The following settings will be in place at Women’s College from Monday 25 October 2021 until further notice.

Introduction

With COVID-19 still active in the local community it is critical that we continue to take every precaution to keep our College community safe. The settings in place at College reflect the current high level of concern regarding community transmission of the Delta strain of COVID-19, and are in line with the Public Orders and advice from NSW Health.

Please read these rules carefully, and contact a member of staff if you have any concerns. Students must agree to comply with all settings and rules in order to remain in College.

These rules may be changed at any time in line with the health settings in our local area. The current rules and settings are in line with the lifting of restrictions effective from 11 October, and also reflect the very high rates of vaccination in our College community (99%).

Key settings and rules:

The health, safety and well being of our students is our top priority

The College Code of Conduct, normal rules (in the College Handbook) and relevant College policies continue to apply at all times

Adherence to social distancing guidelines of no more than one person for every 2m2 of space applies at all times 

Capacities of each common space are signposted and must be adhered to

Masks are to be worn when not seated in the Dining Hall and are optional in other areas of the College

Affiliate Students are requested to sign in via the QR code when they visit College, and should not visit the College if they are unwell

Students are permitted to have one visitor in their College room or for quiet study in the Sibyl Centre. Visitors must be accompanied by a student and must sign into College using the QR codes at the entrance. They are not permitted in the common areas of College or in the dining hall.

As is normal in College, any gatherings of 10 people or more require submission of a SERF (see the Woogle)

Students undertaking work or practicums outside of College need to take weekly COVID tests and submit their results to the Dean of Students. This requirement will be reviewed in the coming weeks.

Students and staff have a responsibility to act as ethical bystanders and support one another in doing the right thing to ensure a harmonious community that supports student health and safety.

Students should avoid direct contact with couriers or delivery drivers. All parcels and deliveries, including food, must be left on the table outside Reception. 

We strongly encourage every student to speak to her GP about vaccinating against COVID-19.

HEALTH

The health of the College community is of key concern – please do not hesitate to get a COVID test if you have even the slightest symptoms. Below are a number of scenarios which may occur – please read them carefully.

If you are unwell

Walk to RPA COVID-19 clinic to be tested (testing site is off Missenden Road, opposite the entrance to Emergency.).

Upon returning, isolate in your room and immediately inform the Dean of Students, Siobhan Richardson. 

Meals will be delivered to your room while you wait for your results.

Use mask and practice bathroom hygiene protocols

A staff member / RA will be in contact with you throughout isolation

Current RPA testing results are being received within 48 hours

When you receive a negative result inform the Dean of Students immediately.

You may leave your room again, however if you are still unwell with symptoms, please keep away from other students until you are well again.

If you have visited a venue of concern

Please check the NSW venues of concern page regularly

If you have visited a venue of concern on any of the dates listed, or you receive notification from a venue, please inform the Dean of Students immediately and follow the advice on the venues of concern website

If you need to isolate, you will be moved to university quarantine facilities to do so (see below)

If you are identified as a close contact

If someone close to you has tested positive and you are deemed a potential close contact – i.e. you are contacted by the venue or by NSW Health:

Please inform the Dean of Students immediately

You will be moved offsite to University of Sydney quarantine (currently, 70 studio apartments at Sydney Uni Village are available for quarantining students).

A mobile nursing unit will visit to provide regular COVID-19 tests and healthcare during your 14-day isolation period.

RPA’s Virtual Hospital will support you if you test positive and become sick.

Meals will be provided by the University of Sydney Union (USU).

A staff member / RA will be in contact with you throughout isolation

NSW Health will conduct contact tracing

Deep-cleaning of your room and other spaces at College will be done

Once you have been retested and found to be clear you can return to College

Implications for the College community of a positive case

If there is a positive case at College:

  • All students will be notified immediately via SMS.
  • College will follow the directions of NSW Health
  • Students may be asked to stay in their rooms until appropriate cleaning, contract tracing and testing has been completed
  • It is possible that all residents of College would be considered close contacts, and the entire College be required to isolate.  

Reporting and Consequences 

  • If you see something, say something. Please call the RA on Duty or the Sub-Dean of Students if you would like to report anything out of the ordinary
  • If you are found to be in breach of these guidelines, formal and informal disciplinary procedures will be enacted. You may be asked to leave the College.

Dining Hall

  • Masks are to be worn at all times when queuing for meals in the Dining Hall. They may be removed when seated.
  • Food in the Dining Hall continues to be served by catering staff in a servery model to limit contact with food and utensils. Cutlery, sauce, condiments etc. are all individually packaged
  • Configuration of Dining Hall allows for appropriate physical distancing.
  • Students will have the ability to take their meals away in a container provided; take-away food must be refrigerated and consumed that day
  • Follow social distancing marks on the floor when waiting and being served
  • Gloves must be worn when using the drinks machines, fridge, microwave and coffee machine. Students are to wipe down the appliances after use

General Health, Safety and Hygiene

The College community recognises the importance of practicing personal and respiratory hygiene measures to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all students. Students and staff are to practise good personal hygiene by:

  • Keeping abreast of new sites of potential infection, monitoring communications from College and NSW Health, getting tested if they had possible contact with an infectious person and informing the  Dean of Students, Siobhan Richardson, if this is the case
  • Getting tested if they feel unwell in any way, isolating while awaiting test results and informing the Dean of Students, Siobhan Richardson. Remain in your room while you have symptoms, even once you have a negative result. Arrange with a friend or the Dean of students to bring meals to your room.
  • Regular hand washing and sanitising i.e. cleaning hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Practice cough and sneeze etiquette i.e. cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Notifying College (via Trish Sharp at Reception) if undertaking any essential work or external placement undertaken outside of College
  • Any students undertaking work or practicums outside of College are required to undertake weekly surveillance testing. They are also to take precautionary measures when returning to College, including hand sanitising, showering and changing clothes, before coming into shared spaces.
  • Enhanced cleaning will be done in all common spaces including the dining room

Your Room 

  • You are expected to adhere to all personal hygiene measures
  • Extra cleaning supplies are located on each floor for students to use
  • At present, in room cleaning will not be done by cleaning staff: you are responsible for keeping your room clean.

Balconies

  • Normal rules apply with regard to balconies i.e. no noise after 11pm; parties are not permitted (see the College Handbook)
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people on balconies require submission of a SERF
  • Only Women’s College students are allowed on balconies (as no guests are permitted in College)

Visitors

  • At present no visitors are allowed in College for any reason.
  • External contractors have been reduced to essential staff only. Please be considerate, polite and friendly to them at all times.
  • No other external contractors, outside conferences or other external events are likely to be hosted at College in Semester 2.
  • Students should have no direct contact with couriers or delivery drivers. All parcels and deliveries, including food, must be left on the table outside Reception. 

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