Kia ora koutou,
Yesterday the Prime Minister confirmed that Aotearoa New Zealand, except Auckland, will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm tonight, Tuesday 7 September. Auckland will remain in Alert Level 4. The alert levels will be reviewed again by the Government on Monday 13 September.
Students are welcome to return as campus begins its reopening from tomorrow, Wednesday 8 September. Some services and study spaces will have a phased reopening, allowing time for a safe return to campus, and adhering to the updated Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) guidelines that minimise risk and help Aotearoa to fight Covid-19, please read on for specific information.
Campus will be fully open on Monday 13 September. Teaching and learning will be online and in person (where possible) from Monday.
Today our focus is on sharing the new Delta Level 2 restrictions and what this means for us at UC. We understand from TEC initial guidance of 6 September that the following applies. However, we will be in touch with more information as these guidelines are further updated and clarified.
The social gathering limits at Alert Level 2 do not apply to education-related gatherings. We are awaiting further guidance from the TEC on appropriate limits on class sizes and physical distancing requirements and will update you as soon as possible regarding what this means for in-person classes.
Lectures, classes, tutorials/workshops, labs
- Learn sites are the main place for updates and detailed course information.
- Lectures will continue online and in-person from Monday.
- Students are encouraged to attend lectures online in order to reduce demand for seats in lecture theatres.
- Labs and small specialist classes will continue with physical distancing for those students who are on campus. In some circumstances face coverings may be required. If this is the case, students who haven’t brought their own masks can get them from the UC Security office. Online arrangements will be in place for students unable to return to campus.
- Tests may go ahead with physical distancing if possible, but an online option will be available for those who cannot attend in person or if room capacities do not allow.
- Assessments due dates will not change.
If you’re in a Level 4 region or cannot come to campus under Level 2
Students who are unable to come to campus due to being at Level 4 in Auckland or due to health concerns will be accommodated via online learning and online versions of any assessment. Students are required to notify their course coordinators that they will be unable to come to campus as soon as possible. If you are a student in Auckland and would like to discuss anything you might be worried about, please email UC Protect, firstname.lastname@example.org, and someone will give you a call as soon as possible.
Contact tracing – QR codes
Contact tracing remains essential. UC is responsible for collecting contact tracing information that identifies which students and staff (and any other visitors) have been in learning spaces and other ‘controlled environments’ on campus, and when. This can be done by using the Covid-19 Tracer App or by other means.
You are required to scan the QR codes as you move about campus, including rooms, buildings and all social and eating areas. Please check that Bluetooth has been enabled on the app.
Students and staff should bring face coverings or masks when coming on to campus at Alert Level 2. Face coverings must be worn inside libraries, student health services, pharmacies and other retailers on campus. Face coverings are strongly recommended at all other times, including in teaching and learning spaces and research and laboratory spaces, where practicable, but they are not mandatory. If in doubt wear a mask.
Postgraduate students and researchers can continue working on campus under Alert Level 2, provided there is a Health and Safety plan in place which is approved by the relevant Manager and is consistent with TEC/Ministry of Health guidance for universities – with this guidance yet to be finalised.
The Central Library in Puaka-James Hight will open from 10am – 5pm on Thursday 9 September and Friday 10 September. The Central Library will then be closed over the weekend and will reopen on Monday 13 September. EPS and Macmillan Brown Libraries will open on Tuesday 14 September. Online services will continue to be available as usual.
For more information on library hours click here.
UC Rec Centre
The UC Rec Centre will reopen on Thursday 9 September at 6am. For more information click here.
Haere-roa and cafes
Haere-roa will reopen for study from 8am on Monday 13 September. Cafes will also begin to reopen, with Café 101 reopening on Wednesday 8 September and most UCSA cafes reopening on Monday with slightly reduced hours. The Foundry will open from 2pm – 7pm on Friday 10 September. For more information click here.
Support for students
We extend our aroha and care to students who are in Auckland – stay safe up there and please reach out to your course coordinator if you need support.
If Covid-19 has affected your studies, you can apply for Special Consideration here.
Remember, there are a number of support services available to all students if you’re not feeling at your best right now:
- Atawhai Ākonga | Student Care – 03 369 3388, email@example.com
- Māori student support – 03 369 1445, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pacific student support – 03 369 1445, email@example.com
- Rainbow student support – 03 369 1445, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Te Whare Hauora | UC Health Centre – 03 369 4444, email@example.com
- Chaplaincy services – Rev Dr John Fox, 027 357 1628, firstname.lastname@example.org
- UCSA Welfare and Advocacy Service – 03 369 0555, email@example.com
- Ministry of Health Need to talk? Free phone or text 1737
- Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or text HELP to 4357 for free, 24/7, confidential support
Anyone aged 12 or over can book their free Covid-19 vaccination now. If you haven’t already booked your vaccine, visit www.BookMyVaccine.nz to do so.
The UC Covid information page is regularly updated and has a wealth of information. If you have any questions or concerns about your return to campus please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re in a state of transitioning back to business as usual, the Incident Management Team will remain in charge until Monday 13 September. We’re looking forward to seeing you back on campus for Term 4 next week.