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AUC Statements

September 8, 2020

From: Vice President for Management and Operations

Subject: COVID-19 Contact Tracing System

For the past several months, the Office of Medical Services has been conducting contact tracing of all highly suspect or confirmed cases of COVID-19 to help determine who else on campus may have been exposed. Once those exposed have been identified, the medical services staff notifies them of their possible exposure, without identifying the individual. To enhance the current tracing system, the University will be adding WiFi data to help the clinic identify contacts of cases with the assistance of technology, in addition to the current interview process. 

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September 7, 2020

From: Office of the General Counsel and Compliance

Subject: Misconduct Investigation

The University is aware of several social media posts that contain allegations of serious misconduct among a WhatsApp group of alumni and possibly current students. AUC takes these allegations seriously and has launched an investigation. The University will take appropriate action against any individuals found to have engaged in misconduct.

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September 1, 2020

From: AUC President

Subject: AUC President's Beginning-of-Term Message to the Community

I warmly welcome both new and returning AUCians to this bright new academic year, promising an unusual wealth of challenges and opportunities. I am utterly confident that the brilliant success of our students, faculty and staff in overcoming the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic through the past Spring and Summer terms will propel us to further achievement, fully commensurate to the risks and dangers we certainly will face together. 

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August 5, 2020

From: Board of Trustees

Subject: AUC Board Launches International Search for AUC’s 13th President

The American University in Cairo’s Board of Trustees has launched a search for a successor to AUC President Francis Ricciardone, who will retire at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. The Board formed a committee of ten trustees and five senior faculty members to conduct the search and to provide input to the Board. In accordance with the University bylaws, the full Board elects the president. 

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July 14, 2020

From: AUC Counselor, Ashraf Hatem

"The comments I made regarding allegations of sexual harassment require some clarification.  Because of the university’s strict confidentiality policies, I am never aware of any complaints of this sort being filed by anyone. My comments were not intended to deny the accusations brought forth by the brave individuals who have spoken out. I regret any pain it may have caused them and I want to reaffirm AUC’s zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment."

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July 9, 2020

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Fall 2020 Plans

AUC is implementing a hybrid model of classes for Fall 2020, with an emphasis on maintaining a low-density campus. What exactly does this mean?  We will have a mix of online and on-campus classes. Certain classes will have some face-to-face sessions on campus. Other classes will be fully online.

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July 7, 2020

From: AUC President

Subject: A Message from the President

Recent media coverage of a vast number of serious allegations against an individual who was a student at AUC from 2016 to 2018 have brought to the forefront the important issue of sexual harassment.

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July 2, 2020

Subject: A Statement from The American University in Cairo

In light of the stories circulating, we'd like to clarify that Ahmed Bassam Zaki is not a current student at The American University in Cairo.

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June 21, 2020 

From: Board of Trustees

Subject: Board Statement on the Retirement of President Francis J. Ricciardone

President Francis Ricciardone has given Chairman Richard Bartlett notice of his decision to retire from the presidency in June 2021. The Board expresses its profound gratitude for his commitment to lead the University through the extraordinarily challenging year ahead.

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June 18, 2020

From: AUC President

Subject: Year-end Message from President Ricciardone

I write also to share with you that I have informed the Board of Trustees of my decision to retire at the end of the coming academic year, while reassuring them of my resolve to stay on to lead AUC through the year ahead. As AUCians, we instinctively discern opportunities in every challenge, and we can be certain of a new year rich in both.

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June 7, 2020

From: Office of the VP for Student Life

Subject: Condolences for AUC Graduating Senior Mostafa M. Nabil Abouelfadl

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of AUC student Mostafa Mohamed Nabil Abouelfadl Ahmed.

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May 21, 2020 

From: AUC President 

Subject: AUC's President End-of-Term Message to the Community

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May 11, 2020

From: AUC Board of Trustees

Subject: Board of Trustees Statement of Appreciation

The Board of Trustees of the American University in Cairo wishes to recognize the selflessness, ingenuity, and dedication displayed by all members of the University community in coping with the disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic and completing successfully the Spring 2020 semester.

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May 4, 2020

From: AUC President

Subject: President’s Operational Excellence Initiative

Over the past six weeks, our community has demonstrated AUC’s characteristic resilience, determination, agility and spirit of collaboration in the face of the global pandemic. We can take pride in having achieved the twin goals we defined at the outset of protecting the health and safety of our community and saving the spring term for our students

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April 20, 2020

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Summer 2020 classes

In order to allow faculty who are teaching summer courses time to fully prepare and to give students the opportunity to make informed decisions about their course selection, we have decided to announce now that the Summer 2020 term will be delivered through online instruction. 

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April 5, 2020

From: AUC President 

Subject: COVID-19 Update: Message from the President

We are fortunate that no AUCian has yet tested positive for COVID-19.  Nevertheless, we must continue to do our full part to mitigate its relentless spread.   

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April 3, 2020

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Continuation of Remote Instruction for the Rest of Spring 2020

After consultation with faculty, chairs and deans, as well as the analysis of survey results, we have come to the decision to complete the spring semester through “online” learning. 

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March 25, 2020

From: AUC President

Subject: Extension of Online Teaching and Remote Work

Consistent with the guidelines of the Government of Egypt and international health organizations, we will extend our online learning and remote work to Thursday, April 16.

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March 19, 2020

From: AUC President

Subject: Measures in Response to the Acceleration of COVID-19

We have just wrapped up a productive week of emergency preparations and planning. Thanks to fine work by the Provost and faculty, we are very well prepared to launch full-scope online learning next week. 

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March 13, 2020

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Shifting to Online Modes of Instruction

President Ricciardone separately has announced several new measures we are taking to ensure that AUC does its part to protect the health of our own community as well as the wider Egyptian public of which we are apart. This message is to explain in greater detail what we will be doing in our academic operations over the next several weeks.

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March 13, 2020

From: AUC President

Subject: Taking Care of our People in a Time of Covid-19

The Covid-19 Response Task Force has continued over the rainstorm emergency weekend to assess developments both globally and among our students, faculty, and staff regarding the pandemic. The good news upfront:  so far, we have no confirmed cases among our community;  the handful of those with flu-like symptoms over the past week quickly left campus, were examined or tested, and have proven uninfected with the novel coronavirus. 

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March 8, 2020

From: AUC President

Subject: AUC's Response to the Coronavirus

Since last month, our Emergency Management Team has been monitoring the unfolding global emergency due to the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus and planning for its potential impacts on our community and AUC’s operations.  We have taken and are taking further precautions to mitigate the risks to the health of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

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January 29, 2020

From: AUC President

Subject: Message from the President: AUC Next 100

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