Updates on COVID-19

Updates on COVID-19

Updates on COVID-19

Updates on COVID-19

Updated: 26 January 2021

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 as per relevant government directive and prevailing social distancing measures. Students may refer to their respective timetables here.

From Monday 29 June 2020, the campus will be open to students and assigned staff. The campus will be open on Monday to Friday (8.30am to 6pm) and Saturday (8.30am to 1pm), and closed on Sunday and Public Holidays. Some programs may be offered outside these hours. Safe distancing and 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.

Facilities and services such as the Learning Centre, the library, IT labs, science lab, aquaculture lab, trading room and counselling services will be available on campus. However, the gym will remain closed. In addition, self-study will be allowed on campus during campus operating hours.

You can find out more about our COVID-19 Action Plan here. In the event that you are feeling unwell or there is a suspected case of COVID-19, please follow the evacuation plan outlined in Annex G of the COVID-19 Action Plan.

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

  • Temperature screening and TraceTogether-only SafeEntry (ToS) 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

Graduating students

  • Students will be conferred through University Council meeting.
  • Students will have the opportunity to attend deferred Graduation Ceremonies.
  • Contact Graduation Office: graduation-singapore@jcu.edu.au for further details.

If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose), please visit https://flu.gowhere.gov.sg/ for a list of nearby Public Health Preparedness Clinics.

Assessment

  • Face-to-face invigilated examinations have been replaced with an online equivalent submitted via LearnJCU or an alternative assessment task.
  • Lecturers will update the subject outlines and inform students about the final assessment.

Grading (not applicable to ELPP and Foundation)

The University has decided to revert to the GPA grading convention https://www.jcu.edu.au/students/exams-and-results/grade-point-average-gpa from SP53 2020 onward. Thus, ALL subjects will be graded as per GPA grading system except for chained subjects from SP51 2020 and SP52 2020.

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 returning to campus
  • Temperature screening and TraceTogether-only SafeEntry (ToS) 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 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.
  • Ad-hoc access to Campus (e.g. to collect an urgent document, etc.) is only allowed upon approval from your respective Manager, and the length of visit should be restricted to fulfilling the stated purpose.

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

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

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 COVID-19 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