Alerts: 2020 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Charles Sturt University is currently actively monitoring all developments regarding the novel coronavirus and its potential spread. We're committed to ensuring our students' health and wellbeing and will continue to follow advice from the Federal Department of Health on making sure our staff and students have the knowledge required to mitigate any potential risk.

If English is your second language you can also read the Federal Department of Health updates in Chinese.

This page will be regularly updated and referred to in student communications. Students will also be kept up-to-date via email. Refer back to this page for information about impacts on your study experience as a result of the novel coronavirus.

Please ensure your contact details are up-to-date in the My details section of the Student Portal. This will ensure you do not miss any communications and updates about the novel coronavirus.

Please refer to the information below that applies to your specific cohort and study type.

Most recent update:

12/02/2020

The Australian Government Department of Health has issued updated isolation guidance. To help limit the spread of coronavirus, you should isolate yourself in the following circumstances:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you should isolate yourself for 14 days after leaving the Province
  • If you have left or transited through mainland China on or after 1 February, you should isolate yourself for 14 days after leaving mainland China
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, you should isolate yourself for 14 days after your last contact with the confirmed case.

For more information on how to self-isolate, read the Department of Health Isolation guidance.

If you have been in casual contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, you do not need to self-isolate, unless you begin to develop symptoms. Casual contact is considered as 15 minutes or less of direct face-to-face contact, or two hours or less sharing a close space with a symptomatic confirmed coronavirus case.

For more information about casual contacts, read the Department of Health casual contacts fact sheet.

If you are an international student at Charles Sturt directly affected by the travel restrictions and isolation periods, your international support officer will be in contact to provide relevant advice about starting your studies.

All domestic session and students who do not fit the above categories will still commence Session 1 on 2 March 2020 as planned.

How the coronavirus (COVID-19) affects your study

The impact of the novel coronavirus on your studies varies between cohorts. Please follow the advice relevant to your study type.

  • Domestic online and on campus students

    If you are travelling to Australia from any country other than China, you are still able to enter the country and should continue to make travel plans.

    How to look after yours and others health

    • If you have arrived in Australia from Hubei Province in the last 14 days, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days from the day that you departed China
    • If you have been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days following exposure
    • If you have arrived in Australia from China on or after 1 February, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days from the day that you departed China
    • If you arrived in Australia before 1 February from China and have not recently been in Hubei province, you do not need to isolate yourself
    • If you are feeling unwell or concerned about your health, contact your local health professionals immediately.

    If you are feeling unwell or concerned about your health, contact your local health professionals immediately.

    Where to access support

    Special consideration is available for students who are directly impacted by the outbreak, including those impacted by exam cancellations in mainland China.
    If you are concerned about friends or family in China, counselling and health advice is available.
    If you're experiencing difficulties returning your library books please get in contact with the library team.
    If you have been impacted by the coronavirus, we will be releasing more information over the coming days regarding your study with Charles Sturt.

    Past email updates

  • International students studying on a regional campus

    The Australian government has advised that if you're traveling from mainland China to Australia, you will be denied entry from Saturday February 1 unless you're an Australian citizen or a permanent resident.

    If you are travelling from mainland China, Charles Sturt is working through options to allow you to travel and study with us. We hope to have new information as soon as possible and will keep you updated.

    If you are travelling to Australia from any country other than China, you are still able to enter the country and should continue to make travel plans.

    How to look after yours and others health

    • If you have arrived in Australia from Hubei Province in the last 14 days, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days from the day that you departed China
    • If you have been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days following exposure
    • If you have arrived in Australia from China on or after 1 February, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days from the day that you departed China
    • If you arrived in Australia before 1 February from China and have not recently been in Hubei province, you do not need to isolate yourself
    • If you are from Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan, you do not need to isolate yourself unless you've been in Hubei Province in the past 14 days.

    Where to find support

    Support including special consideration and counselling services is available for all students impacted.

    To access this support contact your International Student Liaison Officers.

    Past email updates

  • International students studying online

    The Australian government has advised that students from China will be denied entry into the country from Saturday February 1 unless they are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident.

    Charles Sturt is working through options to allow these students to travel and study with us. We hope to have new information as soon as possible.

    If you are travelling to Australia from any country other than China, you are still able to enter the country and should continue to make travel plans.

    How to look after yours and others health

    • If you have arrived in Australia from Hubei Province in the last 14 days, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days from the day that you departed China
    • If you have been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days following exposure
    • If you have arrived in Australia from China on or after 1 February, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days from the day that you departed China
    • If you arrived in Australia before 1 February from China and have not recently been in Hubei province, you do not need to isolate yourself

    If you are feeling unwell or concerned about your health, contact your local health professionals immediately.

    Where to access support

    Special consideration is available for students who are directly impacted by the outbreak, including those impacted by exam cancellations in mainland China.

    If you are concerned about friends or family in China, counselling and health advice is available.

    If you're experiencing difficulties returning your library books please get in contact with the library team.

    If you have been impacted by the coronavirus, we will be releasing more information over the coming days regarding your study with Charles Sturt.

  • Students studying at a Study Centre

    The Australian government has advised that if you're traveling from mainland China to Australia, you will be denied entry from Saturday February 1 unless you're an Australian citizen or a permanent resident.

    If you are travelling from mainland China, Charles Sturt is working through options to allow you to travel and study with us. We hope to have new information as soon as possible and will keep you updated.

    If you are travelling to Australia from any country other than China, you are still able to enter the country and should continue to make travel plans.

    How to look after yours and others health

    • If you have arrived in Australia from Hubei Province in the last 14 days, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days from the day that you departed China
    • If you have been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days following exposure
    • If you have arrived in Australia from China on or after 1 February, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days from the day that you departed China
    • If you arrived in Australia before 1 February from China and have not recently been in Hubei province, you do not need to isolate yourself
    • If you are from Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan, you do not need to isolate yourself unless you've been in Hubei Province in the past 14 days.

    If you are feeling unwell or concerned about your health, contact your local health professionals immediately.

    Where to access support

    Support including special consideration and counselling services is available for all students impacted.

    To access this support or for more information, continue to check our Coronavirus Alerts page or contact your study centre liaison staff member:

    We will be releasing more information over coming days regarding your study with Charles Sturt.

    Past email updates

  • Students on Workplace Learning placements

    The Australian government has advised that if you're traveling from mainland China to Australia, you will be denied entry from Saturday February 1 unless you're an Australian citizen or a permanent resident.

    If you are travelling from mainland China, Charles Sturt is working through options to allow you to travel and study with us. We hope to have new information as soon as possible and will keep you updated.

    If you are travelling to Australia from any country other than China, you are still able to enter the country and should continue to make travel plans.

    How to look after yours and others health

    • If you have arrived in Australia from Hubei Province in the last 14 days, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days from the day that you departed China
    • If you have been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days following exposure
    • If you have arrived in Australia from China on or after 1 February, you need to isolate yourself in your home for 14 days from the day that you departed China
    • If you arrived in Australia before 1 February from China and have not recently been in Hubei province, you do not need to isolate yourself
    • If you are from Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan, you do not need to isolate yourself unless you've been in Hubei Province in the past 14 days.

    How does this impact your workplace learning placement?

    If you feel unwell or are needing to isolate yourself for 14 days, you should not attend your workplace learning placement. Please advise your workplace learning team immediately as well as your placement site.

    Contact your workplace learning team for further advice if you have:

    • Been in close contact with someone diagnosed with the coronavirus
    • Recently travelled to mainland China and have developed symptoms
    • Recently travelled to mainland China and have not developed symptoms
    • Are needing to isolate yourself for 14 days

    If your workplace learning has been disrupted, your workplace learning team can help you to arrange to finish your workplace learning requirements and provide support.

    If you need extra time to complete your workplace learning, you can apply for special consideration.

    Past email updates

Learn more

  • What is the coronavirus?

    Coronaviruses can make humans and animals sick.

    Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases, including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

    The virus originating in Hubei Province, China, is called ‘novel’ because it is new. It had not been detected before this outbreak.

    How is the novel coronavirus spread?

    The coronavirus is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:

    • Direct close contact with a person whilst they are infectious
    • Close contact with a person with a confirmed infection coughs or sneezes
    • Touching objects or surfaces (such as door knobs or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

    Symptoms can include fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness and shortness of breath.

    Find out more

  • Steps you can take to stop the transmission of the virus
    • We advise avoiding all travel to the Hubei Province in China and other areas where outbreaks have been recorded. Consult the Smart Traveller Website for up-to-date travel advice
    • Frequently clean your hands using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
    • When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands afterwards
    • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
    • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider

    The Federal Department Of Health advises that the risk of contracting the virus in Australia is extremely small without close contact.

Page Update: 30 January with new information from the Australian Chief Medical Officer.
Page Update: 3 February with new information from the Australian Chief Medical Officer.
Page Update: 12 February with new Australian Government Department of Health advice.
Page Update: 14 February with new Australian Government Department of Health advice on the new name (COVID-19)

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