COVID-19: advice for staff and students

COVID-19: Advice for Students, Staff & Community

The Coronavirus outbreak continues to be a fast-paced and evolving situation. The University has been monitoring it closely and is taking government and health authority guidance.

Robert Gordon University's campus buildings have been closed to staff and students since Friday 20 March.

The Scottish Government has published a route-map setting out the order in which it will seek carefully to change current restrictions. As lockdown measures slowly lift, RGU will implement a very gradual and phased return to campus that will accommodate social distancing rules and prioritise the health and safety of our community.

When people are on campus we want them to feel welcome and as safe as possible at all times. Our planning is being coordinated by the Executive and the wellbeing of staff and students will continue to be at the centre of our decisions.

We are working to provide a more detailed picture of what it will look like and will continue to provide updates as our planning progresses through the dedicated COVID-19 webpages.

While COVID-19 will be with us for some time, we have started to plan for the start of the new semester in the Autumn. We have taken the decision to delay the start by two weeks to Monday 28 September 2020. This will provide some additional time to prepare for the new semester and for student enrolment to the university.

Meanwhile, the university remains operational, and staff will continue to assist students albeit remotely. Alternative teaching and assessment arrangements has been made available to enable students to continue their education and graduate or progress to the subsequent stages of their course.

The university has given staff Friday 5 June and Friday 10 July off as additional days of leave for some much-needed respite from the added pressures of the COVID-19 emergency. On these days, students can continue to access a wealth of teaching support on CampusMoodle, including details of their alternative teaching and assessment arrangements, as well as advice and guidance from our online student support and advice services.

These pages outline the measures students, staff and members of our wider community can take to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 infection, and the steps we have taken as a university to address the situation.

We will review the guidance regularly to ensure it is in line with the government’s action plan and will contact our students and staff by email if there are any significant changes.

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