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6 February 2020

Deakin community update on the impact of the coronavirus

As the ongoing impact of the novel coronavirus continues to develop, Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin has acknowledged the concern and uncertainty felt by all. ‘The safety and wellbeing of our Deakin community is our top priority,’ Professor Martin says. ‘As we do everything possible to support our students and staff, the recommendations of public health experts will guide our actions.’

‘We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start. We have a dedicated response team in place, which is continuing to review and monitor the situation as it unfolds,’ said Professor Martin.

Impact on University activities

At this stage, all University events and activities are proceeding as planned – including exams, graduations and all of our orientation events.

There have been no confirmed cases of person to person transfer of coronavirus within Australia and we will continue to strictly follow health department guidance on any recommended public health precautions.

If you’re affected

Affected students are encouraged to contact Student Central for support and advice in the first instance. Our Deakin coronavirus FAQs outline the most detailed information on the current advice from Australian authorities, and how we can help our students both in Australia and China.

A level of concern and anxiety is normal. We also know that anxiety and fear can escalate through lack of accurate and factual information, so please make sure that you are reading the most up-to-date information.

We acknowledge our Chinese international students – an important part of the Deakin community – who are undoubtedly feeling the greatest impact and uncertainty. We have contacted these students to determine who is currently in Australia and to offer options for those who have yet to arrive. We will ensure that we are as flexible as possible in supporting these students whose plans are on hold through no fault of their own.

Stay up to date

We will continue to provide regular updates as the ongoing impact of the coronavirus unfolds. In the meantime, read the FAQs for the latest information.

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