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Staff Editorial: The discontinuation of University-monitored protocols leads to a continuation of faulty methods of community care

(09/13/22 12:00pm)

The Eagle recently reported that American University has discontinued isolation housing for students infected with COVID-19 for the fall 2022 semester. In the previous academic year, the University provided hotel rooms for infected students living on campus to reside in for five days and needed to test negative in order to leave isolation. Now, as long as the student isn’t coughing uncontrollably, they are free to enter back into the classroom and access restrooms. 

Staff Editorial: AU’s response to strike illustrates the need to prioritize the University as a community, not a business

(09/07/22 12:38pm)

Last Monday, a recent Eagle article reported that after 486 days at the bargaining table followed by a week-long strike organized by the American University Staff Union, an agreement between the union and the University. 

Staff Editorial: Mask-optional policy has AU community feeling whiplash of COVID-19 decision-making

(03/23/22 5:45pm)

The American University administration recently announced that the University is lifting its mask mandate starting this week. According to an email by President Sylvia Burwell to the AU community, masks will be optional in most on-campus locations, such as classrooms, residence halls and dining facilities. 

Staff Editorial: Tuition increase will decrease the level of trust students have in administration’s decision-making

(03/14/22 6:07pm)

A recent Eagle article covered the announcement that the American University board of trustees approved a 5 percent undergraduate tuition increase for the next two years. The total undergraduate price of attendance will increase by roughly $3,100 next year.

Staff Editorial: New traditions for Founders Week mark a step in the right direction

(03/02/22 5:49pm)

Founders Day Ball, Student Government’s most renowned event, was removed from the Founders Week programming this year. The Ball has been historically criticized by the student population due to its expensive nature and celebration of John Fletcher, AU’s founder who was a slave owner. Getting rid of Founders Ball is a positive step in reworking Founders Week. 

Staff Editorial: University’s communication during online classes marks a disconnect with a diverse student body

(01/31/22 10:16pm)

American University students released a petition that calls for AU administration to reduce the cost of tuition in response to President Sylvia Burwell’s announcement that the University will not provide discounted tuition despite the transition to online learning for the month in a Jan. 10 email.​​

Staff Editorial: Student body deserves transparency on COVID-19 protocols and accountability

(01/17/22 3:41pm)

The Disabled Student Union released a petition calling for the American University administration to mandate weekly COVID-19 testing for the AU community in order to track the spread of the virus and protect communities directly affected by the pandemic on Dec. 16. Currently, the University only requires students, faculty and staff who plan to return to campus to test within 48 hours of arriving and receive booster doses of the vaccine by Feb. 10. 

Staff Editorial: DC’s lifted mask mandate turns attention to AU’s response

(11/29/21 4:41pm)

D.C.’s indoor mask mandate was lifted on Nov. 23, although masks will still be a requirement in many settings. The Eagle Editorial Board commends American University for maintaining its mask mandate amid the city-wide change. The decision also raises questions about the future of coronavirus protocols on campus. 

Staff Editorial: Student Government State of the Union gala raises questions about organization’s programming

(11/22/21 3:04pm)

The American University Student Government’s postponement of an event that was announced just over a week earlier is puzzling. The State of the Union gala, a new event that was described as similar to a smaller-scale Founder’s Day Ball, was pushed to mid-January. It’s unclear whether the new date will impact the Founder’s Day Ball, which is typically held in February. 

Staff Editorial: Desk receptionists’ demands for improved working conditions deserve response

(10/25/21 5:39pm)

Thirty-seven American University desk receptionists sent a letter to administration on Oct. 11 and joined a growing group of campus employees asking the University for better working conditions. The demands, from reinstating a pay differential for night shifts to adequately staffing each shift, are basic requests to which the University responded several days later by scheduling open forums. The lack of communication from the University at multiple points in this issue is frustrating and perplexing as students are left to deal with the consequences of the University's inadequacy. 

Staff Editorial: Graduate student assault charge directly impacts groups on campus

(10/18/21 3:49pm)

A national rise in anti-Asian hate crimes hit close to home as the American University community learned a graduate student, Patrick Trebat, was charged with the assault of a gay Asian man and his parents. The revelation that a student at AU was charged with something that makes specific communities on campus feel deeply unsafe, coupled with the fact that the D.C. Superior Court decided it was reasonable to allow him to take in-person classes, is unsettling to say the least.