5 Feb 2020

CUHK Announces Arrangements for Students’ Return to Campus and for Staff to Work from Home

5 Feb 2020

To reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) strongly urges that all students should stay at home and should not return to campus. The special work-from-home arrangement for CUHK staff will be extended to 16 February. 

(1) All students should not return to the campus
As the epidemic continues to spread in Hong Kong and may cause unobservable infection, in order to protect students’ health and reduce the risk of infection through sharing of facilities, the University strongly urges that all students (including local and non-local undergraduates and graduate students) should stay at home and should not return to campus or hostels. The University will closely monitor the development of the epidemic and resume on campus teaching once the circumstances allow. 

(2) Isolation arrangements for students who have travelled to the Mainland
For students currently residing in campus hostels, the University advises them to return home if feasible. For those students who have travelled to the Mainland within the past 14 days, they must observe the required self-isolation measures. All Colleges will make self-isolation arrangements for their students, who should check with their respective College or hostel for details. Any reportable cases will be reported by the University to the Centre for Health Protection. 

(3) Work-from-home arrangement for University staff
Except for those being called upon by the Heads of Departments/Units to provide essential services and where circumstances permit, University staff are not required to return to the office or relevant work sites but to continue to work from home until 16 February.

For staff who are required to return to offices, they should follow the advice from the Committee on Health Promotion and Protection for health declaration and self-medical surveillance.

The University will avoid assigning staff who have been to mainland China within the past 14 days to return to the office or relevant work sites to provide essential service. They are strongly advised to follow the Department of Health’s advice to stay home for 14 days upon their return, as far as practicable.

(4) Frequently asked questions (FAQ) 
The University has added a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section to the website to address questions from students and staff on protective measures against the novel coronavirus infection. Please visit: