October 4, 2012
Dear AUC Community,
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.
We have already begun moving forward on the terms of our agreements. The budget and finance offices have begun modeling the impact of the changed tuition parameters on our planning for next year and the Senior Administrative Group — the 70 most senior administrators at the University — will meet next week to discuss ways in which we can realize operational efficiencies and savings in next year’s budget to offset the anticipated drop in tuition revenues.
In addition, I will be writing to you early next week about the formation and membership of the various committees outlined in the agreement. We hope to announce a process that allows all AUC students to apply to serve on these administrative committees, and a plan for ensuring that their work is properly recognized.
As promised in my message earlier this week, we will meet the first deadline in the agreement with the establishment of the Special University Commission on Conduct, which will begin its work on Sunday, October 7. I am pleased that Dean Nabil Fahmy and Dean Sherif Kamel have agreed to serve as co-chairs for the committee, while Associate Dean for Libraries and Learning Technology Aziza Ellozy has agreed to serve as the president of the commission.
The members of the Commission have been selected by their constituencies to represent them, and I am deeply grateful to them for their willingness to take on what will be a very time-consuming and complex assignment, while continuing to meet their usual obligations.
The mandate and membership of the Commission are below; to read a more complete Terms of Reference, please visitwww.aucegypt.edu/about/agreements/Pages/conductcommission.aspx. It is important to note, however, that the Commission will have discretion to elaborate or amend the policies and procedures that govern its operations.
The Special University Commission on Conduct is established to adjudicate all claims of violations of University policy related to the unauthorized restriction of access to the New Cairo campus between September 16, 2012 and September 30, 2012, including violations that may have taken place off campus in preparation for or in support of these efforts.
The Commission is empowered to entertain claims by any member or members of the University community against any other member or members of the community. All accusations must be submitted by October 22, and the Commission will complete its work no later than December 1.
All complaints should be directed to email@example.com; commission staff will follow up. Hardcopy complaints may be dropped off at the Office of the President in a sealed envelope, addressed to the attention of the Special University Commission on Conduct.
The Commission is empowered to recommend sanctions ranging from warning to expulsion (in the case of University students) or dismissal (in the case of University employees). Alumni or other affiliates found to be in violation of University policies may be banned from campus, barred from access to University services or otherwise sanctioned. The determination of the appropriate punishment for the type and severity of the violation is the sole discretion of the Commission.
Co-Chairs: Dean Nabil Fahmy and Dean Sherif Kamel
President: Associate Dean Aziza Ellozy
Representing the Faculty Senate: Professors Ibrahim Hegazy, Pandeli Galvanis, and as alternates, Ghada El Shimi and Magdi Nasrallah
Representing Independent Faculty: Professors Sherif Aly and Ibrahim Awad
Representing Management: Mohamed Abdel Aziz and Karim Abdel Rahman, and as alternates, Stephen Masterson and Ahmed Badawy
Representing Staff: Mona Khalifa and Rania Bahkeery, and as alternates, Rania Magdy and Evette Shoukri
Representing Parents: Ghada Wagdy, Mohamed Ismail, Hatem Kheir and Nesreen El Mahdy (members and alternates to be decided)
Representing Alumni: Ahmed Bakry, Farida Ezzat, Mohamed Ali and Abeer El Mudaris (members and alternates to be decided)
Two members of the Student Judicial Board (and two alternates)
Two members of the Student Senate (and two alternates)
Once again, I would like to thank all those who have agreed to give their special insight and precious time to this project, and ask that all of us support them in their efforts to restore our community through candid and fair-minded deliberations and above all outcomes reflecting both justice and mercy.
The American University in Cairo