As part of the University’s commitment to improving the employee and student experience, and to inform the University’s return to campus planning, we are conducting a survey to understand community views on COVID-19 vaccinations. The survey is voluntary and anonymous.
We are considering whether vaccination will be a condition of entry to some facilities due to activities where there may be a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and/or of transmitting COVID-19 to vulnerable persons. In addition, there are some areas and activities where vaccination may be required due to government and industry requirements.
If we decide to pursue this option for specific roles or facilities, the survey will inform our decisions and help us understand student and staff sentiment.
All students and continuing, fixed-term and casual staff will be invited to participate in the survey.
The survey is confidential and anonymous with only group averages being reported back to the University from the Survey administrators DBM. DBM administer the Student Voice Survey, Staff Pulse Survey and Community Pulse surveys for the University and will administer the Vaccination Survey.
Staff and students will be invited to complete the survey from Monday 11 October.
We recognise that some staff and students may be medically exempt from COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
Based on the guidelines in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, Charles Sturt Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this research.
The survey Protocol number is H21419.
Frequently asked questions
What does this study involve? chevron_right
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to answer a brief online survey. Fields are not mandatory and you can progress in the survey without answering all questions. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Why am I being asked to complete the survey? chevron_right
The survey is supported by the Vice-Chancellor and the Critical Incident Management Team, who want to provide staff and students an opportunity to inform the University’s planning to return to campus and our normal schedule of teaching and research activities.
Are my answers confidential? chevron_right
Yes, Charles Sturt does not have access to your individual survey response. All answers will be aggregated and provided in a group summary.
How is this study being paid for? chevron_right
This survey has been commissioned by Charles Sturt University
Will taking part in this survey cost me anything, and will I be paid? chevron_right
Taking part in the survey will not cost you anything and participants will not be paid for completing the survey.
What if I don't want to take part in this survey? chevron_right
Participation in this survey is entirely your choice. Whether or not you decide to participate, is your decision and will not disadvantage you. By commencing the survey, you are giving your consent to participate.
What if I participate and want to withdraw later? chevron_right
If you start the survey and decide to withdraw your consent, you can do so by not selecting the submit button at the end of the survey, in which case your responses will not be captured. Once you submit your responses, you cannot withdraw consent as anonymously collected data cannot be withdrawn.
How will my confidentiality be protected? chevron_right
The survey is confidential and anonymous with only group averages being reported back to the University from the Survey administrators DBM.
The questionnaire is anonymous and it will not be possible to identify you from your answers.
Data will be retained by DBM/LSR for 6 months after the results are provided to the University.
What will happen to the information that I give you? chevron_right
Information provided will help inform the University’s planning to return to campus and our normal schedule of teaching and research activities. The survey is voluntary and anonymous.
What should I do if I want to discuss this study further before I decide? chevron_right
Who should I contact if I have concerns about the conduct of this study? chevron_right
Charles Sturt University’s Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project, you may contact the Committee through the Ethics and Compliance Unit via the following contact details:
The Presiding Officer
Human Research Ethics Committee
Ethics and Compliance Unit
Locked Bag 588
Wagga Wagga NSW 2678
Phone: (02) 6933 4213
Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.