Fall 2021 Academic Plan
I am happy to announce that due to the successful LAU Vaccination Campaign we will be able to offer in person delivery of courses in Fall 2021. If you are not yet vaccinated, please make arrangements as soon as possible to take your doses. Preparations are also proceeding to ensure our campuses are ready for a safe return in Fall 2021, and we count on your help to ensure students abide by the health recommendations in the classroom, such as wearing a mask at all times, maintaining reasonable social distancing, and using sanitizers.
Although numerous challenges could arise in the future that could change our plans, please note the following important guidelines related to Fall 2021 delivery of courses:
- Fall 2021 classes will begin on August 30, 2021 in person, following a 4-day week schedule. In other words, except for the few courses designated as “online,” TTh classes will meet in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and MWF classes will meet in person on Mondays and Wednesdays while the Friday sessions will be held online.
- Classes meeting only on Fridays (once a week only) will be held in person every other week; the classes will be held online during the first week of classes, on Friday, September 3. These classes will be held in one building on each campus; therefore, the new location of the class will be updated by the beginning of the semester.
- The library and other student services will be made available to all students in Fall 2021.
- The CIL remains available to offer support to all LAU faculty, whether in relation to online, blended, hybrid or in person instruction.
- For all courses (when applicable), at least one midterm and final exams will be administered in person in Fall 2021.
- Due to the instability of internet connections and electricity in the country, faculty should record all online course components and make them available to students.
- In case the COVID-19 or the fuel situation in the country deteriorates, classes may be offered following a different schedule with more online delivery.
We look forward to receiving our students on campus again in Fall 2021. I am confident that as we embark on this new academic year, we will once again collaboratively rise above the challenge and ensure a safe and meaningful learning experience for our students. Finally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the enormous efforts you have been exerting over the past two years. We are facing unprecedented challenges, but LAU is once again standing out from the crowd due to your unwavering hard work and dedication.
With much gratitude and best wishes,
George E. Nasr