We are aware that many students, quite understandably, are keen to begin their studies in person at our centres with face-to-face teaching from day one. As such, we have designed our contingency planning with the aim of restoring face-to-face teaching in centre as the priority. In the meantime, please see below for some key updates from ONCAMPUS:
The June intake will commence online to enable students to continue with their study plan and progress to their chosen degree and university. If they decide that it is not for them, they will be able to either defer their programme to the next available intake with face-to-face teaching, or to withdraw within the first 14 days from the start of the programme with a full refund of fees paid.
1: Should April 2020 intake students travel to the UK if they receive a visa?
All UK centres: ONCAMPUS is committed to ensuring we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and students. We are implementing measures to allow online teaching which you will be able to do from the safety of your student accommodation. If students are in the UK already or planning to fly, then they will be able to enrol online and access online teaching from their home country. UKVI have confirmed that as long as you engage in your online learning, there will be no impact to your student visa, whether you study in the UK or in your home country. You can also follow the official guidance at gov.uk website. Please contact us should you require further clarifications.
2: Should students in their home country travel back to the UK/Europe/US for exams?
All UK centres: currently, the UK hasn’t closed its borders, however, we understand that the situation is rapidly changing and countries are making different decisions about their borders and air travel. As above, we are committed to ensuring we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and students and we are implementing measures to allow online teaching which students will be able to do from the safety of their student accommodation. Our online capacity also allows us to remotely assess individuals. Please contact your centre if you have any concerns or questions about travelling to the UK.
Illinois Tech: if an International Year student (IFY/IGY) or a direct student has returned home for the Spring 2020 semester due to COVID – 19, then they do not need to return to the IIT campus to complete their exams. They will be conducted online. All IIT classes for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester will be online. If students have returned home for Spring 2020 then they are advised not to return to campus.
ONCAMPUS Boston: students have the option of staying in the US or returning to their home countries. If students decide to travel back to their home countries for exams, there will be no change in their immigration status, and they can complete exams and course work 100% online via the Blackboard portal.
3: Is the September 2020 intake affected by COVID-19?
All UK centres: at present, we are following all of the local governments’ advice in relation to the management of the virus and we remain committed to our students to provide world class education. We have provision in place to ensure that our September cohort can continue.
Illinois Tech: at present, the Fall (August 2020 intake) semester has not been impacted by COVID-19.
ONCAMPUS Boston: at present, there have been no changes announced by Curry College so we are planning on running the Fall 2020 intake.
4. What actions are centres taking to protect the students?
All UK centres: we continue to monitor and follow the relevant authority’s advice and we are communicating regularly with our staff and students. The ONCAMPUS management team are meeting daily to ensure we have appropriate procedures and arrangements in place to continue to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and students. Some of the measures we have taken include:
- Implementing measures to allow online teaching which students will be able to do from the safety of their student accommodation or their home country.
- Along with our university partners, we are ensuring that hand sanitizers are well stocked and we are reminding people to observe good hand hygiene.
- We continue to monitor the situation closely and ensure we provide as much information, care and support to our staff and students as possible
Illinois Tech: as of March 23rd all classes will move online. Students staying in residence halls can remain in the residence halls and the dining hall will be open. Student Health and Wellness Center, Student advising, Residence life, etc. will remain open.
ONCAMPUS Boston: On March 23rd all classes will move online. Final decisions on whether students can remain in accommodation are currently being finalized and we will update as more information becomes available. In addition, we are maintaining an emergency contact list for all of our students that can be accessed at all times by our staff.
5. If the students want to come back to their home country, will their tuition/accommodation fees be refunded or extended to the new term?
All UK centres: if students are currently studying at ONCAMPUS and decide to leave, then our normal Terms and Conditions will apply. Please find a link to the Terms and Conditions here.
Illinois Tech: if a student decides not to return to the campus after Spring break and they have on-campus housing, they’ll need to fill out a form on the housing website so IIT can assess if a housing or meal plan refund is due. For tuition, please refer to the Terms and Conditions.
ONCAMPUS Boston: for Room and Board we are awaiting an announcement from Curry on any refunds for any forfeited services and we will update all parties accordingly. For tuition, please refer to the Terms and Conditions.
6. Can students take online classes?
All UK centres: from Monday 30th March, we will have provision in place to deliver our education curriculum online and all students will be able to access lectures and study materials from either their accommodation or home country.
If students have chosen to return home for this break and are not then able to return to the UK, please get in touch with the centre immediately and please ensure that relevant Immigration guidelines are followed for both the UK and Europe. UKVI have confirmed that as long as students engage in their online learning, there will be no impact to their student visa, whether they study in the UK or in their home country.
Lectures can be accessed online according to the UK timetable at Greenwich Meantime hours but students will ONLY be able to attend if they continue to be a registered student with us, either in the UK/EU/US or in their home country.
Illinois Tech: all university classes will be online as of March 23rd and will continue to be online as long as needed.
ONCAMPUS Boston: all university classes will be online as of March 23rd and will continue to be online as long as needed. In addition, all student support, transfer, and advising activities will be delivered online via the Blackboard portal.
7. If students are taking online classes, will it affect their progression?
All UK/EU/US centres: we are committed to ensuring that students’ education and academic progression are not compromised by this extraordinary situation. We are working with our University partners to ensure that students’ academic records will not be adversely affected.
8. What is the guidance for the students who continue staying in UK/Europe/US for study?
The current UK national advice is to stay at home for 14 days if you or your family members have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough.
Visit GOV.UK for further information on the outbreak of coronavirus, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.
Please also see the following links for advice and information:
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china
For Europe - You can find current guidance and updates here https://www.rivm.nl/en/news/current-information-about-novel-coronavirus-covid-19 And here https://www.uva.nl/en/current/coronavirus/coronavirus.html
For the USA : please CDC website. https://www.cdc.gov/
9. What if the student accommodation closes?
All UK centres: student accommodation closure is not anticipated, however, dependent on the choice of accommodation the provider may introduce some control measures. In the event of a closure ONCAMPUS will be committed to ensuring that students are taken care of, and that suitable alternatives are provided.
Illinois Tech: student housing will not close – this has been confirmed by IIT.
ONCAMPUS Boston: most of our students have selected to live off the campus during the COVID-19 outbreak.
10. Given recent “panic buying” headlines in the news, how will you ensure that students have access to everything they need?
UK centres; the government has stated that they are confident that shops will remain stocked. The UK has a good supply of everything and the retail industry is working hard to keep stocks regular and plentiful. Some supermarket chains have put limits on quantity buying to ensure everyone has access to everything they need, and there is enough for everyone if we work together.
Illinois Tech: the residence halls and dining services will be open. Stores are still stocked and all students have center contact information should they require help with supplies.
ONCAMPUS Boston: local and State officials have been communicating with the population regularly about “panic buying” and have assured that any shortages are temporary in nature. The situation in the Boston area is very good overall.