Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who are the dependents eligible for round two of the AUC-facilitated vaccination process?

    Spouses, children 18+ years old, and parents are eligible dependents.

    What document(s) is needed as proof of vaccination?

    Vaccination certificate from the vaccination center is needed.

    How can I submit my proof of vaccination or medical exemption?

    AUC's online form for submitting your vaccination status or medical exemption can be accessed here.  Before accessing the form, we ask you to read through the following points carefully:

    • This online form is for AUC students, staff and faculty (including TAs and RAs)  with a valid AUC email address only. 
    • Staff members who may require assistance will be able to bring their vaccination certificate for assistance in uploading it to the form at the Library Plaza P107 Lab from 10am to 1pm on Sundays and Tuesdays.
    • All students, faculty or staff who have completed either one or both doses of the vaccine must log onto the form to upload a copy of their vaccine certificate. Upon review, you will be notified of your status regarding access to campus for Fall 2021. Allow up to six business days to receive a confirmation email. 
    • All students, faculty or staff who have a medical exemption from your doctor must log onto the form to upload a note from their doctor stating that they have a medical exemption from taking the vaccine. Upon review, you will be notified of your status regarding access to campus in Fall 2021. Allow up to six business days to receive a confirmation email.
    • All current or incoming students who are below 18 years of age need to do nothing. You will automatically be granted access to the campus. 
    • If you have registered for the vaccine, but have not yet received the first dose, please do not log onto the form and do not submit anything at this time. Once you have received your first dose, you should then log on and submit your vaccination certificate at that point. 

    What are my options if I choose not to take the vaccine?

    The University is requesting that anyone who will access the campus in the Fall should be vaccinated, unless they have a medical exemption. Classes will be delivered face-to-face.  Everyone has the right to choose whether they will be vaccinated or not. The University is not in a position to advise people on the choices they should make, or on what alternatives they may wish to pursue.

    What if I was not yet able to get my second dose before the start of Fall 2021? Will I still be permitted to access campus after one dose? 

    Yes. Depending on the vaccine you receive, the second dose may be either three weeks or three months later. We expect the majority of the members of the community to have received both shots by September, but will allow those who have received the first dose to access campus. We expect all members of the community to receive their second dose as soon as they are eligible.

    Which vaccines are approved/recommended by the WHO?

    There are several vaccines approved/recommended by the WHO, for the full list, click here

    Does AUC accept proof of vaccination from other countries?

    Yes, we accept vaccination certificates from any country. Please upload your proof of vaccination no matter where you received it, in order to be granted access to campus.

    What if I have a health condition that prohibits me from taking the vaccine?

    The University has an online form, where members of the community can upload their vaccination proof or upload a medical exemption from your doctor.

    What kind of medical papers/proof requested for the vaccine exemption?

    Any medical certificate from a certified physician that indicates a medical reason for not having the vaccine. 

    I recently had COVID-19 and so I’m not able to take the vaccine for another few months. What can I do?

    The University has an online formwhere members of the community can upload their vaccination proof or upload a medical exemption from your doctor.

    I am not yet 18 years old, and so I’m not able to take the vaccine in Egypt. What can I do?

    The University has an online form, where members of the community can upload their vaccination proof or upload a medical exemption from your doctor.  Students below the age of 18 who sign into the tool will be granted an automatic exemption and will be able to access the campus in the Fall. Once students reach 18, however, they are expected to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

    Do students under 18 need to get a medical exemption or are they automatically granted access to campus?

    They will be automatically granted access. They do not need to apply for the medical exemption.

    Do students under 18 or have approved medical exemption need to take the weekly antigen test?

    Yes.

    Are AUC community members who are medically exempt from vaccination or under 18 years old allowed to ride the buses?

    No, they are not. However, AUC has negotiated an agreement with SWVL to solve this issue. Starting September 1, 2021, all SWVL routes will be available at discounted prices, ranging from 45-55% off, for AUC community members. This will be available until community members have received their vaccination and can then enroll in AUC transportation. For more details, click here.

    What is the deadline to submit a proof of vaccination or medical exemption?

    The deadline to upload your proof of vaccination or medical exemption is September 1, 2021 to allow time review and approval before the September 4 with the start of classes. For those who will receive their second doses after September 1, please update your status when receive your second dose.

    I received my first dose of the vaccine on campus, where should I go for the second dose of the vaccine?

    If you have received your first dose on campus, then you will receive your second dose on campus as well. Please email medicalserv@aucegypt.edu to know more information on this.

    I am requested to do a weekly antigen test, how can I apply for a reduced cost?

    AUC has negotiated a substantially reduced fee for the rapid antigen test, down from LE 800 to LE 350 for members of the AUC community.  No members of our community will be prevented from studying or working on campus due to an inability to pay for the weekly test. Those who are eligible for a subsidy will be receiving an email with further details. 

     

  • What measures is AUC taking to ensure that the classrooms are safe?

    AUC is following CDC guidelines for cleaning, disinfecting and ventilation. In addition, social distancing of 1.5 meters and mask wearing are required in all AUC classrooms.

    Since some members of the community may be granted medical exemptions, this means that there may be some unvaccinated students in my classes. What precautions will be in place to ensure our safety?

    The University is maintaining safely protocols in all classrooms including social distancing, masks, and routine disinfection.

    Do students and faculty have a choice whether to wear a face mask or a face shield inside classrooms?

    Students and faculty will be required to wear face masks, not face shields, inside classrooms. However, an individual may wear both if they so choose, but only the mask is required.

    What are the procedures in case a COVID-19 case is identified in a class? Would this class shift online for a period of time?

    The Office of Medical Services will follow up with the patient. Those who came into contact with the patient will undergo antigen testing. If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to self-isolate for seven days. Those who test negative may resume classes normally. The physical space where the case was found will be closed for 24 hours while it is being ventilated, disinfected and cleaned thoroughly. Any classes requiring the space will have to relocate or be suspended until the 24 hours have passed. The class may shift online until all involved test negative for COVID-19.

    Will mask-wearing regulations be relaxed for those who are fully vaccinated? 

    In classrooms and large group settings, masks are required as a precautionary safety measure. In accordance with guidance from the CDC, people who are fully vaccinated may choose to remove their masks in individual offices, outdoor meetings, or small groups of fully vaccinated individuals. However, some fully vaccinated individuals  may choose to continue to mask, depending on their comfort level and they are welcome to do so. We will be carefully monitoring the AUC COVID-19 Dashboard and conducting weekly voluntary antibody testing, which will give the University real-time data on our campus community. Should there be alarming increases in rates of infections, we will adjust regulations accordingly. 

  • What will the mode of instruction be in Fall 2021?

    The University is planning a full return to campus in Fall 2021. Undergraduate and graduate courses will be taught face-to-face.

    Will the absence policy change given the circumstances?

    The regular absence policy will be applied. If a student is sick, for one reason or another, then the policy also addresses those situations. However, we will also ask faculty to show understanding and accommodation during these unusual circumstances.

  • Are all members of the community still required to do the daily Health Self Check before coming to campus, even if they are vaccinated?

    Yes, everyone is required to complete the daily Health Self Check when entering campus. For campus access, please check the AUC Campus Guide Fall 2021.

    What adjustments have been made to the AC systems on campus?

    The on-campus AC systems are currently being adjusted to have 40% fresh air flowing in. This percentage is in line with global standards. For more details, please check the AUC Campus Guide Fall 2021.

    Do students and faculty have a choice whether to wear a face mask or a face shield inside classrooms?

    Students and faculty will be required to wear face masks, not face shields, inside classrooms. However, an individual may wear both if they so choose, but only the mask is required.

    What are the procedures in case a COVID-19 case is identified in a class? Would this class shift online for a period of time?

    The Office of Medical Services will follow up with the patient. Those who came into contact with the patient will undergo antigen testing. If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to self-isolate for seven days. Those who test negative may resume classes normally. The physical space where the case was found will be closed for 24 hours while it is being ventilated, disinfected and cleaned thoroughly. Any classes requiring the space will have to relocate or be suspended until the 24 hours have passed. The class may shift online until all involved test negative for COVID-19.

    Are staff and faculty members required to wear face masks inside offices?

    Yes, when they are working in a shared common work space or in a meeting. If you have an individual/personal closed office, you may take off your mask when you are alone.

    What are the precautions taken on the University Residences?

    Unvaccinated students are housed in a different location from those who are vaccinated. The lounges and common spaces are closed to avoid large congregations. Face masks are required indoors. Weekly antigen testing is required of those who are unvaccinated. Contact tracing protocols are in place should someone test positive for COVID-19. For more details, please check the AUC Campus Guide Fall 2021.

    What should a student residing in the dorms do if they exhibit symptoms?

    They should report their case to the Office of Medical Services. For more details, please check the AUC Campus Guide Fall 2021.

    What safety measures is AUC enforcing on the buses?

    Only vaccinated community members will be allowed to ride the buses. Passengers must wear a face mask for the duration of the trip. However, social distancing will not be enforced due to bus capacities. For more details, please check the AUC Campus Guide Fall 2021.

    Are AUC community members who are medically exempt from vaccination or under 18 years old allowed to ride the buses?

    No, they are not. However, AUC has negotiated an agreement with SWVL to solve this issue. Starting September 1, 2021, all SWVL routes will be available at discounted prices, ranging from 45-55% off, for AUC community members. This will be available until community members have received their vaccination and can then enroll in AUC transportation. For more details, click here.

    How will the AUC Library operate now that the whole community will be returning to campus?

    The library will resume normal operating hours. However, the number of people allowed inside will be limited due to social distancing. For more details, please check the AUC Campus Guide Fall 2021.

    Will the Day Care center reopen? Can an employee bring a toddler onto campus or the buses?

    We are currently in the process of finalizing the license to reopen the day care center for the fall semester. If that is not the case for any reason, there is a day care reimbursement policy in place. The child of an employee may only access the day care center if it reopens. Otherwise, children are not allowed on campus since they cannot be vaccinated. The same applies to the buses.

    In the case of contact tracing, who covers the cost of antigen testing if a case is found on campus?

    AUC covers the costs.

    What happens if I register for Fall 2021 classes but I am not eligible to access campus?

    Your registration does not guarantee your access to AUC campus. Access to campus is based on your vaccination status as submitted on the vaccination status online form.

    The University reserves the right to drop students from registered courses and refund any payments made if access to campus is not granted or revoked due to their vaccination status. 

    Will all vendors and service providers on campus including bus drivers, food outlet workers, cleaning personnel, daycare staff and others be required to be vaccinated?

    The University is working over the summer with our vendors, suppliers and the CIB staff  to ensure that individuals who regularly work on our campus are vaccinated as well. 

    Will mask-wearing regulations be relaxed for those who are fully vaccinated? 

    In classrooms and large group settings, masks are required as a precautionary safety measure. In accordance with guidance from the CDC, people who are fully vaccinated may choose to remove their masks in individual offices, outdoor meetings, or small groups of fully vaccinated individuals. However, some fully vaccinated individuals  may choose to continue to mask, depending on their comfort level and they are welcome to do so. We will be carefully monitoring the AUC COVID-19 Dashboard and conducting weekly voluntary antibody testing, which will give the University real-time data on our campus community. Should there be alarming increases in rates of infections, we will adjust regulations accordingly. 

    Is AUC Pay (prepaid electronic payment system) available for use on campus?

    Yes, AUC Pay, formerly AUC Coin, is available for use on campus. For more information on how to download, where to use it on campus, how to top-it up and more, please visit the AUC Pay portal here.

    Are there face masks available on campus?

    If you are in need of a face mask, please pass by the clinic. Offices should have backup masks available for their staff as well. If possible, please make sure to have extra face masks with you for your own protection.

     

  • Are staff and faculty members required to wear face masks inside offices?

    Yes, when they are working in a shared common work space or in a meeting. If you have an individual/personal closed office, you may take off your mask when you are alone.

    When can we expect an update for the remote work policy to be published?

    The policy is already on the website, along with the Fall 2021 Remote Work Frequently Asked Questions. Additionally, the Office of Human Resources will soon announce an awareness session for staff to ask any questions they may have.

    Since some departments are holding classes on Saturdays, are academic staff members required to work on Saturdays?

    This is left for each academic department to decide.