Coronavirus (COVID-19):
student advice and support

Current arrangements for teaching, learning and services

Last updated, Wednesday 15 September

The Victorian Premier has announced that from 11:59pm, Wednesday 15 September:
·       lockdown restrictions will be lifted in the Greater Shepparton area; and
·       Ballarat will go into a seven-day lockdown.

Higher education and training remains closed, except for existing permitted study and activities, so there will be no change for teaching and learning at our regional campuses. Libraries will remain closed. We will continue to publish the latest information as it becomes available.

Teaching and learning arrangements for the rest of Semester 2

Following the Victorian Government COVID-19 restriction update on 1 September, most of the current lockdown restrictions will remain in place until 70 per cent of Victorians have had at least one vaccine dose. This is estimated to be around 23 September.

We want to provide students with some certainty regarding the remainder of Semester 2, and can confirm that teaching and learning activities will continue to be delivered online for the rest of the semester. There may be some specialist subjects and activities that can take place on campus, restrictions permitting. Where this is the case, subject coordinators will communicate directly with students enrolled in these subjects about their specific arrangements.

Campus-specific advice

Given the current Government restrictions are subject to variation across Victoria, there may be different arrangements across our campuses. Select your campus below for the latest advice:

  • Melbourne campuses: Parkville, Southbank, Werribee, Burnley

    The following activities will be delivered online for the remainder of Semester 2:

    • Standard lectures and tutorials in campus-based and dual-delivery subjects.
    • Examinations will continue as planned, with most being delivered online.

    Some specialist teaching and learning may be permitted to take place on campus, and campuses in regional Victoria may resume on-campus activities earlier than Melbourne, if restrictions allow. Where this is the case, subject coordinators will communicate directly with enrolled students about their specific arrangements.

    When restrictions allow, we will prioritise the following activities to return to campus:

    • Specialist teaching including clinical teaching, practical classes, lab classes, design studios, performance studios, fabrication labs, and design labs. Your subject coordinator will communicate with you directly regarding arrangements for these subjects.
    • Any additional on-campus activities arranged by your faculty or school, such as exam preparation sessions or catch-up classes ahead of SWOT Vac.
    • Libraries for borrowing and quiet study spaces (and they will operate online in the meantime).
    Access to campus
    • University buildings are closed unless being accessed for approved research.
    • If you do not have a safe or suitable space to study at home, you can request a safe study space to obtain a permit to attend the Parkville campus.
    • Please show your approved permit to staff at the allocated study space and remember to scan the QR code and always wear a face mask.
    • Before you come on campus, please check this list of affected campus locations. Access to some buildings may be temporarily impacted if they have been visited by someone with a confirmed case of COVID‑19 while potentially infectious.
    Student permits for approved activities
    • If you are attending an approved in-person teaching and learning activity or accessing an approved safe study space, you will need a permit to travel to campus.
    • Permits for approved teaching and learning activities will be emailed to you by your Subject Coordinator, clinical placement coordinator or supervisor as appropriate.
    • If you’re approved for a safe study space on campus or to collect a fruit box or free meal pack, you will also be sent a permit by email.

    When Victorian restrictions change, a further update will be provided. Please monitor your student email.

  • Dookie, Shepparton and Creswick

    On 15 September, the Victorian Government announced that from 11:59pm, restrictions will be lifted in the Greater Shepparton area, however higher education and training remains closed, except for existing permitted study and activities so there will be no change for teaching and learning at our regional campuses.

    Until further notice, the following arrangements remain in place:

    • Standard lectures and tutorials in campus-based and dual-delivery subjects will continue to be delivered online.
    • Examinations will continue as planned, with most being delivered online.

    Some specialist teaching and learning may be permitted to take place on campus, and campuses in regional Victoria may resume on-campus activities earlier than Melbourne, if restrictions allow. Where this is the case, subject coordinators will communicate directly with enrolled students about their specific arrangements.

    When restrictions allow, we will prioritise the following activities to return to campus:

    • Specialist teaching including clinical teaching, practical classes, lab classes, design studios, performance studios, fabrication labs, and design labs. Your subject coordinator will communicate with you directly regarding arrangements for these subjects.
    • Any additional on-campus activities arranged by your faculty or school, such as exam preparation sessions or catch-up classes ahead of SWOT Vac.
    • Libraries for borrowing and quiet study spaces (and they will operate online in the meantime).
    Access to campus
    • University buildings are closed unless being accessed for approved research.
    • You can only attend campus for an approved activity and with a permit. If you do attend campus, the University now requires you to check in to every space you enter by scanning the displayed QR code in line with Victorian Government requirements.
    • Before you come on campus, please check this list of affected campus locations. Access to some buildings may be temporarily impacted if they have been visited by someone with a confirmed case of COVID‑19 while potentially infectious.
    Student permits for approved activities
    • If you are attending an approved in-person teaching and learning activity, you will need a permit to travel to campus.
    • Where applicable, permits for approved teaching and learning activities will be emailed to you by your Subject Coordinator, clinical placement coordinator or supervisor.
    • Students who live on campus are asked to follow the instructions in their specific place of residence.

    When Victorian restrictions change, a further update will be provided. Please monitor your student email.

Graduate researchers

Graduate researchers whose work cannot continue remotely should liaise with their supervisors and follow the process outlined on the Graduate Research Hub.

COVID-19 services

We encourage everyone in our University community to get vaccinated at the earliest opportunity. Vaccination is our way out of the pandemic, and it’s something every one of us can do. The University of Melbourne's VaxFACTS are a series of simple videos answering common questions and busting myths about COVID-19 vaccines to help more people make an informed decision to get vaccinated.

To book a vaccination appointment and for more information visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website. The University is also pleased to be an authorised provider of the AstraZeneca (Vaxzeveria) vaccine. For more information on eligibility, vaccination bookings, and COVID-19 testing, visit our COVID-19 Services page.

Support services

  • Stop 1 virtual and phone services remain fully available.
  • Library virtual services and the Print Retrieval postage service continues to operate along with alternative methods of delivery of the archival and Special Collection material.
  • Academic Skills appointments continue to run online, and will support you to develop study strategies for learning online at home and upcoming assessment preparation.
  • Financial Aid may be available if you require short-term assistance for extraordinary financial circumstances. Please contact the team to discuss what options might be available to you, noting that one-off financial hardship grants are available to help pay for critical expenses such as food, rent and bills.

Health and wellbeing

There are a range of student support services available to help you stay well and thrive in your studies:

When Victorian restrictions change, a further update will be provided. Please monitor your student email.

Your studies in 2021

The University is working closely with the Australian and Victorian governments and our own health experts to get back to COVID-normal. We are welcoming more staff, students and activity back to campus, and look forward to being reunited with our students studying overseas when it is possible to do so.

Further support

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.