Keep us COVIDSafe: when to self-isolate and notify Deakin
At Deakin we are committed to always driving a stronger culture of safety, mutual respect and inclusion, and ensuring all members of the Deakin community can study and work in a safe and supportive environment.
URGENT UPDATE 2 AUGUST: As per the Premier’s announcement today (Sunday 2 August) of Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne as of 6pm, and regional Victoria’s move to Stage 3 restrictions as of 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, there will be a pause on scheduled on-campus teaching taking place across any Deakin campus tomorrow (Monday 3 August).
All planned online delivery will continue as scheduled. Details regarding on-campus teaching activities from Tuesday 4 August onwards will be communicated with all staff and students on Monday 3 August.
It is crucial that we all adhere to the enhanced hygiene, physical distancing and face-covering measures being enforced by the State Government to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
You must abide by the Victorian Government’s isolation rules
Regardless of whether you live in a region that is currently under Stage 4 or Stage 3 restrictions, the State Government has specified you must abide by the following self-isolation rules to ensure community safety.
- You must immediately self-isolate if you begin to feel unwell or if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has returned a positive test for COVID-19.
- You must continue to self-isolate until you can arrange to be tested for COVID-19. This is the only reason you are permitted to leave your home or place of isolation if you’re unwell or have been potentially exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Following your test, you must then immediately return home and continue to self-isolate until you receive a test result that confirms you are not infected with COVID-19. If you test positive to having COVID-19, you will be given further instructions by health experts on how you must proceed with self-isolation.
For more information, see the Victorian Government’s quarantine and isolation advice.
If you are concerned about missing work or losing income, or you are worried about obtaining basic supplies, please note this is not an excuse to break these strict self-isolation rules. You should check the State Government’s website for more information about support for people in quarantine or isolation, which also includes details about eligibility for emergency relief packages and financial support.
Deakin has a notification process in place for suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 to ensure students and staff are supported and to safeguard the wellbeing of all staff, students and the community. Here is when you will need to provide formal notification to Deakin of COVID-19 related instances:
- You developed symptoms when on campus or during a university-related activity, such as a placement
- You have been tested for a particular purpose. For example:
- You have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case
- You have COVID-19 symptoms
- You have been tested and received a positive result.
If any of the above scenarios apply to you, please contact:
- Security on 1800 062 579, who will trigger any formal notification and protocols required
- Our Welfare Team via [email protected] who can provide you with support
- Your Unit Chair or Head of School so they can adjust study requirements.
You must not come to campus if you feel unwell
Do not come to campus or attend a scheduled off-campus learning activity if you are feeling unwell, have any possible symptoms of illness or suspect you may have (or have been exposed to) COVID-19 – you should instead seek medical attention and arrange to be tested.
- Before you attend campus for the first time this study period, we ask that you complete the COVIDSafe learning module. The module is available in the My Learning section of DeakinSync and only takes 15 minutes to complete.
- Before you travel to Deakin or your learning activity, complete a health self-check and ensure you are well. If you are unwell or suspect you have COVID-19, check your symptoms – Symptom Checker – and seek medical attention.
- While on campus, you must observe physical distancing requirements and practice good hygiene to help prevent the risk of spreading illness. You must also listen to any advice you may receive from our Physical Distancing Ambassadors.
- As of Sunday 2 August from 11.59pm, all Victorians must wear a face mask or covering. Our Physical Distancing Ambassadors will reinforce this on campus. This diagram illustrates instances when you will need to wear a face covering.
- Do not be concerned about missing a learning activity on campus if you are unwell and need to be tested – you will not be penalised and Deakin can offer you support in this instance.
Please continue to monitor Deakin’s range of online FAQs relating to COVID-19. These FAQs are updated regularly to provide you with the latest information.
The COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be uncharted territory for us all – please remember we will need to exercise vigilance in our everyday behaviours for some time to come and we thank you for your efforts in keeping us all safe.