What to expect in Semester 2, 2021

This was originally distributed as an all-student email on 23 June 2021

Dear students,

I hope you enjoyed your studies during Semester 1. I’m so impressed with how you have adapted to new ways of studying over the past year, and how you’ve continued to thrive in this ever-changing learning environment.

As we enter the mid-year break, I wanted to give you an update on what to expect in Semester 2.

More learning and teaching on campus

For Semester 2 we’ve planned an increase to on-campus learning activity – in line with COVID-safe guidelines. Check your timetable before classes start to see which activities are on-campus (for help reading the delivery codes see the Timetables webpage).

Some lectures will remain online for now, but we are bringing as many classes to campus where student numbers and venue capacity allow us to remain COVID-safe. Online teaching options will also continue in most subjects to ensure that international students studying from overseas and students with medical conditions that prevent them from attending campus can continue to progress in their studies.

Our libraries and other study spaces will be open in line with COVID safety requirements. I encourage you to make use of these spaces, especially if you don’t have an ideal study environment at home, or if you’ve been studying remotely and feel like getting on campus to stay focused and motivated.

Return to standard results and grades

From Semester 2, we are returning to our standard grades process and will no longer issue V-grades for failed subjects. The V-grade was introduced during the early stages of the pandemic, in recognition of the distress and uncertainty experienced by many of our students (especially with the sudden shift away from campus teaching and services). By returning to our standard grading process, this allows us to better support student progression and success.

Should Semester 2 also be disrupted by significant lockdowns we will consider reinstating the V-grade.

You can continue to access learning support and special consideration as required through Semester 2, and our more flexible special consideration requirements will remain during 2021.

Continuing our hybrid approach to support services

Our support services will continue to be available both in-person and online for your convenience. These include:

  • ASK La Trobe – for help with your student administration needs.
  • Student Health and Wellbeing Resource Centre:
    • Counselling, short term individual counselling appointments.
    • Safer Community, support for unacceptable behaviour and concerns.
    • Accessibility, support for those living with a mental health condition, ongoing medical condition or disability.
    • Multifaith Spiritual Care, spiritual care and guidance with Advisors.
    • Men’s health and wellbeing.
    • LGBTIQA+ health and wellbeing.
    • Indigenous health and wellbeing.

Contact the Health and Wellbeing Resource Centre for more information about services and appointments.

I hope you have a safe and relaxing break, and I look forward to seeing you on campus in Semester 2.

Professor Jessica Vanderlelie
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students)
La Trobe University