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​​​​​​​​​Summary on November 14, 2019, at ​6:46 PM: AUB open.

Provost's message - November 14, 6:46 PM

Dear AUB community, 

The American University of Beirut will resume classes tomorrow, Friday, November 15, 2019 with all other university operations restored to normal. 

Exams initially scheduled for this week will be rescheduled for next week. 

Hope you will have a safe and smooth commute to campus tomorrow. 

Best regards, 

Mohamed Harajli
Provost​

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President's message - November 13​, 9:37 PM

Dear Members of the AUB community, 

As the situation in Lebanon remains in flux, for the safety of our community, AUB will be closed tomorrow November 14, 2019, except for the Medical Center and essential services. 

We are working actively to ensure that necessary measures are in place for students to complete the semester within a defined period. Professors will be offering classes on campus whenever the transportation and security situation allows and will make course materials available online for the remainder of the semester so that our academic mission can move forward despite the challenges of these turbulent times.  

Faculties, schools, departments, and/or professors will communicate to students the plans to complete their courses and will provide updated syllabi as necessary. In the next few days, we will be providing more information on a revised calendar for the semester. 

We will update you soon​ on the anticipated date for the resumption of classes on campus. 

Best regards,

Fadlo R. Khuri, MD
President

President's message - November 13​, 12:30​ AM​

​Dear All,
Our highest priority is and will always remain the safety of our AUB community. Therefore, in light of the tragic loss of life, the several credible reported incidences of violence, the diffuse and crippling road closures, and in line with the directive of the Minister of Education and Higher Education of the caretaker government, AUB will be closed on November 13, 2019 with the exception of the Medical Center and essential services. 

Best regards,

Fadlo R. Khuri, MD
President

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President's message - November 11​, 6:36​ PM

​​Dear AUB community,

In understanding the challenges that might face our students given the calls for protests and road closures and in adherence with the request of the Minister of Education and Higher Education of the caretaker government, AUB will be closed on Tuesday, November 12​, with the exception of the Medical Center and essential services.

Please stay safe.

Best regards,

Fadlo R. Khuri, MD
President​

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Announcement from AUB Office of the Registrar​ - November 6​, 8:36 PM 

Dear students,
 
The updated calendar can be found on Registrar’s Office website using the following link: https://www.aub.edu.lb/Registrar/Documents/calendar2019-20.pdf
 
Activities and events such as advising, registration, interfaculty transfer, etc. have been rescheduled. The Fall term has been extended from December 3 to December 9, 2019 allowing two days for the Reading Period (December 10-11) before the start of final exams (December 12-December 23). The Fall Term will end on December 23, 2019. The Winter Session has been rescheduled also.
 
Good luck and best wishes.

Office of the Registrar

President's message​ - November 4​, 10:28 AM 

Dear AUB community, 

The university is open but since early Monday we have been experiencing severe disruption on roads around campus. We urge everyone to exercise utmost caution and avoid any confrontation. In keeping with our mission to educate students, classes are taking place for those who are able to​ reach AUB. However, we are exploring every avenue to ensure that students will not be disadvantaged if they cannot attend​ university, through capturing course content and delivering it by other means. 

Best regards,

Fadlo R. Khuri, MD
President

Dean of Student's​ message - October 30, 6:02 PM

Dear students,

AUB resumes classes tomorrow, Thursday 31 October, as most of you already know.  I am writing to you to let you know that there are many support services available to help your return to AUB life following a rollercoaster few weeks filled with both euphoria and anxiety. We have taken note of many of the messages of concern and enquiries regarding the coming phase of the semester. Academically, in the next few days you will be receiving updates on the rescheduling of syllabi towards completion of the semester which I know will be critical to many of you. Every effort is being made to ensure that the resumption of contact hours in the classroom, necessary lab work, studio work and all other enriching educational activities that we know and admire at AUB will be modified to ensure minimal disruption and that the semester is completed in optimal time. We understand that there are many special groups or circumstances among you, and in recognition of that, your faculty deans are working diligently with your professors and instructors to ensure the transition in the coming days will be as smooth and accommodating as possible. For those of you who have special circumstances, for example if you are out of the country, please let your professors and your faculty deans office know so that this may be compensated for accordingly.  As an initial action, no exams will be held during the first week starting tomorrow nor will there be any assignment deadlines during this period. Please keep checking your emails as you will be receiving more specific details about the semester schedule applicable to your faculty in the coming days.

The collective experience we have all shared in recent weeks has helped bring the community even closer together and reaffirmed the values of tolerance, respect and free expression that are deeply entrenched in the fabric of AUB. This is something we are determined to maintain together. The administration and faculty senators have been aligned in highlighting the importance of the aspirational spirit and hope for a better tomorrow on campus. All should be far from a punitive mindset as classes resume, so that we put back on track the noble educational mission that makes AUB what it is.

I look forward to seeing you around campus. Please take care of each other and all of us, faculty and staff, will be here to support you to the best of our abilities. ​

Best regards,  ​

Talal Nizameddin, PhD

Dean of Student Affairs

President's message​ - October 30​, 11:52 AM 

Dear AUB community,

The American University of Beirut has decided to resume classes tomorrow, Thursday, October 31.​ Our aim is to optimize the academic schedule in order to best serve the needs of all our students, which is and will always remain our overarching goal. 

Further information will soon be communicated by the provost and the deans. 
 
Best regards,

Fadlo R. Khuri, MD
President

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President's message to AUB staff - October 24​, 10:15 PM 

Dear AUB staff,
 
As you are aware, the university has suspended classes until further notice, but AUB has not closed completely. That means office work and other university services are continuing and we thank our dedicated staff who have reported to work enabling us to maintain operational effectiveness.
 
In times of national upheaval such as today, I do not need to remind you everyday safety cannot be guaranteed on our streets. Therefore, we urge you not to take any risks during your commute to and from AUB, especially those travelling by car who may be subject to unofficial checkpoints or other hazards as they use the roads. In such cases, you will serve AUB best by putting your safety first, even if that means staying at home. If your journey is not hazardous, because you live nearby, we appreciate your attendance.
 
I also am aware that our staff, just like our students and faculty members, have strong feelings about the current political circumstances and wish to make their voices heard in support of a better future for this country. We encourage you to exercise that right, but to also not neglect your obligations to AUB, which—like the demonstrations throughout the country—is working to create a fairer, more inclusive, and sustainable Lebanon.
 
Sincerely,
 
Fadlo R. Khuri, MD
President

أعزائي موظفي الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت،
 
كما تعلمون، قامت الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت بتعليق الدروس حتى إشعار آخر، لكن الجامعة لم تُغلق بالكامل. هذا يعني استمرار الأعمال الإدارية والخدمات الجامعية الأُخرى. نشكر موظّفينا المتفانين الذين حضروا للعمل للحفاظ على حسن سيره.
 
في أوقات الاضطرابات الوطنية هذه، لا أحتاج إلى تذكيركم بأن السلامة لا يمكن ضمانها في شوارعنا. لذلك، نحثّكم على عدم المجازفة أثناء تنقّلاتكم من وإلى الجامعة، وخاصة من يتنقّلون منكم بالسيارة والذين قد يتعرّضون لنقاط تفتيش غير رسمية أو غيرها من المخاطر أثناء سلوكهم للطرق. في مثل هذه الحالات، ستخدمون الجامعة بشكل أفضل من خلال وضع سلامتكم أولاً، حتى لو عنى ذلك البقاء في المنزل. إذا كان حضوركم إلى الجامعة لا يعرّضكم للخطر، لأنكم تعيشون في جوار الجامعة، فنحن نقدّر حضوركم.
 
أدرك أيضًا أن موظفينا، تمامًا مثل الطلاب وأعضاء هيئتنا التعليمية، لديهم تأثّر قوي بالأوضاع السياسية الحالية ويرغبون في إسماع أصواتهم لدعم مستقبل أفضل لهذا البلد. نحن نشجّعكم على ممارسة هذا الحق، ولكننا نشجّعكم أيضاً على عدم إهمال واجباتكم تجاه الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت، والتي تسعى -مثل المظاهرات في جميع أنحاء البلاد- لإقامة لبنان أكثر عدلاً واشتمالية واستدامة.
 
بإخلاص
 
الدكتور فضلو خوري
رئيس الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت


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Announcement from AUB Office of Communications, October 23, 11:02 AM

In light of the prevailing situation in Lebanon, all AUB classes are suspended until further notice. Please follow us on social media and visit the AUB homepage for the latest announcements and updates.​


President's message - October 22​, 9:11 PM

Dear AUB community,

I have spent this evening with students and colleagues in impromptu gatherings as well as discussions with senior student representatives. All of us are committed to preserving the safety of our community and the mission of this university. Strong evidence of intimidation and genuine concerns for the safety of our community prevent us from delivering classes tomorrow.

As I have stated from the first day, we are committed to both educating our students and supporting their sincere commitment to build a better tomorrow for themselves and for Lebanon. As such, we will cancel classes for tomorrow (Wednesday) while keeping AUB open for all members of our community who need to work or study on campus at their convenience. Faculty and staff should exercise their discretion as to whether they are able to report for work tomorrow. 

It has always been our goal to create the opportunity for our students to exercise their civic responsibilities and national aspirations, all while providing a world-class education at AUB. We therefore commit to keep AUB as accessible and as supportive as possible for all of our community in these extraordinary and challenging days. 

Best regards,

Fadlo R. Khuri, MD
President​​

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President's message - October 21, 7:24 PM

Dear AUB community,

While we continue to support our students, faculty, and staff who are exercising their right to free speech and expression, in line with our values of respect for peaceful dialogue and civic responsibility, AUB intends to return to normal operations on Wednesday, October 23 in order to fulfill our mission to educate our students and serve the community.

Classes will resume on schedule and all our faculty are committed to making up for the lost time as the term progresses. Should some students have problems getting to AUB, our faculty will work hard to make teaching content available for those students. Exams will be rescheduled in a way that allows students adequate time for preparation.

Please keep safe and continue to check the AUB website and social media for updates.

Best regards,

Fadlo R. Khuri, MD
President​​

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President's message - October​ 20, 1:50 PM

Dear AUB community, 

The university is committed to delivering a world-class education, while supporting the right of free speech and expression. 

We are planning to open the university as soon as possible, but in the light of continued peaceful demonstrations and road closures around the country, we have decided that the university will remain closed on Monday, October 21, 2019. Please monitor the AUB website and social media for further updates. 

To students scheduled to sit exams at this time, please note that no exams will be held until at least one week following the resumption of classes.

Best regards,

Fadlo R. Khuri
President

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President's message - October​ 19, 7:43 PM

Dear AUB community, ​

We continue to monitor the situation throughout Lebanon carefully. We hope you are all keeping safe, especially those of you who are expressing your views and holding to your rights as citizens. These are momentous days that hold out hope for a better, more inclusive future for Lebanon.

The university’s plan is to resume classes and other activities as soon as the situation stabilizes and main roads are open. We shall communicate all decisions affecting our students, faculty, and staff as early as possible. Please continue to follow AUB social media and emails for updates.

Meanwhile, we cannot emphasize enough how important it is to remain responsible, peaceful, and calm, and to avoid any provocations or violence.

With our sincere best wishes,

Fadlo R. Khuri
President

Registrar's message - October 18, 1:50 PM

Dear Faculty and Students,

This is to announce that all classes and exams scheduled on Saturday, October 19, 2019 have been postponed.

Stay safe.

Hala Abou Arraj, PhD
Interim Registrar​​


President's message - October​ 18, 7:2​0 AM

Dear Members of the AUB Community,

In light of the widespread protests and in compliance with the request of the Minister of Education and Higher Education, AUB will be closed today, with the exception of the AUBMC and essential services. Student elections previously scheduled for today will be rescheduled. Please stay safe and avoid large public gatherings until the situation stabilizes. We are confident that working peacefully together, we can ensure that the coming days will see movement towards serious and sustainable solutions for ​Lebanon and the region.

With our sincere best wishes to all,

Fadlo R. Khuri
President​