RMIT Statement

RMIT Statement

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, RMIT remains committed to supporting our students and staff at home and overseas.

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Latest update - Wednesday 16 December

The health, safety and wellbeing of the RMIT community is our absolute priority and we are continuing to take advice and guidance from the relevant authorities.

We ask our community to please follow the latest government advice, so we can all play our part in containing the transmission of COVID-19.

 

Current Restrictions and Roadmap to Reopening

In line with Victorian Government guidelines and RMIT’s own safety assessments, all Melbourne campuses – City, Brunswick and Bundoora – will be open to all students and staff from Monday 1 February 2021 with safety protocols in place.

Students and staff currently undertaking approved on-campus learning, teaching, research or operational activities are able to continue attending campus prior to 1 February 2020 along with students who are picking up requested items from the Library Click and Collect service.

Limited additional priority staff, Higher Degree by Research students and students undertaking Summer classes will be permitted to return to campus from early January. These students will be advised directly.

In order to attend campus, all students and staff must adhere to the safety protocols outlined in RMIT’s COVIDSafe Plan, including completing the RMIT COVIDSafe Training Module.

Students can find detailed information about campus safety and access protocols on the Return to campus page.

The return of on-campus activities will be carefully managed and RMIT will continue to regularly review its position in line with Victorian Government restrictions and the latest government and health advice.

 

Learning, Teaching and Research

On 22 March, RMIT made the decision to suspend all face-to-face activity across its Australian campuses and transition to remote delivery.

While lectures will remain online for the duration of 2020, we have returned limited, essential learning, teaching and research activities, including selected tutorials, to campus in line with Government advice.

From 1 February 2021 we will return as many classes to campus as possible while adhering to the latest physical distancing requirements and room density limits.

Classes and research activities requiring specialist equipment and spaces will be prioritised while classes such as tutorials, lectorials, workshops and practicals may include a mix of both on campus and online delivery.

All lectures will remain online only and there will be no standard face-to-face examinations in Semester 1 2021. Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placements will be considered on a course-by-course basis.

We will review our position regularly as we continue to respond to the evolving situation into 2021 and remain committed to supporting our students and staff in every way we can.

To ensure the safety of our community we also have contingency plans in place to return to predominantly online delivery with minimal disruption should that be required at any point.

We are proud of our community’s continued response to COVID-19 and willingness to innovate and adapt during this difficult time.

Despite the challenges we face, we remain focused on continuing our leading research and providing quality learning experiences for our students.

 

Health and Wellbeing

We recommend the RMIT community continues following authoritative government and health sources to remain informed.

We are focused on the wellbeing of our people and a range of support services are available to the RMIT community. We encourage those who need it to reach out to the relevant contacts on our student and staff (login required) channels. 

RMIT’s COVIDSafe Plan outlines the measures required to safely support the resumption of on-campus activities when it is safe to do so.

We are extremely proud of our diverse, vibrant and passionate community of students and staff and will continue to do everything we can to support everyone through these changes to the way we study and work.

 

Student Support

RMIT students impacted by COVID-19 can continue to access a range of financial, housing and general support services offered by RMIT, as well as Government support. Go to the RMIT student website for more information and application instructions.  

The University has been supporting the repatriation of students who require assistance to return home from overseas, refunding pre-paid parking, waiving all existing Library fees and fines and supporting students with food service via the RMIT Chaplaincy.

 

Cost Measures

We have been taking a careful and considered approach to address the financial challenges associated with COVID-19 and are continuing to seek ways to reduce our costs and align our operations to the environment we face.

All travel remains restricted, consultancies have been reviewed and budgeted major projects have been rescoped, paused or stopped to drive important savings.

While we are, of course, reviewing our non-strategic assets in light of the challenges associated with COVID-19, the vast majority of assets we hold are essential for learning, teaching and research.

We previously asked senior leaders to support the ongoing sustainability of RMIT by reducing their fixed salary by 10% to the end of 2020 or reducing their working hours. Senior leaders were also informed they will not be eligible for pay reviews or any additional salaried benefits this year. This operational decision came after the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive (VCE) agreed to reduce their overall remuneration by 20%.

We have also provided options to our wider staff should they wish to make a contribution to RMIT’s cost measures, such as a temporary reduction in their working hours or purchasing additional leave.  Following consultation and feedback from our people, a voluntary redundancy program was also made available.

We acknowledge this is an extremely challenging and uncertain time for our community and must reiterate that these decisions are not being taken lightly.

 

Community Updates

We will continue to communicate with students, staff and partners as new information becomes available.

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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. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer