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COVID-19 information for students

What you need to know about learning and student life at UOW during COVID-19.

Staying COVID-safe on campus

To ensure the ongoing safe operation of our campus activities and the wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors, the University has implemented a COVID-19 Safe Plan. For these measures to be effective, we need everyone in the UOW community to share in the responsibility for its implementation.

  • Do not attend campus if you have COVID-19 symptoms - follow the health advice and present to a COVID-19 testing clinic or do a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
  • Follow Public Health Order requirements for self-isolation if you are COVID-19 positive or a close contact.
  • Please let us know if you test positive and you have been on campus in the previous 48 hours - see ‘If you test positive to COVID-19’ advice below.
  • COVID-19 (as well as influenza) vaccination is strongly encouraged for staff, students and visitors attending all our campuses.
  • Students living in UOW residences, as well as workers or visitors in these facilities, are required to be vaccinated.
  • Face masks are highly recommended for staff, students and visitors indoors, in crowded places, when you cannot practise physical distancing, and of course, when it’s mandatory. 

We also have a range of COVID-19 FAQs for students.

On campus and online study options

While many students are back on campus in 2022, others can’t be with us or prefer an online learning option. With this in mind:

  • We will offer both on-campus and online modes in the 2022 Spring and T3 sessions.
  • In most cases students will be able to elect online tutorials - please note offshore and vulnerable students will be prioritised.
  • Most large lectures (100+ students) will be delivered online.
  • On campus lectures will have a live stream option and/or be recorded.
  • Face-to-face classes on our campuses will be carried out with COVID Safe measures in place.
  • Shared indoor spaces will have mechanical or natural ventilation.
  • Teaching spaces will be capped at 75 per cent during the 2022 Spring and T3 sessions and adjusted according to community COVID rates or Public Health Orders.

Students who cannot attend campus

If you enrol in a subject that has an on-campus component, but cannot legitimately attend, you may be able to carry out these components remotely (where that is possible) or complete them at a later date.

What you need to know

If you have COVID-19 symptoms you cannot attend campus and are required to follow the health advice and get tested.

If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms first, call the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline on 1800 020 080 for advice. You should seek medical attention if you have serious symptoms. 

For information on how to seek medical attention visit the Australian Government Department of Health.

If you test positive to COVID-19 or are a close contact you are required to follow Public Health Order requirements for self-isolation.

When to notify UOW:

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus in the last 48hrs, report this to and include the dates and times, and locations you visited while on campus. Privacy of individuals will be maintainedAlso contact your Subject Coordinator or Tutor – they will be able to advise what options are available to you with regards to your studies.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not been on campus in the last 48hrs, you do not need to notify UOW. However, if your studies have been impacted (such as class attendance), please get in touch with your Subject Coordinator or Tutor. They will advise you on what options are available to you with regards to your studies.

Academic consideration may be available:
Academic consideration may also be considered if COVID-19 illness impacts your studies. You can find out more about Academic Consideration, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, on our website.

If you experience ongoing impacts due to COVID-19, please contact UOW’s Student Accessibility and Inclusion team for ongoing support and to apply for a reasonable adjustment.

We strongly encourage all students and staff to get fully vaccinated and get their booster shot as soon as they are eligible. 

Students are required to be vaccinated if they are living in UOW residences, for professional experience and work-integrated learning placements where there is a Public Health Order requirement.

The University strongly advises wearing a mask indoors, in crowded places, when you cannot practise physical distancing, and of course, when it’s mandatory. This simple measure is an effective way to help protect everyone in our community.

Masks will continue to be required in laboratories and other clinical training settings.

Please remember to follow these safety precautions when you come to campus:

  • Practise good hygiene by washing your hands often and well or using a hand sanitiser.
  • Disinfect any shared equipment or surfaces with disinfectant wipes or sprays.
  • Practise cough etiquette (coughing or sneezing into your elbow or tissue).

Extensive safety and hygiene processes are in place with cleaning, hand sanitiser, disinfecting wipes, cleaning supplies and gloves.

Natural and mechanical building ventilation is routinely checked to ensure air quality is in line with safety standards.

UOW continues to follow NSW Health advice on COVID-19 protocols and requirements. We encourage you to stay updated on the latest rules and advice via the NSW Health website.