AUC's Response to the Coronavirus

March 8, 2020

Dear AUC Community,

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.  We also are planning operational and policy options to respond to foreseeable developments, in accordance with the science-based recommendations of national and global health authorities, and in consideration of best practices by other universities worldwide. 

Vice President for Management Operations, Shereen Shaker, leads AUC’s standing Emergency Management Team.  The EMT has established a special Coronavirus Taskforce to review daily our readiness and to serve as the focal point both for regular and for eventual emergency communications with regard to AUC’S response to unfolding events regarding Coronavirus.   AUC remains in close and immediate contact with Egypt’s Ministry of Health and other concerned Government entities, as well as the Egypt and Middle East Regional Office of the World Health Organization. Our task force will serve as the authoritative point of contact for sharing timely, accurate, relevant information with the AUC community and for responding promptly to individual inquiries.  It also serves as the central management and policy body to ensure that AUC continually adjusts operations, policies, and planning to deal with any foreseen or actually occurring contingencies.  

Please visit this webpage for the latest announcements, guidance on travel and events, as well as resources www.aucegypt.edu/coronavirus. We also will continue to broadcast regular updates via email. 

Whatever its global health effects ultimately prove to be, COVID-19 already has seriously impacted the behaviors and everyday lives of people, organizations, and governments around the world.  Be assured that our University is vigilant against its threat, and preparing diligently and effectively for whatever developments we may face.  We have no higher priority than ensuring that our campus continues to operate with the health, safety, and security of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors as our highest priority.

Francis J. Ricciardone
President