Coronavirus Messages

Dear AUC Community,  

This is to confirm as previously communicated that starting on July 8, members of the AUC community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) who wish to be tested at the drive-through testing station outside AUC New Cairo campus will receive a discounted price.  The tests will cost EGP 2000 for the PCR and EGP 400 for the antibodies test. Members of the AUC community will receive a discounted price of EGP 1500 for the PCR test and EGP 350 for the antibodies test. Please show an AUC ID to receive the discount. 

For alumni who do not have an AUC ID and need to do the test, they can get in touch with the alumni office at alumni@aucegypt.edu email ahead of time so they can be verified and authorized to receive the discount. 

The Antibodies IgM/IgG Rapid Test is produced by Cellex and approved by FDA-CE-TUV. The rapid test is done onsite and the results are available within 15-20 minutes.

As a reminder, AUC is not involved in any way in the administration of the test or the results, which are communicated directly from the Prime Speed lab to individuals.  

Operating hours are from 10:00 am till 10:00 pm – no appointments required.

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

Dear AUC Community,

The University has entered into an agreement with Prime Speed Medical, a licensed medical testing provider in Egypt, in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education, to set up a drive-through testing station outside AUC New Cairo campus.  

The testing station, located in the service lane between gates 2 and 3, will provide Covid-19 qualitative PCR and Covid-19 rapid test for antibodies. The analysis of the tests will take place at Ain Shams and Cairo University labs. The sample collection, analysis and results are managed entirely by Prime Speed Medical. AUC is not involved in any way in the administration of the test or the results, which are communicated directly from the lab to individuals.

Prime Speed Medical accepts cash or credit, and the service is available to anyone who wishes to visit the drive-through station.

The tests will cost EGP 2000 for the PCR and EGP 400 for the antibodies test. Starting on July 8, members of the AUC community who wish to be tested will receive a discounted price of EGP 1500 for the PCR test and EGP 350 for the antibodies test. Please show an AUC ID to receive the discount. 

Please note that MetLife and Cigna subscribers may file for a reimbursement using the regular process, provided they have a referral from a specialized physician. 

 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

Dear AUC Community,

Taking steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) at AUC is a shared responsibility. Every member of our community must do his or her part. This means adhering to national and international health guidelines and requirements, and to those measures that the University deems safe and appropriate for our campus.  To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure, all AUC community members are expected to regularly monitor their personal health status. Community members should not come to the campus if they are showing symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing). 

Social/Physical Distancing:  Increasing the physical distance between individuals can reduce transmission of the virus, and everyone on campus must consistently follow social distancing practices. In all shared spaces, you are requested to keep at least one meter of space between you and other individuals, in accordance with WHO guidelines.

COVID-19 Cases:  We have a number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among the AUC community. If you test positive for COVID-19 and when you provide notice of the diagnosis to us, please provide a list of any members of the AUC community that you recall being in direct contact with and close proximity to during the last 14 days so that we may take steps to notify those individuals for their own safety.  

Wearing Masks: Face masks can reduce transmission of the virus if used properly. All community members are required to wear face masks in all shared environments on campus (e.g. elevators, common rooms, hallways), including AUC provided transportation in buses and cars.

Transportation: Please make sure that only one passenger rides in a car with a driver in order to ensure adequate social distancing. While riding AUC buses, do not sit on the same row with another individual. Please wear face masks at all times while using AUC transportation.

Campus Disinfecting and Cleaning Measures:  We are continuing our deep cleaning and disinfecting efforts by fumigating the campus, including AUC's entire transportation fleet (carts, cars and buses) on a daily basis.  For cleaning concerns or questions, email facilities@aucegypt.edu.

Medical Services:  The Office of Medical Services is working on an emergency basis only. For full information regarding the medical services offered and appropriate procedures for handling COVID cases, click here. For medical emergencies call 0226154000.

We again remind all members of our community that in the event anyone feels any of the well-publicized flu-like symptoms, do not come to campus and consult your doctor. Meanwhile, always observe social distancing, wash hands frequently, and wear face masks whenever you expect to come into close proximity to others, especially in enclosed spaces such as public transportation. 

Stay Informed

Please 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, including the FAQ section from our community.

Shereen Shaker
Vice President for Management and Operations

 

Dear AUC Community,

Today, we learned that the first member of the AUC community has tested positive for Covid-19 on our Tahrir campus.  The individual was transferred to a quarantine facility yesterday.  We have traced the individual's recent contacts and whereabouts while on campus and have informed those we could identify as likely to have been in close proximity to the affected individual in recent days.  We also have thoroughly cleaned the affected areas on our campus.  The individual is receiving medical treatment, and we wish the individual a full and speedy recovery.   

We remind all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to our campuses:  in the event anyone feels any of the well-publicized flu-like symptoms, to stay away from work and consult your doctor.   Meanwhile, always observe social distancing, wash hands frequently, and wear face masks wherever and whenever you may expect to come into close proximity to others, especially in enclosed spaces such as public transportation.

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

Dear AUC Community,

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. Thanks to effective crisis management by the Covid-19 Response Task Force and the swift shift to online learning and remote working — a heroic effort by our faculty, staff, and students — we have successfully navigated the first phase of this public health emergency.

Confronting the persistent operational and economic effects of Covid-19 will continue to challenge our former assumptions about how we work, study, teach, and conduct research.  It will require us urgently to address long-standing structural resource management sustainability issues that we can no longer defer. Our ambition is not to merely navigate the challenges of the next phase, but to use them to propel AUC’s continued pursuit of excellence. 

Hence, at Thursday’s Campus Conversation, I announced the establishment of the President’s Operational Excellence Initiative. Seven interdisciplinary committees will replace the Covid-19 Response Task Force, working within AUC’s standing strategic plan, coordinated by the Office of Strategy, Management Information, and Evaluation. Each committee needs and warmly invites expertise, ideas, concerns, and focused effort from anyone outside their immediate offices and disciplines.  Please reach out to them if you wish to share in the responsibility and opportunity to turn our confrontation of the pandemic into fresh energy for AUC’s renewal at this historic start of our second century. Click here to watch the video of the last Campus Conversation with each of the committee chairs. Click here for a list of the committees and their mandates.

The committees will steer the planning for our physical return to campus and alternative scenarios for the Fall 2020 academic program.  They will aim to optimize all operations and streamline our bureaucracy.  They will address the financial impacts of the global economic crisis on our faculty and staff, our students’ families, and hence on AUC’s budget. Like most organizations and universities, AUC faces a budget deficit in the current and next fiscal year and possibly beyond. We project drops in fundraising, some revenues, international students and our endowment returns, as well as increased need for student financial aid. Nevertheless, we remain confident and resolute in our commitment to preserve the finest educational experience available in Egypt and the region, at the certified global standards necessary also to continue to attract students from around the world. 

To sustain AUC’s continuous drive for excellence in the face of increasing resource constraints, we have instituted a hiring freeze on staff positions; suspended salary increases and merit bonus payments for the next fiscal year; eliminated overtime assignments;  frozen travel, hospitality and other discretionary spending; and reviewed all pending capital expenses for deferrals. The committees will welcome all proposals for other measures to cut costs, increase revenues, and improve delivery of our services — including still higher standards for a clean and hygienic environment.  I have also urged all senior faculty and staff to follow the example of the many who quietly have made AUC a primary focus of their own personal charitable giving over the years. 

The coming months will bring more challenges as we tackle the budget deficit and the operational uncertainties imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The best universities relish problem-solving as the portal to discovery, creativity and the most impactful education. We must seize this moment to accelerate and sharpen our focus on the reforms already underway in our relentless pursuit of sustainability and excellence in everything we do. I am confident that AUC will emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic stronger, more agile and even more widely recognized for setting the highest standards in our educational mission. 

Francis J. Ricciardone
President

Dear International Faculty and Staff,

As always, AUC remains an institution with internationalization at the core of our mission. As such, you – our international faculty and staff -- play a unique role in the life of AUC. Many of us, myself included, have made Cairo our home away from home and live here while most of our families continue to live in the US or whichever other country you may be from. In the best of times, this can be a challenging situation to navigate and a source of stress and even sadness. And these are clearly not the best of times. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc with the world, many of our plans have been thrown into limbo.

 Some of you have already traveled back to your home countries, and now wonder when you might be able to return to Cairo. Many others of you remain in Cairo, separated from your families and loved ones, and uncertain as to when you may see them next. While the whole world is in turmoil, we have a unique additional set of issues to grapple with. 

Through it all AUC is here to support you however we can. The Provost, Counselor Ashraf Hatem, and I are pleased to host our second conversation with AUC’s international faculty and staff. I am delighted to note that Consul General Lisa Vickers of the U.S. Embassy will also be joining us. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 5 at 1 pm Cairo time, via this zoom meeting link. This is not a meeting with a formal agenda. Rather, we welcome this opportunity to hear your thoughts and concerns, and to respond to your questions.

We look forward to seeing you (even if only virtually for now) and speaking with you next week. 

Francis J. Ricciardone
President

Dear AUC Community,

I am pleased to announce that the Office of the Associate Provost for Research, Innovation and Creativity received 26 proposals of exceptional quality and relevance to our recent call for Proposals for AUC’s Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Research and Innovation initiative.  I am especially appreciative of the interdisciplinary nature of many of the proposals, and to. the dedication demonstrated by those faculty who submitted proposals in the midst of a busy and stressful time of the semesterI want to thank all colleagues who articulated and proposed those great ideas for dealing with the situation. I am confident even those that we are not able to fund at this time will find their ways to other initiatives and succeed in establishing fine research work.  

The ten awarded proposals are:

1.    Social Protection in Egypt: Mitigating the Socio-Economic Effects of the COVID 19 Pandemic on Vulnerable Employment.  This research highlights interventions in four main area, which are mostly oriented to Egypt but could be applicable in countries of the Global South: Employment Security, Social Assistance, Health Insurance and Gendered Protection. PI: Dina Makram Ebeid (Sociology) CO-PI: Amr Adly (Political Science), Hania Sholkamy (Social Research Center), Samer Atallah (Economics).

2.    Coping in Egypt During the COVID-19 Crisis. This study examines how Egyptians are coping with the COVID-19 crisis and the consequences on their well-being, to provide immediate culturally-sensitive public health-related recommendations. PI: Lameese Eldessouky (Psychology ) CO-PI: Kate Ellis (Psychology), Zeinab Khadr (Social Research Center)

3.    Transitioning From 6 Feet Apart to Working 6 Feet Together: An In-depth Analysis and Roadmap to Business Growth in the Realm of COVID-19. Create a model that defines the various forces that affect businesses at times of crisis. One goal of this project is to develop a roadmap as a business solution for survival and growth with a long-term objective of sustainability rather than a limited timely analysis of resilience under COVID-19. PI: Mohab Anis (Electronics and Communications Engineering) CO-PI: Sherwat Ibrahim (Management), Nouri Sakr (Computer Science and Engineering).

4.    Localizing Health Behavior Communications in the Face of a Global Pandemic: Culture and COVID-19. The objective of this research is to Identify cultural influences on the endorsement of, adherence to, and trust in different sources of COVID-19 health behavior guidelines. It also aims to train diverse specialists on behavioral communication strategies on COVID-19 in Egypt while integrating cultural influences that were previously identified. PI: Mona Amer (Psychology). CO-PI: Germine Awad (Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin), Chris Dickey (Global Health, NYU School of Global Public Health)

5.    Evaluating the current global pandemic Projection and epidemiological models for Covid-19 incidence. The objective of this research is to evaluate existing models used for forecasting the morbidity and mortality of COVID-19 in order to achieve better evidence-based policymaking. PI: Nesreen Nasser (Public Policy and Administration).

6.    ACE-2 and TMPRSS2: the Achilles heel(s) of the SARS-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2): This research studies enzymes which impact the virus' ability to enter the lungs, in an attempt to explain the different prevalence and mortality of the pandemic between both sexes, and in Egyptians compared to other countries.It also aims to design amino acid sequences that may prevent the entry of the virus into the lungs.  PI: Anwar Abdelnasser (Global Health and Human Ecology). CO-PI: Hassan Elfawal (Global Health and Human Ecology), Ahmad Mostafa (Biology), Mohamed Salama (Global Health and Human Ecology), Mostafa Yousef (Mechanical Engineering).

7.    A Data-Driven Recommendation System for Embedding Technology in Engineering and Science Education. The goals are building a data-driven, web-based, interactive and dynamic recommendation system that provides educators with a personalized list of tech-based teaching techniques that are suitable for enhancing the classroom experience PI: Nouri Sakr (Computer Science and Engineering)

8.    A multi-modal technology-based approach to alternative assessment in education. Providing a multi-modal approach for online assessment that mitigates issues raised with respect to authenticity, security, privacy and connectivity while remaining equivalent in function to assessments conducted in-person settings. PI: Sherif Ali (Computer Science and Engineering). CO-PI: Nouri Sakr (Computer Science and Engineering)

9.    Report-for-Change: A People-centric Urban Management Tool. This research will develop a tool that provides real-time mapping of the status of services and networks within the city through integrating service providers (government or private sector) intermediate users and end users on a single platformPI: Amr Abdel Kawi (Architecture).

10. Novel composite nanofibers for Face Mask: Cost-effective biomaterials for healthcare workers and publics. Our proposed solution is to make three nanofibrous layers that act as filters for face masks. In the end, all polymers will be easy to handle, and the fabrication techniques proposed are Electrospinning and Electrochemical anodization for nanofibers and nanotubes, respectively. PI: Nageh Allam (Physics).  CO-PI: Suher Zadah (Biology). 

I look forward to seeing the outputs of these initiatives, and to contributing to the global pool of knowledge that will help shapthe post-pandemic world. Thank you all for helping AUC to rise to its responsibilities as a higher education institution serving the national and global community at this critical time.

Stay home. Stay safe. Stay strong.

EhabAbdel-Rahman
Provost

 

Dear AUC Community,

While we are all eager to return to campus, the University continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will announce plans to do so, as soon as that becomes possible. 

Meanwhile, early registration for Summer 2020 is fast approaching on May 10. 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. 

All summer courses will run for the full six-week summer term. We will not be offering three-week Summer A or Summer B courses due to their intensive nature. As always, students should consult with their advisor or with the registrar to ensure that they are taking the right courses to keep them on track toward graduation. 

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.


Ehab Abdel Rahman 
Provost

 

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the continuing spread of COVID-19 infection across the world, AUC has focused significant efforts on sustaining our academic mission and ensuring the safety of students, faculty and staff.

We understand the concern and uncertainty among employees across both campuses during these challenging times. Your health and wellbeing is a priority for the University. 

While we are all eager to return to campus as soon as it is safe to do so, we have developed the following guidelines to cover policies until the end of the fiscal year: 

We also encourage all staff and managers to be in constant open dialogue. Because every employee’s life situation is different, employees should feel comfortable speaking with their managers and organization leaders about concerns and questions. Please also, feel free to consult with the HR office.

While we don’t have all of the answers for what will happen with COVID-19, many people across our University are working diligently to plan for multiple scenarios and keep our entire community informed. Continue to visit the University’s website https://www.aucegypt.edu/coronavirus for the latest University information and updates.

Thank you for your continued hard work and commitment to ensuring the success of AUC’s educational mission.

Sarah Refaat
Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources

 

الزملاء الأعزاء،

نظرًا للانتشار المستمر لعدوى COVID-19 في جميع أنحاء العالم، فقد بذلت الجامعة الأمريكية جهودًا كبيرة لدعم رسالتنا الأكاديمية وضمان سلامة الطلاب وأعضاء هيئة التدريس والموظفين.

نحن نتفهم القلق بين الموظفين في كلا الحرمين الجامعيين خلال هذه الأوقات الصعبة. صحتك ورفاهيتك هي أولوية بالنسبة للجامعة.

في حين أننا جميعًا حريصون على العودة إلى الحرم الجامعي بمجرد أن يكون ذلك آمنًا، فقد وضعنا الإرشادات التالية المتعلقة بالسياسات حتى نهاية السنة المالية:

·يسعدنا أن نعلن أن الجامعة لن تخصم أيام الإجازة من الموظفين حتى 30 أبريل. واعتبارًا من 1 مايو، يرجى التحقق من الرابط التالي للتعرف على الخيارات المختلفة التي ستدعم الموظفين في إدارة أرصدة إجازاتهم حتى نهاية السنة المالية في 30 يونيوhttps://www.aucegypt.edu/offices/human-resources/staff-leaves-management-guidelines

·السماح بتمديد العمل عن بعد فيما بعد 30 أبريل، يرجى استخدام الرابط التالي الخاص بإرشادات إجراءات طلب العمل عن بعد: https://www.aucegypt.edu/offices/human-resources/remote-work-arrangements

كما نشجع جميع الموظفين والمديرين على أن يكونوا في حوار مفتوح مستمر. نظرًا لاختلاف حالة حياة كل موظف، يجب أن يشعر الموظفون بالراحة عند التحدث مع مديريهم وقادة القطاعات حول الأسئلة التي تشغلهم. وكذلك لا تترددوا في استشارة مكتب الموارد البشرية.

على الرغم من أننا لا نمتلك جميع الإجابات لما سيحدث مع COVID-19 ، فإن العديد من الأشخاص في جامعتنا يعملون بجد للتخطيط لسيناريوهات متعددة وإبقاء مجتمعنا بأكمله على اطلاع. تابعوا زيارة موقع الجامعة https://www.aucegypt.edu/coronavirus ، للحصول على أحدث معلومات الجامعة وتحديثاتها.

نشكركم على عملكم الجاد المستمر والتزامكم بضمان نجاح المهمة التعليمية للجامعة.
تحياتي

سارة رفعت

نائب أول الرئيس المشارك للموارد البشرية  

 

Dear AUC Community,

Giza authorities announced a quarantine for residents of Al Moatamadeyah village in Giza. Members of the AUC community who reside in this area should stay home for 14 days and report to the nearest medical facility if they experience flu-like systems. Employees should notify their direct supervisor.

أعزائى مجتمع الجامعة الأمريكية بالقاهرة

يرجى الافادة بان سلطات محافظة الجيزة قد أعلنت عن العزل الصحى لسكان قرية المعتمدية بالجيزة .  ولهذا يجب على السادة المقيمين فى هذه المنطقة البقاء فى المنزل لمدة ۱٤ يوما وإبلاغ أقرب مركز طبي إذا واجهوا أعراض شبيهة بالآنفلوانزا.

وكذلك يجب على الموظفين إخطار مشرفهم المباشر.

مع تمنياتنا لكم بالسلامة.

Shereen Shaker
Vice President for Management and Operations

Dear AUC Community,

I know that many of you — in particular students — have been eagerly awaiting an announcement on an updated grading and attendance policies for the Spring 2020 semester that addresses the uniqueness of the current situation.  Thank you again for your patience as we researched, considered and discussed a number of different options and their implications. 

Grading Policy

After widespread consultation with stakeholders across AUC, today I am announcing that we are implementing an optional Credit/Fail (CR/F) as part of our grading scheme for Spring 2020 (where CR is equivalent to Pass).  For each course, the faculty member will submit standard grades to the Registrar as usual at the end of the semester. After these grades are posted, each student will then have the option to change any grade for any course to CR. A course that is changed to CR will not factor into the GPA. 

CR may be selected instead of any grade of D or above for undergraduate students or a grade of C or above for graduate students. The choice is left to each student, after seeing the standard letter grade for each class, to either keep the grade or change it to a CR, with no impact on GPA. Details and FAQs on this policy will be posted shortly on the AUC Registrar’s website.

In addition, for students who are concerned about not passing a course, please remember the Course Drop deadline has been extended to May 7. This gives ample opportunity to discuss your situation with your instructors, and also with an advisor and/or the Registrar, to fully understand your options and their implications.  The Spring Semester Withdrawal deadline has also been extended to May 7.

I urge you to speak to the Registrar or to an Academic Advisor before making your decision.  A special email has been set up in the Office of the Registrar for this purpose: 

regiscapp@aucegypt.edu 

You can contact the Academic Advising Center at: 

aamc@aucegypt.edu 

We have done extensive research and analysis to identify an option that best suits AUC. It is my hope and belief that this new policy will allow students to continue the semester and maximize learning, without adding unnecessary worry to an already stressful situation. 

In addition to the FAQs, we will be releasing a video later this week where members of the academic administration will further explain what the different options mean in relation to GPA, declaration of major, graduation requirements, etc.

Attendance Policy

We are implementing a “relaxed attendance” policy for Spring 2020. This means that faculty should not be failing any student due to missing six or more classes.  Faculty members will be able to evaluate “participation” and include it as part of their grading system (if applicable). 

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. 

Ehab Abdel Rahman
Provost

Dear Colleagues,

I know I don’t need to tell you that we are in a situation where things change daily. For this reason, I want to update you on a few recent developments, to ensure that we are all working with the same information and understanding. Keeping up-to-date in this ever-changing situation is of critical importance. I thank you for reading through my frequent emails, and following all of AUC’s communications channels.

Grading Policy

After extensive consultation with stakeholders across AUC, today I am announcing that we are implementing an optional Credit/Fail policy to our grading scheme for the Spring 2020 semester (Credit being equivalent to Pass).  As faculty, you will submit standard grades as usual at the end of the semester. Once these grades are posted, students will then have the option to change any grade (of D or above for undergraduates, or C or above for graduates) to CR. The CR will not factor into their GPA. Details on this policy will be posted shortly on the AUC Registrar’s website.

We did extensive research and analysis to identify an option that best suits AUC. I firmly believe that this new policy will give students the motivation to continue focusing on their learning, while simultaneously reducing their current stress. 

I heartily thank all who were involved in the extensive discussions and shaping up this policy. 

Attendance

We are implementing a “relaxed attendance” policy for Spring 2020. This means that faculty should not be failing any student due to missing six or more classes.  Faculty members will be able to evaluate students’ “participation” and include it as part of their grading system (if applicable), as students may be following-up on the missed classes and showing seriousness in the courses despite failing to attend the classes regularly due to the technical difficulties.

Assessments

I would like to remind you that the availability of Respondus Monitor is in no way a suggestion that all or even most of you should be using it. It is my hope that the Respondus Monitor will be used in the most limited sense for the rare number of classes where monitored exams are truly the only way to assess students’ learning and comprehension. As faculty, these changed circumstances afford us a challenge and an opportunity to think creatively about ways in which we can better assess our students. In many classes, asynchronous non-monitored assessments, such as those included on the CLT alternative assessment strategies page, are excellent options.  Whenever possible, we urge you to use these. 

Class Timings

We understand that most online classes are based on a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Please be reminded that any synchronous activity should be taking place only during your regularly scheduled class timing. Many students are reporting conflicts whereby they have two online classes meeting at the same time. This is understandably causing them undue added stress. Sticking to the original class times will avoid any such conflicts for our students. 

Stay Flexible and Agile

Inherent in the shift to online learning is the fact that everyone is working more – you as well as students. Many students are sharing that their workload has increased considerably since the shift to remote learning, and this is causing a lot of stress. Please keep this in mind, and remember to remain flexible and agile as you continue to adjust your syllabi, assessments and expectations. 

As teachers and educators, I know we all share deep care for our students and can see the tremendous strain they are under. Like all of us, they are anxious about the pandemic and what it means for the health of their family members, struggling with adapting to learning online, worrying about the impact of grades and uncertain about the future. I appreciate very much the effort you are making in reaching out to them and helping through these unprecedented times, especially as young adults. 

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. 

Ehab Abdel Rahman
Provost

Dear AUC Community, As a reminder, the University will be closed on the following occasions:

  • Palm Sunday and Western Easter - Sunday, April 12
  • Holy Thursday -  Thursday, April 16
  • Eastern Easter - Sunday, April 19
  • Sham El Nessim -  Monday, April 20
  • Sinai Liberation Day - Saturday, April 25      

Due to the shift of spring break in March and an additional class session originally needed for the Spring 2020 semester, each course will be required to arrange for make-up sessions according to the following table:

Undergraduate Courses

Sunday/Wednesday

Two make-up classes needed

Undergraduate Courses

Monday/Thursday

Two make-up classes needed

Graduate Courses

Sunday

Two make-up classes needed

Graduate Courses

Monday

One make-up class needed

Graduate Courses

Thursday

One make-up class needed


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

 

Dear Colleagues, 

As you know, we have acquired the Respondus Monitor system in order for those classes where monitored exams are the only option to have a feasible assessment option.  Thank you for this opportunity to provide a few additional updates, based in large part on concerns being raised by students. 

I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that many of our students are facing connectivity challenges. This is based on the Egyptian infrastructure which affects us all, and in many cases on extremely limited access in students’ home environments.  Please be extremely sensitive to this as you plan the configuration of your monitored exams. The LearnHub FAQs for faculty are being updated regularly, and include details on the setting options which will allow students to reconnect to complete their exams, and for you to allow additional time in such cases where the disconnection extended beyond the duration of the test. 

The availability of the Respondus Monitor option is in no way a suggestion that all or even most of you should be using it. There are classes where monitored exams are truly the only way to assess students’ learning and comprehension. This is intended for use in these classes. Many of you however can administer asynchronous non-monitored assessments, such as those included on the CLT alternative assessment strategies page.  Whenever possible, we urge you to use these options. 

Thank you for your continued focus on quality education while recognizing the challenges and concerns our students are expressing.

Ehab Abdel Rahman
Provost

 

Dear Students,

We in the academic administration recognize that this is the most challenging experience you’ve faced in your educational – and personal – journeys.  And you remain, without any question, the number one priority in our decision-making process. After my email last night regarding the new assessment tools, I received many replies from students, expressing concern, worry and frustration. Thank you for this opportunity to share further information on a number of key points:

Grading

We fully understand that our standard grading policy may not be the best option for everyone under the current circumstances. For this reason, AUC will be adding a new grading option that will be better suited to this unique learning situation. I trust that you understand that any such change requires serious evaluation, consideration and input from key stakeholders across the university. Thank you for your patience as we complete this process. I plan to announce an updated grading policy shortly. 

Attendance

This is another area where we recognize the need to adapt our approaches. In recognition of the connectivity challenges being faced by many of you, we are also discussing about an updated attendance policy, which minimizes the emphasis on “physical” presence. Again, I plan to announce an updated attendance policy in the coming days. 

Assessments

The two concerns about Respondus Monitor that have been shared repeatedly by students are in regard to connectivity and privacy issues. I will respond briefly here, and ask you to please check the LearnHub FAQs as well as the Student Guidelines Document for more detailed information.  Additionally, this tool is reserved for those classes where no other types of assessments are feasible, subject to the instructor’s judgment. 

  • Connectivity: There are settings within Respondus Monitor that the instructor can choose whereby students who are disconnected will be able to resume the test once a connection is re-established. Additionally, there are settings within Blackboard where the instructor can allocate additional time for exams that were set to a fixed duration. 
  • Privacy: Respondus Monitor cannot access the content of your computer. Exam-related data is available only to the instructor. The Respondus Monitor's terms of use and data privacy policy have been reviewed and approved by AUC’s Chief Information Security and Risk Officer.

Thank you for continuing to share your concerns with us, and your continued trust that we are doing everything possible to address them. 

Ehab Abdel Rahman
Provost

Dear AUC Community,

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.   

Provost Abdel-Rahman announced the decision to continue online instruction through the spring semester to give our faculty and students the security of knowing the plan. Our experience with online instruction and remote work gives us all confidence that we will accomplish our critical mission not only this spring, but also through the summer term and the new academic year, whatever turn the pandemic may take. 

Now it remains our duty to further reduce the physical presence of people on both of our campuses to the barest minimum necessary and to deploy any additional effective measures to protect them from either contracting or spreading the contagion. We sharply reduced the number of our student residents last month. In the coming days, we will find solutions for the remaining handful of student residents, some with special needs, to continue their studies off-campus. Further: all of us in the administration and faculty will conduct business from locations other than our two campuses, with the briefest exceptions for essential purposes. These are: conducting and supporting communication and online instruction; and supervising and executing other tasks critically necessary to preserve campus health, safety, security and infrastructure. Explicitly included meeting these essential needs are individual faculty and staff, at all ranks, who may need to access their workplaces for periods limited strictly to accomplish those purposes while rigorously observing all protective protocols.

None of us can predict when we can safely and responsibly begin to resume normal operations. We must continue to prepare for the worst, while we all hope and pray for the best. As we decide how best both to protect the health of our people and our students’ academic progress, we will continue to rely on the guidelines of the scientists and officials of the World Health Organization and the Governments of Egypt and the other home countries of our AUCians. 

Francis Ricciardone
President

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you that, thanks to the amazing work of our colleagues in IT, a monitoring assessment tool, Respondus Monitor, has now been integrated into our LMS and has been successfully tested. This tool uses the proprietary Respondus LockDown Browser.

You will find detailed instructions for creating online quizzes and exams that will be monitored by Respondus Monitor in the Good Practice for Monitored Online Assessments and Respondus Guidelines,which will be updated regularly.  This document includes links to introductory training webinars by the Respondus team. In addition to learning to use this tool yourself, you will also need to support your students. Guidelines for this support are included in the document.

“Guidelines for Designing Multiple Choice Questions” and a preliminary guidelines section for “Academic Integrity and Online Assessments” are included in the same “Good Practice” document.

Assessments that need monitoring may only be conducted through Respondus Monitor. No other assessments that need monitoring are allowed, including proctored assessments via Zoom.  

Until you are fully familiar with, and comfortable deploying Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor, please continue to use alternative assessments such as those mentioned in this interactive presentation

An essential step to ensure that your first exam using Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor runs smoothly is to provide your students with a practice test. The university requires that all faculty using this software provide an ungraded practice test using Lockdown browser and Monitor for students. This helps ensure that students’ computers/webcams are correctly set up before taking a graded assessment. The steps to creating and administering a practice test can be found in the same “Good Practice” document mentioned above.

If you are planning on giving monitored assessments, we ask that you give a practice test as soon as possible. This is so that the IT team may be made aware of the kind of questions faculty bring up, and they will then add them to the FAQ page they are currently developing. 

Thank you in advance for immediately accessing the documents and training, and running an ungraded practice test, if you intend to administer monitored assessments.  And thank you as always for your flexibility and resilience as we continue to improve our tools and resources in support of online and remote learning. 

Ehab Abdel Rahman
Provost

Dear Students,

As we enter our third week of online instruction, I’d like to once again thank you all for your continued resilience in these unprecedented times. I know that this transition has not been easy for anyone. There are still challenges to be resolved, and teams across the university are working to identify and implement solutions.I want to remind you all that with every challenge there are so many opportunities. I encourage you to be creative, to look for those opportunities, and use them to help the community. 

As you are aware, so far, we have not been allowing exams or quizzes that needed proctoring or monitoring.

To address this matter, AUC has now acquired a license to a system called “Respondus Monitor” which uses a specialized browser for automated monitoring of online exams. It has been deployed and faculty have been given guidelines on how to use the software and as well as how to support their students.  While Zoom-proctored assessments are still not allowed, your instructors may be administering exams through this new system. This will enable them to give the best types of assessments aligned with individual course needs.

We have prepared Guidelines that will help you understand what to expect when you will be given an online exam that will be monitored using RespondusMonitor.  It will go over how to prepare for the test, how to get support and a few valuable tips. These Guidelines will be regularly updated and we encourage you to look them up often. 

We have asked each faculty member who will be using this system to run an ungraded practice test, to make sure that you are able to use it before engaging in an actual graded exam or quiz. 

Last but not least, we have a section on how to survive the remote instruction environment with integrityThank you in advance for reviewing the guidelines carefully. AUC takes the Academic Integrity seriously and we expect you to do so, as well. We have zero tolerance for any violation of the principles of academic integrity. 

As always, thank you for your patience and your flexibility as we navigate this situation together. 

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. 

Sincerely,

Ehab Abdel Rahman, Provost

Dear AUC Community,

Over the past few weeks since the move to emergency remote instruction, the question of what comes next has been on everyone’s mind, especially our students. 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. While no one can predict when we may safely return to campus, the inability to anticipate and plan for the rest of the semester has been a challenge for both faculty and students. 

With the semester ending in May, deciding now to complete the term remotely eliminates uncertainty and allows us to focus our undivided attention on delivering the best possible learning outcomes for our students. On a daily basis, we are actively applying new approaches to improve our online experience and responding to the many concerns our students and faculty have raised. 

In addition, we have been in discussions about assessments, the attendance policy and the approach to grading for this term. Today, I met with the executive committee of the Senate to discuss these topics and will announce by Monday of this week our approach to each of these important issues.

Beyond this term, we remain confident in having either online or face-to-face instruction available for the summer and fall terms. I will share more details as they become available. Meanwhile, please rest assured that we will continue in our relentless pursuit of the best possible education we can provide our students in these uncertain times. Seeing firsthand the tremendous commitment and agility of our faculty and the heroes among the staff who support them to deliver their courses, I know we will successfully complete the spring term online. I thank every one of you -  faculty, staff and students - for your ongoing strength, patience and commitment to our common goals. 

Please continue to provide feedback and questions through provost@aucegypt.edu. Please also consult the Academic Questions and Online Instruction section of the  FAQs on the website by clicking here for answers to many of the questions you may have.

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. 

Sincerely,
Ehab Abdel Rahman, Provost

Dear Colleagues, 

As we approach the end of our second week of online instruction, I’d like to once again thank you all for your continued efforts in these unprecedented times. There are still challenges to be resolved, and teams across the university are working to identify and implement solutions.

Proctored Assessments:

Moving forward, AUC has just acquired a license to “Respondus Monitor” a service that uses a proprietary lockdown browser for automated proctoring of online exams. This will allow faculty to conduct proctored exams. 

Our wonderful colleagues in IT are currently in the process of integrating and testing the system. Any of you who intend to give proctored exams later this semester can start examining this video tutorial to train instructors or sign up to participate in a live webinar

Please understand that this is a new technology that will take some time to implement. Faculty will need training and students will also need to be prepared. As with any new online technology and modality, best practices do not necessarily emulate face to face practices. We will be sharing such best practices with you soon. 

In the meantime, please remember while the testing and training on Respondus Monitor is ongoing, proctored exams are not allowed. This means that Zoom cannot be used to remotely proctor examinations. You will be able to use Respondus Monitor soon. We will keep you updated. 

 

Alternative Assessments:

One issue that we know many of you are facing is regarding the assessment of student learning in the online environment. To help navigate the options, the CLT has created a simple interactive presentation that gives examples of different types of assessments as well as the tools needed to conduct them online. By clicking on an assessment on the chart, you will be shown examples of the tools you can use. A copy of this interactive presentation can be checked here.

To support departments exploring online assessments, CLT is offering group consultations. We encourage Chairs, Associate Chairs or faculty coordinators who are interested to please contact CLT.

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. 

With thanks again for your flexibility, and for your commitment to saving the semester.

Best regards,

Ehab Abdel Rahman, Provost

Dear AUC Faculty and Staff:

For a century, the Egyptians of AUC have warmly embraced foreign colleagues who have come from around the world to collaborate in the highest human endeavors of learning and teaching. Egyptian students, faculty and staff have offered such strong friendship and support that foreign visitors and long-term residents alike have felt safe, secure, and healthy even during times of national, regional, and now global emergencies. 

Today, the Covid-19 pandemic is raising anxiety among even the longest-resident foreigners in Egypt. It has compelled us to weigh our obligations toward our loved ones abroad, as well as our own personal health risks at “home” in Cairo vs. at our countries of origin. Both as an American privileged to live among so many Egyptian friends over many years, and as President of AUC committed to our institutional mission and the care of our people, I am deeply sympathetic. This is not a time of easy answers for anyone, from Cairo to New York, London, Bergamo, Cairo, Tehran, Wuhan, Seoul, or Tokyo.

Let me reassure all that we will fully respect the individual choices of our dedicated international faculty members regarding this global emergency. Because we have coped so well through the transition to online teaching, some will judge that they can fulfill their commitments to our students even from several time zones away, at least in the short term.  Nevertheless, I hope that many will continue to share my own judgement that remaining at AUC through the spring term (and for our own various longer-term commitments) is the right decision for our students, for our loved ones abroad, and for ourselves. 

We have published the link to the US Embassy American Citizens’ Services Covid-19 page since before the US Government’s worldwide travel warnings of March 11th and 19th.  I have spoken with some international students and colleagues considering whether and when to repatriate. Provost Abdel-Rahman and I will be available tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1 during assembly hour, 1:00 p.m. via this Zoom teleconference link to meet with American and other international faculty and staff members who may be considering whether to take advantage of the emergency repatriation transportation being arranged by the American and other foreign embassies. Of course, Egyptian colleagues interested in this specific question also are welcome to join.  

In addition, Dr. Ehab, Dr. Ashraf Hatem, and the full leadership team also will welcome questions and comments on all subjects from the wider community via AUC-TV live stream at assembly hour on the following day, Thursday, April 2.

I am proud to serve with our AUC community which has shown such resilience and dedication in facing the Covid-19 pandemic.  I remain confident that in due course, we will emerge all the stronger for having prevailed through this global challenge together. 

Francis J. Ricciardone
President 

Dear AUC Community,

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

Medical Services

The Office of Medical Services is working on an emergency basis only (Emergency Response Unit) until further notice. Primary healthcare services, Seif Pharmacy and MetLife’s representatives will not be available at either campus. For the full message from medical services and appropriate procedures, click here. As a reminder for the medical services guidelines, click here.

Travel Office

There are limited flights to and from Cairo. EgyptAir is operating a number of flights to Cairo from several destinations, including a flight from London on Tuesday, March 30. For AUC’s travel office updates, click here.

Campus Disinfecting and Cleaning Measures

We are continuing the deep cleaning and disinfecting efforts by fumigating the campus since last week, covering all classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, lounges, corridors, elevators and restrooms. Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting procedures are applied to AUC's entire transportation fleet, including carts, cars and buses on a daily basis. For cleaning concerns or questions, email facilities@aucegypt.edu.

Online Instruction Resources and Survey

In our second week of online instruction, we remind all faculty and students to respond to the survey sent out last week. Your feedback is essential to improve our online learning experience. For resources, please visit the online instruction webpage.

Stress Management Resources

The Department of Psychology and the Center for Student Well-being developed a collection of resources for the AUC community. Resources available include emotional health and preventing stress, relaxation and meditation, managing stress, anxiety and depression, social distancing or in quarantine, and resources for parents.

FAQ Updates

As a reminder, please 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

Coronavirus Virtual Campus Conversation

Mark your calendar for the Coronavirus Virtual Campus Conversation this Thursday, April 2, at 1 pm. Submit your questions to the Coronavirus Response Task Force, click here. For full event details, click here.

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

Dear All,

The Office of Medical Services will be working on an emergency basis only (Emergency Response Unit) until further notice. Primary healthcare services will not be available at either campus. Seif Pharmacy on the New Cairo campus will be closed and MetLife's representative will not be working from either campus until further notice. for MetLife alternative solutions please refer to that attached HR email sent on March 24, 2020

Some employees may be at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, tumors, receiving corticosteroids, immunodeficiency disorders, and pregnancy. If you have any of the previously listed health conditions and are not scheduled for remote work by your supervisor, kindly report to the Medical Services Office as follows:

1-      Call the clinic number 3924 or 0226153924 from off-campus or send a request via medicalserv@aucegypt.edu including your name, ID number, phone number, department and supervisor's name, and your health issues which is the basis of your eligibility request.

2-     Cases will be assessed immediately, and if eligible, an approval for remote work will be sent to your supervisor copying hussein.raafat@aucegypt.edu (HR) within three working days. 

If you are granted sick leave from an external doctor, you must provide the AUC clinic with health declaration certificate clearing your return to work from your doctor before returning to campus 

Prescriptions and medication for chronic cases:

If you are a Cigna subscriber, you can receive your medications through the various branches of Seif Pharmacies from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

In order to receive your medication:

1-      You have to show the pharmacist your AUC ID, and Cigna ID, and a valid prescription.

2-      The valid prescription should include the name, date, and duration of treatment.

For chronic cases (Cigna), if you need your monthly medication, send an email to medicalserv@aucegypt.edu including your name, ID, and which clinic you used to dispense your medication from (Tahrir or New Cairo) and a copy of your monthly prescription will be sent to Seif Pharmacy. Once you have received a reply you can collect your medicine only from the Concord Plaza branch for New Cairo clinic or Strand Building /El Falaki branch for Tahrir clinic between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

For inquiries and assistance contact Dr. Ghada Maher at ghada313@gmail.com, copying medicalserv@aucegypt.edu, or call 01210561111.

If you are an international student you can receive your medications through Concord Plaza branch of Seif Pharmacy from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

In order to receive your medication:

1-      You have to show the pharmacist your stamped AUC ID (blue clinic stamp), and a valid prescription.

2-      The valid prescription should include the name, date, and duration of treatment.

For inquiries and assistance contact Dr. Ghada Maher at ghada313@gmail.com copying  medicalserv@aucegypt.edu or call 01210561111.

If you are a MetLife subscriber, you can get examined or receive your monthly medication through MetLife's network of providers and pharmacies


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. 

Office of Medical Services

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.

It infograph

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 April 15 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 April 15 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.

  • في حالة عدم إمكانية الموظف القيام بعمله عن بُعد، وبالاتفاق المسبق مع المدير، فقد يُطلب من الموظف أن يأخذ هذه الفترة كإجازة من العمل، ولكن لن يتم احتسابها من الإجازة السنوية للموظف. تكون هذه السياسة سارية المفعول حتى 15 أبريل حينما يتم إعادة النظر فيها ويمكن إعطاء توجيهات جديدة وفقاً للظروف السائدة في ذلك الوقت.

  • وفي تلك الأثناء، يقوم مكتب الموارد البشرية بصياغة سياسات لتفعيل طلبات العمل عن بُعد رسمياً بعد 15 أبريل وذلك لكي تتوافر 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

 

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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