Return to campus roadmap

 

The University's return to campus will be cautious and phased. While we continue to carefully follow public health guidance and the NSW Government Roadmap, our return will also be focused on the needs of the University and our teaching calendar.

08 Oct 2021

Our campus return will be in three phases:

Phase 1 - from 11 October

All courses and assessable tasks including labs, practical and studio classes will continue online.

Staff and students should continue to work and study from home. We will however allow staff and students who cannot work or study from home to return to campus in certain circumstances.

For staff and HDR students seeking to come to campus, you require the approval of your Dean or Divisional Head, or their delegate. Note that if you received permission to be on campus prior to 11 October, you will need to seek permission again. Further information on how to do this will come from your local area.

Vaccination requirement – staff and HDR candidates

  • In accordance with the NSW Public Health Order, staff who are not vaccinated can only come to work if it is not reasonably practicable to work from home.
  • If you are on campus  you will need to be able to provide evidence  that you are fully vaccinated (two doses) or have a medical exemption. If you are not vaccinated and you would like to seek permission to work on campus, contact your Dean or Divisional Head to arrange a Safety Risk Assessment.

Vaccination requirement – students

During this transition phase, only students who are fully vaccinated (two doses) or have a medical exemption are allowed on campus to access campus services and facilities or attend any events or activities arranged by your faculties. You must be able to show evidence of your vaccination status.

Other rules

If you do come to campus the following rules will also apply:

  • You must comply with all rules in the relevant Public Health Orders (PHOs) 
  • Do not come to campus if you have any symptoms or feel unwell
  • We strongly recommend you wear a face-mask indoors on campus at all times, especially when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • You must wear a face mask in situations where it is mandatory under the Public Health Order. 
  • Maintain physical distancing and density at not more than 1 person per 4 sqm indoors
  • If possible, avoid using public transport to and from campus
  • You must swipe and QR into all buildings
  • Tea/lunchrooms or areas where people can congregate should not be used
  • You must stay in your area and not move around the building or campus unnecessarily

These measures and vaccination requirements are to help ensure the ongoing health and safety of everyone on campus during our transition phase while community vaccination rates continue to improve.

Phase 2 - from 1 December 

Further relaxation of Public Health Orders will inform the UNSW response from 1 December. Changes will build on the framework outlined in Phase 1 and final details will be communicated in due course.

We expect campus research activity to return to a ‘new normal’ level of activity as soon as possible.

As in Phase 1, teaching/learning and all assessments will continue online for the duration of Term 3. 

Phase 3 - from Term 1 2022

UNSW anticipates a fuller reactivation of our campus from the start of Term 1 2022 including a return of all staff, research activity and on-campus events, subject to any public health orders in place.

While there is every intention to return to as much in-person teaching/learning as possible from Term 1 2022, many students will still be unable to attend campus and online and in-person options will continue to be provided where required. Further work will be undertaken to determine the framework for teaching in 2022. 

Further details on plans for 2022 will be communicated in due course.

Return Summary

(information will be updated in line with any changing public health advice) 

Campus activity

Phase 1

11 October 2021

Phase 2

1 December 2021

Phase 3

Term 1 2022

Who is returning?

- Researchers who need to be on campus to progress their work

- Critical workers

- Those not able to work from home

But only with Dean, DVC or Division Head permission

- Researchers who need to be on campus to progress their work

- Critical workers

- Those not able to work from home

- Details TBC

- All professional & academic staff

- Students enrolled in in-person classes

- Details TBC

Vaccination

Yes (double-dose) - see details above

TBC

TBC

Teaching and learning

Online

Online

On campus. Online provision for those unable to return.

Public research and teaching clinics

Open, in compliance with public health orders

Open, in compliance with public health orders

Open, in compliance with public health orders

Working mode for those eligible to be on campus

Red/blue team rotation to ensure business continuity for critical functions

Red/blue team rotation to ensure business continuity for critical functions

TBC

Masks

Strongly recommended in all indoor settings on campus.

Mandatory where the Public Health Order requires.

As per Public Health Order

As per Public Health Order

Physical distancing

1 person per 4sqm - indoors 

1 person per 2sqm - outdoors

1 person per 2 sqm – TBC

TBC

 

QR codes and swipe access

Mandatory wherever present 

Mandatory wherever present

TBC

Informal outdoor gatherings on campus

Maximum 50 people (all must be fully vaccinated)

No limit

No limit

Visitors

Visitors are discouraged. Any visitors must be fully vaccinated

TBC

TBC

Events

- Graduations postponed

- No student led events

- Other events refer safereturn@unsw.edu.au

- Graduations postponed

- No student led events

- Other events refer safereturn@unsw.edu.au

Yes, guidance TBC

Work related travel

Intrastate travel only. As per public health orders and University travel policy

TBC. Per public health orders and University’s travel policy.

TBC. Per public health orders and University’s travel policy.

Hospitality and retail venues on campus

Allowed to open - as per public health orders

Allowed to open - as per public health orders

Allowed to open - as per public health orders

Libraries & study spaces

Closed except for Law Library and some outdoor study spaces.

TBC  

TBC

Tea and lunchrooms

Closed

TBC

TBC

Frequently Asked Questions

We have curated a list of FAQs to help you navigate our return to campus. We will continue to add to these FAQs as questions emerge and will also update them as rules change and the details of phases 2 and 3 of our return are finalised, so please check back regularly.