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On Campus in Term 4 – COVID-19 Alert Level 2 extended

Today the Prime Minister confirmed that Aotearoa New Zealand will remain in Alert Level 2 until at least 11.59pm on Wednesday 16 September, with a review taking place on Monday 14 September.

As we head into Term 4, our focus is on minimising risks to you, our staff and the UC whānau, while continuing to provide great learning opportunities both online, and on campus.

What this means for UC is outlined below, and we will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.  

  • Lectures will be offered both on-campus (with physical distancing) and online (live or recorded) for the remainder of the year.
    • On-campus lectures will run for most courses, please check Learn and MyTimetable for any updates.
    • Room capacities will be limited to ensure physical distancing (about 50%) and stickers will be used to indicate where to sit.
    • If there are no seats available, you will not be able to stay in the lecture theatre and will need to watch the lecture online.
  • If you attend lectures or other classes including labs, tutorials, workshops in person you are expected to wear a face covering. This helps stop droplets spreading when you speak, laugh, cough or sneeze. #coverforeachother
  • You need to bring your own face covering and you’ll find information on how to make a DIY face covering can be found here>
  • Face coverings do not need to be worn by people with a disability or physical or mental health condition which makes it difficult to wear a face covering. Lecturers may also remove face coverings to ensure clarity for live and recorded lectures.
  • Further information regarding the Examination Timetable will be released mid-September.
  • You will need to scan the NZ COVID Tracer app as you move around campus. Download the NZ COVID Tracer app now.
  • There will be many QR codes available for scanning inside lecture theatres and other spaces to prevent unnecessary crowding around the entrance ways, while maintaining physical distancing.
  • You will see signage around campus reminding us that ‘COVID loves crowds’, please be mindful of maintaining physical distancing, following signage and if you are sick, please don’t come to campus.
  • Libraries and common spaces remain open with restrictions in place, click here for more information.
  • All student care teams are available visit
  • Check out the UCSA’s video below!

Should we revert to Alert Level 3 or 4, lectures will be online only. We will be in touch with more information should this happen. Follow this link for more on what UC is doing to manage COVID-19>

Keep yourself safe – maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering, keep track of where you’ve been, wash your hands and stay home if you are sick.

We look forward to seeing you back on campus from Monday.

Check out this message from the UCSA Exec. 
Make a DIY face covering> 

Academic staff member’s comments in online forum

Some of you may be aware of comments made by an academic staff member in an online forum. 

We would like to reassure you that the opinions expressed by the academic staff member do not reflect the views of the University. We are taking this matter seriously and an investigation is under way. 

At UC we are committed to creating a campus culture of belonging, understanding, inclusiveness and caring, and to supporting the safety and wellbeing of all students. Support is available to anyone on campus who may be feeling distressed as a result of the comments made.

If you would like assistance or support, please reach out to our student care teams, follow this link for contact options>

If you would like to raise a concern about anything you have seen or experienced on campus, please follow this link.


Kia ora koutou students and staff,

The Prime Minister has tonight extended the alert levels for 12 more days – Auckland will stay at Alert Level 3 and the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand will stay at Alert Level 2 until 11.59pm Wednesday 26 August.

This is good news for us, I encourage all students and staff to continue to focus on teaching and learning. We’ve got a week to go until classes finish, so we’re nearly there.

What this means for UC is outlined below and we will continue to keep you updated as more information is made available. Send any questions to

UC campus and student accommodation will remain open.

Teaching and learning

  • Learn sites are the main place for updates and detailed course information.
  • Lectures will continue online.
  • Labs and small specialist classes under 100 people will continue with physical distancing. In some circumstances face coverings may be required. If this is the case we can provide coverings to any students who haven’t brought their own.
  • Tests will go ahead with physical distancing.
  • Assessments due during this period will not change.
  • Application forms for special consideration for COVID-19 reasons can be found here.

Libraries and common spaces will remain open with the following restrictions

  • The 1 metre physical distancing rule will be strictly enforced in the Central Library and access will be limited to 700 people.
  • Everyone entering the library must scan the COVID QR code on display and scan their Canterbury Card (to enable us to track numbers).
  • The RecCentre will remain open with reduced class sizes. Book your place via the RecCentre app.
  • Cafes and food outlets remain open with physical distancing.
  • Additional cleaning of UC premises has commenced again at Alert Level 2.

Location tracking

  • UC is required by the Government to implement processes for location tracking so contact tracing can take place if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in our community.
  • You are required to scan either your Canterbury Card or the government app QR codes on display with your mobile phone when entering buildings and spaces around campus.

Health and wellbeing

  • All student care teams are available visit
  • Please call the Health Centre prior to your appointment. The Health Centre will not take walk-in appointments.
  • The At Risk Student Register has been reactivated to students to update their details.
  • Staff, if you need to work from home for health reasons, please discuss this with your manager.

The key principles for Alert Level 2 are to:

  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Physical distance where possible.
  • Consider wearing a face covering in places where you can’t physically distance.
  • Track your location via the government app, NZ COVID tracer.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call Healthline 0800 611 116 and get advice about being tested.

More information

Visit UC’s COVID webpage for information about cleaning on campus, risk registers, wearing face coverings and financial support.

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

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae