Vice Chancellor's response to COVID-19 March 18

Published 18 March 2020
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Southern Cross University will deliver all its study programs online as of Monday, while its campuses remain open.

Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker announced the move today as a response to the continuing impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

“We have made this move in the best interests of our students and our teaching staff,” the Vice Chancellor said.

“While every degree that we offer will now be available online, all of our campuses remain open.”

This includes Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast regional campuses, as well as metropolitan campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

All teaching will convert to the online mode by Monday March 23, 2020.

“Unless otherwise advised, classes will be delivered online at the same time that face-to-face classes would have occurred. Students timetables will not change, but how they engage with classes will,” Professor Shoemaker said.

“Some activity which cannot be undertaken online — such as clinical placements in Health and Teaching practicums—will continue unless otherwise advised.

“If, however, a site at which students are undertaking a placement closes they should contact the University on for support.

“While essential campus facilities remain available, we are reducing every risk we can identify.”

The University is in close and constant communication with state and federal health authorities and responding as appropriate.

Significant measures undertaken include:

  • Graduation ceremonies scheduled between now and until July 1 have been cancelled.
  • International Travel has stopped. Domestic Travel is severely curtailed.
  • Enhanced our cleaning protocols across the campuses.
  • The Gold Coast Virtual Gym and Coffs Harbour Gym will be closed from today until further notice.
  • SCU Fitness Centre and Pool at Lismore will close as of 6pm March 20, until further notice.

“There are currently no identified cases of COVID-19 at Southern Cross University,” Professor Shoemaker said, “But we remain vigilant and aware of the highly contagious nature of this virus.”

UPDATE: This releases has been edited to refelect the closure of the SCU Fitness Centre and Pool at Lismore from 6pm on March 20 until further notice. 

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