Self-isolation

Self-isolation means staying at home and minimising your contact with others. It’s an effective way to help protect those around you from COVID-19.

Important information on self-isolation is on the Government COVID-19 website. Self-isolation means staying at home and minimising your contact with others as a precaution. It’s an effective way to help protect those around you—your family, whānau, friends, colleagues—from COVID-19.

We ask students who are self-isolating due to travel to phone our COVID-19 Contact Centre on 0800 04 04 04 so we can provide support if required.

If you returned to New Zealand from overseas prior to 16 March

The Prime Minister has requested that anyone who entered New Zealand before the mandated two-week self-isolation programme implemented on 16 March should self-isolate for the balance of the 14 days since they entered the country. We expect students to follow the Government’s recommendation.

If you have travelled to New Zealand from anywhere in the world since 16 March, you must still register online or with Healthline’s COVID-19 line on 0800 358 5453. You also need to self-isolate if you have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19.

Requirement to self-isolate

The University expects all students who meet the criteria for self-isolation to do so for the 14 day period. Failure to do so will be regarded as a breach of the Student Conduct Statute and will be referred to our Student Interest and Conflict Resolution team.

International students who fail to follow self-isolation rules may be in breach of their visa requirements. The University will take any breach of the self-isolation requirement extremely seriously and will involve the appropriate authorities.

Contact Healthline 0800 358 5453 if you begin to feel unwell while self-isolating. Some of the symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

If you need to call emergency services, ring 111 and let them know you are in self-isolation.

Students requiring accommodation to self-isolate

All students who need to self-isolate for any reason will be supported by the University.

We have some space available in university accommodation for students in need. To access this support, contact the University’s COVID-19 Contact Centre by calling 0800 04 04 04 or by emailing info@vuw.ac.nz. Staff will then work with affected students to find suitable accommodation.

If you cannot reach the Contact Centre and need help urgently, ring the Campus Safety and Security team on 0800 842 8888 or internally on extension 8888 and the team will support you from there.