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Campus Conversation: Updates

Reem Abouemera
March 7, 2021

Last Thursday's Campus Conversation conveyed several important University updates on COVID-19, anti-harassment training, hybrid instruction and more. You can watch the full conversation here. Below is a recap of the key points discussed:

  • AUC’s cases in February were significantly higher than November, almost like December, which witnessed one of the highest numbers of cases.
  • Since AUC opened its doors for the hybrid instruction mode, a few cases have been reported on Wednesday and Thursday, but the needed measures are being taken.
  • There has been an average of 10 COVID-19 cases per day on campus, which is not a low number.
  • Approximately 550 students returned to campus for partial face-to-face classes.
  • 394 students have checked in to student residences, and the number is expected to increase to 438 by today.
  • On the days that students have classes, they can access the campus for the full day.
  • In terms of athletics, AUC has agreed to allow open-air, safe outdoor sports, including track and field, swimming, football and tennis.
  • A number of low-density student events have been approved, but they’re all taking place outdoors.
  • The decision for the summer session hasn’t been finalized yet.  
  • Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman discussed the one-day study day issue in-depth with the registrar, and the study day can’t be extended. Any extension would negatively affect the whole academic calendar and the following semesters.
  • The mandatory anti-harassment training has rolled out to faculty and students (graduate and undergraduate).
  • The training can be completed over multiple days. Every section is assessed by a quiz to test participants’ knowledge and completing the four quizzes marks its completion.
  • The program will be launched for staff in mid-March, and the Arabic version is expected to be launched on campus during April.
  • For questions, comments or suggestions about the training, contact [email protected]  
  • AUC’s reporting channels have been updated to now include:
difference between reporting methods