AU Campus Construction, Student Conduct on CLC Agenda

American University CampusAmerican University’s two major construction projects feature prominently on the agenda for this evening’s quarterly meeting of the AU Community Liaison Committee. David Dower, Assistant Vice President of Planning and Project Management, will provide an update on progress at the future site of the Washington College of Law on Tenley Circle, as well as plans for construction at the East Campus, which is set to begin this summer. Traffic and parking around both sites will be addressed, as well as parking issues related to the broader community surrounding American University.

Associate Dean of Students Michelle Espinosa will give her annual report on student conduct, as well as address the assault of an American University student that took place in a parking lot off of New Mexico Avenue in April of this year. Two of the three men arrested in connection with the assault were members of Epsilon Iota fraternity, an organization that is not recognized by the university and that has been the subject of an investigation following the release of a series emails between Epsilon Iota members containing references to drug use, violence and sexual assault. 

The CLC, which is comprised of university and community representatives, seeks to foster positive relations and to maintain regular communication between the university and its neighbors. The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the Abramson Family Founders’ Room on the lower level of the School of International Service. Free parking is available in the School of International Service parking garage which is accessible from Nebraska Avenue. The meeting will begin at 6:30 with a Meet and Greet, followed by the business meeting at 7:00 p.m. The full agenda is available below.


1.  Introduction and Opening Remarks

2.  Scheduled Reports

  • Construction Update – David Dower, Assistant VP of Planning & Project Management

Washington College of Law at Tenley Circle: Update on trucking operations; other progress to date
East Campus: Progress on Westover Place property assessment surveys; Summer site activities; construction site access and egress; trucking routes; Construction related parking

  • Parking Update – Dan Nichols, Executive Director of University Safety Programs

Parking plan for cars displaced from the Nebraska Lot
Summer parking plan for buses
Go DC Go

  • Student Conduct Annual Report – Michelle Espinosa, Associate Dean of Students

2013-2014 Summary Data
April student assault on New Mexico Avenue

3. Other Agenda Items

  • Katzen Arts Center, Loading & Unloading – Linda Argo, Assistant VP of External Relations & Auxiliary Services
  • Compliance with CLC Operating Document Section V – Meetings  *See Section V at end of agenda
  • Civility of interactions by AU employees and representatives to the community
  • Proposed Dates for 2014-2015 AU Community Liaison Committee Meetings – CLC Chair, Gail Hanson

4. Good of the Order

  • Neighbor Course Audit Program Registration for Fall 2014
  • AU special events open to the community

*V.        Meetings

The Community Liaison Committee will meet at least quarterly.  Generally, meetings will be scheduled in September, December, March and May.
Meetings are open to all interested neighbors.
Additional meetings may be called by any member of the CLC.
The December meeting will include a Town Hall chaired by the University President and open to all neighbors.
Through a sense of the committee, CLC members will agree to ground rules for conducting meetings to ensure an orderly and congenial meeting environment.