The University has well-established and practised public health procedures and is working closely with the federal government, NSW government and local health care services and the rest of the higher education sector to manage any risk.
Several measures have been taken to help minimise risk, including:
- Communications to all students and staff providing the latest Australian Government advice.
- Specific advice and instructions to groups that may need to self-isolate.
- The provision of hand sanitiser stations around campus.
- Additional information about hygiene practices across campus on print posters and electronic.
- The establishment of appropriate isolation facilities and procedures in UOW Student Accommodation
- Staff whose role is in an indoor setting where physical distancing is hard to maintain should wear a mask.
In addition to the above measures, from 16 March 2020, UOW will expedite plans to move to remote delivery of subjects ensuring students can progress in their studies and our world-class research can continue, whilst also protecting the health and wellbeing of students and staff.
This process will involve the bringing forward of the mid-session break to commence on 23 March and conclude on 3 April. Note this decision excludes the Faculty of Business and Law postgraduate trimester subjects which will move to remote delivery for all subjects from the 23 March.
This period will be used to work intensively with academics, including casual teaching staff, and professional services staff to transition all undergraduate and postgraduate programs to remote delivery. Classes will recommence in remote delivery mode from 6 April. In order to accommodate this mid-session break, Autumn session will end on 12 June.
Information on the available campus facilities and services during this time can be found in the Student and Staff FAQs on this site.