COVID-19 Updates

CoVID-19 Updates

Last updated: 1 December, 2020, 9:00am


COLLEGE CHANGES AND DEVELOPMENTS

1. Will Semester 2 be online?

Semester 2 units are now on the timetable for you to see!  Please be sure to check these, as you plan your studies for the rest of the year. 

Many of you are wondering, no doubt, about face-to-face classes and when we may return to a more ‘normal’ routine. We are hoping and planning to return to campus in Semester 2, with weekly classes and intensives delivered face-to-face. However, this is subject to the government’s COVID-safe guidelines, so these plans are yet to be confirmed. We will notify you as soon as we are confident of any planned changes. 

Regardless, the SEMESTER 2 units on the timetable will be offered with adjustments to delivery mode as needed. If you plan to enrol in units with face-to-face components but have valid (COVID-19 related) reasons for not attending classes on campus, you will need to seek approval to be exempted from attendance requirements. Please send your request via email to Tosca Nathan, Dean of Studies (tnathan@eastern.edu.au) before enrolling in a unit. For students in such situations, we are working to provide you with remote access to lectures.

Of course, if we are permitted to return to campus, social distancing and extra hygiene measures will be in place for everyone’s safety and well-being. 

Again, be assured of our ongoing commitment to support and serve you. Please feel free to write or call if you need any more information. 

2. Library

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions (including the abolition of the four critical reasons to leave home) the executive team at MST & Eastern is pleased to announce the reopening of the library from 9am on Wednesday 28th October. 

As a maximum of 20 people are permitted in the library at a time, the library is not open as a study space.  It will only be open for borrowing, returning, and scanning of resources. 

Library opening hours will be 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding the Melbourne Cup public holiday on Tuesday 3rd November).
 
The conditions of entry remain the same as immediately prior to stage 4 restrictions, namely:

  • You must remain at home if you have a fever, cough, sore throat, or other symptom associated with COVID-19.
  • You agree to wearing a mask while on site
  • Access is to the library only and not to other parts of the building
  • You agree to record your details via the Sign in Safe contact tracing app.
  • You maintain social distancing

 
The library staff are also pleased to offer an order and collect service for those who do not wish to enter the building. To take up this offer, or for any other library inquiry please contact Neil or Josella on 9881-7823 or via email (library@mst.edu.au or library@eastern.edu.au).

 


STUDENT SUPPORT
 

Our team at the Centre for Theology & Psychology has created a flyer with a few guidelines and tips that will help us to cope with this new situation and perhaps even thrive and flourish in the midst of uncertain times. Read it HERE and be encouraged.

DOWNLOAD HERE
 

If you’re finding yourself struggling in any way please remember that we have people ready and available to virtually meet with you and pray with you.

Contact Community Life Coordinator, Sue Kimber, at skimber@mst.edu.au or

Eastern’s Counselling Courses Co-ordinator, Julie Morsillo, at jmorsillo@eastern.edu.au to schedule an appointment.

If you have study enquiries, please contact info@eastern.edu.au

Eastern College remains committed to supporting you in your studies, especially at this time. If you need extensions on assessments, please use the Request for Assignment Extension form.

 


Further Information

Government news, updates and advice: https://www.australia.gov.au/

The latest information about the spread of COVID-19 and the steps being taken to slow the spread: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert