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AUB Frequently Asked Safety and Security Questions

Check back regularly as we update and add to the information on this page.  Consult other tabs in this section for more comprehensive information and lists of resources.

How does AUB protect me?

The manner and means of protection AUB extends is always contingent upon the type, timing and extent of the situation at hand.  Generally speaking, AUB protects the university proactively through various procedures and preventive measures, continuously reviewed and updated policies, and a reliable stream of communications.  The Office of Protection, working closely with other offices, administers active enforcement of policy, procedure, and conduct relative to safety. Ultimately, we want to ensure that our community is actively prepared with information and resources in order that they may participate in securing their own safety and wellbeing.  If there are significant and imminent threats to the safety of the university or our campus community, we are prepared to activate appropriate emergency measures.

How will AUB communicate with me if there is an emergency situation?  What if electronic communications are not working?

The University will communicate across several channels including its homepage, its Facebook and Twitter accounts, mass and group emails, our new campus-wide digital signage, and SMS text messages.  If electronic communications are not possible, we will communicate through the distribution of flyers and notices, paper signage, etc.

Remember, you must be registered to receive SMS messages and you can do so by following these instructions:

• Students: Log in to AUBsis, Click on Answer Surveys tab, Click on View Address(es) and Phone(s), Click on Update Address(es) and Phone(s), Click on SMS address entry and update the info, Click Submit

• AUB faculty and staff: Log in to MyHR, Click on Address and Emergency Contact, Click on Modify and update the info, Click Submit

• AUBMC staff: Log in to HIS, Click on My Tools, Click on Your Name, Click on Edit Info, Go to Emergency Mobile Number for SMS Communications, Enter number, Click Update

Please note that AUB does not issue status quo advisories. We only disseminate notices in cases where university operations or operating hours are affected, or when there is a need to advise faculty, staff and students about specific security information.

Who is responsible for emergency preparedness and management at AUB?

AUB takes safety and response matters very seriously and administrators at the highest levels at the University are engaged in the assessment of security, risk, emergency readiness and response, and related communications. An emergency preparedness team includes senior members of the executive and appropriate operational and academic leadership from the university and AUBMC. Administrators and managers with expertise in various functions are added to support the team as needed.

Is AUB in regular communication with government security and embassies regarding security issues?

The University maintains communication with appropriate security and embassy contacts with a frequency and a level appropriate to emerging and potential situations.

If I see something suspicious or encounter an emergency situation on campus, whom do I contact?

Contact the Office of Protection at +961-1-350000 #2400.  This office is accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

How is access to campus managed?

Access to the campus is monitored carefully.  Please be aware of the university’s gate schedules.  You are required to have ID to enter. The names of guests or visitors to campus must be provided to the Protection Office ahead of their arrival. 

Are there media and news services I should be monitoring?

Staying informed during crisis or emergency situations – beyond AUB’s updates and alerts – is imperative.  There are multiple media sources in Beirut to stay current with local, regional and world news. In addition to print and broadcast news, most of these outlets maintain social media, RSS feeds, and mobile applications you can download to your smartphone to stay informed.

I am not Lebanese. Where can I get information from my embassy?

A partial list of embassies and consulates is here. Many embassies offer RSS feeds and alerts, broadcast emails or mobile applications to keep citizens informed. We recommend you register with your representative government and avail yourself of its appropriate information and notification services. You may find that there is useful information that is provided by governments other than your own. Read widely.

If a situation develops and my embassy recommends the departure of its citizens, should I go?

We encourage members of the AUB community to monitor situations carefully and to stay informed.  Ultimately, the decision to stay in or leave Lebanon is a personal one.

Under which conditions would AUB close?

If the security of the campus was compromised, or if the University was unable to conduct day-to-day operations, we would assess our capacity to stay open. However AUB has not encountered a period when it had to shut its doors completely.

I live off-campus.  In the event that local unrest poses a direct risk to my security, can AUB accommodate me on campus?

Currently, there is no additional regular accommodation on campus in faculty or student housing facilities. However, if there were serious risk to members of the university community, AUB would make every effort to provide emergency accommodation on campus.

If security in the country deteriorates and the airport closes, how can I leave Lebanon?

Voluntary and ordered departures and logistics for international citizens will depend on the situation at hand and the decisions of individual governments.

Are there additional security measures should I follow?

• Remain vigilant; avoid areas of active or frequent conflict
• Carry your AUB ID card and other identification
• Key into your smartphone emergency telephone numbers including the Office of Protection
• Read the advisory notices of various foreign governments - not just your own.
• Be sure to avail yourself of all AUB communications – particularly its social media and SMS channels.
• Follow local and regional developments in the news
• Please familiarize yourself with this site and check back frequently for additional information.

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