Learning and teaching under COVID-19 alert level 2

This message is sent to all students on behalf of the Vice-Provost (Academic) Professor Stuart Brock

Kia ora koutou,

As you will be aware, Wellington has now moved to Alert Level 2. This will have an impact on the way we deliver our classes and learning activities. For the benefit of our students and to comply with government regulations, a consistent University-wide approach is required.  Details are outlined below.

Overall approach. Our advice to students is as follows:

  • students who prefer to study remotely are encouraged to do so
  • students who prefer face-to-face tuition are welcome on campus
  • when on campus, students should observe the physical distancing protocols in our lecture theatres; specifically students must:
    • comply with the designated entrance and exit protocols that will be in place for our larger lecture rooms
    • when in the lecture theatre, choose seats that have been marked as the preferred seats to occupy
    • where physical distancing is not possible, including in lecture theatres and other teaching spaces, students are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering
    • students can also choose to relocate to a study space outside the lecture theatre to stream their lecture to their device

Masks and face coverings. Students, staff and others are strongly encouraged to bring their own masks or face coverings to campus. Face coverings on campus are strongly encouraged where you cannot easily observe physical distancing protocols.

Lectures. Pre-recorded Panopto videos or Zoom lecture streaming will be available for students to view during the lecture.

Tutorials. Where possible, Zoom tutorials will be available for students who would otherwise attend in-person tutorials. Students will also be able to attend tutorials in-person, but should comply with physical distancing requirements where possible.

Other learning activities. Alternative arrangements (to those planned in Alert Level 1) for delivering in-person workshops, labs, etc. under Alert Level 2 must be approved by Associate Deans and clearly communicated to all students. If no such arrangements have been approved and communicated, students should not be required to attend in-person activities. Online alternatives may be available. Check Blackboard for details.

Study spaces. There will be spaces on all campuses allocated for students wishing to use headphones and safely engage with online material. These spaces will be in the libraries on all campuses.

Health and safety. Where possible, everyone should scan QR codes before entering lecture theatres or tutorial rooms. Everyone should use hand sanitiser regularly. Everyone should enter and exit a room through the entry and exit points where they are clearly marked. Staff and students should all take responsibility collectively for ensuring that health and safety standards are maintained. Where lecturers or tutors feel they are not being maintained, they have the authority to cancel the class.

Thank you all for patience and understanding as we once again adapt to another change in alert levels in New Zealand.

Ngā mihi,

Stuart