The situation with COVID-19 continues to change at a rapid pace. It is posing unprecedented challenges for the health and wellbeing of our communities and for the continuing operations of the University. I would like to reassure you that we are committed to supporting our students, staff and wider University community in every way that we possibly can.
From Tuesday 17 March, all teaching activities will be paused while we transition our face-to-face classes to online delivery, where possible. During this teaching pause, all placement activities and subjects already delivered fully online will continue as normal.
From Tuesday 24 March, those classes that can will be taught online via the LMS.
Our top priorities are to ensure that members of our community are as safe as possible, while ensuring minimal disruption to teaching and delivery of your course. Although the public health advice was clear that universities could continue their core education and research activities, we are putting these plans in place to ensure you can continue to study while reducing the need for you to come onto campus. This approach is being taken, not because we have identified any new risks, but to ensure that we are best able to respond to changing circumstances in the coming weeks.
Classes that may still need to be face-to-face
There will still be a number of learning activities that we will not be able to deliver online and you will be required to continue to attend some face-to-face activities on campus. For those activities that do require face-to-face attendance, we are working to limit the number of students in each class and adjust the duration in accordance with DHHS guidelines.
Your subject coordinators are working hard to limit the requirement for you to come to campus and to develop additional resources to support your learning. Please consult your LMS subject sites regularly for subject updates, information and instructions.
We will continue to provide supervision for graduate research students and will be transitioning supervisory meetings to Zoom. We will be reviewing research activity to identify changes that may be required to minimise risk of potential spread of the virus. The Graduate Research Office is managing our response and can discuss issues with individual researchers or teams. Advice is also available in the FAQs.
More information and support
We have developed a set of FAQs and a range of resources to support you as you study from home – you can access this information here. This information should be read in conjunction with the COVID-19 FAQs that are regularly updated on our website.
ASK La Trobe will continue to operate while classes are paused and are here to answer any questions you may have. You can contact ASK La Trobe by phone 1300 528 762 (1300 LA TROBE) or online.
I must reiterate that our campuses are open and the University continues to operate as usual. We remain aligned with the expert advice of the health authorities and will make further adjustments as necessary and keep you informed every step of the way.