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Going Back To Campus? Here's The Latest SOP You Need To Know Before 1 March

The decision to allow students to return to campus gives them the opportunity to get to know and adapt to the learning system and life on campus.

Cover image via Bernama via New Straits Times & Harian Metro

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Students of higher learning institutions under the Higher Education Ministry (MOHE) are allowed to return to campus from 1 March, but under strict health measures

This includes students from public universities, polytechnics, community colleges, and private institutions of higher learning that would need to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) strictly.

Proposals on the admission of students by the MOHE have also been fine-tuned. This includes allowing between 70% and 100% on campus grounds, depending on each institution’s capacities, reported New Straits Times.

Here's the latest SOP you need to know before heading back to campus:

1. Students and staff with either complete or incomplete vaccination status are allowed to be on campus

As for existing and new international students, only those who have completed their vaccinations would be allowed to enter Malaysia.

They will be required to quarantine for a period of seven days.

International students who have received their booster dose only need to undergo a five-day quarantine.

Image via Berita Harian

2. Students and staff who are not fully vaccinated are required to take an RT-PCR test three days before returning to campus

Not only do they need to show a negative result three days before their return, but they also have to test for COVID-19 once a week using the RTK-Ag test.

Image via Berita Harian

3. All higher education institutions must have enough space to accommodate students in physical classes while adhering to the SOP

Although most students can finally resume in-person classes, all higher education institutions must have enough space to accommodate students in physical classes while adhering to the SOP for teaching and learning.

Universities are also still allowed to conduct hybrid or online classes as they see fit.

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4. Recreational and sports activities on campus must comply with the SOP

Measures that must be complied to include:

  • Wearing a face mask unless you are in the midst of strenuous activity and wearing one before and after exercise
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth after touching common public objects
  • Bringing your own towel, water bottle, equipment, and hand sanitiser
  • Avoiding the sharing of equipment
  • Maintaining physical distancing when walking, running, and cycling
Students can refer to their respective university gymnasium or sports centre for further details.

The decision to allow students to return to campus gives students the opportunity to get to know and adapt to the learning system and life on campus

It also provides flexibility for higher learning institutions to decide the appropriate mode of learning.

For any inquiries, contact the MOHE's COVID-19 operations room at 03-8870 6777/ 6949 / 6623 / 6628

You can also refer to the MOHE's guide on campus new norms here.

Or, you can directly contact the coordinating officers at your university for further information.




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