Students across all Newcastle University campuses, including the Ourimbah campus, will learn from home until July 30.
All classes scheduled for face-to-face learning will be converted to study-from-home mode in the face of COVID-19 restrictions.
The university announced the decision through a statement on its website and social media pages.
“The safety of our students and staff is paramount, and we will follow the health advice to ensure the best possible student experience,” the statement said.
“We are planning to resume usual operations across all of our campuses from August 1, in the hopes that this latest COVID-19 outbreak will be back in control by that time.”
Class timetables remain in place, but many practical and lab classes may not be reconfigured to fit the online delivery.
Students are encouraged to reach out to their course coordinators to find out more information on their classes and expectations for the online delivery.
Exceptions include cases of approved placements or practicums.
Research students are also being encouraged to discuss the nature of their research activities with their supervisors.
The Central Coast Open Day planned for July 31 will be postponed until September, and the minimal staffing mode will be extended until July 30.
Staff have been encouraged to take advantage of the University’s COVID-19 paid vaccination leave.
The University said it would keep staff, students and the community up to date with further changes, following the advice of NSW Health and the State Government.
Media statement, July 13
University of Newcastle