The safety of all who come on campus is important to us and we want to do all that we can to have a safe and welcoming community. Morling has developed our COVIDsafe policies and procedures to ensure that we meet federal and state directives as well as the requirements outlined by our partners and accrediting bodies.
We are very thankful for the ways that our community has taken measures to keep Morling a COVIDsafe campus and for the fact that, as far as we are aware, no one at Morling has become infected. The precautionary measures we take together will help us stay this way and also give us an opportunity to care and protect others.
A comprehensive overview of our COVIDsafe procedures is found in our Back to Campus Sem 2, 2020 document.
Of course, if circumstances change and restrictions are reestablished then Morling is ready to respond and adapt.
Please read our Back to Campus in Sem 2,2020 document to find out about how we all can keep Morling COVIDsafe.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is happening to on-campus classes and extra-curricular activities?
In Semester 2, 2020 we will continue to offer live-streamed and online units and have approval to recommence optional face-to-face on-campus classes. Students will be able to access their learning in various modes according to their desired pattern of learning and their own health needs. Our experience of fully online unit delivery in Semester 1 and Winter School has highlighted that we are in an excellent position to provide space for deep learning and transformation no matter what mode is taken.
We will start to recommence some of our usual extracurricular activities, although large gatherings and corporate worship will not happen until safe and permitted.
Our Transformational Discipleship Groups will likely have both on-campus and online meetings.
What is happening to assignments and where can students get academic support?
We appreciate how disruptive the past few months have been on study and have planned our Semester 2 academic and study schedules with the knowledge that we need to be adaptive and responsive to student needs.
We want our students to succeed in their studies and have thankfully have excellent processes to offer students support and extensions if they are facing particular hardship. Students are encouraged to seek academic support from the lecturer or from Morling’s Academic Tutor.
Is the Library open?
The Library is open to students via appointment, although we hope that the Library spaces will be more readily accessible very soon. Library resources are still able to be borrowed; through a click and collect reserving system or by accessing our growing collection of e-resources.
Are lecturers and administrators still contactable?
Yes – our open door policy has become a virtual open door policy! Even though many of us will be working from campus as well as home, we are still available via the College phone number, email and Zoom.
What is Morling doing to encourage student wellbeing?
We are conscious that at times of crisis, especially one that is global in nature, most people will experience times of feeling alone, anxious, confused, overwhelmed or concerned for others in their family or community. We are committed to walking this journey with our students.
Students can contact our Dean of Students, Peter Friend, throughout the week.
Our Student Representative Group is also keen to connect, encourage and pray for students.
Our Ezra Counselling Clinic is also still operational (online) for students or members of the public who need a more formal space to process and find support.
Will Morling events still continue?
We are still keen to equip people in our churches, workplaces and neighbourhoods by holding events that will inspire us to live out our faith in real and relevant ways. All events at the moment are being offered online via livestreaming. Please check our Events page for updates.
Is Morling still holding Open Nights or taking Semester 2 enrolments?
Yes! Even though the way we teach may change we are still committed to providing world class training in Bible and Theology, Education, Counselling, and Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care. We are exploring ways that this crisis might actually provide new opportunities to equip women and men who want to be better equipped to follow Christ and make an impact in God’s world.
Please see our Events page to register for an Online Information Events and/or contact Rebecca Brown, our Future Student Advisor on our enquiries email.
How can you pray for Morling?
As always, we appreciate your prayers for Morling as we seek to live out the mission and vision God has given us. At this time, please keep our students, staff and residents in your prayers as we navigate new ways of connection, learning and service.
Praise God for his faithfulness, provision and empowering.
Thank God for the ways that Morling has been able to quickly adapt to changing contexts.
Pray for wisdom for those in leadership and godly reliance in decision making.
Pray for those in our Morling Residential College (many who are studying at Macquarie University) and for the MRC staff team.
Pray for the churches and communities our students and staff represent.
And please let us know how we can pray for you!