COVID-19 update from the Vice-Chancellor

Over the past two weeks, La Trobe University has announced a series of measures to deal with COVID-19, including moving over 90 per cent of our teaching online and transitioning to working from home.

The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and members of the University community has been, and remains, our first priority.

The National Cabinet last night imposed further social gathering restrictions with the strong advice that all employees who are able to work from home must now do so.

While many areas of our physical campuses are now restricted, the University remains open to students and staff online. We will continue to provide excellence in teaching, learning and research through these new modes of working.

Library Building Closures and Study Location Options

All University library buildings will close from midnight tonight (Wednesday 25 March); this applies to all libraries across all of our campuses. Library virtual support services are available to La Trobe students and staff across all campuses. These include online chat, phone, email and virtual drop-ins. You can access library services via the We’re here to help page on the Library website. You will continue to have access to the extensive digital library collection online. All existing loans of print material will be renewed automatically while the library buildings are closed. The Inter-library loan service for print materials is not currently available.

Whilst it is our strong preference that students and staff stay at home, as requested by the Government, we also recognise that some students have difficulty accessing technology to support them in continuing their studies. Provision is being made for study hub access for a limited number of students who do not otherwise have access to computers.

Study locations include:

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

Likewise, Student Support Services are now all working online. This includes a newly launched Wellbeing Check-In service for students, as well as our Equity and Diversity and counselling services, Learning Support and International Student Lounge. Ask La Trobe will also continue to operate by phone 1300 52 8762 and online during this time.

City Campus

From midnight tonight (Wednesday 25 March), only Level 2 of La Trobe University’s City Campus on Collins St will be available, and this is primarily for students to access technology. For staff, the same conditions outlined about only attending the city campus with explicit prior approval apply. We will continue to review the situation with City Campus over the coming days.

Student residential accommodation

Another update to all residential students has been made today. La Trobe University remains committed to continuing to provide safe and secure accommodation on campus for students who require it.

La Trobe University COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program

The La Trobe University COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program is now available to all currently enrolled onshore students struggling with the costs of living and accessing technologies required to study online. We encourage you to submit an application should you need help to continue your studies.

We will continue to provide updates as we receive more information and advice from both state and federal government. Please continue to read our regularly updated website FAQs.

It is critical that we all follow the Prime Minister and Victorian Premier’s advice; please stay at home where you can and avoid unnecessary travel to protect your own health and that of the wider community.

Take care.

Professor John Dewar AO, Vice-Chancellor and President

La Trobe University