March 18, 2020
The University of Southern Queensland is shifting all on-campus course offerings online to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
The University will now move all classes to their online equivalent from March 23.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said this was an important step in response to a serious situation.
“These decisions will keep our students and their networks of family and friends as safe as possible,” Prof Mackenzie said.
“We’re taking this step based on the latest health advice, and USQ’s long and proud history of excellence in online higher education.
“It means our students can confidently continue with their studies and remain connected to USQ’s student support services while reducing their exposure to COVID-19.”
From March 23:
- All on-campus courses will be replaced by an online offering, with digital classes held according to the existing on-campus class timetable
- Any practical elements replaced or rescheduled on a course-by-course basis
- Work continues to replace final paper-based exams with alternative assessment items
“This does not mean our campuses are closing, rather that anyone wanting to use facilities such as the library will need to adhere to strict hygiene practices and social distancing protocols,” Prof Mackenzie said.