If you're coming to campus, you must first complete your COVIDSafe module and follow all guidelines on this page.
Last updated: 03.05pm, 24 August 2021
We’re delighted to welcome you back to our campuses, and we look forward to being reunited with our students studying outside Australia when you will be able to join us.
We’ve been working hard to make sure our campuses are as safe as possible, so if you're planning to visit, or have classes or appointments on campus, make sure you complete the COVIDSafe LMS module and follow our COVIDSafe checklist to help ensure our community’s health, safety and wellbeing.
Many of our services will continue to operate virtually to reach as many students as possible, so it’s important to check what's available before dropping in, and book ahead where necessary. We thank you for your patience and understanding. Check this page regularly for the latest updates.
How to complete the COVIDSafe module and health declaration
- Access the Return to Campus community:
- Click this link to access the Return to Campus community in the LMS
- If prompted, log in with your University of Melbourne username and password
- You will be redirected to the Return to Campus community. If you get an access denied message, please wait 30 seconds and refresh the browser tab/window
- Complete the COVIDSafe training module:
- Read the introductions
- Watch the COVID-Safe Campus video
- Select Mark as done. The health declaration will then appear.
- Complete the health declaration:
- Read the entire declaration
- Select I have read and agree to the declaration above
- Select Submit Quiz.
- Proof of completion: Once these steps have been completed, if you need to provide proof of completion you can show your health declaration quiz score (in Grades) through the Canvas app screen on your mobile device.
- Access the Return to Campus community:
How to stop notifications about returning to campus
If you are not returning to campus, you may still receive Canvas LMS notifications from the Return to Campus community. To turn off these notifications:
- Navigate to the Return to Campus community.
- From the Home page, select View Subject Notifications.
- Click the green Enable Notifications for Return to Campus toggle.
COVID-19 cases on campus
The latest information will continue to be available via our dedicated COVID-19 page, including cases on campus.
In the event that we do have a confirmed COVID-19 case within our University community, our Public Health Network and Campus Community team will provide expert, quick and decisive action that benefits the entire community. This includes working with the Victorian Department of Health to facilitate contact tracing, managing any necessary building deep cleans, advising on returning safely back to campus and providing relevant local and organisational level communication.
You will be advised via your University email if there are any changes related to accessing your buildings or classes so we can perform deep cleaning of spaces.
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the University, the Victorian Department of Health and/or our internal contact tracing team will initiate contact tracing. If additional support or internal communications are required, this will be managed by the University's Public Health Network.
Everybody coming on to campus is expected to track their contacts. Maintain a diary of your interactions with others and keep track of the places you work or study while on campus in case you are identified as a close contact or contract COVID-19. You can also download the Government COVIDSafe App. Please ensure your contact details are up to date.
If you or a close contact tests positive for COVID-19
- Whether or not you have symptoms, you must immediately self-isolate. You will be contacted by a public health worker from the Victorian Department of Health for advice on the next steps. Find out more about what happens if you test positive
- Notify the University by emailing email@example.com. This inbox is monitored seven days a week. In the email, please include your name, phone number and contact details Your information will be kept confidential. A privacy collection notice is available
- A University Case Management Team member will call you within several hours of notification.
What to do if somebody notifies you that they have tested positive for COVID-19 if the person is a member of the University community
Advise the individual to email firstname.lastname@example.org. You should also notify the University by emailing relevant details (names, contact number, sites affected, key dates etc) to email@example.com.
This inbox is monitored seven days a week. Let the individual know that you have done this. A University Case Management Team member will call the notifying person within several hours of notification.
If you are a primary or secondary close contact of someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Follow all advice and guidance available from the Victorian Department of Health regarding quarantine and testing requirements.
f. Notify the University by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
g. You must follow Victorian Department of Health advice regarding the length of your quarantine. You can only leave your home after the department gives you permission.
h. The Victorian Department of Health will advise you on testing requirements. If you develop symptoms at any time during your quarantine, even mild ones, you should get a COVID19 test.
i. If you do test positive for COVID‑19, please send an email to email@example.com so we can support you.
If you have visited a public exposure site listed by the Victorian Government
- Monitor the exposure site list and follow advice for testing, quarantine and isolation. Advice and directions may differ depending on where you have been.
- If you do test positive for COVID-19, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can support you.
If you have travelled interstate
If you have recently completed domestic travel and are required to get tested for COVID-19 and isolate, you must have a travel permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia. Follow the government travel permit advice about any COVID-19 testing, quarantine or isolation that may be required.
If you do test positive for COVID-19, please send an email to email@example.com so we can support you.
If you live in residential accommodation, please only attend the test when outside your accommodation and return to the accommodation immediately afterwards to avoid unnecessary contact with other members of the community.
The Public Health Unit and Campus Community team
The Public Health Unit and Campus Community team has a rostered team that monitors the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox 7 days a week.
Notifying the team at email@example.com means the University can support you if you contract COVID‑19 by providing practical advice, links to University services, conducting wellbeing checks, answering COVID‑19 related questions and assisting through the isolation process. The Public Health Unit will work with the Victorian Department of Health to facilitate contact tracing, manage any necessary building deep cleans and provide relevant local and organisational level communication and assist with mandatory reporting to the Victorian Department of Health and WorkSafe.
Your information will be kept confidential. A privacy collection notice is available.
If you become unwell on campus
- Leave the campus immediately. If you must use public transport, be sure to sanitise your hands, wear a face mask and cough/sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
- Seek medical advice and get tested for COVID‑19. You can call the University Health Service on 8344 6905 for advice.
- Once you have been tested, stay at home and self-isolate as per Victorian public health guidelines. Please do not return to campus until your symptoms have completely resolved, even if you have received a negative COVID-19 test result.
- Notify your subject and course coordinator and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are having serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000.
- If someone you know appears ill and is showing symptoms, encourage them to seek medical assistance.
If you're unwell at home
- Seek medical advice and get tested for COVID‑19.
- Do not come to campus under any circumstances. Once you have been tested, stay at home and self-isolate as per the advice from the Victorian Department of Health. Find out more about getting tested.
- Notify your subject and course coordinator and email email@example.com
- If you are having serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000.
If you have symptoms after testing negative for COVID-19
If you have symptoms after you've tested negative for COVID-19, you should stay at home until your symptoms have completely resolved. If the symptoms continue, please consult your testing medical practitioner.
You can also apply for an exemption from attending campus-based classes provided you can present your negative COVID-19 test and a medical certificate stating the details of your symptoms. This is via the regular process for notifying an absence from an in-person class requirement, by contacting your lecturer or tutor and sharing your medical certificate with them.
Physical distancing and density limits
We all have a personal responsibility to maintain 1.5m distance from others wherever and whenever possible. There will be signage around campus reminding staff, students and visitors of this requirement. As per current government and health advice, different density limits apply across different types of spaces on our campuses. No density limits apply to teaching and learning spaces including lecture theatres, laboratories, seminar rooms, workshops, performance learning spaces etc. Density limits will apply in other areas of campus and spaces will have signs showing maximum capacity limits where applicable.
There may be limits on the number of people allowed in lifts so plan ahead to allow extra waiting time, or take the stairs if you can.
Regardless of density limits and current face mask laws, if you are in a space – indoors or outdoors – where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained, the Victorian Government recommends you wear a face mask (noting that you must wear a face mask in all situations specified by current restrictions).
These simple, common-sense actions help reduce risk to you and to others. They will help to slow the spread of disease in the community.
- Stay at home if you are sick or unwell
- Keep a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people whenever possible
- Don't shake hands, hug, or kiss as a greeting
- Minimise physical contact, especially with people at higher risk such as older people and people with existing health conditions
- Respect temporary changes to seating and room configurations implemented to enhance physical distancing
- Utilise hand sanitisers where available, and wash your hands frequently
- Use tap and pay rather than handling cash
- Exercise good sneeze/cough hygiene
- Don't share food with anyone else
Carry a face mask at all times, and wear it when legally required. Check Victorian Government's face mask advice for more information.
There will be hand sanitiser available around campus. If you see that hand sanitiser or soap has run out in any location on campus, use the Snap Send Solve app to report in any concerns or problems on campus – just choose ‘COVIDSafe Campus’ in the app menu.
Respect on campus
The University is committed to a safe, inclusive and respectful community. Any form of discrimination is not tolerated at the University. If you are being discriminated against you should speak to your subject coordinator or speak to Security staff on campus. You can also contact our Safer Community Program.
Respecting health and safety protocols and reporting concerns
When you are on campus, you must comply with the University COVID-19 health and safety protocols outlined on this page, in your return to campus email, in the COVIDSafe Campus online module and in on-campus signage and directions. Your teachers and other staff on campus may enforce COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Adhering to the University COVID-19 health and safety protocols is a requirement of coming to campus and the University expects all students to follow the protocols. This is an important behavioural expectation that is governed by the following University instruments:
- Vice Chancellor Regulation (Part 6, Section 25, Student general misconduct)
- Student Conduct Policy (MPF1324)
- Appropriate Workplace Behaviour Policy (MPF1328)
These instruments describe the kind of behaviour that the University expects of its students and sets out the grounds for student disciplinary proceedings should expectations not be met.
If you have concerns about a possible breach of University public health and safety protocols on campus, please discuss your concerns with your subject or course coordinator or reach out to Stop 1.
You can use the Snap Send Solve app to report any problems or concerns with facilities or spaces on campus. Choose ‘COVIDSafe Campus’ in the app menu.
The University has a range of support services available to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you require further assistance, you can also submit an enquiry to Stop 1 for advice, or get in touch with UMSU or the GSA.