Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Last updated: 8.10am, 27 March 2020
The University of Melbourne continues to work closely with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Australian Government and health experts. Our number one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our University community.
Recent changes and developments
- Current information regarding confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).
- The Academic Calendar for 2020 has been adjusted. Information regarding semester 2 arrangements is available for students.
- New information is available for students regarding special consideration and associated procedures.
- We have paused all teaching, learning, assessment and examinations for the remainder of this week, to finalise the transition to a virtual campus on Monday 30 March.
- Further detail is provided below regarding online and in-person service provision.
- We are asking students not to attend campus, we are also asking staff to work from home wherever possible.
- We must continue to do selected priority research on campus. An example is the COVID-19 research undertaken across the University with the Doherty Institute, which is of international importance.
- We continue to work with students and accommodation providers to devise arrangements for continuity of support for our students.
The University is doing everything that it can to reduce rates of infection in the community.
The University has paused all teaching, learning, assessment and examinations for the remainder of this week, to relaunch our virtual campus from Monday 30 March.
While the vast majority of our online delivery is already in place, due to exceptional work by many of our staff over the recent period, the pause for the rest of this week will enable staff to finalise the preparations required to fully transition to our virtual campus model.
The University will waive any requirements for physical attendance that may be in place for classes for the remainder of semester 1, 2020.
Mid-semester break will be extended and will now take place from Monday 6 April to Sunday 19 April inclusive.
The Academic Calendar has been adjusted to allow for a one-week extension to our semester 1, 2020 teaching calendar. Winter and semester 2 dates have also been adjusted by one week, following the changes to semester 1.
We are not closing the University. We will be maintaining essential services to support online teaching, critical research activities, key business functions, essential buildings and grounds maintenance, IT and security services.
In line with the State Government’s advice, childcare services are an essential service and will continue to operate. The Health Service will also continue to provide in-person services to University staff and students.
University library services will be moving services to virtual delivery. In-person service at all library buildings across campuses is now closed. Special Collections and Archives are unfortunately be unavailable at this time.
Student Services will continue to be delivered via virtual channels. Students can access advice and support from Stop 1 via phone and chat appointments, online workshops and email enquiries. Our careers and employability, academic skills, global mobility, course planning and more will all be delivered remotely, with extended contact hours available in some cases.
In-person services at Stop 1 at 757 Swanston St and Southbank have now ceased.
We must continue to do selected priority research on campus. An example is the COVID-19 research undertaken across the University with the Doherty Institute, which is of international importance.
We will also maintain other priority categories of campus-based research on the grounds of exceptional importance and long-term impacts, where they can be managed safely and responsibly in line with other essential services.
We have enhanced infection control and cleaning measures in place on campus, and guidelines on social distancing protocols are available on our dedicated student and staff pages to ensure we’re creating the safest environment and continuing to prioritise the health and safety of our community.
Non-essential gatherings such as graduation ceremonies and social events are cancelled. Non-essential public spaces such as galleries and MUSport facilities are now closed.
All non-essential domestic and international travel has been cancelled. As of 25 March 2020, the Australian Government has issued an overseas travel ban for all Australians. Australian citizens and permanent residents currently overseas who wish to return home should do so as soon as possible, while commercial options are still available. Further information is available from the Smartraveller website. All travellers arriving into Australia from international destinations need to self-isolate for 14 days in line with Australian Government requirements.
We are asking students not to attend campus.
Please regularly check your student email and the student advice and support section linked below. If you require further assistance, please contact Stop 1.
We are asking staff to work from home wherever possible. Please ensure that you’ve discussed this with your supervisor and established that you have what you need to continue working remotely.
Please regularly check your email and the Staff Hub section linked below. If you need further advice or support speak to your supervisor. If your query cannot be resolved locally please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research guidance and FAQ
Our research makes a vital contribution to our community, and we seek to maintain these research activities to the extent they can be sustained safely for all, and in compliance with all federal and state government directives. Read our current guidance and FAQ for staff managing research activity.
In the current climate, delivery of physical goods and services to all campuses has been severely impacted. If you have not yet received clarification from the University, please contact your business partner/representative or email@example.com.
As the situation evolves, it is possible that operational arrangements will change and suppliers are advised to regularly check this site.
The most important thing we can all do as individuals is to look after our health and wellbeing. This is how you will keep yourself, your loved ones and the most vulnerable people in our community safe and well. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health in this time of uncertainty. All our support for students and staff will remain available.
If you are feeling unwell, you can use the DHHS interactive self-assessment tool to help you decide if you should be tested.
Do not come to campus if you suspect that you may have COVID-19. If you are experiencing common symptoms including fever, breathing difficulties, cough, sore throat and fatigue, please follow advice from DHHS, call the dedicated hotlines on 1800 675 398 (Victoria) or 1800 020 080 (national), and seek medical advice and testing.
If you have recently travelled internationally or have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 please take note of health advice and self-isolate in line with advice provided by DHHS and the Australian Government Department of Health.
The following government resources are being updated regularly:
- Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
- DHHS COVID-19 self-assessment guidance
- Australian Government Department of Health
- Department of Home Affairs
- Social distancing information
- Self-isolation information
COVID-19 hotlines also offer 24/7 support:
- 1800 675 398 (Victoria Department of Health and Human Services)
- 1800 020 080 (Australian Department of Health)