BY ALEX DADAMU
SOLOMON Islands National University (SINU) Special Committee on coronavirus at its meeting on Friday 20th March 2020, has agreed among other precautionary measures to bring forward the University’s mid-semester break to Monday 23th to Friday 27th March 2020.
In a memo sent to all staff and students today regarding the Precautionary measures agreed upon by SINU Special Committee on coronavirus, the Memo stated that the measures are to be implemented with immediate effect as the country is stepping up measures to counter coronavirus (COVID-19).
The List of Precautionary measures put in place by the Special Committee is as follows:
1. The Mid-Semester break will be brought forward to Monday 23rd to Friday 27th March 2020. This means that there will be NO lectures and day-scholars students are advised to stay at home. The committee will assess the situation and advise if there will be a need to extend the break period further.
2. NO public gathering of any sort will be held at SINU facilities such as mass lectures, sports, group meetings, etc. until further notice.
3. Accommodation and Dining hall services for boarding students will still operate as normal until advised otherwise.
4. Staff returning from oversea trips will be quarantined as per the Ministry of Health and Medical service’s travel advisory in a designated government facility.
5. Overseas travel for staff is banned until further notice.
6. There is a total ban on the sale and consumption of betel nut on campus.
7. 2020 graduation ceremony has been postponed until further notice.
8. Staff are to continue with normal duties until further notice.
9. All essential services remain operational until further notice.
10. All precautionary measures to be maintained throughout the University.
In the meantime, the committee advises that they will continue to disseminate information and new decisions regarding these measures on the SINU Facebook page and the Radio.
“Please continue to visit these platforms for updates and information that the committee will disseminate to students and staff.”