COVID-19

General Information

COVID-19 Response

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 read the following information about changes that may affect you.

Last Step Restrictions

Victoria moved to “Last Step restrictions” at 11.59PM on 22 November 2020 which means that we can finally move around and gather for worship and meet with family and friends, even though in restricted numbers. We are most appreciative for the authorities, those at the front line, and indeed the whole community working together to contain the second wave of the virus. At the same time, our prayers and thoughts are for the many people who are still struggling with impacts on their health, relationships and livelihoods.

In regards to tertiary study, the health authorities advise us to work and study from home if possible, and so accordingly, the SAC community – as well as other Colleges of the University of Divinity who are based in Victoria – will continue to study and work from home as much as possible.

SAC students are asked NOT to visit SAC’s Donvale or City campus during “Final Step Restrictions” unless:

  • you have a confirmed face to face appointment with a member of the College administration or faculty;
  • you have a confirmed appointment with the librarian (contact Mrs Deborah Decru at ddecru@sac.edu.au to arrange) to pick up or return a Library resource. Click here for general library information during COVID-19.

*Please note that 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

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 jmcdowell@sac.edu.au 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.

SEMESTER 1, 2021

For the official statement “Towards 2021” from the Vice-Chancellor, go to the VOX website.

It is expected that Victoria will transition to COVID-normal conditions before the beginning of Semester 1. A partial, staged return to face-to-face learning will be permitted at that time, within the limits of building capacity and density quotient. In the unfortunate case of a further break-out of the virus and subsequent lockdowns, online learning will need to continue as required.

SAC is committed to the health and safety of its community as well as of the wider community and is also committed to the continuity of learning and teaching.

In Semester 1 2021, all units will be delivered in both face-to-face, online, or in a blended mode of study. The requirements of building capacity and density quotient in learning areas and public areas will affect how much face-to-face teaching can take place, but priority for face-to-face teaching will be given to units with a practical component that are more effectively conducted in person – such as the unit on Coptic Iconography.

The enrolment or re-enrolment process for Semester 1, 2021 is the same as usual, and information can be found here. For information on units available and their mode of study in 2021, refer to the timetable. Should you have any questions or wish to discuss your course or unit selection, please feel free to contact our course advisors: Rev Dr Peter Dobson or Prof. John McDowell (for undergraduate and postgraduate courses), or Dr Lisa Agaiby (for Minor Thesis and HDR courses).

ENQUIRIES

ONLINE STUDY RESOURCES

Although SAC has been offering units online for a number of years now, no one ever imagined a pandemic would force all students to study online and be restricted from accessing libraries. Therefore the staff and faculty at SAC have endeavoured to ensure that all the required readings and resources that you need to effectively study and complete your units and assessment tasks will be made available to you through the Library Hub and ARK.

In addition, there are a number of useful resources listed below that are easily accessible online and can help facilitate your learning and research experience.

If at any time you are experiencing difficulties accessing information through the Library Hub, please contact SAC’s librarian Mrs Deborah Decru, or otherwise, do not hesitate to contact your lecturers.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

As we continue with our study and our teaching predominantly online, we seek to continue fostering a supportive learning community for all our SAC members. Apart from our weekly zoom classes, here are some ways in which we hope to keep connected to you…

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Events

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