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Help manage the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)
The University has sought advice from the NSW Chief Health Officer and are taking further action to help contain the spread of the virus and protect the health of our staff and students, and the broader community.

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. We must take actions now to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

The University has transitioned to online delivery of all classes and cancelled or deferred all University events and events on our campuses, including student, academic and public events and conferences have been cancelled or deferred.  This means that fewer students need to be on campus at any given time, helping to enable effective physical distancing on campus.

For more information download our posters on social distancing on campus (pdf, 103KB) and in laboratories and workshops (pdf, 39KB).

Physical distancing actions include:

  • Stay at home if you are sick for any reason
  • Studying remotely from home, where possible
  • Avoid all physical contact with other people
  • Don’t touch your own face - especially your mouth, nose and eyes
  • Avoid touching any surfaces you don’t need to
  • Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people
  • Avoiding events or meetings which have more than two people in attendance
  • Hold meetings and discussions with other students via video conferencing (eg, Zoom or Teams) or phone
  • One-on-one meetings should be conducted in person only if the objectives of the meeting require in-person interaction, individuals can remain at least 1.5m apart, and both parties agree
  • Postpone or cancel non-essential domestic travel

We understand these actions may feel foreign or extreme to some of us, but our public health authorities believe these are necessary steps to slow the spread of infection.

We can still stay socially connected while practicing physical distancing by using phone, email, social media, and online work platforms.

Yes, if you are part of a student club or society, sporting club or other group who hosts events, you must cancel or defer on-campus activities or gatherings for the time being. 

Given the increasing concern about the spread of COVID-19 in the community we have asked staff to cancel or defer on campus events until advised otherwise.

Unfortunately, this also means cancelling all graduation ceremonies from Monday 16 March. Students will graduate in absentia and the University is exploring options for later events. Any fees already paid will be refunded. We have communicated directly with affected graduands with upcoming ceremonies with more information.

General health advice

The University’s first priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. We are monitoring the situation closely and following government health advice to keep our campuses safe.

Based on NSW Health’s advice, the University will transition to online delivery of classes from Monday 23 March, so fewer students will need to be campus at a given time and greater social distancing will be in effect.

In addition, several measures have been set up to help minimise risk, including enhanced levels of cleaning at the campus and provision of hand sanitisers. 

We remind all students to exercise good hygiene habits and follow healthcare advice.

If you experience symptoms of coronavirus, which include a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath:

  • isolate yourself from others immediately
  • phone (do not visit) a local general practitioner (GP) or the closest hospital emergency department for instructions on what to do next:
    • call the University Health Service on 02 9351 3484
      or
    • call the Royal Prince Alfred emergency department (closest to our main campus in Camperdown) on 02 9515 6111.

No, there is no fee for getting tested for COVID-19.

Government advice is that it's likely general prevention measures used for other respiratory infections will also prevent infection with Covid-19. The University has implemented several measures to help minimise risk, including enhanced levels of cleaning at the campus and provision of hand sanitisers.

Students and staff should always follow these basic hygiene rules:

  • use soap or alcohol-based hand wash frequently; wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • avoid areas where there are people sneezing; if you need to sneeze or cough, cover your mouth or nose with a flexed elbow and dispose of tissues immediately.
  • avoid contact with anyone who is unwell
  • do not attend study or work if you feel unwell; instead talk with your lecturer or manager and make alternative arrangements.
  • Government advice is that face masks are not necessary for the general population, including those who work with students or the public. It is important that face masks continue to be requested only when needed for regular research and clinical activities.

Self-isolation

The Australian Government requires individuals to self-isolate if they have:

  • Been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Arrived in Australia less than 14 days ago.

Students with family who have recently arrived from overseas do not need to self-isolate themselves as long as the family member/s have followed government advice about self-isolation.

Self-isolation means that you don’t leave your home or accommodation, you separate yourself from others in the household, and you don’t have visitors. Please refer to the specific NSW Health guidance about home isolation for:

·  close contacts

·  recently returned travellers

·  people suspected to have COVID-19 (Coronavirus) infection

·  people confirmed to have COVID-19 (Coronavirus) infection

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

Once you are in your University accommodation for self-isolation, follow the advice listed under How do I self-isolate?

If your facility does not include wi-fi, a wi-fi dongle will be provided to you at no cost.

Arrangements are also being made to provide you with a streaming service so that you can enjoy movies and television programs during the period of isolation.

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.

Confirmed case on campus

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

Any contacts of a person with a confirmed coronavirus infection will be communicated with and supported in line with the NSW Public Health Authority protocols. 

NSW Health has developed and exercised a range of procedures for case finding, diagnosis, and contact tracing for high consequence infectious diseases (such as pandemic influenza, SARS, MERS, and emerging infections) should they occur in NSW. These procedures are being used to identify contacts of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in NSW.

See University updates on COVID-19, including details of any confirmed cases on campus.

Last updated Monday 22 June

Contact us

Students can submit a query via the Coronavirus Enquiry form.
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