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. Failure to comply may lead to disciplinary action.
We are taking a deliberately cautious and phased approach to ensure a safe return to campus.
Limited campus learning and teaching activities will re-commence from 14 September, the start of Term 3. Lectures will remain online and some laboratory sessions, practicals and tutorials will be delivered face-to-face.
While staff who are required for face-to-face teaching, student support, on-campus research or for other operational reasons indicated by your manager will need to be on campus for the start of term 3, other staff should discuss return options with their manager.
Managers and Supervisors must seek permission for their team to be on campus via the Safe Return to Campus approval process.
Students who have enrolled in face-to-face classes will receive further information directly.
Students and Staff should also ensure they complete all training and compliance requirements prior to returning to campus, and read the guidance on these pages.
A broad outline of our timetable to enable the gradual return of our UNSW community is below.
- Return of campus-dependent research community
- Return of campus-dependent staff
- Partial re-opening of library - study sessions and essential visits only via booking system
- Return of student-facing staff and remaining researchers
September 2020 onwards
- Full re-opening of library and campus amenities
- Return of onshore students on-campus activity
- Return of remaining staff
- Return of offshore students
- Recommencement of large events
Until it is time for you to return to campus, and you have permission to do so, all students and staff should continue to learn/work from home.
Frequently Asked Questions