Coronavirus Response
The University of Divinity has established a course of action in response to the current Federal and State requirements to contain and minimise the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please read carefully the information below, including the links, about changes that affect you immediately.


  • Message from the Master
  • Access to Catholic Theological College
  • Semester 1 Units
    • Monday 23-27 March
    • From 31 March to the end of Semester 1
    • Monday 6 April to Friday 17 April
    • Monday 8 June to Friday 26 June
  • Higher Degrees by Research
  • Graduation Ceremony
  • Daniel Mannix Library
  • If you are not feeling well
  • Enquiries
  • Further Information
  • External Links

Message from the Master

Access to Catholic Theological College

From Friday 20 March until the end of the semester, there will be RESTRICTED ACCESS to CTC and Mannix Library.
Do not come to the College unless personally invited by the Master or an official of the CTC staff. Health permitting, CTC staff will be working regular hours from home, and you can contact your lecturers and admin staff by email as usual.
We will be working hard to provide as much assistance as possible for ARK access, online activities, electronic resources, as well as dealing with the normal administrative questions that arise through the semester.

CTC will provide further information in the days ahead to assist you to keep studying in your units this semester, and to find the resources you’ll need to complete your work.

Clearly these are challenging times, and are placing demands on all members of our community. Our lecturers and admin staff will be doing everything possible to support you in your study, and to make sure we all get through this semester as well as possible.

And we are praying for each other, and for those beyond our College community who are suffering the effects of this health crisis or working to keep us all safe and healthy. Perhaps we can see these challenges as part of our Lenten pilgrimage with the Lord this year, moving deeper into his suffering and sharing more fully in the new life he brings us.

Semester 1 units

Monday 23 – Friday 27 March

This will be a ‘pause week’ in Sem 1. During this week, no teaching activity will take place. Lecturers will use this time to enhance their resources on ARK and prepare learning activities that you can complete online from home. Student can use this week to explore the resources available on the Library Hub, ARK and Unit Readers, as well as get work done on early assessment tasks due in coming weeks.

From 30 March to the end of Semester 1

All CTC teaching, seminars, and meetings will shift to online delivery modes. Your lecturer will contact you with information about how you are to participate in these activities. ARK will be the basic contact point, but your lecturer may contact you via email too. Please check the ARK page for each unit you are studying each week from now on.

Monday 06 April – Friday 17 April

Easter lecture break

Monday 08 June – Friday 26 June

One week of extension to final due date of the semester is provided to assist students to complete their assignments. Some assessment tasks, eg. Written or oral exams, will need to be substituted for online or electronic tasks.
In effect, this means that Semester 1 will run for two additional weeks this year, concluding Friday 26 June. Our key concern, while ensuring that you and the wider community are as safe and well as possible, is to support you in successfully completing your units this semester.

Higher Degrees by Research

HDR students should continue their research as far as they are able. Meetings with supervisors should be conducted remotely as far as possible.

Graduation Ceremony: Friday 27 March

The University of Divinity Melbourne Graduation will not go ahead as a public event, but all graduands will graduate in absentia that day. There will be a celebration for all graduates later in the year when it is safe to gather.

Daniel Mannix Library

For internal staffing reasons, Mannix Library will close this Wednesday 18 March at 5.00 pm. If you wish to return books, please do so before that time. As far as possible, Mannix Library staff will be working regular hours from home through the semester, and you can contact the Library through the usual email addresses (see below). All the readings and resources you need to complete your units and assessment tasks will be made available to you through the Library Hub and ARK in the weeks come. There is no need to come to the Library to borrow books from now on.

If you are not feeling well

If you become unwell, or suspect you may have come in contact with the virus, please phone your doctor or clinic and follow their advice. Please inform the Assistant Dean, John Bartholomeusz ( of your condition, and he will liaise with the Deans and your lecturers to support you in continuing with your study when you are able.


You are always welcome to contact directly your individual lecturers, Jude Caspersz for ARK support, or the ARO staff for administrative matters.

Further Information

External Links