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EMAIL | COVID-19: UC exams will continue as planned

Following government direction provided in this afternoon’s COVID-19 announcement, we can confirm all UC exams will continue as planned.

We understand this is a highly stressful time of year, and learning ways to cope with stress is vital for your success. Read more here>

If you’re unwell on the day of your exam you can apply for special consideration. Find more information on this process, here>

It is reasonable to expect cases of COVID-19 to appear in and around New Zealand for some time, so it’s important to continue following our shared advice and guidelines without exception:

  • 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 feel sick, protect your mates and the UC Community by staying at home, and if you have cold or flu symptoms please call your GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453).
  • Location tracking is still important in Alert Level 1. So when you’re on campus, please keep note of where you’ve been or use the government’s app to scan QR codes. UC is also keeping records of who is in the examination rooms.
  • Focus on good hygiene by washing your hands, sneezing or coughing into your elbow and remaining vigilant with cleaning.
  • Remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate. Please be compassionate and kind, we are all in this together. 

Health and wellbeing

  • All student care teams are available visit https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/health/
  • Please call the Health Centre prior to make an appointment. In Alert Level 1 the Health Centre are still not taking walk-in appointments.

We’ll keep you up to date as more information becomes available. For further details, visit UC’s COVID webpage.


International Postgrad students returning to UC

Earlier this month, the New Zealand government announced the introduction of a border exemption category that would allow 250 eligible PhD and masters students to return to Aotearoa New Zealand in order to continue studies disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approximately 20 of UC’s international postgrad students have been identified as meeting criteria to be considered for entry into New Zealand, as set by the Ministry of Education.

In order to be considered, students must have been enrolled prior to the border closures and have [or have had] a visa to study in 2020.

Students interested in returning to Aotearoa New Zealand have been asked to complete a form that will be put forward to Immigration New Zealand [INZ], who will be in touch with successful applicants directly so they can apply for their exemption visa.

We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to welcome a small contingent of international postgrads back to campus, and we look forward to sharing more as information becomes available.

For more on the border exemption process, including FAQs, visit our Exemption webpage here>

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.