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Updates on Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updates on Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updates on Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updated: 18 May 2020

In response to the 2019 COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the latest measures implemented by the local government, the Singapore campus of James Cook University has put in place a set of protective measures and advice to keep our students and staff healthy and safe, as well as to better mitigate risks and minimise disruption.

From Monday 6 April 2020 onwards, all studies will be carried out online for SP51, SP91, SP94 and SP95 using LearnJCU. The campus will be reopened from Tuesday 19 May 2020 to assigned students and staff, as we begin gradual resumption of operations on campus. Safe distancing and safe management measures will be put in place to ensure the well-being of students and staff.

Students

Who you are / your situation:

Action required

Students enrolled in Master of Psychology (Clinical), ELPP Level 4, and 4th-year Psychology programs
  • Temperature screening and SafeEntry measures are conducted each time when entering the campus.
  • Please ensure that you wear a mask, as part of measures by the local authorities to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Observe safe distancing measures.
  • Attendance will be recorded by teaching staff.

All students except the above

Graduating students

  • Students will be issued Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of award requirements.
  • Students may request to graduate in absentia through University Council meeting.
  • Students will have the opportunity to attend deferred Graduation Ceremonies.
  • Contact Examination Office: exams-singapore@jcu.edu.au for further details.

Assessment in SP51

  • All invigilated mid-term examinations will be replaced with non-invigilated examinations or a written assignment.
  • All invigilated final examinations will be replaced with alternative assessments submitted via LearnJCU.
  • Lecturers will update the subject outlines and inform students about the final assessment.

Grading in SP51 (not applicable to ELPP and Foundation)

As 100% classes are on eLearning, the University has decided that it would be unfair to students to use the usual grading system and issue a GPA score for every subject. Therefore, based on the final assessment, students will generally be issued with a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory result. Many universities around the world are adopting this approach to take account of the disruptions due to COVID-19.  Some degree programmes will continue to issue GPA system due to professional accreditation requirements.

  1. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Results & GPA. This advisory applies to courses offered in SP51 only. There is currently no change in grading system of courses in other Study Periods. The Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory results system will be applied to all Level 1 and 2 coded subjects. We will use this arrangement for foundational years (all level 1 and 2 coded subjects) only.   Where applicable, SP51-2020 GPA calculations are available on request (see 5 below).

  2. The standard results system (N, P, C, D, HD) that contributes to GPA is applied to all Level 3 coded subjects and above.  Level 3 coded subjects and above are usually final year and may contribute to graduate outcomes (employability), may be required for accreditation, or entry to postgraduate courses. This is applicable to all Postgraduate courses. For subjects where the students are required to PASS all assessment items, subject coordinators have been asked to consider alternative assessment arrangements due to the unique circumstances. More information about grades can be found in the student handbook.

  3. U and N results. Because of the disruptive change to online delivery and the challenge of adapting to new approaches to study, JCU will not award any fail grades (N, U, or WF) in any subjects yet to be completed in SP51. These grades will be converted to WD (Withdrawn without Academic Penalty) so that there is no negative impact on GPA.  X (Incomplete) will still be awarded if a student fails to attempt at least 80% of the assessment for the subject.  The WD grades awarded in SP51, 2020 will be noted in academic progression monitoring, and cannot be utilised for appeal processes.

  4. Notification of Extenuating Circumstances. A self-declaration measure has been put in place to relieve pressure on our medical and counselling services both in the wider community and on-campus during this time.  The Notification of Extenuating Circumstances (medical and/or counselling)form is used by students to advise the University of exceptional circumstances as soon as impact on their academic performance is suspected. Submission of this form means that you may not need medical or counselling certificates you are applying for assessment extensions, missed compulsory classes, special consideration, withdrawal and/or deferred exams at any time.  You are advised to keep a copy of this completed form and attach it as evidence in any such applications. Subject Coordinators and other JCU staff who need to be aware any disclosure that you make  will respect the confidential nature of  information that you share.

  5. SP51-2020 GPA. An SP51-2020 GPA is a calculation of an equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) based on results achieved in Level 1 and 2 coded subjects in Study Period 51, endorsed by the Dean of respective College and JCU Singapore Examination Board as the GPA that would have been earned if a GPA grading system was applied to your performance in the subject assessment.  It is provided on a case-by-case basis where it is required to support course transfer applications and similar processes that normally depend on a GPA. It does not change your earned GPA from your previous or future studies. The GPA awarded from studies previous to 2020 will be retained in academic transcripts even if a SP51-2020 GPA is verified.

  6. How do I get a SP51-2020 GPA? If you need access to an SP51-2020 GPA score for a specific reason then you may apply to the Campus Dean stating the reasons for the request (e.g. to assist in entry or transfer to other courses or if you are applying for an exit course award). If the Campus Dean approves your request then you will be issued with a letter verifying  your SP51-2020 GPA.

  7. LearnJCU Grade Centre will be appended with a notification to show the changed results circumstances in all coded Level 1 and 2 subjects. No changes will be made to existing Grade Centre columns. Plans are underway to automatically reflect U and S in the overall grade column.

FAQ

For answers to frequently asked questions about your studies and exams amid COVID-19, please click here.

Staff

Who you are / your situation:

Action required

Staff assigned to return to campus during the Gradual Resumption period
  • Temperature screening and SafeEntry measures are conducted each time when entering the campus.
  • Please ensure that you wear a mask, as part of measures by the local authorities to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Observe safe distancing and safe management measures, including staggered working hours and split teams arrangements.
  • Discuss your monitoring and communication arrangements with your Functional Director/Line Manager.
  • Alert your Functional Director/Line Manager accordingly if you – or any of your close contacts i.e. friends, family members – experience any relevant medical conditions or symptoms.

All staff except the above

  • All staff to telecommute. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) team will maintain minimal staffing for emergency maintenance of IT infrastructure. If staff are facing technical issues, please contact ICT team at itr-singapore@jcu.edu.au
  • Discuss your monitoring and communication arrangements with your Functional Director/Line Manager.
  • Alert your Functional Director/Line Manager accordingly if you – or any of your close contacts i.e. friends, family members – experience any relevant medical conditions or symptoms.

*Affected countries

In view of the evolving COVID-19 situation globally, Singapore has put in place additional precautionary measures for some travellers entering Singapore.

Travel history in the last 14 days in countries/regions

For Singapore residents and long-term pass holders

For short-term visitors

Hubei province (Mainland China)

14-day quarantine

Not allowed entry or transit

All other countries/regions

14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN)

Not allowed entry or transit

Full list of restrictions: https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/additional-border-control-measures-to-reduce-further-importation-of-covid-19-cases

Health and medical matters

  • Please ensure that you wear a mask, as part of measures by the local authorities to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Visit the doctor or rest at home if you are unwell.
  • Take the necessary precautions, as advised by Ministry of Health (MOH).
  • Subscribe to Gov.sg WhatsApp channel to receive the latest information about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) here.
  • Download the TraceTogether app to assist in contact tracing and curb the spread of the coronavirus here.

Let us work together by being socially responsible and do our own part in keeping good personal hygiene.

For Assistance
Contact Student Affairs at studentaffairs-singapore@jcu.edu.au or call +65 9321 6833