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Office of Community Relations

Maintaining good relations with our neighbors is a priority for AU and we welcome the opportunity to be a valuable and valued community partner

We invite our neighbors to attend lectures on campus, enjoy musical performances and openings at the Katzen Arts Center, show their support as Friends of the Library, take advantage of special rates at the university fitness center and pool, and make use of campus amenities such as our bookstore, retail food outlets, and ATM machines. We have much to enjoy together and hope to see you at AU soon.

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Campus Plan

American University's Campus Plan is a roadmap that details proposals and objectives to enhance and build upon our campus facilities.

Campus Plan

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Community Liaison Committee

The CLC fosters positive relationships and maintains regular communications between AU and our neighbors.

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AU Neighborhood Partnership

The Partnership is a forum for discussion and consensus based decision making.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI is dedicated to the idea that learning is a lifelong process and that curiosity never retires.

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AU Neighbor Resources

American University offers a number of resources and programs for our neighbors.  

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Arboretum and Gardens

With more than 2,000 trees on campus, AU is a designated an arboretum and public garden.

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Building AU

Information and updates on new buildings and construction at AU.

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Katzen Arts Center

Features the extraordinary 30,000 square foot AU Museum.

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Public Safety Contact Information

  • Non-emergency line: 202-885-2527
  • Emergency line:
    202-885-3636
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Report an Incident

American University students generally are good neighbors and adhere to the university's Student Code of Conduct. In the rare occasion when student conduct-related issues arise, neighbors are encouraged to share information about the incident.

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