Covid-19 | Moving to Covid Alert Level 4

Kia ora koutou,

This evening the Prime Minister confirmed Aotearoa New Zealand will move to Covid-19 Alert Level 4 from 11.59pm, Tuesday 17 August.

You can keep yourself up-to-date with the latest Government information on Alert Level 4 here.

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister the Vice-Chancellor has activated the Incident Management Team and the Vice-Chancellor and Incident Controllers are the decision-making authority.

Access to campus and services
The University of Canterbury campus will be closed from 11.59pm, Tuesday 17 August. Student accommodation and campus essential services, including the Health Centre, pharmacy and security will continue to operate.

Teaching and learning

  • All classes, tests and assignments have been cancelled for the remainder of this week from 18 to 20 August.
  • Over the coming days, course coordinators will provide you with more information on rescheduling or modifying assessment schedules so please check your AKO | LEARN site.
  • Students on placements, work integrated learning and practicums need to follow the protocols of the organisation they are placed with.  If in doubt, contact your course coordinator.

Student accommodation
The Accommodation team is working closely with halls of residence to ensure appropriate measures are in place. Check with your individual hall for details.

Health and wellbeing
Look after yourself and others in these uncertain and unique times. Check out the online wellbeing hub where there’s a wealth of handy information covering anxiety and stress and mind and body, for both staff and students.

Support services
There are a number of support services available:

Please call to make a booking at the Health Centre as they are unable to accept walk-ins while we are under Alert Level 4.

People at Higher Risk
People with underlying health conditions are most at risk of Covid-19 becoming a severe illness. The University will work closely with these students to ensure their individual needs are met.

If you or someone you know have symptoms of cold or flu call Healthline on 0800 611 116 and get advice about being tested. Taking this action is in the best interests of us all.

If you have any questions, visit the University of Canterbury’s Covid information page, or email

We have done this before, and we will get through this together.

We will be back in touch tomorrow.

Kia kaha,

Iain MacPherson
Incident Controller 

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