In response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, AUB has instituted a host of measures, prioritizing our community's health and academic continuity.
An expert committee on novel coronavirus COVID-19 has been formed to advise the university leadership on all aspects of tackling the disease and mitigating its impact, and to coordinate public awareness efforts.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or experience symptoms of infection (fever, cough, breathing difficulties), call the Employee Health Unit (ext. 3015) or email
AUB Measures for COVID-19 Pandemic
As announced by President Khuri on March 12, 2020, the following measures will apply until further notice:
Suspension of in-person classes and exams
In-person classes and exams are suspended until at least April 26, 2020. Technology-enhanced learning will replace physical classes during this time. AUB will communicate if this period needs to be extended 15 days before the suspension expires.
Faculty and instructors are exploring different options for exams and assessments and will inform students about any changes in due course.
Limiting campus access
Access to AUB campus is limited to essential personnel and campus residents. Students may be allowed on campus with special permission. Alumni and visitors are not allowed. There should be as few people on campus as possible.
Pedestrian access is limited to Main Gate, Medical Gate, Corporation Yard, and (for campus residents only) Sea Gate. Vehicular access is limited to Bliss Parking, OSB Parking, and (for campus residents only) Sea Gate.
Travel and events
International business-related travel for all AUB faculty, staff and administrators commencing after Sunday, March 15, 2020 is discontinued.
Personal travel must be reported and approved on an emergent basis by a dean or senior AUB leader.
AUB community members in contact with individuals returning from CDC Level 3-designated countries of the pandemic, must self-quarantine for 14 days. Please check this link for an updated list of Level 3 countries and this
link for infection patterns in US states.
On-campus events are typically being postponed or canceled. Please check with the event coordinator. If you have any questions, email:
Resident and international students
Dorm residents who are able to live with their families in Lebanon have been asked to go home. International students have been asked to return to their home countries except those unable to travel for valid reasons who are being accommodated in two dorms: Penrose Hall (for men) and the Off-Campus Dorms (for women).
The Medical Center will remain fully operational, although with limits on visitor numbers and enhanced measures at entrances to check for exposure of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.
Building 56 is being designated as the receiving center for COVID-19 patients to support a nationally coordinated response to the disease.
Patients with recent foreign travel will be asked to postpone elective appointments as per the directives of the AUBMC administration.
Stay Safe – Stay Informed
It is normal to be anxious about a new disease, even one that leads to severe or critical illness in a small number of cases. The best way to counter this is to educate ourselves and those around us about evidence-based preventive measures on how to avoid infecting ourselves and others.
Please rely on authoritative resources such as our own Expert Committee on COVID-19, the
Lebanese Ministry of Public Health, the CDC, or the WHO.
Do not circulate unsourced rumors that could spread panic or misinformation.
If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or other respiratory disease, please stay at home and contact the Employee Health Unit (x3015 or email).