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COVID-19: Universities Adapt To Restrictions

The three universities are stepping up safety measures to protect staff and students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of the South Pacific Disaster Management Committee (USP DISMAC)
22 Mar 2020 10:42
COVID-19: Universities Adapt To Restrictions
USP

The three universities are stepping up safety measures to protect staff and students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University of the South Pacific Disaster Management Committee (USP DISMAC) has extended its mid-semester break and classes will resume on April 6, 2020.

Vice-Chancellor and president, Pal Ahluwalia, said there would be no examinations or other forms of assessments and alternative arrangements during the extended mid-semester break.

“It will be announced at a later date,” he said.

The USP Lautoka Campus remains closed.

“We will provide further advice following Fiji Government recommendations before April 6, 2020,” Mr Ahluwalia said.

The university is advising all Fijian students living at the Laucala Campus in Suva to return home as soon as possible and at the latest by tomorrow.

“For students from Lautoka who are residents at the Laucala Campus, they have the option, to remain in the Halls, depending on individual circumstances,” Mr Ahluwalia said.

All recreational facilities including the gym, swimming pool and playgrounds at the Laucala Campus will remain closed during the extended mid-semester break.

Other facilities in campuses other than Lautoka, such as the library and computer labs will remain open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday during the extended mid-semester break.

He said USP staff members would work normal hours, except for Lautoka Campus and they will use this time to prepare for transition to increase remote teaching.

“Any staff who has returned from overseas in accordance with national protocols will need to self-isolate for 14 days, and where possible work from home,” Mr Ahluwalia said.

Fiji National University

All campuses in Lautoka are closed.

Vice-Chancellor Nigel Healey said all students are to remain in the halls unless they were moving out to go home or with friends and families within the greater Lautoka area.

“For other campuses outside Lautoka, staff and students will be permitted to come on campus to access their study and teaching materials between 9am and 5pm,” he said.

All FNU examinations scheduled for March 20 will be rescheduled or alternative assessments will be arranged.

“During the mid-semester break from March 23 to April 3, 2020, the university will be closed to students and there will be no examinations,” Mr Healey said.

University of Fiji

The campus in Suva will remain open and business is as usual.

The Vice-Chancellor, Sushila Chang, said staff and students would be informed if there were any changes to the situation in Suva.

She is advising staff members and students to stay abreast with news updates and to remain calm and stay safe.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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