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Keeping our campus COVID-safe

Help us stop the spread of COVID-19
Follow our COVID safety precautions when you come to campus.

Our COVID safety precautions have been put in place to keep everyone in our community safe. It is a condition of entry that you follow our COVID safety precautions on campus:

  • Maintain physical distancing (keep 1.5m away from others).
  • Avoid physical greetings.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Practise cough etiquette (coughing or sneezing into your elbow or tissue).
  • You are no longer required to wear masks in most indoor settings, unless you are a close contact and are attending campus. 

Do not enter if you:

  • Are feeling unwell with any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have tested positive. Refer to NSW Health guidance

Managing confirmed cases 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.

Close contacts of COVID positive cases are no longer required to isolate provided they have no symptoms and comply with all guidelines, including taking a daily Rapid Antigen Test before coming into close contacts with people outside their household and wearing a mask indoors. 

Students who are close contacts should notify the COVID taskforce if they are coming to campus. Please visit the NSW Health website for further information.

If you are a student who has tested positive for COVID-19, please visit our Support and Wellbeing page to see how we can support you. 

If you receive a positive COVID result and have been on campus during the infectious period i.e. 72 hours prior to taking the test and/or whilst showing symptoms:

  • Inform the University’s COVID Taskforce and note the dates/times and locations you visited while on campus – the Taskforce will notify Student Support.
  • Inform the University’s COVID Taskforce of the placement activity, the dates/times and locations you visited during placement – the Taskforce will notify the Faculty.
  • Isolate immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.
  • If you have not received a positive COVID result but you are in isolation and it will impact your attendance or studies, notify your Unit of Study Coordinator as soon as possible.

Additional student support is available via our Student Wellbeing Support Services.

Students should notify the University's COVID taskforce if they are identified as a close contact and will be attending campus.

If students are studying from home, they do not need to inform the University if they have been required to self-isolate, or have received a positive result but have not recently visited campus.

However, you should speak with your Unit of Study Coordinator if your study is affected.

Make sure to follow NSW Health isolation guidelines.

Further information

In addition to our standard cleaning, the University has scheduled regular enhanced cleaning across campus, focusing on high-traffic areas, high-use amenities and common areas. Specific focus is given to touch points such as door handles, handrails, lift doors and buttons, kitchen benches, and toilets. This is carried out by specialty cleaners using a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved disinfectant.

Cleaning requirements for particular activities is continually reviewed in line with Safe Work Australia guidelines. A condition of visiting our campus in a COVID-safe manner is that all staff are required to clean their own workspaces, including desks and office areas. 

Sanitisers and disinfectant wipes will continue to be provided for self-use across campus  to support self-cleaning requirements, including cleaning of shared equipment. Requests for additional supplies can be made to the COVID taskforce.

Staff and students are encouraged to wear masks in the classroom environment, but it will not be required. Masks continue to be required in clinical settings, laboratories, workshops, and other environments according to the relevant public health orders and local COVID Safety Plan. 

Correct use of a surgical or cloth mask is sufficient in managing the risk of transmission when combined with other COVID-safe measures such as vaccination, physically distancing where possible, good hygiene and sanitisation, and daily enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces, all of which are components of our holistic COVID-safe system.

If you are in clinical, lab, or other specialist settings, you must wear a mask that is of the appropriate standard for the work being done.

Visit the NSW Government website for information on types of masks and how to safely wear one

The University has completed its COVID-19 Safety Plan (pdf, 135KB) 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.

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 Susan Wakil Health Building (Monday-Friday, 7-10am).

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

In alignment with the eased government restrictions, there are no capacity limits set for teaching, unless prescribed as part of an agreed safety plan. PPE is in place where required as per our COVID Safety Plan, such as in lab and clinical settings, and teaching rooms classified as semi-ventilated are being physically checked to ensure they are adequately provisioned. Ventilation checks are being conducted as part of the room audit across campus.

Accommodation services

Please continue to monitor the NSW Health website for current testing and isolation requirements.

The University has 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 is 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 period of your isolation.

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 your isolation, 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.