The Victorian Premier has announced an easing of restrictions from 11.59pm, Tuesday 27 July.
The University welcomes this change and looks forward to further easing so we can return more people and activities back to our campuses. Over the next two weeks we will be bringing back specialist and practical teaching that cannot be undertaken remotely.
A summary follows, with full details of the restrictions here.
Face masks must be worn everywhere outside your home. Existing exemptions apply.
You must check in at every building you visit on campus using the QR codes (or alternative methods) and in other spaces where they are displayed. If you haven’t already, please download the Service Victoria app.
Update on University operations
As restrictions ease, access to University campuses will prioritise research, services, and teaching and learning activities that can only be delivered from campus.
The University continues to review advice and consider likely settings around the easing of restrictions, noting that our intention is to return to our planned on-campus teaching and learning activities as soon as restrictions allow.
Teaching and Learning
- Victorian Government advice remains: if you can study from home, you should continue to study from home.
- In line with this, we are bringing back specialist and practical teaching, that cannot be undertaken remotely as follows:
- Permitted student placements and other practical internships can continue
- For campus-based subjects, including dual-delivery subjects:
- Specialist teaching can return to campus from Monday 2 August – students will be advised of arrangements via email and LMS. This includes clinical teaching, practical classes lab classes, design studios, performance studios, fabrication labs and design labs.
- Standard tutorials and lectures scheduled on campus for Semester 2 are expected to recommence on our campuses from Monday 16 August, subject to further government advice.
- A limited number of study spaces are available for students who are unable to study at home and/or need a safe study space. If you previously received approval for an on-campus study space, you do not need to re-apply. Please have your earlier confirmation email available to show staff on campus. If you have not previously received approval, you can submit a request.
Staff and graduate researchers
- Staff who can work from home should continue to work from home.
- Staff and graduate researchers can attend campus to conduct research-related activities that cannot be performed remotely or work that cannot be shut down without damage/loss, but must follow the advice on Staff Hub or Graduate Research Hub regarding eligibility criteria and process for notification of planned attendance.
- Libraries are currently closed, unless being accessed for an approved safe study space or approved research. The Library Print Retrieval service is available. Please visit the Virtual Library for advice on accessing materials and online services.
Physical libraries will reopen from Monday 2 August with revised hours for borrowing and browsing and for informal study for students unable to study or access materials from home, with and density and capacity limits in place. Student IT will also be available in library spaces.
- Stop 1 virtual services remain fully available and limited in-person services will resume at Parkville from Monday 2 August.
- The University Health Service is still open if you need medical care, while all other health and wellbeing services will be available virtually.
- Free student meal packs continue to be available.
- Significant in-person activities planned early in Semester 2, such as our Indigenous Welcome, Wominjeka, have been postponed until more of us can get together on our campuses.
- You must check in using the QR codes (or alternative methods) when first entering a University building/space each day. If you haven’t already, please download the Service Victoria app.
- Please continue to monitor the list of exposure sites and follow the advice of the Department of Health.
- If you have any symptoms, however mild, do not attend campus – get tested for COVID-19.
- The University encourages students and staff to get vaccinated when you become eligible. More information, including how to book an appointment, is available on the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website.
- The University has a range of support services available to students and staff. Staff can also access a range of COVID‑19 related workplace entitlements.
- If you have visited an exposure site, are a contact of someone with COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19, please follow the University's testing and notification process for COVID-19 to access support and advice.