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Regrettably, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel the 106th Annual Meeting in New Orleans. AACRAO’s Annual Meeting brings together over 2,000 higher education professionals from hundreds of colleges and universities from across the United States and several countries—all of whom will return to their campuses after spending several days in close proximity with each other.

Additionally, as a growing number of campuses are implementing travel restrictions for their staff and moving classes online for the remainder of the semester, we feel the need to prioritize serving our campuses and students in this time of need. Amid these developments, the WHO declaring the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and the Governor of Louisiana declaring a public health emergency, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel the 106th Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

We ask for your patience as we work through the details of cancelling this event. We have sent cancellation instructions to registrants. If you registered for the AACRAO Annual Meeting and have not received instructions, please contact AACRAO meetings.

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The 106th AACRAO Annual Meeting is cancelled.

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  • Why did AACRAO cancel the 106th Annual Meeting?

    AACRAO closely monitored updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local governments. We also actively followed travel advisories, institution restrictions, and overlaps with our attendees. When an ever-increasing number of attendees needing to be on campus to deal with the ramifications of COVID-19 reached critical mass, it became abundantly clear it was in the best interest of everyone to cancel despite requests to proceed with the meeting.

  • Are all events associated with the 106th Annual Meeting cancelled?

    All events, including workshops as well as exhibitor and partner events, are canceled in New Orleans.

  • Will the 106th Annual Meeting be postponed until a later date or rescheduled?

    AACRAO Meetings are planned years in advance, which requires coordinating with cities large enough to accommodate thousands of people at once. As such, rescheduling is not an option.

    However, we are committed to addressing the issues facing today’s campuses, sharing goals and guidelines for meeting those challenges, and providing a forum for learning and sharing experiences. Annual Meeting registrants will receive an invitation to a limited-seating, virtual Annual Meeting series.

  • Will paid attendee and exhibitor registrations be refunded?

    Yes. AACRAO has adjusted its published refund policy for the 2020 Annual Meeting and will refund registration fees in full for attendees and exhibitors. We are currently working through this process and appreciate patience during this time. We will share more refund processing information with registrants and exhibitors in the coming days.

  • Will attendees and exhibitors be refunded for hotel costs?

    No. AACRAO will not refund hotel costs.If you have not already, please contact your hotel/lodging directly regarding canceling your reservation.

  • Will attendees and exhibitors be refunded for airline tickets?

    No. AACRAO will not refund individual airline ticket costs. Please contact your airline directly regarding ticket cancellations. If you purchased travel insurance, please contact your provider for information and next steps.

  • Will exhibitors be refunded for booth space?

    AACRAO has adjusted the published refund policy to accommodate this unique circumstance and will gladly transfer your booth reservation to next year’s meeting in National Harbor, Maryland. Please contact Natalia Jimenez with your request.

  • I am a Conner Scholarship Recipient. What happens to my funds?

    AACRAO is pleased to extend your scholarship to next year’s meeting in National Harbor, Maryland.