May 05, 2021: Communique to the university about partial reopening - Summer 2021 semester

Dear USIU-Africa Community,

We trust that you have been keeping well. As we gear up towards the resumption of learning in the Summer semester, we continue with our commitment to monitoring closely the evolving dynamics of the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our community, in relation to the discharge of our teaching and research function.

Following the Government directive of May 1, 2021, the cessation of movement into and out of the counties of Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru was lifted. In addition, all educational institutions in all levels of learning have been directed to re-open.

In light of these developments, the university is happy to announce the partial reopening of the university in the Summer 2021 semester which commences on May 10, 2021. We will adopt a three pronged approach to learning through a mix of face to face, online and blended learning (a mix of both online and face to face delivery). Students are advised to consult their respective academic advisors to get more information on the class schedules.

For staff and faculty who have been working from home, you will be expected to get in touch with your respective supervisors to agree on the modalities of working during this semester.

At present, the University is operating under the strictest adherence to all COVID-19 prevention protocols, which will be the case even as the University plans to reopen. Entry to public places (auditorium, cafeteria, incubation center, offices, etc.) will be restricted to the approved capacity in line with COVID-19 prevention protocols.

Sports and other in-person events may resume, but only under strict compliance of COVID-19 prevention protocols set out by the Ministry of Health. The University will work closely with the Student Council and the Student Affairs Department to come up with protocols for any planned on-campus events and will communicate this in due course.

The library will be open for physical use from 8.15am to 6.00pm on weekdays, and up to 5.00pm over the weekend. However, online reference services will be offered from 8.15am to 9.00pm throughout the week.

The transportation of faculty, students and staff, using university-owned or outsourced vehicles must adhere to all COVID-19 guidelines applicable to public transport.

We acknowledge that adapting to the regulations and restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult. We thank each one of you for the mindfulness that you have shown towards the health and safety of each member of our campus community, and we urge you to uphold these measures even as we plan our return to campus.

Updates regarding the reopening of the University will be shared frequently with you on your emails, as well as on the University’s digital platforms, so ensure that you check them frequently and stay up to date.

Students are encouraged to contact their respective Deans for any additional information that they may require in regards to the Summer semester. The contact details for the respective Principal Academic Advisors have been provided below.

Prof. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
Vice Chancellor

Principal Academic Advisors:

Dr. Ruth Njeri Mwai Kabiru
Chandaria School of Business (CSOB)
Tel: +254 730 116 418

Lynnette Nzioki
School of Humanities & Social Sciences (SHSS)
Tel: +254 730 116 226

Isaac Chuma
School of Science & Technology (SST)
School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (SPHS)
School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts (SCCA)
Tel: +254 730 116 729

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