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COVID-19 information

22 November 2023

Covid-19 can spread quickly and cause serious illness. Please continue good health practices and check out our COVID-19 information for students.

  • There is no longer a requirement to wear a mask on campus. Some places you visit off-campus as part of your role at UC might ask you to wear a mask - please check with them before visiting.
  • If you feel unwell please stay at home.
  • All remaining vaccine mandates will end. Some businesses or providers you work at as part of your role at UC might require you to be vaccinated due to their responsibilities under health and safety legislation, please check with them before visiting.

The removal of the traffic light system means a return to business as usual without restriction, however it does not change how quickly Covid-19 can spread and the seriousness of the illness. With this in mind, please continue good health practices:

  • Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean or disinfect shared surfaces regularly.
  • Consider wearing a face mask when working close to others and please respect anyone who chooses to wear a mask.
  • Stay home if you are sick – take a rapid antigen test (RAT) if you have Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Open windows to increase fresh air flow inside. If air conditioning is used, make sure the system is regularly maintained.
  • Stay up to date with your vaccinations.

Information for students

Latest Course Information

Check AKO | LEARN for specific course updates.


Changes to the Special Consideration process for COVID-related applications

All COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted by the Government, and as a result the Special Consideration process for COVID-related illness has changed.

The Special Consideration Medical Form is now required for a COVID-related special consideration applications. UC Assura and Ministry of Health self-declarations as the only evidence of illness will no longer be accepted.  

Your health professional will advise you if you should be attending a test or exam. We do not want unwell students in test/exam rooms if they are deemed too unwell by their health professional to attend.

Students who are unable to attend a test or examination must see a health professional (either in person or virtually) within 48 hours of the assessment date.  If you have difficulty meeting this requirement contact as soon as possible. Students applying for an impaired performance special consideration must see a health professional no later than 10 working days from the date of the assessment, bearing in mind that you need to see your health professional whilst unwell, not after the fact. 

For non-test or examination assessment items, such as for an essay, assignment, quiz, etc, in the first instance contact your course coordinator or lecturer to discuss an extension of time to complete the assessment item.  A special consideration application is not required for an extension of time to be granted.   Should an extension be granted and you are still impaired at the extended due date, or an extension is not available, then at that point a special consideration application can be submitted with the appropriate supporting documentation.

For further advice on special consideration applications, contact, check the website, or contact one of the support services on campus.

Wellbeing support for students 

It’s important to look after yourself and others in these uncertain and unique times, so check out the online wellbeing hub where there’s a wealth of handy information covering anxiety and stress and mind and body

Here are just a few of the other support services available across UC, Ōtautahi and Aotearoa New Zealand:


UC Qualifications with vaccination requirements

Some health and medical qualifications require students to undertake placements in the community.  For placements in the health and disability sector, students must comply with government vaccine mandates and supply evidence of their vaccination status. 

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