On-campus hygiene

Learn what you need to do at the current alert level, including contact tracing and face coverings, and what to do if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms.

This page was last updated on 8 September 2021.

All of Aotearoa New Zealand is at alert level 2 except for Auckland and parts of Waikato, which are at alert level 3.

Find out how the University operates at each alert level

Health and hygiene

If you have cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms, seek medical advice—contact your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

On campus

When you’re on campus, we ask you to:

  • Use your student ID card to gain access.
  • Use the NZ COVID Tracer app, with Bluetooth turned on, as you move through campus.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 1 metre inside educational facilities. If space is limited in a room, staff and students are asked to wear a face covering. Physical distancing of 2 metres should occur outside of campus.
  • Observe entry and exit points in large teaching and learning spaces, they will be clearly marked, and queue management systems will be in place.
  • Use hand sanitiser.
  • Wear a mask when physical distancing can’t be maintained, when you’re moving around campus, and when you’re in shared offices or study spaces.
  • Disinfect and clean any workspaces you might be using and any other equipment you regularly use.

We are increasing ventilation in teaching spaces meaning they might be cooler than you are used to. Students may need to bring extra clothing to class as a result.

Face coverings/masks

Wearing a face covering is strongly recommended for staff and students in teaching and learning spaces, but is not mandatory except in public-facing areas. These areas include Mauri Ora (Student Health), the University Pharmacy, the University Recreation Centre, and retailers on campus.

If you are using disposable masks, place used ones into a lined bin. Make sure to wash or sanitise your hands immediately after doing so. The Ministry of Health has more detail about use of masks.

Some students may not be able to wear face coverings due to underlying health conditions. Be kind and support one another as we make a gradual transition back to campus life.

Contact tracing

You will need to bring your ID card when you come on campus, and record your movements, either using the COVID Tracer app, or by keeping a diary.

Download and use the Government’s NZ COVID Tracer app (including enabling the Bluetooth function) and scan the QR codes at entry points to buildings. You can download the app in the Apple App Store or from Google Play.

It remains crucial that you check the Ministry of Health website detailing locations of interest and follow the instructions on that site if they apply to you.

Looking after yourself and others

This University has a set of core ethical values, as well as a commitment to wellbeing, inclusivity, and diversity. We want everyone to feel safe and included on campus.

Be respectful to each other and to staff and take the time to connect with and look out for fellow students.

Look after yourself and others by prioritising your wellbeing during this period of uncertainty. Our student wellbeing leaders and Student Wellbeing team have created a series of resources to support you.

The Ministry of Health has advice on managing your mental wellbeing, and the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience has strategies for coping with COVID-19.

It is normal to feel stressed or lonely at the moment as we all navigate difficult circumstances. For support with anxiety or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 free at any time and talk to a trained counsellor, or contact Student Counselling.

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