Advice for students about coronavirus - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Advice for students about coronavirus

The wellbeing of USC students, staff and community continues to be our main priority. This page provides up-to-date information, advice and support available to USC students as we continue to respond to COVID-19.

The Queensland Government's Check In Queensland app is in place at all campuses. Please take notice of the signage and check-in when asked.

If you at any stage feel unwell or exhibit flu-like symptoms, please follow the advice from Queensland Health and get tested for COVID-19.

As always, please stay up to date with the latest advice from Queensland Health, including any updates to face mask requirements.

Please continue to check your student email and the advice for the USC community page for the latest USC updates.​

On-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinic

USC is taking steps to ensure students who need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 can easily gain access to an approved vaccine.

Check In QLD app in use at all campuses

USC students, staff and visitors must check-in via the Check In QLD app when moving around our campuses and between buildings.

COVID Safe measures in place
COVID Safe campuses
  • The Queensland Government's Check In Queensland app is now operating on all campuses; please be sure to check in with this app when attending any USC campus.

  • USC is following the Queensland Government guidance for universities, TAFE and other educational institutions and have applied the following measures;

    • Tutorial rooms and teaching computer labs – Normal room capacities apply to these spaces, however 1.5 metre physical distancing should be observed to the extent possible. All computers will be available in timetabled computer laboratories.
    • Lecture theatres – Reduced capacities apply to comply with one person per 2m2 and physical distancing rules. Appropriate signage has been placed in these spaces.
    • Technical, clinical and other teaching or research specialised facilities have specific COVID Safe plans.
    • Staff and student common areas (including non-teaching computer labs) are required to adhere to physical distancing rules. Alternate computers in these spaces have been turned off to facilitate physical distancing. Check the latest open common areas on your campus.
  • For information on particular USC facilities or services, please visit their webpage on the USC website.
  • It is everyone’s responsibility to follow the signage and COVID guidelines around campus.
  • Don't attend campus if you are unwell or have flu-like symptoms. Check Queensland Health's up-to-date guidance about the symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If Queensland Health identifies that someone who has attended USC is a confirmed case of COVID-19, the University will follow their instructions on what actions to take. USC has the required contact tracing measures in place and will follow Queensland Health’s instructions on cleaning the campus to ensure the safety of students and staff when they return.
COVID Safe classes

Take notice of the signage in all teaching areas. It is everyone’s responsibility to follow the signage and COVID guidelines in all campus spaces.

  • Bring your student ID card to swipe in - You’ll need to swipe in with your Student ID card when you enter a room, regardless of whether the doors are open or not. If you don't have a student ID card or need a new one, find out how to get your student ID card.
  • Space out in the classroom - If you’re waiting to enter a classroom, stand back and give other students plenty of room to exit before you enter. Don’t crowd doorways and take your time to find a seat, keep space between you and others. Class timetables have been planned to accommodate physical distancing, where possible.
  • Clean your space - Wipe down your work area before and after use with the cleaning materials provided, so you know it’s clean and ready to go.
Student support

All student support services continue to be offered online and on-campus. Should the situation change, support will continue to be offered online and any updated details on how this is delivered will be made available on the specific services web page.

We understand that the current situation is challenging in different ways for everyone. Please remember that Student Wellbeing provides free and confidential counselling services to students, and there are other support services available during COVID-19.

If you require after-hours support, contact SafeUSC.

International students

For information about Australia's immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic visit the Department of Home Affairs’ COVID-19 and the border website.

  • If you are a Student visa holder refer to the latest information regarding COVID-19 and Student visas. 
  • If you are currently located outside of Australia and are intending to return to Australia to complete your studies at USC, review updates on travel restrictions and exemptions regularly.
    • Students enrolled in a Nursing or Allied Health program may be eligible for an individual exemption. Refer to the travel restrictions and exemptions webpage for details on eligibility criteria.
  • If you are in Australia and your current visa is due to expire soon, you must ensure you either depart Australia by your visa end date or make suitable alternative visa arrangements. If you have no other visa options and are unable to depart Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, you may be eligible for the Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408) visa.
COVID-19 and placement requirements

Lockdowns and previous restrictions have had an impact on learning and placement for many students. Another impact is the requirements for COVID-19 vaccination for certain students on placement.

Additional information can be found via COVID-19 advice for the USC community.

Support during COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to impact us all in different ways and it can certainly be challenging for many of us. If you have concerns about your academic or personal circumstances, there are many ways USC can support you.