Spring 2022 Semester Information: Health, Safety, Travel and More

The information outlined below is intended for new and returning students to prepare for arrival in Paris for the Spring 2022 semester. You will learn about the policies and guidelines that govern our return to campus, and read important information about travel and classes. If you have any questions, please contact your Admissions Counselor.

(Last updated: November 17, 2021)


1. The Importance of Masks

  • Masks must be worn indoors in France and in select outdoor areas where indicated.
  • Masks should only be used by one person and should not be shared.
  • All masks should be changed if wet or visibly soiled; a wet mask should not be worn for an extended period of time.
  • Remove the mask without touching the front of the mask. Do not touch your eyes or mouth after the mask has been removed. Either discard the mask or place it in a sealable bag where it is kept until it can be washed and cleaned. Wash your hands immediately after handling a mask.
  • In January 2021, the Haut conseil de santé publique recommended wearing masks that filter at least 90% of 3-micron particles. This new measure, along with social distancing and personal protective measures, aims to improve prevention with regard to the different Covid-19 variants deemed to be more contagious.
    • In France, fabric masks conforming to this requirement are called Category 1 fabric masks made according to AFNOR Spec S76-001 and filter at least 90% of these particles and are therefore recommended. Depending on the model, the degree of protection they provide is close to, or even better than, the protection provided by surgical masks. Home-made category 2 masks are therefore not recommended from now on.  Surgical masks also fall into this category
  • Non-medical masks should be washed frequently and handled carefully, so as not to contaminate other items. If the layers of fabrics look noticeably worn out, discard the mask.
  • Check the mask’s material for the highest permitted washing temperature. If instructions for washing are indicated on the clothing label, verify that you can wash the mask in hot water. Wash at 60°C with soap or laundry detergent.
    • Non-woven polypropylene (PP) spunbond fabrics may be washed at high temperatures, up to 125°C. Natural fibers may resist high-temperature washes and ironing. Wash the mask carefully (without too much friction, stretching, or wringing).
    • The combination of non-woven PP spunbond and cotton can tolerate high temperatures; masks made of this material may be steamed or boiled.
  • Where hot water is not available, wash the mask with soap or detergent at room temperature, then either boil the mask for one minute or soak it in 0.1% chlorine solution for one minute then thoroughly rinse the mask with room temperature water to remove any residual chlorine.

IX. Cultural Program

All Cultural Program activities are designed with the latest Covid-19 travel and safety recommendations in mind. Please refer to the Cultural Program page on AUP Engage and the Cultural Program webpages for the latest updates.

2. Health and Safety Policies

Commitment to Shared Responsibility for Health and Safety 

Health and Safety Policies

The American University of Paris is committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment for students, faculty and staff when our buildings reopen. To that end, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the French government as regards a return to university campuses in the context of Covid-19. To protect our community, we are calling upon all members of the AUP community, including students, to share in the responsibility of drawing a protective circle around our campus and the University community itself by being attentive—in both our personal and professional behaviors—to public health recommendations, University policies, your own symptoms and those of your friends and families, as well as your masking and social distancing behavior both on campus and off.

We fully expect the unexpected this Spring and intend to follow all French government recommendations for health and safety, as well as further confinement (and return once again to full remote learning) should that be required. In many instances, AUP policies are stricter than government policies, although they remain in alignment with those that have been published to date. We are currently in a fluid, changing situation requiring open communication amongst all members of our community. Respect on the part of all for the difficulty of the conditions we are navigating should determine our relations with one another during this challenging period. 

We have developed the following expectations and support systems for students as we look to the Spring 2022 Semester. Our policies will necessarily continue to evolve as the situation on the ground changes, and French government guidelines are issued. Our intention is to offer the Spring 2022 semester as planned with in-person learning the norm. Consult our academic calendar here for the dates of the Spring 2022 semester.

Student Health and Safety

During the Welcome Session at Orientation, all new students will receive training on the security protocol put in place to protect our community. Attendance at this important online session is mandatory.


Student Health: Screening and Testing

  • A student who feels ill should not come to school, nor will any student with a fever or Covid-19 symptoms be allowed to remain on campus. Students who experience symptoms of Covid-19—notably fever and a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea—should notify the AUP Health Office (Monday through Friday during working hours), or use our International SOS app (available, 24/7) which can make an appointment for them with one of our referral doctors. In France, Covid-19 testing and tracing are initiated through the médecin traitant system; health providers will track symptoms and report to public health. AUP has a doctor on campus two half-days a week who will be available to see students, assess their health situation, and recommend testing if necessary.   
  • Students are covered by our International SOS contract and will receive instructions on how to install the app during Orientation. Students may access the app at any moment of the day or night, during the school semester or when on vacation or traveling, to receive help with a suspected Covid-19 diagnosis or any other health concern. The medical personnel answering the phone will help you determine whether you need emergency support (an ambulance to take you to a hospital emergency room) or whether you should see a doctor at the earliest possible moment. The team can make appointments, arrange services, and also advise on isolating or quarantining. It liaises with the AUP Student Health Office.
  • Students who are identified as “contact cases with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, will be required to self-isolate (even without symptoms), following their classes remotely during the interim from home.  AUP’s Health Office will support any students who find themselves in this situation;  we will have special accommodations available for students who have to isolate or quarantine. 
  • We recommend that all students download the Tous Anti-Covid app developed by the French government which—without violating strict European privacy laws—can notify you if your phone indicates you may have been exposed to the virus.    
  • If a student contracts Covid-19, he or she will be followed by French public health authorities and will not return to campus until cleared by his or her health care provider or Assurances Maladie (the French national health system within which teams manage tracing, isolating, testing and thereby containment of outbreaks). Any student who falls ill will also be followed by AUP’s Health Office. Before returning to school, students will require a negative Covid test. Their ID card will be deactivated for as long as the test shows positive.

3. Policies Governing Classrooms, Meetings and Student Life

Policies Governing Classrooms, Meetings and Student Life on Campus

AUP students will be expected to follow all French government health recommendations for the practice of barrier methods that inhibit transmission of Covid-19:  social distancing, frequent hand washing, regular use of sanitizing gel and wipes, use of disposable tissues, and covering the mouth and nose in the event of coughing or sneezing. 

  • Masks will be required for everyone present on campus, including students, faculty, staff, and the occasional visitor or guest lecturer. Masks must cover the nose and mouth, and it is recommended that masks fit snugly under the chin and have two layers. AUP will provide one re-usable mask per student at Orientation, and will expect beyond that first issue that students will have their own masks. Emergency supplies of disposable masks will be maintained in all buildings in case of need at the reception desk. Masks must be worn everywhere on campus and at all times. 
  • The use of masks in classrooms and offices is guided by French law. Masks must also be worn in bathrooms to protect against aerosol dispersion of the virus. It is also recommended that the toilet lid be closed before flushing. Hand sanitizer is supplied in dispensers at the entrances to buildings, in all classrooms, and in offices that receive visitors. 
  • An Open Door policy prevails throughout the campus. If confidentiality requires that an office door be closed when a faculty member or staff member is meeting with a student, only the owner of the office should touch the inside door handle (to close and open the door). In classrooms, where doors will likely need to be closed because of noise, the professor should be the person opening and closing the door. 
  • Large group events involving outside audiences will not take place on campus and events of over 25 people (40 people in designated rooms) on campus will need to adhere to all safety protocols and will require approval of the arrangements in advance. Student-organized events will require approval in advance from Student Leadership.  
  • Staff responsible for University security (including members of the Leadership Team, the Director of Human Resources, and Phil von Eiff, the AUP Security Coordinator,  and members of his team) will have the authority to refuse access to buildings or spaces to anyone who refuses to comply with AUP’s health policies.  
  • The University will ensure the cleaning of common areas twice daily, with special attention to doorknobs and railings, elevators and stairwells, and other commonly used areas. 
  • Faculty, staff and students should open windows as often as possible, or leave them open if outside noise does not impede the work being accomplished in the classroom.  
  • Fans must not be used when more than one person is present in the room. 
  • Physical distancing must be observed to the greatest extent possible, even with the use of masks. The general French guideline for distancing with masks is 1 meter between persons. 
  • All face-to-face meetings—Student Senate meetings, club meetings, advising meetings, and even one-on-one meetings with faculty if they cannot be properly socially distanced—should be replaced by video calls to the maximum extent possible.