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COVID-19 information for the USQ community

Update 3 May 2022

In the journey towards a new COVID normal, there have been many questions about how the University will continue to keep our community safe.

Do I still need to wear face masks on campus?

Yes, in some settings face masks are still required.

  • Queensland Health requires face masks to be worn at USQ health clinics.
  • Face masks are also required by the University when riding the intercampus shuttle service or other University arranged transport.
  • The University requires face masks in some learning and teaching activities to facilitate close learning arrangements in line with the University’s safety obligations. Your educator or supervisor will inform you if this is the case.
  • Face masks must be worn for seven days after completing isolation and when you are a close contact.
  • For all other activities, face masks are encouraged and welcome, especially when you cannot physically distance.

If you have a medical exemption, let your educator or supervisor know.

Face masks are available from iconnect, Campus Security and on the intercampus shuttle service.

What do I do if I have COVID-19 or like symptoms?

Due to the current high level of COVID-19 within our communities in recent weeks, it is critically important that you do not attend campus if unwell. Please, get tested, isolate and follow Queensland Health directions.

Do not come to campus if you are a close contact and have COVID-19 symptoms. Further information for close contacts can be found at Queensland Health. Please reach out to USQ Safety if you would like to discuss specific scenarios.

If you develop symptoms on campus, please consider the safety of your friends and colleagues, leave campus and get tested.

Let your educator or supervisor know if you return a positive result so the University can support you and take any necessary safety steps. Your report is confidential.

More information, including frequently asked questions on the University's management of COVID-19, is available on USQ Safety Central.

What cleaning is undertaken at the University?

Touchpoint cleaning occurs multiple times throughout the day across campus as part of Facilities Management COVID safe protocols. Student work surfaces in learning spaces are also cleaned daily.

How is my safety considered on the inter-campus shuttle?

The inter-campus shuttle operates with COVID safe protocols, such as masks and physical distancing. Masks must be worn on the shuttle. If you forget your mask, we can provide you with one at the start of your journey.

I am at greater risk from COVID-19. How am I considered at the University?

If your role requires you to work or have contact with the communities at greater risk of COVID-19, it is imperative you discuss this with your supervisor or educator to ensure it can be appropriately managed.

Students can also reach out to Student Success and Wellbeing at student.success@usq.edu.au or phone 07 4631 2372 for a confidential discussion.

  • Certain age groups, i.e. people over 70 years of age.
  • Residents in aged care (including in-home aged care).
  • People with a disability.
  • First Nations communities.

If it is deemed a requirement of day-to-day business, please ensure your vaccination profile is up to date.

What support is there for students?

If you have questions or need advice, the iconnect team is here to support you on campus or via Zoom, or you can join the supportive USQ iconnect Facebook group.

The Wellness Team are also available to support you at this time with a range of resources.

Research students are encouraged to contact the Graduate Research School team at grs@usq.edu.au.

What support is there for staff?

Staff are encouraged to access the resources and information on health and wellbeing, including the specialist support services of the USQ Employee Assistance Program.

Additional supporting resources, including leave options and managing work and child supervision, are available.

Staff can contact People Portfolio at hrcovid19@usq.edu.au with any questions.

Does the University still have COVID Safe Plan?

Yes. Staff and students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the USQ COVID Safe Plan to ensure USQ remains a COVID-safe educational institution and workplace. Contractors and visitors can email USQ Safety at usqsafety@usq.edu.au for a copy of the plan.

The COVID Safe Plan is adopted from National Safe Work Australia Principles, Queensland Health Directives and Queensland Work, Health and Safety Act obligations. The Plan details a broad campus wide approach aligned with sector guidance and benchmarks. Includes:

  • Queensland Government COVID Safe Checklist.
  • Safety risk management obligations.
  • Overarching risk reduction principles.
  • COVID Safe Guidelines for facilities and activities.

For any queries please reach out to USQ Safety.

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