AU has established three levels of campus operations that support and supplement governmental actions in the District, Maryland, and Virginia. These modes are specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide the university flexibility to scale and adapt operations based on the trajectory of the pandemic and the effects of reopening, not just on our campus, but across the DMV region and country.
- Remote operations—expanded telework with minimally required physical presence to sustain university operations.
- Modified operations—managed physical presence and in-person operations.
- Full operations—return to normal operations.
The university, which has been at remote operations since March 16, 2020, will move to modified operations on July 1, 2020, with the anticipation that the community transmission of COVID-19 will continue to decline during the summer months. Based on current projections, AU will remain in that mode for the fall 2020 semester. Updates to modified operations may be instituted depending on the trajectory of COVID-19.
Below is summary information about key areas of operations. Read more in the AU Forward plan documents.
HEALTH AND SAFETY:
Follow the guidelines from the DC government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American College Health Association (ACHA) to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the AU community.
Follow university safety guidelines and requirements including face coverings at all times, mandatory health and safety training, maintaining a distance of six feet between people, frequent handwashing, self-screening, seeking medical care if symptoms warrant, and following protocols for reporting, testing, and contact tracing.
Refrain from coming to class, work, or other on-campus activity if symptomatic.
Increase cleaning for all common areas and floor bathrooms. Establish additional sanitizer/hand-wash stations, provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for designated staff and instruct residents on sanitizing personal rooms and areas.
CLASSES AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING:
Maintain the original starting dates for the fall 2020 semester with the first day of classes commencing on August 21, 2020, for the Washington College of Law and August 24, 2020, for the rest of the university.
Deliver classes through a blended combination of face-to-face or online instruction and purely online instruction that integrate live class sessions and opportunities with asynchronous content.
Transform fall break (October 9-11) into a time of in-person and online symposiums, skill development workshops, and community events.
Conclude face‐to‐face instruction with residential experience and on-campus activity at Thanksgiving break (November 25-29) to allow students to return home and remain there to complete courses online, including finals, avoiding additional travel costs and exposure, and reducing exposure to COVID-19.
Offer on-campus housing to approximately 2,300 first-year and some sophomore students, with all students living in single rooms in the residence halls. Initial room selections are being recalibrated, and new and returning students will soon receive information regarding on-campus housing.
BUILDINGS, FACILITIES AND STUDENT SERVICES:
Reopen all academic, administrative, and athletics buildings and facilities with adjustments and restrictions to reduce the density of people in all academic and administrative buildings and athletics facilities. Student services including advising, academic support, and counseling, and the health center will be operational.
Modify operations on the shuttle bus system to ensure physical distancing.
All study abroad programs for the fall semester are suspended. While studying abroad in the fall will not be possible, students are encouraged to consider classes or internships through AU Abroad's Premier Centers in Madrid, Nairobi and Brussels.
Prepare for a phased resumption of AU Athletics training, practice, and competition according to all university health and safety standards and guidance from the NCAA, Patriot League, and EIWA.
Continue suspension of travel outside of the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area pending reassessment on September 26, 2020.
Follow the recommendations of the Workforce Planning Task Force regarding staffing levels and personnel policies for all educational, administrative, and operational elements of the university. A significant portion of the workforce is expected to continue working remotely throughout the fall.
The most effective steps you can take right now are to stay at home and practice good hygiene such as regular and thorough hand washing and covering your mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze. If you must go out, keep at least six feet between yourself and other people. In addition, CDC is advising the use of cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness (e.g., cough, fever, shortness of breath) should contact your health provider for guidance. Members of the AU community can contact the Student Health Center at 202-885-3380 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician.
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- For questions from parents, contact AUParent@american.edu
- For questions about study abroad programs, contact AU Abroad at firstname.lastname@example.org
- For questions about staff and working arrangements, contact Human Resources at email@example.com
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