What Alert Level 3 will look like at UC

Kia ora koutou,

Yesterday the Prime Minister confirmed that Aotearoa New Zealand, except Auckland and Northland, will move to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm tonight.

The keyword for us to remember while at this level is restrict. This means wear a face mask, scan wherever you go, keep a safe distance, and stay within your bubble. Read more here.

It’s been a while since we were at Alert Level 3 here in Ōtautahi Christchurch, so here’s everything you need to know about how UC will operate.

Access to campus

In line with Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) guidelines, the University’s Incident Management Team (IMT) have developed a process that will ensure safe access to campus for limited teaching and some research, as and where required, under Alert Level 3.

This process follows the message of, “Level 3 does not mean freedom, it means caution”, and so access to campus under Alert Level 3 will be strictly managed with Covid restrictions enforced.

  • Very limited teaching and research can occur on campus or in the field while we are at Alert Level 3. 
  • If a programme that you are part of is approved, the appropriate staff member will be in touch to advise you of the requirements and next steps.

In addition, postgraduate students are able to come onto campus to pick up essential work items. They will need to report to the Security Office, 114 Ilam Road to sign in.

To pick up work items you will need to:

  • wear a mask
  • observe physical distancing
  • have your Canterbury Card, so your postgraduate status can be confirmed
  • have a mobile phone on your person and provide your number to the Security team
  • be prepared to wait for access (it could take time as numbers are strictly limited onsite)
  • Once you’ve signed in, you will be escorted to your office to collect your required materials
  • You will need to report back to the Security Office to sign out, then leave campus immediately.

Access to campus to pick up items will be every day (including Saturday and Sunday) during daylight hours only from 8am – last departure from the Security Office at 5.30pm.

Restrictions at the Health Centre still apply while at Alert Level 3 – please call to make a booking as they unable to accept walk-ins.

Bubble management on campus

All teaching and other activities will be done remotely, where possible. However, if a class, workshop or lab that cannot be delivered online is granted permission to be held on campus, the number of people involved will be limited to 10 people or less.

Each of these groups is considered a separate “bubble” and must not interact with any other student or staff bubble.

Each bubble of 10 or less will be strictly managed to ensure appropriate infection control measures, such as physical distancing of 1 metre, and face mask wearing, are being met. If this applies to you, your lecturer will be in touch and will provide you with all the information you need to know.

Study spaces

There will be limited study spaces on campus for students who cannot do so from home and strict protocols will need to be followed. If you require this service or need more information, email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

Face coverings

Staff and students should bring face coverings with them, and wear them at all times while on campus. Face coverings should be worn when accessing services like UC Security, UC Health and in situations where physical distancing may be difficult.

Remember, there are a number of support services available:

If you need any support, you can reach out to any one of the services or contacts listed above.

Booking vaccinations

If you’re eligible to book your vaccine and haven’t already, visit www.BookMyVaccine.nz. To check when you are eligible to book, click here.
For information on the Covid-19 vaccination, follow this link.

If you have any questions about the University’s Covid-19 response, visit the University of Canterbury’s Covid information page, or email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

Two weeks ago, none of us expected to approach the mid-semester break in a lockdown, and it’s okay to not be at your best as a result. What is important is that you look after yourself and those around you.

Remember to check in with your friends and whānau with a quick message or call. Take some time to get fresh air, prioritise rest, and go easy on yourself – we’ve got this

Kia kaha,

Leanne Keenan
Incident Controller 

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