September 4, 2020,
The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has resumed its classes and academic activities starting from the Fall semester 2020. All health and safety measures stipulated in the guidelines of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and Prevention have been taken, in line with the precautionary measures followed locally and internationally, to ensure the safety of students, faculty and management and protection from Covid-19 infection.
AURAK has introduced new measures related to safety rules, as it decided to apply online learning in the first two weeks of the semester, before transition to the hybrid education system. This system will include four days of classes, with Thursday dedicated to university activities. Working hours will be extended and run from 9 am to 10 pm to ensure no more than 50% of the community are on campus at the same time, limiting in-person classes to 50% of the registered students once a week for every class, and labs to 15 students. Lectures will be transmitted live and recorded.
Before joining, everyone will be required to show a negative result for the COVID-19 virus in a test carried out not more than 48 hours previously, and sign an undertaking agreeing to comply with the health and safety measures. This will include students staying in the dormitories as well.
Wearing masks is mandatory, there will be no gatherings of more than 50 people, and physical distancing is being enforced.
Students opting to stay in the dorms are encouraged to take a single room or select a roommate who is a relative or a close friend. Any sort of delivery is discouraged or limited by strict procedures.
The University, in collaboration with RAK Medical Zone, will carry out periodical COVID-19 tests.