Updated August 25, 2021
Dear Parents and Families,
As we close out the May 2021 semester and look ahead to the fall, I would like to share an update on AUC’s plans for the September 2021 semester and our commitment to providing a safe and positive experience for your loved one.
Throughout the pandemic, AUC’s plans have been guided by two principles: protecting the health and safety of our community during an evolving pandemic and supporting our students' goals to become globally-minded and socially-accountable physicians. This has allowed us to safely manage the past eight months of medical education on campus using a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning. It has also enabled us to be agile and adjust as the pandemic evolves.
As we work to deliver academics primarily in person for the September 2021 semester, AUC has updated our COVID-19 mitigation protocols given what we know about the Delta variant. Students are required to be fully vaccinated* against COVID-19 before the start of the semester and we will continue to enforce mandatory mask-wearing on campus, regardless of vaccination status. We are also continuing our random COVID-19 surveillance testing program which has allowed us to monitor and quickly respond to any emergent cases. These measures are all designed to help AUC do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
At the same time, we are closely monitoring the situation in Sint Maarten and our AUC community, and we will continue to ensure our plans are in alignment with changes in government policies as well as CDC and WHO guidance. While we look forward to increasing in-person learning activities, we are ready to adapt to those changing requirements and recommendations and will do so as needed.
Throughout the pandemic, AUC has worked in partnership with our parent organization, Adtalem Global Education, to prepare, implement, and refine our robust COVID-19 mitigation plan, while ensuring academic program continuity to support students’ goals to become physicians. We have benefitted from the collective resources of our enterprise operations, technology, and safety and security infrastructure to provide a safe environment for our students and maximize the quality of their medical education.
Thank you for your continued support. As the pandemic continues to illuminate the critical role of healthcare professionals worldwide, it is a privilege to be a part of your student’s journey as they prepare to step into that role; and we are grateful for their continued commitment to the field of medicine.
Heidi Chumley, MD, MBA
* By fully vaccinated we mean two weeks have passed since having had a single (J&J) dose or two (Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sinopharm-BBIBP, and Sinovac) doses. Please see the policy for additional details, including how to request accommodations and exemptions.