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Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on theeaglecoronavirusproject.com, a separate website created by Eagle staff at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020. Articles from that website have been migrated to The Eagle’s main site and backdated with the dates they were originally published in order to allow readers to access them more easily.
Editor's Note: This article appeared in The Eagle's March 2021 virtual print edition.
When the American University Board of Trustees announced new member Wesley Bush’s appointment in January, students and faculty soon began a campaign to remove him over his previous employment at an aerospace and defense technology company.
Correction and update: This article has been corrected since it was first published to clarify that an AU-branded bus photographed transporting National Guard personnel was not previously owned by the University. It has also been updated with comments from a University-wide email sent by President Sylvia Burwell Thursday.
American University plans to offer a half-semester on-campus residential experience for 1,250 full-time students from March to May 2021, with priority given to freshmen, University President Sylvia Burwell announced in an email to the community on Wednesday.
Uprooted from campus in a matter of days, American University students faced an unprecedented amount of stress when classes transitioned online, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. But for students with disabilities, the switch posed a threat to their usual accomodations and learning habits that have been moulded for an in-person setting.
In October 2019, a former School of International Service faculty member filed a lawsuit against American University for age discrimination. Now, the University is denying the allegation, claiming that she was terminated for misconduct.
In August, former Vice President Joe Biden chose Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate for president, exciting American University students and alumni who have supported Harris in the past during her presidential campaign and as a current senator.
American University Sunrise Movement activists joined demonstrators from George Washington University and D.C. Sunrise hubs outside of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) residence on Sept. 17 to protest her response to the California wildfires.
American University is implementing a five-day furlough for all full-time employees earning more than $40,000 a year, Sylvia Burwell, AU’s president, announced via email on Monday.
American University’s Student Health Center is administering free coronavirus testing for students with or without symptoms, during the fall, while the semester plays out with online classes and virtually no on-campus housing.
AU, along with 58 other universities, are opposing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement announcement that could make international students leave the country if they take all online classes.
President Sylvia Burwell wrote to the AU community on Sunday afternoon to address the violence against black communities in response to nationwide unrest, as tens of thousands of people across the country have spent several nights protesting the death of George Floyd and other black people at the hands of the police.
An AU student filed a class-action lawsuit against the University on Friday after AU didn’t refund tuition when classes moved online and students were removed from campus following the coronavirus outbreak.
Deputy Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Clark will leave her position to become the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Denver, Provost Dan Myers announced in a campus-wide email Tuesday.
Ferkat Jawdat, an Uighur American activist whose family was targeted for his continued advocacy against the prosecution of Turkic Muslims in China, spoke at AU on Jan. 28. Jawdat had not seen his mother in 14 years and said she spent time in one of China’s internment camps for Muslims in Xinjiang.
The Office of Campus life sent an email to students on Sunday with data regarding missed Counseling Center appointments to address concerns over mental health care. Despite student outcry, the administration stands by the email.
The University was accused of age discrimination again, this time from a female professor who said in a lawsuit that she lost out on a professorial lecturer position to a younger male candidate.
AU’s first annual Black Welcome Week was held Sept. 9 through 15 and was co-sponsored by more than 10 black clubs and organizations on campus.
American University Reverend Joey Heath-Mason was ordained at the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church this past summer.