Our guiding principles
In developing our Safe Return to Campus plans we have been guided by the following principles:
- The safety of our students, staff and campus partners is of paramount importance
- We will follow Government advice and collaborate with the higher education sector and relevant agencies
- We will phase our return, starting with those who require campus facilities for their studies
- We need to be flexible and be able to revert to remote teaching/learning – in part or full – should an outbreak of COVID-19 occur.
Our expectations of you
It is important we work together as a community to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19, particularly as we have many high-risk groups on campus. This collective effort is only ensured if all students and staff fully comply with the guidelines outlined in our Safe Return to Campus Guidance.
We thank everyone in the UNSW community for their ongoing efforts over the past year. Australia is managing the pandemic well and while making contingencies in case things change, we aim to fully re-invigorate the campus in 2021.
We are keen to see you re-establish the important professional, academic and social in-person connections that are such an important part of studying and working at UNSW, and that we know so many of you have missed this year.
There will be face-to-face teaching of labs, practicals and tutorials for students who are able to attend in-person – and we encourage everyone who can to do so.
We urge students who may not be familiar with the many clubs and social events on offer to join ARC – UNSW Student Life to get the most out of your UNSW experience. There is something for everyone and 2021 will see the return of a range of live events and activities.
We also remain hopeful that we will start to welcome our international students back. We will continue to work with the Federal and State Governments on plans to return all our international students as soon as is practicable and safe. In the meantime, we are mindful that some students will remain offshore so lectures will continue online and provisions will be made for offshore students who cannot come to campus.
Our campus is ready to welcome you all back in 2021 with a range of COVIDsafe measures in place.
Students and Staff should ensure they complete all training and compliance requirements prior to returning to campus, and read the guidance on these pages.
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