University operations at different alert levels

Learn what the different Government Covid-19 Alert Levels mean for the University.

Overview

The University of Auckland follows the Ministry of Education’s Guidelines for Tertiary Education Organisations (PDF) on how to operate at the different Alert Levels. The University will respond according to the requirements of the different Alert Levels as they happen. 

Alert Level 1: Prepare

Ministry of Education requirements for Alert Level 1

All on-campus activities permitted as usual.

What happens with teaching at Alert Level 1?

  • All teaching on campus.
  • While the Ministry of Education allows exams and tests to be conducted on campus, the University has decided that exams in Semester One, Quarter One and Quarter Two will be held online, regardless of the alert level (with some exceptions, particularly for courses requiring professional accreditation).
  • Invigilated tests are held on campus.
  • Students who are at high risk of harm from Covid-19 and need to continue their studies remotely, need to fill out a Health Consideration Form.

What happens on campus at Alert Level 1?

All usual activity is provided on campus.

Health and safety

  • Do not come onto campus if you are unwell.
  • Practice healthy hygiene habits; hand sanitiser widely available.
  • Use NZ Covid tracer app.

Alert Level 2: Reduce

Ministry of Education requirements for Alert Level 2

  • In-person classes allowed.
  • No more than 100 people at events and gatherings but:
    • Limits on gatherings do not apply to education-related gatherings: “there are no size restrictions for lectures and classes”.

What happens with teaching at Alert Level 2?

  • Decisions about the delivery mode of teaching are made by faculties to achieve the best approach for each individual course, taking into account health and safety requirements. It is the University's preference to retain an on-campus experience as much as is possible while meeting health and safety requirements.
  • Check Canvas for details about individual courses.
  • Students who are at high risk of harm from Covid-19 and need to continue their studies remotely, need to fill out a Health Consideration Form.
  • Tests including those normally on-campus with invigilation, will be online, time-limited and non-invigilated.
  • Exams are conducted online as outlined in Alert Level 1 above.
  • For tests and exams, follow the usual processes for special conditionsaegrotat and compassionate consideration.

What happens on campus at Alert Level 2?

  • All usual activity is provided on campus with some modifications for health and safety.
  • Non-teaching gatherings limited to 100.
  • All libraries and information commons open for reduced hours.  
  • Click and collect service for borrowing books from the library.

Health and safety

  • Do not come onto campus if you are unwell.
  • Required to Check-IN when on campus. 
  • Physically distance where possible; practice healthy hygiene habits; hand sanitiser widely available; face covering encouraged.
  • Use NZ Covid tracer app.

Alert Level 3: Restrict

Ministry of Education requirements for Alert Level 3

  • Classes of more than 10 people are not allowed on campus. 
  • Classes of 10 people or fewer should be run remotely wherever possible. If not
    possible, they may continue on campus but must be strictly managed.

What happens with teaching at Alert Level 3?

  • Remote teaching mode. All teaching including labs and studios provided online (with some exceptions).
  • Tests conducted online.
  • Exams conducted online.

What happens on campus at Alert Level 3?

  • Limited study spaces and computer labs available at selected campuses.
  • All student services provided online.
  • Health and Counselling Service and Student Accommodation operate on campus.
  • Click and collect service for borrowing books from the library.

Health and safety

  • Do not come onto campus if you are unwell.
  • Required to Check-IN when on campus.
  • Physically distance by 2m; practice healthy hygiene habits; hand sanitiser widely available; face covering encouraged.
  • Use NZ Covid tracer app.

Alert Level 4: Lockdown

Ministry of Education requirements for Alert Level 4

No on-campus classes are allowed.

What happens with teaching at Alert Level 4?

  • Remote teaching mode.
  • All teaching including labs and studios provided online.
  • Tests conducted online.
  • Exams conducted online.

What happens on campus at Alert Level 4?

  • No on campus activity with the exception of Health and Counselling Service and Student Accommodation.
  • All student services provided online.

Please note: This alert level information only applies to University of Auckland campuses in New Zealand. Students who are overseas and studying online are not impacted by the Alert Levels.