As of Saturday the 1st of February, the Federal Government implemented a travel ban on all foreign travellers who have left or passed through mainland China, in an attempt to prevent the spread of the recent coronavirus outbreak. Like many Student Associations, Unions, and Guilds, USASA is extremely concerned about the impact of the travel ban upon students, particularly international students.
Currently, USASA President Noah Beckmann is undergoing consultation with the university to ensure the best possible outcome for students, and we are continually monitoring the situation to watch for updates. USASA stands in solidarity with all students affected by this ban, and will endeavour to support all students affected throughout the process. If you are a UniSA student and are experiencing any academic trouble as a result of the quarantine rules or the travel ban, our Advocacy Service is available to you free of charge, contact them here: https://usasa.sa.edu.au/advocacy
At this point, we would like to remind all members of the University community to not buy into some of the hysteria that is being stirred up as a result of the virus. Make sure that you are following guidelines from healthcare professionals and the Department of Health. If at any point you are concerned about your wellbeing, please consult a medical professional from the UniSA Clinic at City West or East campus. The UniSA Medical Clinic is free for all students to access, to book an appointment head to their website: https://www.unisamedical.com.au/
USASA would also like to reiterate to the University community that we must be respectful of all members of our community, and not play into some of the racist rhetoric and hype that has emerged from this outbreak. At times like this we must come together and support each other. USASA has a zero-tolerance policy on any forms of racism within our community.
USASA is closely monitoring the situation as it unfolds and will continually work with the University and external advisory organisations to update students on any progress or changes made as this progresses.
For any media inquiries, please contact USASA President Noah Beckmann at firstname.lastname@example.org