ACU COVID-safe campuses

Last updated: Thursday 16 September 2021

ACU is committed to an engaging student experience as well as safe and healthy campuses for staff, students and visitors. We follow health advice at all times in an ever-changing environment and we remain committed to adapting teaching and learning environments, campus experiences and our operations to ensure the health and safety of our community.

ACU bases its response to COVID-19 on state and territory public health orders (PHOs). This may result in different operations for each of our campuses as indicated by the campus traffic light alert system.

 
New South Wales Victoria Queensland Australian Capital Territory South Australia Italy
North Sydney

 Status Black: Extreme restrictions.

Strathfield

 Status Black: Extreme restrictions.

Blacktown

 Status Black: Extreme restrictions.

Melbourne

 Status Black: Extreme restrictions.

Ballarat

 Status Black: Extreme restrictions.

Brisbane

Status Amber: Low level restrictions.

Canberra

 Status Black: Extreme restrictions.

Adelaide

Status Green: COVID Normal.

Rome

Status Amber: Low level restrictions.

COVID-safe behaviour

 
Icon of a house with words Stay home if unwell or if visited a public exposure site
Pictogram of a swab.Get tested if unwell, self-isolate and follow health advice
Icon of a vaccine.Get vaccinated when eligible

Icon of hands being washed.Practise good hand hygiene
Icon of a person sneezing into a tissue.Practise good respiratory hygiene
Icon of a disposable medical face mask.Carry a facemask at all times and wear facemask if mandated to do so
Icon of a QR code.QR check-in when entering campus buildings
Pictogram of two people social distancing.Follow physical distancing guidelines
Icon of a clipboard.Continue to follow COVID-safety plans of the campus or placement provider

Campus traffic-light alert system

 

Status Green: COVID Normal.

Status Amber: Low level restrictions.

  Status Red: High level restrictions.

 Status Black: Extreme restrictions.

Opening status
Campus is open to all students, staff and visitors
Campus is open with restrictions as per PHOs
Campus operates in virtual capacity and is open only for essential staff and students who cannot study from home
Campus operates in virtual capacity and is closed, essential staff and permitted students only

Delivery mode of lectures and tutorials

Blended learning model, with a majority of on-campus classes
Blended learning model of on-campus and online classes
Remote learning only, except for students who cannot study from home
Remote learning only
Practical classes and research On-campus
Practical classes, intensives and research on-campus, as permitted by PHOs
Practical classes, intensives and research on-campus, as permitted by PHOs
Limited practicals and research on-campus, as permitted by PHOs
Placements
Unrestricted placements in schools, health care and other external settings
Restrictions for placements determined by external placement sites and dependent on specific sector PHOs
Restrictions for placements determined by external placement sites and dependent on specific sector PHOs
Restrictions for placements determined by external placement sites and dependent on specific sector PHOs
Physical distancing
A reasonable separation where possible
1.5 metres for face-to-face activities or following PHOs
Physical distancing guidelines strictly enforced
Physical distancing guidelines strictly enforced
Room capacity restrictions
No restrictions
Capacity restrictions as per PHOs
Capacity restrictions as per PHOs
Capacity restrictions as per PHOs
Campus amenities
All open
Library, AskACU, computer labs and study spaces open, adhering to PHOs. Cafeterias and sports gyms open if permitted by PHOs
On-campus access only for students who cannot study from home (swipe access):
Library
AskACU
Online only:
Library
AskACU
Health and wellbeing support
Face-to-face plus online
Limited face-to-face as permitted by PHOs, plus online. ACU Medical Centres are open.

Online only:
ACU counselling (students)
ACU's out-of-hours mental health crisis line (students)
ACU’s International Student Advisers (international students)
ACU’s Employee Assistance Program (staff)
ACU’s Campus Ministry (students and staff)

Online only:
ACU counselling (students)
ACU's out-of-hours mental health crisis line (students)
ACU’s International Student Advisers (international students)
ACU’s Employee Assistance Program (staff)
ACU’s Campus Ministry (students and staff)

Functions and events
Following any restrictions in relevant jurisdiction
Limited as permitted by PHOs
Online only
Online only
Informal gatherings
Following COVID-safe measures
Limited as permitted by PHOs
None
None

Guidance when campus alert ratings change

Students:

  • Any changes to classes and exams will be notified through Allocate+ and the relevant LEO unit.
  • Any changes to placements will be communicated by Coordinators or the Placement Office.
  • Students who have questions regarding exams can email Examinations@acu.edu.au.
  • During high level and extreme restrictions, ACU’s virtual library is operating as usual with online resources available 24/7 and you can contact library staff via chat (24/7 during semester) or email. You can also book an online consultation to speak to a librarian via Zoom.
  • During high level and extreme restrictions, AskACUis available online to support students with remote learning.
  • If you require a travel permission letter for on-campus permitted learning during a lockdown, contact AskACU.

Staff:

  • During high level and extreme restrictions, essential staff will be identified and contacted.
  • During high level and extreme restrictions, and if permitted by PHOs, staff who cannot work from home can attend campus after discussion with their supervisor.
  • Service Centralwill be available to support staff with remote working, including setting up devices, installing VPN, Office 365 and software, mapping network drives, multi-factor authentication and using Microsoft Teams. The Service Central portal has extensive knowledge on “How do I work from home?”.
  • During a lockdown, staff who are required to support school-aged children at home or care for children at home where normal childcare is affected can access one day of personal (carers) leave per week. Sessional and casual staff can access personal / carer's leave without pay if required. This can be taken in full or part days, scheduled in full consultation with your supervisor, having regard to operational requirements.
  • If you require a travel permission letter for work on-campus during a lockdown, contact Service Central.

COVID-safe practical class protocols can be found here, with flyers for staff and students available here.

Keeping safe and well

ACU has a number of support services available for your health and wellbeing, including:

Report to the university if you test positive for COVID-19 so that we can continue to keep our community safe. Further information about self-assessment, and what to do if you test positive for COVID-19, including ACU reporting mechanisms, is available on our website. Public health authorities provide updated information about testing in particular locations.

Further details about ACU’s COVID resources are available here on our website.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 directives and guidelines for your campus, visit the relevant government COVID-19 website and follow general advice:

All decisions to change alert ratings will be made by ACU’s Critical Incident Convener.

Download ACU COVID-safe campuses flyer (PDF, 84KB)

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