No face-to-face teaching from Monday 23 March

March 18, 2020
Dear students,

I know many of you are increasingly concerned about the unfolding course of the COVID-19 virus in Australia. The University has today taken some important decisions to help ensure the wellbeing of our community and minimise disruption to your studies.

From Monday 23 March there will be no face-to-face teaching on campus. All teaching and learning will be delivered online.

For units of study with labs, studios and other practical course components, online or remote arrangements will be put in place or will be suspended to later in the semester, or the year.  The only exception to the suspension of face-to-face teaching will involve some clinical placements and workshops, in which social distancing and other health precautions will be put in place. These are listed on our website.

Arrangements for your classes will be confirmed via Canvas. You do not need to make any changes to your enrolment.


This change in delivery will not impact compliance with visa conditions for international students.

These are unique and challenging circumstances for us all. I want to assure you that our staff are working hard to ensure that you receive an excellent online teaching and learning experience. We are confident our teaching staff and infrastructure can support your studies as you would expect from us.

Unit of Study pages in Canvas will be updated in the next few days with details about the online arrangements for your course.
The safety and wellbeing of our community is paramount. We continue to work closely with NSW Health to ensure we are doing all we can to help slow the spread of the virus in our community. We are taking all necessary steps to reduce the number of students and staff required to attend campus. It is important you know that it is safe to come to campus. Our Wi-Fi network, libraries, computer labs, research and study spaces will remain open to staff and students, with social distancing measures in place. Our enhanced cleaning protocols will also remain in place across our campuses.

If there is any change in availability of these facilities or the University’s operations we will send an email to your student email address and an SMS to your mobile number. Please make sure your contact details are up to date in Sydney Student (enrolled name and Australian mobile phone number).

Supporting your studies online

Your learning resources and course activities will be provided through Canvas. For help using Canvas, visit the Canvas Student Guide to find out how to make the most of common tools that your unit might use, including Zoom, Echo360 and Turnitin. You can also access 24/7 Canvas support via chat – click on the “Help” button in the left-hand menu from anywhere in Canvas.

While studying online it is important to check in regularly for new resources and announcements and stay connected with your teachers and classmates. For more tips on learning effectively while off campus, see our guide.

Please check our website for up-to-date information and FAQs.

If you have questions please reach out to your teachers, your unit of study co-ordinator, or our Student Centre:

  • Call 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) if you are calling from within Australia
    • Select ‘9’ for the coronavirus hotline
  • Call +61 2 8627 0010 if you are calling from overseas
    • Select ‘9’ for the coronavirus hotline
  • Submit a query via the Coronavirus Enquiry form.

I will continue to provide you with updates in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and what it means for our community. Please continue to take care of yourselves, and one another in these challenging times.



Dr Michael Spence AC
Vice-Chancellor and Principal