Updated: 2pm, 17 February 2020    

With many confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world, we recommend students remain on high alert to the evolving situation.

The health and safety of the RMIT community is our absolute priority and we are continuing to monitor the situation closely, with a central team coordinating RMIT’s efforts in this space.

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On 13 February, the Australian Government announced it had accepted the advice of health officials to extend travel restrictions from mainland China for another week.

On 1 February, the Australian Government announced that no one travelling from mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) would be allowed to enter Australia unless they are Australian citizens, permanent residents or immediate family members (spouses, legal guardians or dependents). These measures are temporary and will be reviewed.

Based on the advice issued on 1 February, RMIT had been asking the below of students:

  • If you have been in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), please do not attend campus for 14 days after you were last in mainland China. This recommendation does not apply retrospectively. It applies only to those who were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020.
  • If you have recently travelled through Hubei Province (which includes Wuhan City), please do not attend campus for 14 days from your date of arrival back into Australia.
  • If you have been in close contact with a person who has a confirmed case of coronavirus, please do not attend campus for 14 days from your last contact with them.
  • If you have been in direct, extended contact with people who have travelled through Hubei Province, we ask that you please contact RMIT before coming to campus.

We continue to ask if you have been unable to come to campus for any of these reasons, or if you have further questions, to contact the RMIT coronavirus hotline on +61 3 9925 5005 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm AEDST). The online coronavirus enquiry form (login required) continues to be available for students.

Classes will commence as usual

All classes and scheduled activities (including exams) will commence as planned when semester begins. To see when your classes are scheduled to start, please consult your important dates. If anything changes, we will be in contact directly.

If you are concerned you may be delayed in commencing your studies, please contact RMIT Connect using the online coronavirus enquiry form (login required) or the RMIT coronavirus hotline on +61 3 9925 5005 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm AEDST).

We will continue to take actions based on expert advice and will advise if any decisions are made that may impact your studies. RMIT is taking continuous action to maintain the safety and wellbeing of our community and we are working hard to develop solutions to reduce any disruptions to students’ studies.

Support available

RMIT recognises that this will be an unsettling time for some students, and we encourage anyone who requires support to access our range of free support services. You can request support services directly via RMIT Connect on +61 3 9925 5000. To see our full range of services, visit the student support page.

We are proud of the diversity of students and staff who choose to study and work at RMIT every day. Which is why, led by our values of inclusion and respect, we ask our entire community to look out for one another during this time.

Continuing advice

We are taking advice from the relevant authorities, including the Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Home AffairsDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Smart Traveller and the World Health Organisation and we recommend the RMIT community follow these authoritative sources to remain informed.

Please note DFAT has advised Australians not to travel to mainland China.

The following basic hygiene advice should always be followed:

  • Do cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze (with a flexed elbow or tissue, not your hand)
  • Do wash your hands often
  • Do go to the doctor if you feel sick. The Medical Hub@RMIT is also available.
  • Do not touch your mouth, nose or eyes if you have not washed your hands
  • Do not spend time with, or shake the hand of people who are sick
  • Do not spit
  • Do not go to class if you feel sick

If you or anyone you know is feeling unwell, as always, please see a doctor or visit the Medical Hub@RMIT.

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