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Statement about outdated coronavirus related posters on campus

In early 2020 we had a cohort of international students arrive from China, where Coronavirus as it was known at the time, was spreading rapidly. As these students were most at risk, posters were published in English and Chinese to ensure clarity of communication for these students to get health support quickly. We recognise that COVID-19 has developed into a global pandemic and that the virus impacts all people, it does not discriminate. These posters were to be removed before campus re-opened after lockdown (some campus spaces re-opened on May 14 and students resume learning on campus on July 13), because they are both out of date and we understand that its offensive to suggest that this virus is applicable to one group of people only.

It has come to our attention today that some posters have not been removed. To anyone that has seen these posters we unreservedly apologise. The initial purpose of those posters was for support and health and safety, and our intention was never to imply any blame or to target any groups within our community. We have requested UC facilities to check again to ensure that all of these posters have been taken down. We would request that if you do see one of these outdated posters (identified as it says Coronavirus not COVID-19) on it that you do remove it.  

At UC we strive to create a campus culture of belonging, understanding, inclusiveness and caring. Again, we wish to apologise for any offence that has been caused by these posters, as this is a community where everyone should feel welcome.

EMAIL | COVID-19 update – What Level 1 means for you

Kia ora koutou,

The Government announced today that Aotearoa New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 from 11.59pm tonight (Monday 8 June). A move to Alert Level 1 means there are no restrictions on our daily routines, but New Zealand borders will remain closed with mandatory isolation and quarantine remaining.

Semester 2 – Confirming teaching on campus
UC is open and we’re looking forward to welcoming students back on campus when Semester 2 starts on Monday 13 July. All current restrictions on the library and independent study spaces will be removed tomorrow.

In Semester 2 face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs will resume, and UC will continue to provide online learning for students who are unable to return to campus. Students overseas will now have had a study plan confirmed for continuing online (please speak to your course coordinator if you have questions) and those who have notified us that they are at higher risk for health reasons will now have had a discussion with the support team and will receive more information before Semester 2 commences.

General advice and guidelines – Level 1
With no restrictions at Alert Level 1 you can once again enjoy the things you like doing, but you are advised to follow some general advice to keep you and our community safe.

  1. Stay home if you’re sick, report flu-like symptoms
  2. Focus on your hygiene:
  • Wash your hands
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • Don’t touch your face
  1. Keep a track of where you’ve been by using QR codes/swiping your Canterbury Card on campus
  2. Be kind to others and be kind to yourself.

UC Rec & Sport Update
UC Rec & Sport plan to return to a full service by Monday 15th June. Over the next few days we will rejig equipment layout, return equipment from storage, reschedule staff and retrain staff to new requirements. We hope to see you soon! 

Financial support
If you are experiencing financial difficulties that will impact on your studies, you may be eligible for financial support. Students requesting financial support can contact the UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team to discuss their situation. The UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team will review your situation and provide advice on the application process. Please note that each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis and has criteria attached to them. Find out more here>

Exams are here – go well!
Finally, we’d like to wish you all the best for your exams. If you haven’t seen them already, check out these study tips from your UCSA Finance & Engagement Officer Jack Whittam, Equity & Wellbeing Rep Georgie Dibble, and Te Akatoki Rep Tamahou Thoms. One of UC’s student mentors has also provided some advice about celebrating small wins to help manage exam stress, read more here>

UC has services available to support you during exams including the Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre and Student Care. You can access more information about support services available at UC here>  

UC staff will continue to work with you to ensure you reach the best possible outcomes for your studies for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.

Ngā mihi, 

Catherine Moran
Amokapua Akoranga | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic

Lynn McClelland
Kaihautū Matua, Te Ratonga Ākonga me te Whakapā | Executive Director of Student Life, Services and Communications

New funding to boost student financial support at UC

If you are a domestic or international PhD student experiencing financial difficulties due the pandemic that are impacting your studies — for example, you’ve lost part-time work, or other financial assistance (such as parental) — you may be eligible for financial support via new Government funding.

What could financial difficulty look like? Here are some examples:

  • You’re skipping meals (and not by choice)
  • You’re having to choose between buying food and paying essential bills (eg. rent, power etc)
  • You’re struggling to meet childcare costs.

If this sounds familiar contact the UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team who can provide advice. The funding will be available until the end of the year. 

If you are experiencing financial difficulties not related to COVID-19, or if you’re an international student but not studying at PhD level, you may still be eligible for financial assistance. There is a range of support available and each application is assessed on an individual basis. The best thing to do is talk with the UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team.