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UNE ACTIVATING CONTROLLED ACCESS MODE – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

Published On July 20, 2021 | By Elise | Latest News, Resources, Support

Restrictions are rapidly changing in response to the current COVID situation in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, and we’d like to clarify what this means for you.

The NSW Health Minister has outlined new COVID restrictions in regional NSW, which means that UNE is implementing a ‘controlled access mode’.

UNE is working to ensure as little disruption to your student experience as possible while still keeping you and our communities safe and well.

Consistent with official NSW Health advice, we will be reviewing the ‘controlled access mode’ prior to 30 July, and changes may be forthcoming.

Just to clarify, this is not a lock-down, and we are pleased to keep the on-campus student experience going where we can. Currently, there are no changes to Trimester 2 on-campus teaching, which also continues as per the timetable.

Armidale Campus

Many services of the UNE Armidale campus remain open for your use including;

  • CaféLife – remains open
  • SportUNE – to be reviewed daily
  • Dixson Library – with no changes to the recently restricted access.

Please continue to use the QR codes to check-in and out of all campus buildings, wear your masks (as directed) and comply with the maximum number of people (as posted) in all campus spaces.

UNE Sydney, Taree, and Tamworth

The NSW Health Minister’s advice means that we have moved the student experience entirely online in UNE Sydney, Taree and Tamworth.

The main implication of ‘controlled access mode’ is that where possible UNE employees are now required to work from their place of residence (work from home), unless they hold essential on-campus roles to keep the campus physically running for students.  Because the students and staff who come to the UNE Armidale campus are a high proportion of the Armidale population, we need to do what we can to limit the spread of the virus.

More (and regularly updated) information can be found on our COVID Safe Campus webpage.

We know that some people are experiencing increased stress due to COVID and other related factors. Please do not hesitate to use our Counselling services. UNE offers many other flexible, online student support services and we encourage you to use them.

 

Continue with your studies

We want to do everything in our power to support you to continue your studies and complete your credentials with UNE. Please do not hesitate to reach out and seek our assistance.

Here are some of the ways you can connect, keep us informed and seek assistance:

If you’re stuck on a particular assessment instruction, learning content, lecture, accessing resources either in Moodle or on the library website, or enrolment query please ASK US.

  • Post in your forums questions to your Unit Coordinators as there is a huge change other students may benefit from the same guidance
  • Connect with your peers in the forums about the week’s content and tasks
  • Contact our Library if you need support to access or locate library resources
  • Submit an ASKUNE query if you’re in need of help with enrolment, progression
  • Contact our Academic Skills Office if you need support with academic writing, you can also access referencing tip sheets as well as writing and time management tip sheets
  • If you have a medical condition which makes study challenging for you, please contact our Accessibility and Wellbeing Team to request a study access plan
  • Book a ‘study gym’ session with our counsellors to access support to manage your time and general navigation of your studies throughout the trimester.
  • If you’re having troubles with technology, give our IT Service Desk a call on 02 6773 5000

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