Charles Sturt University (CSU) Dubbo is gradually returning to on-campus learning in a targeted and staged approach.
CSU acting vice-chancellor professor John Germov said they 'expect that by November 16, all campus activities will resume, as long as there are no COVID-19 outbreaks.'
The five-stage transition, COVID-19 Return Plan, will run from June 9 through to November 13, following advice from the NSW Department of Health.
"During the phased return, physical distancing of 1.5 metres needs to be adhered to.
"We encourage staff and students to download the COVIDSafe app," Mr Germov said.
"We will progress through these stages in line with Government advice and if this advice or the COVID-19 situation more generally changes, we will respond and our plans will change.
"This is a complex project to ensure we get our prioritisation, communications and approach right.
"The wellbeing of our staff and students is our number one priority."
"The health and safety of our staff, students and communities, both domestically and internationally, is of paramount concern to the university and we will continue to liaise with our partners and appropriate bodies to assist in our response.
"The majority of students will commence online with the return of specific cohorts throughout the above period for key face-to-face learning. The specific cohorts are approximately 26 subjects in the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Arts and Education.
"The majority of higher degree research and other research activities are continuing on campus with approval and campus services such as food and beverage, library services, student central and counter services will undergo a phased return with limited services in June and July and increasing services in August, with appropriate hygiene and cleaning in place.
"Staff were permitted to work from campus on July 13 with management approval."
Mr Germov said they are monitoring the COVID-19 outbreaks in Victoria and the latest Victorian and NSW Health advice, and are making decisions to minimise risk for everyone across all locations.
The university reminds students that people breaching public health restrictions, including travel in and out of hotspot suburbs, are subject to penalties.
"Students from an identified hotspot location who have already arrived for residential schools must isolate for 14 days prior to attending campus," he said.
"Students from Victoria or currently in Victoria are no longer able to travel to NSW for Residential Schools, intensive teaching blocks or workplace learning placements."