COVID-19 Update: Update on return to campus and Semester 1

The below message was emailed to all La Trobe students on 31 January 2022

We are very excited to welcome you back to study and we are currently planning for the start of Semester 1 in just a few weeks time. It is reassuring to see recent reports suggesting we have crested the peak of COVID-19 infection in Victoria and that case numbers are dropping. Of course, it remains critical that we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow government health directions, as we have done since the start of the pandemic.

Between now and Semester 1

Prior to the start of Semester 1 on 28 February, the current Victorian Government directive remains to work and study from home. Previously approved on-campus research activity and scheduled on-campus teaching and learning activities can still proceed with appropriate COVID-Safe control measures.

We will keep you updated on any changes that may impact your access to campus prior to the start of semester. 

Teaching and Learning in Semester 1

We are confident that we will be able to safely welcome you onto our campuses for Semester 1, 2022 and that the majority of our teaching, learning and support services will be offered face-to-face across our campus network.

We are currently applying a rigorous COVID health and safety assessment to all of our on-campus activities. These assessments will inform decisions regarding all on campus activities and some classes may need to be delivered online. To keep our students and staff safe, we have made the decision that all lectures will be delivered online for the duration of Semester 1, 2022. Other activities deemed a high risk if delivered on campus or that support our students continuing to study offshore may be also be shifted to online delivery.

We are working hard to confirm the delivery arrangements for all Semester 1 teaching and learning activities and any changes to the timetable will be made prior to the start of the semester. 

Orientation 

We will provide a wide range of exciting orientation activities for all of our new students – some face-to-face and some online, depending on the risk assessment. Events will be held outside where possible and online options will be available for those unable to attend, such as our offshore international students. We will send more information to new students as we get closer to orientation.

Providing proof of your vaccination

It is a requirement that all students upload proof of their vaccination status prior to attending campus. Uploading your certificate is easy and can be done by following this link: now.latrobe/vaccination

La Trobe is committed to ensuring our students and staff are a safe as possible while on campus. This is why all visitors to our campuses must be fully vaccinated. If you do not provide proof of vaccination (or a valid medical exemption) you may be unenrolled from face-to-face classes and enrolled into online equivalents (if available). Any student choosing to remain unvaccinated should check their enrolment and timetable to ensure that they only take subjects with online classes.  

Keeping our campuses COVID-Safe

All staff and students attending La Trobe’s campuses are required to follow the University’s comprehensive COVID-Safe control measures which align with Victorian Government health directives. 

When you come to campus please remember to:

  • Do NOT attend campus if you feel unwell;
  • Remember to upload your proof of vaccination;
  • QR code sign-in to every University building using the Service Victoria app;
  • Bring a mask with you and wear as directed (currently in all indoor settings and outdoors where physical distancing is not possible);
  • Maintaining appropriate physical distancing of 1.5m;
  • Cleaning or wiping down equipment used; 
  • Practicing good hygiene and cough etiquette; 
  • Notify the University if you were on campus within 48 hours of receiving a positive COVID test – see: New process for reporting positive test results.

More details about Staying COVID-Safe at La Trobe and reporting positive COVID cases can be found on our website

Note that the Health and Safety Procedure – COVID-19 Vaccination has been updated to include a new clauses in Part H – Other Measures. We invite feedback from students and staff on the new clauses until Friday 4 February 2022, via the Bulletin Board.

Health and wellbeing

The pandemic continues to present challenges for everyone, and I encourage you to prioritise your health and wellbeing. A range of wellbeing services are available for students.

Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and we look forward to welcoming you to campus for the start of Semester 1.