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The College has put procedures & policies in place in response to 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].

Questions about exams? Check out our Exam FAQs.

On Our Campuses
Can I come to campus?

The campuses are closed to non-resident students until further notice (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 further notice. 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

If you want to speak with a private counsellor, Griffith offers a counselling service free of charge to all students and staff. To make an appointment, you can email [email protected]ffith.ie or call 085 1521511. Sessions are available over the phone and via Skype. Learn more about Griffith's counselling service.

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 taken multiple steps and information which can be found on our COVID-19 page.

We continue to make ourselves available to residents who have any further questions about Covid-19.

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 (closed 1pm to 2pm for lunch). Outside these times and in the unlikely event of an emergency, the Security team is available to help. If you are coming to our office during opening times, please be sure to dress in appropriate PPE, adhering to the one-way system and floor markings and signage. 

Staff will be handling all telephone calls (01-4163320) and emails as usual. Parcels and packages can be collected from the accommodation office between 9am and 5:30pm (closed for lunch 1pm to 2pm Monday to Friday).

Maintenance requests must be submitted by email to [email protected] or in emergencies contact Security on 0868182370.

The GHR team are handling all lockouts during office hours. 

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 had no confirmed positive case within GHR.

GHR has established a robust self-isolation programme for all our new inbound international residents that will be joining us in September.

Further information can be found on COVID-19 here.

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 both [email protected] and [email protected] for advice.

Are residents allowed to travel?

Countries around the world are currently revising their travel advice and removing previously imposed restrictions. Griffith Halls of Residence advise all our community members to take advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Currently, all arrivals into Ireland are requested to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form advising of the address details. The Irish authorities require anyone coming into Ireland (except Northern Ireland) to self-isolate for 14 days. For further information regarding how GHR will assist new residents with self-isolation please see here.

Some residents have left the community and returned home. These residents may plan to re-join the campus to collect personal belongings or for other reasons. Please email us at [email protected] prior to your travel to advise us should this be the case and we will be happy to assist you.

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?

Residents should refer to the roadmap regarding the re-opening of society and business issued by Irish Department of the Taoiseach in early May.

GHR management regularly communicates to all residents during each of these phases as outlined above in our newsletters. An example can be found here.

Our advice on social gatherings, parties within apartments, overnight guests and visitors will continue to evolve but at this time sadly are not permitted. Our Security team kindly request that all residents continue to exercise good social distancing or contact them by phone on 0878182370. Finally, our maintenance team may request you to leave your apartment to attend to a reported matter for a short period of time.