We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will continue to update students and staff as new information becomes available. Please continue to monitor SAFELU, your emails and this webpage.

Message from the Acting Vice-Chancellor - Updated 8 September 


Tēnā koutou

Following on from my email on Monday, 6 September, I can confirm that the guidelines for Tertiary Education Organisations on operating under different Alert Levels have been updated.

The highly infectious nature of the Delta variant has resulted in slightly different alert level measures and whilst the University is open under Alert Level 2 for all learning, teaching and research, the goal is to reduce the risk of virus transmission and play it safe.

Learning and teaching activities under Alert Level 2

Under Alert Level 2, most face-to-face teaching activities will resume on-campus and in-person with physical distancing measures in place.   

The only exclusions will be certain larger courses that the University is unable to accommodate under the MoE’s physical distancing guidelines. These courses will be delivered online.

The online courses are:

  •  ANSC 105          Animal Science 
  • MKTG 115           Principles of Marketing
  • PLSC 104            Plant Science    
  • COMM 111          Introductory Statistics   
  • SOSC 106            Soil Science

If you have any questions or require more information please contact your lecturer or course examiner.

Check your Timetable for changes

Due to mandated physical distancing requirements on campus, a new Alert Level 2 Timetable is now in place.  Please continue to check the timetable daily to confirm class times and rooms.

If you’re unable to return to campus

All course material will be made available online via Akoraka|Learn. This means we can support students who are unable to return to campus for reasons such as COVID-19 travel restrictions. Please let your lecturer know if you are unable to return to campus.

Check Akoraka|Learn for course changes or updates
  • Always check your course outlines on Akoraka|Learn. Students who have specific questions or concerns about their study plans should contact their relevant course examiner for guidance.
  • All in-term assessments scheduled for the remainder of Semester 2 will be online via Akoraka|Learn, with exceptions being labs or similar types of assessments where physical distancing and health requirements can be met on campus. Your course examiner will let you know.
  • If you have problems accessing Akoraka|Learn or course materials, review the Online Technology Health Checkfor guidance on how to resolve any issues. If that does not help, please contact IT Services as soon as possible.
Final exams and assessments

All final exams will be held online with a few exceptions subject to the Deans/ Directors approval. Detailed information on final exams and assessments will be provided over the next two weeks.

On campus

The following alert level protocols must be strictly observed by all students, staff and visitors at all times:

  • Physical distancing: Reduce close contact with strangers. Keep a distance of two metres from people you don’t know when out in social spaces. Keep a distance of one metre, where practicable, in controlled spaces such as offices, lecture rooms, labs and work areas. 
  • Scan, scan, scan: All students, staff and visitors are required to scan the QR codes when moving about campus. This includes buildings, teaching rooms, meeting rooms and all on-campus facilities including social spaces and eating areas. Check that Bluetooth is enabled on the app.
  • Wear a mask. All students and staff are strongly encouraged to bring and wear their own masks as they move about campus, especially where physical distancing is not practicable. For example in confined spaces with colleagues or students such as in meetings, interviews, in lifts, stairwells, labs, teaching rooms, etc. Masks must be worn in campus facilities such as Mrs O’s, the Bookshop and the Health Centre. The University does have some masks available if required.
  • Gatherings and events that are not directly education-related are limited to 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors.
  • Practise good hygiene such as coughing/sneezing into the elbow, regular hand washing and using the readily available hand sanitisers. 
Your health

You must stay at home if you are feeling unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms and contact Student Health at 03 325 3835. Always phone ahead first to book an appointment or talk to a nurse and let them know if you have any flu/cold-like symptoms such as cough, fever, sore throat, and/or muscle aches, even if this is not the reason for your appointment. You can also contact your GP or Healthline 0800 358 5453.

Campus facilities

On-campus facilities such as Mrs O’s, the Bookshop and Whare Hākinakina LU Gym are operating under public health control measures.

As the Library is operating under tertiary institution guidelines, access is restricted for students and staff only. From Monday, 13 September opening hours have been extended from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm, Monday to-Friday.

While the Grounded Café will be closed, the student social space will remain open until midnight.

Wellbeing and health support

Support is available if you are struggling at the moment. A detailed list of wellbeing and financial support contacts can be found here.

Student travel at Alert Level 3 or 4

A reminder that students who are currently living in areas at Alert Level 4 or 3 are not allowed to travel to an Alert Level 2 area and are to remain where they are. The expectation is to remain where you are until the alert level changes and you are permitted to travel. Please let your lecturer and the accommodation office know if you are unable to return to campus.

Take care and stay safe. 


Nāku noa, nā

Professor Bruce McKenzie

Acting Vice-Chancellor

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