Message from the Vice-Chancellor – COVID-19 update

Message from the Vice-Chancellor – COVID-19 update

As you are aware, COVID-19 is causing disruption to educational institutions in Australia and around the world. La Trobe is no exception.

The University is paying close attention to the situation. Our staff are meeting regularly to monitor events and coordinate support for students.

I want to reassure you that the University is keeping the situation under daily review, and adjusting our planning and actions as necessary. As COVID-19 cases expand globally the University is also taking the necessary steps to protect the health and safety of the University community – including the restriction of non-essential University travel for staff and students.

Looking ahead, La Trobe will follow advice from medical authorities on how we should conduct our operations to manage the impact of the virus. This includes planning for a range of scenarios in which our priority is the health and wellbeing of our students and staff. Depending on how the situation develops, we will adjust our course delivery and schedules so that students can continue their learning, if needed.

For now, it’s important to note that your classes, assessments and course activity are continuing as normal. We will update you immediately if this changes.

As always, I encourage you to attend your classes so that you can achieve the best outcomes this semester, particularly for subjects where you have compulsory attendance, which is still a requirement.

I’d also like to thank you for your continued patience and support during this difficult time. All of our staff are working incredibly hard to support your continued study. If you do need extra support, the University has a range of health and wellbeing services for students including a free counselling service.

I will continue to keep you informed of developments.

You can also find the latest advice at the COVID-19 FAQ page, which is being continually updated.

Professor John Dewar, Vice-Chancellor and President, La Trobe University

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