Whether your break has begun or you’re on campus for summer school, I hope summer has been off to a great start for you. For those of you in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, I hope you have been taking care of yourself over this challenging time and enjoy a sense of freedom from tomorrow.
The Covid-19 Traffic Light System was implemented across Aotearoa New Zealand at 11:59pm on Thursday 2 December, with the South Island entering the Orange setting.
UC’s Covid-19 Information page has been updated to include information on what the new Traffic Light System means at the University. The intention is for our campus to remain open at every traffic light setting, while maintaining overall safety and wellbeing, allowing us to retain our connection to one another as a community. For the University to effectively navigate all Covid-19 traffic light requirements, we strongly encourage all students and staff to be fully vaccinated.
From the outset of the pandemic, the University of Canterbury has been thorough in following Government guidance and will continue to do so as we enter the new Traffic Light System which states that, in the Red setting, all tertiary staff, students and visitors can enter campus only if they carry a vaccination pass. We encourage you to read and familiarise yourself with the guidelines, here>
Vaccination requirements at UC
The existing Government Health Order has already informed our approach for students and staff working in the Health and Education sectors to ensure they are vaccinated to meet those sector requirements. In addition to the Government-mandated roles, it is likely that there will be higher risk roles and activities on campus that will require proof of vaccination.
Information on Vaccine Pass requirements at UC Rec & Sport and at cafes on campus is available here.
For us to run things safely, all staff, students, attendees, workers, and visitors attending UC events are required to show their ‘My Vaccine Pass’ on arrival. Read more about this here>
Consistent with UC’s commitment to safety within all campus settings, we are supporting our four student accommodation partners in establishing vaccination requirements for all Hall residents and staff. Find more information here.
The current travel restrictions applicable to students at UC will remain in place for the rest of the year. See the Covid-19 Information page for additional information on the guiding principles for 2022 UC student travel.
If you intend to engage in-person with a company or organisation outside the University (e.g., meetings or collecting data) as part of your research, you will need to follow vaccine mandates for that company or organisation. If you are unable to meet their requirements, please ensure you have a plan ‘B’ in place to continue your research.
Please consult with your supervisor if you need to use plan ‘B’. More information about this is on the Covid-19 Information page.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email email@example.com.
Thank you for your compassion and kindness this year; we’re all in this together. Wishing you all a relaxing summer break, and we look forward to welcoming you back on campus next year.
Kaihautū Matua, Te Ratonga Mana Ākonga
Acting Executive Director of Student Life, Services and Communications