pm onwards

10.40-12.40

classes originally scheduled on Tuesday and start at 7:00 pm onwards

12.50-2.50

classes originally scheduled on Wednesday and start at 7:00 pm onwards

3:00-5:00

classes originally scheduled on Thursday and start at 7:00 pm onwards

And Graduate ENGL Module courses that start at 7:00 pm:00 pm

 This arrangement will not be changed and will be implemented to make up for the first week of classes that start ONLY at 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm. These will also include the English module courses shown in the table below. Other English modules and ELIN courses for graduate students will be held on their original times during the week.

CRSE

CRSE #

SECT

ORIGINAL BEGIN TIME

ORIGINAL END TIME

ORIGINAL MEETING DAYS

ORIGINAL BLDG

ORIGINAL ROOM

 

 

 

ENGL

123

1

1900

2055

U

 

 

W

 

WALEED

C138

 

ENGL

123

3

1900

2055

 

M

 

W

 

WALEED

C139

 

ENGL

124

3

1900

2055

U

 

 

 

 

WALEED

C131

 

ENGL

124

1

1900

2055

 

M

 

 

 

WALEED

C133

 

ENGL

125

3

1900

2055

 

 

 

W

 

WALEED

C134

 


September 1
AUC New Cairo Operating Hours Extended

With the curfew now in place from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am, all undergraduate courses that end before 7:15 pm will be held according to the original schedule. Graduate courses will run until 7:15 pm.

In order to allow enough time for all members of the AUC community to return home before the curfew, all activities on campus will end and the AUC New Cairo library will close at 7:00 pm. The campus will close at 8:00 pm; no-one should expect to enter or leave after that time.

The last bus departure from campus for all routes will be at 7:30 pm. Please check the transportation website for specific arrival and departure information for your route at www.aucegypt.edu/bus

The University¹s Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and on this page. 
If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.

September 1
Advising and Registration for Students, Fall 2013

Due to recent circumstances, there have been delays in the admission process. Such delays have impacted the academic advising process for both the newly admitted and the returning students. In light of the efforts to accommodate the urgent advising and registration needs of students admitted late this year,  AUC students should note the following:

    •    The Academic Advising Center (AAC) will be serving ONLY fall 2013 newly admitted students during the first week of classes (September 2 - 8).  
    •    Continuing students will therefore NOT have access to the AAC during this period. If declared or undeclared continuing students have problems in adding a course, they are requested to proceed directly to the department offering the course.
    •    Declared students must finalize their semester registration by September 8.
    •    For undeclared students ONLY, those facing problems are welcome to visit the AAC during the second week of classes (September 9 -12). Course and registration changes will be processed ONLY at the AAC during this period.

August 29, 2013
Curfew Compensation for Graduate Students

Due to the current curfew that extends between 9:00 pm to 6:00 am, the AUC transportation system will run the last buses at 5:15 pm. This means that the graduate classes that terminate after 5:00 pm onwards cannot be offered on their scheduled times. We shall make up for the graduate classes that start at 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm on Saturday September 7th. The times of the make-up classes are indicated in the attached tables.
Classes starting at earlier times and ending after 5:00 pm will be compensated for on Saturday September 14th. A schedule for such classes will be sent to you in later message.
A table below (attached) is provided for all Graduate English Module Courses that are going to be compensated for on  Saturday September 7th.

August 24, 2013
Although the beginning of the weekday curfew has been moved from 7 pm until 9 pm, both the AUC Tahrir Square and New Cairo campuses will operate tomorrow, Sunday, August 25, as previously announced. The working hours will be from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. The last bus departure from campus for all routes will be at 3:15 pm.

As of Monday, August 26, normal daytime working hours — 8:30 am to 4:30 pm — will resume at both the Tahrir Square and New Cairo campuses.

Please check the transportation website for specific arrival and departure information for your route at www.aucegypt.edu/bus.

The University’s Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and through the Emergency News link on the University's main website at this page. If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.

August 19, 2013
The AUC Tahrir Square and New Cairo campuses will resume operation tomorrow. The working hours will be from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm to ensure that all members of the AUC community are able to return home before the curfew. The last bus departure from campus for all routes will be at 3:15 pm. Please check the transportation website for specific arrival and departure information for your route at www.aucegypt.edu/bus

The University’s Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and through the Emergency News link on the University's main website at this page. If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.

August 18, 2013
           
The New Cairo and Tahrir Square campuses will remain closed tomorrow, Monday, August 19. Based on the Emergency Management Team's current assessment, both campuses will resume operations for the rest of the workweek with shorter working hours. The working hours will be from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm to ensure that all members of the AUC community are able to return home before the curfew. The last bus departure from campus for all routes will be at 3:15 pm. Please check the transportation website for specific arrival and departure information for your route at
www.aucegypt.edu/bus.  
           
The University's Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and through the Emergency News link on the University's main website at this page. 
If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu. 


August 16, 2013            
Due to the current unrest, the New Cairo and Tahrir Square campuses will remain closed through Sunday, August 18. The University’s Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and through the Emergency News link on the University's main website at this page. If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at
http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.                                             
                         

August 14, 2013
Due to the current unrest, the New Cairo and Tahrir Square campuses will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, August 15. The University’s Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and through the Emergency News link on the University's main website at this page. If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at

http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.                                 
                 
July 10, 2013
                                                            
Based on the current transportation and security assessment, the New Cairo and Tahrir Square campuses will resume operations effective tomorrow, Thursday, July 11. The Ramadan schedule, with working hours for administrative offices from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, is now in effect.

Bus service will be available on the administrative schedule only; afternoon departures from AUC New Cairo for all routes will be at 3:15 pm and 4:00 pm.  Bus riders are advised to check for the morning schedule for their route on the transportation website at www.aucegypt.edu/bus, which displays the schedule for tomorrow, July 11.  The downtown stop on the R12 route and Magles Al Dawla stop on the R11 route are suspended until further notice.

Faculty and students who wish to come to either the New Cairo or Tahrir Square campus on Thursday, July 11 may do so, but the full academic Ramadan bus schedule will not begin until Sunday, July 14. Therefore, any classes that wish to have face-to-face meetings should plan to do so no sooner than Sunday, July 14.

The University’s Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and through the Emergency News link on the University's main website at this page. If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.



July 8, 2013
Due to the continuing difficulties in operating the University's city bus system, on which the vast majority of students, faculty and staff rely, the New Cairo and Tahrir Square campuses will remain closed until Thursday, July 11.

Courses in the six-week summer session, which had already met for several weeks before the suspension of activity on campus, will be continuing with blended learning through online classes; the faculty will be in touch directly with their students. In specific cases in which some of the remaining course content cannot be offered online — courses requiring labs or studios for example — alternative arrangements may be developed by the individual instructors; for example, in person meetings may be held during orientation week before the start of the fall semester. In such cases, the students will be notified of these arrangements directly. 

The three-week intensive summer session B that has not met at all is cancelled and all students registered in that session, and any other courses that must be cancelled, will be given tuition credit for the fall semester.

The Office of Student Affairs is developing a comprehensive set of guidelines for students making decisions about their enrollment in these circumstances, including a modified withdrawal policy that will allow students to petition for partial refunds in certain cases. The full details of the options available to students enrolled in the summer session will be announced by the end of the week. In all cases where students enrolled in the summer session were to complete prerequisite courses for fall classes, petitions requesting permission to take such courses concurrently will be automatically granted by the appropriate academic department on the basis of evidence of summer registration in the prerequisite course. 

Administrative offices are expected to operate as much as possible through staff working from home to complete remotely any essential business functions. All faculty and students should recognize that there may be delays in responding to requests because of the inaccessibility of the campuses this week; we will be resuming normal operations as soon as possible.

Arabic language courses are continuing as scheduled from the Zamalek Building only for those students currently housed in the same building. 

The AUC clinic will operate on the New Cairo campus on a 24/7 basis and in the Zamalek Building from 9 am to 3 pm daily.

The University’s Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and through the Emergency News link on the University's main website at this page. If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.


July 6 , 2013
The New Cairo and Tahrir Square campuses will remain closed on Sunday, July 7 and Monday, July 8.

All Arabic language are continuing as scheduled from the Zamalek Building, which is operating as normal.

Students and faculty members in summer courses scheduled to meet on the New Cairo or Tahrir Square campus will be informed about arrangements being made for the summer session as soon as possible.

The AUC clinic will operate on the New Cairo campus on a 24/7 basis and in the Zamalek Building from 9 am to 3 pm daily.

The University’s Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and through the Emergency News link on the University's main website at this page. If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at
http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.

July 4 , 2013
       
The New Cairo and Tahrir Square campuses will remain closed through Saturday, July 6, 2013.

The University’s Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and through the Emergency News link on the University's main website at this page
. If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.


July 2, 2013
The New Cairo and Tahrir Square campuses will remain closed on Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4.

All Arabic language and CASA courses are continuing as scheduled from the Zamalek Building, which is operating as normal.

Students and faculty members in summer courses SCHEDULED TO MEET ON THE NEW CAIRO OR TAHRIR CAMPUSES will be contacted about arrangements for the summer session.

The AUC clinic will operate on the New Cairo campus on a 24/7 basis and in the Zamalek Building from 9 am to 3 pm daily.

The University’s Emergency Management Team is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and through the Emergency News link on the University's main website at this page. If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.

July 1, 2013
In light of new information about calls for protests, the Tahrir Square and New Cairo campuses will be closed Tuesday, July 2. We will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and through the University's main website at this page. 

If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu/.                     

June 30, 2013
In light of the continuing protests taking place, the Tahrir Square and New Cairo campuses will be closed tomorrow, Monday, July 1. We will keep the community updated with any new information via email, SMS and through the University's main website at this page. 


If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu/.
           
June 26, 2013
In light of the announced protests taking place, the Tahrir Square and New Cairo campuses will be closed from Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30. We will keep the community updated with any new information via email and through the University's main website at this page.

If you are not already registered in the University's Emergency Communication System, please update your information at
http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu/.

June 20, 2013

As you may be aware, several groups have been calling for marches tomorrow Friday, June 21 and gatherings may well be centralized at Rabaa Eladawia, Nasr City and Tahrir Square.

Due to this, caution is advised when traveling within and outside Cairo. Do not forget to have your personal identification available in your wallet.  In cases of emergency, please call AUC operator hotline: 19282 or emergency line: 010-000-66907 (for international students).

 
The following advice can help keep you safe and secure:

 1. Exercise caution when passing by government buildings, police stations and military barracks.
 2. Treat members of the security forces you encounter with patience and respect, and follow all instructions promptly.
 3. Carry photographic identification and a mobile phone.
 4. Remain alert to the possibility of road blockage in different areas.
 5. Get familiar with escape routes in case of
emergency situation.
 6. Keep updated on the situation by following media reports.
 7. Keep enough supply of food and water at home.

 
8. Keep your vehicle fueled.
 9. If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by visiting clicking here.
 10. If you are occasionally trapped in the crowd you are reminded to:

·Do not panic, keep calm.
·Make yourself aware of your surroundings and mentally notice alternate exits.
·If you find yourself in the middle of a moving crowd, do not fight against the pressure, and try to take advantage of any space that may open up to move sideways to the crowd movement where the flow is weaker.

·If you fall and cannot get up, try to keep moving by crawling in the same direction. If it’s not possible, cover your head with your arms and curl up into the fetal position.
·The worst scenario is to be pushed by the crowd against an immovable object, try to stay away from walls, fences or barricades, as the crowd pressure can build up rapidly.
 
AUC will continue to provide you with regular reliable information through e-mail, SMS and on the university website at www.aucegypt.edu. Please keep a copy of the emergency phone numbers listed here.

March 6, 2013
Following up on the notification sent below earlier, kindly be notified that the situation had been settled and the 90 St. is now secured and open for normal traffic flow.  

March 6, 2013
Kindly be informed that a group of protesters had blocked traffic routs in front of the Down Town Mall in the beginning of the 90 St.  Continuous efforts are made by the police and the public to allow for traffic flow.  Please do not insist on driving though, protesters are expressing violence to any car who try to pass through them.
Alternative routs to the 90 St. are as follows:
- If coming from Maadi roundabout, you can take the parallel exit before the 90 St.
- If coming from Cairo-Suze highway, continue the highway until El Rehab City Exit #2.


February 19, 2013
Please note that the security situation in Tahrir Square is now back to normal, police forces have drawn back leaving the protesters as before.  The square is still blocked for traffic.
Also note that our Down Town Campus is open for normal operation.
We will make sure to have you updated on any security situation.


February 19, 2013
The police are surrounding all streets leading to Tahrir Square from Kaser El-Nile, Abdel Moneim Riad Square. and Kornich El-Nile.
They are negotiating with the protesters to reopen the square for normal traffic peacefully with keeping them sit inside their tents.
There is a possibility for starting clashes at the square any time if the protesters refuse.

It is highly recommended to avoid this area for the next few hours.

February 7, 2013
As you may be aware, several groups have been calling for marches tomorrow from different points around the capital to meet in Tahrir Square and in front of the Ithadia Palace. There are calls to have similar marches in other Egyptian cities as well.

For the AUC new comers and as a reminder to the community,  the following advice can help keep you safe and secure:

1. Caution is advised when traveling within and outside Cairo.
2. Do not forget to have your personal identification available in your wallet and in cases of emergency, please call AUC operator hotline: 19282 OR emergency line:  010-000-66907 (for international students).

3. Exercise caution when passing by government buildings, police stations and military barracks.
4. Treat members of the security forces you encounter with patience and respect, and follow all instructions promptly.
5. Carry photographic identification and a mobile phone.
6. Remain alert to the possibility of road blockage in different areas.
7. Get familiar with escape routes in case of emergency situation.
8. Keep updated on the situation by following media reports.
9. Keep enough supply of food and water at home.
10. Keep your vehicle fueled.
11. If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by visiting: http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu/
12. If you are occasionally trapped in the crowd you are reminded to:

  • Not panic, keep calm.
  • Make yourself aware of your surroundings and mentally notice alternate exits.
  • If you find yourself in the middle of a moving crowd, do not fight against the pressure, and try to take advantage of any space that may open up to move sideways to the crowd movement where the flow is weaker.
  • If you fall and cannot get up, try to keep moving by crawling in the same direction. If it’s not possible, cover your head with your arms and curl up into the fetal position.
  • The worst scenario is to be pushed by the crowd against an immovable object, try to stay away from walls, fences or barricades, as the crowd pressure can build up rapidly.
AUC will continue to provide you with regular reliable information through email, SMS and on the University website. Please keep a copy of the emergency phone numbers listed here.

February 3, 2013
Tahrir Campus and the Falaki building will resume operations this morning, February 3. All office activities  and course activities are planned to proceed as scheduled.

AUC Transport will continue to use the Al Zahraa stop for the R12 downtown bus route, but will provide  a commuter type bus service for staff working in the Falaki Building. This bus stop will be in front of the Chamber of Commerce on El Tahrir Street and is a short walk to the Falaki Building. AUC Transport staff will coordinate and support this temporary bus stop.


Security Notice
January 31, 2013

There are several calls a million man march tomorrow.  Several groups have been calling for marches from different points around the capital to meet in Tahrir Square. There are calls to have similar marches in other Egyptian cities.  
Caution is advised when traveling within and outside Cairo. Do not forget to have your personal identification available in your wallet.  In cases of emergency, please call AUC operator hotline: 19282 OR emergency line: 010-000-66907 (for international students).

The following advice can help keep you safe and secure:

1. Exercise caution when passing by government buildings, police stations and military barracks.
2. Treat members of the security forces you encounter with patience and respect, and follow all instructions promptly.
3. Carry photographic identification and a mobile phone.
4. Remain alert to the possibility of road blockage in different areas.
5. Get familiar with escape routes in case of emergency situation.
6. Keep updated on the situation by following media reports.

7. Keep enough supply of food and water at home.
8. Keep your vehicle fueled.
9. If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by visiting:
http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu/
10. If you are occasionally trapped in the crowd you are reminded to:

·        Not panic, keep calm
·        Make yourself aware of your surroundings and mentally notice alternate exits.

·        If you find yourself in the middle of a moving crowd, do not fight against the pressure, and try to take advantage of any space that may open up to move sideways to the crowd movement where the flow is weaker.
·
      If you fall and cannot get up, try to keep moving by crawling in the same direction. If it’s not possible, cover your head with your arms and curl up into the fetal position.
·       The worst scenario is to be pushed by the crowd against an immovable object, try to stay away from walls, fences or barricades, as the crowd pressure can build up rapidly.


Please keep a copy of the emergency phone numbers listed here.

 

Public Safety Notice
January 30, 2013


Egypt has been in the news frequently over the past week as protests, at times violent, have erupted around the second anniversary marking Egypt’s Jan 25th Revolution. While there have been protests in Cairo, some of the most violent clashes have taken place in other governorates where curfews have been set. The operation of the AUC New Cairo campus, where the University's undergraduate and gradate programs are held and where students are studying, continues to function as normal. This campus is about 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the Tahrir Square campus, which overlooks the historic square. Due to the protests taking place in the nearby square and surrounding streets, the Tahrir Square campus, from which continuing education programs are primarily run, is currently closed. 
           
January 28, 2013
Please be advised that the Tahrir Campus including the Falaki Building will be closed for the remainder of this week due to the security and safety risks arising from disturbances in the Tahrir Square area.

We will be monitoring the situation and will provide a further update to the University community at the end of this week as to when the Tahrir campus and the Falaki Building can resume operation.


January 27, 2013
Due to the continued high level of unrest in the Tahrir Square area, the Tahrir Campus will be closed for the rest of this week.
The Falaki Building will resume scheduled activities as of Monday January 28.
Medical services normally provided through the Tahrir Campus clinic will be provided through the New Campus clinic from 8:30am to 4:00pm ( Sunday to Thursday) or the clinic at the Zamalek Dormitory from  5pm to 7pm on Monday and Wednesday.


January 26, 2013
Please be advised that the Tahrir Campus including the Falaki Building will be closed on Sunday January 27 due to the security and safety risks arising from disturbances in the Tahrir Square area.
We will be monitoring the situation and will provide a further update to the University community late tomorrow as to when the Tahrir campus and the Falaki Building can resume operation.


January 26, 2013
Please be advised that the Tahrir Campus including the Falaki building will be closed today due to the security and safety risks arising from the current disturbances in the Tahrir Square area.
Please also note that AUC Transport will be operating the R12 - downtown bus route from Al Zahraa as the only drop off and pick up point until further notice.


           

Public Safety Notice
December 6, 2012

Marches and gatherings are anticipated this evening and over the weekend in several areas inside and outside Cairo. Yesterday one of the protests, while localized and contained in one area, turned violent.

We advise you to exercise caution in areas of large gatherings, refer to the advisories provided by Public Safety to keep safe and secure, monitor your e-mail for updates and monitor the media for news about marches and gatherings.

Although we monitor the public media, we would welcome any additional information that could be useful as we continue to survey the safety and security situation in Cairo and advise the rest of the community as necessary.

University Open Today
December 6, 2012

The University will be open and operating today, Thursday, December 6. Bus service to and from areas in Heliopolis are operating normally except for the Heliopolis Club bus stop on the R4 route, where clashes took place overnight. Staff and students who are expected on either the New Cairo or the Tahrir campus and cannot reach the University should inform their supervisors or instructors as early as possible to ensure that appropriate accommodations can be made. For more information on bus transportation, call Mamdouh Gaber at 012.7000.1717.
 
We will be monitoring the safety and security situation throughout the day; please check email and the University website for updates.

Public Safety Notice
December 4, 2012

Marches and gatherings are anticipated today, Tuesday December 4, 2012, in some areas in Cairo. Although the calls for the gatherings are peaceful, there is always a risk of traffic congestion or disturbances.

Security measures taken in the area of the Etihadiah Palace, for example, have created considerable traffic congestion.
 
We advise you to exercise caution in areas of large gatherings, refer to the advisories provided by Public Safety to keep safe and secure, and monitor the media for news about marches and gatherings.


Message from the President
November 25, 2012

I toured the Tahrir Square campus this morning and would like to report on the heroic work being done on behalf of the University by our security, public safety, maintenance and other support services staff.
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AUC Transportation Update
November 25, 2012

Due to the unrest at Tahrir Square, Al-Zahraa will continue to be the ONLY drop off and pickup point for R12 Downtown route until further notice.

The pickup time slots from Al Zahraa point  is the same as the AUC Downtown point time slots.

Please click here to view the transportation website for the detailed schedule.


Public Safety Notice
November 24, 2012

This is a reminder that Tahrir Square Campus including Falaki building will continue to be closed for operation until further notice due to the security and safety risks emerging from the current disturbances in the Tahrir Square area.

Public Safety Notice
November 21, 2012

Due to the continued high level of unrest in Tahrir Square area affecting Mohamed Mahmoud Street, Qasr Eleiny Street and Sheikh Rihan Street, AUC Tahrir Square Campus including the Falaki building will be closed for operation until further notice.

Public Safety Notice
November 20, 2012

Due to the current level of unrest in Tahrir Square area affecting Mohamed Mahmoud Street, Qasr Eleiny Street and Sheikh Rihan Street, AUC Tahrir Square Campus including the Falaki building will be closed for operation today.

New York Office Closed
October 31

Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the New York Office of the American University in Cairo will be closed until Monday, November 5. For regualr inquiries, please click here. For urgent inquiries, please contact the Office of the President in Cairo.           

Message from the President
October 4

I would like to thank all of you for your commitment this week to getting the University back in full operation as quickly as possible, as we work together to ensure that we can fulfill our obligations to each other and to our larger communities.
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Message from the President
October 1


It is with mixed emotions that we all return to our offices, labs and classrooms today and tomorrow. Obviously, returning to our home on the New Cairo campus is an enormous relief and resuming the activity to which we are each dedicated is very satisfying. Yet, while we welcome a return to more normal life, it will not be business as usual. The events of recent weeks have damaged the fabric of the community, and as we work to enhance constructive student engagement in the life of the University, we must also work to restore the sense of common purpose without which we cannot achieve our aspirations to be of genuine service to Egypt and of genuine value in the world. More

Bus Operations to Resume Normal Schedule as of Tuesday, October 2
 
The New Cairo campus will be open on October 1, but AUC's bus service will not return to normal operation until Tuesday, October 2.

Message from the Provost
September 30

In my most recent e-mail message yesterday, I stated that the alternative venues, which the AUC Academic Leadership has adopted for course offerings, are temporary in nature, and that we all hope that the current impasse concerning the New Cairo campus will be resolved expeditiously and peacefully. This has now been achieved, as was announced by President Anderson late last night. Congratulations to the entire AUC community! More

Message from the President
September 30

I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement to allow for the gates to be opened and the University to resume operations. The campus will be open as of tomorrow morning and courses will resume as normal on the New Cairo campus on Wednesday. More

Message from the President
September 30

I write to update you on the current status of events and the actions we are taking to resolve the current campus closure as quickly as possible. More 

Message from the Provost
September 30

Thank you for your many e-mail responses to the message that I sent you last night.  Much of these e-mails raised a series of important concerns about transportation and other matters related to the resumption of classes this week, and we will respond to these matters in a number of e-mails that will be distributed to the university community, beginning with this one.
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Message from the Provost,
September 29

The current student action and the shut-down of the New Cairo campus has brought our efforts for providing our students with the best possible education to a halt. I deeply regret the time that our students are losing as they seek to pursue their academic careers and I also am concerned that we are losing crucial opportunities to pursue the academic strategic plan that insures full implementation of the many improvements in academic programs and services that the student movement has demanded. These include, but are not limited to, advising and registration, course availability, employment of adjunct faculty and teaching assistants, and faculty-to-student ratios. More

Message to the Commnunity, 
September 27

The University will resume classes on Sunday, September 30 through a combination of blended instruction that utilizes a mix of online courses and face to face sessions with students. Starting Sunday, instructors will resume offering instruction online; all students are expected to log in to find course materials for the classes in which they are registered.

Additional information for face to face class meetings will be announced to students by departments or instructors by early next week. The University must provide a specific number of contact hours in order to meet accreditation requirements and will ensure that this happens before the end of the semester.

Staff members will be contacted by their supervisors to arrange for the continuation of business operations remotely.


Message from the President,
September 25

This message is intended to update the AUC community on the latest developments in the suspension of University operations. The Cabinet has had several meetings with student representatives in the last several days to try to resolve the situation. In many respects, these meetings have been very productive. More

Message from the President,
September 22


I write to inform you that after several intensive rounds of negotiations with representatives of the protesting students over the past several days, unfortunately we have reached a standoff. More

Message from the President,
September 20

The attempt by students to block the gates of the New Cairo Campus has created a dangerous situation in the streets around the campus. Because we cannot ensure the safety and security of our community outside the campus perimeter, we are asking that faculty, students and staff not to come to campus today. Staff who provide essential services for the operation of the campus, including the student residences, will be contacted by their supervisors.
           
Classes missed today will be rescheduled

Message to the Community,
September 19

The American University in Cairo would like to clarify several factual errors that have been circulating internally and have appeared in media reports in the past few days regarding student protests against a 7 percent increase in tuition this year. The University has issued a statement to the media this morning and would like to make several clarifications of fact to members of the community. ​More
           
 Message from the President,
September 17

One of the hallmarks of an AUC education is the capacity to think critically and to engage civilly in debates about issues of community concern and public importance. In the recent student protests against a tuition increase, we have seen behavior which fails to meet that standard. Inaccurate and illogical claims have been presented as facts; AUC students have been prevented from expressing their opinion by their fellow students; faculty and staff have been publicly insulted and several, including two on-duty security officers, have been physically assaulted.

Message to the Community,
September 16

Groups of students have chained the gates and placed vehicles in front of car-entry ramps, attempting to close the campus to students, faculty and staff. With difficulty, some members of the AUC community have been able to access the campus, but large numbers remain blocked outside the gates. The Emergency Management Team is working to provide access to campus as quickly as possible. ​More

Message to the Community,
September 16

As of late this morning, access was restored at all gates, after groups of students attempted to close the campus, in protest of this year’s 7 percent tuition increase. Classes and activities on campus will resume as normal tomorrow, and make up sessions will be planned for classes that were canceled due to the disruptions. ​More

Public Safety Notice
September 14
           

Clashes between protesters and the police continued throughout the night and until this morning. All disturbances were located in the surroundings of Simon Bolivar area and the adjacent part of Tahrir Square. Scattered events occurred on Qasr Eleiny Street when the protesters attacked police vehicles.

While Tahrir campus operated yesterday; some of our staff whose offices are facing Tahrir Square suffered the smell of tear gas though open windows. Please join us in thanking all Tahrir campus staff, faculty and students who helped keep the campus operating yesterday.
Several groups and parties have called for a million people march today to take place in all cities all over Egypt over the film mocking Prophet Muhammed. The history and assessment of the protests and gatherings organized by these groups indicate that it will be peaceful with no anticipation of violence or disturbances. Main areas of collection in Cairo were identified as mainly Tahrir Square and in front of big mosques.

All AUC community members are reminded to be careful when caught in crowds, and to exercise caution and vigilance when moving around.

The following advice can help keep you safe and secure:

 1.     Exercise caution when passing by government buildings, police stations, etc.
2.     Treat members of the security forces you encounter with patience and respect, and follow all instructions promptly.
3.     Carry photographic identification and a mobile phone.
4.     Remain alert to the possibility of road blockage in different areas.
5.     Get familiar with escape routes in case of emergency situation.
6.     Keep updated on the situation by following media reports.
7.      If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by visiting: http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu/
8.      If you are occasionally trapped in the crowd you are reminded to:
·            Not panic, stay calm.
·            Make yourself aware of your surroundings and mentally notice alternate exits.
·            If you find yourself in the middle of a moving crowd, do not fight against the pressure, and try to take advantage of any space that may open up to move sideways to the crowd movement where the flow is weaker.
·            If you fall and cannot get up, try to keep moving by crawling in the same direction. If it’s not possible, cover your head with your arms and curl up into the fetal position.
·            The worst scenario is to be pushed by the crowd against an immovable object, try to stay away from walls, fences or barricades, as the crowd pressure can build up rapidly.

AUC will continue to provide you with regular reliable information through e-mail, SMS and on the university Website at www.aucegypt.edu.

 Public Safety Notice
September 13
           

This morning, the security situation in the vicinity of the American Embassy in Garden City was fluid. Clashes are occurring intermittently between police and protesters; the throwing of rocks and Molotov cocktails in or around Simon Boulevard and Tahrir Square has been observed. This affected the traffic in Tahrir Square, Qasr Eleiny street, Qasr ElNil Bridge and surrounding streets in Tahrir.

The situation is now calmer than earlier this morning.The Tahrir campus is expected to operate normally today. It is advisable that we avoid walking across Tahrir Square, or using the metro station exits near Garden City.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and  will keep you posted with updates.

 
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