COVID-19

Last Updated

30 Jun 2022 at 2:23pm

Charles Sturt University is continuing to ease COVID-19 restrictions in line with public health advice and the expectations of broader society.

Although you are still strongly recommended to be vaccinated, we are removing the requirement for staff, students and visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 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 get 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.

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Campus advice

There are actions we can all take to support the wellbeing of our campus communities:

  • Vaccinations, including a booster and flu vaccination, are still strongly recommended as the best way to prevent serious illness
  • Do not attend campus if you are unwell
  • Continue to use good hand hygiene and cough etiquette
  • A mask is recommended where you are unable to physically distance
  • Follow NSW Health requirements for testing and isolation where applicable.

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.

More about staying COVID-safe

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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 follow relevant isolation requirements. You are also responsible for letting your social, work and education contacts know you have COVID-19, in line with health advice. 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. 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 can 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

If you have taken a leave of absence and need advice to help plan your course and choose subjects outside the standard sequence so you can return to study in Session 2, contact Student Central.

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. They may provide make-up opportunities such as recordings, streaming or additional classes where possible.

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.

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.

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 or have been exposed to COVID-19, 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.

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