Message to AUT students

COVID-19 student update (Thursday 27 August)

We hope you’re well and, for those of you in Auckland, looking forward to moving to alert level 2 at 11.59pm on Sunday 30 August. Here’s an update on what to expect next week, how we’re supporting your health and safety, and how we’re helping you to build your leadership and resilience.

No size limitations for lectures and classes

Lectures, classes and labs delivered by universities for educational purposes are defined as controlled environments – they are not defined as a social gathering. There are no size restrictions in alert level 2 for lectures, labs and classes (including in Auckland), as per the Government Guidelines for Tertiary Education Organisations on how to operate under alert levels.

Limits of 10 people for social gatherings on campus will be adhered to including at speaker events open to the public, cultural or music events, student club events and sporting events.

Teaching and learning online and on campus

Starting Monday 31 August, teaching will be a blend of online and on-campus teaching. Your faculty will contact you directly through Blackboard to let you know if any of your courses have scheduled on-campus activities and their location. If you have any questions about any of your course timetables, please contact the lecturer for that course. If the Government decides that Auckland can’t move to alert level 2 on Monday, then we will continue as we are at the moment, teaching online.

Public health measures on campus

We’ve put in place public health measures on our campuses to support your health and safety. In addition to our approach of blended online and on-campus teaching, we’ll have physical distancing of 1 metre where possible, contact tracing throughout campus buildings using the AUT app, the Government COVID-19 QR codes displayed, regular cleaning of campuses, and mandatory face masks on AUT shuttle buses. For more information check out our frequently asked questions.

If you’re immune compromised and have concerns about coming to campus during alert level 2, please contact the Student Hub by email or phone 0800 288 864.

Using the AUT app for contact tracing

While on campus, you must use the AUT app to scan the AUT QR codes displayed on the entrance and exits to all AUT buildings. For more information on the AUT QR code system and how AUT will store and share your information please see our frequently asked questions.

If you haven’t downloaded the AUT app, visit Student Hub Online for more information on how to do this.

AUTSA will provide students with face masks

The AUT Students Association (AUTSA) have ordered a stock of masks for students who are unable to buy them. If you need a face mask, you can visit the AUTSA office, Student Hub or Gym on each campus. Remember, it is now mandatory to wear a mask on public transport, including AUT’s shuttle buses. While on campus it is not mandatory to wear a face covering but we do encourage you to do this when physical distancing is not possible. Please do what makes you feel comfortable, you can wear a face covering on campus and in class (or not) and that’s okay.

Build your leadership and resilience

AUT has a range of online events, seminars and workshops organised that are designed to help you build your leadership, wellbeing and resilience, and find your vocation – as well as a four-part series on how to design your dream life. Check out events and activities in the AUT app to find out more and register.

Vote for the 2021 Student Representatives on Council

Campaigning for candidates for the 2021 Student Representatives on Council has begun and voting opens tomorrow, Friday 28 August. Be sure to check out the candidates for each role and have your say by voting in the election. Student Representatives are an integral group of students who share student feedback with AUT and advocate for the best student experience.

Find out more on how to vote.

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