COVID-19 advice and information

Updated 24 February 2021

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. 

UTS Foundation Studies and English Language programs will be delivered via Live Online for Semester 1 2021. For students located in Sydney, a blend of live online and on-campus learning will be available.  Please check your email and eStudent for details. 

Coming onto campus

We're continuing to reactivate our campus, in line with updated government health advice. In Semester 1 2021, we have classes, social activities and student support services returning to face-to-face mode. Lectures and some other classes remain live online.

If you're coming to campus to attend classes, 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. Bring your mask to campus

Masks are required for all classes – so don't forget yours! They're also required in common areas and on campus whenever you're not able to maintain 1.5m distance, as well as where required by a NSW Public Health order, including if you’re travelling to campus on public transport. If you forget to bring one, you can ask for one at the Student Centre on the ground floor in the Blue Building.

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. Check out the signs on campus for a reminder

So, you’ve safely made it to campus. Now, keep an eye out for the informative signs and instructions all over campus, reminding you of everything from how many people are allowed in each space to where the sanitiser stations are located.

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

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

 

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.
 

Are there classes on campus in Semester 1 2021?

We are reactivating as many on-campus student services and classes as possible. The Student Centre, Study Success Advisers and some social activities are available in addition to many classes. We learned during 2020 that learning live online can have many benefits. We will continue with all lectures conducted live online for both onshore and international students. Where possible we have scheduled on-campus tutorials and science labs for students in Sydney so please check e-Student for details to make sure you enrol in the correct class.

We are offering our UTS Foundation Studies and English Language programs, plus diploma programs for international students and local students who may prefer this via live online classes. Diploma classes for onshore international students and domestic students will be a combination of live online  and on-campus classes.
 

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 on the NSW Health website.  

 Check the NSW Health website for up-to-date information.

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

Visit the NSW Health guidelines on self-isolation.

Government travel restrictions

A travel ban is in place for all Australians until further notice. 

Anyone who arrives into Australia from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days, even if you don't have symptoms.
These measures are temporary and are being reviewed periodically by the Australian Government. The latest detailed travel advice can be viewed at the Department of Home Affairs website.

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: