Special Consideration as a result of the Mosque attacks

We know the events of 15 March have had a deep impact on many people and UC is committed to supporting your academic journey. If you need to apply for Special Consideration as a result of the Mosque attacks please click the following link. The University will offer students the option of applying for Special Consideration on Compassionate Grounds between 25 March and 1 July 2019.    

All tests and exams were cancelled 16 March – 24 March 2019 inclusive. It is not necessary to apply for Special Consideration for a cancelled test or assignment during this period. The Course Coordinator/Academic Administrator will determine an appropriate academic remedy and this will be communicated to you.

We encourage you to sit your assessment items to ensure the University has enough information on which to base your final grade.

If you feel that you are unable to continue your studies please visit the Enrolments team in the Student Services Centre, Level 1 Matariki to discuss withdrawing from your course. The last day to withdraw (no refund) in Semester 1 is 10 May 2019. After this date you will need to apply for a withdrawal through the existing Special Consideration for a Late Discontinuation process.

Special Consideration for circumstances not related to the Mosque attacks will be assessed through the usual special consideration process at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/special-consideration/how-to-apply/.

Master’s theses students that have been impacted should contact their College Dean or Postgraduate Coordinator. PhD candidates should contact their Supervisor/Postgraduate Coordinator/Dean of Postgraduate Research for advice.

The University is an inclusive, supportive environment for all students and we encourage any students requiring support to go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/health for further information.

Measles update

The number of confirmed measles cases in Canterbury has now reached 30.

Measles is a serious and highly infectious illness that spreads easily from person to person through the air, and can be caught simply by being in the same room as someone with measles.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms are usually a fever, cough, runny nose, sore and watery eyes, and sometimes small white spots in the mouth. Over the next few days a blotchy rash appears, starting on the face and behind the ears, and moving down the body.

If you develop any of these symptoms stay at home and phone the UC Health Centre if you are enrolled there or your General Practitioner (GP) for advice as soon as possible.   


  • If you have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR – Mumps, Measles and Rubella), have had the measles before, or were born before 1969 you are unlikely to develop the measles.
  • Those born between 1969 and 1990 are considered to have a good level of protection. This group were offered one measles vaccine and evidence suggests that one dose of MMR protects 95% of people from developing measles.
  • If you’re not sure if you’ve been immunised for measles, contact your health service provider – they can check your vaccination history.

Priority group for vaccination
To ensure vaccines are being provided to those in greatest need, a vaccination programme is being rolled out by general practices which prioritises those who need it most.  

The immediate priority is those aged 12 months to 28 years who have never been immunised. As more vaccine becomes available the MMR vaccine will be made available to other priority groups.

If you are enrolled at the UC Health Centre, meet the criteria for vaccination and have not yet been contacted, please call the UC Health Centre to book in for your MMR vaccine. Otherwise please contact your General Practitioner (GP).

Free bus service to the Christchurch vigil

The Christchurch Vigil, Remember Those Who Lost Their Lives, is being hosted in Hagley Park on Sunday 24 March, 5pm – 7pm.

UCSA President Sam Brosnahan will be speaking at the event.

UC, SVA and UCSA are working together to provide a free bus service to get UC students to and from the Vigil*. Register here to book your seat.

Buses will leave from the Foundry car park and there are four departure times. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time to grab a wristband and hop on the bus.

Departure times

  • 3.15pm
  • 3.30pm
  • 3.45pm
  • 3.55pm

Buses will leave the Vigil at 7.30pm and return students to the Foundry car park.

*Christchurch City Council are expecting in crowds in excess of 100,000 people to attend the vigil, and recommend bus transportation as parking cannot be guaranteed.

Please take a moment to reserve your seat today

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