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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Update: Monday 20 September 2021

Two people who have tested positive for COVID-19 attended RMIT’s Building 57, City campus during the following dates and times.

Exposures sites:

  • Tier 1 
    Location: Room number 57.03.10 and room number 57.02.003, Building 57, City campus (53 Lygon St, Carlton) 
    Time and Date: entire day, Wednesday 15 September 
  • Tier 2 
    Location: remainder of Building 57 (excluding room number 57.03.10 and room number 57.02.003), City campus (53 Lygon St, Carlton) 
    Time and Date: entire day, Wednesday 15 September
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RMIT has contacted all staff and students who visited the locations during the timeframe.  

Tier 1 contacts who attended the Tier 1 location above during the exposure times, please self-isolate and immediately seek testing. You must remain isolated for 14 days from exposure, regardless if you return a negative result. 

Tier 2 contacts who attended the Tier 2 locations above during the exposure times, please self-isolate and immediately seek testing. You must remain isolated until you return a negative test. 

If you attended City campus on Wednesday 15 September but not Building 57, please monitor for symptoms and consider getting tested. 

If you were in attendance during the above dates and times and haven’t been contacted, please email: rmitcovidcasemanagement@rmit.edu.au

We are supporting our staff and students during this challenging time. All scheduled classes have been cancelled for Building 57 and the adjoining Building 56 for the remainder of this week and the buildings are closed for deep-cleaning.

Classes on the rest of City campus will continue as scheduled. 

All scheduled classes have been cancelled for Building 57 and the adjoining Building 56 for the remainder of this week and the buildings are closed for deep-cleaning.

 

Previously advised exposure sites

RMIT’s Building 223, Bundoora Campus (Plenty Rd, Bundoora) has now been added as an exposure site for the following dates: 

Tier 1: Module F inside Building 223

Tier 2: Remainder of Building 223

For the entire days for the following dates:

  • Monday 13 September
  • Tuesday 14 September

In line with government advice, all staff and students who visited this location during the timeframe have been notified and advised to immediately self-isolate and seek testing.

If you were in attendance during the above dates and times and haven’t been contacted, please email: rmitcovidcasemanagement@rmit.edu.au 


RMIT’s Building 70 (39 - 49 Cardigan Street, Carlton) has been added as a Tier 1 exposure site for the following dates: 

  • Wednesday 8 September between 7.30am and 4.00pm
  • Thursday 9 September between 7.30am and 4.00pm

In line with Government advice, all staff and students who visited this location during the timeframe have been notified and advised to immediately self-isolate and seek testing. 

If you were in attendance during the above dates and times and haven’t been contacted please contact positive.case.notification@rmit.edu.au.

Current restrictions 

The Victorian Government has announced an extension of the current lockdown for all of Victoria until 70 per cent of eligible Victorians have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has recommended some modest easing to restrictions from 11.59pm Friday, 17 September in lockdown areas of metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat, now Victoria has hit that target. 

All Victorian RMIT campuses and locations will remain closed, except for permitted activities, through to Sunday 26 September. 

During this time, very limited learning, teaching or research activities will be permitted on campus or in the field, relating to practical trades, medical, construction and some final year students. These groups will be contacted directly with further information.

RMIT staff must work from home, unless required to support these limited learning, teaching or research activities permitted on campus. Those staff who teach or support students with permitted on-campus activities will receive further information from their College or School.

All shared spaces remain closed, including the Library, gyms and fitness centres, retail and hospitality, theatres and galleries, and the RMIT Bundoora Health Clinic.

RMIT is working hard to ensure our campuses and facilities are equipped to safely support on-campus activities and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

We have rigorous COVIDSafe practices and protocols in place and look forward to welcoming staff and students back to campus soon.

 

Permits

All authorised workers and permitted higher education students (vocational education, approved researchers, approved HDR candidates and students on WIL placements) are required to carry permits. Approvals provided during the previous July lockdown, or earlier stages of the current lockdown (lockdown #6) remain valid.

Staff and students approved to attend campus have been contacted and advised how to obtain their permits including how to access childcare permits if required. 


Information for students

All Higher Education classes will be taught online with the advertised timetable through to Sunday 26 September. Where classes require use of specialist facilities, RMIT will continue to make alternative arrangements during the semester. 

Permitted activities relating to Vocational Education will continue on campus during lockdown and other classes will be held online where possible until 26 September, pending government advice.

Learning and teaching staff who teach or support students who have permitted campus activities will receive further information from their College or School. 

Approvals for research students to attend campus in special circumstances must be given by the relevant College General Manager of Operations in line with specified COVID-19 advice.

The only WIL placements that can continue during the lockdown are the following:

  • Teacher education, medical, allied health, aged care and disability clinical placements
  • Practical trades
  • Pre-service early childhood and school teachers
  • Placements related to final year studies, noting employers must approve this
  • Other placements that can be done remotely (online).

All students should continue to check Canvas and their RMIT student email for further directives from teachers.   Course and program coordinators will continue to share updates on learning activities with their students via Canvas.

 

Accessing a COVID vaccination

Vaccines are key to progressing out of lockdown and we encourage all staff and students to get vaccinated as soon as possible to help Victoria reach its vaccination target. 

RMIT is providing paid vaccination leave for staff and also supporting community access to COVID-19 vaccination, with the RMIT Medical Hub on our city campus providing both Astrazenca and Pfizer vaccinations.

For more information about vaccines and how to book an appointment visit: 

     

Instructions for those directed to isolate or await testing

We encourage everyone to stay up-to-date with the exposure sites across Melbourne. If you have been to one of these sites at the time listed, please follow government advice for what you need to do. 

To ensure you have access to support, welfare checks and so that we can manage your campus access:

All information shared with People Connect and RMIT Student Connect is managed in line with the RMIT Privacy Statement.

 

Stay up-to-date

Students are encouraged to regularly visit the Return to campus page for updates on our COVID-19 response. 

For general public health advice, please visit the Department of Health website

We will continue to provide information as it becomes available.

 

Support

The health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and the wider community remains our greatest priority and support is always available - see full list of contact details below.

Contacts 

Study and financial support


Health and wellbeing support

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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