The University of Divinity has established a course of action in response to the current Federal and State requirements to contain and minimise the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please carefully read the information below, including the links, about changes that take immediate effect.

Access to St Athanasius College

From Friday 20 March until the end of the semester, please do not come to the College unless there has been an arrangement between a member of staff and yourself. SAC staff will be working regular hours and you can contact them by email or telephone as usual. We will be working hard to provide as much assistance as possible for ARK access, online activities, electronic resources, as well as dealing with the normal administrative questions that arise through the semester. SAC will provide further information in the days ahead to assist you to keep studying in your units this semester, and to find the resources you’ll need to complete your work. Clearly these are challenging times, but our SAC lecturers and support staff will be doing everything possible to support you in your study, and to make sure we all get through this semester as well as possible. We continue to pray for each other, and for those beyond our College community who are suffering the effects of this health crisis or working to keep us all safe and healthy.  

Semester 1 units

From 16 March to the end of Semester 1
All SAC face-to-face teaching, tutorials, and meetings will shift to online delivery modes only. Your lecturer will contact you with information about how you are to participate in these activities. ARK will be the basic contact point, so be sure to check the ARK page for each unit you are studying regularly.
Monday 06 April – Friday 17 April
Mid-semester Easter break. Classes resume Monday 20 April.
Monday 08 June – Friday 26 June
One week of extension to final due date of the semester is provided to assist students to complete their assignments. Some assessment tasks, eg. Written or oral exams will need to be substituted for online or electronic tasks.
Higher Degrees by Research
HDR students should continue their research as far as they are able. Meetings with supervisors should be conducted remotely as far as possible.
Graduation Ceremony: Friday 27 March
The University of Divinity Melbourne Graduation will not go ahead as a public event, but all graduands will graduate in absentia that day. There will be a celebration for all graduates later in the year when it is safe to gather.
SAC Library
If you wish to return books, please email the librarian (Deborah Decru) at to arrange. All the readings and resources you need to complete your units and assessment tasks will be made available to you through the Library Hub and ARK in the weeks to come. There is no need to come to the Library to borrow books from now on.
If you are not feeling well
If you become unwell or suspect you may have come in contact with the virus, please phone your doctor or clinic and follow their advice. Please inform the Academic Dean, Prof. John McDowell at of your condition, and he will liaise with the principal and your lecturers to support you in continuing with your study when you are able.

At any time, feel free to contact your individual lecturers or support staff:

For general matters: Rev Dr Peter Dobson

VET program: Fr Michael Salib

Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Audit: Rev Dr Peter Dobson

Minor Thesis and HDR: Dr Lisa Agaiby

Librarian: Mrs Deborah Decru

Further Information


SAC coronaviurs flyer

SAC COVID-19 info sheet

University of Divinity Response to the Corona Virus

Cancellation of Melbourne Graduation Ceremony 2020

External Links

Department of Education, Skills and Employment Factsheet for Universities

Department of Health – Coronavirus Alert

Smart Traveller website

World Health Organisation – Coronavirus