QUT Students demands that all teaching be moved to online format.

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Dear Ms Harvey - Vice-President and University Registrar

It has been some growing concerns amongst the students of QUT regarding the administration's response to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. 

A growing number of countries are implementing confinement as they were not able to flatten the curve and have put an extreme strain on their healthcare system.

Moreover, a newly published study by Neil Ferguson a professor at Imperial College’s MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis found that "school and university closure is a more effective strategy to support epidemic
suppression than mitigation" and "conclude that epidemic suppression is the only viable strategy at the current time."

Additionally, a lot of students and staff at QUT fall in, or are in regular contact, with "most at risk" population. Therefore we have the feeling that the university is not upholding its duty of care and are putting us and the rest of society at unnecessary risk. 

Please take example on the University of Queensland who paused all teaching for a week in order to organise the transition and is now moving all teaching online, using interactive technology and tools, until the end of the semester. 

Therefore we are asking QUT's administration to be a leader in this crisis, by being proactive instead of reactive, and move all teaching to an online or alternate format immediately. 

The Real World Students