Announcements

New students: Apply for financial aid by June 30, 2022.

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New students: Apply for financial aid by June 30, 2022.

Suspension of all university operations for the remainder of the day

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Suspension of all university operations for the remainder of the day

Beginning of spring term 2021

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The beginning of the spring term is postponed to January 25, 2021.

LAU President Michel E. Mawad Makes his First Statement to the Community

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In a candid letter to the LAU community, Dr. Mawad contemplates the future of the university and the task ahead. Read his full message.

Passing of the Baton Ceremony

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On September 25, Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra welcomed Dr. Michel E. Mawad to the presidency of the Lebanese American University.

Fall 2020 updates

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Condolences

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In this day of mourning we extend our condolences to those among us who have lost relatives and friends and wish a full recovery to those who have been injured. LAU campuses are closed through August 10 as the administration revises academic deadlines (such as registration, deposits, etc.) and prioritizes the university’s next actions, with everybody’s safety in mind. We will continue to reach out via this space, the announcements webpage, and email, as new decisions are made.

LAU switching to “strictly essential-services” mode

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Emergency Financial Aid Fund

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Gradual Reopening of University Offices

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LAU Presidential Succession

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LAU’s Board of Trustees elects Dr. Michel E. Mawad as LAU President effective October 1, 2020.

COVID-19 Updates

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Academic Update

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Dear students,

It is becoming evident that the interruptions due to the COVID-19 crisis will continue beyond the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Therefore, as promised in my previous message, I would like to inform you about a number of important academic decisions that the Council of Deans took last Wednesday, March 25 with the approval of President Joseph Jabbra to offer you flexibility, alleviate your anxiety about exams and grades, and most importantly allow you to focus on your learning and well-being.

  1. Flexible Grading System for Undergraduate Courses: Undergraduate students will be able to choose the Pass/No Pass (P/NP) as a grading option, on a course-by-course basis, by the withdrawal date of April 30, 2020. Otherwise, the default letter grading system will be applied. As defined in the University’s undergraduate academic rules and procedures, an NP grade indicates a failing performance, i.e. equivalent to a grade of F, in courses taken on a P/NP basis. No credits will be added to the student’s record, nor will the average be affected. It has no quality points.

    You will soon receive a form to select which course(s) you would like to be graded as P/NP.

Read on to see the rest of the nine new academic measures.

  1. Flexible Grading System for Graduate Courses: All students will be able to choose the P/NP grading option for any graduate course taken this semester as well, on a course-by-course basis, by the withdrawal date. Otherwise, the default letter grading system will be applied. The NP grade for graduate courses indicates a failing performance, i.e. equivalent to a grade of C- (C minus) or below.
  2. Scholastic Standing: The final grades of the Spring 2020 semester will not have any impact on students’ scholastic standing. This semester will be treated as a grace semester not impacting suspension, probation, or academic recognition. 
  3. Repeating Courses: The course repeat rules defined in LAU’s undergraduate academic rules and procedures will be suspended for the Spring 2020 semester.
  4. Class Attendance: The student attendance regulations defined in the University’s undergraduate academic rules and procedures will be waived for the Spring 2020 semester.
  5. Lab, Clinical, and Studio Courses: Most of these courses could not be entirely delivered using online methods. Therefore, these courses will resume in an intensive manner once the campuses are accessible. If the semester ends before students are able to complete these courses, an incomplete grade will be given to all students registered in these courses.
  6. Thesis Defense: Graduate students will be allowed to defend their theses virtually, e.g. through WebEx, considering the current lockdown. In addition, the required two-week prior thesis defense announcement will be waived.
  7. Online learning survey: A survey was sent to assess the online learning experience in each of your courses. We appreciate your complete and objective responses to the surveys to help us improve your learning experience. 
  8. Revised Spring 2020 Academic Calendar:  The academic calendar for Spring 2020 has been modified as follows:
    Thursday, April 16 Deadline for Incomplete grades (from fall 2019)
    Thursday, April 30 Last day for withdrawal from courses for spring 2020 (WP/WF)
    Last day for selection of the P/ NP grading option on a course-by-course basis
    Friday, May 15 Spring 2020 classes end
    Monday, May 18-Saturday, May 30 Spring 2020 final assessment period (Eid El Fitr expected to be May 25-26)

To allow for more flexibility, faculty instructors will consider using different modalities/tools for final course assessment other than the typical final examinations.  If online final exams are to be given, they must be administered during the final assessment period set in the academic calendar.

Finally, a new webpage under the Provost’s Office website, Student Tips for Academic Success during the COVID-19 Crisis, has been put together to help you improve your online learning experience and guide you to available resources to learn while at home. Again, we sincerely understand how disruptive and frustrating all of this has been for you. We never expected that the academic year would have unfolded as such, and the transition to remote learning delivery has forced us all to adapt to a new challenging and unpredictable situation. Nevertheless, we are very proud of your efforts and determination. Together, with your patience and continuous cooperation, we will be able to navigate successfully through this crisis.

Stay healthy and stay strong!  Your LAU community is here for you.

Sincerely,
George Nasr

Message from President Jabbra re LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital Covid-19 Emergency Fund

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No LAU asset is as important to us as the trust and support of Lebanese society. Over a century and a half we have been together working hand-in-hand for a better future.

The Covid-19 menace has placed the patient-care part of our mission under unprecedented stress as can be expected. With the engagement of the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of medicine, our LAUMC–RH, has been at the forefront of our collective societal response to the virus. Our effort includes readying new hospital floors, acquiring new equipment, stocking on PCR testing kits, and mobilization of specialized personnel. Funding all these pressing needs goes well beyond what our limited resources allow.

To that effect, we are launching a Covid-19 Emergency Fund to garner the resources needed in our challenging fight against the evil Coronavirus. Gifts in any currency will be gratefully accepted and acknowledged online.

We are grateful in advance for your generosity and honored to have you join us in defeating this evil pandemic and providing all Lebanese with a healthier and better tomorrow.

Further details on how you can help can be found on our web page.

For Lebanon you can contact Mr. Saad El Zein - Special Assistant to the President: saad.elzein@lau.edu.lb; mobile: +961 3 121613

For North America you can contact Mrs. Nadya Mikdashi - Assistant Vice President for Development: nadya.mikdashi@lau.edu; mobile: +1 646 420 0706

With Gratitude,

Joseph G. Jabbra, Ph.D.
President