As announced yesterday (Wednesday 7 July), NSW health restrictions and stay-at-home orders in place for Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, and Shellharbour have been extended for one week, until 11:59 pm, Friday 16 July.
This means that students who reside in, or whose usual place of work or study is within these areas should continue to work or study from home where it not essential to be on campus.
Our Sydney CBD and Southern Sydney campuses will continue to be closed, and expect them to reopen on Monday 19 July 2021, pending any further extensions to these restrictions. All other UOW campuses remain open.
For students visiting our Wollongong, South Western Sydney and Innovation campuses:
- You must continue to wear a face mask in all indoor campus settings,
- Theone person per four square metre rule continues to apply to campus teaching rooms and venues at these campuses, and
- If you have been in the Greater Sydney region (including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) on or after 21 June, you should follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after you left that area.
Any classes or assessments scheduled on these campuses over this period will likely revert to online delivery unless it is essential for them to be conducted on campus. Students with impacted classes or assessments will be communicated to directly.
Check the latest list of case locations and alerts
Please continue to check this list of case locations, exposure venues and public transport routes. If you attended a venue during the times and dates listed, you must immediately follow the health advice listed against the relevant venue, and do not visit a UOW campus for any reason. This also applies to those who have been partially or fully vaccinated.
Staying COVID-Safe on campus
Please continue to stay safe and follow these COVID-Safe rules and book in for a COVID-19 Vaccination when it is available to you.
New check-in requirements from Monday 12 July
Commencing from Monday 12 July, mandatory Service NSW QR code scanning will be introduced at all UOW buildings, including residences. Students must check-in and out every time they enter or leave a building on our campuses – this may include checking in multiple times a day.
Most smartphone cameras can scan QR codes, but you may need to download a QR code reader app via Google Play or the App Store.
The information captured via this process is submitted to Service NSW, who will share this with NSW Health only if needed and is only retained for 28 days. The University does not store or have access to this information.
Scanning in and out of UOW buildings (including residences) will greatly assist NSW contact tracers to rapidly undertake investigations in the event of an incident.
Session 2 and returning to campus
As we approach the start of Session 2 (26 July), we want to provide students with some information about what class delivery might look like. We are currently planning to return on-campus classes, as per the current timetable, provided stay-at-home orders are no longer in place. To ensure everyone’s safety, checking in via Service NSW QR code when entering a building and mask-wearing in all classrooms and shared indoor spaces will be mandatory.
UOW will decide on 19 July how classes will be delivered for the first week of session, based on the restrictions in place at that time. We will communicate with students as soon as a decision is made, so make sure you check SOLS and UOWmail early that week, so you know what to expect. We miss seeing you on campus – so please know we are committed to bringing more students back on campus safely and returning to a fully vibrant campus experience as soon as we can.
Stay up to date
Stay up to date with the latest health information and any further updates via the NSW Health website, and/or their social media accounts (Twitter: @NSWHealth; Facebook: @NewSouthWalesHealth).
Student Central is your first point of contact for enquiries – you can contact them via:
- Telephone: +61 2 4221 3927
- Email: email@example.com
- Submit an online enquiry
- You can also search our online knowledge base, AskUOW, for answers to commonly asked questions
- Operating Hours: 9 am - 5 pm AEST, Monday to Friday
Support services for students
We appreciate this may be a challenging time and encourage students to seek support through UOW Support Services if needed.