Media statement: 14 February

The health and wellbeing of the Monash community, and the greater community is a priority for the University.

The Australian Government has now announced an extension of existing travel restrictions for people entering Australia from China to 22 February, which will be reviewed in a week.

Monash had already deferred the start of semester for the majority of programs until 9 March for an online program and 16 March for an on-campus start. If the travel ban is lifted on 22 February, the majority of our students still in China should be able to return to Australia in time for a 14 day self isolation prior to returning to campus.

If the travel restrictions are not lifted on 22 February, we will work with affected students individually to determine a personalised study plan, which may include remote and intensive study options.

Monash is committed to ensuring affected students are able to start their semester one studies and be fully up to date by the end of 2020. Most will be up to date by the end of semester one 2020 and the remainder by end of semester two, 2020. All students will graduate as first intended.

The Monash fact sheet will continue to be updated regularly.