Updates on COVID-19

Updates on COVID-19

Updates on COVID-19

Updates on Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updated: 07 October 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.

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.

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.

Students

Who you are / your situation:

Action required

Students returning to campus
  • 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 SP53

  • 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 in SP53 (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.

Extenuating Circumstances

If your studies have been impacted by COVID-19 and you are not able to secure a doctor’s certificate or other evidence, you can self-declare via the Notification of Extenuating Circumstances form https://apps.jcu.edu.au/extenuating-circumstances/#/ as your supporting documentation. Submission of this form means that you may not need medical or counselling certificates if you are applying for assessment extensions, missed compulsory classes, special consideration, withdrawal and/or deferred exams at any time.

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 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 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 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