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Last updated Tuesday 18 January

Follow our regular updates on how we are adapting to life and study during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday 18 January

The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students remains the University’s highest priority as we continue to deal with the disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic. 

  • Welcome Week will begin on 14 February, and any changes to the planned delivery mode of events will be communicated by 31 January.
  • Semester 1 classes will begin on 21 February and any changes to the delivery of Semester 1 classes will be made by 7 February. Log in to Sydney Student to enrol early, to avoid any delays in finalising your enrolment.
  • If you’re located onshore in Sydney, you should enrol in the on-campus offering of your units in 2022 (location code ‘CC’ for Camperdown/Darlington). If you’re located overseas or there is no on-campus offering and you need to select remote units, select units with the location code ‘RE’. 
  • Summer intensives will be delivered online wherever possible. Where face-to-face components are essential, COVID-safe protocols will be in place. Please check the Canvas page for your units of study for more information. 
  • If you receive a positive COVID result and have visited campus within the 72 hours prior to taking the test, and/or are showing symptoms, you must inform the University by emailing or calling the COVID Taskforce on covid19.taskforce@sydney.edu.au or +61 2 9351 2000. Information about managing confirmed COVID cases on campus is available on the University website
  • Booster doses are recommended for people aged 18 and over who had the second dose of their COVID vaccination at least four months ago. Use the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder to find appointments, including those open to people without Medicare cards. 
  • The upcoming Info Day for commencing students on 20 and 21 January will go ahead primarily as online events, with some on campus tours. 

Please continue to check your student email and the University’s website and social media channels regularly for updates.

Tuesday 11 January

The University is now publishing a list of confirmed COVID case locations on campus.

The list will be updated as new case alerts are received.

Please continue to monitor the page and if you have been exposed to a confirmed case on campus, follow NSW Health isolation and testing requirements.

Friday 7 January

The following changes to the University's operations will be in effect from 10 January:

  • Staff, students and visitors are encouraged to only attend campus if necessary. 
  • The University has updated the proof of negative test requirements for staff and students who are not fully vaccinated and who need to come to campus. Acceptable proof now includes either a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) taken on the same day or a negative PCR result received within the previous 3 days.
  • Staff and students are encouraged to get a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine when they are eligible. The University Health Service has bookings available for staff and students and their spouses and dependents (Medicare card required). If you do not hold a Medicare card, you can use the NSW Government's clinic finder to book an appointment. 

Additional COVID-19 restrictions, including changes to the operations of hospitality venues and vaccination requirements, were announced by the NSW Government on 7 January. Please continue to monitor the NSW Health website for a summary of the rules and restrictions in place across NSW.

Further updates will be provided as they become available.

Vaccination and entry requirements

The following requirements continue to apply:

  • Students and staff who are not fully vaccinated are required to study and work remotely unless it is not reasonably practicable to do so. 
  • Anyone coming to campus must check in using the Service NSW app on arrival, and anyone with swipe access must also swipe in. The University’s COVID safety precautions must be observed at all times.
  • Students who need to attend campus must adhere to the conditions of entry for coming to campus, including wearing a mask, checking in via QR code and swiping in with a student card.
  • To come to campus, you must be able to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. This applies to all staff, students and visitors to campus. 

Thursday 23 December

The NSW Government has updated its COVID-19 settings:

  • Masks must be worn in all indoor non-residential settings (unless medically exempt).
  • In line with the University's COVID Safety Plan and Conditions of Entry, you must check in and use your swipe card access to enter all buildings.

Friday 17 December

Library access during the seasonal break

On Thursday 23 December all Library spaces and learning hubs will close at 5pm.

The Carslaw Learning Hub will reopen on Friday 24 December, and will be open each non-public holiday weekday throughout the seasonal break period.

Full details of all Library spaces and learning hub opening arrangements for the seasonal break and return to campus can be accessed on the Library website.

Wednesday 15 December

  • NSW Health has updated its guidance for international arrivals. Fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can now travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. 
  • In the interests of protecting all members of our community and ensuring their safety on our campuses, the University's COVID Safety Plan and current restrictions remain in place.
  • The support and wellbeing page has been updated with information about support for students during the University closedown. 

Wednesday 8 December

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have recommended a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for people who are:

  • 18 years and older, and
  • have had the second dose of their primary dose course of a COVID-19 vaccination at least six months ago.

The University Health Service has booster appointments available for eligible staff, students, and their spouses and dependents (Medicare card required). If you do not hold a Medicare card, you can use the NSW Government's clinic finder to book an appointment. 

Tuesday 30 November

The Vice-Chancellor has written to all students with an update on class arrangements for Semester 1 2022. 

We are reactivating the campus in 2022 and looking forward to welcoming back our students. We will continue to follow the health advice as we return to in-person classes.

  • Students located onshore in Australia will be expected to enrol in the on-campus offering of all units in 2022.

  • We will continue offering remote learning to students who are offshore and cannot attend in person. 

  • Classes with a mix of on campus and offshore students will be offered in hyflex mode.  

  • For December and January intensive sessions prior to the commencement of Semester 1, 2022, classes will be offered remotely in some cases and in person with COVID-safe protocols in place for others.

  • The University recommends international students who have accepted their offer to continue to proceed with the student visa application. Obtaining a student visa will allow students to travel at a later date and for those commencing their studies remotely, it ensures their offshore study is recognised towards any post-study work rights.

  • The University has established a Welcome Week Grant Program to provide funding and support for students to host events between 14 February and 13 March, 2022. Find out more about the program and apply

More information is available on the study information page.