We follow American University's weather policy. If AU has a delayed opening, online OLLI classes will still be held, but in-person and hybrid classes will change accordingly: 9:45 AM classes are cancelled and the 11:45 AM and 1:45 PM classes are held. If AU is closed, OLLI is also closed and all classes are cancelled.

Non-Discriminatory Policy

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University (OLLI) is a non-profit educational organization conducted by and for men and women of retirement age which admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to all students at the Institute. OLLI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex or religious preference in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship programs and all other OLLI-administered programs. For further information, call 202-895-4860, or write OLLI at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Proof of publication in The Washington Post on June 25, 2021.


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University is highly sensitive to the privacy interests of members and believes that the protection of those interests is one of its most significant responsibilities. We do not share member information with any outside groups, and we only publish the member directory as a courtesy to members of our learning community. We expect members to adhere to the same policy.

If you have questions about this privacy policy, please feel free to contact us by phone at 202-895-4860 or email.

Recording POLICY

Before the semester, via email, Study Group Leaders are offered the opportunity to opt out of class recordings. During the semester, recording of a class can be halted at any time by the SGL by contacting the OLLI Office. Class recordings are only available to members registered for the current academic session (short, mini, or semester). Recordings remain available for viewing for the length of the session plus an additional one or two weeks. They are intended for those who may miss a class session and as a bonus for others who want to view a class for which they are waitlisted. No participant names are recorded. Recordings are linked to pages on the OLLI website (under the “Study Group” menu) each afternoon after classes end for the day. Recordings may only be viewed. They cannot be downloaded. No recordings will be used for any other future purpose without express discussion with and permission from SGLs.

OLLI at AU is working to establish a digital recordings library.  The library would include selected recordings that have been compiled and edited, for example, to delete technical glitches or other unwanted material.  Any recordings selected to be added to the library will be done only with the SGL’s permission.  To be able to prevent any inappropriate use of the recordings, OLLI presently intends to include a copyright notice.  OLLI would be claiming copyright on the editing and production of the recordings.  Although a notice is not necessary to claim a copyright, SGLs are also entitled to include a copyright notice on the creative material that they have created.  To enforce a copyright claim, it is necessary to register the copyright with the Library of Congress.  OLLI does not intend to do that except in the highly unlikely event that it becomes necessary to prevent an improper use.  In that event, OLLI would also notify the relevant SGLs who, if they so choose, could also register their copyright claims.

All Zoom invitations will include the Recording and Privacy notice below for recorded sessions:
"This class is being recorded.  We strongly encourage class participation, but if you do not wish to be recorded, you may turn off your video and refrain from speaking or using the chat function."

REFUND POLICY for study groups

OLLI reserves the right to cancel any study group, June Mini, or Short. Members registered in a study group, June Mini, or Short that is canceled will be notified immediately so that they may select an available alternate.

The office must receive requests for refunds, in writing (email is fine), no later than close of business the Friday of the second week of the semester (or first week, if for the June Minis). A $10 processing fee will be assessed.


The office must receive requests for refunds, in writing (email is fine), no later than close of business on the Friday before the Shorts week. A $10 processing fee will be assessed