COVID-19

Last Updated

01 Nov 2022 at 10:44am

Charles Sturt University is committed to providing a COVID-safe environment for our students, staff, visitors and communities. As part of this commitment, we are retaining a seven-day isolation period for any students or staff who test positive to COVID-19.

While we no longer have a vaccination requirement for students, staff and visitors, we strongly recommend you are vaccinated against COVID-19 (including recommended boosters) and the flu prior to attending our campuses or events.

You may still need to meet vaccination requirements in specific circumstances, such as working in health clinics on campus or attending workplace learning. Vaccination is particularly important for science and health students going on placement in the community. You are encouraged to be vaccinated as soon as possible and will not be allocated workplace learning until you have provided evidence of your vaccination.

More about requirements for workers

Vaccination is also still a requirement for entry to the NSW Police Academy at Goulburn and the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre.

As part of our commitment to creating and sustaining a COVID-safe environment, we ask you to:

  • isolate for seven days from the date you test positive to COVID-19. You should not attend campus for any reason during this period. If you are staying in on-campus residences, please advise Residence Life by registering your positive result in Protecht
  • stay at home if you're feeling unwell or have any symptoms
  • wear an effective mask if you’re sharing air with anyone else outside your household, if you can’t socially distance. Need a mask? These are available at our library front desks
  • use hand sanitiser stations as you enter and leave Charles Sturt facilities
  • make sure your vaccinations and boosters are up to date for COVID-19 and influenza)
  • maintain good hand hygiene and cough etiquette

We also highly encourage you to complete the COVID-19 infection control online training, facilitated by the Australian Government.

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Campus advice

There are actions we can all take to play our role in keeping ourselves, our loved ones, and our community safe, on campus and wherever we go in public. These include isolating for seven days after testing positive to COVID-19, staying home if you're unwell, wearing masks and maintaining good hygiene practices. We have installed hand sanitiser stations around campus and encourage you to use these as you enter and leave Charles Sturt facilities.

Read our COVID-safe plan

Charles Sturt will continue to monitor health advice, implement other control measures, and adjust safety practices as appropriate. We will maintain regular cleaning throughout all facilities, including high touch point surfaces, and have installed hand sanitising stations at building entrances.

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Testing advice

Charles Sturt University does not provide Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) for students. You should source your own RATs to test if you have any symptoms, and stay home if you are unwell.

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Positive cases on campus

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should not attend campus for seven days from the date you test positive. You are also responsible for letting your social, work and education contacts know you have COVID-19. If someone in one of your classes tests positive for COVID-19, you will be advised via an Interact2 announcement.

Some campus services may be limited at times due to staff shortages from COVID-19, influenza and other illnesses. Any changes will be communicated as soon as possible via social media and signage on campus, or personalised contact if any appointments or workshops need to be rescheduled.

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On campus accommodation

You should let Residence Life know if you test positive to COVID-19 by lodging a report in Protecht. The university will respond on a case-by-case basis, including daily contact to check on your wellbeing. Campus security is available 24/7 or you should follow NSW Health advice for medical assistance. While isolating on campus, you will have access to shared facilities, but this should be kept to a minimum and you should wear a mask in all common areas. You will also need to source your own food, however Residence Life may be able to advise you on delivery of fast food or online orders.

All occupants of a building will be advised if a resident tests positive, and you will be encouraged to seek further advice from NSW Health. Residence Life will work with residents to implement risk mitigation, such as extra cleaning, in line with NSW Health recommendations.

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Study advice

You’ll continue to have access to all your online resources and set readings even if you need to isolate with COVID-19. Let your Subject Coordinator know if you will miss classes.

If you’re too unwell to complete assessments, you should contact your Subject Coordinator in the first instance to request an extension. You may be asked to apply for special consideration, and may need to provide details of a positive PCR or RAT as evidence to support your application. If you have mandatory on-campus events and cannot attend due to COVID-19, you should liaise with your Subject Coordinator at your earliest opportunity.

You will also need to apply for special consideration if you miss workplace learning or an intensive (residential) school due to COVID-19.

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Workplace learning

In line with government advice, Charles Sturt University is continuing to encourage all students to have their COVID-19 vaccination. This is particularly important for science and health students who go out on placement into the community. Your Faculty Workplace Learning team will provide further details about vaccination requirements for your placement.

All health students need to be vaccinated, as well as those attending workplace learning in residential aged care, disability care, and in some cases for teacher education and preschool. The NSW Department of Education is currently still mandating vaccination, whilst in Catholic schools the requirements may vary from diocese to diocese. Independent schools and early childcare settings may also have their own vaccination requirements. If you are attending placements interstate, you will need to meet the requirements of that state.

In addition, some organisations may continue to have their own policies requiring vaccination. You must comply with the requirements of your host organisation to be able to undertake your placement. If you are required to be vaccinated for your placement, we will advise you via email.

To ensure your placements can proceed, and to help protect yourself and our community, you are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated as soon as possible:

  1. Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker to find a vaccination clinic and book an appointment
  2. When booking your appointment, you need to identify as a ‘healthcare worker’ and provide proof of occupation – you can use your university ID card for this
  3. Download a support letter from your workplace learning Interact2 site to bring to your appointment
  4. Once you’re vaccinated, upload evidence to InPlace to let us know.

If you are on placement and feel unwell, you should not attend your workplace learning placement. Please advise your Faculty Workplace Learning team and your placement site supervisor immediately, and follow health advice. If you test positive to COVID-19 while undertaking an external placement, not on a Charles Sturt campus, you will need to follow the relevant government health guidelines and those of the placement provider regarding isolation periods.

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