In a statement released today by Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt, ANU announced a one week pause to all classes beginning on Monday, March 23rd. Classes are scheduled to resume on Monday the 30th of March.
While all classes and coursework will cease, some of the University will remain open; including libraries, retail spaces and residential halls. This is to ensure students can continue “studying independently” while allowing the University to fully develop their model of remote learning.
As a result of the one week pause, semester one has been extended to ensure that students receive the same number of contact hours in all their subjects. This means that the dates of the mid-semester break (7 – 17 of April) will not be altered but instead an additional week will be added to the end of Semester 1. The additional week will begin on Monday the 8th of June and the exam period will begin on Thursday the 11th of June. While none were mentioned, Professor Schmidt announced that any exceptions would be raised in the coming days.
Professor Schmidt advised staff and students alike to limit domestic travel in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 and urged them to stay safe.