American University of Beirut

UfS Class Protocol

The following protocol and guidelines are in-line with the University for Seniors’ mission to “Provide older adults with educational and cultural opportunities in a sociable environment”. These guidelines have been formulated based on our experience and the detailed evaluations and suggestions of our members over the years.  They ensure that everyone will enjoy and benefit from the offerings, while respecting the needs and rights of others.

Please note the following:
  • A zoom link will be sent to your email on the day of the talk/class. For lectures, an SMS will also be sent to your mobile phones. Once you click on the zoom link, you will be directed to a ‘waiting room’. The team will admit you shortly before the start of the session. 
  • At the beginning of the session(s), the leader/lecturer will provide basic information about the course and ‘ground rules’: 
    • The format/nature of the class (lecture, small group discussion…). 
    • For logistical purposes, you will be muted for the entire session and only a member of the team can unmute you in case you have a question. 
    • Questions and answers will be kept till the end of the talk/session unless the leader prefers otherwise. 
    • You can ask your questions either by “raising your hand” on zoom or by typing the question in the chat section. To raise your hand on zoom, click on the icon labeled "Participants" at the bottom center of your computer. At the bottom of the window on the right side of the screen, click the button labeled "Raise Hand."  
  • Punctuality: Please make sure that you open the zoom link few minutes before the start of the talk/class.
  • Your active participation will enrich the class or lecture.  However, no one has the right to dominate the question time or discussion, so one question per person is encouraged unless time allows for a second round of questions.
  • AUB is an institution that respects freedom of thought and speech, and members are expected to participate in UfS activities in accordance with that spirit.
  • ​If you have any concerns, the UfS Team is always available to discuss them with you. The team is committed to ensure the smooth running of the classes within the framework of AUB’s policies and procedures



  • Attendance policy
    • Limited capacity - Study groups and trips
      Study groups and trips are, by their nature, unable to accommodate large numbers. Most UfS limited capacity study groups and trips have waiting lists. If you have registered for a study group or trip and then cannot or do not want to attend, please think of your fellow UfS members on the waiting list and inform the UfS team that you no longer want your place. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not show up for the first session of a study group, your place will be given to someone on the waiting list.  For trips, no shows or late cancelations will be required to pay for the trip costs. And out of fairness to all, only those who are registered in limited capacity classes may attend them. Every member will be granted a study group and a trip depending on his/her choices and time of registration.
    • Unlimited capacity - Study groups and Lectures
      All unlimited capacity offering are open to all members of the term. The UfS team will remind the members of these offerings on weekly basis through email and SMS.
    • Open to the public
      Term members will be allowed to invite as many guests as they wish (even if they are not seniors) to the offerings classified as "ACTIVITIES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC".

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