The American University in Cairo has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment. The University is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination.  #AUCSpeakUp is a University-wide initiative to reinforce AUC’s legacy of equity, inclusiveness and a safe campus.

Visit this website to learn about the University’s Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy, steps on how to report, helpful resources, online training, important contacts and more. 

AUC's Measures and Procedures

1. Reporting Online

Report your incident by filling this online form.

2. Contact Title IX Coordinator

Contact Title IX Coordinator: Reem El-Mograby, or call +2.02.2615.2218.

3. Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy

Need to Speak with Someone?

AUC’s Center for Student Wellbeing is prepared to support any individuals who may wish to speak to someone about their experience. This webpage lists the contacts to the center.

Mandatory Online Anti-Harassment Training Sessions

AUC is the first in Egypt to introduce mandatory online anti-harassment training to all faculty, staff and students. The entire University leadership — including all deans, vice presidents and department chairs — will be the first groups to participate in the training. 


Outcome of Misconduct Investigation

On September 5, the Office of Institutional Equity opened an investigation in response to reports that a group of current and former AUC students shared explicit photos of women on a WhatsApp group. The investigation found evidence of three WhatsApp chat groups active at various times — all of them since disbanded — engaged in sharing explicit photos and videos of women without their consent.

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Update on Misconduct Investigation

The University is aware of the recent social media posts shared over the weekend. AUC takes these allegations seriously. AUC is currently investigating implicated individuals. 

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Misconduct Investigation

September 7, 2020

The University is aware of several social media posts that contain allegations of serious misconduct among a WhatsApp group of alumni and possibly current students. AUC takes these allegations seriously and has launched an investigation. The University will take appropriate action against any individuals found to have engaged in misconduct.

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AUC Counselor, Ashraf Hatem

July 14, 2020

"The comments I made regarding allegations of sexual harassment require some clarification. Because of the university’s strict confidentiality policies, I am never aware of any complaints of this sort being filed by anyone. My comments were not intended to deny the accusations brought forth by the brave individuals who have spoken out. I regret any pain it may have caused them and I want to reaffirm AUC’s zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment."

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A Message from the President

July 7, 2020

Recent media coverage of a vast number of serious allegations against an individual who was a student at AUC from 2016 to 2018 have brought to the forefront the important issue of sexual harassment. It is the firm policy of AUC to protect the confidentiality of individuals, in compliance both with law and internationally accepted best practices.

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A Statement from The American University in Cairo

July 2, 2020

In light of the stories circulating, we'd like to clarify that Ahmed Bassam Zaki is not a current student at The American University in Cairo. He left the University in 2018. AUC has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment and is committed to upholding a safe environment for all members of the community.

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Virtual Campus Conversation

Campus Conversation: #AUCSpeakUp in Action

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"I want to keep the conversation going" — A Personal Note from Nadeen Ashraf, Assault Police Founder

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AUC Establishes New Anti-Harassment, Non-Discrimination Office of Institutional Equity

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Anti-Harassment Training Continues

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Anti-Harassment Training

Anti-Harassment Training Begins with University Leadership

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Changing Cultures and Promoting Policies: A Virtual Discussion on Combating Sexual Harassment with Maya Morsy

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Faculty Research Tackles Root Causes, Ways to Combat Harassment

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Helen Rizzo Aims to Reframe Sexual Harassment and Gender Relations in Egypt

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Hani Henry: "Cracking down on sexual harassers never changed this problem; psycho-education might do that"

Feminist Theory: A New Take on Sexual Harassment

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Faculty Experts Dissect Sexual Harassment at Media Roundtable

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President Francis J. Ricciardone delivered remarks at the CIMUN opening cermony

President's Corner: Strengthening AUC’s Culture of Care and Respect

May 10, 2018

Any AUCian who has witnessed or experienced instances of any forms of sexual abuse or any form of bullying or discrimination, or who has ideas for how to strengthen our culture of respect and dignity, has the full personal attention and support of the AUC leadership team, for timely, appropriate, and effective action.

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Watch Videos

Virtual Campus Conversation: #AUCSpeakUp

October 18, This campus conversation answers all questions about the misconduct investigation and provides an update on the #AUCSpeakUp initiative.

Virtual Campus Conversation - Welcome to the New Academic Year 2020-2021

September 10, In this virtual campus conversation, we welcome students, faculty, and staff to the new academic year as well as discuss plans to have a productive semester within the safe environment of work and learning.

AUCTV Speaks to Hani Henry on the Psychological Impact of Sexual Harassment

July 28, AUCTV spoke to Hani Henry, associate professor of psychology and associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, about what defines harassment, psychological disorders that can arise from it, how to help victims and more.

AUC TV speaks to Ola Morsy, Chief clinical counsellor, center For students Well-Being

July 26, Ola Morsy, a chief clinical counselor at AUC's Center for Student Well-Being, highlights how sexual harassment cases are given priority at the center in a "safe, confidential and trustworthy environment" and encourages victims of sexual harassment to file a formal complaint and speak up.

#AUCSpeakUp: Virtual Discussion with Maya Morsy '95

July 21, In this virtual discussion, we have a national conversation on preventing and combating sexual harassment with President of Egypt's National Council for Women Maya Morsy '95 and AUC President Francis Ricciardone. The discussion is moderated by Amina Khairy '87 writer, columnist and feature editor at Independent Arabia. #AUCSpeakUp

What is Title IX?

July 19, AUCTV spoke to Reem El-Mograby '09 about what Title IX means, her role in receiving reported harassment and discrimination cases and responding to them, and how community members can formally file a complaint. 

Virtual Campus Conversation - #AUCSpeakUp

July 16, In this virtual campus conversation, we have a candid discussion on sexual harassment, what measures AUC is taking to combat it and how community members can report any incidents.

AUCTV speaks to AUC General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer on Sexual Harassment Policy

July 14, How do I file a sexual harassment report? What will AUC do once a case is filed? What does Title IX mean? How will I be protected when reporting a case? Sunanda Holmes, AUC's general counsel and chief compliance officer, answers all these questions and more in this AUCTV interview.

Virtual Campus Conversation - Back to Fall

July 9, Watch last Thursday's campus conversation to learn about AUC's zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy and Fall 2020 plans for courses, student activities, campus operations, and more.


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Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

The Action Collaborative brings together leaders from over 60 academic and research institutions and key stakeholders to work together on addressing and preventing sexual harassment across all disciplines and among all people in higher education. AUC is the only member outside the United States that is a member of this group.

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