RMIT Statement

RMIT Statement

As cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to increase, RMIT is committed to supporting our staff and students at home and overseas.

For resources, FAQs and relevant information for the RMIT community, visit:

 

Latest update - 10am, Tuesday 7 April

The health, safety and wellbeing of the RMIT community is our absolute priority and as the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves, we are continuing to take the advice and guidance of relevant authorities. 

With this advice in mind, on 22 March RMIT made the decision to suspend all face-to-face learning and teaching activity on our Australian campuses until further notice. 

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

 

Student Support

On 26 March, RMIT extended census dates wherever possible. This included deadline extensions for fee payments and leave of absence requests.

The RMIT Student Hardship Assistance and Equity Scholarship funds have also been expanded to provide up to $10 million in immediate, additional support for students impacted by COVID-19. Two types of financial assistance are now available:

  1. Emergency Financial Grant: to help students impacted by job loss, housing insecurity or other financial matters associated with COVID-19. This is for non-tech expenses, like essential living costs, textbooks, accommodation, healthcare, or food.
  2. Technology Grant: to help students access essential equipment and continue studying remotely, including hardware, software, subscriptions, data and digital materials.

Students impacted by COVID-19 can apply for a Grant via the RMIT student website (login required).

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

 

Learning, Teaching and Research

We have progressively transitioned courses to online delivery wherever possible, to support our students in continuing their studies during this difficult time.

We are continuing to implement measures that enable us to provide a quality digital experience to our community as an alternative to face-to-face delivery.

Information relating to specific courses, programs, classes and tutorials, as well as guidance relating to changes to program and course delivery is being provided directly to students via email, our student learning portal and course coordinators. 

For research, our objective is to minimise the disruption to research programs within the prevailing constraints. 

 

Flexible Work

RMIT has many tools and systems in place to support our staff in working flexibly and remotely. Special leave arrangements are also in place for staff impacted by COVID-19 and who are unable to work.

 

Travel 

From Friday 20 March, the Federal Government restricted all non-Australian residents or citizens from entering Australia. 

RMIT has been asking members of the University community who are Australian citizens or Australian residents currently overseas, to please return to Australia as soon as possible, self-isolate upon return and monitor their health.

All travel for RMIT staff and students remains restricted, and we have been actively reaching out to anyone travelling to support them in returning home.

 

Health and Wellbeing

A range of support services are available to the RMIT community, and we encourage those who need it to reach out to the relevant contacts on our staff and student channels (login required). 

We continue to take advice from relevant authorities, and we recommend the RMIT community follow these sources to remain informed, including:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has a dedicated hotline for those who suspect they may have COVID-19: 1800 675 398.

 

At RMIT we are proud of the diverse range of students and staff who choose to study and work with us every day. Led by our values of inclusion and respect, we ask our entire community to look out for one another during this time. 

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.