Move to online exams for the remainder of Semester Two

Friday 13 November 2020

The Government has just announced that Auckland remains at Alert Level 1, and people can return to the Auckland CBD, however caution is advised.

This provides some level of predictability and enables the University to continue to operate from all campuses. However the possibility of further disruptions and alert level changes remains.

The University has therefore made the decision to move all remaining Semester Two examinations online (with some exceptions, see below).

This includes examinations tomorrow, Saturday 14 November, through to the end of the examination period on Saturday 21 November, and applies to all University of Auckland students, regardless of which campus you attend. All our campuses will remain open during this period, and staff can work on campus as normal.

There will be limited exceptions to online exams, for exams that need to be held on campus and in person for reasons such as performance assessments (e.g. music) and professional accreditation requirements. All students in this category will be contacted directly with instructions. If you are not contacted, you can assume your exam will be held online.

Scheduled start times for exams remain the same, however the online exams will run for an additional 30 minutes to allow for reading time and for starting and submitting your assessment. Please login to Canvas and go to your course page for more information. If you have any concerns about this move to online exams, please contact AskAuckland for guidance.

We realise that this shift to online exams will create challenges for some of our students, and we apologise for any inconvenience it might cause. If you do not have access to a suitable computer, internet connection or quiet location, you are able to use one of the computer workstations or study spaces in the Kate Edger Information Commons, and Tai Tonga and Epsom campuses, or one of our libraries to sit your exam.

It is preferable that you make the effort to sit your examination at the allocated time, however those support arrangements are available for students who are eligible.

In the meantime, please remember the key steps you can take to protect yourself and your community:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Use a mask or face covering on public transport or in crowded spaces
  • Use the Government’s Covid-19 Tracer app
  • Stay home if you have symptoms of fever, shortness of breath, a sore throat or cough or if you have been in contact with a known positive case within the last 14 days.
  • If you have concerns, contact your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453