From Friday 15 October, the following changes will come into effect:
- No restriction on reasons to leave the residence over and above those imposed by ACT Health – make sure when you do leave your resdience, you comply with all ACT Government restrictions, including gathering sizes and mask requirements.
- Larger living bubbles – the size and make up of these will vary given the different living arrangements in place within each residence. Your Head of Hall will be in touch before Friday to let you know what this looks like at your residence.
- Changes to the use of common spaces and common areas:
- In halls, Graduate House and affiliate colleges, these will operate with time limits and allocation for different bubble groups. Your Head of Hall will provide you with more information.
- In lodges, there will be increased capacity in common areas such as laundries and common rooms to a density limit of one person per four square metres. Please continue to check in to these spaces and clean equipment and surfaces before and after use.
The following settings remain unchanged:
- The current guest policy of 1 designated guest per resident
- Mandatory mask wearing at all times when outside of your room
The restrictions in place reflect those listed under the 'HIGH' campus alert setting on page 3 in the residential COVID guidelines, but with additional allowances as outlined above. The additional allowances have been put in place to align our restrictions to that of the ACT Government.
If you have questions about how these changes impact you, please contact your Head of Hall.
In addition to the people in your 'bubble', each resident can nominate one designated guest who can visit them and who they can visit. This guest must remain the same for the duration of the current restriction settings.
Designated guests must comply with the following requirements:
- Check in using the QR code in the front entrance of the building (if from outside the residence)
- Visit only the nominated resident, and only in their room
- Enter and leave the Residential Hall directly without spending time in communal areas.
- Do not travel in the lift with anyone other than the person they are visiting
- Wear a mask at all times when transiting in the residence, only removing the mask when in the room of the person you are designated to visit
You can remove your rubbish as per normal as long as you wear a mask when leaving your room.
You are allowed to use the laundry room at a capacity of one person per 4 square metres. Cleaning products will be provided to allow you to clean the surfaces before and after use. You should wear a mask at all times.
Emergency response and evacuations
If there is a fire alarm, the standard protocols must be followed. You will be required, where possible, to put on a mask before evacuating. Additional masks and gloves will be available if required.
In the event of a medical emergency, ANU staff and/or students should dial 000 and administer first aid using appropriate PPE.
The Public Health Lead – COVID Response Office should also be notified as soon as possible.
Where are close contacts self-isolating?
Students who are deemed close contacts are isolating in self-contained apartments. Where these apartments are available in their original halls, students have been moved there.
Where there are no self-contained apartments in their existing residences, students have been moved to residences where self-contained apartments are available.
This is to ensure these individuals and the wider community are safe.
Have there been close contacts within the residences?
Yes. Like many other Canberrans, a number of our residents have been identified as close contacts.
What is the process for residential students if a positive case is identified within their hall?
When a positive case is confirmed within a residential hall, we will enact the outbreak management plan and ensure that all affected people are notified and have the information relevant to their circumstances.
What is the process for residential students when a close or casual contact is identified within their hall?
Close contacts in individual apartments will quarantine in place for 14 days or until advised. Other residents remain on existing level of restrictions.
Casual contacts in individual apartments will quarantine until they receive a negative result from a test that is taken on or after day five from their exposure. Other residents remain on existing level of restrictions.
Close contacts in multi-share apartments will be moved into a single apartment to quarantine for 14 days or until advised. Housemates are not impacted and do not need to quarantine unless the close contact tests positive.
Casual contacts in multi-share apartments will be moved into a single apartment to quarantine until they receive a negative test or until advised. If everyone in the multi-share are also casual contacts, they can quarantine in their apartment together. Other residents remain on existing level of restrictions.
Close contacts in shared-living residences will be moved into a single apartment to quarantine for 14 days or until advised. Other residents remain on existing level of restrictions unless the close contact tests positive.
Casual contacts in shared-living residences will be moved into a single apartment to quarantine until they receive a negative result. Other residents remain on existing level of restrictions.
What are ‘shared-living’ residences and which ANU residences fall under this definition?
Any accommodation with shared amenities including toilets, kitchen and dining spaces.
Shared-living residences at ANU:
- Toad Hall
- Fenner Hall
- Burton & Garran Hall
- Wamburun Hall
- Bruce Hall (Main Wing)
- Wright Hall
- Ursula Hall (Main Wing)
- John XXIII College
- Burgmann College
I’ve been told that I need to quarantine and that I will move to a different residence, what do I need to do?
Your residence will provide you with a check-list of what to pack and the steps you need to take. All COVID-19 protocols will be followed in the moving process.
I need to get tested but don’t have my own transport, what do I do?
Contact your Head of Hall and they will arrange transport for you, noting it may take some time to schedule this.
Can I get vaccinated on campus?
Yes. The University Pharmacy in Kambri is offering both the AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines for people over 18. Contact the pharmacy directly on 02 6248 6887 to make a booking, or visit their website.
If you are in quarantine or isolation you cannot leave to get a vaccine.
Click here to find out more about studying online and academic support.
We have a range of support services for our students, and these can be accessed remotely at no cost.
There are also a range of financial support options available to you.
- Residential COVID Guidelines (PDF, 771.9 KB)
- Annex 1 to Residential Guidelines - Outbreak Plan (PDF, 1007.42 KB)
- Annex 2 to Residential Guidelines - Welfare checks (PDF, 326 KB)
- Annex 3 to Residential Guidelines - Home based quarantine in student accommodation (PDF, 824.44 KB)
- Annex 4 to Residential Protocols - Management of students in student accommodation during ACT lockdown (PDF, 528.14 KB)