Transitioning back to campus updates
Stage 4 Restrictions & Roadmap to Reopening
Updated 9 September 2020.
With the extension of stage 4 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne effective Sunday 13 September, there are no immediate changes to RMIT’s current operations.
Only essential learning, teaching, research and operational activities will continue on campus and documentation will continue to be required for approval to travel to, and attend, any RMIT campuses. Students in courses with approved on-campus learning activities will continue to receive relevant information via Canvas or RMIT email. Students should check these channels regularly to remain informed.
In response to the Victorian Government roadmap to reopening, we are continuing to work through plans to manage a staged return to campus as restrictions and safety assessments allow.
For the vast majority of our students and staff who continue to learn and work remotely, there are no changes as a result of the latest announcement.
For more information, go to the RMIT Coronavirus webpages.
Transitioning back to campus
RMIT is currently delivering some essential practical-based learning activities on campus. These activities include labs, studios, research activities and ‘make-up’ activities that cannot be replicated online.
All lectures, tutorials and other classes that can be delivered online will continue to be delivered online in Semester 2 2020.
Given the COVID-19 situation is continuously evolving, the return of on-campus activities will be carefully managed. The University will continue to regularly review its position in keeping with Victorian Government restrictions and the latest government and health advice.
How do I know if I’ve got on-campus learning activities?
If your Course Coordinator has not advised you that you have on-campus learning activities, then you should continue studying remotely and not attend campus.
Currently, campus is only accessible to students in approved courses with on-campus learning activities.
If your at-home learning environment is unsafe, you may be prioritised to return to campus. Find out more.
We’re working hard to ensure our campuses and facilities are equipped to safely support the transition back to on-campus activities and prevent the spread of COVID-19. That does mean it will likely look and feel a little different on campus and we need everyone to play their part.
RMIT has developed a COVIDSafe Plan which outlines the principles, protocols and actions that will guide the safe transition of learning, research and work to campus so we keep our community safe.
Safety measures include:
- all individuals on campus are required to wear a face mask, take a daily temperature check, complete a daily COVID-19 Health Declaration and abide by sign-posted physical distancing requirements at all times
- building access restrictions, scheduling of spaces, clearly displaying maximum room capacity and foot traffic management
- regular deep cleaning of facilities and equipment and frequent cleaning of high contact surfaces
- provision of additional personal protective equipment for some activities
Protocols for students on campus: RMIT COVIDsafe Training Module
Everyone who attends campus is expected to vigilantly adhere to all RMIT safety protocols.
Before attending an on-campus learning activity, students must complete the mandatory online RMIT COVIDsafe Training Module, which will provide information about RMIT’s COVIDSafe measures and protocols. The module will be made available to students with on-campus learning activities through Canvas and takes around 10 minutes to complete.
Protocols for students include:
- Complete a daily COVID-19 Health Declaration. If you are feeling unwell, DO NOT attend campus – instead, stay home, seek medical advice and get a COVID-19 test. A list for COVID-19 symptoms is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services website.
- Undergo a temperature check upon arrival at campus
- Wear a face mask at all times on campus – free face masks will be made available daily at all temperature check points for students, or students can use their own mask
- Swipe your card at the entrance to buildings and rooms, even if they are unlocked, to confirm your attendance
- Abide by all physical distancing requirements – including not congregating in groups on campus
- Leave campus promptly after on-campus learning activities are complete
- Observe good hygiene
- Obey all safety signage, including room capacity and foot traffic
- If you test positive for COVID-19 and you have been on campus within the last month, inform your Program Manager or Course Coordinator immediately
Students in particular courses may have additional safety protocols, which will be communicated by Schools or Course Coordinators.
Breach of protocols
If someone does breach 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 requirement to repeat the COVIDSafe Training Module
Third breach: Executive suspension and Student Conduct Board hearing
If you are in a course that has on-campus learning activities but you are unable to attend campus or wish to continue studying remotely at this time, you will not be penalised for doing so. We understand that every student has their own personal circumstances.
RMIT will support students to complete their practical learning activities, offering the opportunity to undertake any make-up activities at a later date or in a future semester, whenever the student is able to return to campus.
It is important to note that if students are unable to attend campus for practical-based learning activities this may delay the date that they complete their study.
If you are unable to attend campus or take up an alternative learning option and are concerned about graduating on time, please contact your Course Coordinator as soon as possible so that an assessment can be made regarding completion impact and specific arrangements put in place.
What’s open on campus?
There are limited study areas with both computer access and general study tables open on campus. Use is restricted to students approved to attend campus.
City, Brunswick and Bundoora Llibraries are closed, with services operating online only.
All indoor and outdoor sports and fitness facilities are closed.
RMIT Connect will continue to operate online and over the phone.
Students must leave campus promptly after they have completed their on-campus learning activities.
Travelling to and from campus
Students travelling via public transport should familiarise themselves with the protocols for using trams and trains as outlined by Public Transport Victoria and wear a mask at all times.
The City Campus Bike Hub at Building 51 is available for limited use (shower facilities are closed). Bundoora bike cages are available. There are also bike racks available at all campuses to secure your bike.
See the Cycling page for more information.
Parking on campus
For the latest information about COVID-19 and the University’s response, as well as FAQs, please visit the dedicated RMIT webpage.