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Important Coronavirus update

As shared in an email to all students, this article contains more information about how the University will be supporting you through the coming weeks. This follows our decision to suspend teaching this week (from Monday 16 March) and move online from next Monday (23 March) until the end of the academic year (6 June).

Firstly, thank you to everyone for their understanding about this move. We appreciate this is a concerning time for many people and we hope that you appreciate we have made decisions based on putting the wellbeing of our community first.

Your continued education is of course a key priority and we hope that the information below will help to explain how the University will be running and supporting you over the coming weeks.

At this time, we are keeping everything under review in terms of how long these new measures will last, as obviously this is a fast-moving situation. However we will of course let you know about any new timings, measures or information.

Teaching and learning online: 

Our key focus this week is to ensure as much work as possible is done to move teaching and learning online. School and academic staff will be in touch with you on this and they will continue to maintain contact with you throughout the academic year. Although please note this may be later on this week, as we need a little time to continue this extensive planning. You will be given guidance on how you should be using Canvas and Panopto to continue studies.

Exams and assessments:

To take into account the changes this week now that we have suspended teaching on campus, almost all deadlines for submitting coursework/assignments and examinations this week will be postponed. There won’t be any exams and assessments on campus for the rest of the academic year, instead assessments will be made using remote means. Your School will be in touch with more information on revised dates and deadlines for assessments and examinations.

We are very conscious that you should not be impacted by this unprecedented global event and we will find ways to ensure you are assessed appropriately but also fairly considering the exceptional circumstances.

Leaving campus:

As face-to-face teaching has been suspended, with teaching online starting next Monday (23 March), any absences for this week will be authorised. This applies to all students and means that those on Tier 4 visas will not be subject to the usual UKVI attendance monitoring. 

Students will be expected to go online from Monday (23 March) to access their studies, and it is important that you do this so we can record your attendance for visa purposes.

Students studying abroad:

We have many students studying abroad at partner institutions at the current time and we understand this has been a worrying time if this relates to you. We have been in contact with all these students and here is a summary of that advice. We strongly recommend that you return home and make travel arrangements at the earliest opportunity. If students at partner Universities wish to travel back home, but are not able to cover the costs through their insurance, or cannot amend existing tickets, the University will cover reasonable travel costs. For more information, please email sussexabroad@sussex.ac.uk.

More advice is available to students on the Student Hub on returning from studying overseas.

Students on placements:

We have contacted all students who are on placements at the present time, as well as their placement tutors and workplace supervisors. If you have any queries on this please contact placements@sussex.ac.uk.

Answering your questions: 

There will be many more questions from students over the coming weeks and we will seek to provide clarification to you at the very earliest opportunity. Thankfully the University has been planning for this situation so we are able to move quickly into new ways of facilitating your education.

Please continue to visit the Student Hub for further information, commonly asked questions as well as links to all the relevant health and travels information from the Government.

Your School will be in touch directly too and we recommend that you keep looking at your emails this week for information and updates.

Finally, we really hope that you are not worrying too much about this situation. It can be difficult not to – and it may be a good idea to follow some expert advice if you are feeling anxious. There is some good advice on this website.

We will be back in touch with more information soon.


Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Tuesday, 17 March 2020

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