Returning to campus in Semester Two

Learn more about teaching arrangements, and examinations for the rest of Semester Two, 2020.

Update: 13 November 2020

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

Read the full update.

Teaching, examinations and health & safety

Here is a summary of teaching delivery, examinations and health and safety measures on campus.

For a summary of University operations at different alert levels go to the Alert Levels explained web page.

Teaching delivery

Alert Level 1

All teaching will be conducted on campus (except for students who are overseas who will continue online). The usual lecture recordings will be available within 24 hours of the timetabled lecture. 

Alert Level 2

Most teaching activities will be conducted online. There are some exceptions to this, for example practical components such as some labs, workshops and studios, which can occur on campus with health and safety measures in place. Check Canvas for updates from your Course Coordinator for each of your courses.

Alert Level 3 or 4

All teaching delivery will be conducted online. See here for a summary of what happens at the different Alert Levels.

Examinations in Semester Two 2020

  • All exams will be conducted online. 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.
  •  Students who are unable to be in New Zealand due to Covid-19 travel restrictions will complete exams online. 
  • If you are unable to attend the exam due to sickness or unforeseen circumstances you can apply for an Aegrotat and compassionate consideration
  • There are no administration fees for Covid-19 related applications for Aegrotat and compassionate consideration for tests and examinations in Semester Two.

Aegrotat & compassionate consideration for tests and exams

Grades in Semester Two courses

  • Semester Two grades will be rounded up to 50 (pass) if students achieve a result of 47, 48 or 49. 
  • The University will not be providing a universal ‘grade bump’ in Semester Two. While there is no doubt that Covid-19 been disruptive in Semester Two, this disruption has impacted people in different ways. 
  • Students who have been significantly disrupted by Covid-19 can apply for an Aegrotat and compassionate consideration for tests and examinations, and the administration fee for Covid-19 related applications will be waived. We believe this to be a more equitable approach than a universal ‘grade bump’.
  • All students in AB courses are eligible for the grade bump for any assessment components which were completed during Semester One 2020.

Health and safety measures

This is how the University is working to keep our campuses safe:

  • Hand sanitiser has been made widely available on campus. 
  • Extra cleaning, particularly in high use areas is taking place. 
  • Cleaning supplies are available in lecture theatres for additional cleaning of surfaces if desired.

This is what you can do to keep our campuses safe:

  • Don’t come onto campus if you are unwell or have cold or flu symptoms. 
  • Practice healthy hygiene – wash your hands often.