Exposed to COVID-19?

Information for students who test positive to COVID-19 or are contacts of positive cases.

Latest update: 22 April 2022

The Victorian Government has announced changes to COVID settings, to come into place at 11:59pm, Friday 22 April, which include changes to how close contacts of positive cases are notified.  

Regardless of these changes, to ensure we are able to efficiently inform any campus close contacts, RMIT will continue to manage positive cases on campus for all staff and students centrally.  

The Public Health Team will continue to manage investigations and all communications regarding exposures on campus.

If you test positive to COVID-19, you must continue to follow the process outlined below.

 

Students who receive a positive COVID-19 test (via PCR or RAT) and have been on campus in the last seven days must:

  • Immediately complete the positive case form  which will be sent to the Public Health Team.
  • Notifying RMIT you have tested positive will ensure you have access to support and welfare checks.
  • It will also ensure that your access to campus is managed appropriately.

If you test positive to COVID-19 and have not been on campus in the last seven days you do not need to report your positive case to RMIT.

For more information on how RMIT manages positive cases on campus visit the how we’re keeping campuses safe page.

Students who are identified as household contacts (also known as close contacts)

If you are identified as a household contact

Household contacts with no symptoms of COVID-19 no longer need to self-quarantine although government requirements apply.  

Your household contact period is seven days. 

Attending campus as a household contact

If you attend campus during your seven day household contact period, you must:  

·         test negative using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) prior to coming to campus 

·         notify the RMIT Public Health Team you are a household contact via the household contact form (it is a government requirement to alert your education provider) 

·         wear a face mask indoors (and in all indoor settings when outside the home)

·         use a (RAT) at least five times over the course of the seven days (these tests must be at least 24 hours apart).  

Keep monitoring for symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.  

If you are unable or unwilling to follow these requirements, then you must quarantine for the seven day period – and you are required to get tested on Day 1 and Day 6. You must not come to campus.

If you do not have symptoms but would prefer not to come to campus, please speak with your course coordinator, program manager or Student Connect to determine if your study can be done remotely.. 

To find out where to get tested, or to access RATs, please visit the Department of Health website.

Do not come to campus if you have any symptoms.  

While on campus 

As a household contact, you are at higher risk of testing positive to COVID-19. 

While on campus, please avoid unnecessary interactions to reduce the risk of exposing others. 

You must wear a face mask indoors at all times (unless you have a valid exemption).

If you are a household contact and you have symptoms

Do not come to campus. 

Notify the RMIT Public Health Team you are a household contact via the household contact form (it is a government requirement to alert your education provider).

Contact your course coordinator, program manager or  RMIT Student Connect about studying remotely. They will work with you to see what alternative arrangements can be put in place to ensure that you are not disadvantaged.

Follow all RMIT and Victorian Government instructions

If you test positive for COVID-19 at any time, you must notify us by completing this positive case form

Students who are exposed to a positive case on campus

If you are exposed to a positive case on campus, the RMIT Public Health Team will provide you with information about your testing and isolation requirements, if any apply.

If you are exposed to the virus because of a non-RMIT related activity or workplace positive case, please follow the instructions from your workplace.

Returning to campus

RMIT's Public Health team will provide clear information on returning to campus for anyone who has tested postive or is a contact.

Please contact  rmitcovidcasemanagement@rmit.edu.au if you have any further questions or concerns.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.