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GU Statement on Coronavirus

last modified Mar 16, 2020 09:52 AM
The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is a source of concern for many students and we are keen to ensure that students are able to access the most up-to-date information and guidance in relation to this matter.

The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is a source of concern for many students and we are keen to ensure that students are able to access the most up-to-date information and guidance in relation to this matter. 

The University has published official guidance for students on coronavirus. This guidance is updated regularly and can be found on the University website.

The GU has been lobbying the University to ensure the needs of students are properly accounted for in their preparations and contingency planning, particularly for those who do not live in the United Kingdom permanently. We are calling on the University and Colleges to ensure that mental health support is available remotely, and that accommodation is available free of charge for students who are unable to return home over the vacation due to travel restrictions, and that students with families are supported. We know that those on casual contracts may suffer economically if they are asked to self-isolate; therefore, we will be working to ensure that the University properly supports these workers and make sure that supervisions and teaching can also continue remotely where possible. We will also keep encouraging the university to support postgraduate and mature students who may need support with VISA, with international trips or fieldwork, as well as student parents and families. 

We will remain in close communication with the University as preparations continue and ensure that students are kept up to date with any significant developments.

We would encourage all students to follow the official NHS advice in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Remember to wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. Full NHS guidance in relation to coronavirus can be found on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

We would also like to take this opportunity to condemn the racist abuse and harassment that some Asian and European students have experienced since the outbreak of coronavirus. We would encourage students to report any incidents of this nature using the anonymous reporting tools available here:
End Everyday Racism: www.racismatcambridge.org/
University of Cambridge Anonymous Reporting: studentcomplaints.admin.cam.ac.uk/anonymous-reporting

Students can also formally report racist abuse and harassment through the relevant College or University disciplinary procedure or to the police, if they so wish. If you are unsure about how best to report instances of racist abuse or harassment, the Students’ Unions’ Advice Service (SUAS) can provide free, confidential and independent advice. You can find more information at studentadvice.cam.ac.uk.