"As you'll now be aware, the decision to close the main Wagga Wagga Campus was made late evening on Monday 5 March. This website is designed to keep you abreast of updates on campus operations in Wagga Wagga and to direct students and staff to resources in this time of uncertainty and hardship for many members of our Charles Sturt University (CSU) community.
"The best wishes of all CSU staff and students go out to the people of our region as they face major flooding caused by the recent torrential rain across much of NSW and Victoria. We stand ready to lend assistance wherever we can."
The University is monitoring the situation closely and will issue further advice to staff and students regarding the closure as it becomes available. Please revisit this site for up-to-date information.
Charles Sturt University can now confirm that its main Wagga Wagga Campus will be OPEN for business as usual today. This includes all teaching and learning, research, clinics, the winery and administrative operations of the University. As stated previously, those staff directly affected by evacuation orders are eligible for special leave. Thanks to all students and staff for their understanding and patience during this time and apologies for any inconvience caused by yesterday's campus closure.
Due to revised SES forecasts that the river peak will be lower than originally predicted, Charles Sturt University's main Wagga Wagga Campus is planned to reopen tomorrow morning subject to any flooding events overnight. Those staff directly affected by evacuation orders are eligible for concessional leave. The University will provide updates to students and staff via this website and other communication mechanisms and expects to make a further announcement regarding the operations of the Wagga Wagga Campus by 8am tomorrow.
In light of flood warnings issued by the State Emergency Service it was decided late on Monday 5 March to close its main Wagga Wagga Campus, located in Boorooma. The closure effects all operations located on the Boorooma Campus, including teaching and research, clinics, winery and administration.
The University's Boorooma site is located on high ground outside the flood zone and the University has been advised that there is no risk of flooding on the Campus. There is also no projected risk to student residences located on the University's campuses in Wagga Wagga.
However, due to the scale of the expected flooding in and around Wagga Wagga, the University took the precaution of closing the Boorooma location to reduce the need for staff and students to travel to and from the campus. Staff and students were advised they should not attempt to travel to the campus on Tuesday 6 March 2012, with the University monitoring the situation and issuing further advice regarding the closure.
The University advises staff and students to listen to emergency broadcasts on local radio (ABC 89.9FM or 102.7FM in the Riverina) and to follow emergency instructions. Staff or students living off campus in flood affected areas should follow the instructions of emergency personnel and evacuate immediately if ordered.
The closure does not currently effect operations on the University's South Campus, however it is expected that services to the public may be disrupted due to staff being unable to attend work due to road closures and general flooding. Staff who work on the South Campus should not attempt to travel to work if this presents any difficulty due to flooding or if they need to evacuate their homes or assist family members.
Students are advised to stay well away from flood affected areas and to follow the instructions of emergency personnel at all times. The University has been advising students living in residences on the main campus regarding arrangements for meals and provision of other essential services. Residential students are advised not to travel into Wagga Wagga city as this may interfere with emergency operations.
Please note that cross campus teaching activities originating from the Wagga Wagga Campus were cancelled for Tuesday 6 March. Again this situation is being monitored and further advice will be issued as and when new information comes to hand.
The University sincerely apologises for the inconvenience that the closure is causing to student's study. You will appreciate that the current circumstances in Wagga Wagga are extreme and the University is endeavouring to provide alternative arrangements, services and support for students.
CSU academic staff will review the implications of this closure on student learning opportunities and assessment timelines. Students will be informed by their subject coordinators of any changes to subject timelines in the next few days. Any extensions of assignment submission dates would normally be commensurate with the time of closure or delay in learning opportunity, so broad scale changes to subject timelines are not expected. If students do have any major concerns with their learning and assessment timelines, they should contact their Subject Coordinator by email, followed by their Course Director/Coordinator. Please refer to the staff contacts on your School's website for contact details.
Due to the closure of the Wagga Wagga Campus, cross campus teaching activities originating from the Wagga Wagga Campus are cancelled for Tuesday 6th March. The University will monitor the situation throughout the day and issue further advice to staff and students regarding the closure.
Staff located at the main Wagga Wagga Campus shall be granted concessional leave while the campus is closed. Although some people may be able to reach the campus, staff are directed not to attend work during the closure unless they are delivering approved essential services. Staff should not attempt to travel through flooded areas to reach the campus. More information available.
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Current student enquiries:
1800 ASK CSU
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CSU Student Emergency Equity Grant (SEEG)
The SEEG is a cash grant and is designed for those who are affected by individual disasters outside their personal control such as the recent floods experienced in Wagga Wagga.
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP)
The AGDRP is available to assist people who have been adversely affected by the flooding that began in February 2012 in affected local government areas within New South Wales.
On campus residential students are being catered for with the student dining room and 'Greasy Spoon' cafe in operation.
Student Services counsellors are available for phone consultations and those students affected by the floods are being prioritised.
If you need immediate assistance please contact the support services below:
Headspace national has arranged for further staff to be allocated to their online services. This service is suitable for students, staff or children of staff between the ages of 12-25 years.
If a person is in crisis Accessline: 1800 011 511 (This is a new number for this service).
Staff and members of their immediate families can access CSU's Employee Assistance Program which offers free short term professional counselling services.
Understanding and managing psychological trauma - Australian Psychological Society