COVID-19 Update

21 Sep 2021: City campus is closed, including to permitted activities, on 22-23 September due to protests planned in the Melbourne CBD. Read more.


 

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COVID-19 Update

21 Sep 2021: City campus is closed, including to permitted activities, on 22-23 September due to protests planned in the Melbourne CBD. Read more.



RMIT Melbourne campuses ­– City, Brunswick and Bundoora – are temporarily closed to all students and staff except for permitted activities. 

Very limited learning, teaching or research activites are permitted on campus or in the field, relating to practical trades, medical, construction and some final year students. 

Authorised workers and permitted higher education students (including vocation education, approved researchers, approved HDR candidates and students on WIL placements) are required to carry permits.

Students who are permitted to attend campus will be contacted directly by their College or School regarding how to apply for a permit.   

Students who have already been approved to attend campus have been contacted about permits including how to access childcare permits if required.

Students attending campus are also required to follow the COVIDSafe campus protocols outlined below.

All students should continue to check their Canvas and their RMIT student email for the latest information and directives.

COVIDSafe campus protocols for students

In line with our COVIDSafe Plan, all students attending campus must adhere to safety protocols to help keep our community safe. Together we can all do our part to limit the spread on COVID-19.

If you are coming to campus, please read through the protocols carefully so you understand what you need to know and do before you come to campus and while on campus.


Before you come to campus

There are two things you must do before coming to campus:

1. Have an RMIT student card

You must carry your student card at all times on campus. Campus Security may request to see your student card at any time. If you don't have one, you can order a new or replacement student card via the link below and it will be mailed to you.

2. Complete the RMIT COVIDSafe 2021 Training Module

The COVIDSafe Training Module is available through Canvas. You must complete the 2021 module ONCE only. If you have previously completed the 2020 module, you will need to do the 2021 module to cover updated information. If you've forgotten your login password, you can reset it.

Daily Health Declaration requirement removed

From Friday 25 June 2021, students are no longer required to complete a Daily Health Declaration before attending campus.
 

When arriving on campus  

There are three things you must do when you arrive on campus:  

1. Scan your student card at a campus access point each day    

Access points are located at the main entrances to most RMIT buildings. You must scan your card at an access point when you arrive on campus or it won’t be activated to open doors and rooms inside buildings for that day.  Please give yourself extra time to scan your card as there may be lines at some access points during busy times.

If your card doesn’t scan at the access point, make sure you’ve completed your COVIDSafe Training Module – your card won’t scan unless you’ve completed it.

2. Check-in to all buildings using QR codes

Every time you enter any building on campus, you must check-in using the unique QR code displayed at the entrance of each building. If you exit a building and then return, you must check-in using the QR code again. This is a critical part of Victorian Government contact tracing efforts.

3. Connect to the RMIT WiFi   

You must connect to the RMIT WiFi network so information about your location on campus can be collected for the purpose of contact tracing in accordance with government requirements for universities. Personal and location information will be centrally stored, managed in accordance with RMIT's Privacy Statement, and deleted after 28 days. 

If you are feeling unwell, DO NOT attend campus – instead, stay home, seek medical advice and consider getting a COVID-19 test. A list for COVID-19 symptoms is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services website.

While on campus

While on campus, you must:

  • NEW REQUIREMENT: Mark your attendance during every class you attend on campus using myTimetable. This is required to meet our obligations to support Victorian Government accurate contact tracing. For instructions, download the Mark Your Attendance Guide (PDF)
  • Wear a face mask in accordance with current Victorian Government advice and carry a mask at all times. 27 July 2021: Masks must be worn at all times indoors and outdoors on campus (including in classrooms, the Library and research spaces). Teaching staff are exempt from wearing masks in teaching settings. If you forget or misplace your mask, you can collect a spare mask from Campus Security or roving security guards. If you have a valid medical exemption from wearing a mask, please contact RMIT Student Connect so you can be issued with a card to indicate your exemption.
  • Swipe your student card at the entrance to rooms, labs and spaces, even if they are unlocked, for contact tracing purposes
  • If you see a QR code displayed at the entrance to a classroom or space, scan it and provide your details. This is to support contact tracing. Services Victoria QR codes will be used at RMIT galleries, theatres and sports facilities
  • Obey all safety signage, including maximum room capacity limits and building access restrictions
  • Abide by physical distancing requirements
  • Observe good hygiene
  • Follow the directives of COVIDSafe Monitors and Champions

Special access

If you need access to a particular learning or research space, your access will be organised by your program. If you need after-hours access to an area, visit the Campus access page for information and application details.


Breach of protocols

If someone breaches any of RMIT’s COVIDSafe protocols, they face potentially serious consequences.

First breach: Formal written warning and coaching on protocols
Second breach: Temporary suspension from campus and requirement to repeat the COVIDSafe Training Module 
Third breach: Executive suspension and Student Conduct Board hearing


If you cannot attend campus

We understand that some students may not be able to attend campus in 2021 due to circumstances outside their control, such as ongoing international travel restrictions or legitimate personal circumstances.

Where online classes can be offered, the option will be available for students who cannot attend campus. You can check if your courses have online class options by following the instructions on the Class timetables in 2021 page.

RMIT will make every effort to ensure students who cannot attend campus are able to continue their studies online and will not be disadvantaged. However, in circumstances where a student must complete learning activities on campus to meet course or program requirements, if a student is unable to attend campus at this time, it may result in delays to their progression and program completion. Students will be given the option to complete activities on campus at a future date.

Students can also choose to take a Leave of Absence.

International students seeking to enter Australia

We have heard from many of our international students overseas who are waiting for the opportunity to come back to Melbourne. The Australian and Victorian Governments are currently working to establish an approach to allow international students to enter Victoria. 

RMIT, in partnership with other Victorian universities, continues to advocate for our international students. We are having constructive discussions with the Victorian Government about when international students can return.

We will continue to keep you updated and will be in touch when we have further information. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus, when possible.


Additional safety measures on campus

We’re working hard to ensure our campuses and facilities are equipped to safely support on-campus activities and prevent the spread of COVID-19. RMIT has developed a COVIDSafe Plan which outlines on-campus safety principles, protocols and actions.

In addition to the student safety protocols listed above, RMIT has implemented many other measures, including:

  • regular deep cleaning of facilities and equipment
  • frequent cleaning of high contact surfaces
  • increased air ventilation 
  • provision of additional personal protective equipment for some activities
  • WiFi-enabled location data collection for contact tracing purposes

In times of increased community transmission of COVID-19 we may introduce additional safety measures such as temperature checks, limiting building or campus access, etc.


Getting to and from campus


Public transport

All RMIT Melbourne campuses are accessible via public transport.

Public Transport Victoria COVID-19 information
Public Transport Victoria Journey Planner
 

Bicycle access

The City campus Bike Hub in Building 51 is available but showers facilities are closed. Bundoora bike cages are available. There are also bike racks available at all campuses.

See Bike facilities at RMIT for more information.
 

Parking on campus

See Parking at City campusParking at Brunswick campus or Parking at Bundoora campus for more information.


More information

For the latest information about COVID-19 and the University’s response, visit the RMIT coronavirus webpages

Contacts 

We recommend you monitor the Australian Government Department of HealthVictorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and World Health Organisation to stay informed.

For travel and visa information, visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs or Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smart Traveller website.