AUN’s Response to COVID-19 Academic Affairs Challenges

Greetings AUN Learning Community & Parents/Guardians:

I hope you are all healthy and safe.

At this time, our number one priority is the health, welfare, and safety of our learning community. I am writing to you as members and parents/guardians of our learning community and to update you on how AUN is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic and ensuring the remaining weeks of the semester is concluded within reason while meeting the remaining learning outcomes of the courses our students are enrolled in. 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has presented unprecedented challenges for our global society, our elected leadership and policymakers, Universities, and many individuals and families.  However, we return thanks to the Almighty that we did not have any cases on campus prior to our request for students to return to their families and the start of the Work from Home (WFH) initiative. Several weeks ago, we put in place an Emergency COVID-19 Task Team to help us anticipate the implications of the pandemic on our learning community. We provided continuous updates of useful information and guidance from the WHO and appropriate health authorities of the government (State and Federal), and placed hand sanitizers and awareness posters in appropriate locations across the University. This ensured we provided adequate leadership for the health and safety of our Campus.

Following the Federal Government of Nigeria’s directives to all tertiary institutions and Universities to close down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, American University of Nigeria's President (Vice-Chancellor), President Dawn Dekle instructed all students to go home, as the University finalizes plans to transition to online mode of all Spring 2020 course delivery effective Monday, March 30, 2020, and ending on Friday, April 17, 2020. The President, Deans and I, continued to communicate and provide periodic updates to the AUN learning community. The Final Examination period is scheduled from Monday, April 20 – Friday, April 24. The Final grades for Spring 2020 are scheduled to be submitted by Faculty (Instructors) by Friday, May 1, 2020. This information is already conveyed to all students by our registrar’s office and their respective Deans and Faculty.

The AUN leadership team in close consultation with our Governing Council decided to adapt to and plan for rapidly changing circumstances — including the continuation of all online learning and remote business operations for the remainder of the semester and the postponement of Spring 2020 campus events such as the Commencement.  Thus, it is appropriate to underscore several important points to our students, faculty, staff, and administration, and the extended AUN learning community and families. These updates are captured in detail in a letter to you attached herewith for your retention and to serve as a guidance for you. In addition, attached herewith accompanying my letter to you are:-

(a) a document highlighting in detail important information resources, including a contact list for your reference as needed during the period of online learning.

(b) a Mentor/Learning Support Advisor list for your reference. Each one of you is assigned to a specific Mentor/Learning Support Advisor. These are clustered by Schools. You may directly contact your assigned Mentor/Learning Support Advisor during this transition period for any support, challenge or issue you may run into or need assistance or clarity. Equally, your assigned Mentor/Learning Support Advisor will periodically follow up with you directly, via email and/or phone call or social media platforms. They will facilitate additional support and interfaces with your instructor and other offices on campus as needed. The Mentor/Learning Support Advisor team will pay particular attention to our graduating seniors and will be providing periodic feedback to the Department of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance, the Registrar and the Deans.

Faculty and staff have been nothing short of wonderful, showing their professionalism and commitment, and students have shown great maturity and resilience. My letter attached herewith conveys in detail what is different, what is expected to you and the other accompanying attachments provide detailed information resources and contact information.  All of these detailed updates is our collective attempt to provide support and guidance that you may refer to when needed during the upcoming weeks as we conclude what is remaining of our Spring 2020 semester. Kindly take the time to review them.

Be assured, one thing remains, we will do whatever it takes to ensure we provide a brilliant and quality education for you here at AUN. You are an integral part of the AUN learning community. Your support, understanding, and commitment are appreciated more than ever at this unusual and uncertain time. I extend our best wishes to you and your families. We will get through this together, Inshallah.

Please stay safe, healthy with Blessings. God Bless you all!

 

 

Professor Muhammadou M.O. Kah
Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost (Deputy Vice-Chancellor)

 

ATTACHMENTS:

  1. SAS Advisors Students Support Team
  2. SBE Advisors Students Support Team
  3. SITC Advisors Students Support Team
  4. SOE Advisors Students Support Team
  5. SOL Advisors Students Support Team
  6. Appendix and Additional Resources