Correction: Covid-19 update: 23 September 2021

The University of Canterbury is currently operating under Covid Alert Level 2.

We’re pleased to update you on the following information, which has been confirmed since our email on Monday, and Auckland’s move to Covid Alert Level 3 on Wednesday 22 September.

Vaccination clinic:
A pop-up Covid vaccination clinic will run in Haere-roa from 11am-5pm on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 October.

There’s no need to book, just drop in with your friends, colleagues, family or whānau and the team will take care of you. Please wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing.

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, click here>

Travel:
Following Auckland’s move to Covid Alert Level 3, and the finalisation of the Health Order, Cabinet have confirmed that updated rules for cross-boundary travel will prevent anyone from travelling into, out of or through an Alert Level 3 area.

Unfortunately, this means University of Canterbury students currently based in Auckland will be unable to return to Ōtautahi Christchurch, and the UC campus, at this time.

While there is precedent for permitted movement to attend an education entity, ‘the education entity must be within the same or adjacent region within the Alert Level 3 area’, which excludes travel to Ōtautahi Christchurch. For more on regional travel at Alert Level 3, click here>

We encourage any Auckland-based students to join the new, private UCSA Facebook group, 09 Lockdown Lowdown, so they can chat and stay connected. The student exec are online also. The vibe in the group is relaxed and it is a space where students can share anything from a study tip or challenge to a recipe and more. Join 09 Lockdown Lowdown here>

End of year exams:
Exam seating requirements have been reduced from 1.5 metres to 1 metre, which means that if we are operating at Covid Level 1 or 2 during the examination period, we can now accommodate more face-to-face examinations. 

As is currently the case, face-to-face examinations should only be requested if uninvigilated online or respondus monitor invigilated examinations are not feasible for the course. 

A move to face-to-face exams still requires an application to the Executive Dean/PVC by 28 September 2021 and the Examinations office by 29 September 2021, so students can be notified by 1 October. 

Any approved face-to-face exams must be submitted to the Examinations Office in the usual way, by 12 October 2021.

An online option will be required for those students who are unable to come to campus due to travel restrictions or health concerns and will need to be available for all students if the country moves to Covid Level 3 or 4 during the exam period. 

Online exams for all courses need to be checked and operational on AKO | LEARN by 12 October.

The updated TEC guidance is available here>

For more on the University of Canterbury’s Covid-19 approach, click here>

You can find the All Student email here> 

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.

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