Update - Thursday 12 November, 2020: Statement from Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor John Germov regarding COVID-19

23 JULY 2020

Update - Thursday 12 November, 2020: Statement from Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor John Germov regarding COVID-19

Update - Thursday 12 November, 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.

If this advice or the COVID-19 situation more generally changes we will respond and our plans will be revised accordingly.

Phased COVID-19 return plan

From 1 January 2021, pending no significant changes in advice from federal or state governments, we will return to working on our campuses and welcome students for Session 202130.

We look forward to re-engaging face-to-face with staff, students and the community on our campuses.

This is part of the University's phased COVID-19 return plan. We have been gradually returning to our campuses in a targeted way to ensure we deliver key face-to-face learning and research activities with the appropriate safety measures in place.

Arrangements for Victorian locations, international students, policing and study centres, are being developed and all stakeholders will be updated when details are finalised.

Students

Border closures: The NSW Government is regularly reviewing its border regions with Victoria, which is easing the strain for border students who need to return to campus. Please follow advice as per NSW Government guidelines regarding permits and conditions. We are encouraging all students to review the latest government advice with regards to border restrictions and closures and apply it to their situation.

Students with workplace learning scheduled will receive information from our Workplace Learning teams. Alternative placements may be offered for students as needed.

Students coming from Case Locations: If you have been in an area that Government stipulates self-isolation and testing, you must not travel to Charles Sturt University for residential school or on-campus teaching. We are assisting all students with alternative arrangements to complete subject requirements, on a case-by-case basis.

Communication to students about weekly completion of Health Declarations and use of masks was issued prior to students returning and is being managed jointly by the Student Communication team and the University’s faculties.

Research

The majority of higher degree by research study 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 and are increasing services with appropriate hygiene and cleaning in place.

Staff

We are increasing 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, ensuring an appropriate mix of support services are provided on campus and remotely.

Staff involved in essential teaching or research activities on campus will continue to return as students do for study.

Staff can continue to work from home, in consultation with their manager, until 1 January 2021.

Health and safety on campuses

To more effectively and efficiently manage our campus facilities and ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors, we are implementing electronic check-in for visitors to our campuses and for anyone who is going to be in one place for more than 15 minutes.

Students and staff are encouraged to wear masks in indoor settings where physical distancing may be difficult to achieve. If you don’t already have a mask, you can buy one on campus or order one online. These masks have additional filters you can purchase to reduce the need for daily washing, but can also be used effectively without them.

For students and 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.

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

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