COVID-19: The University of Melbourne to suspend all classes and move online

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The University of Melbourne has a duty of care to its staff, students, and the wider community to keep them safe. Currently, the COVID-19 outbreak has amassed a large response by companies such as Atlassian, EY and Vanguard who have told all their staff to work from home. Unfortunately, the response from Universities is inadequate, to say the least. 


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recommended that all public gatherings larger than 500 people should be cancelled, and some University lecture halls can seat into the hundreds.

Universities shouldn't wait around until something goes wrong, but they should be proactive about keeping their staff and students safe.

This is only the start of things to come, and The University of Melbourne would be doing the responsible thing if they were to cancel all face to face classes and migrate to online classes as has already been done with a fraction of classes already for those who have been impacted overseas.

Find out more information on the corporate shutdown:

https://www.afr.com/companies/professional-services/ey-joins-corporate-exodus-home-amid-virus-panic-20200312-p549ir

Official government response:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/chief-medical-officers-press-conference-about-covid-19