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COVID-19 – changes to support over summer

Studying with us over summer?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please complete this form to notify UC – https://ucsafety.assurasoftware.net/Default.aspx. The Assura form is easiest to complete on a laptop or desktop computer.

We have made some changes to our COVID-19 support over summer and students will not receive a call from UC. However, we have support available to you both on campus and in the community if you need it:

Academic support

It is important that anyone who is COVID positive takes time to rest and recover to give you the best chance of getting back on your feet. We recognise that everyone experiences COVID differently, and that your ability to study from home is impacted by many other factors alongside COVID symptoms. We would recommend you inform your course coordinator/lecturer if your COVID positive status is likely to impact your ability to complete course work, and that you work with them to navigate this. See the below information on special consideration if that applies to you.

Special consideration

We know there may be circumstances where, the re-emergence of COVID-19 impacts your performance or ability to complete an assessment item. If this happens you can apply for a Special Consideration on COVID-19 grounds. You will need to provide evidence of sickness/illness and details of what evidence is required can be found here. When you fill out the Assura self-report you will be sent an automatic email response, and this can be used as evidence in the special consideration process.

Covid-19 welfare support

UC provides welfare support for students who Covid-19 positive cases. If this includes you, we would appreciate you filling out the form below. A member of the UC Covid-19 welfare team will contact you to discuss any support you may need while you isolate. The more information you share with us, the better we can support you. 

If you test positive for Covid-19 

Please complete this form so we can support you – https://ucsafety.assurasoftware.net/Default.aspx. The Assura form is easiest to complete on a laptop or desktop computer.

Here’s a bit more info about the support available to UC students: 

  • Welfare calls – when you register your Covid positive status on Assura, the UC welfare team will give you a call to check in with you and see how the University can support you best during their isolation.
  • Kai/groceries – if you need some groceries or support accessing kai during your isolation period, please let us know when you complete the Assura self-report.
  • Winter Warmth Power Fund – this subsidy is designed to support you stay warm and dry over their seven day isolation period. you’ll need to register on Assura and your criteria will be assessed, and if accepted, the payment will be made directly to your power provider.
  • Academic support – we recommend you inform your course coordinator/lecturer if your Covid positive status is likely to impact your ability to complete course work, and that you work with them to navigate this.
  • Special Consideration – you can apply for a Special Consideration on Covid-19 grounds. You will need to provide evidence of sickness/illness and details of what evidence is required can be found here. When you fill out the Assura self-report you will be sent an automatic email response, and this can be used as evidence in the special consideration process.

You can find out more about this support on the UC website here> 

Wellbeing services 

It’s important tolook after yourself and others in these times, so check out the online wellbeing hub where there’s a wealth of handy information covering anxiety and stress and mind and body

Here are just a few of the other support services available across UC, Ōtautahi and Aotearoa New Zealand:

Life at Orange – face masks

Covid 19

As we gear up for the start of Term 2, here’s a quick update on face mask guidelines in the Covid-19 Orange setting: 

Although mask wearing is no longer compulsory in most places on campus, our very strong public health advice is that all our staff and students are strongly encouraged to wear one wherever physical distancing is not possible. This includes in teaching and research settings, and in our libraries.

Masks are required to be worn at our campus retail outlets.

Masks have been clearly shown to reduce the spread of the virus and COVID-19 is still prevalent in our communities. Mask wearing is a simple way for us all to support those who are particularly vulnerable to the virus.

Masks are available in lecture theatres and other student spaces on campus.

Masks can be disposed of in the dark green bins that have mask disposal signage on them around campus.

You can find all the latest UC Covid-19 information here>