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October 29, 2007 

TO: AU Campus Community
FROM: Neil Kerwin, President
SUBJECT: Army  Corps of Engineers Activity

I am writing to remind the  campus that the Army Corps of Engineers began their intrusive (digging)  operations on Monday (October 29) on 4825    Glenbrook Road, adjacent to the AU campus. The  work on this site is expected to continue for at least the next 14 weeks.


American University continues to work with the Army Corps, D.C. Department  of the Environment officials, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other  organizations and individuals to ensure that the work on the site is conducted  with utmost safety protocols in place and with the well being of the campus and  surrounding neighborhood of prime importance.


In previous updates and via  materials available on the AU Army Corps operation Web site (  and on the Army Corps own Web site (, you can review the safety measures in place—which  are substantial. And if you have specific questions, call 202-885-2020.


On  the AU campus, we have conducted informational and shelter-in-place sessions  for the occupants of buildings closest to the site; we have relocated the  children in the Child Development Center to their previous home in Leonard  Lounge (and we thank the students and staff of Leonard for their assistance and  understanding); with the cooperation of the athletics staff, we have altered  the use of the Jacobs turf field to curb activities between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.,  Monday–Friday (with a very small number of exceptions and schedule adaptations  made possible through prior arrangement); and we have signage and marshals in  the vicinity to assist anyone should the unlikely event occur that the siren goes  off.


Admittedly, this is an  unusual situation that requires considerable patience and understanding by the  entire AU community, and I appreciate the support of our campus. Through it  all, our priority is the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors, friends, and the surrounding community. We will not compromise that.


I will provide updates into  the future as the situation warrants.

October 29, 2007 3:28 PM