AUR’s response to coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Updated Feb. 6

The university continues to monitor the outbreak of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease and is closely following advice from public health officials.
We will keep this page updated as the situation unfolds.

There are two reported cases of 2019-nCoV in Italy and one suspected case.
Overall, the risk to people in Italy is considered low.
The American University of Rome currently has no students, staff, or faculty in China and we have no study abroad or exchange programs in place with China.


Eighty percent of common infections are spread by hands. Washing your hands at least five times a day has been shown to significantly decrease the frequency of colds, influenza (the “flu”) and other infections. Not only will it help keep you healthy, but it will also help prevent the spread of infectious diseases to others.

Stay safer by:

  • Washing your hands regularly
  • Promptly disposing of used tissues in the wastebasket or garbage
  • Coughing and sneezing into your handkerchief or shirt sleeve rather than your hands
  • Staying home when you are ill
  • Keeping your hands away from your face
  • Keeping common surface areas like doorknobs, light switches, and keyboards, clean and disinfected
  • Eating healthy foods and staying physically active to keep your immune system strong

If you recently traveled to Italy from China, and you become sick, avoid contact with others except a health care professional.

The university will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.

For general information on current health alerts including the Coronavirus and flu 

For information from U.S. health sources, please see the links below

AUR's Emergency Contact System

The American University of Rome uses a dedicated Emergency Mass Notification System (MNS) to which all students, staff, and faculty are invited to join. This system is used to broadcast emergency notifications from the University e.g. closure due to unforeseen circumstances, dangerous situations in your locality, etc.

The MNS gives the University the ability to send a single message via multiple channels e.g. email, SMS, voice call, etc.(as a member you can define which channels you would prefer to receive messages on). It also gives us the opportunity, during emergency situations, to 'poll' members for feedback e.g. we may ask members to reply to a message to indicate their safety status and if they require help.

If you have not yet received your invitation to join the AUR MNS, please email  

What is an MNS?
A Mass Notification System allows an organization to send a single message to members through a range of different channels e.g. SMS, Email, Voice, Pager etc. Messages will be sent to members through their channel(s) of choice and, in certain situations, can be set to allow user response through the same channels.

Why do we need an MNS?
The University has decided to invest in this system as part of its ongoing response to potential security issues that face all public institutions. In cases of emergency, this system will allow us to contact all members of the AUR community with information, updates, and instructions. It will also allow us 'poll' responses regarding individual member's safety and whereabouts.