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Your health, safety, and well-being are important to us.
- SMBC (Croydon and Roberts-Dale) is temporarily closed to the public for physical traffic. However, please note, we're still very much open 'remotely', so please don't hesitate to contact us via email@example.com or telephone on 02 9747 4780.
- Vaccination requirement in place for on-campus attendance in Semester 1, 2022.
Our lecturers will be continuing, as we have over the last couple of years, to offer online and/or hybrid study (as with many other places now) to ensure all people who want to study with us, can do so, and continue to do so.Because of our context, being a residential and community-based college with numerous identified vulnerable to COVID people living onsite (infants, immunocompromised and older people), and to reduce the possibility of a widespread outbreak, the College Board has implemented a temporary requirement for people to be double COVID vaccinated (unless a person has an approved medical exemption) for the on-campus study option in Semester 1, 2022. See vaccine policy here
- Apply for full and part-time study here!
- The Kerr Library remains closed to the public but open with limited numbers for enrolled SMBC students who are fully vaccinated or approved medically exempt. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any assistance you may require.
- As COVID information changes regularly, Learn more about the NSW rules here
- Have Cold/Flu Symptoms? Please stay away from College, get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate. Please note: Even if you test negative for Covid-19 yet still have any cold or flu-like symptoms, we ask you to stay away from College.
- QR Register On Arrival at SMBC Croydon or The Bridge at the Roberts-Dale campus. It is a requirement that you register using the SMBC QR code on the Service NSW App. QR codes are spread all around our campuses for you to register. If you don't have a smart phone, then you must register using the device provided in the campus dining room. This applies to all people arriving on campus.
Continuity of lectures: Should SMBC or The Bridge be closed for a brief time because of COVID, we aim to continue lectures and the other wonderful aspects of College through our off-campus and hybrid learning methods.
While on campus maintain physical distancing and wash or sanitise your hands frequently.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions (not covered below) via email or 02 9747 4780.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get the most accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Australia?
The Australian Government Department of Health has information on COVID-19, including links to local state and territory information. Download the App and see other helpful links below. Localised NSW requirements may be found at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.
If I just have a cold can I come to SMBC or The Bridge?
No! Even if you have only very mild symptoms like tiredness or a sore throat, get tested for COVID! Please don't assume it's just the common cold or the flu. Even if you have tested negative and still have a cold or flu, please do not come to College.
Do I need to wear a face mask?
Mask rules change from time to time. Please read here for current rules. Additionally please don't hesitate to wear a mask on campus at anytime.
I’ve had a bit of a sore throat and other mild cold/flu-like symptoms. Can I see other people or visit College even if I am a residential student ?
No! PLease stay home! NSW Health encourages you to be tested for COVID 19. If you’re a residential student, you need to self isolate until all your symptoms have passed, no matter how minor they seem.Even if you test negative for Covid-19 yet still have any cold or flu-like symptoms, we ask you to stay away from College.
Is there a possibility that SMBC or The Bridge could be closed for a time because of COVID-19?
Yes! But our priority is to continue lectures and the other wonderful aspects of College through our off-campus and hybrid learning methods.
What is SMBC and The Bridge doing to keep students and staff as safe as possible?
- We follow the advice of relevant health authorities and are working hard to keep our students and staff updated so they can continue to take relevant precautions as things evolve.
- The scope of cleaning, specifically sanitised cleaning, in communal areas was widened and hand sanitiser is distributed to as many locations as possible.
- Residential students and staff are advised to let the SMBC General Manager aware they have been for a COVID test and when they get the results back.
- We will continue precautionary measures as long as required to help support the health and safety of our community.
- As advised by the Australian Government Department of Health, getting vaccinated, physical distancing of 1.5 metres. washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds and wearing a mask are the best defences against the spread of COVID-19.
I've heard there is a Public Order regarding spitting and coughing. What is it?
It is called: Public Health (COVID-19 Spitting and Coughing) Order 2021.It directs that a person must not intentionally spit at or cough on public officials or other workers in a way that is reasonably likely to cause fear about the spread of COVID-19.
What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for Coronavirus?
In the event that a member of the SMBC community is diagnosed with the coronavirus, SMBC will follow the direction of NSW Health. The priority of NSW Health is identifying those people who have had close contact with infectious people, which will necessarily involve informing affected individuals. The health and wellbeing of each person at SMBC are paramount to us.
If required, how will SMBC isolate residential students?
We have identified residential areas on campus that we may need to use to isolate students.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
Is the library open?
The library is temporarily closed to the public. In the meantime please don't hesitate to contact to library for help, accessing online resources, the limited click and collect service or other general queries at email@example.com or visit the Kerr library website
When the library does reopen you will need to
- declare you don’t have any cold/flu symptoms
- sanitise your hands upon entry
- sign in using QR code on arrival at SMBC and show evidence that you are fully vaccinated
- ensure you keep 2 arms-length apart
- clean your desks before and after use
- wear a mask
Please don’t hesitate to chat with the library team with any questions or enquiries you may have. Get all the library details and increased digital services from the library homepage
How are all the lectures being delivered?
We're very much looking forward to the return to face-to-face lectures from January 2022, as well as continuing our off-campus part-time lectures.
- At the point of enrolment in a unit, you will need to choose to enrol as either an on-campus student or an off-campus student. Once you have enrolled in a mode, you need to 'stick with it' for the unit.
- Access to the zoom link will be available to all students (on-campus and off-campus), but on-campus students are asked to only use this link if they are unwell or if there are other exceptional circumstances.
- Full-time students will not be able to enrol in some on-campus and some off-campus units. However, exceptions to this may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Part-time students are able to enrol in some on-campus and some off-campus units.
Please don't hesitate to chat with our registrars with any questions about switching either from 'off campus' to 'on campus ' or 'on campus' to 'off campus' lectures.
I’m a residential student. What happens to me if the College closes for a short time?
We will be following the directions of NSW Health. It may mean a temporary move to another part of the College for those who are unable to move home with family or friends. Our catering team will be in touch with residents who have no access to kitchen facilities.
I’m an international student covered by Medibank who can I call?
Medical assistance from a registered nurse or counsellor is also available to International students via Medibank’s 24/7 Health Helpline. Call from within Australia: 1800 887 283. Please also let your Dean know if you need any assistance.
Can I defer my enrolment date?
No, normal enrolment and withdrawal dates apply. However, you can withdraw from a unit before the advertised census date for a unit, without academic or financial penalty.
Are there changes to assignment due dates and extension rules? (Especially in view of online changes, travel restrictions and self-isolation requirements.)
There are currently no changes to due dates for assignments. Currently, the dates will stay the same, even though the week of the semester may be different from the original calendar. Assignments are still due on the due date. We'll let you know if this changes.
However, extensions are available on application. If your studies have been impacted by changes due to coronavirus, and you need extra time to complete assessments, you can request an extension. Note that you will need to supply documentary evidence of the reason for this.
To apply for an extension, complete the standard 'assignment extension form' and submit it to your lecturer electronically, along with any document or explanation applicable. Remember that you need to provide a reason for requesting extensions.
If you need an extension beyond the last day of lectures (or the end date of the unit in the case of an intensive), you should apply for a deferred examination/assessment via the registrar's office.
We are working with the ACT to ensure people are not unduly disadvantaged.
If I have to be isolated, will the ACT penalise me?
No, we will seek to ensure students are not unduly disadvantaged academically due to the incident. Please maintain medical certificates as evidence. (See question above.)
How do exams work with COVID?
Please contact your lecturer or registrars for information on exams.
Who can I contact for more information about my study and course concerns?
Does SMBC have open events ( Information Sessions) for prospective students during the year?
Yes, for sure! More than ever people need Jesus.
Check the events page for all the details.
We also have an Online Info Session here. So come and join us (online) and help us get the word out! Check our Events section for updates. The Bridge had its live stream replay is available to view at The Bridge website.
Additionally, please don’t hesitate to chat with us over the phone on 02 9747 4780 or email and we can tailor your own info session to suit your needs.
OVERSEAS /DOMESTIC TRAVEL
Can I come to SMBC if I have just returned from anywhere overseas?
For all information regarding international travel and quarantine requirements visit the Government Home Affairs page
How do I know which state borders are open and closed?
As this information can change frequently, please check with the relevant State government websites
International Health Advice
- World Health Organisation - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Australian Health Advice
- Department of Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
- Department of Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert
- NSW Government - https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
- NSW Health - https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - Advice on Novel Coronavirus
- DFAT Smart Traveller Website - https://www.smartraveller.gov.au
- Department of Home Affairs - Advice on Novel Coronavirus