The following was sent to all RMIT students detailing the planned return to campus. For more information, see the FAQs.
COVID-19 Update: Planning for Semester 2
As we continue to navigate this challenging time, we are working hard to make the right decisions for the current semester, while also looking ahead to the future. The health, safety and wellbeing of our community is our greatest priority and remains at the centre of our decision-making.
The most recent Government advice allows us to start planning a staged transition back to campus, with strict physical distancing and hygiene requirements in place. We are currently prioritising essential practical-based learning activities, including labs, specialist classes, research and catch-up classes that can’t be replicated online, with a particular focus on students in their final year. We are also looking at classes with essential practical components that can be delivered in a blended mode (online and on-campus). You will be advised as and when any decisions are made that may impact you via Canvas.
If you have practical learning requirements but wish to continue studying remotely, you will not be penalised for doing so, but in some circumstances, there may be some catch-up required or a delay to the date you complete your studies. As new Government advice and guidelines are issued, we will continue to balance these with our own campus assessments.
At this stage, classes that can be delivered remotely will continue to be delivered remotely in Semester 2, including lectures, tutorials and seminars. While lectures will remain online for the duration of 2020, as Government advice evolves, we may return to campus sooner for other learning, teaching and research activities, prioritising those labs and specialist classes that can’t be replicated online. We will review our position regularly and ensure any decisions relating to campus returns are carefully planned, prepared and communicated.
If you are unable to attend campus in Semester 2 and wish to continue studying remotely, you will not be disadvantaged, but in some cases, there may be catch-up required in future semesters or a delay to the date you complete your studies.
Decisions for 2021 have not yet been made, however we will provide more detail as soon as we are in a position to do so. As always, if you need help please reach out (contact and support details are listed below), because at RMIT, especially in the tough times, we’re better together.
Martin Bean CBE
Vice-Chancellor and President