La Trobe is excited to see the positive news from the Victorian government that vaccination targets have been met sooner than expected. We thank all our students who have supported this important milestone. We are all keen to get back to campus as soon as possible and will continue to prioritise the safety of our students and staff as we return to campus.
La Trobe’s roadmap to reopening sees the phased return of face-to-face classes from January 2022 and an anticipated return to ‘COVID normal’ from Semester 1 2022.
Vaccination is mandatory to come on to any La Trobe campus and we are working on a formal system and procedure to allow the University to collect and validate vaccination details for all students and staff. Until this comes into place, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination status on request.
As restrictions ease across Victoria from 6.00pm this Friday 29 October, it is important we continue to follow our carefully staged approach from Monday 1 November through to Semester 1 2022, when we look forward to welcoming you back to face-to-face classes.
Stage 1: 1 November – 31 December
From 1 November, fully vaccinated students will have access to study and library spaces on La Trobe campuses. If you would like to attend campus, please be prepared to show proof of vaccination to COVID marshals on request – see: How to get your COVID-19 digital certificate.
During this period, the majority of our subjects and examinations will continue to be delivered remotely, with on-site only for essential face-to-face activities. Graduate research students who have approved projects or specific research needs approved by the Head of School will continue to be able to attend campus to undertake their research.
Our student support services will return to campus across this time and we will continue to provide online options for students who cannot attend campus.
During this time, we are also very pleased to be offering in-person graduation ceremonies for students and their families.
Stage 2: 4 January – 21 February (Orientation)
Before the start of Semester 1, we will be increasing the number of teaching and learning activities that are provided face-to-face and support services will fully transition to our new hybrid delivery model.
We are excited to welcome new students as part of our re-imagined Orientation program in 2022.
Stage 3: 21 February – beyond
Health restrictions permitting, we will be back to ‘COVID normal’. This means that we will resume face-to-face teaching across our campus for Semester 1.
It is important to note that we will, in some cases, need to retain a hybrid delivery model to ensure that our offshore international students and students who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons can continue to progress in their studies.
We know you are looking forward to having fun again on campus and we are planning a range of on campus events across the year and look forward to seeing our clubs and societies getting back on their feet and doing what they do best.
As you have come to expect, we will continue to keep you updated as we receive further government health advice. In the meantime, we encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible if you haven’t been already, so that we are able to safely reopen our campuses and get back to the vibrant campus life we love and have missed.