Reactivating campus for Spring session
With the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions across NSW, low rates of community transmission and updated health advice from government authorities, we’re updating our plans to reactivate campus
Our revised reactivation plan allows more face-to-face teaching in Spring session.
As we return to campus, the health and safety of our students, staff and wider community remains our number one priority. We’ll continue to follow all relevant government guidelines and maintain a range of measures to keep campus low risk. Where it’s not possible to safely hold an activity on campus, it will remain online only.
Classes in Spring session
For the next five weeks, campus will stay open with the current restrictions in place. You will continue to have access to Buildings 1, 2 and 11 to use study spaces and the Library.
From the start of Spring session on July 27, most campus buildings will reopen, and many learning activities will return to campus in face-to-face mode including tutorials, labs, studios and group work activities.
Learning activities focused on delivering content, such as lectures, will continue to be delivered online for the foreseeable future.
Many subjects across the university will have an element of on campus activity, however, remote-learning options will remain available in every subject. Some subjects will remain online only.
You will be able to self-manage your enrolment to select online only or classes that include an element of face-to-face activity using MyTimetable.
If you enroll in a subject with on-campus activity, you will also be able to self-manage your class participation (through MyTimetable) and, in some cases, select whether you would prefer to undertake an activity online or face-to-face where there is availability.
If a particular subject includes optional activities which will be on-campus, this will be published in your subject outline, or an addendum to the subject outline, and on your learning management system (UTS Online or Canvas) before session begins.
Returning to campus safely
Under current government guidelines, university learning activities are ‘essential gatherings’ and are exempt from social distancing requirements. However, we’ll ensure that learning activities are only held on campus where they are low risk.
Wherever possible, activities will be offered in a way that allows the recommended 1.5m spacing. Where it’s not possible to maintain the full 1.5m distance for critical learning activities, there will be a risk-management approach and assessment of appropriate social distancing for that activity.
As you return to campus, we ask you to take some simple precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Regularly washing your hands, keeping appropriate social distance and travelling out of peak times wherever possible are proactive ways to keep yourself and the UTS community as safe as possible.
If you’re feeling unwell, please stay home.
Online study options remain available
We understand that some students won’t be able to return to campus in Spring session for face-to-face learning.
If you can’t attend campus because of international border closures you’ll continue to learn online, receiving online support and access to online extracurricular activities. There’ll be no change to the quality of teaching delivered online and the online option will continue at least until the end of Spring session.
If you can’t attend campus for personal health reasons, please let your lecturer or subject coordinator know and alternative study options will be accommodated. All students who need to continue to study online will be able to do so.
Other on-campus activities
In Spring session, some student services, resources and other activities, will also restart in face-to-face mode. This will include some Orientation activities. Campus cafes, the gym and Library will all be open.
Online alternatives will also remain available and student support services will continue to be offered remotely.
Research on campus
Research is an essential part of UTS and research activities have continued on campus over the past months, increasing as restrictions have allowed. Research activities will continue as we reactivate additional teaching activities, as coordinated by faculties.
External factors and government advice are being continually updated, which impacts on the planning we are doing at UTS. We’ll continue to share more information with you about our reactivation plan as details are confirmed, so please keep an eye on your UTS inbox, as well as the student news page and UTS socials.