University of Sydney update on coronavirus management plan (Update: 29 Jan)

January 29, 2020

Update: 4.20pm Wednesday 29 January 2020

The University of Sydney will write to all staff and current and commencing students, providing an update on precautionary measures we are taking in response to the novel coronavirus.

We note the current risk to staff and students in Sydney remains low, however the safety of our staff and students is our priority.

Key updates for our community are:

  • Following Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) advice to reconsider travel to China, there will be no student or non-essential staff travel to China including Hong Kong and Taiwan until further notice.
  • All students will be allowed to enrol up to two weeks after the start of semester (by day 1 of week 3, Monday 9 March) unless there are exceptional circumstances which would prevent them from completing the course.
  • Commencing students who have been impacted and are unable to travel to commence their studies will have the option to defer or have their fees refunded.
  • We will try and support any continuing student who is able to demonstrate that their studies have been constrained by being unable to leave the Hubei province or coming into contact with an affected person. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis to support students in these circumstances.

Our community should continue to follow the basic hygiene guidelines provided by the NSW Health fact sheet and continue to refer to guidance provided by the federal government Department of Health.

Staff requiring additional assistance or arrangements should talk to their manager as these will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Staff can also access our Employee Assistance Program for support if needed.