Transitioning back to campus updates
Transitioning back to campus
As Government restrictions ease, we’ve begun prioritising the transition back to campus of essential practical-based learning activities, labs, studios, research activities and ‘make-up’ activities that cannot be replicated online.
While we’re excited to transition some activities back to campus, this will be carefully managed.
As we progressively transition activities back to campus, Victorian Government restrictions may be reinstated at any time dependent on the advice of the Chief Health Officer. We will review our position regularly.
What is returning
The list of courses that will be transitioning back to on-campus delivery can be found on the programs and courses page.
Face-to-face learning and teaching remains suspended for all other courses and programs.
For now, the majority of students should not attend campus as our learning and teaching activities are all online and remote at the moment.
Please do not attend campus unless you have received approval and only remain on campus for the duration of your practical or research activity.
RMIT COVIDSafe Training Module
Before transitioning back to campus, students will need to complete a mandatory online module which will provide information about RMIT’s COVIDSafe measures and protocols. This will be made available through Canvas and takes around 10 minutes to complete.
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.
Keeping our community safe
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.
Everyone will be expected to adhere to all RMIT safety protocols, including practising good hygiene and respecting all physical and social distancing requirements, which will be signposted across campus.
Extra measures implemented by RMIT include:
- hand sanitisers at the entrance of all buildings
- physical distancing requirements applied and signposted
- regular deep cleaning of facilities and equipment
- building access restrictions
- scheduling of spaces
- foot traffic management
- maximum room capacity clearly displayed
- no large groups congregating on campus
- frequent cleaning of high contact surfaces
- stringent hygiene requirements for all facilities.
If you need a safe place to study
Students who request to return to campus based on an unsafe learning from home environment (e.g. unsuitable study environment or other wellbeing concerns) will be prioritised to transition back to campus.
Our Health, Safety and Wellbeing team will help assess and facilitate these requests to ensure suitable and safe on-campus spaces are available as soon as practicable. If you have an immediate need to not study at home, please speak to RMIT Connect so we can provide you with the right support.
What’s open on campus?
There are limited study areas with both computer access and general study tables. Use is restricted to students approved to attend campus.
Main libraries (City, Bundoora, Brunswick)
Library services continue online. There is no direct student access to the book collection.
Other student services, such as RMIT Connect will continue to operate remotely. We will review all on-campus facilities regularly and provide updates as more shared spaces are made available.
Indoor sports facilities and fitness centres
The operation of indoor sports facilities and fitness centres will be closed until more general access is granted and a higher population is expected on our campuses.
Once open, strict cleaning and hygiene measures will need to be adhered to by all participants, including:
- wiping down of equipment before and after use
- bringing your own gym towel, this requirement is mandatory for all gym users
- wiping down equipment with disinfectant wipes after use – this is in line with usual practice
- using hand sanitiser upon entry, after using each piece of equipment and upon exit
- avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth – use your towel
- if you use a paper towel or tissue, dispose of it immediately.
Outdoor sports facilities
Outdoor sports facilities will be accessible to RMIT sporting clubs on request to BCM after completion of a risk assessment and development of a return-to-play plan in line with the current government directions.
Clubs and Associations
Clubs and associations involved in outdoor activities should submit a risk assessment for approval by Executive Director Students demonstrating adherence to the current government directions.
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.
While our bicycle hub on our City Campus remains closed for now, there are ample bike racks available throughout campus to secure your bike. The Building 51 Bike Hub and Bundoora Bike Hub will be available from 1 July 2020.
For access, please complete the Security Bike Parking form.
For the latest information about COVID-19 and the University’s response, as well as FAQs, please visit the dedicated RMIT webpage.
- General student enquiries: RMIT Connect
- Coronavirus related enquiries: RMIT COVID-19 enquiry form and phoneline +61 3 9925 5005
- Medical care: Medical Hub @ RMIT
- Financial support grants
- Online study and assessment support
- Coronavirus health and wellbeing support
- Victorian Department of Health and Human Services hotline: 1800 675 398