Exposed to COVID-19?

Information for students who test positive to COVID-19 or are contacts of positive cases.

Latest update: 9 September 2022

If you test positive to COVID-19

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If you still have symptoms on day seven of your isolation period, you may still be infectious. Please consider staying home, and/or speak to your GP. 

How to know if you are a household contact:

  • You have been informed by someone that you are their household contact.
  • You have spent more than four hours with someone who has COVID-19 inside a house, accommodation or care facility.

You are not a household contact if:

  • You are currently a COVID-19 case in isolation, or
  • You recently recovered from COVID-19, and your isolation period ended less than 4 weeks ago.

What to do if you are a household contact:

Follow the Victorian Government checklist for Household Contacts, including getting tested.

Discuss with your teacher/lecturer/course coordinator/program manager about whether you can complete your study at home.

If you are a household contact and need to come to campus:

  • You must test negative to COVID-19 before coming to campus
  • You must wear a mask and avoid unnecessary interactions
  • You must follow the Victorian Government requirements to be exempt from quarantine (including testing on 5 out of 7 days).

If you test positive:

You can access one free RAT per day from RMIT’s limited supply, from Student Connect points on each campus.

You can also collect free RATs from a COVID-19 testing site or purchase them at most pharmacies, supermarkets and online.

How to know if you are a social contact:

  • You spent more than 15 minutes face-to-face with someone who has COVID-19.
  • You spent more than two hours with them in the same indoor space (very large rooms at RMIT such as lecture theatres, auditoriums or large open-plan office spaces are not included).
  • You have been informed by someone that you are their workplace or social contact.

You are not a social contact if:

  • You are currently a COVID-19 case in isolation, or
  • You recently recovered from COVID-19, and your isolation period ended less than 4 weeks ago.

Getting tested:

  • If you have symptoms, you must use a rapid antigen test (RAT), or get a PCR test if you can’t access a RAT (see below for information on accessing a RAT).
  • If you have symptoms, you must not attend campus until you test negative to COVID-19.
  • If you don’t have symptoms, you are strongly recommended to use a RAT daily for 5 days (see details below for accessing RATs)

If you test negative:

  • If you have symptoms but test negative on a RAT there is small possibility of a ‘false negative’ result. Consider staying isolated and using a RAT again in 24 hours or get a PCR test.
  • If you have symptoms and continue to test negative, discuss with your teacher/lecturer/course coordinator/program manager about whether your study can be completed from home. If you need to come to campus, you should wear a mask.

If you test positive:

Access to Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)

You can access one free RAT per day from RMIT’s limited supply, from the Connect points on each campus.

You can collect free RATs from a COVID-19 testing site.or  purchase RATs at most pharmacies, supermarkets and online.

Support

If required to isolate, you will not be disadvantaged or penalised for delayed completion of any study milestones or assessments.

Your Course Coordinator/Program Manager will support you to identify alternative ways to progress your studies while you are isolating.

Extensions of Time for submission of assessable work

Please see the Extensions of time for submission of assessable work webpage for information on the different extension applications.      

If you can't submit an assessment on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.  Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration.  

RMIT Counselling

If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed you can make an appointment with RMIT Counselling for personal support.

After-hours urgent mental health support from RMIT Counselling is also available on 1300 305 737, or text 0488 884 162.

Financial Assistance and Support

Find out about initiatives and assistance options available to you in times of need through the RMIT website and about the financial support available to people affected by COVID-19 at Victorian Government Financial and other support for COVID-19 website .

How to contact Student Welfare

Student Welfare Advisors are here for all your questions and to get support, especially with housing and financial assistance and for everything wellbeing related.

You can contact Student Welfare in the following ways:

  • Book a phone appointment here
  • Call Student Connect on 9925 5000
  •  Submit a portal enquiry

Please refer to the Victorian Government website that provides detailed information on your requirements as a COVID case or contact. 

Contact the RMIT Public Health Team

You can contact RMIT’s Public Health Team on (03) 9925 5955 for urgent enquiries or send an email to PublicHealthTeam@rmit.edu.au

 

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.