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AUC Statements

July 12, 2021

From: Acting President and Provost
Subject: Retirement of Ayman Abdellatif, SVP for Administration, Planning and Transformation

I write to share with you the news of the retirement of Ayman Abdellatif, senior vice president for administration, planning and transformation, effective August 1, 2021.

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June 30, 2021

From: Vice President for Management and Operations

Subject: Vaccine Status

The form to submit your vaccination status or request a medical exemption is now available online. As you know, we will be fully back on campus for Fall 2021. All those who access the campus must be vaccinated or have an authorized medical exemption. To help facilitate the process of campus access, this online form will allow you to submit your vaccination certificate or medical documentation online.

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June 28, 2021

From: Board of Trustees

Subject: Message from Board of Trustees Chair

Professor Ehab Abdel-Rahman is reappointed as provost for another term, effective July 1, 2021. Provost Abdel-Rahman also agreed to continue to serve as acting president until President-elect arrives this fall. 

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June 22, 2021

From: Board of Trustees

Subject: Ahmad Dallal Named President of The American University in Cairo

The Board of Trustees has named Ahmad S. Dallal, an accomplished academic leader and renowned scholar with U.S. and regional higher education expertise, as AUC’s 13th president, effective October 15, 2021. 

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June 20, 2021

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Announcing Dr. Hassan Azzazy as Distinguished University Professor

In recognition of exceptional scholarly merit of the highest distinction, recognized excellence in teaching, and extended service to the University, the AUC Trustees confirm a limited number of senior faculty members to the grade of Distinguished University Professor. I am pleased to announce that Professor Hassan Azzazy has been appointed as AUC’s sixth Distinguished University Professor (DUP).

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June 15, 2021

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Dean of SSE

I am writing to announce Dr. Lotfi Gaafar as Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering as of July 1, 2021.  This announcement comes following an extensive global search which included some truly excellent candidates. 

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June 10, 2021

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Fall 2021 Registration Dates

We are currently in the process of adjusting the Fall 2021 schedule of classes to ensure we can accommodate all classes while allowing for appropriate social distancing. Next week, we will be announcing a second round of AUC-allocated vaccination slots in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. 

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June 1, 2021

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Fall 2021 Plans and Vaccinations

I am pleased to share that we are planning to return to face-to-face instruction for Fall 2021. In our continued commitment to safeguarding the health and safety of our community, we will require COVID vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff who will access our campuses and University housing. More details will be shared with you in the coming weeks.

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May 26, 2021

From: Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Subject: AUC Compliance with Law No. 4 of 2021

On March 9, 2021, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi approved Law No. 4 of 2021 ("Law No. 4") amending some provisions of Law No. 16 of 2018 establishing a fund to honor martyrs, victims, missing persons, and injured in war, terrorist and security operations, and their families (the "Fund"). 

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May 17, 2021

From: Vice President for Management and Operations

Subject: Vaccination Process - Confirmation Message (SMS) to Your Mobile Number

Based on your registration process, the Ministry of Health (MoH) will send you a message (SMS) to your mobile number confirming the date and place of vaccination. The message is valid for 48 hours to be used at the vaccination site.

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May 16, 2021

From: Vice President for Management and Operations

Subject: Nasr City Vaccination Center Details – Registration Extension

Vaccination by the Ministry of Health at the convention center will commence Monday, May 17. If you have registered on the AUC tool and received a confirmation email, you should proceed to the vaccination site on the assigned day.  If you are not using AUC buses, you should head directly to the center to get vaccinated.

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May 11, 2021

From: Vice President for Management and Operations

Subject: Extending Vaccination Registration to Faculty and Staff Dependents

We are very pleased to announce that we are opening up registration to the AUC coordinated COVD-19 vaccine to family dependents of faculty and staff.  

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May 11, 2021

From: Vice President for Student Life

Subject: Commencement Ceremonies Postponed

After careful consideration of all possible options and to prioritize the health and safety of our graduates and their families, as well as AUC faculty and staff, it is with deep regret that we announce that the Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 commencements planned for June 2021 are postponed to the coming Fall 2021. 

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May 9, 2021

From: Vice President for Management and Operations

Subject: Vaccination Registration Link

To follow up on Thursday's message about vaccination registration, check the message here to sign up to receive your vaccination through AUC from Monday, May 17  to Sunday, May 23 (excluding Friday and Saturday). The service is only available to current students, faculty, and staff at this time. The vaccine is fully administered by the Ministry of Health staff at the vaccination site in the convention center on Mosheer Tantawy Road. 

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May 5, 2021

From: Vice President for Management and Operations

Subject: COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Info

As previously announced, AUC, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Population, will be facilitating vaccinations for all current students, faculty, and staff. As each of us does our part in getting vaccinated, we protect ourselves and others around us. Vaccination brings us closer to our goal of returning fully face-to-face in Fall 2021.

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April 29, 2021

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Remainder of Spring 2021 and Planning for Summer Term and Fall 2021 Semester

We have been closely monitoring the health situation in Egypt and within the AUC Community, and have determined that we will continue with online learning for the remainder of the Spring 2021 Semester. As I mentioned in my email of April 15th, Deans may grant exceptional approval for some small lab and studio courses to meet face-to-face, and your instructors will let you know the status of any previously-scheduled face-to-face exam.

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April 22, 2021

From: Vice President for Management and Operations

Subject: COVID-19 Vaccination Update

As announced earlier today in the Campus Conversation, AUC in collaboration with the Ministry of Health will be able to arrange for faculty, staff and students who have signed up on the government registry to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at a new mass vaccination site that will open in New Cairo next month.

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April 15, 2021

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Spring 2021 Shift to Full Online Learning

In my email to the community on February 15, I explained that our return to partial face-to-face classes in March was a step in a process that could move in either direction.  The increasing number of COVID-19 infections reported on both the national level and through AUC’s Coronavirus Community Dashboard is putting members of our community at unacceptable risk. Therefore, we are shifting all of our classes to be fully online as of Sunday, April 18 until further notice.

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March 31, 2021

From: Chief Health and Safety Officer 

Subject: 100 Days Lost Time Incidents Free

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety is delighted to announce that the American University in Cairo has surpassed 100 days without any Lost Time Incidents (LTI). This marks an important milestone in AUC’s efforts towards strengthening its safety culture in an environment often characterized by demanding circumstances and it represents an increased safety awareness amongst all crews.

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March 17, 2021

From: Vice President for Management and Operations

Subject: COVID Update: Volunteer Testing Program and Vaccine Registration

The Voluntary Ag (Antigen) Testing Program program facilities monitoring community spread of COVID-19 and early detection. As part of the program, we will be conducting free COVID-19 antigen rapid tests for about 200 volunteers each week. All faculty, students and staff who come to campus are eligible to sign up to participate in the voluntary testing program. 

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March 16, 2021

From: Director and Title IX Coordinator

Subject: Mandatory Anti-Sexual Harassment Training

AUC’s mandatory anti-sexual harassment training is now available online. This training is part of our University-wide initiative to ensure a safe campus and an environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination that fully embodies our shared values of respect, diversity and equity. 

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February 28, 2021

From: Vice President for Management and Operations

Subject: COVID-19 Safety Measures

As the University prepares to resume the previously planned hybrid model for the spring semester on March 1, 2021, I am pleased to share our updated COVID-19 Campus Guidelines booklet for Spring 2021. While we prepare for an increased level of campus presence, we continue to focus on ensuring the health and safety of our community throughout the pandemic. 

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February 16, 2021

From: Vice President for Management and Operations

Subject: Spring 2021 Campus Guidelines

As the University prepares to resume the previously planned hybrid model for the spring semester on March 1, 2021, I am pleased to share our updated COVID-19 Campus Guidelines booklet for Spring 2021. While we prepare for an increased level of campus presence, we continue to focus on ensuring the health and safety of our community throughout the pandemic. 

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February 15, 2021

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Return to Partial Face-to-Face Classes

I am pleased to announce that as of March 1, 2021 we will resume our previously-planned hybrid model of partially face-to-face classes. 

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January 16, 2021

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Update on Spring 2021 Teaching Modalities

As you know, our plans for Spring 2021 include a mix of partial face-to-face classes and online classes. Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 cases in Egypt and within the AUC Community, the first month of the Spring semester will be fully online. All classes – even those that are designated as partially face-to-face – will be online from the start of the semester on January 31, 2021, through the entire month of February.

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January 13, 2021

From: AUC President

Subject: Message from the President on Tax Withholding

I am delighted to announce a historic achievement for AUC and its stakeholders in the form of a final settlement with the Government of Egypt on the long-standing and complicated question of income taxes owed on AUC employee salaries. After five years of intensive engagement, we have arrived at an agreement whereby AUC faculty and staff receive a discounted income tax rate, based on the exemption of the portion of salaries paid from the University’s non-local sources of funding.

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January 1, 2021

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Winter 2021 Fully Online

As you are most likely aware, the Government of Egypt has recently announced that all schools and universities will be fully online in January. In my email of November 22, 2020, I announced that while most of our Winter courses would be online, a limited number of sections were scheduled to be partially face-to-face or have face-to-face exams. In recognition of the recent government announcement and in order to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19, AUC will be offering our Winter 2021 term fully online. The Winter 2021 term begins on Sunday, January 3 and continues through Thursday, January 21. 

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December 31, 2020

From: AUC President

Subject: Congratulations and appreciation for 2020, optimism and best wishes for 2021

To all members of our AUC community who helped sustain our fine institution through this challenging year of truly special accomplishment, I extend my congratulations and deepest appreciation. 

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December 7, 2020

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Statement to AUC Community

Over the past weeks, the academic leadership and faculty held numerous meetings with students and Student Union representatives to discuss the concerns which fall within the purview of the Provost’s Council and consider various options to address them. 

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December 2, 2020

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Addressing Student Concerns

On December 1, 2020, the Student Union organized a demonstration to express their concerns, within the guidelines of AUC’s Freedom of Expression policy. We are proud of their commitment to express their thoughts in ways that are mindful of the policy and the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines.

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November 22, 2020

Subject: Winter and Spring 2021 Modes of Instruction

With the approach of the end of the Fall 2020 semester, know about the updates regarding Spring 2021 modes of instruction. While we still have to plan for a hybrid model of online and face-to-face classes, the many lessons we have learned over the past 8 months have enabled us to plan for a higher-density than we currently have for Fall, with significantly more classes being partially face-to-face in Spring 2021.

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November 12, 2020

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Spring 2021 Advising Update

As we prepare for Spring 2021, we are working with schools and departments on their modes of teaching for the next semester. In order to ensure that students have full information on the mode of instruction for each course before advising begins, we will postpone the start of academic advising for Spring 2021 to November 22, by which time all courses and their specific teaching modalities will be posted online.  

Please join me at our next Campus Conversation about the Spring 2021 semester, including mode of instruction, remote work policies and our continued management of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday, November 22 at 1 pm. 


October 21, 2020

From: AUC President

Subject: Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Egypt

The Memorandum of Understadning with the Government of Egypt, which amended AUC's 1975 Protocol with the Government of Egypt, provides for AUC to offer 30 scholarships each year to graduates of Egyptian public schools and confirms the exemption of AUC employees' salaries and wages from local taxes to the extent that they are covered by non-local sources of funding. Because non-local sources of funding -- such as foreign students' tuition, the annual contribution from the endowment, and grants and gifts -- at this time do not fully cover AUC's payroll costs, this exemption is only partial. 

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October 14, 2020

From: AUC President

Subject: Appointment of Ayman Abdellatif as the Senior Vice President

I am pleased to announce an organizational streamlining to advance AUC’s standing as an institution that is student-centered, faculty-lead and staff-enabled. AUC is unique in Egyptian higher education, but we cannot be complacent in the face of increasing competition globally and in Egypt.

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October 12, 2020

From: Kristin Lord and Tarek Masoud, co-chairs, presidential search committee

Subject: Update on AUC's Presidential Search

We write now to provide you an update on the search for AUC’s next president, who will succeed Francis J. Ricciardone upon his retirement in June 2021. As co-chairs of the Presidential search committee, we are committed to conducting a search process that is rigorous, global, and inclusive. As we wrote in our initial message on August 5, finding an educator of the intellectual and moral calibre necessary to lead our University through its next 100 years will require the participation of all members of our community.

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October 6, 2020

From: AUC President

Subject: Outcome of Misconduct Investigation

On September 5, the Office of Institutional Equity opened an investigation in response to reports that a group of current and former AUC students shared explicit photos of women on a WhatsApp group. The investigation found evidence of three WhatsApp chat groups active at various times — all of them since disbanded — engaged in sharing explicit photos and videos of women without their consent. None of the victims have come forward or filed a report. Nonetheless, the actions of the members of these groups, even as private individuals acting outside of any affiliation with AUC-approved student groups or activities, are in violation of AUC’s Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy and Code of Student Conduct.

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October 3, 2020

From: AUC Provost

Subject: Faculty Committee on AUC's Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability

As some of you are aware, many of us within the AUC community have been engaging in discussions about the university's long-term fiscal sustainability, and how this is impacted by our financial decisions and policies. In order to further drive these meaningful conversations, and to provide guidance to the AUC Trustees, I am announcing the establishment of a faculty committee of experts to guide such conversations. 

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September 27, 2020

From: AVP for Finance & CFO

Subject: AUC Compliance with Law No. 170

In reference to the below email, kindly be informed that after AUC’s August payroll was processed, the Ministry of Finance issued guidelines regarding the enforcement of the 1% salary deduction for solidarity contribution.

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September 26, 2020

Subject: Update on Misconduct Investigation

The University is aware of the recent social media posts shared over the weekend. AUC takes these allegations seriously. AUC is currently investigating implicated individuals. 

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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 24, 2020

From: Senior AVP for HR

Subject: AUC Compliance with Law No. 170

Last week, the Egyptian Cabinet approved a new law to address the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 virus. This law no. 170 states that all organizations are required to contribute to the country’s economy by deducting and remitting 1% of the salaries of all employees, effective August 1, 2020, for a 12-month period. Net salaries of less than EGP 2,000 are exempt from this requirement.

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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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