COVID-19 – Buildings close but La Trobe remains open for study and research

La Trobe University is continuing to respond to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation in Australia and to follow the advice of Federal and State governments and health authorities. 

Our first priority remains the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and members of the University and wider community. 

In response to the latest advice and requirements from Government, La Trobe has taken the decision to close the majority of its buildings across all campuses in Melbourne (Bundoora and City), Bendigo, Shepparton, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Sydney. This is effective from close of business on Monday 30 March 2020 until further notice. 

Although our buildings are closed, the University remains open online to students and staff, and we will continue to provide excellence in teaching, learning and research through these new modes of working. 

Student Study Hubs 

We are conscious that a number of students, including research students, require access to computers, internet and space to study. We have identified spaces on our campuses to ensure that you can continue to access the technology you need at this time. Please be advised that strict social distancing measures will be in place within each of these spaces.  

  • Albury-Wodonga: AW-3A4  
  • Bendigo: SSC-241  
  • Bundoora: Beth Gleeson Building  
    • BG-104, BG-106, BG-108 (Software for all other schools);  
    • BG-103, BG-105, BG-107 (Computer Science Software);  
    • BG-320, BG-322 (Engineering Software) 
  • Mildura: Brian Grogan Room 125  
  • Shepparton: Learning Hub Computing spaces  

These areas will be automatically open, unlocked and accessible from 09.00 am to 05.00 pm, Monday to Friday. 

A check-in and check-out process has been developed to manage physical safety and security for the few facilities that will remain open. 

All staff and students attending or residing on our campus network must continue to work in accordance with strict protocols around physical distancing and hygiene, which will be monitored by our security team. 

Research students

Many research students (Honours and Graduate Researchers) can continue their research from home with online supervision and additional online support from the Research Education and Development team.

Depending on the nature and stage of your research project, some research activity you planned may be disrupted. Research students should contact their supervisors or Honours coordinator as soon as possible to review project plans, to identify activities that can be deferred as well as opportunities to continue or commence other activities to maintain progress of your project.

Additional information can be found in the FAQs for Graduate Research Students.

Residential Students 

The University will continue to provide safe and secure accommodation on campus for a small number of students who require it, and our Accommodation Services team will continue to provide on the ground support, daily virtual zoom sessions, meals, cleaning and other essential services.  A message to all residential students has been sent. 

Health and Well-being Support 

We recognise that staff and students may be feeling anxious and remind you of the various supports available and listed on the health and wellbeing page for students. 

To all of you now studying at home, it is essential that you all follow government advice. Stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel except for the reasons outlined by the Prime Minister yesterday (shopping for essentials, medical and compassionate reasons, exercise, and work or education that cannot be done remotely). 

We will continue to update you all as further decisions are made. Please continue to read our regularly updated FAQs

We look forward to welcoming all our students, staff and community back to campuses once we are able to do so.