Statement on the continuing COVID-19 crisis in India

Monash University is deeply saddened by the COVID-19 crisis unfolding in India, and in other parts of the world including Malaysia, the Philippines and South America, where cases are surging.

On behalf of the University, I wish to express my deepest sympathies to those affected, and extend my sincere condolences to our Indian community, including our partners at IITB-Monash Research Academy in Mumbai.

Monash has strong ties to India, and the contributions of our Indian community of staff, students, alumni, and research and industry partners have enhanced the rich and diverse fabric of our University for many years.

We are similarly keeping a close eye on what transpires in Malaysia, particularly matters that may affect our students and staff.

We acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to worsen overseas, and its devastating consequences are being felt by many in our global community. The health, safety and wellbeing of the entire Monash community is our priority, and we will continue to do everything we can to assist those in need.

This includes 24/7 counselling support for students and a mental health emergency phone line. Financial assistance is available for students, and special consideration can be applied for where circumstances are impacting a student’s ability to complete an assessment. Details of the support options available to our students can be found on our COVID-19 updates webpage.

Counselling support is available for staff through Monash’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and University Health Services also offer telehealth (video or phone) counselling sessions.

Professor Margaret Gardner AC

President and Vice-Chancellor