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Keeping our campus COVID-safe

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

From Monday 11 October, for those students who have to come to any campus of the University of Sydney the provisions below apply:

  • All students are encouraged to continue to study remotely, unless it is not reasonably practicable for you to do so.  
  • Practical and face-to-face components scheduled for some units will proceed as planned, with COVID safe plans in place.
  • All students, irrespective of their vaccination status, must respect and follow the COVID-safe plans in place for all classes.
  • The University does not need to collect evidence of vaccination or medical exemptions at this time, and until further notice it is sufficient to show this information on request. Please note some faculties and schools may require evidence of vaccination and will notify impacted students of this requirement directly. 
  • Additional information on how the University will manage your personal information during our COVID-19 response is available on our Privacy at the University page.
  • If you are coming to campus and are not vaccinated there are areas, that in line with the Public Health Orders, you won’t be able to enter. These will include non-essential retail outlets, gyms, museums and cafes (unless takeaway).
  • Fisher Library remains available to all students with strict conditions of entry in place, including wearing a mask.
  • Guidance and requirements for staff is available on the staff intranet.

With restrictions currently in place in Greater Sydney, if you cannot reasonably study at home, you may come to campus for the purpose of education.

Examples of situations where it may not be reasonably practicable to study from home include:

  • if you need to access resources in the library
  • studying from home puts you at risk of domestic violence
  • studying from home presents a significant mental health risk for you
  • you do not have the right equipment at home to enable you to study safely – for example, you have a disability and you require specialist equipment that is available on campus.

There are some spaces available on campus for students who are unable to study from home.

You may also come to campus for the purpose of obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.

Conditions of entry to University campuses

If you need to come to campus, you will be required to agree to the University's conditions of entry, including the requirement to wear a mask or provide proof of an exemption, if applicable.

You will need to complete the conditions of entry form each time you come to campus. You can access the form via the Sydney Uni app (on Android or iOS). A physical form will be available for anyone without access to a smartphone. 

COVID safety precautions

The campus is now in after-hours mode, and is only open for critical research and teaching activity.

If you are on campus, you must follow our COVID safety precautions:

  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, or are currently required by relevant authorities to quarantine or self-isolate
  • Self-isolate and get a COVID test immediately if you have or develop the mildest of symptoms while at the University
  • If you are isolating, or a close or casual contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please email our COVID-19 taskforce
  • Check in and out to each building via the Service NSW QR code
  • Always bring your student ID card to swipe in to buildings
  • Limit your movements and interactions with others
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors (unless you have an exemption) as per NSW Health guidelines
  • Maintain physical distancing (keep 1.5m away from others)
  • Avoid physical greetings
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly
  • Practise cough etiquette (coughing or sneezing into your elbow or tissue)

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.

Responding to a confirmed case on campus

The response to the detection of COVID-19 within the University community is managed by the University in cooperation with the NSW Public Health Authority.

Any contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case will be communicated with and supported in line with the NSW Public Health Authority protocols. If you are identified as a close contact of an infected person while on our campuses or at a University event, you may be contacted directly by the University and/or NSW Health. NSW Health will provide you with specific instructions.

If you have not yet been contacted by NSW Health, please monitor your health closely. Self-isolate immediately and get tested if you develop symptoms.

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.

Keeping up-to-date

Screening

In line with COVID-19 Public Health Orders, all students, staff and visitors entering certain University of Sydney clinics and health spaces must undertake a COVID-19 health screening prior to entry. This is to help ensure the safety of our staff, students and visitors.

There are currently screening stations at the: 

  • Charles Perkins Centre (Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm)
  • Brain and Mind Centre (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
  • Susan Wakil Health Building (Monday-Friday, 7-10am)

Students, staff and visitors who are accessing these buildings outside of the screening stations operating times must complete the online screening form before coming into the building. The form enables staff, students and visitors to undergo screening, and is aligned to the process in place during business hours.

Please remember to also check-in using the Service NSW QR code prior to entering the building.

Contact Protective Services on +61 2 9351 3333 if you require any assistance.

Accommodation services

Responding to Australian Government decisions, we have made arrangements for any student who is staying in our accommodation to self-isolate if required.

The University will not charge for isolation costs if you are paying rent for your booked accommodation, and they have arranged temporary isolation accommodation.

If you do not wish to stay in the temporary isolation accommodation, the University can also assist in sourcing external accommodation. As this your choice, you are expected to pay your own costs for the period of self-isolation. In this instance, the University will not charge rent on your booked University accommodation for the period of your isolation.

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding the temporary relocation, please contact our student accommodation services team at accommodation.info@sydney.edu.au.

Please pack all personal belongings you would like to take with you for the next 14 days.

The University will provide transportation to your temporary accommodation and you will be advised of details once arrangements have been confirmed.

During your stay in isolation the University will provide support to ensure you are comfortable and can access things you need. The University will be providing you with:

  • Bed linen
  • Towels
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Face mask
  • Free wi-fi
  • Kettle, toaster and microwave

After 14 days, the University will provide transportation to your regular accommodation and you will be advised of details once arrangements have been confirmed.

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding the temporary relocation, please contact our student accommodation services team at accommodation.info@sydney.edu.au.

COVID-19 enquiries

Students can submit a query via the Coronavirus Enquiry form.
Phone
  • Call: +61 2 9351 2000
Details
If you are currently self-isolating in Sydney due to being a close or casual contact, please email covid19.taskforce@sydney.edu.au to discuss how we can support you.