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It’s time to ‘Fall back’, check you’re emergency ready

Daylight saving’s as good of a time as any to take a moment to make sure you’re all set in case of an emergency. Check you’re prepared:

  • Have you saved UC Security’s number in your phone?

UC Security staff are on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so no matter when you might need to get in touch, someone will always be there to help. Be prepared by having UC Security’s number saved: 0800 823 637.

  • Are your UCGO push notifications turned on?

The UCGO app brings essential UC tools to your phone. One of these tools is emergency push notifications, as you experienced on Thursday. If you didn’t receive a notification that means you need to head to your settings and get them switched on for the app. Push notifications are only used when there is a campus wide emergency we need you to know about, and could include campus evacuations and lock-down situations.

  • Have you updated your emergency contacts?

TŪ KI TE TAHI Keep your emergency contact details updated – go to People Soft to check your information is correct. Instructions are available here>

INSIDERS It’s easy to update your details through myUC. Please take a moment to jump in there to check that the person you’ve listed as your emergency contact is still appropriate, and that their details are correct. While you’re logged in to myUC you can also check that your own details are up-to-date. Make sure these details are correct (especially if you’ve moved recently) in case someone from UC needs to reach out to you.

  • Do you know where the Emergency Procedures are located around your lectures? 

All departments have an Emergency Procedures flip chart outlining what to do in various types of emergencies. The flip charts are on display throughout the University. If you have not seen the flip charts, ask where they are or view the PDF file versions of each page here.

  • Remember: No smoking or vaping on campus

UC is a smokefree campus, meaning you cannot smoke cigarettes or vape on campus grounds, in or near any UC buildings or at any field stations. By respecting the smokefree policy we can all enjoy a healthier place to study, work, socialise and live.

  • Help point towers

There are 13 help towers located across campus to provide information any time, and immediate assistance in an emergency. Read more>

The best place to go with all up to date information about UC’s Commitment to Health, Safety and Wellbeing is online here.

UCGO emergency test taking place on 1 April

If there is a campus-wide emergency situation, such as an evacuation or lockdown, UCGO will send a push notification to your phone so that you know what’s going on. To receive this kind of information, you need to make sure you allow push notifications for UCGO. 

We’re about to ‘Fall back’, why don’t you take a moment to check that you have allowed notifications? Make sure you keep them turned on!

Don’t worry, you won’t get spammed – push notifications from UCGO are only used in an emergency situation. 

FYI – there will be a UCGO emergency test in the morning on Thursday 1 April.

Don’t have the app?
Find out more about UCGO, and how to download it or bookmark it on your desktop, here>

UPDATE ON THE RECCENTRE

UC is committed to creating an environment that supports and nurtures student and staff wellbeing and the RecCentre is a valuable part of this.

Due to financial constraints, UC is not progressing with a new RecCentre at this time. However, we are developing a business case to make improvements to the UC RecCentre.

Preliminary feasibility studies with Christchurch City Council are also taking place to explore possible efficiencies and benefits. The study would explore options that add value to the UC Community and increase UC’s contribution to the city.

It is anticpated that both projects will take some months to complete. Students and staff will be able to continue to access facilities and services provided by the UC Rec & Sport team in the meantime.