Spring 2021 Shift to Full Online Learning
April 15, 2021
I hope you are all having a wonderful Spring semester.
The past year has been filled with unexpected challenges and continues to demand a high level of agility in our planning. Throughout this time, our students, faculty and staff have exhibited tremendous strength and resilience, and I would like to thank you all for this. I appreciate everyone’s efforts and dedication to ensure the best educational experience despite the unfortunate circumstances of the pandemic.
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.
In rare circumstances, Deans may permit some small lab or studio class sessions to meet face-to-face. These are an exception to the decision to move back to fully online learning.
Face-to-face exams will continue to be held on campus up until the beginning of Spring Break. Faculty will update students regarding face-to-face exams scheduled after Spring Break.
In addition, and again to ensure the safety of our community, there will be no events held on the New Cairo as of Sunday, April 18. All academic and co-curricular events on both campuses are postponed until further notice.
These decisions have not been taken lightly, nor were they easy decisions to reach. However, given the very real health and safety concerns, I am confident that these are the right decisions.
There are no changes to the previously announced commencement plans for June 2021. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, with the hope that these will proceed as planned.
Our senior administration is working closely with the Government of Egypt in an effort to facilitate the availability of vaccines to members of our community. While we have no update at this time, we are hoping to come back with positive updates in the coming weeks.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind each and every one of you that we must all be adhering to the recommended safety guidelines whenever we are in public, including masking and social distancing. With proper behavior and an increase in the availability of vaccines, I hope that we will all be together again on campus soon.
Ehab Abdel-Rahman, Provost