Email | Looking forward to seeing you – what you need to know for Term 4

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you are enjoying your mid-semester break whether catching up on study, enjoying time with your friends and family or simply relaxing.

As the recent outbreak in Auckland has shown, we will be living with and needing to manage COVID for some time. This is a challenging time for us all and moving between alert levels can be confusing.

Our focus is on minimising risks to you, our staff and UC whānau, while continuing to provide great learning opportunities online and on campus.

How to prepare for Term 4 in case we are still at Alert Level 2:

  • Lectures will be offered both on-campus (with physical distancing) and online (live or recorded) for the remainder of the year (unless we revert to Alert Level 3 or 4, in which case lectures will only be online). On-campus lectures will run for most courses and you should check Learn and MyTimetable for any updates. Room capacities will be limited to ensure physical distancing. Stickers will be used to indicate where to sit, if there isn’t a seat for you, you will not be able to stay in the lecture theatre and will need to watch the lecture online.
  • If you attend lectures or other classes including labs, tutorials, workshops in person you are expected to wear a face covering. This helps stop droplets spreading when you speak, laugh, cough or sneeze.
  • Information on how to make a DIY face covering can be found here>
  • Face coverings do not need to be worn by people with a disability or physical or mental health condition which makes it difficult to wear a face covering.
  • You will need to scan the NZ COVID Tracer app as you move around campus. Download the NZ COVID Tracer app now. There will be many QR codes inside lecture theatres and other spaces so that you will not need to crowd around the entrance ways but can maintain physical distancing as you enter venues, and still scan the codes once inside.
  • You will see signage around campus reminding us that ‘COVID loves crowds’, please be mindful of maintaining physical distancing, following signage and if you are sick, please don’t come to campus.
  • See information on what UC is doing to manage COVID-19
  • Further information regarding the Examination Timetable will be released shortly.

You will be updated on any changes as a result of any Government announcements in the Insider’s Guide | Tūpono newsletter on Sunday 6 September (evening) and what this will mean for teaching and learning in Term 4.

If you have any questions or concerns please email

Ngā mihi nui,

Professor Catherine Moran
Tumu Tuarua Akoranga | Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

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