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EMAIL | UC Information on the move to Alert Level 1

Today the Government announced that the majority of Aotearoa New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 effective from 11.59pm tonight and Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm, Wednesday 23 September.

At Alert Level 1 there are no restrictions on our daily routines, but our borders will remain closed.

This is welcome news as we head towards the end of the academic year and examinations. You’re encouraged to continue focusing on your learning and looking after your wellbeing to ensure a strong finish to this year. If you need any support with this, head to the Wellbeing Hub

Face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs will continue without restriction and online classes (live or recorded) will continue for the rest of the year. You will still see stickers of where to sit in lecture theatres, classrooms and libraries but you do not need to follow these at Alert Level 1. If the situation changes you will be told. If you are unsure about anything course-related, please speak to your course coordinator.

Although there are no restrictions at Alert Level 1 it is important to remember COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, and we recommend you continue to follow general advice to ensure we are keeping ourselves and our UC community safe.

  • Face coverings help keep you and others safe. Continuing good habits with face coverings will keep you and others safe, even at Alert Level 1 when it’s no longer compulsory.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell. This is the best thing you can do to stop any future spread of COVID-19. If you have cold or flu symptoms please call your GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453).
  • Location tracking is still important at Alert Level 1, the Government’s advice is that fast and effective contact tracing helps to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand. When you are on campus, please keep note of where you’ve been, and use the NZ COVID Tracer app to scan QR codes or scan your Canterbury Card.
  • Focus on your hygiene by washing your hands frequently. Sneeze or cough into your elbow, and remain vigilant with cleaning.
  • Remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate. Please be compassionate and kind, we are in this together.

Follow this link for more on what UC is doing to manage COVID-19 and if you have any questions or concerns, email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

EMAIL | COVID-19 Alert Level 2: How to protect yourself and others

The Government has this afternoon confirmed that COVID-19 Alert Level 2 will continue for Aotearoa New Zealand until 11.59pm on Monday 21 September, pending cabinet confirmation earlier on Monday.

We anticipated this outcome, so there will be no change to the guidelines already in place for Term 4. To remind yourself of what this means for UC, follow this link>

Minimising risk to you, our staff and UC whānau remains our primary focus. Here are just four things you can do to ensure you’re best protecting yourself and others while you’re on campus:  

  1. Prioritise contact tracing

Please use the Government’s NZ COVID Tracer app, or your Canterbury Card, to scan into every building and lecture theatre you enter on campus. Download the NZ COVID Tracer app now.

There are QR codes inside lecture theatres and other spaces, so there is no need to crowd around entrance ways – maintain physical distancing as you enter venues, and scan the code/s once inside.

  1. Physical distancing and designated seating

Room capacities are limited to ensure physical distancing and stickers are being used to indicate where to sit. If there isn’t a seat for you in a lecture theatre then you will be unable to stay in the lecture, and will need to watch the lecture online.

A physical distance of 1 metre should be maintained at all times. The 1m rule is being strictly enforced in the library and numbers in the Central Library are limited to 700 to help with this.

You should not be asked to ignore this guideline in any situation, if you have any concerns about this, email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

  1. Face coverings

Anyone attending lectures or other classes including labs, tutorials and workshops in person are expected to wear a face covering.

Face coverings help to protect you and others when you are unable to maintain physical distancing, by stopping droplets from spreading when you speak, laugh, cough or sneeze. 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. Check out this video from the UCSA Exec team for more: https://youtu.be/9X1qXn4qJiY

  1. Maintain good hygiene
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue
  • Put used tissues into the bin or a bag immediately after use
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Look at scientific facts, not hype and,
  • If you’re sick, please don’t come to campus.

For more information, visit UC’s COVID-19 webpage and if you have any questions or concerns, email UCprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

Look after yourselves and each other.

Email | Looking forward to seeing you – what you need to know for Term 4

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you are enjoying your mid-semester break whether catching up on study, enjoying time with your friends and family or simply relaxing.

As the recent outbreak in Auckland has shown, we will be living with and needing to manage COVID for some time. This is a challenging time for us all and moving between alert levels can be confusing.

Our focus is on minimising risks to you, our staff and UC whānau, while continuing to provide great learning opportunities online and on campus.

How to prepare for Term 4 in case we are still at Alert Level 2:

  • Lectures will be offered both on-campus (with physical distancing) and online (live or recorded) for the remainder of the year (unless we revert to Alert Level 3 or 4, in which case lectures will only be online). On-campus lectures will run for most courses and you should check Learn and MyTimetable for any updates. Room capacities will be limited to ensure physical distancing. Stickers will be used to indicate where to sit, if there isn’t a seat for you, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 inside lecture theatres and other spaces so that you will not need to crowd around the entrance ways but can maintain physical distancing as you enter venues, and still scan the codes once inside.
  • 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.
  • See information on what UC is doing to manage COVID-19
  • Further information regarding the Examination Timetable will be released shortly.

You will be updated on any changes as a result of any Government announcements in the Insider’s Guide | Tūpono newsletter on Sunday 6 September (evening) and what this will mean for teaching and learning in Term 4.

If you have any questions or concerns please email UCprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

Ngā mihi nui,

Professor Catherine Moran
Tumu Tuarua Akoranga | Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)