Welcome back to campus - your Covid-19 updates

Updated 24 November 2021

We’re delighted to welcome students from all over the world to our campus following

the Australian government announcement that from 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated international students can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.

The NSW Government will not require international students to quarantine on arrival if they are fully vaccinated with a TGA-recognised vaccine. 

Your continued safety and experience on campus is our highest priority. We are working on plans to safely welcome students back to campus soon and will post updates on our website and Canvas or by email.

Please visit the Study NSW or Department of Home Affairs websites for further details on what you need to plan your journey.

We can’t wait to see you again soon!

We will return to face-to-face classes, social activities and student support services in Semester 1, 2022, and intend to offer both face-to-face and Live Online classes throughout 2022.

Please check Canvas for details of your Live Online classes and your email for updates. If you need support during this time, speak to your Study Success Adviser or visit the website for more information.

Our Blue Building campus is open!

Good news! From Monday 18 October, our Blue Building campus (187 Thomas St) will reopen and is available to fully vaccinated students who wish to return to use the facilities, work on a group assignment with friends, or need a quiet place to study.  

While you don’t have to come back to campus, and classes will still be delivered Live Online, we look forward to welcoming any students who wish to return. Please note that security staff will ask students to show proof of full vaccination.  

We're continuing to reactivate our campus, in line with updated government health advice.

Can I access all areas of the Blue Building? 

The student lounge on the ground floor and levels 2, 3 and 7 will be open Monday to Friday, 8am until 5pm. Security will be onsite for your safety. 

If you're coming to campus to use the facilities or drop into the Student Centre, it’s important to follow some basic guidelines to keep ourselves and people around us safe.

Here are 6 things you should do.

1. Make sure you’re on top of the current government and UTS College rules

The constant changes to what we can and can't do can be hard to keep up with. So, before you start your commute, check the NSW Government rules and the UTS College COVID-19 advice and information page to make sure you’re informed, and you don’t put yourself or others at risk. Remember, the rules may change depending on where you're living, so take the time to double-check before you head in and always follow the advice.

If you've been told to self-isolate, stay home. If you've been told to get a test or have any COVID-19 symptoms, don't come in until you receive a negative result or no longer have symptoms.

2. Masks on Campus

NSW has achieved 80 per cent double vaccination of the population over 16 years. While masks are not required on campus, you are encouraged to continue to use masks where it may not be possible to physically distance, or if you are more comfortable to do so. Please also continue to check the latest advice from the NSW  Government. Masks continue to be required on public transport. 

Your health and safety is our priority, so we will continue to maintain a high standard of hygiene practices and respectful behaviour.

For the latest guidance and more information, please visit the NSW Government Department of Health

3. Check in before you check out

We're using the Service NSW check-in app to keep track of who's on campus, to protect the health and safety of our community.

When you arrive on campus, you have to check in to each building you spend time in (15 mins or more) but you don't have to check in to individual classes or rooms.

If you forget to check in when you arrive, make sure you do it later when you remember. You’re also encouraged to check out using the Service NSW app when you leave the building.

4. Sanitise, sanitise, sanitise!

Personal hygiene is one of the most effective ways to stay COVID-free. There are hands-free sanitising stations all around campus and soap in all the bathrooms, so make sure you make good use of them.

5. Stay at home, self isolate and get tested if you show any symptoms

Please follow the NSW Government's advice on COVID testing and self-isolation if you begin to show any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Should you test positive, please follow the advice of NSW Health and continue to isolate and practice good hygeine.

6. Be respectful of others

Waiting for an appointment? Keep your 1.5m distance. Finding a place to study? Make sure it’s 1.5m away from your neighbour. Walking past someone on your way to the hand sanitising station? That’s right – stay 1.5m away from them. While university learning activities are ‘essential gatherings’ and are exempt from some social distancing requirements, we're asking all students and staff on campus to maintain the 1.5m distance wherever it's possible, and if not possible, please wear a mask.

Please make sure this basic respect extends to our security and cleaning staff. They’re on the front line, keeping our campus safe so you can study in peace, so if they ask you to keep your distance from someone (yes, even from your housemate or friend), remember they’re just doing their job.

We all have a part to play in our ongoing commitment to community safety, so let’s all do our bit to respect ourselves and each other.

For full details on student support, services, guides and resources please refer to our current student support page. We are following official advice from the Australian Government and the NSW Department of Health in relation to health and safety on campus.

FAQs

UTS College is a registered COVID Safe workplace, which means we've lodged a COVID-19 Safety Plan with NSW Health and we're taking appropriate steps to keep our community safe. We are focused supporting everyone's health and wellbeing, and have a comprehensive plan in place. In addition to our regular cleaning schedule, we're also increasing how often we clean and sanitise tables in common contact points – door handles, lift controls and table surfaces. We have additional hand sanitiser available in bathrooms/toilets, building and campus foyers, kitchen areas, student lounges and the Student Centre.

We have installed physical distancing markers and perspex shields, as well as foot traffic management and mandatory check-in on arrival.

Who can come on campus? 

Latest advice from the NSW Health states if you have been to a known outbreak location or have been in contact with any confirmed novel coronavirus cases:

  • immediately self-isolate until 14 days after you were last there
  • get tested even if you have no symptoms
  • watch for COVID-19 symptoms and get retested should any symptoms recur
  • even if you get a negative test, you must stay in isolation for 14 days as it can take 14 days before you may show symptoms or test positive. 

If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath (other early symptoms to watch for are chills, body aches, sore throat, headache and runny nose, muscle pain or diarrhoea) within 14 days of exposure, you should:  

  • immediately isolate yourself from other people
  • wear a mask  
  • seek medical attention as soon as possible and have a COVID test

NSW has now reached 80% full vaccination for people 16 and over, with further easing of restrictions in October 2021. 

In the interest of your health and safety, we are continuing to deliver classes Live Online for Semester 3, 2021. We continue to follow the advice of NSW Health and are planning a gradual approach to return to campus. 

Advice for students affected by travel restrictions or self-isolation

We are very conscious of the devastating effects COVID-19 is having on the global community, in terms of health, travel, freedom of movement and economic impacts.

If this situation is affecting you or your family, we would like to extend our sympathy and assure you that we are doing all we can to support you to commence or resume your studies as soon as possible.  We will continue to update you about impacts on your studies through your UTS email.
 

How will you help students who are delayed with their English Language program?

We are very aware that you may be concerned about commencing or continuing your English Language studies with us, as you can’t travel to Australia as you had planned due to travel restriction for COVID-19.

Be assured that we will do all that we can to support you so that you can still complete your studies in the timeframe you had expected, and with no or minimal additional financial cost.

Our English Language programs commence every 10 weeks and we will be able to work with you to confirm your study plan once we know more about when you can arrive.

We are offering our English Language programs via Live Online classes

Our Admission Team and your Education Agent will work together to review your study plan as needed.
 

I have had trouble accessing my accommodation in Sydney because of concerns about coronavirus, what should I do?

Please email welfare if you require accommodation support. 
 
I’m currently affected by travel restrictions and isolations and can’t return to UTS College or commence on time. Who should I contact?

If you’re a continuing or current student and have been blocked from travelling to Sydney because of Coronavirus lockdowns, please contact our Student Centre.

If you need to isolate youself for 14 days prior to returning to campus, please email Student Centre in case you require any support or assistance.
 

How is Medibank supporting students?

Medibank’s 24/7 Student Health and Support Line can help provide students with guidance on what action to take. Students with Medibank Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) can call and speak with a nurse about any health issue by calling 1800 887 283, and they can arrange an interpreter if required.

While there are currently no specific treatments for novel coronavirus, in the unlikely case a student has the coronavirus, Medibank OSHC can still help them get the medical support they need in Australia with qualified health professionals.

What are coronaviruses?

Where have active cases of coronavirus been diagnosed? 

You can find the latest information on confirmed cases, symptoms and prevention, on the NSW Health website.  

If I need to self-isolate, what guidelines should I follow?

Visit the NSW Health guidelines on self-isolation.

The Australian Government has announcement that from 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated international students with a student visa can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.

The NSW Government will not require international students to quarantine on arrival if they are fully vaccinated with a TGA-recognised vaccine. Students must show proof of vaccination and proof of a negative PCR test two to three days prior to travel. 

Where can I find more information? 

We will monitor and update this page as required. If you have any questions or concerns, you can also visit: