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Ridley’s Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Posted: 24/03/20

As governments continue to roll back many of the social distancing restrictions, we
want to inform you of Ridley College’s plans for the remainder of 2020.

Semester 2
We are very keen to return to classes on-campus when it is safe and possible to do so. We do not yet know when this will be as it is contingent on both the Victorian government permitting such meetings and the Australian College of Theology
approving a return to classroom teaching for its partner colleges. On-campus
attendance in Semester 2 will be optional, though we regard it as preferable, and all
on-campus units will be available via Zoom for Semester 2. You will have the option
of attending lectures either on-campus or via Zoom if you wish, for whatever reason.

If you feel uncomfortable or are unable to attend on-campus lectures, we suggest
you consider enrolling for Semester 2 in the equivalent Ridley Online units (pending
availability). Our world-class online program offers high quality, flexible and
professionally designed study options.

On-campus activity update

The Library
The College Library will be open for Ridley students and staff during Swot Vac and
Exam Week (1–12 June). Monday to Friday, 9 am–5 pm (including the Queen’s
Birthday holiday on 8 June). Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 20 at any
given time and preference given to students who pre-book a visit via email:
library@ridley.edu.au. On arrival, you will be required to sign an attendance book
and will be expected to maintain social distancing while on campus at all times.
Please do not come to campus if you or any of your known contacts are unwell.
Library staff will continue to post books and email scans to students who prefer not
to or are unable to visit the library in person.

Student Support
The Registrar’s Office will continue to work to support all students, both on-campus
and online. Feel free to contact Student Support or the Registrar’s Office on p: 03
9207 4800 opt 3 or via e: studentsupport@ridley.edu.au | e: registrar@ridley.edu.au.

Reporting COVID-19 cases
Ridley staff and on-campus students must advise the College immediately if they
are being tested for COVID-19 via the College Reception e: info@ridley.edu.au or
p: 03 9207 4800 opt 1. Please then notify Ridley of the test result as soon as it is
available. We would also appreciate you contacting the College if you have been an
outside visitor to the campus in the two weeks prior to being tested.

Health information
A range of resources, including daily updates and information on the steps that
Australians can take to help stop the spread of the virus and best protect
themselves, are available on the Department of Health website here. A 24-hour
Coronavirus Health Information Line has been established. Call 1800 020 080 or
1800 675 398 (Coronavirus Hotline) if you are seeking further information on novel
coronavirus.

Amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic, we believe and know that God is still with
us. Ridley College is committed to keeping everyone in our community safe, and to
ensuring you have the best learning experience possible and are well resourced and
supported in your studies.

Please be assured that as events unfold we will keep you updated. If you have any
questions or concerns, please contact the College on info@ridley.edu.au or p: 03
9207 4800 opt 1.

Grace and peace,
Ruth, Brian and Michael
Ridley College Executive Team

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