COVID 19 Resources for Students

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for GMIT students

Covid Rules

One of the biggest causes of COVID-19 spread in colleges is when housemates of someone who is displaying COVID-19 symptoms do not immediately restrict their movements (i.e. stay at home).

So, it is absolutely critical to observe these rules while at college:

  • No mixing of households.
  • If you live with someone who has symptoms – do not attend campus, you must immediately restrict your movements (i.e. stay at home) even if you feel well. 
  • If your housemate who has symptoms tests positive for COVID-19, you must continue to restrict your movements for 14 days and arrange a COVID-19 test.
  • If you have Covid symptoms – do not attend campus, but immediately self-isolate, (i.e. stay in your room) and arrange a Covid test by contacting the College Health Unit or your GP
  • Do not attend campus if you feel any way unwell.
  • Close contacts of a known case must immediately restrict their movements and contact the College Health Unit or their GP to arrange a test and continue to restrict movements for 14 days.

GMIT College Year 2021/22

*** Safe Return to Campus*** - We are really looking forward to welcoming students on campus again in September 2021.

Most GMIT students were able to attend campus for labs, tutorials, and practicals over the last year.

We hope to build on this from September, by scheduling more learning activities on-site before a full return to learning and research on all our campuses.

 

Students can expect to:

  • Return to campus from 20th September for continuing students and from 27th September for first-year students.
  • Attend tutorials, seminars, practicals, labs, workshops, and some smaller lectures on campus
  • Have some teaching online  
  • Experience a blended #First5Weeks Induction programme for first-year students

 

Your safety is our priority. Measures in place in GMIT include:

  • Free COVID antigen tests available on all campuses
  • Enhanced ventilation on all campuses
  • Mandatory masking indoors to prevent outbreaks
  • Access to extra outdoor spaces on campus

 

We will follow public health advice at all times. While we are planning a phased large-scale return to campus, we will also have contingency plans in place in case circumstances change.

Do not attend campus if you feel unwell.

If you wish to access the Student Health Unit – there is no walk-in service, you must phone them first – phone 091 742228.  If you do not get through, leave a voicemail, you will get a call-back quickly.

How to arrange a COVID-19 test.

(i) During term times, please contact your local student health unit:

Contact details for the student health units:

  • Student Health providers: Dublin Road Campus & CCAM Campus 091 742228;    
  • Mayo Campus (Dr. Stephen Patten) 094 9021999;
  • Letterfrack Campus (Dr. Alexander Michel) 095 43465. 

 

Note, if you feel ill / need a test after hours or at weekends, call your GP.  If you do not have a GP, search by county/ town here:  Find GP Services in your area (hse.ie)  or call your local GP out of hours service. 

 

(ii) Outside of term times (e.g., over the summer holidays):

To get a Covid test arranged over the summer, you can contact your GP, or you can avail of a walk-in test centre.  This is a free service.

 

Getting tested for COVID-19 in Galway city and in Castlebar.

Note:  Locations of test centres and opening times are subject to change.

Please check here for up-to-date information before you travel to a walk-in centre:

COVID-19 walk-in test centres - HSE.ie

 

There are two walk-in centres in Galway city, and one in Castlebar.  You do not need an appointment; you can just attend these centres and request a test. 

If you have recently travelled to Ireland and after the appropriate duration of isolation, you wish to get a COVID test, then you can attend one of these walk-in centres.

  • You need to bring photo ID and provide a mobile phone number.
  • Do not arrive at a test centre before the opening time.  Tens centres can be very busy, and you may have to wait.  If you arrive near closing time and there is a queue, you may not get a test that day.

 

Galway city:

Galway airport,

Carnmore, H91 VWX2

Open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 7.30 pm

Open Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5.30 pm

 

NUI Galway

9 Distillery Road, Galway, H91 TF1P

Open Monday to Friday, 10.30 am to 5 pm

Open Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

Closed on Sunday.

Castlebar:

McHale Park, Castlebar, F23 FX34

Open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm

Open Saturday 9.30 am to 11.30 am

Sunday 10 am to 4pm

If you have Covid symptoms

Do not attend campus, but IMMEDIATELY self-isolate, and arrange a Covid test. Do not attend the student health unit – phone Student Health Unit or GP for advice (phone numbers below) and inform the Covid Officer – covidofficer@gmit.ie

If you live with someone who has symptoms

Do not attend campus, you must  IMMEDIATELY restrict your movements even if you feel well. If the person you live with has a test which is returned negative, you no longer must restrict your movements. If their test result returns positive you are deemed a close contact and must restrict your movements for 14 days from the last date of contact with that person and you must get tested and inform covidofficer@gmit.ie

What are the actions I must take to reduce COVID-19 risk when attending GMIT?

If you are identified as a close contact of a Covid-positive person

Do not attend campus, you must IMMEDIATELY  restrict your movements for 14 days from the last day of contact with that person, even if your test results come back negative (this is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to develop after contact with a confirmed case).  The HSE may arrange a test for you or you can contact Student Health Unit 091 742228 to arrange for a Covid test and inform covidofficer@gmit.ie.  GMIT can cover the cost of transport to the test centre, contact covidofficer@gmit.ie

Guidance on what to do if you become unwell when attending GMIT.

If you become unwell on campus, the procedure to follow is here.

If you had symptoms for COVID-19, but your test came back negative.

Assuming you are not identified as a close contact of a confirmed case, you can return to campus when you are symptom free for 48 hours or your GP certifies that you are medically fit to return to campus.  Note - students in the Galway International Hotel School may have other requirements before they return to campus – liaise with your Head of Department.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19

You must IMMEDIATELY self-isolate for at least 10 days.  Inform covidofficer@gmit.ie as GMIT has to review each case.  Also, you must liaise with the Covid Officer in GMIT to get permission to return to campus.  Ensure that you look after yourself and follow medical advice on treating symptoms.  Take your temperature daily as you will have to know that you are fever-free as one of the criteria for being allowed to return to campus.  If you do not have a thermometer, or need any other assistance during your period of self-isolation, contact covidofficer@gmit.ie

What is the GMIT face covering policy?

Please refer to the “GMIT Face Covering Policy

Information on the use of face coverings, and instructions on how to make your own face covering, is available on the HSE website.

What are the COVID-19 symptoms?

If you have ANY of these symptoms you need to IMMEDIATELY self-isolate and arrange a COVID test:   Fever (Temperature greater than 38o Celsius); Cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry; Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties; Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Student placement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please see here for a FAQ document regarding student placement during COVID-19.

How do I restrict my movements or self-isolate?

Important contact details

Student Health providers: Dublin Road Campus & CCAM Campus 091 742228;    Mayo Campus (Dr. Stephen Patten) 094 9021999; Letterfrack Campus (Dr. Alexander Michel) 095 43465.  If you do not have a GP, search by county/ town here or call the GP out of hours service.  Covid officer is at: covidofficer@gmit.ie or phone 091 742708 / 0852092713.

What daily forms do I need to complete when attending campus?

Before arriving on campus each day, you must complete this Daily Health Check and Attendance Form. This form will record your presence on campus and may be used to help with contact tracing. It is important that this form is completed for every day of attendance at GMIT.

Note, each day before you attend campus, review the following COVID symptoms and if  you have ANY of these symptoms you need to self-isolate and contact your GP to determine if you require a COVID test:  

  • Fever (Temperature greater than 38o Celsius).
  • Cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry.
  • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties.
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Note: you should avoid work if you feel any way unwell, particularly if you have any of these symptoms – headache of unknown cause, congestion, sinus headache, constant throat clearing, skin sensitivity, a general feeling of tiredness.

DO NOT ATTEND CAMPUS IF YOU FEEL ANY WAY UNWELL   If you wish to access the Student Health Unit – there is no walk-in service, you must phone them first – phone 091 742228.  If you do not get through, leave a voicemail and you will receive a call back quickly.   

 

If you have Covid symptoms – do not attend campus, but self-isolate, and arrange a Covid test.  Do not attend the student health unit – phone Student Health Unit (091 742228) or your GP for advice  and inform the Covid Officer – covidofficer@gmit.ie

If you live with someone who has symptoms – do not attend campus, you must restrict your movements even if you feel well.                                                                                                                                                                           

Daily Personal Contact Log: If you have established any ‘close contacts’ during the day in GMIT, then, before you leave, you must complete this Daily Personal Contact Log. Note: a close contact is someone you have spent more than 15 minutes of close contact with, within 2 metres (indoor or outdoor) whether wearing a face covering or not; OR someone you have spent more than 2 hours with, in an indoor setting, whether wearing a face covering or not.  There is no need to complete the online personal contact log for timetabled classes.

             

How do I stop the spread of virus?

  • Maintain a 2-metre distance from others at all times
  • Wear a Mask at all times; 
  • Sanitize your hands frequently and sanitize your lab/desk space before and after use
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze; 
  • Keep your social contacts to a very, very small group. 
  • If you have Covid symptoms, IMMEDIATELY self-isolate (stay in your room)
  • If you live with someone who has Covid symptoms IMMEDIATELY restrict your movements (stay in your house), even if you feel well
  • If you are a close contact of someone IMMEDIATELY restrict your movements (stay in your house), even if you feel well.
  • If you are diagnosed with Covid, continue to self-isolate (stay in your room) for at least 10 days.
  • Note that you cannot visit other households and you cannot have visitors to your house or garden.

GMIT Public Health Measures for Duration of COVID-19 Pandemic (part of the Student Code of Conduct)

Please read this document with regard to the public health measures that must be adhered to during the pandemic. This document can be found here.

GMIT Return to Campus Following a Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis

This policy can be found here.

What is the GMIT policy on international travel?

Please find attached the “GMIT policy on international travel for students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic”.   

As you know, the advice from the Irish Government is to avoid all non-essential travel.

If you do decide to travel outside of Ireland:

  • You must inform the GMIT Covid Officer (covidofficer@gmit.ie).  This is required as part of our control of the COVID-19 situation on campus and as part of our obligations as a public sector institution.
  • Upon return to Ireland, you will be required to restrict your movements for 14 days and you will not be able to attend campus until this period of restricted movements is complete. 
  • In certain situations, it may be possible to reduce your period of self-restriction after returning to Ireland, details on this are outlined in the policy attached.

What are the procedures for field trips during COVID-19?

Please refer to the policy “Field trips protocol during the COVID pandemic” 

Timetable and Academic Calendar

Check timetable.gmit.ie for your timetable. 

Download the GMIT Academic Calendar 2020/21 (PDF 98KB).

Learning online: Computers/laptops, broadband and guide to learning online

As lecturing will be predominantly online next year, you will need the use of a computer and internet connectivity. 

 

Computer specification

You will need a good computer/laptop in order to receive online lectures and tutorials, to upload assignments, engage in student forums, complete quizzes etc. 

A second screen can easily be connected to your computer or laptop and will assist you in working and learning online.

You can choose any brand of PC or laptop. 

Good value can be found locally, and there are also discounts offered on various devices at https://store.heanet.ie/offer/all

Note: some Schools may have a more detailed specification for the device they wish their students to use. If so, you will hear from your School shortly on this.

 

Student Laptop Loan Scheme

For further information please click here.

 

Finance

Some credit unions and banks may offer special credit rates for the purchase of this equipment.

If required, you should check with your local credit union or bank. 

If we receive details on any financial deals with regard to the purchase of student computers, we will post such information on the student portal.

 

Broadband

You will need a good broadband connection. 

You should see what speeds are available from the broadband suppliers in your area. 

If broadband is not available in your area, you should review what data services are available from the various mobile phone companies and identify the service with the best capacity.

 

Guide to learning online

Download a handy guide to learning online for GMIT students (PDF, 166KB).

 

How can I keep personal data safe when working/studying remotely?

Read this guidance from the Data Protection Commission on how to protect personal data when working remotely.

Erasmus exchange update

GMIT is committed to supporting Erasmus+ mobilities and exchanges for incoming and outgoing staff and students.

In May 2020, we confirmed we will welcome Erasmus students and staff from across Europe in 2020-2021 and would encourage applicants to plan their mobility (physical) from January 2021 onwards.

For outgoing staff and students from GMIT we note the government's current position advising against all non-essential travel and request you make plans for your exchanges from January 2021.

All updates are reached after carefully considering the many health and safety protocols in place which continue to protect the GMIT community.

Please continue to check our Erasmus+ page for updates. 

Thank you and #staysafe

(1 July, 2020)

Exams & Assessments, Registration, Fees, Grants

Exams and assessments

By now your lecturers have been in touch with you regarding outstanding assessments and exams.

If you have any queries or concerns please email your lecturer and/or your Head of Department. 

Check our FAQs on exams and assessments, and a number of useful resources (Sharepoint link, so you may need to sign in).

 

Registration

Staff will not be on campus to stamp forms or provide letters on a daily basis.

If you need a college stamp, please email studentreg@gmit.ie.

If you want to submit a "Withdrawal" or "Interrupted Study" form, please scan and email it to studentreg@gmit.ie.

We will respond to your queries as soon as possible.

 

Fees

Email studentfees@gmit.ie for fee liability queries or feecollection@gmit.ie for queries on installment plans.

 

Grants

You will continue to receive your maintenance grants as normal while we are closed. The duration and value of the grant will not change.

If you are on a SUSI grant and subsequently withdraw from college with a withdrawal date during the closure, you may receive a SUSI payment in error. In this case, you may be contacted to repay the money.

Email studentgrants@gmit.ie with queries.

Student Services

Access & Disability Service

Our educational support staff are working remotely to continue supporting students registered with the Access and Disability service by:

  • note-taking for online lectures
  • providing students with material in alternative formats
  • assisting with access to course material
  • If you have not already done so, please contact your support staff member to arrange potential remote support.

You can contact your lecturer to add your support staff’s GMIT email address to the online lecture.

Email accessoffice@gmit.ie with any queries.

 

Student Health Unit

The Student Health Unit is now operating as a restricted area on an appointment only basis. Students are welcome and regular services are provided but appointments must be made by phone in advance.  To make an appointment please ring the Health Unit on 091 742228 or 091 742440.

If a student has COVID symptoms – they should immediately self-isolate and arrange a Covid test. Do not attend the student health unit – phone the Student Health Unit 091 742228/ 091 742440 or their GP for advice and inform the Covid Officer – covidofficer@gmit.ie

Our other campus healthcare provider contact details are as follows:

Mountbellew: as above

Mayo students: 094 9021999

Letterfrack students: 095 43465

Please keep up to date with the guidelines issued by the HSE.

 

Counselling Service

Our Counsellors are operating as usual offering online and phone sessions.

If you wish to make an appointment with our counselling service please email counselling@gmit.ie.

If it is an emergency please contact your local GP.

Check these guidelines for reducing anxiety relating to Covid-19

Find a list of useful helpline numbers, apps and online cognitive behavioural therapy website here.

 

 

I am anxious about my mental health what can I do?

The outbreak of Coronavirus in Ireland is unprecedented.

The advice is to self-isolate and to socially distance ourselves from each other.

This may result in high anxiety and stress for a lot of you.

We have put together a list of websites that give you advice on how to reduce your anxiety.

 

 

Chaplain

The Chaplain from our Mayo campus is available to support students. Please contact him at 086 8492552 or email chaplaincbar@gmit.ie

The Chaplain for the Galway campus is also available to support students. Please email him at chaplain@gmit.ie

 

GMIT Libraries

All GMIT library sites are operating an online service for all users.

If you have any queries about library services, please email library@gmit.ie

GMIT staff can also send through queries regarding books or other documents, if required urgently, to library@gmit.ie

We are continuously updating our social media, if you need any help or advice our libraries are here for you remotely, see links below.

Facebook
Instagram
DM us on Twitter
Email us at library@gmit.ie
Use our LibGuides online

 

GMIT Careers Service​

If you need any help with CV's, interviews or advice, our Careers Service is available remotely.

Just email careers@gmit.ie

I am in financial difficulty. What supports are available for me?

If you have lost your job (full-time or part-time) or are working reduced hours, you may be entitled to a social welfare payment called COVID-19 Pandemic Payment.

This was designed to get a social welfare payment to unemployed people quickly.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • between 18 and 66 years old
  • a non-EU/EEA student over 18 who has lost employment due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic

 

Paid Placement

If you were due to go on a paid placement which has been cancelled or postponed, we recommend that you apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Payment, detailing your situation.

A decision will be made based on the information you supply.

For more information, and to apply, visit gov.ie.

 

Students in rented accommodation (excluding digs)

The government is also introducing new legislation to help people who are renting.

If you are having difficulty paying your rent, you should contact your landlord as quickly as possible.

You can also contact the RTB (Residential Tenancies Board) for further advice.

 

Problem paying your next Fee instalment?

If you have any concerns about making your fee instalment payments, please contact feecollection@gmit.ie.

We will work with you on an individual basis to agree new plans and alternative arrangements. 

 

SAF (Student Assistance Fund) 

The 20/21 Student Assistance Fund is open for applications from registered students.

SAF is a fund supporting disadvantaged full-time and part-time students who qualify for it on the basis of Household Income.

The application is online and all supporting documentation must be uploaded to a link students will receive on completion of the application form.
The link to apply is available on the student hub.

The process between application/supply of documentation and receipt of any payment students may be assessed as eligible for is usually approx. 4 weeks.

Students receive a base allocation divided between two semesters. Students with non-financial exceptional circumstances may be considered for additional funding

Other Frequently Asked Questions:

Please see here for a comprehensive list of FAQs related to studying in GMIT during COVID-19.

Further information:

Read the GMIT COVID-19 Response Plan (PDF, 940KB)