Update on the novel coronavirus

31 January 2020

Dear Student,

The novel coronavirus situation is rapidly evolving - every day the Australian and Victorian governments are updating their health and travel advice.

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 one, 2020. We have made these decisions to ensure the entire Monash student and staff body is able to begin the semester together with the highest regard for community wellbeing.

Key changes:

  • Week one, semester one, 2020 is currently scheduled to commence on 2 March. This start date will now be delayed to 9 March. The new timetable will be available from 21 February.
  • 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.
  • The University will continue to utilise live streaming of lectures over this period.
  • ALL deferred and supplementary exams planned for the week commencing 3 February are postponed. This includes all scheduled deferred and supplementary exams run at faculty or program level (excluding South Africa and Monash College supplementary
    and deferred exams).
  • Semester A and B exams will be postponed.
  • Orientation activities delayed until later in the semester.

Due to the ongoing nature of this situation, we have compiled a dedicated website and fact sheet to provide timely information about university arrangements, which is being regularly updated to reflect changes.

This includes information about deferment, visas, exams, attendance, Study Abroad, returning from overseas and what to do if you’re feeling unwell.

The Monash Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is in ongoing communication with State and Federal medical authorities. We continue to follow the advice of the Australian Government Department of Health, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Australian Government’s travel recommendations.

I encourage you all to check the fact sheet each day to ensure you are across the latest information.

Monash provides free confidential counselling support for any Monash student. If you need support at any time, please call 1300 788 336.

More information

Professor Susan Elliott AM
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice President (Education)