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Statement | Coronavirus and campus, events & sports fixtures

The Students’ Union has been closely monitoring the evolving situation with Covid-19. 

We wanted to make sure all students have seen the latest advice from the University on the suspension of teaching this week, with teaching and learning moving online from Monday 23 March.

The rest of campus currently remains open, and support is still accessible at the Student Life Centre as normal. The Student Support Unit is delivering services via emails and phone calls.

At the Students’ Union we are adjusting some of our plans, taking on board guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and Health and Safety, whilst continuing to meet the needs of our campus community.

With this in mind, we have the following updates regarding events and sports fixtures:

  • We have decided to cancel our One World Week 2020 programme this week, including Holi.
  • If you are a student organiser of a OWW event and have questions, please email events@sussexstudent.com. We will be on hand to answer your questions, help with cancellations and provide support on finance and funding.
  • If you are a staff member organising a OWW event, please email issofficers@sussex.ac.uk.
  • All BUCS fixtures have now been cancelled until 1 April, although this will be subject to review.
  • Varsity fixtures will not be taking place. A separate joint Sussex/Brighton statement will be issued shortly.

Over the weekend we had news that a student, who is also a member of the Students’ Union student staff team, has possibly contracted C-19. While this is not yet confirmed, we are taking precautionary measures, as we will always put our community’s wellbeing first. 

A number of our staff are now self-isolating, and our Activities department at Falmer House will be closed this week. 

We are working with the University and the Health and Safety team to ensure that PHE guidelines are being adhered to, while also ensuring that the campus community continues to function. We feel it is important that students living on campus have access to as many services and facilities as can be safely maintained.

If you have questions or concerns specifically for the Students' Union relating to the situation with coronavirus and how it is affecting you as a Sussex student, please use this form to contact us. Officers can then take your concerns to University management.

Please continue to follow advice from the NHS, which is very clear about staying indoors if you have a fever or new, continuous cough.  You can find all the information here on the Student Hub.

More useful links, advice and guidance

MIND advice on coronavirus and your wellbeing

Tips for staying at home (NHS)

Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health during (BBC)





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