Welcome back to campus

Thursday, 30 July 2020

The University is really looking forward to welcoming our students back to campus for Semester 2, and commend you all for the extraordinary maturity and professionalism you’ve shown over the past five months as we’ve all dealt with university education in a COVID-19 world.

student in library

While we’re enthusiastic to see you again, we continue to closely monitor health advice, as student and staff safety is our number one priority.You’ll be seeing changes when you come back to campus to ensure a COVID-safe environment. It’s expected that all students will follow these very important protocols. They’re there for the safety of everybody – you and other students, and teaching staff.

VIDEO: Welcome Back to Campus

Social Distancing Champions: we have a dedicated team who will be our Social Distancing Champions. You’ll see them around campus reminding us all of our COVID-safe practices and helping with class changeovers. Please be courteous and friendly to our Champions. They are here to keep us all safe.

Specific course information will be placed in the banner at the top of each course’s Blackboard site. Be sure to check it regularly.


  • Held in locations where physical distancing is possible.
  • Follow the marked entry and exit signs when entering and leaving classrooms.
  • Some large lectures will remain online

Cleaning and hygiene:

  • Cleaning routines have been increased in high use areas.
  • Please use the many hand sanitiser stations across our campuses
  • Cleaning wipes are in high use areas such as IT labs.
  • Please use all resources as needed to maintain good hygiene.

Students in high-risk groups or in a location with travel restrictions: The University understands that there will be students who are in high-risk groups as identified by health authorities, or those in locations with travel restrictions. In these cases, please contact your Course Co-ordinators or School office. In some cases there are online options.

A range of resources and advice are available on our COVID-19 site. This includes information about the availability of masks and when they need to be worn.

VIDEO: Returning to Campus Safely

No-one should come onto campus if they are feeling unwell. Please stay home and get tested, even if you have very minimal symptoms. If you get tested, please do not come to campus until you get your results. Let your teaching staff know if you have any attendance requirements so that they can adjust your attendance accordingly.

Return to campus only when you receive a negative COVID-19 result and are feeling better. If your test is positive, please notify health.response@newcastle.edu.au immediately. Our COVID Health Response team will implement precautions for our community and provide help and support to you and anyone impacted by your situation.

Wishing you a healthy and successful start to Semester 2.

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