Media statement: 31 January

Monash University is continuing to monitor the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus situation and acting accordingly.

Over this past week we have made some difficult decisions that we understand may be of concern to both students and staff. The novel coronavirus has created an unprecedented situation where some of our community of students and staff will not make it back in time from affected areas or isolation in time for the commencement of semester 1, 2020.  We have made these decisions to ensure the entire Monash staff and student body is able to begin the semester together with the highest regard for community wellbeing.

Key points about Monash’s response are:

  • All University travel to the Hubei province of China has ceased, in line with Australian Government travel recommendations.
  • In line with the Australian Government travel recommendations, Monash University is urging students and staff to reconsider travel to other parts of China.
  • We suggest that all students and staff who have returned to Australia from China remain at their home for 14 days and follow the health advice of the Department of Health.
  • Supplementary and deferred exams scheduled for week commencing 3 February are postponed.
  • All Summer A and B exams are being postponed.
  • Week 1, semester one, 2020 is currently scheduled to commence on 2 March, 2020. This start date will now be delayed to 9 March, 2020.
  • No semester one classes will be offered on campus during the week commencing 9 March. Instead, all students will undertake study online for this week only.
  • Orientation activities are delayed until later in the semester.

With the escalation of the novel coronavirus and the suggestions for self isolation, these decisions will ensure the entire Monash student body is able to begin the semester at the same time with the highest regard for staff and student wellbeing.

For more information, see the dedicated website and fact sheet.