Covid-19 | Alert Level 4 update – online learning starts 23 Aug

Kia ora koutou,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement at 3pm today, Aotearoa New Zealand will remain at Covid-19 Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm Tuesday 24 August.

You can keep yourself up-to-date with the latest Government information on Alert Level 4 here, and by watching the daily Government briefings.

All classes and assessments will be delivered online from Monday 23 August for the whole week, see below for further information.

Remember to check in with your friends and whānau over the weekend, either online or give them a call. It’s important to support each other and look after your own wellbeing as well. 

Access to campus and services
The University of Canterbury campus will remain closed until further notice.
Student accommodation and campus essential services, including the Health Centre, pharmacy and security are continuing to operate.

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.

Teaching and assessments – online from Monday 23 August

  • From Monday 23 August all teaching including lectures, tutorials, labs, workshops, assessments, tests etc will be delivered online only for the whole week. Check your course AKO | LEARN site for more details.
  • Postgraduate research students should check with their supervisory team on how to proceed with their research.
  • UC Library access will also remain online.
  • Students on placements, work integrated learning and practicums cannot participate face-to-face unless they are part of an essential service. In that case they should follow the protocols of the organisation they are placed with. If in doubt, contact your course coordinator.
  • Students registered with Equity and Disability Service will receive an email about test arrangements for the coming week.

Internet and devices for online learning

  • If you don’t have access to a device suitable for online study in your bubble, or you don’t have an internet connection (or one that’s reliable enough), please email with your full name, date of birth, student ID number, current physical address, contact phone number, and an outline of your situation.
  • Someone from UC will reach out to you on the phone number you’ve provided.

Text message scam alert

  • We’ve been alerted to a scam that is circulating via text message telling students they have tested positive for Covid-19.
  • The text purports to be sent from the student health centre at Lincoln University. If you receive this message, please delete it immediately.
  • Positive Covid-19 test results would be communicated directly by the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) only.

Mandatory mask wearing
A reminder it is now mandatory to wear masks in the following places:

  • Supermarkets, GP clinics, pharmacies, and other essential services.
  • Public transport, including in public transport transit buildings and taxis.

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

Support services
There are a number of support services available:

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

We have done this before, and we will get through this together. I encourage you to take some time for yourselves this weekend and do something you enjoy.

Kia kaha,

Iain MacPherson
Incident Controller

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