Covid-19 Alert Level 2 – Term 4 starts Monday

Kia ora koutou,

Aotearoa New Zealand is currently at Covid Alert Level 2, except for Auckland which is currently at Alert Level 4. The Government will review the Alert Levels on Monday 13 September, with any decisions announced on Monday afternoon.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you back on campus for Term 4 next week – teaching and learning will be both online and in person from Monday.

Those of you who were at UC last year will know from previous experience that campus will feel a little bit different. Please be kind and patient with each other as we get used to the new restrictions and requirements outlined below.

Teaching and learning:  

Latest Course Information  
Check AKO |LEARN for specific course updates and the latest detailed information.

Lectures will continue online and will also be held in person from Monday 13 September (check LEARN for details on your specific course). A maximum of 100 people will be allowed in teaching and learning spaces with 1 metre physical distancing.

Students are encouraged to attend lectures online to reduce demand for seats in lecture theatres. Staff and students that do attend in person will be expected to wear a face covering for the duration of the lecture, and students are expected to keep a seat between themselves and the next person to allow for physical distancing.

Labs, tutorials, specialist classes and study spaces
These may continue with physical distancing. Where 1 metre of physical distancing cannot be maintained, face coverings are required. Students and staff are expected to bring their own face covering but if they have forgotten, they can get a mask from the Security Office. Masks can also be bought at the pharmacy and University Bookshop.

Tests and Exams
Under Alert Level 2, a limited number of tests and exams may go ahead in person with physical distancing. Most tests and exams will be online. Check AKO | LEARN of your course for details.

Campus Attendance
Students who are unable to come to campus as a result of travel restrictions or due to health concerns will be accommodated via online learning and online versions of any assessment. Students are required to notify their course coordinators as soon as possible if they are unable to come back to campus.

Conducting research
All research and related activities are allowed, provided public health control measures for Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) are in place. At UC, research groups can return to campus if there is an approved Alert Level 2 Health and Safety plan.

Noho marae
Overnight noho marae will not be permitted at Alert Level 2, due to the increased risk of transmission of Covid-19.

Field trips
Day field trips can go ahead if they can adhere to Alert Level 2 safety protocols. Overnight field trips will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students should check with their course coordinator for specific details on any planned field trips.

Moving around campus:

Please carry your Canterbury Card with you on campus. You may need it to scan into some spaces.

QR codes
It is a government requirement that you scan the QR codes as you move about campus. It is important that you scan the unique building QR code at the main entrance to each building every time you enter (this includes access via link buildings/walkways), and also scan the unique floor level QR code for each separate floor/level that you access within a building, including via stairs, lifts or other walkways. If you’re in doubt, scan the QR code.  

Face coverings

Physical distancing

You might see limits on the number of people in some spaces around campus to allow everyone to move around safely and physically distance.

More information
The UC Covid information page is regularly updated and has a wealth of information. If you have any questions or concerns about your return to campus, please email

The Incident Management Team (IMT) will step down at the start of Monday 13 September. We hope you’ve had a chance to recharge over the break and wish you all the best for your studies in Term 4.

Ngā mihi,

Iain MacPherson
Incident Controller 

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