Students

In line with the NSW Governments temporarily imposed border restrictions with Victoria, to contain the spread of COVID-19, the University is only accepting visitations from individuals from Victoria authorised under the public health order to enter NSW and with the written permission of the COVID-19 Return to Campus Plan Steering Committee, please apply via returntocampus@une.edu.au. All travel to Victoria for University related business has also been restricted in line with this regulation.

The information that you previously accessed on UNE’s COVID Information site is now a part of the Return to Campus site and can be found here.

Previous information for HDR students can be found here.

Previous information for Researchers can be found here.

The health and wellbeing of students is at the forefront of UNE’s phased and gradual return of students to campus.

The University will prioritise practical and compulsory learning that requires face-to-face delivery for students to complete assessments. Practical face-to-face components will be rolled out progressively and managed very carefully in light of COVID-19, beginning with compulsory practical subjects that have been delayed during this period.

UNE will continue to focus on online learning and assessment to ensure consistency in our delivery of high-quality education. This approach offers maximum flexibility in case any future COVID-19 incidents require reviews of social distancing measures. It also provides students with a seamless education experience.

Armidale campus study support will also be offered to student through the provision of the following on campus study facilities* (map):

  • ITD ELab and ESpace – 24 hours - 7 Days a week
  • Dixson Library level 2 – from the 1st of July – 7:00am to 7:00pm 7 days a week

Access will also be maintained for Medicine and Health students to:

  • Tablelands Clinical School and
  • Pat O’Shane Building

*this list will be reviewed regularly and adjusted as restrictions ease and staff return to campus.

In line with the University’s COVIDSafe Plan, all buildings on the Armidale academic campus, excluding those mentioned above, will remained secured from student access. Those students who wish to meet with lecturers face-to-face should organise an online meeting.

UNE Sydney, UNE Tamworth, UNE Taree and the Regional Study Centres will be accessible to students for study in a reduced capacity as follows*:

UNE Sydney – 20th July - please see here for further information

UNE Tamworth – 22nd June – please see here for further information

UNE Taree – 22nd June – please see here for further information

Regional Study Centres – varied, please see here for further information

*these dates will be reviewed regularly to ensure consistency with Government regulations and each centers COVIDSafe Plan. Please check on each Centre’s website for updates.

Higher Degree Research (HDR) Candidates

HDR Candidates that require access to the campus should contact their supervisor to obtain the required approvals and to undertake a mandatory induction to campus. HDR access is being assessed on a case by case basis and is prioritised in line with the Research Response Groups return to campus process.

Please send any feedback on the return the campus plan to the Return to Campus Team on returntocampus@une.edu.au.

Student Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions
What is the current COVID-19 situation at UNE?

UNE is working towards a staged return to campus for staff and students.

A COVIDSafe plan has been developed in consultation with key stakeholders to ensure the ongoing safety of staff and students as they transition back to campus.

We continue to follow the guidance and direction of State and Federal governments to ensure our planning reflects the most up to date advice.

If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit our campuses and please seek medical support.

When will we return to campus?

As the NSW Government progressively lifts restrictions, UNE will review its operational arrangements and at the appropriate time staff & students will return to campus. The physical and mental health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is our key priority, which means any return to campus will be in a staged way in accordance with a return to campus plan that accommodates the social distancing and hygiene requirements to keep our UNE community safe. Further information about this will be communicated via UNE Official and the UNE Coronavirus website at the appropriate time.

Do I have to return to campus?

All students have the option to complete their course online and will be supported if they need to change their mode of study. The majority of mandatory and non-mandatory intensive schools will not be held on-campus in Trimester Two. Intensives will either be cancelled, reconfigured, rescheduled or replaced by an alternate activity. Paper-based exams will not be conducted for units in Trimester 2. The availability of on campus support and access to facilities will vary across our locations.

As a student, who do I contact if I need any assistance?

The Student Support Team are available between the hours of 8am-6pm weekdays on (02) 6773 2000 or email askune@une.edu.au

What can I do to help keep myself & my friends safe when we return to campus?
  1. When on campus minimise your movement between buildings and floors of buildings as much as possible (with the exception of the UNE Life Café for those wishing to access food and beverages).
  2. Maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres distance to others (two arm’s length). Available workstations will be 1.5m apart or have a standing height partition separating them.
  3. Kitchen areas may be closed or have visual signs to help you to socially distance. Please respect the social distancing rules.
  4. Only accessing lifts one person at a time to comply with social distancing rules.
  5. Still use Zoom or Skype for meetings/tutorials/lectures unless you can comply with social distancing requirements.
  6. Clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub. We’ll have lots of hand sanitiser available.
  7. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose with unwashed (or gloved) hands.
  8. Avoid shaking hands.
  9. Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  10. Stay home if you are sick.
  11. If using tissues, please dispose of them promptly in an enclosed bin.
  12. Raise any concerns about the risk of contracting COVID-19 immediately with your unit or course coordinator.
  13. Contact UNE Counselling and Psychological Services if you have concerns about your wellbeing returning to Campus.
  14. Monitor the extent of COVID-19 in your community. We’ll be sharing advice from state and federal authorities regularly so you can keep up to date.
  15. Consider downloading the COVIDSafe App to assist with tracing in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus.
  16. UNE encourages staff and students to use their staff/student card to access all buildings fitted with the Cardax system to best ensure close contacts can be traced.
Has UNE increased their cleaning roster?

Yes, UNE has increased targeted cleaning on high-touch areas, such as doorknobs and locks, door push bars, stair and ramp railings, light switches, table and bench tops etc, of the open buildings and common areas across campus.

When back on Campus, will anywhere be open to purchase coffee and/or lunch?

Café Life will be open for takeaway coffee and meals from 8am – 2pm.

Hygiene and Medical Questions
Do I need to wear a surgical mask to protect myself?

Current advice from Department of Health is that surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others.

Surgical masks are not currently recommended for healthy members of the public to prevent COVID-19. Social distancing is considered the most effective method to protect yourself from contracting COVID-19.

What do I do if I develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19?

If your symptoms are severe or you are having difficulty breathing contact 000 immediately.

If your symptoms are mild, we suggest that you contact your GP via telephone and follow the advice provided. Do not go directly to your doctor’s office.

If you suspect that you have contracted COVID-19 and are awaiting test results, we ask that you contact your supervisor/unit or course coordinator as soon as possible and self-isolate. Following this your supervisor/unit or course coordinator will inform your Head of College or Dean of Faculty who will notify the WHS Manager.

If you test positive for COVID-19 we ask that you contact your Head of College/Unit or Course Coordinator and inform them of this and provide them with information regarding the locations you have visited on campus. You will also be required to quarantine and follow instruction from the Department of Health.

The broader UNE Community will then be notified of confirmed cases of COVID-19 via email and the UNESafe App. Confidentiality will be maintained throughout this process and we expect that all staff and students who may become aware of a known confirmed or suspected case also respect the individual's right to privacy.

Buildings visited and or occupied by the confirmed COVID-19 cases will then be locked down for a deep and thorough clean. Those who will be impacted by the closure of buildings will be notified.

Will I have my temperature scanned when re-entering campus?

SafeWork NSW is currently advising against undertaking body temperature scanning because it can be unreliable and will often require the scanner to be within 1.5 metres of the person being scanned. UNE has considered this advice, as a result staff and students will not be required to have their temperature scanned upon re-entry to the campus.

Do I need a medical certificate clearing me to return on campus?

If you have not travelled overseas in the last 14 days, have not been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not experiencing any flu like symptoms (https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19#symptoms) then you are considered fit to return to your normal activities on campus.

Does UNE have enough soap, sanitiser and cleaning products to keep staff safe on campus?

Yes, hand sanitiser stations will be installed at all main entrances of open buildings on Campus.

Why is some of the available hand sanitiser a runnier consistency than normal?

In an attempt to ensure a constant available supply, UNE is producing its own sanitiser to supplement commercially available stocks. During the COVID-19 pandemic, hand sanitiser formulations comprising precise ingredients based on the WHO formulation are excluded from TGA regulation. This means UNE is unable to add other active ingredients such as colours, emollients or fragrances that may be present in commercially available TGA compliant sanitiser.

Is the UNE hand sanitiser effective?

UNE’s hand sanitiser complies with the WHO formulation and recommendations. To be effective against COVID-19, current recommendations specify at least 60% alcohol content. UNE’s formulation exceeds this containing, 75% or 80% alcohol.