Information for students
Updated 27 May, 2020
These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand and we will support our students and staff, in Australia and overseas as this situation unfolds. If you need to contact the University because your situation is affected by the COVID-19 outbreak please use this dedicated email: SCUAssist@scu.edu.au.
The University has established a COVID-19 Bursary to provide students residing in Australia with financial support of up to $500. Applications have now closed for session one.
Visit the Moneysmart Moneysmart website for information on Government financial assistance, financial counselling or if you have issues paying bills or your mortgage.
University support services are available online
We are here to support you every step of the way, for your wellbeing and academically, with extra study support, counselling, access and inclusion support or chaplaincy. Workshops, counselling, access and inclusion and chaplaincy are available as online services during this period.
International Student Emergency Relief Fund
The Australian Red Cross has funding to support students who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents that have an urgent need as a result of the COVID-19. Visit the webpage for more details.
Each of the following states has an International Student Hub that outlines student welfare options available:
The Victorian Government recently announced an International Student Emergency Relief Fund for international students facing financial hardship. The University is working with the Government on the allocation of these funds and will make contact with students who are eligible to apply.
Our University remains open, and our campuses are available for you to access.
See details and maps on dedicated student study spaces.
The University Libraries are delivering their services online. Although the libraries are closed to physical patrons, students are encouraged to continue to use all of the deep online resources available.
Visit our Virtual Library Services page for more information.
Student Help Desks/Students Hubs have transitioned to virtual mode. Applications, enrolment details, chat functions and all other student enquiry services are available online or via phone.
All phone, text, chat and email queries will be responded to either in real time or via normal queues.
Closure of Queensland Border - The Queensland-NSW border is closed, including the M1 motorway. Rail services are suspended. In addition, all air travellers to Queensland are required to self-isolate upon arrival for 14 days.
See the Vice Chancellor's message updates (sent to all students and staff).
In response to the spread of COVID-19, Southern Cross University transitioned all teaching online as of 23 March 2020 and for the remainder of Session 1. On 17 April the Vice Chancellor announced that the University had determined to continue to deliver our education online in Session 2.
Below is information in relation to Southern Cross University’s delivery tools for online learning. Please note that you will receive specific advice via MySCU from your School regarding how your units will be delivered. It is important that you check your Learning Sites on MySCU regularly for subject updates.
FAQs on the transition to online learning
Below is a list of commonly asked questions specific to students and their concerns over COVID-19 and how it may impact on their studies.
COVID-19 School of Education FAQs