Covid-19 update: UC at Red

Kia ora koutou,

Aotearoa New Zealand will move to the Red setting of the Covid Traffic Light System from 11.59pm tonight.

The University of Canterbury will remain open at Red, operating under the government’s guidelines for tertiary education with increased public health measures. UC’s Incident Management Team (IMT) has been activated while we bring these increased measures into place.

Vaccination requirements
All students, staff and visitors with a My Vaccine Pass will be able to access UC buildings and campuses.

Students without a My Vaccine Pass will need to contact their course coordinator about remote learning arrangements. Please ensure you have your My Vaccine Pass ready to be checked throughout the day. UC staff (identifiable through their Canterbury Card staff ID) will be across campus, verifying passes regularly. Be prepared to have your pass checked more than once.

Capacity limits
Capacity limits must be based on 1m distancing. Please check Ako | Learn for any changes to your classes.

Face masks
Students and staff are required to wear a face mask indoors at tertiary education facilities and when accessing services such as student health, the pharmacy and other retailers onsite. More here>

All affiliated halls of residence require a valid Covid Vaccination Passport for all staff, residents and visitors. Further information can be obtained by contacting our halls of residence directly.

Support for students

A reminder about hygiene practices:

  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with tissues.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds) and dry thoroughly.
  • Don’t touch your face.

Other reminders for life at Red

  • Get vaccinated. Get your booster.
  • Keep scanning QR codes and record keeping everywhere you go.
  • Keep physically distanced where possible.
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms isolate immediately and call Healthline for advice about a test.

Keep up to date with UC’s Covid-19 processes by visiting the UC Covid-19 Information page and if you have any questions or concerns, email

Ngā mihi,

Professor Ian Wright
Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor (Acting)

UC Covid-19 vaccine mandate consultation

You will have received an email this week about the consultation on a proposed vaccination mandate at UC. Please be aware that each email has an anonymised but unique link – so if you pass your email and consultation link on to someone else, then you will not be able to submit your own response. Queries can be directed to

You can find the consultation documents below: 

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