Al Akhawayn University’s Proactive Response to COVID-19
Since the emergence of the coronavirus, Al Akhawayn University has been taking measures to ensure the health, well-being, and continued education of its students, and is committed to keeping students, faculty, and staff members safe while supporting surrounding communities.
In order to support the region and nation, AUI established a university donation fund dedicated to preventing the spread of the Coronavirus and mitigating its economic effects. This action was in alignment with the Royal initiative to open the national ‘Special Fund for the Management of the COVID-19 Pandemic,’ created under the instruction of King Mohammed VI. The total amount raised for AUI’s fund will be given on behalf of the University to the national Special Fund. In addition, AUI will match the funds contributed and dedicate this amount to regional relief efforts for families in Ifrane, Azrou, and the region.
On campus, AUI has taken all measures to provide a healthy and risk-free environment through constant disinfection of public spaces, health monitoring, and a special COVID-19 Watch Committee. This committee has been monitoring the situation since February 25th, in coordination with national health authorities, and updating the community appropriately.
While students were asked not to return to campus following their Spring Break vacation for the safety of the AUI community and Ifrane’s inhabitants, classes resumed online beginning Wednesday, March 18th. All faculty members were trained on the Microsoft ‘Teams’ platform on March 16th and 17th by ITS and CLE, in preparation for the switch to online teaching. Courses are now conducted over the Jenzabar Learning Management System and the ‘Teams’ platform for the foreseeable future. Extension of online classes will be communicated in accordance with the evolving situation.
Students were requested not to come back to campus, but Residential Life staff is addressing residents’ requests and concerns on a case-by-case basis. They are also caring for any students remaining on campus. The University is taking steps to reduce face to face interaction as much as possible and provide protection for its staff on campus. Thus, almost all staff members are now working from home, except for a few staff members who have the authorization to work on campus. The campus restaurant is serving meals as take-away only for those individuals still residing on campus.
While all on-campus events organized by the University have been canceled or postponed, staff continues to provide transcripts and academic information as usual. Library resources are still available online, and counseling services continue virtually to confront increased stress for members of the AUI community.
AUI is committed to caring for its community during this time and providing for individuals’ immediate needs. Please visit http://www.aui.ma/covid19/ for the latest information from the University concerning COVId-19, as well as helpful links to consult during this time.