Alert Level 2 – Start of term 4 on Monday

Kia ora koutou,

Aotearoa New Zealand is currently at Covid Alert Level 2, except for Auckland, which is currently at Alert Level 4. The Government will review the Alert Levels on Monday 13 September with any decisions announced on Monday afternoon.

Alert Level 2 signals a return to campus for a lot of our community for the start of term 4 on Monday. Things will be different on campus and it will take a few days to get used to some of the new restrictions – please be kind and patient with others who are also getting used to the new rules.

New Alert Level 2 restrictions have been further clarified by TEC for the tertiary institution context. These have been summarised in the information below or you can read the TEC guidelines.

Moving around campus:

Please carry your Canterbury Card with you on campus. You may need it to scan into some spaces.

QR Codes: UC has a QR code distribution strategy that’s being rolled out over the next few days and will be in place from early next week.

It is important that you scan the unique building QR code at the entrance to each building every time you enter (this includes access via link buildings/walkways), and also scan the unique floor level QR code for each separate floor/level that you access within a building, including via stairs, lifts or other walkways.

If you’re in doubt, scan the QR code. This is a requirement of the government as per the Covid-19 Public Health Response (Alert Level Requirements). 

Face Coverings:

Physical Distancing: Staff in non-public facing roles should maintain a 1-metre distance from each other. Staff in public-facing roles (e.g., student services and other roles not in controlled learning spaces) should maintain a 2-metre distance from students and visitors, and face coverings are strongly recommended. You might see limits on the number of people in some spaces around campus to allow everyone to move around safely and physically distance.

Posters and digital screens: Poster and digital screen resources are available for your office spaces – Download these from the website

Teaching and learning:

Latest Course Information: Please keep AKO |LEARN sites up to date with the latest detailed course information.

Lectures: Lectures will continue online and will also be held in-person from Monday 13 September. If this isn’t the case please indicate this on the AKO | LEARN site. Students are encouraged to attend lectures online to reduce demand for seats in lecture theatres.

Labs, tutorials, specialist classes and study spaces: These may continue with physical distancing. Where 1 metre of physical distancing cannot be maintained, face coverings are required.

Tests and Exams: Under Alert Level 2, a limited number of tests and exams may go ahead in person with physical distancing. Most tests and exams will be online. Please update course details on AKO | LEARN.

Campus Attendance: Students who are unable to come to campus due to being subject to travel restrictions 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 as soon as possible if they are unable to come back to campus.

Conducting research: All research and related activities are allowed, provided public health control measures for TEOs are in place. At UC, research groups can return to campus if there is an approved Alert Level 2 Health and Safety plan.

Noho marae: Overnight noho marae will not be permitted at Alert Level 2, due to the increased risk of transmission of Covid-19.

Field trips: Day field trips can go ahead if they can adhere to Alert Level 2 safety protocols. Overnight field trips will be considered centrally on a case-by-case basis. Staff will be advised through their ALG representative.

Events and gatherings: Guidelines have been developed to help you plan events in term 4. Read the guidelines.

Today’s email to all students is here

Now that we are at Alert Level 2, IMT will step down as of the start of Monday 13 September. Continue to be kind and patient with each other as we all get used to level 2 restrictions on campus.

Ngā mihi,

Iain MacPherson
Incident Controller

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