Coronavirus information for the USQ community

Latest update: 15 May 2020

The University of Southern Queensland continues to support our students to confidently continue and complete their studies. We continue to monitor and be informed by the latest Queensland and Australian Government advice and will proceed cautiously with our return to campus plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community.

The Australian and Queensland Governments have released three stage COVID-19 Recovery plans and USQ will also adopt a phased approach to returning to campus-based activities. Significant planning is required to ensure that our campuses provide a safe place to learn and work.

As indicated by the Queensland Government’s roadmap, the University is investigating how to open spaces for students to access computers consistent with Stage 1 and 2 guidelines. There are also plans to reopen Library study spaces during Stage 3.

Social distancing and hygiene requirements will remain in place through all stages of return to on-campus activities and into the foreseeable future. All students and staff will need to be aware of and adopt these practices while on campus.

At this stage, the University anticipates plans for Semester 2, beginning 13 July, will include the following:

  • Commencing Semester 2 online for all students.
  • Continuing to hold large lectures and classes as online lectures or as other forms of teaching.
  • Planning to offer 'catch-up' activities for students who were not able to complete face to face activities or components of Semester 1 courses, providing government policy and social distancing requirements allow for this.
  • Planning for a staged return to campus for mandatory face to face components of Semester 2 courses (studios, labs and practicals), providing government policy and social distancing requirements allow for this.
  • Making arrangements for research students who wish or need to return to campus to continue to conduct research activities.
  • Continuing to support our international students through the online delivery of teaching, learning and assessment until on-campus activities can be safely resumed.

Any changes to Semester 2 will continue to be communicated to students as soon as possible and more information, including frequently asked questions (FAQs), can be found on the Online Learning at USQ page.
 

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