Coronavirus Messages

As we are all using virtual meeting tools extensively, we would like to give you some tips on how to secure your virtual meetings according to US NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) recommendations. Kindly check this video, the below infographic, as well as AUC guidelines with general and Zoom customized recommendations.

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As a reminder, kindly ensure that you update/verify your emergency phone numbers through myinfo.aucegypt.edu.

Stay Informed

Please continue to monitor email for regular updates from the University and visit www.aucegypt.edu/coronavirus. In addition to the latest updates from AUC, important numbers, and tips on staying safe, the website also has links to helpful resources, including the FAQ section from our community.  

Wessam Maher
Chief Information Security and Risk Officer

 

Tomorrow marks the end of our first week of online learning and remote work. Thanks to the heroic efforts of our faculty,  the dedicated support of our staff across the University, and the matching resilience and commitment of our students, we have successfully continued our educational mission, while doing our part in the global and local efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. We are exploiting the feedback from students, faculty, and staff this week to make continuing refinements in our online teaching and remote working technology, policies, and procedures.

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.

Today, this historic global challenge remains far from resolved.  The global effort will take much more time ultimately to succeed. We remain dedicated to returning, as soon as responsibly possible, to the full range of on-campus activities. The immediate goal remains to enable our students fully to achieve their spring term milestones in their academic journeys. With our whole community, I remain confident and dedicated to these purposes.

Francis J. Ricciardone
President

March 23, Cybersecurity Tips while Working from Home

While you are handling AUC data and using AUC devices at home, we would like to remind you to protect AUC information and resources that you are entrusted to, accordingly, kindly ensure that you follow the below guidelines:-

  1. You are responsible for keeping the confidentiality of AUC student, faculty, and staff information. Act wisely and stay vigilant.
  2. Ensure Anti-malware, Windows, and Mac updates are enabled, don't postpone security updates' notifications.
  3. Don't visit suspicious sites like illegal movie websites using AUC devices as they pose a risk of ransomware and malware infection.
  4. Don't lend AUC devices to children or other members of the family.
  5. Don't share AUC devices or AUC accounts' passwords with anyone.
  6. Don't store personal data on AUC devices or digital services; accidental usage is understandable. 
  7. Use trusted Internet sources, don't use untrusted wireless sources like an unknown open wireless network or a neighbors' one.
  8. Configure your home wireless to be accessible through a password.
  9. Don't download non-authentic/cracked/pirated software on AUC devices. If you need any software for business needs, kindly contact https://itsupport.aucegypt.edu
  10. Don't store AUC information on non-AUC approved clouds.

As a reminder, kindly ensure that you update/verify your emergency phone numbers through myinfo.aucegypt.edu

Stay Informed

Please continue to monitor email for regular updates from the University and visit www.aucegypt.edu/coronavirus. In addition to the latest updates from AUC, important numbers, and tips on staying safe, the website also has links to helpful resources, including the FAQ section from our community.  

Wessam Maher
Chief Information Security and Risk Officer

March 21, Coronavirus Update

Below are updates and useful information:

Two-Week Online Teaching and Remote Work
As previously announced, from Sunday, March 22 to April 2, the University will be utilizing online learning for students, with no face-to-face instruction. At the same time, staff will work remotely. 

Campus Access
Campus access is restricted to staff whose physical presence is absolutely necessary to support online operations. We ask all other members of the AUC community, including students, not to come to either campus to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Students who remain in the dormitories (as confirmed by the Dean of Students) have access to the campus for the cafeteria, Seoudi and clinic (in the case of emergencies).  They may also access the Plaza level of the library in order to use the computers. Students who do not currently reside in the dormitories are not allowed on campus. In extremely rare circumstances, an exception may be granted for students who need to collect supplies or have essential face-to-face meetings with an instructor. Such an exception requires the permission of the instructor and the approval of the relevant dean.

Remote Work for Staff
The Office of Human Resources has provided guidelines for staff for the next two weeks. To read the message from HR, click here.

Events and Meetings
All public events are canceled or postponed until further notice. All meetings are expected to take place online.

Sports Complex
All indoor facilities at the sports complex are closed. The main entrance to the facility will remain open for users to access the outdoor track, tennis courts and Seoudi. 

Buses
In support of reduced campus access, the bus service will operate a minimal schedule to accommodate the limited number of staff who must be physically present on campus.

AUC Library
The library hours have been reduced. Click here for details.

Food Outlets
All found outlets on campus will be closed for the next two weeks. To accommodate a limited number of students in the dorms, the main cafeteria will operate from 9 am to 11 pm and Seoudi will open from 9 am to 5 pm. 

Stay Informed
Please continue to monitor email for regular updates from the University and visit www.aucegypt.edu/coronavirus. In addition to the latest updates from AUC, important numbers and tips on staying safe, the website also has links to helpful resources including the FAQ section from our community. 

Shereen Shaker
Vice President for Management & Operations

March 21, Remote Work Arrangements

Starting Sunday, March 22, the University will move to online instruction and all AUC staff will work remotely, except when the nature of their job is both critical to the operation and can only be done on campus. Only in such situations, and only if the supervisor approves, should the employee come to AUC campuses.

The following guidelines will apply to staff based on the job requirement and job classification.

  • Only those staff, contractors and business visitors whose physical presence is necessary to performing tasks approved by their area heads as essential to sustain University operations, including online instruction, should be present on either campus.
  • Facilities and management staff whose job requires a physical presence on campus will be working on a shift basis.
  • Area heads, in consultation with unit managers, will reduce to the minimum number of duty hours and days of physical presence required of individual staff providing essential services. To accomplish this, they will adopt measures including eliminating overtime assignments not approved in writing in advance by area heads and allocating duties over reduced shifts.
  • Staff who are able to perform their duties remotely and in alignment with their manager will perform their tasks and responsibilities from remote locations. Each employee will be required to be extra diligent and deliberate in keeping records of his or her deliverables and communicating often and clearly with the line manager. 
  • If a job cannot be done remotely, and with prior alignment with the manager, the staff member may be asked to take this as time off, but it will not be counted against annual leave. This policy will be in effect through March 31 when it will be revisited and new directions may be given in accordance with the circumstances at that time.
  • In the meantime, the Office of Human Resources is putting policies in place to formally activate remote work requests after March 31 to ensure that written remote agreements are in place for eligible staff to perform their tasks and responsibilities remotely.
  • HR has assigned online training to all office-based employees to provide tips and techniques for effective remote working. The HR team also encourages all staff to go through this short online training. 

Sarah Refaat
Senior AVP for Human Resources

 

21 مارس، نظام العمل عن بُعد

اعتباراً من الأحد 22 مارس، تنتقل الجامعة إلى التدريس عبر الإنترنت وسيعمل جميع موظفي الجامعة عن بُعد، باستثناء الوظائف التي تكون طبيعتها ذات أهمية قصوى لسير العمل ولا يمكن القيام بها إلا في الحرم الجامعي. ففي مثل هذه الحالات فقط، وبناءً على موافقة المدير المباشر على ذلك، يلزم حضور الموظف إلى حرمي الجامعة.

سيتم تطبيق الإرشادات التالية على الموظفين بناءً على متطلبات الوظيفة وتصنيفها:

  • يجب فقط حضور الموظفين والمتعاقدين والزوار لأغراض تجارية إلى أي من حرمي الجامعة والذين يكون وجودهم ضرورياً لأداء المهام التي يوافق عليها رؤساء إداراتهم باعتبارها ضرورية لاستمرار سير العمل بالجامعة، بما في ذلك التدريس عبر الإنترنت.

  • أما بالنسبة لموظفي المرافق والموظفين العاملين بالإدارة والذين تتطلب وظيفتهم التواجد الفعلي بالحرم الجامعي، سيقومون بالعمل على أساس نظام الورديات.

  • يقلص رؤساء الإدارات، بالتشاور مع مديري الوحدات، عدد ساعات العمل وأيام حضور الموظفين الذين يقدمون خدمات أساسية إلى الحد الأدنى. لتحقيق ذلك، سيعتمدون بعض التدابير بما في ذلك إلغاء مهام العمل الإضافي التي لم تتم الموافقة عليها مسبقاً كتابياً من قبل رؤساء الإدارات وتوزيع المهام للقيام بها في ورديات العمل التي تم تقليصها.

  • يقوم الموظفون القادرون على أداء مهامهم عن بُعد وبالاتفاق مع مديريهم بأداء مهامهم ومسئولياتهم عن بُعد. ويُطلب من كل موظف أن يكون مجتهداً ومواظباً على تدوين إنجازاته بسجلات وإخطار مديره المباشر بها بوضوح.

  • إذا كان لا يمكن القيام بوظيفة عن بُعد، وبالاتفاق المسبق مع المدير، فقد يُطلب من الموظف أن يأخذ ذلك كإجازة، ولكن لن يتم احتسابها من الإجازة السنوية. ستكون هذه السياسة سارية المفعول حتى 31 مارس عندما يتم إعادة النظر فيها ويمكن إعطاء توجيهات جديدة وفقاً للظروف السائدة في ذلك الوقت.

  • وفي تلك الأثناء، يصيغ مكتب الموارد البشرية سياسات لتفعيل طلبات العمل عن بُعد رسمياً بعد 31 مارس للعمل على وجود اتفاقيات مكتوبة للعمل عن بُعد للموظفين المؤهلين لأداء مهامهم ومسئولياتهم عن بُعد.

  • يخصص مكتب الموارد البشرية تدريباً عبر الإنترنت لجميع الموظفين العاملين في مكاتب وذلك لتقديم نصائح وأدوات للعمل عن بُعد بشكل فعال. كما يشجع فريق الموارد البشرية أيضاً جميع الموظفين على تلقي هذا التدريب القصير عبر الإنترنت.

سارة رفعت

نائب اول الرئيس المشارك للموارد البشرية

 

Click here to read Covid-19 Work Arrangements - FAQs

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March 19, 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. Thanks also to the work by staff and supervisors across the University operating units, we have leapt forward in our remote working capabilities to accomplish the needed support for our online learning and other critical University functions.  

Nevertheless, because the global contagion continues to accelerate, we must now step up our precautionary measures to strictly minimize the daily physical presence of all people -- students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors -- on our two campuses to those whose presence is absolutely essential to the successful conduct of our mission. We will continue to rely on our leaders and managers of each academic and support unit to assess, with the people for whom they are responsible, the mission-essential requirements for their physical presence. Please do check our AUC Coronavirus website for frequent updates.         

The adjustments in our work and study modes will inevitably impose some hardships. Fortunately, AUC has proven its institutional and community resilience over a century that has seen the most severe challenges, from war to revolution and economic distress. AUC has the means and the determination to sustain our mission of service to our students and to mitigate the burden on our most vulnerable employees. 

I am confident that we will emerge all the stronger for having confronted the novel coronavirus pandemic, and that we will achieve our twin highest goals: to protect the health, safety, and security of all our people; and to save spring term for our students.

Sincerely,
Francis J. Ricciardone

March 18, 2020, Coronavirus Updates

Below are updates and useful information on our campus-wide efforts to respond to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak:

Virtual Campus Conversation: COVID-19 Response

Mark your calendar for AUC’s first virtual campus conversation with the Coronavirus Response Task Force live on Thursday, March 19 at 2 pm.  Click here to check the event details

AUC Events 

For internal campus meetings, we encourage limiting participants to 50 people as per new CDC guidelines. 

Campus Visitors

Faculty and staff visitors are permitted by appointment only for work needs. The Security Office must be notified of any expected visitors no less than four hours beforehand by emailing gatepass@aucegypt.edu or calling ext. 4444 or 0226154444. Students may not bring visitors to campus until further notice. Visit the Student Service Center website for information for prospective students and parents. 

Medical Services Guidelines

The Office of Medical Services has created guidelines for community members who have traveled abroad to high-risk countries or have flu-like symptoms: Click here to view guidelines.

AUC Library

The library hours have been reduced. Click here for details.

Travel Updates

The Government of Egypt has announced suspending all international flights to and from Egypt from March 19 until March 31, 2020. Please visit carrier websites for updated information. Click here to visit the travel office website.

Stay Informed

Please continue to monitor email for regular updates from the University and visit www.aucegypt.edu/coronavirus. In addition to the latest updates from AUC, important numbers and tips on staying safe, the website also has links to helpful resources including the FAQ section from our community. 

Shereen Shaker

Vice President for Management and Operations

March 17, 2020, HR Guidelines COVID-19 Updates

AUC places the highest priority on the health, safety, and security of its entire communitywhile protecting the continuity of academic programs and essential functions. We understand that the closure of schools and child care centers imposes unexpected needs on many of our staff. To mitigate the impact of such emergency measures, the University will adopt three additional measures during the two weeks of online instruction from March 22 to April 2:

  1. The University encourages managers to approve all possible leave requests from staff members.
  2. Managers should approve requests for remote work arrangements as they determine feasible. 
  3. Staff may mix annual leave and remote working hours/days with supervisor approval.

The purpose of these guidelines is to create flexibility to allow the University to remain fully functional while accommodating individual staff members. Area heads, in collaboration with HR business partners, will submit their plans for the next two weeks by Thursday, March 19. For more information, click here. 

Sarah Refaat
Senior AVP for Human Resources

March 16, 2020, Travel Update

The Government of Egypt has announced suspending all international flights to and from Egypt from March 19 until March 31, 2020. This covers all Egyptian airports to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Kindly note that AUC’s travel office is ready to assist in issuing any emergency tickets for all AUC community members that need to travel within the coming 48 hours.

In addition, the travel office team has reviewed all of its bookings through March 31 and has advised passengers to change their travel dates to avoid being stuck. Should you have any questions or need special assistance, email travel@aucegypt.edu.

Stay Informed

Kindly continue to monitor email for regular updates from the University and visit www.aucegypt.edu/coronavirusIn addition to the latest updates from AUC, important numbers and tips on staying safe, the website also has links to helpful resources.

Shereen Shaker
Vice President for Management and Operations

March 16, 2020, Gates and Entrances Operations

In light of the current circumstances, AUC Security Office will implement below measures effective tomorrow Tuesday, March 17 until further notice.

Gates Operations:

  • Gate 2 and Gate 5 will be completely closed
  • Gate 1 and Gate 4 will operate as usual

Parking Availability:

  • All parking lots will be available.

Entrances Operations:

  • The Sports entrance will be closed, alternatively, Pepsi Entrance may be used.
  • The Arts entrance will be closed, alternatively, Omar Mohsen Entrance may be used.
  • The Garden entrance will be closed, alternatively, Watson Entrance may be used.
  • All other entrances will operate as usual.

We recognize these measures may interrupt your usual routine, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Gates

Recommended Parking

Entrance

Closed

Alternative

Closed

Alternative

Gate 2

Gate 1

Visitors, Watson, I, J

Sports Entrance

Pepsi Entrance

Garden Entrance

Watson Entrance

Gate 5

Gate 4

A, B, C, D, E, F, G

Arts Entrance

Omar Mohsen Entrance


Gen. Mohamed Ebeid 
Chief Security Officer (CSO)

March 15, 2020, Coronavirus Updates

Below are the latest updates on our campus-wide response to COVID-19: 

Frequently Asked  Questions on Move to Online Instruction

After spring break this week, AUC will begin two weeks of online instruction starting Sunday, March 22. The Office of the Provost, school deans and department chairs have received a number of questions on online education. We will be constantly updating and adding responses to questions as they arise. Do not hesitate to email provost@aucegypt.edu with questions related to online instruction. To view FAQs related to online education, click here

Events and Meetings

Based on the Government of Egypt, CDC and WHO guidelines on limiting large gatherings, AUC is asking event organizers to postpone or cancel all public events until further notice. For internal campus meetings, we encourage limiting participants to 75 people. In addition, the university events office will be providing guidance on capacity in venues, wiping down surfaces, social distancing and use of hand sanitizers.   

Staff Guidelines 

The University is deeply committed to ensuring the health and safety of all of the members of our staff. To fulfill this priority commitment, while continuing to serve our educational mission, we are working on a fast-track basis to develop staff guidelines. Each area head, in accordance with HR policy guidelines, will be working this week to develop unit-level plans. We fully understand that the closure of schools, universities and daycare centers has left many of our staff members with childcare needs. HR staff guidelines will give additional flexibility to unit leaders in supporting staff, while maintaining operations.  

Stay Informed

Continue to monitor email for regular updates from the University and visit www.aucegypt.edu/coronavirus. In addition to the latest updates from AUC, important numbers and tips on staying safe, the website also has links to helpful resources including the FAQ section from our community.

Shereen Shaker
Vice President for Management and Operations

March 15, 2020, Hackers Exploiting Coronavirus/COVID-19 Fears

We want to advise you to stay alert and vigilant as some hackers and scammers use the CoronaVirus/ COVID-19 incidents for malicious reasons. As a real example, currently, some hackers use Coronavirus/COVID-19 maps to infect devices and steal information.

Accordingly, kindly ensure that you do the following:-

  1. Follow trusted sources of news, and don't be tempted by news from unknown sources.
  2. Do not click on unexpected/suspicious email links or download unexpected attachments, even if the sender is known. Verify before clicking.
  3. Take an offline backup for all your critical documents at all times.
  4. Your PC/laptop should be updated to the latest version with the latest patches and updates. 
  5. Update and enable your antivirus and firewall.

If you need help, contact the IT Help Desk on https://itsupport.aucegypt.edu ext. 1200, or email support@aucegypt.edu or contact the IT support unit in your school.

Read more in:

  • news.un.org: UN health agency warns against coronavirus COVID-19 criminal scams
  • www.vox.com: Coronavirus email scams are trying to cash in on your fear
  • www.zdnet.com: Nasty phishing scams aim to exploit coronavirus fears
  • Forbes.com: Dangerous Coronavirus maps

Wessam Maher
Chief Information Security and Risk Officer

March 13, 2020, 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.

In consultation with the school Deans, we will move spring break forward by four weeks, to run from Sunday, March 15 through Thursday, March 19.  We will use this period to offer further training to faculty to prepare for online instruction. After the end of spring break, we will begin two weeks of online instruction for all classes, starting on Sunday, March 22 until Thursday, April 2.  

During this time frame, faculty will deliver all of their courses online with no face-to-face classes (either on or off-campus). This window will allow us to fully test our online teaching capabilities to help us enhance and strengthen our skills in this area. Not only will this test of our system be useful in combating the current COVID-19 outbreak, but it will also position us to better respond to any future conditions that may necessitate the utilization of online instruction. During this period faculty will conduct all office hours online. Faculty need to coordinate with their Teaching Assistants so they can also deliver their part of the teaching online as well.

Along with these shifts, we also have extended the undergraduate Course Drop Deadline and Withdrawal Deadline until May 7.

Faculty and staff will have full access to campus and their offices. When on campus, everyone is expected to follow safety measures recommended by the AUC medical services office, in accordance with the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and the Government of Egypt.

The Center for Learning and Teaching has been conducting training for faculty in online instruction and tools and will intensify the available support before and during the shift to online instruction. In addition, students who require technical assistance should contact the IT Helpdesk at support@aucegypt.edu.

I realize that the coming weeks will undoubtedly bring disruption to the spring semester. I am confident, however, in our ability to not only rise to this challenge but to use it as an opportunity to learn and improve. I am thankful for your understanding, your patience, and your cooperation. I also understand your frustrations, but rest assured we are working diligently to address this force majeure.

Continue to follow emails carefully for more detailed information and preparations for the shift to online instruction. For the latest updates on AUC’s response to COVID-19, visit www.aucegypt.edu/coronavirus.

Ehab Abdel-Rahman
AUC Provost

March 13, 2020, 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.

Nevertheless, the pandemic is spreading rapidly and globally. We must redouble our efforts both to prevent the spread of the virus and to slow it down if and when it does appear among us on either of our two campuses.  

Hence, we are taking three immediate additional steps, beyond those previously announced (including increased cleaning and disinfection of indoor spaces and vehicles; canceling and restricting travel and public events),  to comply with the WHO,  Government of Egypt, US Government  and other authoritative international recommendations to lessen close physical contact among large groups of people:

First, we will move up our regularly scheduled spring break to begin Sunday, March 15, instead of Sunday, April 12.

Second, we will use that week-long academic spring break for two purposes:

o    To hone our preparations to shift all possible instruction to online formats,

o    And to develop policies, technologies, and procedures to test new remote work arrangements for selected administrative staff.

Third, we will begin a two-week test of online instruction when classes recommence on Sunday, March 22.   

Let me emphasize that AUC will remain open and fully operational during these several weeks. Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman will communicate full details of the shift in the academic operation. Meanwhile, next week managers will work in collaboration with HR to develop remote work guidelines for administrative staff, where appropriate.

Many faculty and staff colleagues at all levels are deeply engaged in sustaining our University’s operations at our normal high standards not only for our core mission of research-based teaching and learning, but also for our community health, safety, and security,  even under the unfolding circumstances of the global emergency.  I’m especially proud to serve with our fine students, faculty, and staff at such challenging moments, and commend all for their commitment and confidence as we race to the finish of our centennial year’s Spring term. 

Francis J. Ricciardone
President

March 11, 2020, Coronavirus Updates

Below are updates and useful information on our campus-wide efforts to respond and protect the AUC community from the worldwide coronavirus outbreak: 

Events

Based on the CDC, WHO, and government of Egypt guidelines on limiting mass gatherings, AUC is asking event organizers to postpone or cancel all events with public guests and more than 500 attendees until further notice. We will be revising these guidelines regularly. Consider possible efforts to encourage social distancing, promote handwashing or use of sanitizers and other health safety measures. The CDC guidelines for event organizers maybe a helpful resource to consult.   

Hand Sanitizers on Buses 

Next week, all AUC buses will have hand sanitizers installed on the bus.

Update Your Contact Information

Update/validate your phone number using this linkhttp://myinfo.aucegypt.edu/ and log in with your email credentials. These contacts will be used for communication purposes in case of emergencies.

Notification of Recent Travel

If you have returned from a high-risk countryas defined by the CDC, remain at home for two weeks and notify the medical office. The medical services number is 012.8000.1039.

AUC Students on Exchange Programs Abroad

The University is working with all students on exchange programs who are currently completing a semester abroad to determine the best solution for each student, depending on the country, university and travel options. All exchange students who were in high-risk countries, as defined by the CDC, have already returned to Cairo. AUC is in close communication with students in lower-risk countries and reviewing the situation regularly. Any student who is unsure or has questions should contact Dahlia El Tayeb at the International Programs Office at dahlia.tayeb@aucegypt.edu or contact the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@aucegypt.edu.

FAQ Webpage Launched

Visit regularly the Frequency Asked Questions on AUC’s coronavirus webpage for answers to common questions from members of the community. Click here to visit the FAQ webpage

Stay Informed

Continue to monitor email for regular updates from the University and visit www.aucegypt.edu/coronavirus. In addition to the latest updates from AUC, important numbers and tips on staying safe, the website also has links to helpful resources including the FAQ section from our community

Shereen Shaker
Vice President for Management and Operations

March 10, 2020, Coronavirus Updates

Yesterday, eight members of the AUC community were advised to self-quarantine when they informed the clinic that they had returned recently from a Nile Cruise to Luxor and Aswan. Although none of the individuals experienced coronavirus-related symptoms, they self-quarantined in their homes as a precautionary measure. 

As a reminder, members of the community who are experiencing high fever and flu symptoms should stay home to limit exposure to others and visit the nearest physician or the AUC clinic. Inform the medical office of your condition. The medical services number is 012.8000.1039.

Stay Informed

Continue to monitor email for regular updates from the University and visit www.aucegypt.edu/coronavirus. In addition to the latest updates from AUC, important numbers and tips on staying safe, the website also has links to helpful resources.

Dr. Mohamed Amin
Medical Services Director

 

March 9, 2020, Travel and Events Guidance

Below are the updates on our response to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and its possible impact on campus.

Travel

After review of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and WHO guidelines, AUC's Coronavirus Response Taskforce has recommended limiting University-sponsored, international, non-essential travel for students, faculty and staff. The purpose of the recommendation is to mitigate the risk of infection and risk of disturbances during travel, as countries enforce quarantines or deny entry on a rapidly changing basis. The direct supervisor and area head will make decisions on essential staff travel. The vice president of student life will make determinations related to student trips. Each dean will make the decision for faculty members in his or her school. We advise faculty, staff and students to carefully review their personal travel plans. 

Events 

Following guidance from the WHO and Egypt's Ministry of Health, we are continuing with scheduled events on campus for the time being. Events may be subject to last-minute adjustments as needed.

Campus Readiness

We have installed hand sanitizers across the campus. We are also increasing the frequency of disinfecting surfaces as part of our daily cleaning routine.

Contingency Planning

While we do not anticipate moving to online instruction at this point, we are preparing for that remote possibility. In the event that we need to complete coursework online, the Office of the Provost is conducting training for all faculty on the use of tools that satisfy most faculty teaching and assessment needs. 

Stay Informed

Continue to monitor email for regular updates from the University and visit www.aucegypt.edu/coronavirus. In addition to the latest updates from AUC, important numbers and tips on staying safe, the website also has links to helpful resources.

Shereen Shaker
Vice President for Management and Operations

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 taskforce 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.  

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

AUC’s Office of Medical Services is in close contact with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Egypt on the most recent updates relating to the coronavirus COVID-19. The latest update is that there are two reported cases in Egypt, one case has recovered.  For updates regarding the virus spread, visit  https://infographics.channelnewsasia.com/covid-19/map.html

This week, the WHO raised its coronavirus-related travel advisories for a number of countries.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the following destinations: China, parts of South Korea, Iran, and parts of Italy. The University advises travelers to check carefully on the status of COVID-19 alerts and precautions at all destinations, including layovers.  If any member of the AUC community is traveling to one of these countries, he or she should inform the medical services office through the emergency line and indicate the travel destination and health condition.  In case of experiencing any symptoms, the person should go to the nearest medical physician and inform the medical office of his or her health condition. The Office of Medical Services is closely monitoring the situation and will provide regular updates. If you have any questions, contact the medical services office hotline 01280001039

Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, and pneumonia. As a reminder, the attached flyers from the WHO provide useful information on appropriate precautions and how to stay safe. 

As a precautionary measure, the Office of Medical Services has designated a specific examination room to serve as a flu clinic for any suspected cases of the flu. The examination room is continuously disinfected. All physicians and nurses are trained to follow international protocols in dealing with suspected cases. We will install sanitizers to be available on both campuses by mid this week. 

To increase awareness among the AUC community, the Office of Medical Services will hold a lecture presenting facts about the coronavirus:

Venue: Shafik Gabr Hall, P008

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Lecturer: Dr. Irene Sabry (Chest Professor in Kasr el Eni Medical School).

Dr. Mohamed Amin
Medical Services Director
 

AUC’s Office of Medical Services is in close contact with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Egypt on the most recent updates relating to the Coronavirus. The latest update is that there is one reported case in Egypt, which is now stable.

As a precautionary measure, the medical office has designated a specific examination room to serve as a flu clinic for any suspected cases of the flu. The examination room is continuously disinfected. All physicians and nurses are trained to follow international protocols in dealing with suspected cases. 

As a reminder, the attached flyer from the WHO provides useful information on appropriate precautions and how to stay safe. We would also ask members of the community with flu symptoms and fever to stay home and rest in order to limit exposure to others. 

The medical office is closely monitoring the situation and will provide regular updates. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Mohamed Amin, E-mail: mhassan@aucegypt.eduMobile: 01221005947

Dr. Mohamed Amin
Medical Services Director