From Wednesday 16 September, the University will implement a new ‘sign in’ process for students attending any La Trobe campus. You will now be asked to sign in via text message each time you enter a building on campus.
This new process is based on advice from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and will ensure we have records of any students and staff attending campus to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing, should this be required. It will help protect the health of everyone attending campus.
The new sign in process applies to all buildings on all campuses and signage will be placed at entry points to buildings to remind students of the process. FAQs are also available on the website.
As the Premier announced this week, from Thursday 17 September regional Victoria will move into Step Three. Regional Victorians will still have to wear masks but the four reasons for leaving home will no longer apply, although Government health advice still requests regional Victorians to work and study from home where possible.
Restriction levels within metropolitan Melbourne remain unchanged at this time. For more information on attending campuses, including the permit process for metropolitan Melbourne.
How does sign in work?
From Wednesday 16 September, students attending any La Trobe campus will be required to:
- Sign in via text message each time you enter a building on campus
- If multiple buildings are entered then multiple text messages will need to be lodged.
- Multiple text messages are not required if you enter the same building on the same day multiple times.
- Signing out will not be required.
- Send a text with the Building: Name and Student ID Number to the phone number listed on the signage at your campus (e.g. LIMS1: Jane Smith 12456778). There will be different phone numbers for staff and students to use.
The following are considered ‘Conditions of Entry’ that you are acknowledging when you sign in:
- You are feeling well and have no symptoms of COVID-19
- You have not been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days
- You have not been directed to self-isolate due to COVID-19
If you are unwell, please do not attend campus and contact a medical professional or the DHHS COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398.
An example of the signage that will be placed at entry points to buildings across all campuses.
A reminder about attending campuses
Under the Stage 4 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne access to campus is heavily restricted with all staff attending needing permits, and only a few students attending for pre-approved practical skills-based teaching.
The Stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria, residents are only permitted to leave their homes for four reasons (education or work, if these cannot be done from home; care or caregiving; to purchase essentials; exercise).
These restrictions mean that any students currently studying from home will need to continue to do so.
Students can continue to access on campus study spaces in limited venues on Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Mildura, and Shepparton campus - you can find the updated list of venues here. Study spaces in Melbourne and City campuses are closed until further notice.