COVID-19 FAQs

Please find information below about Trinity College's response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), including information for students of our Pathways School. Please check this page regularly for updates.

What should students do if they feel unwell and have symptoms consistent with COVID-19?

Any student who is unwell with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must make contact with a school nurse via phone or email pathwaynurses@trinity.unimelb.edu.au or contact a local doctor or hospital for medical advice. The student will be guided by the advice of medical practitioners and, if the symptoms are indicative of COVID-19, will be asked to self-isolate while tests are being run. Students who are unwell must not return to Trinity College until they are well and have been cleared to do so by a College nurse or a medical practitioner. Students can be confident that the Australian health system is first-class and well prepared to deal with a potential outbreak of an infectious illness like COVID-19.

What should students do if they are feeling stressed or anxious about COVID-19?

While it is natural for anyone to be concerned about the spread of COVID-19, it is important to remember that for the vast majority of young people the symptoms of COVID-19 and severity of the illness are very similar to a common cold or flu. Almost all young people recover quickly and fully from COVID-19. If a student becomes highly stressed or anxious about COVID-19, they should talk to a member of the student wellbeing team wellbeing@trinity.unimelb.edu.au who will be able to help them access an appointment with a Trinity counsellor. Students can also talk to their Trinity mentor teacher. There is plenty of good and sensible advice available at the Australian Department of Health website.

Update to all students Friday 20 March

We are moving to an online teaching model for the short and medium term. This solution is a safety-driven response to an extraordinary set of circumstances. In short, this change has been designed to enable you to continue your education while the world at large deals with the spread of COVID-19.

The move online will have a significant impact on the academic program that you will have access to. While your lecturers, tutors, mentors and other support staff will do everything in their power to deliver a high-quality program, there are some things which occur in a classroom that simply will not translate to an online forum. As students you will have to be much more responsible for your own learning and ensure that you seek help from your lecturers and tutors as required. It is important to note that you will be able to arrange times to come to Trinity College campuses to meet with your lecturers, tutors, student wellbeing staff and nurses as required. To do so you will have to pre-arrange a time and abide by appropriate social distancing protocols. 

As we move to online, it becomes very important for you to regularly check your Trinity email account and access T-COLE as instructed by your lecturers and tutors

Location of Students

We have a strong preference that students remain in Melbourne throughout the duration of their Foundation Studies course. Trinity will allow students to complete the online component of their course from their home country if this is required; however, this could prove difficult. If a student chooses to study offshore, it will be the responsibility of each individual to ensure that they have adequate access to the internet to run T-COLE and enough bandwidth to support online video teaching. All students choosing to study from their home country must have commenced their study in Melbourne, have completed an induction, and have Trinity issued email and iPad.

Location of Staff

Your Lecturers and teachers will deliver online classes from Trinity College campuses. They will also be available for on-campus or videochat consultations as negotiated and required. 

IT and E-Learning Support

Trinity will allocate additional staff members to the IT and e-learning areas for the time that we are teaching online. If you are based in Melbourne you will be able to access this support directly. If you are based overseas, you will have access to support via email or videochat.

Please note: This support will deal with software and system access issues only. The IT and e-learning teams will not be able to help with internet connection or internet speed issues.

Additional Face-to-Face Student Academic Support

Given that government guidelines do not prohibit small groups of people from meeting in indoor spaces we would like to offer students the chance to come to the Gateway Building, Victoria Street or Swanston Street to use study spaces and to meet with mentors and tutors. This would only occur in one-on-one or small group settings and social distancing protocols should be observed.

Student Wellbeing Team

The student wellbeing, counselling and nursing teams will continue to be available to meet with you either in person, on the phone or via videolink. Please make contact with them as normal if you need support.

Mentoring 

In current circumstances the mentoring relationship will become even more important. You can meet with your mentor face-to-face (with appropriate social distancing protocols in place), via videochat on teams or via phone call. Please do everything you can to build a strong relationship with your mentor and do not be afraid to ask for help.

Can students access their Foundation Studies course remotely (online)?

As of Tuesday 24 March, both lectures and tutorials will be taught online.

Is it possible to complete Drama classes online?

Given that the Australian Government has changed the social distancing rules for indoor events, all drama classes will now be conducted online. Drama teachers will be in touch with students to advise how this will happen.

Will I still be able to see my teachers?

Your lecturers and teachers will deliver online classes from Trinity College campuses. They will also be available for on-campus or videochat consultations as negotiated and required.

It is important to note that you will be able to arrange times to come to Trinity College campuses to meet with your lecturers, tutors, student wellbeing staff and nurses as required. To do so you will have to pre-arrange a time and abide by appropriate social distancing protocols. 

How do I access IT/E-learning support?

Trinity will allocate additional staff members to the IT and e-learning areas for the time that we are teaching online. If you are based in Melbourne, you will be able to access this support directly. If you are based overseas, you will have access to support via email or videochat. Please note: This support will deal with software and system access issues only. The IT and e-learning teams will not be able to help with internet connection or internet speed issues.

How will you notify me of any updates or changes?

It's very important that you check your student emails and T-COLE pages regularly to ensure that you have the most up to date information about Trinity’s online learning program.

Should I stay in Melbourne?

We have a strong preference that students remain in Melbourne throughout the duration of their Foundation Studies course. Trinity will allow students to complete the online component of their course from their home country if this is required; however, this could prove difficult. If a student chooses to study offshore, it will be the responsibility of each individual to ensure that they have adequate access to the internet to run T-COLE and enough bandwidth to support online video teaching. All students choosing to study from their home country must have commenced their study in Melbourne, have completed an induction, and have Trinity issued email and iPad.

If I return to my home country, can I complete examinations online or at home?

Due to the restrictions that the Australian government has placed on social movement and interaction at present, the May examination period for August Main and October Fast Track students will not run. In place of these final examinations, Trinity College academics will design final assessment pieces for each subject. The marks for these final assessment pieces will be added to the assessment that students have completed throughout their Foundation Studies course to produce a final score for each subject. Trinity College is committed to ensuring that this process will be equitable and valid.

Modification to the February Main assessment schedules will also be made as required to ensure student safety.