COVID-19

Your health, safety, and well-being are important to us.

 

  • Have Cold/Flu Symptoms?  Please stay away from College and get tested for COVID-19.  Please note: Even if you test negative, yet still have any cold or flu-like symptoms, we ask you to stay away from College.
  • Continuity of Lectures:  We aim to continue lectures and the other wonderful aspects of College through our off-campus and hybrid learning methods should COVID require people to isolate.
  • Masks and Other Precautions: Please maintain physical distancing and wash or sanitise your hands frequently. We strongly recommend you wear masks if you are unable to physically distance yourself from one another.

 

Frequently Asked Questions


HEALTH

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, we encourage mask-wearing if you're unable to physically distance from one another. 

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. 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.

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 Chief Operating Officer 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 fully 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?

When a member of the SMBC community is diagnosed with coronavirus, SMBC follows the direction of NSW Health. 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  library@smbc.edu.au 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

What are the modes of study I can use?

Study Mode-switching:

  • 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.

Study Mode-mixing:

  • 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 I need to isolate 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. 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?

There are currently no changes to due dates for assignments. However, extensions are available on application. If your studies have been impacted by  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.

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?

Please contact Dave Adams, senior academic registrar, Kit Barker, Director Teaching and Learning or if you're a Bridge student, please contact  Ben Powell,  The Bridge Director.


INFO EVENTS

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.

 

WEBSITES

 

International Health Advice

Australian Health Advice

Travel Advice

Education

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