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

17 DECEMBER 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.

VACCINATION POLICY TO ENTER CAMPUSES

In 2022, Charles Sturt University will welcome back our staff, students and communities to our campuses. We want to ensure we are providing a safe environment as our people return.

As of 1 January 2022, it will be a condition of entry to any Charles Sturt University campus that all people - staff, students and visitors - are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a TGA-approved vaccination.

This decision follows a survey of staff and students in October in which 95 per cent of staff indicated they were already vaccinated or intended to be, and the overwhelming majority showed a preference that everyone on our campuses be vaccinated. There was also an extensive consultation process on a draft change proposal of this position.

This decision allows the University to proactively focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone - including the communities in which we operate - and to move back to a level of normality in our work and daily lives.

With vaccination rates continuing to rise and booster shots being rolled out we are optimistic that 2022 is looking much more like ‘business-as-usual’ for Charles Sturt University.

Charles Sturt University will continue to align with government expert advice including the provision of booster vaccinations and other risk mitigation strategies as they come online.

I want to thank the University’s staff and students for their flexibility and resilience this year as we have faced challenges through multiple lockdowns and trying conditions. Together we have proven to be a strong and resilient community.

As previously announced, this position will be reviewed after six months in June 2022.

UPDATES

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 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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