Update: Statement from Vice-Chancellor Professor Renée Leon regarding COVID-19

2 SEPTEMBER 2021

Update: Statement from Vice-Chancellor Professor Renée Leon regarding COVID-19

An update by Vice-Chancellor Professor Renée Leon on the University's response to COVID-19.

Charles Sturt University is continuing to take all necessary steps in regards to COVID-19.

The health and safety of our staff, students and communities, both domestically and internationally, is of paramount concern to the University, and we will continue to liaise with our partners and appropriate bodies to assist in our response.

RESPONSE TO LOCKDOWNS

The University has made the decision to transition the majority of on-campus classes to online for the remainder of session two. There will be exceptions, predominantly in the Faculty of Science and Health for activities that cannot be completed remotely, including select practicals, clinics and simulations. Students may still be able to complete Workplace Learning (WPL) requirements as scheduled, however this will be at the discretion of the WPL provider.

Student accommodation is open and students are welcome to remain in residence as they progress with their online learning. Our Residence Life team will support students to comply with public health orders and follow COVID-safe practices in on-campus accommodation. Learning Commons will also be accessible.

Research students require approval from the Centre Director, Pro Vice-Chancellor or Executive Dean to attend campus for essential research activities.

Staff will continue working from home until the end of October unless it is not reasonably practicable. This does not include staff required for learning and teaching, and the essential operations of campuses, who will continue to work on-campus as directed by their managers. Please note that any staff member who wishes to work at a campus to maintain their personal health and wellbeing has the University’s support to do so.

ADDITIONAL LEAVE

Following the extension of the regional NSW lockdown, five days ‘Stay at Home Order’ leave (pro rata for part-time and part-year employees) has been approved for staff. This can be used by staff:

  • for home schooling when local government area is under lockdown
  • when subject to a directive to isolate and work cannot be done from home
  • when work cannot be done from neither home nor on-campus

This leave cannot be used retrospectively, and availability will be reviewed fortnightly.

Staff can use personal leave if they have a medical appointment to get the vaccination.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

In line with government advice Charles Sturt is strongly encouraging all staff and students to have their COVID-19 vaccination.

Always carry a face mask. Anyone who is indoors on-campus must wear a face mask unless they have an exemption. We also recommend a face mask in any setting when you cannot physically distance.

Other NSW Government principles for staying COVID-safe which have been put in place include:

UPDATES

We are closely monitoring the situation, but please utilise the NSW Health website for the latest updates. In the event of changing advice, please follow any updated requirements until the University issues an update.

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