Security News

2018

 

April 27, 2018

After continuous assessment and repair, we are pleased to resume regular operations and events on both AUC campuses starting Saturday, April 28. Accordingly, regular bus schedules will also resume. Access to AUC New Cairo will be limited to Gate 4 as the University continues to work with the municipality to have the surrounding streets cleared. While on campus, expect AUC’s maintenance crew to continue with on-site repairs.

To report any additional maintenance issues, please contact facilities and operations services via email at facilities@aucegypt.edu or telephone +20.2.2615. 2222.

For updates, please check the University's main website at http://www.aucegypt.edu/news/security. In case of an emergency, please use AUC’s hotline 19282.

For a full list of emergency numbers, please visit AUC emergency contacts at: http://www.aucegypt.edu/emergency-phone-numbers.

 

بعد اجراء كافة عمليات التقييم والاصلاح، تقرر استئناف العمل والفعاليات في حرمي الجامعة بدءا من يوم السبت ٢٨ أبريل . وبالتالي يتم استئناف خدمة الاتوبيس وفقاً لجداول عمل الاتوبيس المعتادة. سيكون دخول حرم الجامعة بالقاهرة الجديدة من خلال بوابة ٤ فقط، بينما تستمر الجامعة في التعاون مع إدارة الحي لاصلاح محيط الجامعة. وعلى مجتمع الجامعة توقع استمرار فرق عمل الصيانة باتمام عمليات الصيانة بحرم الجامعة.

وللابلاغ عن أي حالات صيانة أخرى، يرجى الاتصال بمركز المنشآت والعمليات من خلال البريد الالكتروني facilities@aucegypt.edu أو على الرقم ٠٢.٢٦١٥.٢٢٢٢ 

 ستقوم إدارة الجامعة بإبلاغ مجتمع الجامعة بأي أخبار جديدة من خلال الموقع الالكتروني للجامعة على الرابط: http://www.aucegypt.edu/news/security

وفي حالة الطوارئ، يرجى الاتصال بالخط الساخن للجامعة على الرقم ١٩٢٨٢. لمعرفة أرقام الطوارئ، يرجى زيارة صفحة أرقام الطوارئ على الرابط التالي: 

http://www.aucegypt.edu/emergency-phone-numbers

 

April 25, 2018

As a result of the extreme weather yesterday, and expected continuation, AUC offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, April 26 and no classes or events will be held at both the New Cairo and Tahrir campuses. Events for Friday, April 27 will also be postponed. Students, faculty and staff are advised not to come to campus unless necessary. Access to the New Cairo campus will be through Gate 4 only. 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. The medical clinic will remain open.

Faculty members will make arrangements for the missed classes directly with their students and inform their department chair of their plan.

Both campuses are in stable condition. AUC maintenance crews are working on repair and clean up to ensure a safe and secure environment and will continue assessing the situation.

The University is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated with new information via email and through the Emergency News link on the University's main website at http://www.aucegypt.edu/news/security. In case on an emergency please use AUC’s hotline 19282. For a full list of emergency numbers, please visit AUC emergency contacts at: http://www.aucegypt.edu/emergency-phone-numbers.

 

تعليق الدراسة وغلق مكاتب الجامعة يوم السادس والعشرين من أبريل بسبب سوء الأحوال الجوية

تقرر تعليق الدراسة بالجامعة وغلق جميع المكاتب وإلغاء جميع الفعاليات غدا السادس والعشرين من أبريل وذلك بحرمي الجامعة بالتحرير والقاهرة الجديدة، وذلك نتيجة لسوء الأحوال الجوية المتوقع استمرارها. كما تقرر تأجيل جميع الفعاليات المقامة بالجامعة يوم الجمعة 27 أبريل. وتنصح الجامعة الطلاب وأعضاء هيئة التدريس والعاملين بعدم الذهاب إلى حرم الجامعة إلا في حالة الضرورة وسيسمح بالدخول إلى حرم الجامعة فقط من بوابة 4. ستستمر إدارة الجامعة في تقديم الخدمات اللازمة للطلاب المقيمين في سكن الطلاب بحرم الجامعة، إلا أنه تقرر غلق المكتبة والمركز الرياضي وتوقف خدمات الأتوبيس. أما عيادة الجامعة، فستستمر في العمل.
سيقوم أعضاء هيئة التدريس بالتنسيق بشكل مباشر مع الطلاب لتعويض الفصول الملغاة وإبلاغ رؤساء الأقسام بخطط التعويض المتفق عليها. 
إن حرمي الجامعة في حالة مستقرة، وتقوم فرق عمل الصيانة حاليا بعمليات الاصلاح والنظافة لضمان توفير بيئة آمنة وسليمة وستستمر فرق العمل في تقييم الموقف.
تقوم إدارة الجامعة بمراقبة الموقف عن كثب وستقوم بإبلاغ مجتمع الجامعة بأي أخبار جديدة من خلال البريد الإلكتروني وعلى صفحة أخبار الطوارئ على الموقع الإلكتروني للجامعة على الرابط التالي http://www.aucegypt.edu/news/security. وفي حالة حدوث أي طوارئ، يرجى الاتصال بالخط الساخن للجامعة على الرقم 19282 ولمعرفة أرقام الطوارئ، يرجى زيارة صفحة أرقام الطوارئ على الرابط التالي http://www.aucegypt.edu/emergency-phone-numbers

 

 

 

 

September 13, 2017

The Safety and Security office wishes to remind all AUC community members not to use microbuses for travel in and around Cairo under any circumstances. These vehicles are completely unregulated and their drivers are unpredictable which places passengers in a higher probability of accident. The risk of the theft of valuables and the possibility of personal injury are also reasons as to why one should not ride in a microbus.

 

September 4, 2017

The Safety and Security office conveys its sincere greetings and best wishes to everyone as we begin the new academic year. As we diligently aim to provide a safe and secure learning and working environment for all community members and visitors as well, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the below policies and regulations:

Campus Access

  • Any non-resident student who may need to access campus after 10:00 pm must present a valid reason at the gates to be granted access to campus. A valid reason would be for educational purposes such as using labs, preparing or attending scheduled events.
  • Any non-resident student who may need to stay overnight on campus outside of the dorms must receive an approval of his/her department chair/office director and forward this approval to the Safety and Security office
  • Visitors for resident student are welcome on campus until 7:00 pm
  • Each resident student is permitted maximum two visitors
  • Visitors for resident student must provide the resident student name and present valid IDs to access campus
  • Any resident student must pick up his/her visitor(s) at the internal entrance by himself/herself
  • All campus internal entrances and external gates will be closed at 11:00 pm except for pepsi gate entrance using Gate 4 and the portal entrance using Gate 1
  • Parents of resident students may access campus anytime; if needed as per AUC's residential life policies, rules and regulations

Parking

Please abide by AUC parking rules and regulations which can be found here.

Any car violating AUC parking rules and regulations will be towed. The cost of towing is EGP 300 fees beside the below fines:

  • LE 300 for parking by a fire hydrant or in fire lanes
  • LE 200 for parking on lawns, sidewalks, campus landscape areas or any area outside the clearly delineated parking spaces in addition to the cost of any property damage
  • LE 100 for parking in the designated visitors parking lot
  • LE 300 for blocking driveways, entrances or alleys, or parking in a service driveway
  • LE 200 for parking in a space designated for handicapped parking without displaying a University handicapped permit
  • LE 50 for failure to fit within a parking slot and park within boundary lines 
  • LE 50 for parking overnight without prior approval from the Security Office in addition to a parking ticket

Uber and Careem are allowed to access campus via external Gate 4 and use Pepsi Gate drop off as a pick-up point.

Personal Property

Please do not leave your personal belongings unattended; keep them with you at all times.

For further clarifications; please refer to:
Campus Access Policy
Personal Property Policy

 

July 20, 2017

Periodically, the US State Department sends messages to its citizens informing them of travel warnings or advisories. One such message was issued yesterday. In the message, the US State Department reminded US citizens traveling to Egypt to consider certain risks that might arise during their stay. 

While daily life in Cairo is normal, the Safety and Security Office is using yesterday's State Department message as an opportunity to remind all members of the AUC community to take into consideration the following security tips:

  • Avoid being near police and military institutions and barracks as much as possible.
  • Avoid crowded places and Cairo suburbs, as these areas have previously been targets of violence.
  • Abide by the safety and security instructions of the touristic facilities you are visiting.
  • Members of the AUC Community are encouraged to contact AUC Security and Safety Office before traveling in Egypt so that we may give you a current assessment of the security situation in the area you are traveling to and also ensure that you possess important contact information in the event of needing assistance.
  • As religious sites have been a frequent target of extremism, community members are encouraged to exercise the utmost caution when visiting such sites.

If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by visiting: http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu/

In case of emergency, please call the 24/7 AUC emergency hotline at AUC New Cairo (+2) 2615.4444, AUC Downtown (+2) 2797.6666

 

April 27, 2017

As many of you know, Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, is visiting Egypt this Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29. 

As Egyptian authorities have classified this visit as a very high level risk, many of the streets around the ZamalekMaadiAl Azhar Mosque and New Cairo (around Petrosport Stadium) areas will be under strict police control or unexpectedly blocked. These blockages are likely to create very heavy traffic throughout the surrounding areas in Cairo.

Accordingly, all AUC members are kindly requested to consider the following tips:

  • Avoid all unnecessary movements in Cairo for the coming couple of days due to anticipated heavy traffic.
  • If you do move throughout Cairo this weekend, please carry identification cards and a charged mobile. Please be sure to save the AUC emergency numbers to your phone for easy and quick use.

New Cairo: 02.2615.4444
Downtown: 02.2797.6666

Please be patient in dealing with security forces and follow all instructions. The Safety and Security Office will keep you informed of any further updates to the situation as we are made aware of them.

 

April 10, 2017

During the easter and spring holidays, the possibility of congregations and gatherings increases, especially in coastal cities. Accordingly, please take into consideration the following safety and security tips:

  • Avoid presence near police and military institutions as much as possible.
  • Avoid crowded places and locations.
  • Abide by the safety and security instructions of the touristic facilities you are at.

In case of emergency, call the 24/7 AUC emergency hotline at AUC New Cairo (+2) 2615.4444, AUC Tahrir Square (+2) 2797.6666 or 012.7000.1144.

To stay informed with security conditions and tips, please update your contact information here.

 

March 12, 2017

Statement on State Council Verdict

According to news reports, the State Council issued a verdict today in a lawsuit regarding tuition. The University will await communication of the court's written decision before responding to the court or commenting in public.

 

November 10, 2016

While November 11 will likely pass as any normal day, there is an increased chance of protests.  In this regard, we advise you to stay vigilant in public and crowded areas, be aware of all surroundings, and follow AUC Security Notifications.  Please note that  the AUC Tahrir Campus will be closed with only essential services staff working there.

In particular, exercise the utmost caution near government buildings, police stations, and military barracks. Follow all instructions from security forces and remain alert for blockades and other traffic changes. If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by visiting: http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu/

In case of emergency, please call the AUC operator hotline at 19282.  AUC will continue to provide you with regular information through e-mail, SMS and on the University website. Please keep a copy of the emergency phone numbers listed here.

April 21, 2016

There have been calls for protests over the upcoming holiday break, in particular on Monday, April 25 which coincides with Sinai Liberation Day. The protests have been planned, as last weekend, near Tahrir and Talaat Harb Squares, in particular the Press Syndicate and surrounding areas.

AUC Security urges you to take caution and avoid these areas during times of planned protests. Protests can escalate and turn violent quickly. In this regard, we advise you to stay vigilant in public and crowded areas, be aware of all surroundings, follow AUC Security Notifications and to not take photos or videos for demonstrations or security forces. 

In particular, exercise the utmost caution near government buildings, police stations, and military barracks. Follow all instructions from security forces and remain alert for blockades and other traffic changes. If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by clicking here.

In case of emergency, please call the AUC operator hotline at 19282.  AUC will continue to provide you with regular information through e-mail, SMS and on the University website on this page. Important contact info can be found here.

January 24, 2016

As you all know, January 25 is a national holiday to commemorate Police Day and is the anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 Revolution.   In the past, violent disturbances have occurred on this holiday and the days immediately preceding it; the possibility that similar incidents will occur this year cannot be excluded. The Government of Egypt has deployed additional security forces, including military personnel, throughout the country as a precaution.  

The Security Office also reminds AUC community, as a rule, to exercise caution and avoid public gatherings on the streets of Egypt.  Demonstrations can occur quickly and without notice.  Even peaceful gatherings can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. 

Please consider the following points regarding your security on the streets of Egypt:

  •   Review your destinations and routes, avoiding locations where demonstrations are ongoing, even if peaceful. 
  •   Carry a mobile phone and remain cognizant of your location at all times.
  •   Keep your doors locked.
  •   When approached by a crowd, go in the opposite direction in a safe manner. 
  •   If caught up in a group remain calm, avoid accidents with pedestrians that might escalate the situation. Allow the crowd to pass. 
  •   If confronted with aggression, remain calm and slowly but deliberately walk or drive away. Where possible, avoid exaggerated threatening moves with your vehicle that might escalate violence. 

If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by visiting: http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu/

In case of emergency, please call the AUC operator hotline at 19282.  AUC will continue to provide you with regular information through e-mail, SMS and on this page.

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

 

August 13, 2015
 
This weekend marks the second anniversary of the clearance of the sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda squares on August 14, 2013.  Because of the possibility of violence, as well as likely traffic congestion associated with possible rallies and demonstrations, AUC community members are advised to increase their level of awareness and avoid areas where protests may occur, particularly during this sit-in anniversary period.  Areas such as Talbeya, Matareya, and Imbaba are notable areas in the Cairo area that have a recent history of protests and occasional violence.
 
The following is gentle reminder for you:

  • Keep updated on the situation by following media reports.
  • Carry our personal identification / passport and a mobile phone.
  • Exercise caution when passing by government buildings, police stations and military barracks.
  • Treat members of the security forces you encounter with patience and respect , and follow all instructions promptly.
  • Keep your vehicle fueled.
  • If you have not registered with the AUC emergency communication system yet. please do by visiting: http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.

If you are occasionally trapped in the crowed you are reminded to:

  1. Do not panic, keep calm.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

AUC is committed AUC is committed to providing a safe and secure environment to all of its community and will continue to communicate any changes to our security policies, procedures and protocols.

Should you have any questions about the current security status or believe that you have information that would be useful to AUC Security, please contact the AUC Security office at the following:

August 5, 2015

Concerning of the opening ceremony of the New Suez Canal, which will take place tomorrow, police and military troops are widespread to secure the country during the celebration .

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. If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by visiting:http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu/

AUC is committed to providing a safe and secure environment to all of its community and will continue to communicate any changes to our security policies, procedures and protocols.

Should you have any questions about the current security status or believe that you have information that would be useful to AUC Security, please contact the AUC Security office at the following:

August 4, 2015

The Egyptian government has announced Thursday, August 6 as a national holiday. As a result, the University will be closed.

June 29, 2015

The Egyptian government has announced tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30 as a national holiday. As a result, the University will be closed tomorrow. Course instructors teaching summer courses will consult with their students to reschedule the class meetings and assignments.

June 29, 2015

As you may have learned from the news, Egypt's General Prosecutor died in an explosion near his home on June 29. Incidents like this one are infrequent and continue to target figures of the police, army and the judicial system. The Egyptian government has announced June 30 an official holiday and, as a result, the University will also be closed.

Please be advised that AUC campus is secure and all essential services operate normally, even when the University is closed. While we do not anticipate any political unrest to take place, we urge you to contact ISSA emergency line 01000066907 if you have any concerns. If you have no mobile phone, you can contact the AUC hotline: 19282 from any landline.

Furthermore, if you are residing off-campus and believe you would feel safer living on-campus, there is plenty of room; please contact the above mentioned number and we will arrange your move.

 

November 26, 2014

There are reports in the media of calls for marches in greater Cairo and other cities throughout Egypt on Friday, November 28, 2014.

Please exercise caution if there is a necessity to be on the street; avoid crowds, and if you happen to be caught in a moving crowd,  do not fight against the pressure, and try to take advantage of any space that may open up to move sideways where the flow is weaker.  Avoid taking pictures of protests. If protests turn violent in your area, stay indoors.
 
You may always call the AUC operator hotline at 19282.  AUC will continue to provide you with regular information through e-mail, SMS and on this page. Please keep a copy of the emergency phone numbers listed on the AUC website at this link.

October 2014

Members of the AUC community may be aware of threats recently posted on-line encouraging violence against Americans and other international residents of the region, particularly teachers.  
 
AUC Security takes such threats extremely seriously and works very closely with Egyptian and international security agencies to ensure the safety and security of community.  We routinely assess the security of our bus routes and bus stops as well as that of all our facilities.
 
Should you have any questions about the current security status or believe that you have information that would be useful to AUC Security, please contact the AUC Security office at the following:
·        New Cairo:  2615-4444
·        Downtown:  2797-6666
·        Mobile:  0127 000 1561

·        Email:  aucsecurity@aucegypt.edu 
 
AUC is committed to providing a safe and secure environment to all of its community and will continue to communicate any changes to our security policies, procedures and protocols.

October 2014

Lifting Travel Warning to Egypt 

Students and scholars interested in visiting The American University in Cairo or attending for a semester or year abroad should be aware that the U.S. Department of State lifted its travel warning to Egypt in June 2014. There are no restrictions on movement within Cairo, and the University is once again receiving international scholars and students from around the world. AUC has a new, centralized office for all international student affairs — the Office of International Students and Study Abroad — intended to ensure that all incoming international students have easy access to appropriate academic and social support.

* If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by visiting:http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu. 

* AUC will continue to provide you with regular reliable information through email, SMS and on the University website at www.aucegypt.edu. Please keep a copy of the emergency phone numbers listed on the AUC website at http://www.aucegypt.edu/Pages/EmergencyComm.aspx.

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, 2013
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 onMondayand start at 7:00 pm onwards
10:50-1:00 Classes originally scheduled onTuesdayand start at 7:00 pm onwards
1:10-3:20 Classes originally scheduled onWednesdayand start at 7:00 pmonwards
3:30-5:40 Classes originally scheduled onThursdayand start at 7:00 pmonwards

 

And Graduate ENGL Module courses that start at7:00 pm(ENGL 123-1class, ENGL 124 and EGL125)

5:50-8:00 Classes originally scheduled on Sundayand start at 7:00 pm onward

 

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, 2013
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 onward
10.40-12.40 classes originally scheduled on Tuesday and start at 7:00 pm onward
12.50-2.50 classes originally scheduled on Wednesday and start at 7:00 pm onward
3:00-5:00 classes originally scheduled on Thursday and start at 7:00 pm onward
And Graduate ENGL Module courses that start at7:00 pm (ENGL 123-1class, ENGL 124 and EGL125)
5:10-7:10 classes originally scheduled on Sunday and start at 7:00 pm onward
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, 2013
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 14, 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 onward
10.40-12.40 classes originally scheduled on Tuesday and start at 7:00 pm onward
12.50-2.50 classes originally scheduled on Wednesday and start at 7:00 pm onward
3:00-5:00 classes originally scheduled on Thursday and start at 7:00 pm onward

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 onward

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, 2013
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, 2013
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 onMonday and start at 7:00 pmonward
10.40-12.40 classes originally scheduled on Tuesday and start at 7:00 pmonward
12.50-2.50 classes originally scheduled on Wednesday and start at 7:00 pmonward
3:00-5:00

classes originally scheduled on Thursday and start at 7:00 pmonward

And Graduate ENGL Module courses that start at 7:00 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, 2013
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, 2013
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 14. A schedule for such classes will be sent to you in later message.

 

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 canceled and all students registered in that session, and any other courses that must be canceled, 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-Suez 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 Kasr El-Nil, Abdel Moneim Riad Square and Kornich El-Nil.
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 Itihadia 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.

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.

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.
 

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.


December 6, 2012

University Open Today

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.

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.

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. More


November 25, 2012

AUC Transportation Update

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.

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.

November 21, 2012

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


October 31, 2012

New York Office Closed

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 regular inquiries, please click here. For urgent inquiries, please contact the Office of the President in Cairo.   

Name: Rasha Hassan 
Department: Office of the President 
Title: Administration Officer 
Email: "Rasha Hassan"    rasha.hassan@aucegypt.edu
Phone: 1503 
Building: Administration Building         

October 4, 2012

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.
More 

October 1, 2012 

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.

September 30, 2012

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

September 30, 2012

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 

September 27, 2012

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.

September 25, 2012

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

September 22, 2012

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

September 20, 2012

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

September 19, 2012

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
            

September 17, 2012

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.

September 16, 2012

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

September 16, 2012

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

September 14, 2012
            
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 Kasr El Aini 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.

September 13, 2012
            
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.

August 23, 2012
            
During the past two weeks, several groups have been calling for demonstrations on Friday, August 24, 2012 against the Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm. These calls may attract supporters and provoke violent confrontations in certain locations given that the Muslim Brotherhood and its party are preparing to secure their headquarters and premises starting the night of August 23. Many other groups and parties have called on their supporters to boycott these demonstrations.

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.     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, 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.

Thursday, July 5, 2012
            
This is just a reminder of the current AUC Travel Guidance Advisory Policy. The current AUC Travel Guidance Advisory Policy states that:

1. Road travel outside Cairo should be during daylight. No road travel is permitted after dark.
2. Road travel to Hurghada is permitted.
3. Travel to Sinai, Upper Egypt and Fayoum is not permitted as a general rule. Travel to Fayoum can be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
4. Travel to Sharm ElSheikh, Luxor and Aswan is only permitted by flight. Any road travel outside Sharm ElSheikh in Sinai is not permitted.
5. Prior approval from the security office and conducting a security briefing for the trip leader or coordinator is required for all travel outside Cairo at least 48 hours before the trip start time. 

We suggest that anyone planning for personal travel may follow the same policy guidelines.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

After the release of the presidential elections results, the number of people celebrating in Tahrir Square and surrounding areas is increasing with potential for blocking traffic, and entry and exit to Tahrir Campus. Tahrir Campus and Falaki building will be closed for operation tomorrow 25 June, 2012, and we expect return to normal operation on Tuesday 26 June, 2012.

New Cairo Campus is open for normal operation tomorrow 25 June, 2012. Classes at Zamalek dorms and Heliopolis building will run normally tomorrow as well.

Bus transportation services will continue to use Al Zahraa station for pick-up and drop-off instead of Tahrir.

We will keep you posted with updates.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
            
In anticipation of the announcement of the results of the Egyptian Presidential election at 3PM Sunday June 24, the Tahrir Campus including the Falaki Building will close at 2PM. We anticipate a return to normal operations on Monday June 25.

Further updates will be provided through AUC's Public Safety messaging system.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
            
During the past couple of weeks, multiple big events have been taking place.

These events lead thousands of protesters to sit-in in Tahrir Square waiting for announcing the presidential elections results. Caution is advised when traveling to Tahrir and around some areas in Cairo such as the High Committee of Presidential Elections building, Maadi Military Hospital, Parliament building, MOI, MOD and the Constitutional Court.

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.

AUC will continue to provide you with regular reliable information through e-mail, SMS and on the university Website at www.aucegypt.edu.
            
Sunday, June 10, 2012

Please be advised that all plants and fruit trees on campus are sprayed with pesticides during the period from April to August each year. Eating or handling any of these plants or fruits during this period may expose you to health risks.
            
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

There are planned protests in many areas in Cairo this afternoon, including Tahrir Square. While the streets to Tahrir Square have been blocked during the past few days, we managed to continue operations in Tahrir campus normally. Mohamed Mahmoud gate has been operating without interruptions, and traffic in Mohamed Mahmoud street has been normal until the entry point to the Square.

We expect to continue normal  operations on Tahrir campus and  will keep you posted with updates.

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     

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.    As a reminder, please ensure that you have an adequate supply of food, water and cash in your home in  the event that services are interrupted.

7.    Keep updated on the situation by following media reports.

8.    If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by visiting: http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu/

9.    Please note that you may access the list of the police patrol emergency numbers by visiting: www.aucegypt.edu/Pages/EmergencyComm.aspx

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 tostay 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."

Thursday, May 10, 2012
                        
In any emergency, the conditions that gave rise to the incident may still be presenting a danger. Remember that you must put your safety first, and please call the AUC clinic emergency number at extension 4000 for assistance if you are on campus, or other emergency numbers listed in this PDF document if you are outside campus. Click here to view the document.
 
If you cannot eliminate a life-threatening hazard, you should try to put some distance between it and the victim and minimize the danger if possible.
 
As a general rule, when giving first aid you should leave the victims in the position in which you found them until medical help arrives. You should only move the victim if she/he is in imminent danger, and even then only if it is safe for you to approach and you have the training and equipment to carry out the move.
 
Transportation should be provided by qualified medical or emergency response personnel after assessment of the victim.
 
Friday, May 4, 2012

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has decided to impose a curfew in Abasseya Square, the surrounding area of the Ministry of Defense and all the streets leading to that area starting 11:00 pm until 7:00 am. 
            
Saturday, March 31, 2012

Please avoid going through Tahrir Square, if you are walking to or from the Tahrir Campus, as there have been reports of isolated security issues.

You may go through Tahrir Main campus or Falaki campus to reach the bus pickup point at Mohamed Mahmoud street without going through Tahrir Square when you come from Garden City or Mobtadayan area because of concrete blocks at some streets.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
            
According to the current security assessment, the current AUC Travel Guidance Advisory Policy states that:

1. Road travel outside Cairo should be during daylight. No road travel is permitted after dark.
2. Road travel to Hurghada is permitted.
3. Travel to Sinai, Upper Egypt and Fayoum is not permitted as a general rule.
4. Travel to Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor and Aswan is only permitted by flight. Road travel to Dahab from Sharm El Sheikh is not permitted.
5. Road travel west of Matrouh in the West Desert is not permitted.
6. Prior approval from the security office and conducting a security briefing for the trip leader or coordinator is required for all travel outside Cairo at least 48 hours before the trip start time.
 
We suggest that anyone planning for personal travel may follow the same policy guidelines.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

According to the current security assessment, planning and running AUC sponsored trips can be resumed. The current AUC Travel Guidance Advisory Policy states that:

1. Road travel outside Cairo should be during daylight. No road travel is permitted after dark.
2. Road travel to Hurghada is permitted.
3. Travel to Sinai, Upper Egypt and Fayoum is not permitted as a general rule.
4. Travel to Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor and Aswan is only permitted by flight. Road travel to Dahab from Sharm El Sheikh is permitted.
5. Prior approval from the security office and conducting a security briefing for the trip leader or coordinator is required for all travel outside Cairo at least 48 hours before the trip start time.
 
We suggest that anyone planning for personal travel may follow the same policy guidelines.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The current assessment of the security situation in Down Town shows that it is safe and secure to access the Main Tahrir Campus and the Falaki Campus through all gates. We will open the Theater gate to Falaki campus as well. Accordingly, we will resume normal operation at Falaki starting Sunday, 12 February, 2012.

Please be reminded that all activities on AUC New Cairo campus for the next two days are exclusive to members of the AUC community only. No access will be granted to any non-AUC visitors.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

There are three marches taking place this afternoon at the following locations:                       

  • El Ahly club to Tahrir Square        
  • Ain Shams University to Ministry of Defense
  • Sphinx Square in Mohandeseen to Tahrir Square

The Ministry of Interior deployed 20 battalions and around 10 armored specialized vehicles from central security forces to surround and protect the Ministry of Interior building in Down Town. Other Military forces are located there as well.

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.     If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please click here 
8.      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 e-mail, SMS and on the University Website.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Due to the current information we have that the security situation might be unstable this afternoon in Down Town, Tahrir Campus and Falaki building will be closed for operation at 1330 hrs.

Please follow the security officers' instructions on your way out.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Traffic is back to how it was before January 25, 2012 in Tahrir Square. The check points were removed. Pedestrian access to Falaki Street from Mohamed Mahmoud Street will be opened on Saturday January 28, 2012.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The security situation in Tahrir is stable. The square was full of people celebrating the day peacefully. We are not sure whether the crowd and the check points will be less in the morning. The army blocked Falaki street with the barbed wire so that pedestrians coming from Mohamed Mahmoud street will not be able to pass. It is advisable that you use Mansour street to Sheikh Rihan street to Falaki building, and Tahrir street to Mohamed Mahmoud street to Tahrir Main Campus.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
 
Large gatherings are anticipated tomorrow, Wednesday January 25, 2012, in Tahrir Square. The current  security assessments indicate that the gatherings will be peaceful and that we will have normal operation on Thursday January 26, 2012, but there is always a risk of localized unrest.
 
Large gatherings might take place in other major squares in Cairo and other cities such as and not limited to Alexandria and Suez.
 
Several parties, groups and activists are organizing marches from various areas to Tahrir Square at 12:00 pm as follows:

  • El Horaya Sq. in Maadi
  • Nahia in Giza
  • Imbaba in Giza and this will pass by Mostafa Mahmoud Mosque in Mohandeseen.
  • El Istiqamah Mosque in Giza Sq
  • Shubra

 
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.      As a reminder, please ensure that you have an adequate supply of food, water and cash in your home in the event that services are interrupted.
7.      Keep updated on the situation by following media reports.
8.      If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please click here to register 
9.   Please note that you may access the list of the police patrol emergency numbers by clicking here
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.
 
AUC will continue to provide you with regular reliable information through e-mail, SMS and on the university Website.


Monday, December 26, 2011
 
The security situation in Tahrir Square and the surrounding area has been stable for the past few days.
 
AUC Tahrir Main Campus will be open for normal operation tomorrow Tuesday December 27, 2011. While Mohamed Mahmoud and Sheikh Rihan streets are still blocked by concrete, you may access the Main Campus through Ewart Gate if you come from Mansour Street, or Mohamed Mahmoud Gate if you come from Tahrir Square.
 
Falaki Campus and the clinic remain open for normal operation.
 
Security Session on Thursday and Safety Tips
Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 2:15 pm 
 
Due to heightened security concerns in Egypt in general and among members of the AUC community, the Office of Public Safety will be holding a session this Thursday, December 1 during assembly hour from 1 to 2 pm in Moataz Al Alfi Hall. This session will provide general advice on how to stay safe and a question and answer session to address your concerns. The session will be conducted in both English and Arabic.
 
The University is deeply committed to the safety and security of its community and campus. AUC New Cairo was specifically designed to allow a high-level of perimeter control, utilizing a number of techniques between the two access zones to ensure that only authorized individuals are able to enter the campus. The area between the outer gates and the parking lots is monitored with surveillance cameras on a 24-hour basis, creating a buffer zone between the outer perimeter and the second set of walls that are only accessible with an AUC ID. Outside the gates of AUC, the public safety office coordinates closely with both the police and the military. After the car theft incident last week, the University has been in contact again with the local authorities to request increased patrols around our campus. Nonetheless, members of the AUC community are advised to park within the campus parking lots.
 
We would also like to encourage all members of the community to exercise greater caution, a heightened sense of awareness and follow the general safety tips listed below. As a member of the community, you are an important partner in ensuring your own safety and that of others around you. Be sure to report any suspicious activity or incidents to the Office of Public Safety and the police.  If you have any questions concerning this announcement or any security-related issue to report, please contact the security department at ext. 4444, or through 19282 or publicsafety@aucegypt.edu.
 
General Safety Tips

•    As you move around Cairo, keep with you at all times a valid ID and a mobile phone. 
•    Be prepared to show your ID when asked
•    Report any suspicious activity
•    Be as unpredictable as possible when you plan your work and social schedules. Schedules that are most predictable make you most vulnerable
•    Always be aware of your surroundings, but act like nothing is a big deal
•    Do not distract yourself with headphones and listening to music
•    Always attempt to leave space in which to maneuver in traffic 
•    Avoid choke points in travel, and be wary of diversions
 •    If you are being followed or harassed by another driver, try to find the nearest police station, safe haven, hotel, or other public facility to call the police
•    Never lead the person back to your home or stop and get out
•    Wear comfortable shoes and dress to blend in
•    When walking in public, make sure you carry belongings such as your handbag on the opposite side of cars passing you
•    Use the sidewalk where possible
•    Try to keep some space between you and the other individual if speaking to an unknown person
•    Do not allow individuals into your residence who you do not know
•    Do not give out personal information over the phone
 
Tips to Avoid Car Theft

•     Always park your car in a well-lit area if you plan to arrive or leave after dark
•     Don’t park in isolated or visually obstructed areas
•     Use attended garages
•     As you walk to your car, be alert to suspicious persons standing around or sitting in nearby cars
•     If someone approaches you, change directions
•     Follow your instincts if they tell you to walk or run away
•     As you approach your vehicle, look under, around and inside your car
•     Always have your keys ready to avoid taking time looking for them before you unlock the car
•     If safe, open the door, enter quickly and lock the doors, start your car and drive immediately
•     Always drive with your car doors locked and windows rolled up
•     When stopped at a traffic light or on the road for any reason, leave space a head to allow you to maneuver and escape if necessary
•     If you are bumped in traffic be suspicious of the incident and use your common sense on whether to stop or just leave the scene
•     Whenever you have a flat tire or alerted about a flat tire, do not stop and continue driving until you reach a busy place or a gas station
•     Call the police immediately to report the crime and provide detailed information
 
AUC New Cairo to Operate Tuesday, Car Theft, Community Resources
Sunday, November 27, 2011, 3:30 pm 
 
Both AUC Tahrir Square and AUC New Cairo will be closed on Monday, November 28; AUC New Cairo will operate a normal schedule on Tuesday, November 29. Given that each round of elections will now take place over two days, there is time for members of the community who wish to take part in this important civic duty to do so on Monday. At the same time, there are numerous exams and classes scheduled on Tuesday, which make closing difficult for faculty and students.The safety and security of members of the AUC community is of paramount importance to the University; however, and the emergency management team will continue to monitor the situation closely.
 
This morning, three armed individuals approached the driver of a vehicle parked outside of Gate 1, asked the driver to turn over the keys and drove off with the vehicle. No one was injured in this incident, which was reported to the local police authorities and the military, which will be investigating. Members of the community are encouraged to park on the campus parking lots and should remember to always keep car windows and doors locked while parked or waiting outside the gate.
 
The University has been assisting AUC faculty members and graduate stufdents who live downtown to relocate outside of this area temporarily. Any faculty member needing such assistance should be in contact with the Office of the Provost; international students should contact the International Student Affairs Office (ISA). International students should stop by ISA to pick up an emergency contact card and can, in the event of an emergency, call 010.0006.6907. Given the security situation, we ask that members of the community be prepared to cooperate fully with the transportation team in arranging the most appropriate times for pick up from downtown. All AUC affiliates, particularly international graduate students, should ensure that their contact information, including local address and local phone numbers, are updated at http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.
 
Three Detained Students Depart Egypt
Sunday, November 27, 2011, 10:15 am
 
On Friday evening, the three detained AUC international students Luke Gates, Greg Porter and Derrik Sweeney were escorted by police directly to the airport, where they each boarded flights out of Egypt. They have all now left the country. Since they were not permitted to return to the dorms, AUC staff members from the international student affairs team and the dorms packed their belongings for them and sent them to the airport. 
 
Detained Students Awaiting Clearance for Release
Friday, November 25, 2011, 11:00 am
 
Yesterday, the Public Prosecutor's office issued the order of release for AUC students Luke Gates, Greg Porter and Derrik Sweeney. The students are now waiting at the Kasr El Aini police station for the necessary clearances to be released; and their families have arranged for departure from Egypt once the clearances are obtained. Yesterday, staff members from the International Student Affairs (ISA) office and the International Peer Leaders visited with the students and found them well. They will continue to visit the three students until their release and departure.
 
Library Fire Extinguished
Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 3:50 pm 
 
There was a small fire on the third floor of the old library building on the Greek Campus at 1:30 pm today. Fortunately, the fire was contained in one room and extinguished in less than an hour, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our staff. 
 
Message to International Students
Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 1:30 pm 
 
Given the unfolding events in Tahrir and around Egypt, international students are urged to use caution and sound judgment in their movements in and around the city. The excitement to bear witness to these extraordinary times in real time on the ground is totally understandable, yet international students are encouraged to refrain from placing themselves in areas of civil unrest. In addition, please be reminded that as an international student, you are a guest in Egypt and subject to its laws. Your safety and security are very important to the University; therefore, please review the safety tips distributed to the AUC community back in September that remain relevant today: 
 
• Traveling outside Cairo is permitted, but make sure to be home before 10 pm. 
• When you travel inside Cairo, limit all movements to the most essential only and plan alternative routes, avoiding large gatherings. 
• Avoid all rallies because of a credible risk of localized unrest. 
• Exercise caution when passing by government buildings, police stations and military barracks. 
• Treat members of the security forces you encounter with patience and respect, and follow all instructions promptly. Carry photographic identification and a mobile phone. 
• Ensure that you have an adequate supply of food in your home in the event that services are interrupted. 
 
Any international student living off campus may report to the Zamalek Dormitory reception to check in for a temporary stay there if they feel their safety is compromised during these days of protest. Check to see that you have your emergency contact card, which is distributed to all international students upon arrival. If you need another one, please visit the Office of International Student Affairs. If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do so by filling in this form.
 
Detained Students Interviewed by Public Prosecutor
Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 1:20 pm 
 
The University has confirmed this morning that the public prosecutor interviewed yesterday our three detained American study-abroad students, Gregory Porter, Luke Gates and Derrik Sweeney, who are being held at the Abdeen public prosecutor’s office. Today, they will be interviewed again by the State Security public prosecutor.
 
AUC New Cairo to Operate Tomorrow
Tuesday, November 22, 11 pm
 
We recognize that these are extraordinary times. We feel confident that, having carefully assessed the potential risks to the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff, we will not be putting our community in harm's way by opening tomorrow. Moreover, we believe that AUC best serves its mission to be of service to Egypt by operating as fully as possible.
 
The Tahrir Square campus will remain closed until further notice.
 
AUC New Cairo to Close Early
Tuesday, November 22, 12:30 pm
 
AUC New Cairo will be closing early today due to the high likelihood of traffic congestion related to general protests that are anticipated later today. As of 1 pm, staff, faculty and students may begin to leave the New Cairo campus. The bus schedule will see departures for all routes beginning at 1:15 pm. There will be an additional departure for all routes at  3 pm  and a final departure at 5 pm.
 
We anticipate normal operations on the New Cairo Campus tomorrow.
 
Prescriptions Filled at Any Seif Pharmacy 
Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 12 pm 
                    
For members of the AUC community who used to fill prescriptions at the downtown clinic, you may do so at any of the Seif Group Pharmacies in Egypt. Call their hotline at 19199 to find the nearest location to you. You may pick up medication without up-front costs if you present a physician’s prescription and an AUC ID. If you cannot get to any of the Seif Pharmacy locations, you can fill your prescription at any pharmacy and you will be reimbursed in full as long as you provide AUC with a receipt.
  
For questions, call AUC's Office of Medical Services at 2615.3912 or 2615.4000. Additionally, you can reach Dr. Mohamed Amin, head of medical services, at 012.2100.5947.  
 
Three Study-Abroad Students Detained 
Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 11 am 
 
The University has verified that three of our American study-abroad students Gregory Porter, Luke Gates and Derrik Sweeney were arrested last night. AUC is making contact with the U.S. Embassy and the Egyptian government to determine their whereabouts and to ensure their safety.