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Griffith College is aware of and tracking the evolving Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The College’s COVID-19 Steering Group has been engaged and continues to meet. Read their latest update here.

The health and well-being of our staff, lecturers, learners and residents is paramount and we will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days and weeks. Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.

Please see the FAQs below. If you have any questions about COVID-19 and Griffith College, please contact [email protected].

On Our Campuses
Can I come to campus?

The campuses are closed to non-resident students until 19 April (students who live in GHR are still permitted on campus).

Is on-campus reception open?

The reception office at Griffith College Dublin is closed. The reception team will be working remotely and can be reached by calling the campus's main line. Deliveries will be held in A004. Reception is not responsible for any deliveries.

The reception office at Griffith College Cork is closed. The reception team will be working remotely and can be reached by calling the campus’s main line. Reception is not responsible for any deliveries.

The reception office at Griffith College Limerick is closed. Staff are working remotely and the phones are being answered. Deliveries can be arranged at certain times by calling reception.

If you wish to contact any of our campus reception teams, please keep communications to phone, email or post during this period.

If you have a question, please call the relevant campus or use our online contact form.

  • Dublin Main Campus: +353 1 415 0400
  • Dublin City Centre: +353 1 415 0450
  • Cork: +353 21 450 7027
  • Limerick: +353 61 310 031
Is the Students' Union open?

The SU building at our Dublin Main Campus will remain closed until 19 April. All planned trips and events during this time are cancelled. 

Is the fitness room at Dublin Main Campus open?

The fitness room is closed. 

Is Griffith Halls of Residence open?

GHR continues to operate. We will continue to operate our regular opening times, with some procedural changes. These changes will continue until further notice. For more information, please see the GHR-specific section of this FAQ page below.

Is the International Office open?

The International Office will remain available at this time. Please note the following services & changes:

  • Letters: All International Office learner support letters can be ordered through MyGriffith.ie as normal. Letters will be sent to students by email in PDF format.
  • General Queries: General queries will continue to be answered through the International Office email account, [email protected]. This account is monitored from 09:30 to 17:30 each Monday to Friday
  • Immigration - Letters and Support: The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) is now closed. Further information is available here.

Any emails relating to academic queries will not be answered by the International Office. The College will communicate with you directly regarding the learning provisions being made to facilitate the continuation of your study during the government directive to suspend in-class teaching. Please visit www.griffith.ie/learners for the most up to date information on learning provisions.

Is the on-campus restaurant open?

The on-campus restaurant is closed.

Are campus libraries open?

All campus libraries are closed and students are asked not to travel to campus. No books are due back until further notice. We are working and we will assist you with your studies by providing online resources. We are contacting all the lecturers to work with them to support your modules. Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like any help accessing resources. We will also continue offering tutorials and workshops, all online. 

 

Protecting Yourself From COVID-19
How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

The most important action we can take to protect ourselves from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is regular hand-washing, using hand sanitiser and practicing good respiratory hygiene.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing and discard the used tissue.

Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Please be wary of these symptoms and seek immediate medical attention by phone should such symptoms occur.

What actions have been taken at Griffith?

Forty hand sanitisers are available on campus and in Griffith Halls of Residence at entrances to buildings. We have acquired an approved sanitiser that is not alcohol-based (as alcohol-based sanitisers are not suitable for all our learners) which, like alcohol-based sanitisers, can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands. However, washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds remains the most effective way to protect yourself.

Posters with information about keeping yourself safe have been put up in multiple places on campus. 

We have a local doctor available, at no cost to staff or learners who are concerned by any aspect of this crisis. (For more information, see below: 'I feel unwell, what should I do?')

The College has a COVID-19 Steering Group which is in contact with HSE about ongoing developments. 

Where can I find the most up-to-date information?

We will make every effort to keep our website current as the situation evolves. However, the most up-to-date information on the virus can be found at:

You can also view up-to-date information from the HPSC at the link below.

I'm feeling really anxious about COVID-19; what should I do?

Taking care of yourself mentally and emotionally is just as vital as taking care of your physical well-being. The HSE has created a document to help in that task, which you can download here

Travel Advice
Where should I avoid traveling?

The most current information is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Griffith College recommends against all non-essential travel. A significant amount of cases are now present in many countries across the globe. A dashboard highlighting global cases can be seen here.

What is the college's advice regarding travel?

Griffith College would not recommend that any learners, residents or staff travel at this time, in line with government recommendations. Any travellers are advised to monitor developments.

As a precaution, any resident, learner or member of staff who returns from travel may be asked to undertake a risk assessment on their return as well as registering with HSELive on 1850 24 1850.

I am a Griffith student or staff member currently located abroad. Can I return to Griffith?

As a precaution, any resident, learner or member of staff who returns from travel may be asked to undertake a risk assessment on their return as well as registering with HSELive on 1850 24 1850.

If you are currently located abroad, please follow the advice being issued by the relevant authorities and agencies locally.

HPSC Public Health Advice
When should I contact my doctor or the HSE?

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, fever - 38C or above) you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP. The people in your household need to restrict their movements.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they will arrange a test. 

HSELive is an information line only and can’t order coronavirus tests.

I have been abroad; what should I do?

If you have returned from overseas in the past 14 days, please phone HSELive on 1850 24 1850. 

I feel unwell; what should I do?

If you are feeling unwell and worried about your own or other people’s health, it is recommended that you contact the College’s local health provider – available by contacting [email protected].

Claire Aston is managing this email address and will be providing our GP details to those who require it, at no cost. No personal information will be sought by Claire.

Griffith Halls of Residence
What actions are GHR staff members taking to keep students safe and well?

GHR is releasing regular communication to residents regarding their health and safety during the COVID-19 crisis.

We have affixed hand sanitiser dispensers next to each entry point in GHR for residents to use prior to entry to the buildings.

We continue to make ourselves available to residents who feel that they may be developing symptoms or would like to speak about the virus.

Is Griffith Halls of Residence open and operating as normal?

GHR is open, with some procedural changes. The Accommodation Office opening times are 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday. Outside these times and in the unlikely event of an emergency, the Security team is available to help.

The Accommodation Office door will be closed as a precautionary measure (to ensure the safety of GHR staff from any possible cases that may arise), though staff will be inside. Staff will be handling all telephone calls (01-416320) and emails as usual. Post will be available for collection on the tables outside GHR Accommodation Office from 3pm – 4pm each day. Please do not go to the main reception in the college to collect post.

Maintenance request forms will be placed on the table outside the Accommodation Office. Please complete these and place under the Office door. These will be attended to during our regular opening hours. Maintenance matters may also be communicated to us via email and telephone during our regular opening hours.

Our security team will be available for all lockouts.  Residents should contact GHR during office hours in the unlikely event that an apartment key has been lost. 

Our emergency contact details continue to be 086 818 2370. In the event of an emergency outside our regular opening hours please continue to contact this number.

The safety of our staff and residents continues to be our top priority. All of the steps you need to take regarding keeping yourself healthy can be found here.

Have we had any positive cases of COVID-19 at GHR?

We have not had any positive cases at GHR to date. If in the event that this changes, GHR has a robust contingency plan in place which incorporates the notification of close contacts.

What is GHR’s approach to patient confidentiality?

GHR operate on a policy of strict patient confidentiality. No patient details will be publicly disclosed and residents will be treated with the utmost respect.

What precautions should I be taking?

Please ensure you utilise the non-alcohol sanitising gel affixed to walls at entry points to the residence.

Please keep up to date with advice from the HSE.

Please ensure you adhere to GHR’s temporary ban on overnight guests and daytime visitors. This will limit the chances of outside exposure to you, your housemates and the wider GHR community.

Will I be informed if there is a positive case at GHR?

The safety of our residents is of paramount importance to GHR management. As such, we will be following the guidelines from the HSE and the Irish government in relation to communication strategy if a positive case is detected.

If there is a case(s) detected it is important not to panic and to remember that GHR management and the health professionals at the HSE are taking all necessary steps to prevent the spread of the virus.

I feel that I have symptoms that are indicative of COVID-19, should I isolate myself from my housemates?

If you feel that you have developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19, remember to keep calm. When you develop any infectious illness it is always best to consider the health of others and take appropriate precautions to protect their health – this includes voluntary self-isolation. Once you have isolated yourself, contact [email protected] for advice.

Are residents allowed to travel?

As countries around the world impose new travel restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19, more international travel disruption will be likely. Griffith Halls of Residence, in line with Irish government policy, is advising residents to exercise a high degree of caution if considering international travel.

As a result, if a resident undertakes international travel, they may face either Irish government- and/or GHR-imposed self-isolation requirements before returning to Griffith Halls of Residence. This self-isolation will be off-site and not in the community. The most up-to-date travel information for re-entering Ireland is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Similarly, where international travel is a necessity, residents should consult the relevant government website in their destination country.

Some residents have left the community and returned home without notifying the accommodation office.  Please email us at [email protected] if you have left either temporarily or for the remainder of your lease period.  We do need to know this information for health and safety reasons.  Failure to advise us could result in your security deposit being withheld. 

When are the public areas being cleaned?

To maintain the safety of everyone within GHR, all public area cleaning will be conducted at the following times in the relevant areas. Residents are requested not to be in these areas at these times.

Area Start End
Laundry 8.30AM 9.00AM
Block 1A back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 9.00AM 9.30AM
Block 1B back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 9.30AM 10.00AM
Block 2A back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 10.00AM 10.30AM
Block 2B back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 10.30AM 11.00AM
Block 1A main and back stairs (floors) 11.15AM 12.00PM
Block 1B main and back stairs (floors) 12.10PM 1.00PM
Block 2A main and back stairs (floors) 2.00PM 2.45PM
Block 2B main and back stairs (floors) 2.45PM 3.30PM
Block 1A back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 3.30PM 4.00PM
Block 1B back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 4.00PM 4.30PM
Block 2A back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 4.30PM 5.00PM
Block 2B back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 5.00PM 5.30PM
Are there restrictions on residents that I should be aware of?

In compliance with our government's advice on social gatherings parties within apartments are strictly prohibited effective immediately until further notice. Residents are requested to call security and not present to the security office in the event of an emergency. Residents are requested to follow the instructions of our security team without question. Residents will be required to vacate their apartment prior to maintenance attending to carry out any works as requested by tenants. Residents who need to contact the accommodation office should please call for both the safety of the staff and yourself. 

To maintain safety on campus with reduced numbers of staff present, the main gates will be closing earlier than normal going forward. Deliveries will be permitted entry, however, residents may at certain times be requested to exist via the turnstile to collect deliveries. 

Residents are not in a quarantined situation.  They are free to come and go from the community as they wish during the day.  We would ask that you respect the social distancing guidelines set forth by the HSE.