Update 5 August: Statement from Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor John Germov regarding COVID-19

23 JULY 2020

Update 5 August: Statement from Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor John Germov regarding COVID-19

Update, Wednesday 5 August 2020: Charles Sturt University response to COVID-19

Charles Sturt University is taking necessary steps in regard to COVID-19.

The University supports the advice of the Department of Health and is sharing this with staff and students, along with all other relevant information and advice.

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.

Phased COVID-19 return plan

The University has been working on our COVID-19 return plan. We have been gradually returning from Tuesday 9 June in a targeted approach to ensure we deliver key face-to-face learning and research activities with the appropriate safety measures in place.

Students

Border closures: Border closures may affect staff and students’ ability to attend campus for residential schools, intensive catch-up blocks, conduct research or access facilities. We are encouraging all students to review the latest government advice with regards to border restrictions and closures and apply it to their situation.

Workplace Learning: Students with workplace learning scheduled will receive information from our Workplace Learning teams. Alternative placements may be offered for students impacted by border restrictions.

Border permits: Permits for crossing the border for critical services and essential workers are available from the Service NSW website. Please consult Service NSW for eligibility criteria and applications.

Students in hotspot areas: If you live, work or have close contacts in one of the identified hotspot areas, you must not travel to Charles Sturt University for residential school or on-campus teaching. People breaching the public health restrictions, including travel in and out of hotspot suburbs, are subject to penalties. We will assist you in making alternative arrangements to complete your subject requirements, on a case-by-case basis.

Research

The majority of higher degree by research and other research activities are continuing on campus with approval.

Campus services

Our campus services such as food and beverage, library services, Student Central and counter services will undergo a phased return with limited services in June and July and increasing services in August, with appropriate hygiene and cleaning in place.

Staff

Staff were initially instructed to return to campus from Monday 10 August. With the continued uncertainty, staff are now able to continue working from home, in consultation with their manager, until Friday 1 January 2021.

We will continue to deliver our essential learning and teaching on campus with a number of systems to help us manage the risk, but also enable our students to progress.

Those staff involved in essential teaching or research activities on campus will continue to return as students do for study, and we will determine what support to students can be provided remotely and what services may need to return to campus.

For staff who are returning to campus physical distancing of 1.5 metres needs to be adhered to. We also encourage staff and students to download the COVIDSafe app.

We will continue to make these decisions in line with government advice and if this advice or the COVID-19 situation more generally changes we will respond and our plans will change.

This is a complex project to ensure we get our prioritisation, communications and approach right. The wellbeing of our staff and students is our number one priority.

More information on Charles Sturt and COVID-19 is available on our dedicated site www.csu.edu.au/covid-19

Media Note:

Jessica Mansour-Nahra on 0447 737 948

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