Welcome to campus! Find out what you need to know and do to take care of yourself and others 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.
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
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 to guide our activities 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, COVID‑19 case management, and ongoing monitoring to respond to the changing situation.
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.
The University continues to provide access to face masks on campus:
surgical masks are available in key locations, like libraries, for staff, students and visitors who have forgotten or don’t have access to a mask and want to wear one
P2 or equivalent masks:
students and staff can purchase discounted masks via vending machines on Southbank and Parkville campuses, and can access them in person at these locations on our other campuses
limited access to free P2 masks for students meeting criteria for additional support – more information
staff and students attending an area of campus or undertaking an activity where it is required by local risk assessment or Standard Operating Procedure will be provided with an appropriate mask
Cleaning and sanitising
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
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 all teaching spaces and each occupied level of every building
A central team monitors these sensors and responds where additional action is required
To help detect and reduce transmission of COVID-19 in our community, the University is supporting students and staff with access to discounted rapid antigen tests (RATs) on campus for:
Regular testing following exposure to someone who has COVID-19
Clearance testing for people returning to campus as they recover from COVID-19
Voluntary routine testing by asymptomatic people for additional confidence and assurance
During Semester 1, 2023, the University will also provide limited access to free RATs and P2 masks for students meeting these criteria.
Students and staff may need to undertake asymptomatic testing to participate in activities in higher-risk settings as identified through local risk assessment – local areas will provide RATs if this is required.
Please do not come to campus to collect a RAT if you have symptoms. You may be able to collect free RATs from some community collection points. You can also buy RATs from supermarkets, pharmacies, and some other retail outlets or online.
Processes and administrative measures
A dedicated Public Health Network supports COVID-19 case management and response, to minimise risk of on-campus transmission
Ensure appropriate record-keeping and training processes are in place
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 on campus 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