AUR is closely monitoring the response of the Italian authorities to the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy and following the instructions of the national government and local authorities in the Rome area. The University will continue to monitor the situation and any new developments will be announced.

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Containment measures in Italy as of Monday, May 18th, 2020

ITALIAN GOVERNMENT DECREE OF MAY 17, 2020

Premier Giuseppe Conte signed a new Decree on 17 May containing the measures for the containment of the epidemiological emergency from Covid-19, in force from Monday 18 May.

Here follows a summary of the new decree:

Parks and gardens
Since 18 May, public access to parks, villas and public gardens has been subject to strict compliance with the ban on assembly, as well as to a safety distance of at least one meter.
Minors are allowed access to play areas in parks, villas and public gardens, together with family members or other persons usually living together or in charge of their care, to play or recreate in the open air.

Beaches
The activities of bathing establishments shall be granted on condition that the regions and autonomous provinces have ascertained in advance that they are compatible with the development of the epidemiological situation in their territories and that they identify protocols or guidelines to prevent or reduce the risk of contagion in the relevant sector or similar sectors. Maintenance of social distancing must be ensured.

Events
Public events may only be held in static form, provided that the prescribed social distances and other containment measures are observed.

Places of worship
From Monday, May 18, access to churches is allowed only within a distance of at least one meter. Access to places of worship is organized to avoid crowds of people, taking into account the size and characteristics of the places, and such as to ensure that visitors can respect the distance between them of at least one meter. Churches are regularly sanitized at the end of each celebration.

Smart working
With regard to work, it is recommended that maximum use be made of agile working modes for activities that can be carried out at home or remotely. Paid holidays and paid leave for employees as well as other collective bargaining tools should be encouraged.

Anti-accounting safety protocols are assumed and, where it is not possible to respect the interpersonal distance of at least one meter as the main containment measure, individual protection instruments are adopted. Sanitization operations in the workplace are encouraged, also using forms of social shock absorbers for this purpose.

If you have a fever
If you have a respiratory infection with a fever higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius, you should stay at home and contact your doctor.

Gyms, swimming pools and sports clubs
Basic sporting activity and motor activity in general carried out in gyms, swimming pools, public and private sports centres and clubs, or in other facilities where activities aimed at the well-being of the individual through physical exercise are permitted from 25 May 2020.

From 15 June 'children and young people are allowed access to places for play, recreation and educational activities, including non-formal, indoor or outdoor, the so-called summer centers or similar, with the help of operators and with the obligation to adopt appropriate safety protocols.

Wellness centers and ski facilities
The activities of wellness centers, spas (except for the provision of services falling within the essential levels of care), cultural centers and social centers remain suspended. Ski resorts are also closed.

Schools
The educational services for children and educational activities in schools of all levels and levels, as well as the attendance of school and higher education activities, including universities and institutions of Higher Artistic Musical and Choreatic Education, remain suspended.

Specific training courses in General Medicine are excluded from the suspension. Courses for doctors undergoing specialist training and the activities of trainees in the health and medical professions may in any case continue even in a non-attendance mode.

For the full content of the Decree, please click on the following link: http://www.trovanorme.salute.gov.it/norme/dettaglioAtto?id=74088

The AUR campus will continue to remain closed, with a once-weekly open window on Monday mornings, from 9.30 am to 12.00 pm. If you need to visit campus within those hours for any important reason, please let us know well in advance by writing an email to the President’s Chief of Staff, on m.garzia@aur.edu

Please be reminded of the following guidelines:

  • If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection and temperature above 37.5 degrees, you must not leave your home and must limit social contact.
  • AUR students can call the AUR Student Life Emergency number, +39 348 080 9357 or write to studentlife@aur.edu if they have questions or concerns.
  • AUR faculty and staff can call the AUR general emergency number, +39 3351957847 or write to president@aur.edu if they have any questions or concerns.

For the sake of prevention, please make sure you respect these simple recommendations

Containment measures in Italy as of Monday, May 4th, 2020

On April 26, 2020, a new Decree of the Council of Ministers was published, specifying the measures for the containment of the Covid-19 emergency of the so-called "Phase Two".

The provisions stated in the Decree shall apply from May 4th 2020. They replace the measures enforced by the Decree of the Council of Ministers of 10 April, 2020, and shall be effective until  May 17th 2020.

For details of the new recommendations, a list of reopening activities, and comprehensive, useful information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, please consult the English page of the Italian Ministry of Health.

The AUR campus will continue to remain closed, with a once-weekly open window on Monday mornings, from 9.30 am to 12.00 pm. If you need to visit campus within those hours for any important reason, please let us know well in advance by writing an email to the President’s Chief of Staff, on m.garzia@aur.edu

Please be reminded of the following guidelines:

If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection and temperature above 37.5 degrees, you must not leave your home and must limit social contact.

AUR students can call the AUR Student Life Emergency number, +39 348 080 9357 or write to studentlife@aur.edu if they have questions or concerns.

AUR faculty and staff can call the AUR general emergency number, +39 3351957847 or write to president@aur.edu if they have any questions or concerns.

For the sake of prevention,  please make sure you respect these simple recommendations.

Download the self-declaration form

Coronavirus and lockdown in Italy: update 14 April

On Good Friday, April 10, the Italian Government announced the extension of its anti- COVID 19 restrictive measures until May 3, 2020:

As a result, the AUR campus will remain closed, with a once-weekly open window on Monday mornings, from 9.30 am to 12.00 pm.
If you need to visit campus within those hours for any important reason, please let us know well in advance by writing an email to the President’s Chief of Staff, on m.garzia@aur.edu

Here below is a reminder of the guidelines we must all continue to follow until further notice:

  • If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection and temperature above 37.5 degrees, you must not leave your home and must limit social contact.
    AUR students should call the AUR Student Life emergency number +39 348 080 9357
    AUR faculty and staff should call the Lazio regional number 800 118 800 and then update AUR via the general emergency number: +39 335 195 7847
     
  • Everyone is expected to remain at home unless there is a specific need to go out: grocery shopping, going to the pharmacy, going to the doctor, walking your pet or going to work, when this has been deemed as essential by the employer, are the only excused reasons to leave our homes at this time of lock down. Visits to friends/family houses are not permitted unless there is a medical need. Gatherings of any type are not permitted.
     
  • If you do leave your house you must fill-out a autodichiarazioneand carry it with you, along with a form of ID. 
    You can find an English translation, for reference, here.
     
  • If you go out, you must keep a distance of at least 1-meter from other people at all times.
     
  • Those re-entering the region of Lazio during this period must fill-out the online form to register their presence with the local municipality.
     
  • Travel in/out of Italy will depend on your reasons and on the policies of your destination country. If you intend to repatriate to your home country, please contact your Embassy and your airline to understand travel and re-entry protocols during this time. The CDC mandates that all individuals self-isolate for 14 days after any international travel.

Violating any of the above measures may incur fines or other consequential measures by the Italian Government.

Students can call the AUR Student Life Emergency number, +39 348 080 9357 or write to studentlife@aur.edu if they have questions or concerns.

Faculty and Staff can call the AUR general emergency number, +39 3351957847 or write to president@aur.edu if they have any questions or concerns.

Despite the above, there is more positive news and evidence that the sacrifices we have made over the past two months are beginning to pay off.

Some shops and business in Italy have permission to reopen on Tuesday. Among the stores permitted to reopen are book shops, laundries, stationery shops and clothing stores for babies and children. However, some regions have decided to delay lifting restrictions. The measures will be in place until May 3, according to the government decree.

The government has also expanded the list of permitted production activities to allow some forestry, landscape care and maintenance and hydraulic works to resume. Computer manufacturers and wholesalers of paper and cardboard products can restart production. These openings are a preview of the larger scale openings expected to take place during “Phase 2” of Italy's three-phase plan to bring the country back to normal.

Phase 2 will only start sometime after other lockdown measures are lifted, at some point after May 3. This week's easing of the lockdown “is not phase 2”, Gianni Rezza, Director of Infectious Diseases at the National Health Institute (ISS), said in a press briefing Monday evening. The death rate and the epidemic curve in Italy show “positive signals that need to be consolidated in time,” he said.

In Lazio, the region including Rome, book stores will be allowed to open from April 20 “to give time to the owners to organize security measures,” such as guaranteeing minimum distances between people, providing disposable gloves at shop entrances and promoting the sanitation of the premises.

The new decree says anywhere that reopens to the public must respect the rules, for example making hand sanitizer available, enforcing the use of masks in enclosed spaces, and in areas where distancing cannot be guaranteed, and the use of disposable gloves in the purchase of food and drink.

Access to shops will be staggered to ensure the social distancing of customers.

 

Coronavirus and lockdown in Italy: update 01 April

The Italian authorities have officially extended the national 'lockdown' until 13 April. This was not an unexpected move but we now have official confirmation.

However, today Italy recorded its lowest death toll in more than a week, reinforcing indications that the coronavirus epidemic may be reaching a plateau. “Experts say we are on the right track and the drastic measures we have taken are starting to yield results,” said the health minister, Roberto Speranza. He warned, though, that it would be “unforgivable to assume this was a definitive defeat” of Covid-19 and it would be “a long battle”.

“The [statistical] curve tells us that we’re at a plateau,” Silvio Brusaferro, the president of Italy’s Higher Health Institute (ISS), said earlier today. “That doesn’t mean we’ve hit the peak and that it’s over, but that we must start the descent … by applying the measures in force.”

A message from the President on the start of online teaching: 22 March

Dear AUR Students,

Tomorrow we begin the launch of remote teaching and learning. We take this moment to thank you for your understanding during the last few weeks and we want to reassure you that your professors are aware of your many challenges and are available to help you finish a successful semester, whether in Rome, the US, in Europe, the Middle East or Asia. Please contact your professors and let them understand your particular difficulties—they have your best interests at heart. They will be thrilled to hear from you.

The situation continues to change daily and we are aware that many of you are trying to make decisions on whether to remain in Rome or return to your homes. First, we will complete the semester in any circumstance and provide remote learning as previously described. Second, although we are still finalizing details, we want to let you know that AUR will most definitely have housing and classes available to you during the summer term if you remain in Rome. More details will be provided later this week but we want you all to be aware that you will have places to stay if needed.

We will continue to keep you updated on all the latest developments. Can we remind you to please  complete the web form with your latest details.

We wish safe travels to those of you en route home and we look forward to getting back to classes tomorrow.
Finally, we wish you all strong WiFi connections and robust online discussions during the coming week!

Richard Hodges
President

Updated travel authorisation document: 18 March

The Italian authorities have released an updated version of the self-cerification certificate required for leaving your house. Please remember to carry this and your photo ID with you whenever you need to leave your residence.
Download the autocertificazione here

Update on Rome & Coronavirus: 15 March

Rome's metro, buses and trams will cease operating each night at 21.00 - beginning on 14 March - as part of nationwide efforts to limit the spread of the escalating outbreak. The move, adopted by Rome's municipal transport authority ATAC and suburban bus company Roma TPL, reflects a drop in demand and is in line with Italy's quarantine measures. The reduced transport timetable will also affect light-rail lines operating in the capital. Rome's night buses have been suspended and the city's taxi services cut by one third. The move means that there is no public transport in the capital between 21.00 and 05.30 the next morning.

For full details affecting Rome public transport see ATAC website

Rome mayor has ordered the closure of all parks, villas and public playgrounds to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The gates to all Rome parks are now locked, with police patrolling non-enclosed green areas such as Villa Borghese. The order is in effect until 25 March however the city says that the reopening of the parks is subject to the end of the Coronavirus emergency.

Please remember, you must obey the following protocols for the good of all.

  • Anyone with symptoms of respiratory infection and fever (temperature above 37.5 degrees) must not leave their homes, must limit social contact, and must contact both the authorities and AUR by calling the Lazio regional number (800 118 800) and then calling AUR via the emergency number. 
     
  • During the lockdown period, all individuals must remain at home unless you have a specific need to be out e.g. food shopping, visiting the pharmacy or the doctor, or going to work (that has been deemed as essential by your employer). 
     
  • If you do leave your house you must fill-out and carry the official “autocertificazione” along with photo ID. 
     
  • If you do have to go outside, ensure you keep at least 1-meter distance from all other people at all times. 
     
  • Gatherings of any type are not permitted. 
     
  • Visits to friends/family houses are not permitted unless there is a medical need 
     
  • Travel in/out of Italy will depend on your justification and the policies of the destination country. 

 

A message for AUR students: 10 March

Dear AUR Students,

As you are undoubtedly aware, the Italian authorities, in an effort to stem the spread of Coronavirus, have introduced some strict policies and procedures in the country.

Obviously, these measures are going to impact both your daily life and the workings of the university. However, please rest assured that AUR has been planning for all scenarios and we remain confident that we can deliver the majority of our courses for the rest of the semester and ensure that you complete the academic year successfully.

Firstly, here’s an overview of the measures that the Italian government has enacted as of 10 March 2020:

  1. Don’t travel
    From today, the movements of Italy’s population are severely limited. Travel is only allowed for “urgent, verifiable work situations and emergencies or health reasons”.
    People who have tested positive for Covid-19 must not leave their homes for any reason, while anyone with a fever or respiratory symptoms are strongly encouraged to stay at home and limit social contact, including with their doctor.
    To avoid work-related travel, public and private companies have been urged to put their staff on leave.
     
  2. Gatherings cancelled
    The latest decree prohibits “all forms of gatherings in public places or sites open to the public”.
     
  3. Sporting events
    Sporting events of all levels and disciplines are cancelled.
    Swimming pools, spas, sports halls and wellness centers must not operate, and ski resorts across the country are shut.
     
  4. Venues closed
    To encourage people to stay at home, bars and restaurants are only allowed to open between 6am and 6pm, and only if it is possible to keep a distance of at least a meter between customers.
    All museums and cultural venues are closed, as well as nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and casinos, which have been shut since the weekend.
    While supermarkets will remain open, large shopping centers and department stores must close on public holidays and the day before public holidays.

The basic guidance for all is ‘stay at home’.

What does this mean for the university?

Firstly, we hope that these measures prove successful in quickly stemming the spread of the virus and that AUR can reopen for business as normal on Monday, April 6. However, we must be prepared for these restrictions to remain in place for longer – and we are.

On Monday, March 23, at the end of Spring Break, AUR will commence the deliver of the vast majority of its courses through remote learning. Courses will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous methods that you will be able to access from home.

All AUR professors are working to transfer their courses to remote format and will inform students directly with details on format and delivery.

If any student does not have the means of accessing the courses online (laptop or desktop computer) please contact Student Life at the earliest opportunity.

Unfortunately, there are a very small number of highly experiential, hands-on courses that may prove impossible to deliver remotely. We are currently working on alternatives to these courses that will ensure you have the opportunity to achieve the full credit-load that you expect from the semester, we will update you on these alternatives shortly.

If you have any questions at all you can email Student Life or make an appointment (individually) to come and see us - please only seek an appointment if it is a real emergency, otherwise telephone or we can arrange a meeting via Skype or Zoom.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during these difficult times - keep well and follow the directives of the authorities for stopping the spread of viruses:

 

  • Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Keep 1-2 meters of personal space around you at all times
  • Refraining from touching your face with your hands
  • Avoid crowds

Working together, we can and will overcome this. Forza.

Lockdown - authorities lockdown Italy to tackle spread of Coronoavirus: 9 March, 22:20

All of Italy will be placed under the lockdown conditions thus far imposed upon the so-called “red zone” in the north of the country, the Italian prime minister has said this evening. The restrictions will include banning all public gatherings and preventing all movement other than for work and emergencies. This decision, he said, was necessary to protect Italy’s most vulnerable citizens and that the right course of action now is for people to stay at home.

The country's schools and universities, incuding The American University of Rome, will remain closed until 3 April.

Under the new decree, people will only be able to travel between cities for emergency reasons. Checkpoints on motorways, toll booths, train stations and airports are expected to be introduced on Tuesday. Those who have to leave their region or their cities out of serious necessity can do so only if they have self-certification stating that they must cross the borders for compelling business reasons, health reasons, or because they have to return home.

The American University of Rome has been preparing for all eventualities and we have a plan to continue operating and delivering to our students as fully as possible as we strive to ensure that all students complete the semester successfully. 
We will commence remote delivery of as many of our courses as feasible - online through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions - starting at the end of Spring Break (Monday 23 March).

Students, please check your email regularly for updates.

Important information for anyone who has been in the north of Italy in the last 14 days: 8 March

A new decree has been issued by the Italian authorities that requires any person who has been in Northern Italy (Lombardia, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emillia, Rimini, Pesaro e Urbino, Venezia, Padova, Treviso, Asti, Alessandria, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, and Vercelli) in the past 14 days (since February 24) and is now in Lazio must call the Lazio regional number (800 118 800) to be assessed by Italian health authorities. This is regardless of whether or not the person is exhibiting symptoms associated with Coronavirus (sore throat, difficulty breathing, cough, fever, runny nose) or not.

All members of the AUR community must follow this protocol. Additionally, if this applies to you, after having contacted the Lazio regional number, students must contact AUR's Student Life office (studentlife@aur.edu or call main university phone number) and let them know while members of staff or faculty must contact AUR's Human Resources department (humanresources@aur.edu or call main university phone number).

Update on quarantined 'Red Zones' in Italy: 8 March

Sunday, 8 March 2020. Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte has signed a decree enacting forced quarantine for the region of Lombardy and multiple other northern provinces.
Affected provinces include Venice, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, and Treviso.

The lockdown decree includes the power to impose fines on anyone caught entering or leaving Lombardy, the worst-affected region, until 3 April. It provides for the banning of all public events, closing cinemas, theatres, gyms, discos and pubs. Religious ceremonies such as funerals and weddings will also be prohibited, and leave for healthcare workers has been cancelled.

Information for full-time students during the university's temporary closure. Updated March 5

While the university has closed for teaching in compliance with the latest governmental directive, there are still opportunities for students to utilize some basic services individually and to talk directly with faculty or administrators if required.
 
Below, some information that addresses concerns that have already been raised with us:

  1. Unfortunately, to comply with the government directive in both letter and spirit, we cannot make the communal spaces (garden, lounge, etc.) openly available to students even for non-teaching activity.
     
  2. There is the possibility for individual students to come to campus for meetings with professors or administrative officers but these visits can only be made after pre-booking an appointment directly with the person/office concerned. The guards will have a copy of all pre-booked appointments and if your information is not on there you will not be allowed to enter the campus. Please note that campus opening hours over the next two weeks will be limited to 8:30 am – 7:00 pm Monday to Friday. We will not be open at the weekends.
     
  3. We have a limited number of laptops available to lend to students to facilitate work at home. To book a laptop (subject to availability) please email computerservices@aur.edu with the subject line ‘LAPTOP BOOKING REQUEST’. Please remember that this is a limited resource and others may have the same needs as yourself – don’t book one out for a whole week just to have one as you may be depriving a fellow student of the capacity to work.
     
  4. Individual students can access the university library but, again, this is strictly through appointment only. To make an appointment to visit the library please go to the library website and click on the link at the top right of the page ‘Ask-A-Librarian’
     
  5. The Media Lab. Individual students can, again, schedule appointments to use the Media Lab. This is strictly by appointment only and no more than 3 students can use the Lab at any one time. Appointment requests to Theron Patterson at t.patterson@aur.edu with the subject line ‘MEDIA LAB BOOKING REQUEST’.
     
  6. Financial queries. All financial queries (unless emergency) will be dealt with once the university reopens e.g. refunds for canceled Field Trips are guaranteed but we cannot process them until after we have reopened.
     
  7. The AUR Doctor. The AUR Doctor is available on campus for any student but ONLY through appointment. To make an appointment with the AUR Doctor, please email studentlife@aur.edu

As always, the Student Life team stands ready to support you in any way we can. We understand that this will feel like a confusing and potentially frightening time but you can drop us a line at any point if you would like to talk or to make an appointment to come and see one of us.

[March 5: 4:00 PM]

University temporary closure notification: March 4

The Italian government has taken the decision today (Wednesday, March 4) to close all schools and universities throughout the country to stem the spread of the Coronavirus.

The American University, in line with this decision, will close completely for students from the end of today (Wednesday, March 4). 

As Spring Break 2020 was due to commence on Friday, March 6, and last for two weeks, we hope, this decision will not have too adverse an impact on our operations. 

We plan to reopen, as scheduled, on Monday, March 23 - but will be making all preparations to continue alternative teaching if we are unable to do so.

Administrative offices at the university will remain open and are contactable through the usual channels.

If one thing has become clear these last days, it is the strength and resilience of the AUR community. During this time of crisis, we are pleased to report that the majority of the AUR community has remained calm and responded to the situation with grace and common sense, we trust that this will continue. We appreciate the confidence our students and families have placed in us and remind you all that your health and wellbeing – as well as your academic advancement – are at the forefront of our mission.  

A FAQ for AUR resident students 

I am in a field trip course that got canceled and I need the credit to graduate, will I still graduate in May? 
Yes – even if all of the off-campus field trips are canceled we will find on-campus solutions to make sure that you have enough credits to graduate. We are even exploring the possibility of adding a new 3-credit course to the Spring 2020 schedule that would take place in the second half of the semester. 
 
If I travel home during Spring Break and am not able to return to Italy afterward, would I be able to continue my courses remotely? 
Yes, in most cases, but you should be aware that some courses would not be able to be continued in an online format due to their practical or hands-on nature. Furthermore, as the very nature of the AUR education is experiential, you would not necessarily have an identical experience to that of an in-person student, even if the course gave you access to the same or similar activities and assignments. This is an important consideration for any Core courses that you would have to complete remotely because all of our programs rely on students having certain skills or knowledge before moving to a higher level. Thus, while we can assure you that remote access to most courses will be an option if necessary, it is not the recommended mode of completion of AUR courses. 
 
If I do recreational travel during Spring Break and cannot return to AUR afterward, what will happen? 
As stated previously, we do recommend that students evaluate the importance of recreational travel during this period of uncertainty. We cannot predict what will happen in Italy or in other countries in the immediate or distant future, and the reactions around the world have ranged from mild to extreme. You do take a personal and academic risk by traveling recreationally during this time. 
 
How will this University closure affect my federal aid (loans and VA) and student training position?  
If you need to continue your studies through the online options, you will still be considered a current student with no change to your enrollment status, therefore your financial aid (loans, VA benefits, scholarships) remains as is. If you have federal loans, they remain in the current status of in-school deferment. As long as you are able to continue with at least 6 credits remotely during the closure, your loans will not be affected. If you opt-out of the online options and do not return for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, you will need to request a Leave of Absence. VA students refer to email notification. Should you have a specific question relating to your financial aid, please contact Zoe J. at z.johnson@aur.edu. 
 
If students are able to continue working in a remote format, they will do so upon approval from their tutor. For those positions that require physical presence, the uncompleted hours will not be counted towards the semester total and if tuition is still due, it will be reduced accordingly.  
 
If AUR is ordered to close by the Italian government, would I still be able to complete my courses? 
We are preparing for all eventualities, and will be prepared for delivery for the vast majority of courses to off-campus students should we be required to take this step by government order. As stated above, we would do all we can to fulfill student needs for credits and requirements, but there could be some small number of courses that could not be completed in this context. 
 
If my home country refuses flights from Italy and I can’t return home at the end of the semester, what will happen? 
It is highly unlikely that this situation would occur, but we stand ready to assist any students who would need help on a case-by-case basis. 

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Press reports of school and university closures in Italy: March 4 

There have been multiple media reports that the Italian government has decided to close all schools and universities in Italy until mid-March. This has not been confirmed by the Ministry of Education or by government announcement yes (2:45 pm). AUR has been advised by the Ministry to wait for the official decree to be issued before announcing any action. We will update this site immediately upon official notification

 

AUR's response to coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Updated March 1 

As of Feb. 29, 2020, the U.S. State Department has raised the travel advisory for the Lombardy and Veneto regions to a Level 4 (Do not travel).
The rest of Italy remains on a Level 3 travel advisory (Avoid non-essential travel).
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/italy-travel-advisory.html

In accordance with the directives of the Italian Ministry of Education and the local authorities, The American University of Rome, as with all other schools and universities in Rome, will be operating and open as normal.

As we notified yesterday, AUR is taking unprecedented steps to attempt to ensure the wellbeing and safety of our community.

  • We have polled all members of the AUR community (students, staff, and faculty) for information on potential risk based on their recent travel and inter-personal contact.
  • Our doctor has extended his hours and been on-site and available to students every day in the past week, he has also hosted an open community forum to discuss the Coronavirus in Italy and to talk about wellbeing and virus-prevention measures.
  • We have prioritized the sanitization of all AUR spaces - and increased our level of cleaning staffing to ensure this.

  • We now require all members of the community with symptoms of cold or flu (no matter their travel or contact history) to notify Human Resources (Faculty/Staff) or the University Doctor (Students) immediately and then, when so advised, to stay home until they are symptom-free.

  • We have, in line with Italian authorities directives, canceled all on-site learning and student trips.
  • We have, and continue to do so, examined the safety/necessity of all public lectures/meetings and community travel and have postponed or canceled any that have been deemed unnecessary or high risk. We shall continue with this policy until further notice.
  • We have set up a direct telephone hotline and a dedicated email information list for students' parents/loved ones.
  • We have extended this year's Spring Break (6-23 March) and introduced flexibility into current absence and testing procedures.

  The University will continue to monitor the situation and any new developments will be announced.
 

AUR's response to coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Updated Feb. 29 - US CDC Travel Advisory (2)

We are aware that many study abroad programs have recalled their students to the US due to the U.S. CDC Level 3 Travel Advisory (29 Feb 2020), but we completely understand the desire to protect the students’ welfare during this time of difficulty.

To support this decision, we have decided to take some unprecedented steps to attempt to ensure that we can provide a complete semester for as many students as possible, in both the AUR and study abroad populations.

  • AUR will remain open next week for normal lessons for all remaining students, but all in-class evaluations (tests, quizzes, presentations etc.) will be put on hold until after Spring Break.
    We have asked professors for this week to consider any absences excused and to provide materials to help absent students cover the content they may miss.
     
  • Spring Break 2020 will commence at the end of classes on Friday, March 6, 2020, and will continue until the start of classes on Monday, March 23, 2020.
    The campus will remain open for any students who want to use the facilities for projects or social purposes, and both internal and external events can continue unless we receive an order to close.
    ​We will schedule make-up days for the week of classes missed on available Fridays, at the end of the semester etc. and may extend the final exam period by one or two days if needed.

It is essential to understand that this step is not in reaction to the coronavirus threat, which is still minimal in Rome but is designed to help the AUR community weather this period of concern and complete the semester successfully.

Detailed information for students, partners, and parents is being distributed via email – please ensure that you check emails regularly as the university will be sending updates as and when the situation develops.

AUR's response to coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Updated Feb. 29 - US CDC Travel Advisory

The American University of Rome is operating as normal and in line with all directives from the Italian Ministry of Education and the local authorities and we continue to monitor the situation constantly.

The U.S. CDC has now put in place a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy.  This is a significant change and we understand that this will lead to some students leaving Rome. AUR is working both internally and with all of its Study Abroad partners to ensure that this occurs with the least disruption to all individuals' learning and that there are opportunities for all to complete the semester successfully.

We will update this information again shortly.

AUR’s response to coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Updated Feb. 27 - Student Trips & On-Site Classes

In order to comply with the DECRETO DEL PRESIDENTE DEL CONSIGLIO DEI MINISTRI 25 febbraio 2020, which states:

i viaggi d'istruzione… le  visite  guidate  e  le  uscite  didattiche  comunque  denominate, programmate dalle istituzioni scolastiche di ogni ordine e grado sono sospese fino al 15 marzo 2020 (Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana)

AUR will be suspending all school trips, including on-site classes and compulsory embedded field trips, from today until March 15, 2020. Alternative arrangements for teaching will be made. 

AUR’s response to coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Updated Feb. 26 - Student Travel Advisory

Travel advice to students
The Italian State has made the recommendation that all school-sponsored travel within Italy be suspended for the next two weeks, thus we have canceled one academic trip and one Student Life trip within this window in compliance with the state recommendation.
 
At the moment there are no traveling restrictions to and from Italy, and no known clusters of coronavirus elsewhere in Europe. However, keep in mind that we are still in the midst of normal flu season and should you attempt to enter another country or to re-enter Italy with a fever you could experience difficulties even if you are not sick with the coronavirus.
 
Given these facts, we recommend you weigh the necessity of your recreational travel in the coming weeks, especially travel that involves crossing borders.
 

AUR’s response to coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Updated Feb. 24

As you are no doubt aware, the emergence of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 in the North of Italy is now a cause for heightened concern. The Italian authorities are doing their utmost to contain the spread of the illness and, at the point of writing, nine villages in Lombardy and one in Veneto have been quarantined.
 
For English-speakers, one of the best current sources on the situation in Italy is the US Embassy at https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/
 
Currently, as governmental advice is that it is considered safe for schools and universities in Lazio to remain open, AUR will be open as normal. If that advice changes, we will inform the community immediately. 
 
However, it is up to all of us to do what we can to limit the opportunities for the illness to spread. Thus, below is AUR’s response to the situation:

  1. We are prioritizing the sanitization of all AUR spaces - and increasing our level/hours of cleaning staffing to ensure this is controlled.

     
  2. We provide hand-sanitizers throughout the university.
     
  3. We will be requiring all members of the community with symptoms of cold or flu to notify Human Resources (Faculty/Staff) or the University Doctor (Students – details below) immediately and then, if so advised, to stay home until they are symptom-free.

     
  4. We are looking at the safety/necessity of all student trips, public lectures/meetings, and community travel and will postpone or cancel any that are deemed unnecessary or high risk until further notice. Information on reimbursement of monies paid will be circulated shortly.
     
  5. We are extending the AUR Doctor’s hours – we will send a new schedule shortly.

Of course, we understand that there will be concern from families, especially those that live long distances away. The university has set up its own hotline for families who have concerns to talk directly to us. Families have a dedicated number available between the hours of 08:00 and 20:00 (Rome time) where they can speak to a senior manager about the situation. Families can also contact the university directly through our central switchboard number or email Maurizia Garzia, the President's Chief of Staff, at m.garzia@aur.edu
 
AUR will continue to closely monitor the response of the Italian authorities and following the instructions of the national government and local authorities in the Rome area. Any new developments will be announced promptly to the community.
 
I would like to thank the community for their ongoing understanding, collaboration, and support during this difficult time.
 
Below you will find information on how to avoid illness and what to do if you think you may be ill.
  
What should you do if you think you may be ill?

If you think you may be ill 

  1. Firstly, use the Italian Health Ministry hotline on 1500.
    This hotline offers information in Italian, English, and Chinese.
     
  2. Secondly, call your own doctor or the University doctor, they will be able to let you know what to do next.
     
  3. Thirdly, call the university and let us know what your situation is.

 If you need immediate attention, here are some options:
 
To contact AUR doctor, email studentlife@aur.edu
 
There is also an English speaking medical service that makes house calls; the service is called MEDinAction and prices range between €50 and €120 (50 €  business hours, 8am to 5pm, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 70 euro, after 8pm nights and weekends 100 -120 euro). They do accept medical insurance and Paypal payments, but you should ask them directly.
 
MEDinACTION, Andrea Guerriero, MD, +39 3204065709 – andrea.guerriero@medinaction.com.

You can also send an iMessage or WhatsApp message to that number.
 
Dr. Guerriero can also make appointments at a private hospital, Salvator Mundi (http://salvatormundi.it/contattaci-on-line-con-smih/ ), which is very close to AUR. They accept insurance but you may have to pay upfront and then be refunded.
 
In an emergency situation, you should always call the emergency number 112.
 
For non-Italian speakers, here’s a quick breakdown of useful vocabulary:

  • a fever – una febbre
  • a headache – un mal di testa
  • a cough – una tosse
  • a cold – un raffreddore
  • the flu – l'influenza
  • the coronavirus – il coronavirus

 
Best ways to avoid getting a virus:
Eighty percent of common infections are spread by hands. Washing your hands at least five times a day has been shown to significantly decrease the frequency of colds, influenza (the “flu”) and other infections. Not only will it help keep you healthy, but it will also help prevent the spread of infectious diseases to others.

Stay safer by: 

  • Washing your hands regularly
  • Promptly disposing of used tissues in the wastebasket or garbage
  • Coughing and sneezing into your handkerchief or shirt sleeve rather than your hands
  • Staying home when you are ill
  • Keeping your hands away from your face
  • Keeping common surface areas like doorknobs, light switches, and keyboards, clean and disinfected
  • Eating healthy foods and staying physically active to keep your immune system strong

For general information on current health alerts including the Coronavirus and flu 

For information from U.S. health sources, please see the links below

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AUR’s response to coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Updated Feb. 6

The university continues to monitor the outbreak of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease and is closely following advice from public health officials.
We will keep this page updated as the situation unfolds.

There are two reported cases of 2019-nCoV in Italy and one suspected case.
Overall, the risk to people in Italy is considered low.
The American University of Rome currently has no students, staff, or faculty in China and we have no study abroad or exchange programs in place with China.

STAYING HEALTHY

Eighty percent of common infections are spread by hands. Washing your hands at least five times a day has been shown to significantly decrease the frequency of colds, influenza (the “flu”) and other infections. Not only will it help keep you healthy, but it will also help prevent the spread of infectious diseases to others.

Stay safer by:

  • Washing your hands regularly
  • Promptly disposing of used tissues in the wastebasket or garbage
  • Coughing and sneezing into your handkerchief or shirt sleeve rather than your hands
  • Staying home when you are ill
  • Keeping your hands away from your face
  • Keeping common surface areas like doorknobs, light switches, and keyboards, clean and disinfected
  • Eating healthy foods and staying physically active to keep your immune system strong

If you recently traveled to Italy from China, and you become sick, avoid contact with others except a health care professional.

The university will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.

For general information on current health alerts including the Coronavirus and flu 

For information from U.S. health sources, please see the links below

AUR's Emergency Contact System

The American University of Rome uses a dedicated Emergency Mass Notification System (MNS) to which all students, staff, and faculty are invited to join. This system is used to broadcast emergency notifications from the University e.g. closure due to unforeseen circumstances, dangerous situations in your locality, etc.

The MNS gives the University the ability to send a single message via multiple channels e.g. email, SMS, voice call, etc.(as a member you can define which channels you would prefer to receive messages on). It also gives us the opportunity, during emergency situations, to 'poll' members for feedback e.g. we may ask members to reply to a message to indicate their safety status and if they require help.

If you have not yet received your invitation to join the AUR MNS, please email h.greiner@aur.edu  

What is an MNS?
A Mass Notification System allows an organization to send a single message to members through a range of different channels e.g. SMS, Email, Voice, Pager etc. Messages will be sent to members through their channel(s) of choice and, in certain situations, can be set to allow user response through the same channels.

Why do we need an MNS?
The University has decided to invest in this system as part of its ongoing response to potential security issues that face all public institutions. In cases of emergency, this system will allow us to contact all members of the AUR community with information, updates, and instructions. It will also allow us 'poll' responses regarding individual member's safety and whereabouts.