Latest Updates on COVID-19 Measures

Latest Updates on COVID-19 Measures

Latest Updates on COVID-19 Measures

Updates on COVID-19

Updated: 17 May 2022

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.

Students will be supported via blended learning, including a mix of face-to-face classes and online learning. Students may refer to their respective timetables here.

The campus will remain open to students and assigned staff, with reduced supporting staff working on Campus. The campus will be open on Monday to Friday (8.30am to 7pm) and Saturday (9am to 1pm), and closed on Sunday and Public Holidays. Some programs may be offered outside these hours. Safe management measures will be put in place to ensure the well-being of students and staff. For details on the latest safe management guidelines, click here.

Mask-wearing is required in indoor spaces [i.e., reception, classrooms, offices, the student hub, gym, library, toilets, multi-purpose hall, canteen (both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned areas), bookshop and staircases]. Masks will also be worn by service providers on campus (i.e., Cleaners, Security Officers, Canteen stallholders and all other service providers and contractors on campus) to safeguard students and staff. In mask-on settings, safe distancing is still encouraged but will not be mandatory between individuals or groups.

Mask-wearing is optional in outdoor spaces (i.e., corridors outside classrooms/offices, courtyard, carpark). In mask-off settings, keep to a maximum of 10 people in a group while observing social distancing measures.

Facilities and services such as the Student Hub at Block C will be available on campus. The library will be open from Monday to Friday (9am – 6pm) and Saturday (9am - 1pm). In addition, self-study will be allowed on campus during campus operating hours. Student activities will be carried out in a cautious manner in accordance with the latest guidelines; you may refer to Campus Activities for more information campusactivities-singapore@jcu.edu.au.

From 1 February 2022, the Psychology Clinic will only accept fully vaccinated clients, in accordance with MOH guidelines.

Canteen

The canteen will be open from Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, except Public Holidays. Only fully vaccinated students and staff will be allowed to dine at the seating areas in the canteen.

The drink stallholders and Administration & Facilities department will conduct ad-hoc vaccination checks of diners in the canteen. Unvaccinated students are allowed to purchase takeaway from the canteen stalls, and have meals at open spaces (i.e., courtyard and open space outside the Block C student hub). Please bring your containers to reduce the use of disposables.

There is only one entry and exit point to the canteen (facing the courtyard). The perimeter of the canteen will be barricaded, please do not attempt to cross over the barricades for your safety. All students and staff should put their mask back on immediately after your meals regardless of your vaccination status. Security Officers and Facility staff are conducting frequent walkarounds to ensure compliance.

Gym

Aligned with government advisory, the gym will be open to members who are fully vaccinated, limited to 2 people in the gym at any time by appointment only. Only low-intensity physical activities, where participants keep their masks on at all times, will be allowed in the gym. Gym equipment should be wiped down / sanitised before passing on for use by the next user. Unvaccinated students and staff cannot access the Gym nor participate in mask-off activities.

Students

Who you are / your situation:

Action required

New students

  • Please check your email on our ‘Welcome Letter’ to retrieve the Reporting and Orientation schedule.
  • Digital Readiness: Please ensure that you meet the minimum systems requirements for online and blended learning.
  • Take note of the dates to attend Reporting and Orientation before course commencement.

Students returning to campus

  • Please ensure that you wear a mask, as part of measures by the local authorities to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Attendance will be recorded by teaching staff.
  • Please refer to the Teaching Modality section below for more information on classes and assessment.

All students

  • Please refer to the Teaching Modality section below for more information on classes and assessment.
  • Students are encouraged to conduct ART regularly to keep yourselves and everyone safe. Your wellbeing is of our top priority.

Graduating students

If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose), please do not come to the campus and visit https://flu.gowhere.gov.sg/ for a list of nearby Public Health Preparedness Clinics.

Teaching modality

Find out more about our modes of teaching, as well as answers to frequently asked questions about your studies here.

Staff

Who you are / your situation:

Action required

Staff returning to campus
  • Staff returning to campus must be vaccinated.
  • Please ensure that you wear a mask, as part of measures by the local authorities to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Discuss your working, 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 working, 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.

Measures for inbound travellers

  • International students who plan to come to Singapore soon — We are pleased to assist you with Student Pass applications. You can attend the physical class whenever when you arrive in Singapore. However, the assessment mode might differ for the students who join the physical class after week 5.
  • International students who don’t have any immediate travel plan to Singapore — We encourage you to come to Singapore as soon as the situation allows. Please note that there is no online class and support from SP51 2023.
  • International Students who are planning travel to Singapore, welcome to contact your designated Student Ambassadors for up-to-date information.

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.
  • If you are feeling unwell, have been exposed to COVID-19 or test positive for the virus, follow the appropriate protocol as advised by the Ministry of Health (MOH). Please do not come to campus or the office.
  • Take the necessary precautions, as advised by Ministry of Health (MOH).
  • Subscribe to Gov.sg WhatsApp channel to receive the latest information about COVID-19 here.
  • Download the TraceTogether app here to assist in contact tracing and in verifying your vaccination status during checks to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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