Measures in place for the well-being of the SMU Community

05 Feb 2020

In view of the evolving situation on the novel coronavirus, SMU has, with effect from 27 Jan 2020, cancelled all overseas trips, such as exchange programmes to China, Hong Kong and Macau. We have reached out to all affected students who were bound for exchange programmes in China universities and have made alternative arrangements for them, taking into account their preferences and requirements. These include helping them to enrol in exchange programmes with other overseas partner universities and re-joining classes at SMU.

To ensure a safe SMU campus, the following measures are being implemented for all members of the SMU Community:

  • Cancellation of all existing and upcoming official trips to China, Hong Kong and Macau.
  • All staff, students and faculty members are required to make a travel declaration – of past and upcoming travel plans – for both official and personal trips to all countries via SMU’s Travel Declaration portal.
  • Daily temperature-taking via SMU’s Temperature Taking Portal is required for all staff and student travellers for a duration of 14 days upon their return to Singapore (for both official and personal trips) from China.   
  • All SMU staff, faculty and students returning from Mainland China are required to take a 14-day Leave of Absence (LOA) from classes and work.
  • Visitors to events on SMU’s campus are urged to avoid participating in our events if they are undergoing LOA or are feeling unwell.

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff remain the University’s top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation, take guidance from official advisories released by the authorities, and adjust our measures accordingly.