Email | COVID-19 update – Options if you’re unsure about Semester 1 courses

Kia ora koutou,

We hope your last week of Term 2 is going well and you’re getting stuck into study to prepare for your exams. If you’ve got any questions about doing your exams online, take a look at the FAQs on the UC website. Also keep an eye out for tips on getting through exams in the Insider’s Guide blog and newsletter. UCSA Finance & Engagement Officer Jack Whittam talked to Julie Mackey, Dean (AVCA) recently about some helpful tips and tricks, watch here>

Below is some information about your options for Semester 1 courses, as well as how UC will transition back to business as usual.

Options if you’re unsure about Semester 1 courses
We understand the challenging circumstances students have faced this Semester. To help ease the pressure as you complete your final assignments and study for your tests and exams, UC has made the decision to remove D and E grades for Semester 1 courses. Instead an F (Fail) grade will be awarded to any students who do not pass, this aligns with approaches other Aotearoa New Zealand universities are taking. The advantage of doing this is F grades are not included in GPA calculations and so will not lower your GPA. This only applies to grades yet to be awarded.

If in doubt, we encourage you to give the final assessments your best shot.

Further information about grades during Semester 1 in light of COVID-19 is available here>

Location tracking and QR codes
If you’re back on campus make sure you continue to scan your Canterbury Card or QR codes with your phone when entering buildings and spaces. Location tracking is required by the Government so data can be used for contact tracing if necessary.

Central Library open on Queen’s Birthday
The Central Library in Puaka-James Hight will be open on Queen’s Birthday, Monday 1 June from 10am to 6pm. In the library we do need you to swipe your Canterbury Card on entry and exit, as we need to count numbers into the building to ensure we can manage physical spacing – please also scan the QR codes when entering certain spaces within the building. (Note UC RecCentre will be closed on Queen’s Birthday, and Café 101 and Reboot are closed this Friday 29 May and Queen’s Birthday).

Opening times for the next two weeks are available online here>

Students at higher risk of severe illness – registration form Semester 2
A registration form is available now for students studying at UC in Semester 2 who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or living with people at higher risk. Completing this form will help us to plan for Semester 2 and ensure your individual needs are met. The form is online here.

Cleaning and hygiene on campus
UC’s cleaning services team have been working hard to ensure campus is safe and clean. High-touch areas are being sanitised with Germshield which is a long acting cleaner. It is not necessary to re-clean surfaces that have been treated with Germshield. For more information check out the Cleaning Schedule here>

Make sure you continue physical distancing and hygiene practices:

  • Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands! With soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds). Hand sanitiser can be used but it only works if the hands are already free from dirt and grime. You’ll find plenty of hand sanitiser on campus – view the location map here>
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with tissues.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • When on campus aim to maintain physical distancing greater than 1 metre apart.
  • If you’re feeling unwell, play it safe and stay at home.

Transitioning back to business as usual
This will be the last email from the Incident Management Team (IMT) that was put in place to keep us all safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The key work streams of location tracking and cleaning will continue to remain in place, as your safety continues to be our priority. However, from here the University will go back to management in our business as usual manner, with your course coordinators and student support being your key contacts.

We will provide important information to you about how the campus will run in Semester 2 once we have clarity about the next Alert Level (not expected until June 22). Keep an eye out for future updates via your student email, UCGO, and the Insider’s Guide blog and fortnightly newsletter.

The email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz will be available for COVID-19 specific matters, however we expect that will wind down in the coming months.

Importantly, if there is an incident the IMT has plans in place to stand back up immediately to support the UC Community.

All the best for your final assignments and exams.

Ngā mihi,

Rīpeka Tamanui-Hurunui
Incident Controller

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