Coronavirus information

UC is closely monitoring the situation regarding the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China.

We are taking advice from Education NZ and the Ministry of Health, as well other government agencies in New Zealand and globally that are leading the response. There is no reason for panic and the likelihood of infection in New Zealand is still low, however we need to remain alert and well prepared.

UC is taking a precautionary approach and has contingency plans in place and is ready if the situation changes. 

Symptoms
Coronavirus is characterised by fever, coughing and difficulty in breathing.  If you have these symptoms AND you have recently arrived from China, or other countries affected by coronavirus, in the last month, you must contact the UC Health Centre by phone on +64 3 369 4444 (do not visit in person).

For after hours assistance call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

What should I do to protect myself?
The World Health Organisation recommends:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

Frequently asked questions and answers 
These will be available on UC’s website soon at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/news/2020/coronavirus-update.html 

Keep checking this web page for more information as it comes to hand. 

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How to renew your RecCentre membership for 2020

We’ve got great news for returning UC students!   We’ve got some bots working overtime to process your 2020 membership, so you can just keep on keeping on!

Phew!  We’ve managed to get rid of two pesky lines for returning students.  As long as you pay your student levy before Feb 28, 2020, your membership will just roll over and your card will keep on working.  Your terms and conditions of use will not change from the original ones you signed.  That’s right, just pay your fees and do nothing else. Easy.

If you haven’t already, download our Rec&Sport app for up-to-date schedules, fitness programmes and more.

No longer a student? 
No problem! Your membership expires on 1 March, 2020. This means you can keep using it up to and including the 1 March.  After that, you can opt to join the RecCentre as an alumni (if you graduated), or as a community member (if you didn’t graduate).   We’ve got you covered, keep an eye on our Facebook page and your inbox for our alumni special in late Feb/early March.

If you don’t wish to renew your membership, please email us on reccentre@canterbury.ac.nz.  Please note that you are not entitled to a refund on your student levy, we will just remove you from our database.    We recommend remaining enrolled, because well, it’s already paid for, and FOMO.

 

Bicycle thefts on campus

The UC community is currently experiencing a large number of bicycle thefts. The Security team are working with Police to identify and apprehend the offenders.

If you see any suspicious activity around any of the bicycle stands on campus please contact UC Security on 6111 or 0800 823 637 immediately.

If you are parking your bicycle on campus, we suggest that you use the secure bicycle sheds. These are located at Creyke Road, behind C-Block lecture theatre and next to the Meremere (law) building.

Most importantly UC Security suggest that you use a good quality D-Lock to secure your bicycle. These have proven to be a great deterrent to thieves as all the reported thefts to date have been of bicycles secured using wire rope or chain locks.