COVID-19 Orange setting

Find out what the Orange setting means for the University, including access to campus, teaching delivery, and student support services.

This page was last updated on 29 April 2022.

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington continues to follow all protocols and advice from the Ministry of Health and the government, and take all possible actions against the virus.

University operations

Our campuses and buildings are once again open to the public and swipe cards are not required to enter or exit through doors that are usually on free access.

Public health measures

These public health measures apply on campus at the Orange setting:

  • Staff and students are encouraged to use their ID card to swipe in (and out) of buildings.
  • You are required to wear a face mask in public places on campus, including lecture theatres and during tutorials.
  • If you are unwell: stay  at home and study remotely if you are able.

Find out more about how the University operates at the Orange setting


The University’s current COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all those coming onto our campuses was discontinued on Tuesday 26 April. There's more information on our removal of vaccine mandate page.

COVID-19 webform—if you test positive or are in isolation

Under the government's updated guidance, students who test positive now need to do their own contact tracing. If you have been wearing a mask on campus, you should not have any close contacts on campus.

If you test positive or are self-isolating as a result of being a household contact, please let the University know by completing this webform.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning is delivered in-person and online at the Orange setting. Almost all courses are offered in dual mode (i.e. both fully online and in-person), with some exceptions.

Find out more about teaching and learning at the Orange setting

Retail spaces

All businesses/retailers on campus except for the University Pharmacy may choose to require a My Vaccine Pass for access.

Cafes and bars may open with no limit on capacity. Customers must be seated and separated. Masks are required for customer-facing staff and are encouraged for customers while not eating.

Takeaway outlets can operate with 1 metre distancing. Masks are required (unless a person is exempt).

Student services

Student services continue to offer online services, with in-person options available. The following measures will apply to in-person visits to all of our services:

  • You must wear a medical grade mask.
  • You must maintain a physical distance of 1 metre.

Find out how Mauri Ora | Student Health and Counselling operates at the Orange setting

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.

There are resources available to support you:

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.
  • Contact Student Counselling.