Welcome to campus! Find out what you need to know and do when you come to campus or another University site.
Please DO NOT COME TO CAMPUSIF YOU HAVE ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, including a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss or change in sense of taste or smell – however mild, even if you have a negative rapid antigen test result.
You may be able to study or work remotely during this time, but if you can’t the University offers a range of support services.
Additional requirements may apply in specific University buildings in accordance with the local COVIDSafe plan, as well as in partner organisations such as hospitals and medical research institutes. Anyone accessing these locations must comply with local requirements.
Face-to-face teaching and learning
Teaching and learning continues in three delivery modes in 2022: online, campus-based, or dual-delivery (blended for onshore students and purely online for offshore students). This offers COVIDSafe study options for everyone, with a campus-based experience for as many students as possible.
We strongly encourage students to take their classes on campus if possible, to engage with other students and staff, and make the most of University of Melbourne campus life.
For students unable to attend campus for classes, many subjects are available to study online – either in the dual-delivery or online subject types.
From Semester 1, 2023, most subjects will be taught on campus only, with flexible options limited to select graduate programs and individual subjects. Provision will be made for students outside Australia who only have a small number of subjects to go (less than 50 points) to complete their degrees.
To ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our community we have COVIDSafe plans in place across the University, including individual campuses, faculties, schools, buildings and operations.
There are many factors helping to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus. They include vaccination, testing and isolation, cleaning, ventilation, personal behaviour, face masks, welfare-first COVID‑19 case management, and flexible study and work arrangements.
The University continues to follow Victorian public health advice for face masks to help reduce the transmission of airborne viruses. Face masks are welcome in all settings for community and personal safety.
Face masks are required:
if you have COVID-19 and must attend campus – everywhere on campus – in sensitive settings this should be a P2 or equivalent mask (see detailed requirements)
if you are a close contact – indoors on campus – in sensitive settings this should be a P2 or equivalent mask (see detailed requirements)
in any setting at the University where a local risk assessment has determined this is necessary
where required by third parties
Face masks are recommended:
for frontline staff (including libraries, service centres and teaching staff)
anywhere you can’t physically distance
if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
when you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19
when visiting or working in sensitive settings such as hospitals and aged care and disability services
if you know you are at a higher risk of falling very sick with COVID-19
The University has implemented enhanced infection control and cleaning measures across all facilities, including:
More frequent cleaning and disinfection by professional cleaning staff
Self-service infection control measures, such as 2500+ touch-free hand sanitiser dispensers and 3000+ alcohol wipe dispensers
Additional deep cleaning, disinfection and site closures as needed in response to a confirmed case of COVID-19
People are encouraged wherever possible to maintain a physical distance of 1.5m between themselves and others
Some indoor spaces have been reconfigured and plexiglass barriers installed in some service areas to facilitate physical distancing
Signage provides reminders for people to maintain physical distance of 1.5m where possible
The University has implemented a range of measures to support improved air quality, including:
Increasing ventilation by mechanical or natural means where necessary
Where the system is unable to ensure to adequate air intake and exchange, other mitigations, such as portable air purifiers have been deployed
Real-time monitoring of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels as a proxy to evaluate airborne virus risk and adequate fresh air supply – sensors have been installed in teaching spaces and each occupied level of every building
A central team monitors these sensors and responds where additional action is required
Strongly encourage all members of our University community to stay up to date with their vaccinations, and continue to provide advice, information and resources to support our community to stay informed on this
All food and drink vendors are operating with COVIDSafe principles in place. We encourage you to support the local businesses on campus, but remind you to practice physical distancing wherever possible and follow all other health and safety guidance.
Food and drink outlets that are not University tenants also operate on or near campus.
The Sustainability Team would like to remind people purchasing drinks in disposable coffee cups that these must be disposed in the red landfill bins. For more information on correct waste disposal, including takeaway food packaging, visit Reduce, Re-use, Recycle