COVID-19: UC information on move to Alert Level 2

Following the Government’s announcement last night, the UC campus returned to COVID Alert Level 2 at 6am this morning.

At Alert Level 2, COVID-19 is contained, but there is a risk of community transmission. UC follows the Government’s guidelines for tertiary education institutions – here’s a quick reminder of our requirements at Alert Level 2:

Lectures, classes, tutorials/workshops, labs
Lectures will be offered face-to-face. Students will be strongly encouraged to watch lectures online [Echo360] around two hours post lecture, to reduce the demand for seats in lecture theatres to allow for physical distancing. Please direct students to their AKO | LEARN site for course specific requirements.

Staff and students attending in-person classes, tutorials/workshops and labs are expected to wear a face covering, observe physical distancing requirements where possible and follow good hygiene practices.

See below for further guidance on face coverings.

Field trips
Day field trips can proceed as planned and students and staff must wear a face covering when travelling or any time where physical distancing is not possible. Overnight field trips will need to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Postgraduate [Honours, Masters, PhD]
We’re expecting postgraduate classes and research will continue as planned, please refer students to AKO | LEARN site to check for any changes.

Library
Under Alert Level 2 the libraries will remain open, however physical distancing of at least 1 metre will be strictly observed.

Focus on 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
  • Stay home if you are unwell

Location tracking
At Alert Level 2 location tracking is a priority. We strongly encourage using the NZ COVID Tracer app to scan into every building and lecture theatre on campus, and when you’re out in the community. Where possible, please activate the Bluetooth tracing functionality on your phone.

QR codes are widely available across campus, inside lecture theatres and all other appropriate spaces – people should maintain physical distancing as they enter venues, and scan the code/s once inside.

Gathering and events [that are not directly education-related, such as speaking events open to the public, cultural events, social events etc]
No more than 100 people can gather at events under Alert Level 2, which will impact events scheduled to be held this week and individual event organisers will be in touch with details [this does not include lectures].

For anyone planning to attend smaller gatherings [under 100 people] please ensure you are wearing a face covering, and you’re implementing a safe physical distance from others.

Weekend activities
Concerns have been raised following large congregations of people at events like Electric Avenue and other events around New Zealand, over the weekend. We encourage anyone who attended these events to follow Alert Level 2 requirements closely and if you begin to feel unwell, please stay home.

Any students who arrived from or visited Auckland in the past 14 days need to be aware of the latest Ministry of Health information regarding the recently confirmed COVID-19 community cases. Full details for all places of interest in Auckland, including dates and times, can be found from the Ministry of Health website here>

For further advice, visit UC’s COVID Information page>

Face coverings
All staff leading lectures and students attending lectures or other classes including labs, tutorials and workshops in personare 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. Note: this message differs to previous Alert Level 2 messaging.

Please bring your own face covering.

People at higher risk
People with underlying health conditions are most at risk of COVID-19 becoming a severe illness. If you need to work from home for health reasons, please discuss this with your manager

Halls of Residence
If students have any questions on how Alert Level 2 applies to their UC accommodation, please direct them to their respective Hall of Residence website. More here>. Halls are sending regular updates to their students and whānau.

Posters and digital screens
Posters and digital screens can be downloaded from the UC website here, and put up in your area.

Business as usual operation
With the exception of the above requirements, UC is operating business as usual under Alert Level 2. For more advice and guidance, visit UC’s COVID information page>

Click here to see the communication sent to students and their whānau>

If you have any questions, please speak to your manager or email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

Kia kaha. He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.