The University has been a leader in high quality online education in Australia for over 20 years, and is experienced, ready and able to move quickly as most degree programs are already available fully online.
The University will now move all classes to their online equivalent from Monday March 23.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said this was an important step in response to a serious situation.
“These decisions will keep our students and their networks of family and friends as safe as possible,” Professor Mackenzie said.
“We’re taking this step based on the latest health advice, and USQ’s long and proud history of excellence in online higher education.
“It means our students can confidently continue with their studies and remain connected to USQ’s student support services while reducing their exposure to COVID-19.”
From March 23:
- All on-campus courses will be replaced by an online offering, with digital classes held according to the existing on-campus class timetable
- Any practical elements replaced or rescheduled on a course-by-course basis
- Work continues to replace final paper-based exams with alternative assessment items later in Semester 1
“This does not mean our campuses are closing, rather that anyone wanting to use facilities such as the library will need to adhere to strict hygiene practices and social distancing protocols,” Professor Mackenzie said.
“The good news for our students is that USQ already specialises in online and flexible study, together with the support options our students will need to undertake their studies in the weeks and months ahead,” Professor Mackenzie said.
“We are ready and able to meet the upcoming challenges, to ensure our students’ hard work will result in a life-changing university qualification.”
Management teams across the University are continuing to monitor, review and enact regular advice from health authorities in relation to COVID-19, and plan for any potential changes to the current situation.
The University encourages all members of the USQ community to practice good hygiene and avoid campuses if they are feeling unwell.
For more information:
- National Coronavirus Health Information Line - 1800 020 080
- If you have any health concerns, please contact your local GP or USQ Health Service (+61 7 4631 2372). Make sure you call in advance to explain your symptoms and travel history
- Visit the Australian Government's Department of Health website for more information on the novel coronavirus