Update: Statement from Interim Vice-Chancellor Professor John Germov regarding COVID-19

27 JULY 2021

Update: Statement from Interim Vice-Chancellor Professor John Germov regarding COVID-19

An update by Interim Vice-Chancellor Professor John Germov 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.

ORANGE LOCKDOWN AND CAMPUS

The lockdown in the Orange, Cabonne and Blayney local government areas will end at midnight on Tuesday 27 July. I want to acknowledge the remarkable support from our staff, students and community in what has been a very difficult week – thank you.

There has been no further transmission of COVID-19 detected in the region. Accordingly, we will downgrade our Orange campus status to Alert Level 2. This means we will resume classes and operations at our Orange campus and Bloomfield site from Wednesday, 28 July under pre-lockdown conditions.

Staff required for face-to-face teaching or student support activities should attend Orange campus for these activities. Other staff should continue to work from home if it is reasonably practicable to do so.

Students at our Orange campus and Bloomfield site will resume face-to-face learning where they are enrolled in on-campus subjects. Health declarations are mandatory for all on-campus students at all of the University's campuses and must be submitted by students every Monday before they enter campus.

Residential/intensive schools for the faculties of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and Arts and Education have been transitioned to online. The Faculty of Science and Health continues to work through each subject as a matter of priority, to determine how best to manage progression.

Anyone who has been in the Orange, Cabonne or Blayney local government areas may again attend our campuses from Wednesday, 28 July.

GREATER SYDNEY LOCKDOWN

The lockdown across Greater Sydney, which includes the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shoalhaven, has been extended until Friday 30 July. Other restrictions have been continued and strengthened across New South Wales.

Whilst travel from Greater Sydney for education is considered a reasonable excuse (if it is not possible to do it at home) the University has taken a position that nobody should attend our campuses if they have been in Greater Sydney in the past 14 days. We have made this decision to maintain the health and wellbeing of our many staff and students already on our regional campuses, and to protect our local communities.

Affected students are being provided with the required materials and support to continue their studies online. Noting the duration and uncertainty of lockdowns, the University will consider requests for exemptions to this requirement on a case-by-case basis. Approvals will only be granted in exceptional circumstances and subject to conditions including a negative COVID-19 test result.

Non-essential travel up to and including Friday 30 July will not proceed and planned events will continue to be reviewed.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, so please review the latest COVID-19 news and case locations and follow advice.

STAY SAFE

Face masks are mandatory in all indoor settings on our campuses.You may remove your face mask if you believe clear enunciation or visibility of your mouth is essential.

The ‘one person per four square metres’ rule applies in all indoor and outdoor settings.

The latest NSW Government principles for staying COVID-safe are:

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