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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.

Self-isolation

The Australian Government has introduced requirements that anyone who has arrived in Australia from overseas travel, from any country, must self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival. This applies from 12am Monday 16 March.

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

The Australian Government requires all travellers who have arrived from overseas in the past 14 days, to self isolate and monitor their symptoms for 14 days, starting on the date they arrived in Australia. 

If you have been in contact with a person with a COVID-19 infection while they were ill, you need to self-isolate for 14 days from the date you last saw that person.

Please refer to the Australian Government and NSW Health guidelines for self-isolation.

Self-isolation means that you do not attend public places, in particular work and public areas of university and higher education campuses, for 14 days after arriving in Sydney. Find information regarding online learning.

Stay in your accommodation. Do not see visitors. Avoid the use of public transport.

There is no need to wear a mask at home if you are well. Where possible, get others who are not required to be isolated to get food and necessities for you. If you must leave your accommodation wear a surgical mask if you have one.

Practice simple hygiene by covering your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands thoroughly.

Use alcohol-based hand sanitisers or soap.

Aerate your room, if possible, by opening windows to allow fresh air into the room.

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.

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.

Social distancing

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.

From Monday 16 March, we have cancelled or deferred all University events and events on our campuses, including student, academic and public events and conferences. This does not extend to our regular teaching or research activity at this stage. 

The following information is based on NSW Health advice for prevention of infection with COVID-19.

Social distancing is an effective measure but it is recognised that it cannot be practised in all situations and the aim is to generally reduce potential for transmission.

While practising social distancing, people can travel to work (including public transport). For non-essential activities outside the workplace or attendance at schools, universities and childcare, social distancing includes:

  • avoiding crowds and mass gatherings where it is difficult to keep the appropriate distance away from others.
  • avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces, for example family celebrations.
  • attempting to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between themselves and other people where possible, for example when they are out and about in public place.
  • avoiding shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people.
  • avoiding visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals, infants, or people with compromised immune systems due to illness or medical treatment.

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.

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 Thursday 26 March, 4pm