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COVID-19 information for students

As you know, the impacts of COVID-19 are continuing, and things can change quickly. During this time, the health and wellbeing of USC students and staff continues to be our highest priority.

 This page provides current information and advice for USC students, but please also stay up to date with the latest advice from Queensland Health.  

Commencing and continuing international students should also refer to USC’s International Student COVID-19 FAQs. 

Attending campus
  • All USC campuses are currently open and operating as normal.  
  • To guide USC's safe and efficient response to the Queensland Government's COVID-19 public health directives, campus operations have been categorised into four levels of restrictions. All campuses are currently at Level 1, Green.
  • If you are feeling unwell or have any cold or flu-like symptoms, you must not attend campus, placement or any other USC activity. Follow all advice and directives from Queensland Health and get tested for COVID-19.  
  • Some cafes and eateries on campus are currently closed or operating at reduced hours. For more information, visit Retail and eateries.  
Face masks
  • In line with current Queensland Government directives, face masks are required indoors on USC campuses in locations that are used as healthcare settings.
  • If you test positive to COVID-19, for the next 7 days after ending isolation, you must wear a face mask at all times indoors, and outdoors where physical distancing isn't possible.
  • If you are a close contact, you must wear a face mask at all times outside the home.
  • USC recognises that individuals may choose to continue to wear face masks based on their personal circumstances and supports their decision.
  • It is a requirement that all students undertaking a placement within a clinical setting are fit tested annually for an approved respirator. For more information, visit Fit testing for clinical placement.  
COVID-19 vaccination
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend USC campuses. 
  • Some USC programs include placements in settings that require COVID-19 vaccination (for example, hospitals and healthcare settings, or schools). In order to complete placement and be eligible to graduate, students enrolled in these programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information, visit COVID-19 vaccination information for placement students.  
  • In line with Queensland Government requirements, all USC staff who provide face-to-face health services to students are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 
  • In line with Queensland Government requirements, some cafes and eateries on campus require proof of vaccination for dine-in or seated services. Unvaccinated people can enter and order take away. 
If you are feeling unwell
  • If you need advice on study arrangements or wish to apply for an extension on any coursework assessment items, contact your Course Coordinator/s as soon as possible. 
  • If you cannot attend placement because you are unwell, please fill out the USC WIL COVID-19 Reporting Form on Sonia Online and notify your placement supervisor ASAP. If you're on placement and need advice, contact the Fit for Placement Office. 
  • Rest and take care of your health and wellbeing. If you would like to access support during this time, please consider using USC’s free and confidential Student Wellbeing Counselling services. 
If you have tested positive to COVID-19
  • If you have attended campus, placement or any other USC activity in the previous four days before you tested positive, please let USC know using the confidential COVID-19 reporting form.  
  • If you cannot attend placement because you have tested positive, please fill out the USC WIL COVID-19 Reporting Form on Sonia Online and notify your placement supervisor ASAP. If you're on placement and need advice, contact the Fit for Placement Office.
  • If you are missing assessment, coursework or face-to-face practical classes, please contact your Course Coordinator/s to let them know of your circumstances so they can support you.  
  • Rest and take care of your health and wellbeing. If you would like to access support during this time, please consider using USC’s free and confidential Student Wellbeing Counselling services.

If you are a close contact
  • If you are a close contact, follow all advice and guidance from Queensland Health. If you have or develop COVID-19 symptoms, test for COVID-19 as soon as possible and stay at home until your symptoms resolve.
  • If you cannot attend placement because you have symptoms, please fill out the USC WIL COVID-19 Reporting Form on Sonia Online and notify your placement supervisor ASAP. If you're on placement and need advice, contact the Fit for Placement Office.
  • If you are missing assessment, coursework or face-to-face practical classes, please contact your Course Coordinator/s to let them know of your circumstances so they can support you.
  • Rest and take care of your health and wellbeing. If you would like to access support during this time, please consider using USC’s free and confidential Student Wellbeing Counselling services.
Student support
  • We understand that for many students this is a challenging and uncertain time. Please know that USC is making every effort to ensure the safety of students and maintain continuity of your learning. 
  • We know that being unwell, and/or being away from campus, can have an impact on your studies. Our Student Success Advisers can assist you in managing unexpected circumstances, and are available to speak online.  
  • If you are concerned about your academic or personal circumstances, visit Student support during COVID-19.

Safe and respectful behaviour
  • The USC Student Charter sets out what students can expect from the University, and what in turn is expected of students. Under the Student Charter, you are expected to respect the safety and wellbeing of others, and to refrain from behaviour that could reasonably be considered unsafe, intimidating, harassing or bullying, or disruptive to other members of the USC community. 
  • In the context of COVID-19, this means following all advice and directives from USC and Queensland Health. It also means treating your fellow students and USC staff with professionalism and respect.  
  • USC understands that this is a stressful and uncertain time, and that COVID-19 has disrupted many students’ placements, studies and lives. Staff are doing everything they can to support students, but it is important to understand that many factors, such as government directives and/or regulations, are outside the University’s control.  
  • Please remember to be kind to yourself and others, and to act with professionalism and respect when liaising with USC staff. If you are feeling overwhelmed, please ensure you take advantage of the support services available to you at USC. 

Information for international students

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.

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