Unis put student welfare first as travel restrictions are extended

Universities are well prepared for the further extension of travel restrictions on visitors from China for a further week until Saturday 7 March, according to Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson.

“The decision, announced by the Government this afternoon, is based on expert medical advice. Universities will continue to adhere to that advice.”

“The priority of every university is the health, safety and welfare of their students and staff both overseas and in Australia.”

“Universities have been in touch with every student who has been affected, offering their support and reassurance,” Ms Jackson said.

“For students who remain in China, they have been provided with a range of options including postponing course start dates, delaying assessments, offering fee-free deferrals and being able to access course content online.”

“The university community as a whole is an international family.”

“Our thoughts are with students, staff, their families and friends whether in China, or elsewhere, who have been affected by coronavirus.”

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