Latest state government advice

9 July 2020

Dear student,

As you know, all of metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have now re-entered stage three restrictions following the Victorian Government’s recent announcement .

The clear directive from the Premier is that everyone who can, must stay at home, with only four exceptions: shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise (within the local area only), study and work.

As a community we are all affected in different ways by this return to lockdown. For our collective health and safety, this renewed lockdown has complicated arrangements for life and work for many of you. We will continue to provide as much flexibility as possible to maintain the quality of our education, research and services, balanced with the necessary health restrictions and the requirements of the lockdown.

I want to reassure you that our program for campus reactivation has not changed – merely been delayed for a period.

In these coming weeks of lockdown in Victoria:

  • You are directed to not come to campus if you are unwell under any circumstance.
  • All active lab-based research can continue to operate on campus, provided appropriate physical distancing, cleaning and occupational health and safety measures are in place.
  • Libraries remain open to ensure all students have access to a safe study environment equipped with high speed internet.
  • Food and beverage providers have reverted to take-away only. The Monash Merchant at Clayton campus remains open.
  • University Health Services and the pharmacy at Clayton campus remain open.
  • Monash Sport has closed its physical premises and is offering some online services.

Hygiene, building management and cleaning

We are committed to maintaining our campus’ safety, security and hygiene, and have implemented a number of initiatives to support our community who need to be on campus for work and study where it cannot be done from home. This includes:

  • distancing signage such as posters and floor markings to ensure people can stay 1.5 metres apart;
  • providing hand sanitisers in all buildings; and
  • increased cleaning in all of our buildings.

2020 education provision

We are committed to ensuring you can complete your course as soon as possible, enabling a smooth transition to work or continued study. Many professions such as teachers, nurses and engineers are currently in high-demand, and our graduates are needed to fulfil demand and help rebuild the economy post COVID-19.

Supplementary and deferred exams

These forms of assessment will continue as planned, commencing on 10 August 2020, with students able to complete exams from home with remote invigilation.

Students who cannot complete their exams remotely and are in Melbourne are able to request an on-campus space. Students who have special needs and are not in Melbourne will be catered for on an individual basis.

Semester two

  • The semester two start date will remain as 3 August.
  • Students have the option to select most of their units in online or blended delivery mode. Some units, or components of them, will only be available face to face, and we will work with those students who are unable to attend campus on alternative arrangements.
  • Where possible, we will move the on-campus components of practicals, workshops and lab-based activities until after lockdown (from week four onwards). For some units, in order for students to be able to graduate on time, the practical components will commence from the start of the semester.
  • For Melbourne-based students, there will be specialist spaces for students to complete critical face-to-face assessments during the lockdown period if required; this is relevant to courses that have placements, intensive programs and immersive design projects where the delay of practical assessments would impact the student’s ability to enter placement or prolong their degree. Faculties will contact students who form part of the cohort that will commence on-campus activity in-line with semester two commencement.
  • All lectures will be online for the remainder of 2020 and tutorials will be online until after the lockdown.
  • Students not located in Melbourne will be able to undertake their practical assessments at a later, intensive assessment period.
  • We are working to ensure all students have the opportunity to complete their assessments in a safe and timely manner.

Winter and November teaching period(s)

The winter teaching period has commenced and will continue as is. At this stage, the November intake will commence as intended in a blended mode for those located in Melbourne and Suzhou. Others will complete this study period online.

Our COVID-19 updates website will continue to be updated with any developments as they occur.

Monash is committed to doing everything we can to support you during these challenging times. A reminder that all Monash students can access free counselling services, available 24/7.

Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Regards,

Professor Margaret Gardner AC
President and Vice-Chancellor