Covid-19 update: 23 September 2021

The University of Canterbury is currently operating under Covid Alert Level 2.

We’re pleased to update you on the following information, which has been confirmed since our email on Monday, and Auckland’s move to Covid Alert Level 3 on Wednesday 22 September.

Vaccination clinic:
A pop-up Covid vaccination clinic will run in Haere-roa from 11am-5pm on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 October.

There’s no need to book, just drop in with your friends, flatmates or whānau and the team will take care of you. Please wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing.

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, click here>

Following Auckland’s move to Covid Alert Level 3, and the finalisation of the Health Order, Cabinet have confirmed that updated rules for cross-boundary travel will prevent anyone from travelling into, out of or through an Alert Level 3 area.

Unfortunately, this means University of Canterbury students currently based in Auckland will be unable to return to Ōtautahi Christchurch, and the UC campus, at this time.

While there is precedent for permitted movement to attend an education entity, ‘the education entity must be within the same or adjacent region within the Alert Level 3 area’, which excludes travel to Ōtautahi Christchurch. For more on regional travel at Alert Level 3, click here>

We encourage any Auckland-based students to join the new, private UCSA Facebook group, 09 Lockdown Lowdown, so they can chat and stay connected. The student exec are online also. The vibe in the group is relaxed and it is a space where students can share anything from a study tip or challenge to a recipe and more. Join 09 Lockdown Lowdown here>

End of year exams:
All University of Canterbury examinations will be available online.

For some courses, face-to-face examinations have been approved and, in these cases, you will be expected to attend in-person, unless you’re affected by circumstances that prevent you from coming onto campus, such as travel restrictions or health issues. If this is the case, then an online exam will be available for you. 

Confirmation of courses with face-to-face exams will be sent to you by 1 October. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

Support for students
If Covid-19 has affected your studies, you can apply for Special Consideration here.

Remember, there are a number of support services available to all students if you’re not feeling at your best right now:

For more on the University of Canterbury’s Covid-19 approach, click here>

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