As cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to rise across Australia and indeed, the world, Queen’s is focused on doing whatever is necessary to minimise the spread of infection and keep our community safe. The health and well-being of Queen’s students is our uppermost concern at this time.
Both Universities (Melbourne and RMIT) plan to remain open and move most courses to an online platform. We will also remain open and provide academic and pastoral support unless told to close by the Department of Health. Currently we have no confirmed cases of Covid-19. We are particularly concerned for our inter-state and international students and will remain supportive of all students who want to remain in College over what will now be an extended Easter break.
We have introduced methods to facilitate ongoing safe living at the College. Including the following:
- Postponed all external events until further notice
- Postponed internal events that do not meet the guidelines for social distancing
- College tours are temporarily suspended
- The College gates are locked with access only for resident/transition students, staff and approved visitors
- Cancelled formal dinners and reduced the number of chairs in the dining hall to increase social distancing
- Increased the number of hand sanitizers around college particularly in the dining hall
- Continue to provide pastoral care and academic support through tutorials and consultations
As you are well aware, this is a difficult time worldwide, with the situation rapidly evolving. We will continue to keep our community informed with the latest updates posted on our website.