Your most-asked questions about Semester 2, answered

By now you’ve probably heard that much of the teaching that will take place in Semester 2, 2020, will happen online.

But you might still have some questions about how you and your studies will be impacted.

That’s why MyLaTrobe has pulled together this list of some of your most frequently asked questions – and had them answered! – to help you understand what’s going on.

Didn’t find the answer you need below? Make sure you visit La Trobe’s full list of student FAQs about how we’re responding to the COVID-19 emergency.

Why will most Semester 2 classes take place online?

Because our first priority is the safety and wellbeing of all our students, and while government restrictions around public gatherings and physical distancing remain in place, it’s necessary to reduce the need for students to come to campus.

So if your subject doesn’t have required face-to-face activities, like labs or practicals, then we’ll deliver this subject online in Semester 2, 2020.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been sure to follow advice from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). At the moment, DHHS still recommends that everyone capable of working from home continues to do so.

Of course, when this advice changes, the Uni will review how it’s operating. But we will not have a complete return to on-campus operations until it is deemed safe by the experts.

Which classes will take place on campus?

Some subjects with activities that must happen in-person, like labs and practicals, will be the first subjects to be taught on campus again. But parts of those same subjects, like lectures, will remain online in Semester 2.

If you’re required to attend campus, rest assured the University will observe strict physical distancing, in line with Government protocol, for the delivery of these subjects. We will also carry out deep cleaning of teaching spaces to make sure they’re safe for your use.

How will I know if my classes will take place on campus or not?

We’re expecting the list of on-campus subjects to be available in the next couple of weeks. So as soon as we know, we’ll make sure we share that news with you.

Keep watching the MyLaTrobe blog, social media, app and weekly email newsletters, as well as your subjects’ LMS pages for updates.

What about the Library? Is it open?

Our physical libraries remain closed – for now. But we are constantly reviewing these arrangements as the government restrictions are reviewed and relaxed.

Fortunately, the La Trobe Library has really great online resources (think eBooks, research papers and journal databases, and so forth) that are always available through the library website.

As soon as our on-campus libraries re-open, we will let you know. When they do reopen, you can trust we will ensure strict health and safety protocols will be in place, including physical distancing.

If you need somewhere to study because you’re unable to work from home, there are limited spaces available at our campuses. You can find a list of rooms and their opening times on the MyLaTrobe blog.

I foresee that studying online in Semester 2 will be challenging for me. What help will La Trobe provide me in Semester 2?

All of La Trobe wellbeing and academic support services will remain available in Semester 2, and can all be accessed by phone or Zoom.

You can make an appointment for CounsellingDisability Advisor or wellbeing support right now. If you have any concerns about unacceptable behaviour you can contact our Speak Up Services.

Health and Wellbeing are also offering a new ‘wellbeing check-in’ service  specifically to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a service for students who may not need therapeutic counselling but might be in quarantine, isolated or just need some additional support.  

If you need support with your studies, our Learning Support staff have a suite of services that are available online to help you navigate University study.

The Learning Hub and Peer Learning Advisers are waiting to assist you with your classwork, assignments and exam preparation. Out-of-hours, you can use the service Studiosity for a range of academic questions.

We also understand the current situation may place unexpected financial strain on our students. That’s why we’re halving the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) for Semester 2.