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Keeping our campus COVID-safe

Help us stop the spread of COVID-19
Follow these simple and important guidelines if you need to come to campus for the purpose of study or work that cannot be completed from home.

COVID-safe guidelines

In light of the current Public Health Order in place for Greater Sydney, the campus is now in after-hours mode but will remain open for critical research and teaching activity.

If you are visiting the University, you must:

  • Stay at home if you feel unwell or display cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Follow our physical distancing guidelines
  • Every person entering or leaving a building must check in and out via the Service NSW QR code
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing or use your elbow, not your hands
  • Stay home and get a COVID test at a nearby clinic if you have even the mildest of symptoms
  • Have not have returned from overseas, or any other location that is the subject of a current NSW Public Health Order in the past 14 days
  • Have not been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results and are not currently required by relevant authorities to quarantine or self-isolate
  • Always bring your student ID card to access buildings
  • Wear a mask indoors, as per the updated Public Health Order released on June 23 2021.
  • If you are coming to campus from any of the LGAs of concern as notified by NSW Health you should get tested every 72 hours as required by NSW Health.

COVID-19 safety plan

The University has completed its COVID-19 Safety Plan (pdf, 128kb) as per NSW Government requirements. The safety plan aligns with our physical distancing and hygiene advice and includes our commitment to abide by the NSW Government’s check in requirement for all staff, students and visitors.

QR codes on campus

Use of the NSW Government’s Service NSW QR code are now mandatory across the University’s campuses. All students, staff and visitors will need to use the Service NSW code to check-in to all University buildings and venues, as well as food and retail outlets and student accommodation. 

Any time you are on campus accessing our facilities, please scan the Service NSW QR code with your smartphone camera or QR Code reader app, and encourage everyone you are with to do the same. Students and staff will still need to use their swipe cards to access University buildings. Even if you have swiped into a building using your card, you must also check-in using the Service NSW QR code. All staff, students and visitors are also encouraged to ‘check out’ using the COVID Safe Check-in tool in the Service NSW app. Checking out is optional but does help with contact tracing.
The University’s approach has been agreed with NSW Health to assist to with any future contact tracing efforts if they are required. Visit the NSW Health website for instructions on how to check-in using the Service NSW QR code, and for answers to frequently asked questions
QR codes have been installed to cater for all accessibility requirements. If you have any questions, or do not have a digital device and require another check-in form on campus, please contact the University Shared Service Centre on 1800 SYD UNI (​1800 793 864) or +61 2 8627 1444.

Physical distancing

All staff and students must adhere to the latest NSW Government direction regarding physical distancing and rules for gatherings.

Physical distancing is about minimising close physical contact with one another. When physical distancing actions are combined with good personal hygiene measures the spread of a pandemic through the community can be slowed.

There are several things to remember and observe if you come to campus for class.

On-campus physical distancing measures

  • Keep 1.5m distance between yourself and others
  • Avoid physical greetings such and handshakes or hugs
  • Allow others to pass before entering hallways and lifts
  • Avoid crowding entrances and exits and when lining up for class
  • Avoid large or long face‑to-face meetings
  • Use hand sanitiser on arrival and departure to class
  • Arrive at the scheduled start time and leave as soon as class finishes
  • Use the sanitising wipes (provided in wall mounts outside classrooms) to wipe your desk before use
  • Avoid moving furniture closer together in the classroom
  • Speak to staff if you have any concerns or questions
  • Do not gather outside in groups larger than 20

For more information download our posters on physical distancing on campus (pdf, 260KB).

Events and gatherings

Avoid large crowds and gatherings outdoors on our campuses, and keep 1.5m between yourself and others where possible.

Cleaning services

In addition to our standard cleaning, the University has implemented enhanced cleaning across campuses, focusing on high-traffic areas, high-use amenities and key buildings. Specific focus is given to touch points such as door handles, handrails, lift doors and buttons, kitchen benches and toilets.