12 January 2022 9:00am

All student email from Professor David G. Lloyd, Vice-Chancellor and President

Dear students

Welcome to those of you who are starting your UniSA journey, and welcome back to those of you continuing your studies in 2022.

I’d rather hoped I wouldn’t have to write many more emails on the topic of Covid-19 this year but it seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. What we have seen epidemiologically iscertainly encouraging. Vaccination is clearly suppressing the severity and duration of illness for those displaying symptoms, affording protection and minimising the hospitalisation risk for those who are fully jabbed – which is good – and underpins the importance of vaccination for us all.

Of course, given that we have seen a shift in the impact of Covid-19 societally since borders reopened and with increasing case numbers, it’s appropriate that we would clarify how the University is approaching operations in the coming weeks.

We are moving to recognise the endemic nature of the virus and to normalise our reaction to its occurrence in our population. We will manage Covid-19 in accordance with all applicable health regulations and advice, and as we would any other communicable illness that may occur within a population as large and diverse as the University community.

The following arrangements are in effect until close of business on 31st March 2022.

  • The University remains open for business for our teaching, research, support and administrative functions.
  • All lectures will be delivered online. Where practicums and tutorials or other teaching, learning or research activities can be delivered online, this will also be facilitated.
  • Where specific teaching, learning or research activities require face-to-face delivery, they will be delivered face-to-face in accordance with all applicable Covid-19 management protocols.
  • Student placements will be managed in accordance with the applicable regulations of the placement partner.

Effective immediately and until further notice, all staff, students and visitors will be required to wear facemasks in all University settings – including all public, shared office or administration, meeting, library, laboratory, teaching, learning and research facilities. This approach will mitigate ‘close contact’ risk for our entire community.

If your studies are expected to be impacted by a positive Covid-19 test result or the need to self-isolate, please inform your Course Coordinator (or supervisor if you are a HDR student). Alternatively you can contact Campus Central. The supports and consideration ordinarily afforded in any occurrence of personal illness will apply. In any instance where a positive case is known to have been on campus in our facilities, the appropriate sanitisation measures will be applied.

These measures will be continually reviewed as the situation evolves, and further advice will be forthcoming. Thank you for remaining flexible, I’m hopeful that we are turning the corner on this one and that we will return to conducting business as usual on campus in the short term.

As always, please refer to the UniSA Covid-19 Website for up-to-date information, including Student FAQs.

Best regards,

11 January 2022 2:10pm

All staff email from Professor David G. Lloyd, Vice-Chancellor and President

Dear Colleagues

Welcome back and happy 2022!

I do hope that you managed to get some quality downtime over the holiday break. I’d also rather hoped I wouldn’t have to write many more emails on the topic of Covid-19 this year but it seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. What we have seen epidemiologically is certainly encouraging. Vaccination is clearly suppressing the severity and duration of illness for those displaying symptoms, affording protection and minimising the hospitalisation risk for those who are fully jabbed – which is good – and underpins the importance of vaccination for us all.

Of course, given that we have seen a shift in the impact of Covid-19 societally since borders reopened and with increasing case numbers, it’s appropriate that we would clarify how the University is approaching business continuity and operations in the coming weeks.

Firstly, I want to emphasise that we will no longer be ‘reacting’ to Covid-19 exposure or cases as exceptional events – we are moving to recognise the endemic nature of the virus and to normalise our reaction to its occurrence in our population. We will manage Covid-19 in accordance with all applicable health regulations and advice, and as we would any other communicable illness that may occur within a population as large and diverse as the University community.

The following arrangement are in effect until close of business on 31st March 2022.

During this period:

The University remains open for business for our teaching, research, support and administrative functions. Where you can carry out your duties remotely or from home, have the appropriate line management approvals in place and should you choose to do so, you have the flexibility to work remotely. Where you are required to carry out your duties from an on-campus location, all applicable Covid-19 management protocols will be in effect.

  • All lectures will be delivered online. Where practicums and tutorials or other teaching, learning or research activities can be delivered online, this should also be facilitated.
  • Where specific teaching, learning or research activities require face-to-face delivery, they will be delivered face-to-face in accordance with all applicable Covid-19 management protocols.
  • Student placements will be managed in accordance with the applicable regulations of the placement partner.

From close of business tonight and until further notice, facemasks will be mandatory for all attendees of all on-campus activities unless medically exempted.

  • All staff, students and visitors will be required to wear facemasks in all University settings – including all public, shared office or administration, meeting, library, laboratory, teaching, learning and research facilities. This approach will mitigate ‘close contact’ risk for our entire community.

In terms of other elements of day-to-day Covid-19 management, I believe it is important for us to recognise and collectively normalise the reality of living with Covid in our community in as safe, pragmatic and trust-based way as possible and as such, the following considerations apply.

  • You do not need to book leave to get a Covid-19 vaccination or booster, just inform your line manager, who will be as accommodating as possible.
  • Similarly, you do not need to book leave if you need to get tested for Covid-19 . Again, please inform your line manager, who will be as accommodating as possible.
  • If you are deemed a close contact and subject to an isolation order, please follow the Reporting Protocol. You should be able to continue to work remotely during the applicable period.
  • Should you test positive for Covid-19, we also ask that you follow the Reporting Protocol as soon as practicable to ensure your line manager is informed and we can manage any business continuity considerations as we would with any instance of personal illness.
    • You should not attend physically at work for 14 days after returning a positive Covid-19 test result.
  • If you are Covid-19 positive and symptomatic, or even if you are Covid-19 positive and asymptomatic, during the applicable isolation period you are fully entitled to avail of sick leave.
  • If you choose not to avail of sick leave while subject to an isolation period and would rather wish to work remotely, you can continue do that.
  • If you are caring for someone who is Covid-19 positive, you can avail of carer’s leave or family responsibility leave – that’s what those provisions are there for.

From tomorrow, the University will no longer be enacting internal ‘contact tracing’ nor will we maintain live listings of exposure sites where Covid-19 positive cases may have attended. In any instance where a positive case is known to have been on campus in our facilities, the appropriate sanitisation measures will be applied.

Students should inform their Course Coordinators directly (and HDR students their supervisor(s)) if they have returned a positive Covid-19 test result or if they are required to self-isolate by virtue of having been deemed a close contact, and again the supports and consideration ordinarily afforded in any occurrence of personal illness will apply.

Collectively, these measures afford us a risk minimisation framework for dealing with endemic Covid-19 in our community. The approach is practical and equitable and mirrors that enacted in the wider general community. These measures will be continually reviewed and as we approach SP2 Census Date (31st March 2022) further advice will be forthcoming.

Thank you for your continued forbearance and patience, I’m hopeful that we are turning the corner on this one and that we will return to conducting business as usual on campus in the short term.

Best regards

29 December 2021 6:20pm

All staff email from Professor David G. Lloyd, Vice-Chancellor and President

Dear Colleagues,

With sincere apologies for sending an e-mail during the vacation period, I did want to remind you that about how we intend to manage university operations during the coming weeks.

On Tuesday 4th January 2022, the University will re-open for business as usual for all our teaching and research activities and with all applicable physical distancing and Covid-19 management protocols in place.

We remain keen to afford as much flexibility as is practical.  

In that regard, where you can conduct your duties from home and have the formal approval of your line manager to do so (and have completed the necessary documentation) and where you then choose to do so, you will be able to work remotely.

This arrangement will remain in place until 31st January 2022, enabling maximal flexibility for business continuity and operations.

The Covid-19 FAQ site will, as always, carry the most up-to-date relevant information.

In the meantime, go well, look after yourselves and one another.

Best regards, and wishing you and yours a very happy New Year.

03 December 2021 4:00pm

All student email from Professor Allan Evans, Provost & Chief Academic Officer

Dear Student

As the COVID-19 situation continues to pose uncertainty, I’m writing to let you know that next year we will be continuing with some of our modified teaching and learning arrangements.

Teaching Arrangements
To ensure that we can continue to meet social distancing requirements, lectures will continue to be offered online throughout 2022. Your Course Coordinators will continue to make available high-quality learning resources through your learnonline course sites, including full-length lecture recordings, video modules, or other interactive and informative online learning content.

The majority of face-to-face activities will continue to be held on-campus, including seminars, tutorials, and practicals. For each course, your course coordinator will ensure that the specific arrangements are communicated to you.

Examinations
For the duration of 2022, the majority of exams will remain online, via the learnonline platform, with the following changes.

  • In addition to open book examinations via learnonline, courses may offer online invigilated examinations via learnonline with the remote proctoring service RPNow.
  • All IT system requirements needed to complete an invigilated exam will be detailed in the Course Outline.

The additional hour per examination* currently offered to students will continue in 2022 and will be incorporated into the published examination time.

Details of examination conditions will be provided by Course Coordinators prior to the examination period.

Academic Integrity
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of your academic integrity obligations when studying in an online environment. Academic integrity means a commitment to act with honesty, trustworthiness, fairness, respect and responsibility in all academic work, including online examinations. Submitting another student’s work as your own, asking others to help you complete an examination response, assisting other students to answer a response, or presenting data that has been copied or falsified all constitute academic misconduct. At UniSA we are able to monitor and detect these types of activities, including the use of software such as Turnitin.

We take breaches of academic integrity very seriously at UniSA. The outcome of a breach may lead to a fail grade in the examination, fail grade in a course, or even suspension for a period of time.

If you have any questions about the above information, or require support, please contact Campus Central on 1300 301 703.

Thank you for your ongoing flexibility and continued commitment to your studies.

I wish you all the best for the holiday season.

02 December 2021 11:48am

All staff email from Professor Allan Evans, Provost & Chief Academic Officer

Dear Colleagues

As we hurtle towards the end of another challenging academic year, current health advice indicates that COVID-19 is likely to continue to pose a health issue in South Australia, at least for the foreseeable future. I would expect that ongoing concerns around new variants, immunisation status, boosters, contact tracing and social distancing (etc.) are with us for at least the first 6 months of 2022.

I am therefore writing to advise that following a number of discussions over recent weeks, Academic Board (at its November 26 meeting) endorsed the continuation of our modified teaching and learning arrangements into 2022 as summarised below. I understand that these adjustments may cause frustration among students and staff. Nevertheless, Academic Board agreed that by making the decision now we will be providing the certainty that is needed to put plans in place well ahead of the commencement of the major teaching activities in 2022. Of course, we will continue to monitor the situation throughout 2022 and make appropriate adjustments if possible. As usual, Academic Board will be involved in such matters.

Lectures: To ensure that we can continue to meet social distancing requirements and contact tracing obligations, lectures will remain online throughout 2022. Course Coordinators will need to continue to provide alternative high-quality learning resources, including (as appropriate) full-length lecture recordings, shorter video modules, or other interactive and informative online learning content. Importantly, other on-campus teaching activities such as seminars, tutorials, studios, practicals, workshops etc. can continue in a face-to-face format, unless we are advised otherwise.

Exams: We will continue to offer online examinations via learnonline for the duration of 2022. Depending on the nature of the course offering, Course Coordinators may request an online invigilated examination via the remote proctoring service RPNow, currently used in UniSA Online. Course Coordinators may also have the option to offer an on-campus face-to-face invigilated examination. There may also be a need to adjust exam length to ensure students are not disadvantaged when moving from one examination format to another. Details on the process to finalise examination plans for 2022 will be provided over coming weeks. As usual, Course Coordinators will continue to have the option of offering alternative types of assessment, including invigilated tests and other assessments in class (maintaining social distancing), if they do not wish to conduct an online examination.

All undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students (excluding UniSA Online students) will shortly be informed of these 2022 arrangements, highlighting once again their academic integrity obligations in an online environment.

Once again thank you for your steadfast support and resilience in addressing the complexities of managing COVID-19. Pleasingly, I have noted in my current round of visits to all Academic Units (as part of the Curriculum Innovation Process) that our students continue to provide very positive feedback in relation to their course quality. This is a great reflection of your commitment to ensuring a high quality learning experience for our students, irrespective of the challenges.

Regards and best wishes for a restful break before 2022 begins.

22 November 2021 10:44am

Onshore students email from Tom Steer, Chief Academic Services Officer

The South Australian government recently shared its plans for opening the South Australian border from 23 November 2021, with further easing of COVID-19 restrictions when the State reaches a 90% vaccination rate.

I’m writing to let you know that UniSA continues to remain open, and our student support services will still be available for you, however some services will move to virtual delivery as outlined below.

On-campus services

Virtual services

Until further notice the following services will be provided virtually (Zoom or telephone) and can be booked online.

  • Accommodation Services
  • Career guidance and career job search support
  • Access and Inclusion services
  • International student support
  • Learning advice and assignment help
  • Personal counselling
  • Wirringka Student Services (Please book directly with an Aboriginal Student Engagement Officer).

For further information about student services and advice related to COVID-19, please refer to the COVID-19 FAQs.

Our teams are here to help, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need us.

Regards

19 November 2021 5:46pm

Onshore students email from Tom Steer, Chief Academic Services Officer

Dear Students

As many of you are coming to the end of the academic year, and our teaching teams will also be coming to the end of their work year, we expect there will be less people on our campuses in the coming weeks and as such access to campus buildings will change.

Changes to building access

From Monday 22 November until further notice, entry to the majority of our buildings will be via swipe card access using your student ID card. If you don’t have a student ID card and would like to get one, ID card information can be found here.

Safety and wellbeing

When entering UniSA campuses, please ‘Check In’ using the SafeZone App.  You can set the App to automatically check you in, or manually check in each time.

Please also remember to wear masks while on campus, noting these are mandatory in all shared indoor public spaces as outlined by SA Health.  If you forget your mask while on campus please visit FM Assist or Campus Central to collect one.

While on campus if you need any help or have any questions related to these requirements please contact FM Assist. FM Assist are located on each campus, or you can call 88888 using on-campus phones, or 1800 500 911 (24-hours, free call).

All the best for the remainder of the semester.

Regards

 


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