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Student Hub: Return to Campus

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Our staged return to campus


Updated: Monday 13 July 

Important note:

All classes will continue to be delivered online for Trimester 2. Several of our campuses are now open for walk-ins. You are welcome to come to campus to access computer labs, wi-fi, self-study areas, or simply drop-in for a chat. We are here if you need us. 
Students are no longer required to book into sessions and are instead welcome to come to campus within opening hours, however all students will need to adhere to the campus protocols.
The following campuses are open for student walk-ins, all other campuses remain closed:

  • Wakefield Street Campus, Adelaide, South Australia – Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
  • Bowen Terrace Campus, Brisbane, QLD – Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm 
  • Ultimo Campus, Sydney, NSW – Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm
    • Design Technology Store services will be open on Mondays and Fridays between 10am-4pm. See the Student Hub for more details on equipment bookings and the services available.
    • Ground Floor Photography Studio will once again open on Fridays and Saturdays. Bookings are essential and are available on the Student Hub.

Please note that Community Experience Sessions will be delivered online through Success Coach Online Workshops. See the Student Hub for more details.

 


 

It’s important to begin by saying that we will continue to deliver courses 100% online

Underpinning our plan forward is our focus on classes and assessments remaining 100% online. We will continue this approach of online learning to ensure consistency in our delivery of high-quality education to you. This offers maximum flexibility in case any future COVID-19 incidents require reviews of social distancing measures. It also provides you with a seamless education experience.

Why we are introducing a staged return to campus

We feel it is important to implement a staged return to campus to:

  • ensure requirements for practical components are met;
  • help break the isolation of our students studying remotely by providing the choice to participate in Campus Community Experience sessions. 

These Campus Community Experience sessions are provided at no extra cost to our students. The hours are in addition to the time already allocated to online learning.


We have established a roadmap towards a staged return to campuses

In Trimester 2, there are two components of face-to-face interaction that will be rolled out gradually, state by state: 

1. On-campus practical assessments in all states and certain campuses 

We will prioritise practical and compulsory learning that requires face-to-face delivery for students to complete their assessments. These are subjects such as laboratory-based components of the nursing degree, which must happen face-to-face.  

Practical face-to-face components will be rolled out progressively and managed very carefully in light of COVID-19, beginning with Trimester 1 subjects that were delayed due to disruptions.

Program Directors will contact our impacted students directly with further information.

2. Campus Community Experience – an invitation for every student to return to campus and participate in a face to face experience  

We are offering our students the choice to participate in face-to-face campus experiences. These are additional and non-compulsory to your studies.

Campus Community Experiences will be bookable three-hour sessions, which will aim to break the isolation of students studying remotely. The sessions will enhance student connection, health, wellbeing, knowledge and experience, and are entirely optional for all students.

Campus Community Experiences will not replace or duplicate academic studies online. Instead, these sessions will involve group discussions and skills development around topics of interest to students (e.g. networking, career planning, building resilience), along with the chance to access a range of facilities and equipment on campus.


How we will manage the Campus Community Experience

  • Campus Community Experiences will be bookable three-hour sessions, which will aim to break the isolation of students studying remotely.
  • In each session, there will be a half-time component for self-directed study and accessing facilities. This approach has been informed on feedback about the importance of students accessing facilities and equipment.
  • Students will be able to book in for a Campus Community Experience session and further details of this process will be communicated closer to the time.

 

We will roll this out gradually, in a state by state approach

This reflects the different incidence of COVID-19 in the four states where our campuses are located.

The proposed dates of commencement are: 

  • On-campus practical assessments in all states and certain campuses
    Starting from 1 June - Adelaide (Wakefield St), Flinders St, Pyrmont, William Blue Dining and Gotha St for Nursing, Health and Hospitality.
    Program Directors will contact students directly about practical on-campus assessment.
  • Campus Community Experiences  
    • 15 June - Wakefield Street Campus, Adelaide, South Australia (BIS, Public Health) 
    • 29 June - Bowen Terrace Campus, Brisbane, QLD (BIS, Public Health) 
    • 13 July - Ultimo Campus, Sydney. NSW (Design) 
    • Mid July - Victoria and all other courses/students in the four states


As noted above, we will begin with specific courses and campuses, gradually expanding. You will be able to book in for a Campus Community Experience session and further details of this process will be communicated closer to the time.

At every stage, we have endeavoured to be transparent about our approach. We will continue to do so as we move forward.

Importantly we have continuously aligned our approach with advice from government. The efforts to manage COVID-19 remains a key consideration.

But, we must do this in a way that ensures flexibility and agility, to manage the ongoing challenges of COVID.

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We know that this is a time of change and adjustment. It is a journey we are all on together. We thank you for your continued support, feedback and we will ensure to keep you up-to-date with more information as it comes.

If you have any questions, please e-mail feedback@laureate.edu.au 

FAQ


Will all of my classes still be online for Trimester 2?

For safety reasons, and for continuity and planning, all courses and most assessments will continue to be 100% online during T2 and probably until the end of 2020.

In Trimester 2, there are two components of face-to-face interaction that will be rolled out gradually, state by state:

On-campus practical assessments in all states and certain campuses
Campus Community Experiences 

Our first consideration is always the health and safety of our students and staff. This consideration will inform our future approach in responding to COVID-19. We will not transition classes back to face-to-face delivery until a time that is least disruptive to your learning.

We will  communicate any decisions well in advance of any change in delivery, to allow preparation for any changes.

 

Why won’t classes at Torrens be taught back on campus in Trimester 2?

While serious concerns about the spread of COVID-19 remain, we will take a cautious approach to delivery of courses and assessments. This is why we are taking a staged approach in our return to campus. We have decided to continue our approach of online learning to offer maximum flexibility. This is in case any future COVID-19 incidents require reviews of social distancing measures. It also provides you with a seamless education experience.

 

Will classes be taught online for Trimester 3?

At this stage, for continuity and planning, all courses and most assessments will probably continue to be 100% online until the end of 2020.

 

I have practical classes (e.g. in the clinic or the restaurant). How will these be impacted?

For classes with combined theory and practical components, we will continue to deliver the theory classes online, with some practical assessments scheduled on campus.

We will prioritise practical and compulsory learning that requires face-to-face delivery for students to complete their assessments. These are subjects such as laboratory-based components of the nursing degree, which must happen face-to-face. 

Practical face-to-face components will be rolled out progressively and managed very carefully in light of COVID-19, beginning with Trimester 1 subjects that were delayed due to disruptions.  

Program Directors are contacting our impacted students directly with further information.

 

When will practical assessments start on campus?

Starting from 1 June and continuing throughout T2 - Adelaide (Wakefield St), Flinders St, Pyrmont, William Blue Dining and Gotha St for Nursing, Health and Hospitality.

Program Directors are contacting students directly about practical on-campus assessment as the timetable for each student will be different.

 

I don’t have practical assessments; will I still be able to come on campus?

Every student will offered the choice to return to campus and participate in a face to face bookable Campus Community experience.

These are additional experiences which are non-compulsory to your studies. You will not be assessed on them.

 

What does the face to face experience involve?

Campus Community Experiences will be bookable three-hour sessions, which will aim to break the isolation of students studying remotely. The sessions will enhance student connection, health, wellbeing, knowledge and experience, and are entirely optional for all students.

Each session will be divided into two parts. 

Firstly, there will be group discussions and skills development around topics of interest to students (e.g. networking, career planning, building resilience), along with the chance to access a range of facilities and equipment on campus. 

Secondly, there will be a half-time component for self-directed study and accessing facilities. This approach has been informed on feedback about the importance of students accessing facilities and equipment.

Campus Community Experiences will not replace or duplicate academic studies online.

 

How can I participate in a face to face experience?

The Campus Community Experiences will be bookable three-hour sessions, which will aim to break the isolation of students studying remotely.

Students will be able to book in for a Campus Community Experience session and further details of this process will be communicated closer to the time.

 

When do the Campus Community Experiences start?

Because the COVID incidence and restrictions differ by State we will begin with students in specific courses and campuses, gradually expanding to all students:

  • 15 June - Wakefield Street Campus, Adelaide, South Australia (students enrolled in BIS, Public Health)
  • 29 June - Bowen Terrace Campus, Brisbane, QLD (students enrolled in BIS, Public Health)
  • 13 July - Ultimo Campus, Sydney. NSW (students enrolled in Design)
  • Mid July - Victoria and all other courses/students in the four states

 

How will I know when my course and campus is available for the Campus Community Sessions?

As and when the sessions are available, students will be contacted and provided with details on how they can book. 

 

Do I have to pay for a Campus Community Experience?

No, these Campus Community Experience sessions are provided at no extra cost to our students. The hours are in addition to the time already allocated to online learning.

 

What should I bring to campus?

Please ensure you bring your own pens, books and required items – we kindly request you don’t share your personal property with others.

Please come to campus with any food you require and a full water bottle. All kitchens will be out of use during this first phase of reopening

 

Can I come to campus to meet with my lecturer or my Success Coach?

At this time, students will only be able to attend campus for Community Experiences and Practical assessments. These will be supervised and facilitated. All other academic and student support will remain online.

 

Can I come to campus to use the Wi-Fi?

In each Campus Community Experience session, there will be a half-time component for self-directed study and accessing facilities. This approach has been informed on feedback about the importance of students accessing facilities and equipment.

 

Can I come to campus to use the computers?

In each Campus Community Experience session, there will be a half-time component for self-directed study and accessing facilities. This approach has been informed on feedback about the importance of students accessing facilities and equipment. We are currently exploring the options available for the use of computers and this will be communicated in due course.

Can I come to campus to use the library?

At this time, students will not have access to the libraries on campus. The library will continue to offer services online. You will continue to have access to our extensive collection of online ebooks, journals, databases and more. We will continue to provide extended operating hours for our Library and Learning Services chat service, to assist with any queries you may have about using the library.

 

What will happen if I am currently residing overseas and cannot attend my practical assessments in T2?

Your subject will remain incomplete until you return to Australia and can complete your practical component. All impacted students will be contacted shortly by their Program Director, or State Co-ordinator for Nursing.

 

Are Torrens students eligible for the International Student Emergency Relief Fund in Victoria?

Yes, as Torrens is included in the Stream 2 list, students will be able to proceed with their applications. Information on how to apply can be found on the Study Melbourne website: https://www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/news-updates/international-student-emergency-relief-fund

 

I am an international student who returned to my home country during T1 – how will this affect my enrollment in T2?

Trimester 2 will continue to be delivered fully online. If you are located overseas you can continue to study online from there during Trimester 2.

 

Are there areas of the campus which are not accessible? Will there be social distancing measures in place?

During your visit to campus, social distancing and other safety measures will be observed. In addition to this, and to ensure the health and well-being of everyone attending, students will not be able to access campus kitchens and other common areas of the campus during this first phase of reopening. Please come to campus with any food you require and a full water bottle.

 

Do I need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) e.g. face mask, gloves, eye protection?

Students attending Campus Community Experience Sessions are not required to wear personal protective equipment; students are however welcome to. Students undertaking practical assessments on campus will be guided by their Program Directors in this regard.h

 

Most English Schools are back on campus why isn’t TULC?

This will be reviewed as part of the staged approach.

 

How are campuses being prepared for opening?

  • •A thorough safety inspection and clean prior to reopening that will continue daily including high touch points
  • All furniture will be placed with social distancing considerations. Please do not move additional furniture into rooms
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be available at campus entrances as you arrive each day
  • Health, Safety & Hygiene signage practices will be installed, we ask that you read them and follow these expectations including physical distancing and how to effectively wash hands and use alcohol rub etc.
  • Daily reporting of our COVID-19 monitoring system

 

How will the campuses be maintained as a safe study environment?

Torrens will maintain a safe campus environment by: • Cleaning the campuses regularly and thoroughly • Restructuring the layout of the campus to allow for physical distancing • Limiting the number of people in the campus at any given time We will also provide adequate facilities in the campus to protect students and staff from contracting COVID-19, including the provisions of: • Washroom facilities including adequate supply of soap, water and paper towel • Hand sanitiser stations, and • Rooms will be regularly cleaned and allow for physical distancing

 

What measures can I take on campus to contribute to a safe campus?

  • Please take notice of the many health and hygiene reminders around the campus and implement the strategies as your contribution to a safe campus
  • Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover up and keep your distance: Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

I’m not feeling well / someone I live with has signs of COVID-19 symptoms, should I still come to campus if I am scheduled for a practical or a Campus Community Experience?

If you're not well, please don't come into Campus. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention If you or anyone in your household is being tested for COVID-19 or any of your household is in self-isolation due to being in contact with someone with COVID-19, please do not come into Campus