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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].

Reopening Our Campuses
What measures has Griffith College put in place for COVID-19?

The following measures have been put in place for your safety;

  • Hybrid teaching model that supports social distancing measures.
  •  Reduced face-to-face learning whereby some of your time will be ‘in-person’ at lectures and the rest of the time you undertake your course on-line.
  • Two-metre social distancing in lecture rooms (with specific set up for lab & studio work).
  • Signs at entrances of buildings promoting COVID etiquette.
  • Everyone must walk on the left-hand side of corridors and stairs; in some cases a one-way system may be in place on corridors and entry and exit points.
  • Hand sanitisers at entrances and disinfectant wipes in lecture rooms (to be used to wipe down your desk and seat before and after your lecture).
What is a hybrid teaching model and how does it support on-campus learning?

Hybrid teaching is a mixture of in-class and online learning. It will consist of interaction through online content, but you will also have the value of face-to-face engagement. This model allows you to have an uninterrupted and continuous delivery of your lectures and content in the event of a government-mandated closure.

Do I need to wear face coverings on campus?

Yes! Wearing face masks will be required on campus. They should be worn in all common areas and anywhere you can’t maintain a two-metre social distance.

Will the College and lecture rooms be set up to comply with two-metre social distancing?

Yes! Lecture rooms are set up with two-metre social distancing in place. Please do not move any of the furniture in your class. 

 

How will I move in and out of buildings?

Stick to the left-hand side! A one-way system will be put in certain places and there will be signs to remind you. 

Remember to wear your face mask when you are moving around campus and in toilets.

Do I have to wear a face covering while sitting at my desk?

No. Once you are seated at your desk (at least two metres away from anyone else) for your lecture, you can remove your face mask if you wish. 

If you are moving from your desk you must put your face mask back on before doing so. 

Where anyone cannot maintain social distancing of two metres, all parties must wear a face covering. This will be the case for practical and creative type programmes.

What will be the procedure when I enter and leave a lecture room?

Everyone is required to use a disinfectant wipe to clean their desks and chairs before and after lectures. Disinfectant wipes will be provided in every room. The rooms will be cleaned on a regular basis throughout the day, but your safety is a priority so be sure to use the wipes provided before and after your lecture. 

 

Where lecturers are in close contact with learners and cannot social distance to two metres, do all parties have to wear face masks?

During Lab & Studio work where two-metre distancing is not possible, both lecturers and students will be required to wear a face mask. 

How will induction take place for new students?

Induction for new students will take place the week of the 5th – 9th of October; you will be contacted about the date and time of your faculty induction. 

You will have the option to come on campus for your induction by using an Eventbrite link which will be e-mailed to you. If you do not feel comfortable attending your induction in person, you will be able to attend online. 

All information will be provided to you in advance. 

Is the College open?

Yes! Your campus is open; however, you can always e-mail, phone, or zoom call your faculty with any queries. Contact details can be found online. Alternately, e-mail [email protected]. To phone the campus, use the numbers below:

  • South Circular Road: 00353 - 1 - 4150400
  • City Centre location (Wolfe Tone Street): 00353 - 1 - 4150450
  • Cork Campus: 00353 - 21 - 4507027
  • Limerick Campus: 00353 - 61 - 310031
What facilities are open on campus?

Reception – Yes, you can go to reception and they will be able to direct you with any enquiries you may have

Students’ Union – The SU will be reopening on the 12th of October. There will be a booking system in place for any facilities you wish to use which can be found on the SU website.

Halls of Residence – Yes, limited availability still remains for the upcoming academic year; learn more on their website

International Office – The team are available to assist in supporting incoming and returning EU and Non-EU students; you can contact them at [email protected].

Restaurant – The on-campus restaurant will re-open on the 5th of October and will be open the following hours;

  • Monday – Thursday 8:30 - 20:30
  • Friday – Saturday 8:30 – 15:00
  • Sunday – Closed

Library – The team are on campus to support new and returning students; you can contact the library at [email protected].

Fitness Room – The campus fitness room is currently closed, but this is kept under constant review.

How will examinations be conducted?

Your exams will be open-book online exams for February 2021, June 2021 and August 2021 examination periods.

I have travelled for college and have to restrict my movements on my return; should I come into the College?

If you have arrived to Ireland from a country that is not on ‘The Green List’, then you are required to restrict your movements, quarantine for 14 days and should not attend college. ‘The Green List’ is regularly updated so ensure you check it for the dates you intend to travel. 

Under what circumstances should I not come to campus?

Everyone attending campus should follow HSE guidelines.

You should not attend campus if you have:

  • A fever (high temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above)
  • A cough (this can be any type of cough, not just a dry cough)
  • Shortness of breath (breathing difficulties)
  • A loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste

Or if:

  • you are awaiting a COVID-19 test
  • you are waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test
  • you have returned from a country not on the Irish Government’s green list and are within the mandated 14-day restricted movement period
  • you are considered a close contact of a current COVID-19 case and have been advised to self-isolate or restrict your movement by a GP/HSE
How will Griffith College deal with a COVID-19 outbreak on campus?

A strategy has been put in place by the college following all the advice provided by the HSE. 

In the case of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus, the college will contact the HSE and a risk assessment will be carried out to determine how the college should proceed.

In all situations, your programme director will contact a key COVID sub-group in the College who in turn will contact the HSE.

What are the guidelines for using a face mask?
  • When wearing a face mask, you should ensure that both your nose and mouth are covered, and the bottom of the mask should be under your chin.
  • If you are wearing a reusable face mask, it is a good idea to change them each day.
  • Reusable face masks should be washed in warm soapy water in the sink/put in a washing machine (60 degree cycle)
  • Face masks should be stored in a sealable, clean, waterproof plastic bag when they are not being worn.
  • When putting on or removing a face mask do so by only touching the handles (around your ears).

 

What is the schedule and academic calendar for 2020/21?
  • Classes for all new and returning students, regardless of study mode or campus, will commence on Monday, 12th October 2020.  Induction for new learners will be scheduled for the week beginning Monday, 5th October 2020.
  • For all non-QQI degree programmes (e.g. ACCA, CPA, ICM, B-TEC, HW and certain Springboard+ programmes), please confirm the start date on the relevant webpage or by contacting your Programme Director or Admissions representative.
New students joining Griffith College in Autumn 2020
Will start dates for incoming first years be impacted by changes to the Leaving Certificate?

Yes, the changes to this year’s CAO have allowed us to schedule all lectures for all full-time programmes to commence on Monday, 12th October 2020. Induction for new learners will be scheduled for the week beginning Monday 5th October 2020. These revised start dates have been made due to the changes announced to the Leaving Certificate 2020 with predictive grading in place. This then had a knock-on effect on the revised scheduling of the CAO process. In common with other institutions, Griffith College is working with the appropriate authorities to make sure the transition to third-level is as smooth as possible for everyone.

Are applications for September 2020 and January 2021 still open?

Yes; the Admissions Team is working on campus to ensure applications are still being processed within a 48-hour period.

My previous college/university is shut down and I can't provide supporting documentation for my application.

You will receive a conditional offer on the basis of providing your documentation when it is available. You are encouraged to speak with our Admissions Team on [email protected] to identify how we can best support your study aspirations in this circumstance.

How do I send supporting documentation to Griffith College?

Please scan a copy of your documentation and send by email to [email protected].

Otherwise, if you are unable to scan a document, take a picture of the relevant information and send that to [email protected]. We will be in touch with you at a later date to get the scanned copy.

What if I need to attend an interview as part of the application process?

Where possible a phone interview or Zoom call will be organised.

I am an international applicant; where can I find out more?

Our International Department and our overseas officers are available to answer your questions and process your application.

If you have a specific query in relation to your application to Griffith College, please email [email protected].

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

To keep yourself safe and healthy make sure you are following the guidelines in place. Ensure you

  • Regularly wash your hands & use hand sanitiser.
  • 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.
  • Know the common signs of infection - they 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 College to look after your health and safety?

Over fifty hand sanitisers are available at all four campus locations and in Griffith Halls of Residence, at entrances to all buildings. Using the 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, banners, floor markings with information about keeping yourself safe have been put up in multiple places on campus.

The College has a COVID-19 Steering Group (CSG) 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?

COVID-19 has been overwhelming for everyone and anxiety is a natural reaction to such a change. It is important to look after yourself mentally, emotionally and physically. Your well-being is extremely important.

If you want to speak to someone you can contact the Griffith Counselling Service, which is free of charge, and appointments can be arranged over Zoom from the comfort of your home. To make an appointment, you can e-mail [email protected] or call 085 1521511. 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 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. 

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 restricted movement 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 keep a log of any daytime visitors. This will limit the chances of outside exposure to you, your housemates and the wider GHR community.

All residents are required to download the HSE COVID-19 download app as part of our lease agreement. You will be required to show this downloaded app on arrival to Griffith Halls of Residence.  This app was released earlier this year and will allow health authorities to track and trace your contacts in the event you contract the virus and notify you in the case you have been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus.

Get the App on Google Play / Get the App on Apple

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.

Students residing in an apartment are treated as a household and should one student contact the virus, then all residents of that apartment should restrict their movements in line with Department of Health 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. Our Government has produced a Green List of countries whereby it is not a requirement to restrict movements on arrival to Ireland. Currently, arrivals into Ireland are requested to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form advising of their address details.

All GHR residents with confirmed reservations will be permitted to conduct their 14-day restricted movement period at the start of all lease periods in GHR.  After you have completed your 14 days of restricted movement, any residents who travel from Ireland to another country not on the Green List, or which is removed from the Green List while they are away, will be required to restrict their movements when they return, at a location outside of GHR at their own cost for whatever period is mandated by our Government at that time, if required. This is applicable for the duration of your lease agreement period. 

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, and visitors is in line with the Governments advice. 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.