USC made an important decision on Friday to pause all classes for the week ahead, 23-27 March – but this doesn’t mean that it’s six campuses across Queensland will be closed.
In fact, all campuses will remain open and staff will continue working, albeit with some working from home as arranged with their managers, and others observing the new social distancing requirements in their workplaces.
Students will still be able to access important on-campus facilities, such as libraries, food venues and study spaces, which will have additional hygiene, sanitation and social distancing measures implemented. Students can also access their coursework online via a program called Blackboard.
USC will be working hard this week to transition face-to-face learning and teaching resources to technology-enabled learning and teaching.
Staff will also continue providing important student services, including counselling. These services can now be accessed via phone, online, or face-to-face with new social distancing requirements considered.
The suspension of classes for a week applies to all lectures, tutorial, lab classes, fieldwork, online assessments and all exams (both on campus and online) that were scheduled to occur next week. However, student placements will continue.
Students will receive details this week as to how their classes will be delivered differently from Monday 30 March.