Ormond College COVID-19 response

As a residential community, the COVID-19 pandemic presents our College with unique challenges. To date there have been no confirmed cases at Ormond College. We are absolutely committed to doing whatever is necessary to minimise the spread of infection and keep our community COVID-safe.

The College has a COVID-safe plan in place

The College remains open and is acting with an abundance of caution to ensure the safety, health and welfare of our students and staff. This has meant adapting many aspects of College life and our traditions. We have a COVID-safe management plan in place, developed in consultation with experts and guided by the latest health advice.

While many students understandably chose to return home for a period of time during Semester 1, a small group of students continued to reside on campus. The College has remained committed to continuing to offer these students a place to call home.

Residents must abide by strict social distancing guidelines, and since March 2020 only residential and essential staff (catering, cleaning and maintenance) have been permitted to access the College campus. All other staff have been working from home.

The College is preparing for students to return in Semester 2 

We are working towards welcoming the majority of our students back to campus in Semester 2. We have a proactive plan in place, and will all need to take actions to ensure our community remains safe and healthy.

All staff and students are required to adhere to social distancing guidelines, and there will be necessary changes to some of our operations, such as reduced capacity in communal spaces, limits to the size of student events and increased safety and hygiene measures.

The College is working with the Students’ Club to create student events which are engaging and safe for the community, and we are hopeful that many of our most-loved traditions will go ahead in some form. An intercollegiate sports and activities calendar is also in development, and Ormond will continue to support students with face-to-face tutorials, forums and consults where possible.

While life on campus will be different, we remain committed to continuing to provide an exceptional experience for our students, and are looking forward to seeing so many students return to College next semester.

If you are feeling unwell

Symptoms of COVID-19 include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing symptoms, please:

  1. Remain in your room and notify reception immediately via 9344 1100.
  2. Make an appointment at your GP or attend a hospital emergency department for urgent assessment. Ensure you notify the health clinic or hospital before you arrive.

Stay calm, be kind and reach out

Ormond welcomes staff and students from all over the world, and our strong culture is built on the values of respect, diversity and community.

The recent months have been very challenging for many members of our community, particularly those who have faced travel restrictions and the impacts from bushfires. Even for those not directly affected, it is natural to feel a little anxious during times of adversity and uncertainty.

Ormond is a supportive and inclusive community which looks after one another. If you are struggling with the impacts of these or other challenges, please don’t feel you need to face them alone.  Our community is here to support you – reach out to our Community Life Team at comlife@ormond.unimelb.edu.au.

For further support and advice

Ormond College

Should you require academic assistance, please contact a member of the Ormond College Learning Team.

Students can seek further advice and support by contacting ormond@ormond.unimelb.edu.au or + 61 3 9344 1111.

Other enquiries should be directed to enquires@ormond.unimelb.edu.au.

University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is providing regular updates on its response to the COVID-19 outbreak via its website.

For advice and support, visit the novel coronavirus student support page or contact Stop 1.

Coronavirus Health Information

For more information on COVID-19, call the 24/7 coronavirus health information line on 1800 020 080.

Further information can be accessed at:

Stay informed

Ormond College will continue to communicate with Community Members and update information as it becomes available.


Read the Master’s Message to our Alumni community here.


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