Remote participation FAQs for students

26 February 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Remote participation

Updated: 2pm, Wednesday 26 February 2020

 

A list of FAQs have been put together to help you with any questions you have relating to remote participation. This page will continue to be updated as new information comes to hand.

 

I have been impacted by the travel restrictions and cannot attend my classes on campus. What are my options for study at ANU?

We have developed a range of options for students impacted by the coronavirus travel restrictions.

Remote participation

This means you can study your course while you are off campus ('remote participation'), and when the travel restrictions change, you will be able to come to campus and integrate into your classes during the semester.

Studying at another institution

You may be able to enrol in online or face-to-face study at another university either in Australia or in China and credit that course back to your studies here at ANU.  

You will need to contact your college/s to seek approval before starting studies at another institution:

Please note that study in a language other than English may need to be recorded on your academic transcript and testamur.

Deferral of your degree or program leave

We understand that you may want to defer your studies (commencing students) or take program leave (current students) until Semester 2 2020, or Semester 1 2021. You will be able to defer your studies for up to one year without academic or financial penalty. We will welcome you to campus when you're ready to commence or return.

For new commencing students please contact international.admissions@anu.edu.au or +61 2 6125 5594 to defer.

For returning students please contact student@anu.edu.au or +61 2 6125 3339 to take program leave.

Enrolling in a free, co-curricular offering from ANU

We are planning to provide to all ANU students who are affected by the travel restrictions the opportunity to participate in programs designed to help you in your degree from overseas. This is to help you develop your academic writing skills and includes content on life in Australia and wellbeing while studying. We will provide you with more information on nearer to the start of the teaching semester.

Catching up

ANU will offer options such as winter and summer intensive courses that will enable you to catch up when you get back to campus. Please discuss these options with your college:

 

REMOTE PARTICIPATION 

What is remote participation? 

Remote participation is a study option available if you are impacted by the travel restrictions. ANU courses will be made available online, including lectures, tutorials and readings. These courses will be flexible for on-campus participation and remote participation. 


Can I enrol in remote participation courses if I am not affected by the travel restrictions?  

ANU has made a range of courses available for remote participation specifically for students affected by the travel restrictions.  

If you are a student not affected by the travel restrictions, ANU offers a range of courses which are delivered online and available as part of the standard University course catalogue. For more details, please refer to the Programs and Courses webpage. You may also contact your Academic College for further advice [link to College contact details]. 


What are the key dates for Semester 1 2020? 

If you are a student affected by the coronavirus travel restrictions, please make sure you are aware of these key dates for Semester 1 2020. 

If you are not a remote study student, please refer to the 2020 University Calendar for key dates.   


Which courses are available for remote participation? 

ANU is offering a number of courses via remote participation. Click here to view the full list of course offerings


How do I enrol for remote participation? 

You can enrol for classes via ISIS

Instructions on how to enrol in remote participation courses can be found here

If you need help, email: student@anu.edu.au or phone: +61 2 6125 3339. 


How many courses should I study remotely? 

You should consider your individual circumstances when undertaking remote participation. Some factors to consider include access to a reliable internet source, course readings or personal circumstances such as family care responsibilities. Advice is provided from your academic and program support team in your college. 


Do I have to study full-time or part-time if I am participating remotely? 

You can study full-time or part-time. For new commencing students participating in courses remotely, we suggest considering a part-time study load. This may assist in your transition into on-campus learning if you are able to come to ANU during the semester. 

If you arrive on campus and are enrolled part time, you will need to complete a Reduced Study Load Application. ANU will assist you to complete this application. Once this application is approved, you will be issued with an extension electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (extension eCoE) which you can use to extend your student visa.  


If I only study one or two courses this semester, how will I finish my degree on time? 

ANU offers a range of courses outside Semester 1 and Semester 2. This includes intensive study programs and winter or summer sessions. We are working to be as flexible and supportive as possible and recommend speaking with your College about options for your degree. 

College contact details:


One of my courses has an assessment or requirement that needs to be completed on campus (e.g. laboratory classes). How will I do this if I am still participating remotely? 

We understand that students undertaking courses remotely will need flexibility to complete assessment. Practical elements will be rescheduled to intensive sessions late in the semester, or as winter intensives, to support students arriving during semester due to the travel restrictions. 


I need to complete a specific course as prerequisite for my next semester of study, but the course is not being offered via remote participation. What can I do? 

Please discuss your options with your college:


If I can come to campus after Semester 1 has started, can I attend the on-campus class and tutorials, or do I have to continue with remote participation? 

When you arrive on campus you will be able to join your peers in on-campus lectures, and also tutorials and labs where possible. Your College support team will be able to assist you with this transition, and let you know what options are available to you for attending classes and completing assessment items. 

Please discuss your options with your college:


I did not receive or was not able to complete the student survey sent on Friday 7 February. What should I do?

We had a fantastic response to the student survey we thank all those of you who were able to respond. We understand that some students had difficulty accessing the online survey or did not receive the email. We apologise for this inconvenience. We are currently collating the data and comparing it to our own records. This means we may have all the data we need from you, whether or not you completed the survey. If we do require additional information from you, we will contact you directly and individually to collect that information.


Will remote participation affect my post-study work rights?

ANU is clarifying this with the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.


I had booked to be picked up from the airport for the start of Semester 1, now that I have to reschedule my travel how will I get to campus when I arrive?

If you booked to use the Airport and Jolimont Centre Welcome Service contact Engagement and Success at student.experience@anu.edu.au when you know your new arrival date and time and they will organise for you to be picked up.

 

ORIENTATION 

I want to learn about ANU and connect with other students, how can I do this? 

Just because you are off campus doesn't mean you have to miss out on connecting with your peers. We have developed a Wattle site for Orientation Week 2020 to introduce you to ANU, including the campus and support services available. This site will provide a platform for you to engage with your peers, both on and off campus. We hope that this will be a good way to start friendships that can be continued when you arrive on-campus. 

Click here for more information on O-Week online for remote students.  

If you signed up for the Set4ANU Mentoring Program you should have received information about the Set4ANU WeChat that has been organised for mentees to talk with mentors. If you signed up for the program but haven't received information about the WeChat please contact set4anu@anu.edu.au


How can I get to know the ANU campus and services, when I arrive? 

We hope that you have been able to interact with your peers through the Orientation Week Wattle Site while you have been joining us via remote participation. We are ready to show you around our campus when you arrive at ANU, and we will introduce you to the services available to support you throughout your time with us. 

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR REMOTE PARTICIPATION 

Do I have to pay for a course that I am completing by remote participation? Are there any discounts?

If you are a commencing student, we recognise that you will be heavily impacted by the travel restrictions because you are not yet familiar with ANU. If you are a commencing student affected by the travel restrictions, and not able to arrive in Australia and attend classes by 31 March 2020, you will receive a hardship scholarship and we will waiver your fees for any remote study you enrol in during Semester 1. The Hardship Scholarship (more information below) will be automatically applied to your account.

Any continuing students affected by the international travel restrictions will need to pay the standard course tuition fees by the deadline (13 March) but will be eligible for special dispensation. This means if you fail any course you are enrolled in Semester 1 2020, you can re-enrol in the same course again and your course fees will be waived (more information below).

There are no additional fees for remote participation beyond the standard tuition fees.

In addition, students can withdraw before Census date (31 March) without academic or financial penalty or any record on their transcript, and can withdraw up until 3 June without academic or financial penalty but with a WD (withdrawn without failure) noted on the academic transcript.

All other key dates for Semester 1 are listed here.


What is a commencing student hardship scholarship?

If you are a commencing student, we recognise that you will be heavily impacted by the travel restrictions because you are not yet familiar with ANU. If you are a commencing student affected by the travel restrictions, and not able to arrive in Australia and attend classes by 31 March 2020, you will receive a hardship scholarship and we will waive your fees for any remote participation you enrol in during Semester 1. 


How do I apply for a hardship scholarship?

If you have been impacted by the travel restrictions, the hardship scholarship for commencing students will be automatically applied to your account. You will not need to complete an application.


What is special dispensation for affected continuing students?

If you are a continuing student affected by the coronavirus travel restrictions, and not able to arrive in Australia and attend classes by 31 March 2020, you will receive special dispensation. This means if you fail any course you are enrolled in for Semester 1 2020, you can enrol in the same course again and your course fees will be waived.


I want to defer my studies but I'm worried about a financial or academic penalty. What are my options?

You will be able to defer your studies or take program leave for up to one year without academic or financial penalty. We will welcome you to campus when you're ready to commence or return to ANU.

Commencing students: you will be able to defer your studies for 6 months or 12 months. For more information on this, please email: International.admissions@anu.edu.au or phone: +61 2 6125 5594.

Current/continuing students: you will be able to apply for program leave due to the impact of the travel ban.

Program leave - for current/continuing students. For more information on this, please email: student@anu.edu.au or phone: +61 2 6125 3339.

 

SUPPORT AVAILABLE FOR YOU 

Where do I go if I need support? 

Students can access 24/7 support via ANU Crisis Support Line on 1300 050 327 or via SMS Text message service on 0488 884 170.  

Support and assistance is also available through the Respectful Relationships Unit respect@anu.edu.au and ANU Counselling (9am-5pm weekdays) 02 6125 2442 or counselling.centre@anu.edu.au.   

A full list of student wellbeing services is available here