Bond University response to novel coronavirus (Covid-19)
Information updated: Wednesday 19 February
This page provides up-to-date advice for Bond University students, staff and community regarding our precautionary response to the current outbreak of novel coronavirus. This website will be continually updated as new information becomes available.
As part of Bond's commitment to our community's health and safety we have set up a Response Team, who are monitoring the situation and following all the relevant advice from Government agencies and global organisations.
The University is taking daily advice from both Federal and State authorities in responding to potential risks and will provide the latest advice and information to our community on this website over the coming period.
Am I at risk?
The following precautionary measures are aligned with advice provided by the relevant Federal and State Departments of Health, and are required of all Bond University students, staff, contractors or others who regularly associate with the University:
- Any person who has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for novel coronavirus case is considered at-risk and must self-isolate for 14 days following the most recent exposure. A close contact is defined as including a face to face meeting of at least 15 minutes duration or enclosure in the same confined space for at least 2 hours (e.g. nearby seating in an aircraft). Individuals that find themselves in this position must notify the University as soon as practical.
- Any person who has travelled to (or through) Mainland China or Hong Kong within the past 14 days is considered at-risk and must self-isolate for the following 14 days after arrival in Australia. Individuals that find themselves in this position must notify the University as soon as practical.
- Any person who has been in contact with individuals who fall into either of the above at-risk categories need not necessarily isolate themselves. In these cases, the individuals at greatest risk of possible infection will be those that are in regular close contact with individuals who are at-risk.
- family or share-house members living in the same dwelling where residents share the same kitchen and facilities and interact closely and regularly will be at higher risk and should isolate. Individuals that find themselves in this position must notify the University as soon as practical.
- residents of apartment blocks, dormitories and similar high-density living arrangements are not required to self-isolate.
Self-isolation means staying at home and not accepting visitors. People who are isolated should not attend public places, in particular work, school, childcare or public areas of university campuses. Only people who usually reside in their home or other place of residence should be permitted on the premises. Do not allow visitors into the home or residence. There is no need to wear masks in the home or residence. Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
Information for Bond Students
If you fall into one of the at-risk categories described above and experience symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately; call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080 or call Gold Coast Public Health on 5667 3200; and proceed to the Gold Coast University Hospital which has specialist testing (not Robina Hospital). Be sure to call ahead before going to the hospital. The University will work with you to put in place a plan to support your studies. Students who knowingly attend campus during a period when they are required to self-isolated will be in breach of the University's regulations.
If you fall into one of the at-risk categories described above and do not experience symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and remain in isolation for 14 days. Current medical advice is that individuals that contract the novel coronavirus will experience symptoms within the first 14 days. The University will work with you to put in place a plan to support your studies. Students who knowingly attend campus during a period when they are required to self-isolated will be in breach of the University's regulations.
If you do not fall into one of the at-risk categories but are experiencing symptoms similar to the novel coronavirus:
If you have travelled to one of the following countries in the last 14 days, you should proceed directly to the specialist testing centre at that Gold Coast University Hospital. Please note that this list of countries has been determined by the Queensland Health Department (18 February) and is based on the volume of travel between those countries, Australia and China, and/or the current epidemiology of COVID-19; however, the risk of COVID-19 in these countries is currently thought to be low:
- Hong Kong
If you have not travelled to one of the above-listed countries, please visit the Bond Medical Clinic or your regular GP. You will be expected to attend your classes as normal and meet all of the obligations of your program.
If you do not fall into one of the at-risk categories and you are not experiencing any symptoms, you should attend university as normal. You will be expected to attend your classes and meet all of the obligations of your program.
If you remain concerned, private health testing laboratories are also now operating on the Gold Coast - locations and contact numbers can be found here.
If you are still feeling anxious about your ability to continue studies this semester, the University will allow you to withdraw without academic or financial penalty up to 5pm, Tuesday 11 February. Contact the Student Business Centre to do this.
Information for Bond Staff
Staff members who fall into one of the at-risk categories described above will be required to stay away from work and self-isolate, as per the guidelines. You should contact HR to discuss appropriate work from home or leave arrangements.
Staff members who do not fall into an at-risk category, as defined by the guidelines, are expected to fulfil their normal duties. Please contact HR for further advice.
Frequently asked questions
No Bond students or staff have been diagnosed with coronavirus, nor experienced symptoms of the virus.
Anybody whose travel arrangements have taken them to China, or who might have come in contact with another person who has a confirmed case of coronavirus, are required to self-isolate at home and stay away from the Bond campus and any Bond event. Bond’s measures are consistent with Federal and State Health Departments’ advice and, in some cases, more precautionary. For more detail, please refer to the Am I at risk? section of this webpage (above).
The University has set up a Coronavirus Response Team to monitor all aspects of the situation and ensure the health and safety of our community. The team is taking daily advice from Federal and State government agencies. Up-to-date information is published on this webpage.
Bond has postponed the February Graduation Ceremonies in recognition of the public health concerns and related disruptions to travel and the movement of people. These ceremonies will now be held on 12 June 2020.
Bond University is promoting healthy personal hygiene habits as advised by health experts and introducing other practical measures, including the installation of hand sanitiser units throughout the campus. All students and staff are asked to take additional care at this time.
If you haven’t done so already, please:
- Read this webpage.
- Make yourself known to the Coronavirus Response Team by emailing [email protected] and explaining your specific circumstances.
- Contact your lecturer or the Associate Dean (Student Affairs & Service Quality) in your Faculty about ways to minimise the disruption to your studies.
The University is committed to doing everything it can to minimise any disruption to your studies from this outbreak by providing individualised support plans for impacted students.
If you fall into an at-risk category, we will do everything we can to minimise any disruption to your studies from this outbreak by providing individualised support plans. This may include allowing you greater flexibility to withdraw for subjects without academic or financial penalty. If you are in this situation, you should be in contact with the Coronavirus Response Team, and your lecturer or the Associate Dean (Student Affairs & Service Quality) in your Faculty.
For students who are not considered to be at-risk of exposure to coronavirus but are still concerned about the impact of this outbreak on their ability to complete their studies, the University extended the deadline for withdrawal without academic or financial penalty until 11 February 2020. All students were advised on this change by email. We have done this to ensure that every student has the opportunity to make decisions that are right for them, and to allow all of us to focus on achieving our academic goals in the current semester without further disruption.
Early symptoms include fever, sneezing and a runny nose, cough, chest pain, sore throat, fatigue and muscle aches, sweats and chills, shortness of breath. For more information see Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Know the signs
For advice and information about simple personal hygiene practices to reduce exposure to illness visit the World Health Organization Novel Coronavirus advice for the public.
Queensland Heath has also provided information for travellers from China at Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Stop the spread.
If your specific query about the coronavirus isn’t answered on this webpage you can contact [email protected]