University operations under the COVID-19 Protection Framework

Learn what the Government’s traffic light system means for the University.

Effective from 4 January 2022.

Overview

The University of Auckland follows the Ministry of Education’s Guidelines for Tertiary Education Organisations on how to operate under the Government’s COVID-19 Protection Framework. The University will respond according to the requirements of the different settings (red, orange, green) as they happen.

The COVID-19 Protection Framework notes the possibility of using localised or wider lockdowns. Students should plan their activities where possible to be ready to transition to new settings, or campus closure, at short notice.

For more information about the framework, please visit the Government’s COVID-19 Protection Framework website.

The University’s Vaccination Policy

The University’s Vaccination Policy is operational as of 4 January 2022. This means that regardless of the prevailing Covid Protection Framework setting, all students and visitors will need to have a valid My Vaccine Pass to be able to come onto campus or to take part in face-to-face University-managed activities.

For the purposes of this plan, University campuses includes all land and buildings occupied or controlled by the University and its subsidiaries; and all University vessels, vehicles and other equipment.

Anyone who is unwell , self-isolating, or who has been advised by health authorities to remain at home while they wait for their Covid-19 test results must stay at home.

The settings on this web page reflect the guidance from the Ministry of Education on the application of the Covid Protection Framework within tertiary education organisations, and the University’s Vaccination Policy.

Applicable at all settings

Vaccination Requirements

All students and visitors will need to have a valid My Vaccine Pass as a condition of being able to engage in face-to-face University-managed activities or to enter our campuses.

Exceptions to vaccination requirements

Those entering our campuses to access health and disability services, early childhood education services, dairies or pharmacies, and secondary students accessing secondary education.

Use of the Covid Tracer App

Required, with Bluetooth turned on.

On Campus services

Are all open with infection control and public health measures in place. This includes:

Red settings

What happens with teaching at Red?

  • Teaching, service delivery to students and associated support activities will take place on campus, subject to vaccination requirements.
  • Teaching activities will be delivered as designed as much as possible. Due to capacity impacts of the 1 metre distancing requirement, some teaching activities may need to be modified.
  • Course Directors will work with Associate Deans (Teaching and Learning) to determine how to handle these restrictions, and the information about this will be shared with students through Canvas.

What happens with assessments at Red?

  • Examinations will normally be digital and remote.
  • Exams previously approved to be in person (clinical, performance and practical examinations only) will occur in person with 1 metre distancing *, and public health and infection control measures are in place.
  • Other in-person assessments will take place as planned where 1 metre distancing* can be achieved and public health and infection control measures are in place, or approved alternatives provided.

What happens on campus at Red?

  • All library locations are open with 1 metre distancing capacity limits, to staff and students and Associate Members only (no public access).
  • Early Childhood Centres are open with capacity limits based on 1 metre distancing.
  • Retail outlets (non-food) are operating normally with restricted capacity based on 1 metre distancing, and mandatory face coverings.
  • Takeaway food outlets are operating normally with appropriate risk assessment informed controls, public health measures in place, and face coverings encouraged.
  • Hospitality food outlets are operating normally with capacity restricted to 100 people, 1 metre distancing, seated and separated. Mandatory face coverings until seated.
  • Events are permitted for up to 100 participants, in defined spaces based on 1 metre distancing and subject to compliance with all public health and infection control measures. People do not need to stand 1 metre apart during the event. Food and beverage service must be seated and separated.

Health and safety

  • Anyone entering University campuses is expected to wear a face covering when indoors.

Orange and Green settings

What happens with teaching at Orange and Green?

  • Teaching, service delivery to students, and associated support activities will take place on campus.
  • Teaching activities will be delivered as designed.
  • Students should monitor Canvas for any changes to a course that may arise as a result of localised events.

What happens with assessments at Orange and Green?

  • Examinations will normally be digital and remote.
  • Exams previously approved to be in person (clinical, performance and practical examinations only) will occur in person.
  • Other in-person assessments will take place as planned.

What happens on campus at Orange and Green?

  • All library locations are open with 1 metre distancing capacity limits, to staff and students and Associate Members only (no public access) at Orange. At Green, all libraries are open with no capacity limits.
  • Early Childhood Centres are open with full enrolment.
  • Retail outlets (non-food) are operating normally with restricted capacity based on 1 metre distancing, and mandatory face coverings.
  • Takeaway food outlets are operating normally with appropriate risk assessment informed controls, public health measures in place, and face coverings encouraged.
  • Hospitality food outlets are operating normally with appropriate risk assessment informed controls, public health measures in place, and face coverings encouraged until seated.
  • Events are permitted with no limit on participant numbers, subject to compliance with all public health and infection control measures.

Health and safety

  • Face coverings are expected indoors when distancing is difficult (e.g. lifts and corridors). Face coverings are not required outside of areas separately mandated to use face coverings (e.g. pharmacies or health and disability services).

Please note: This information on this page only applies to University of Auckland campuses in New Zealand. Students who are overseas and studying online are not impacted by the Covid-19 Protection Framework.