The COVID-19 Protection Framework (the ‘traffic light’ system) introduces a 3-level approach to managing COVID-19 in the community and comes into effect on 3 December 2021.
Under the COVID-19 Protection Framework, universities will be:
In accordance with the framework, at “Red” level, all students, staff and visitors will need to be fully vaccinated as a condition of being able to take part in face-to-face university activities or to enter AUT campuses. This includes attending teaching and learning spaces (such as lectures, workshops, classes, laboratories, tutorials, meetings, Nga Wai o Horotiu Marae, exams and assessments), libraries, student services, student accommodation, gyms, offices and research and related university settings.
The only exceptions will be:
AUT will be verifying vaccination information of all students. Please carry evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status with you at all times.
If you choose not to be vaccinated, this will not necessarily impact your ability to continue to study and complete your qualification. However, as not all AUT courses are available online, there may be limitations on the courses open to you for enrolment and for study. There may be limitations on your eligibility to participate in work-based learning or practicum activities that may impact your ability to complete your programme.
It is your decision to provide AUT with COVID-19 vaccination information. However, choosing not to provide your COVID-19 vaccination information (or a valid exemption) will mean you are excluded from being on campus at the “Red” level, which may have additional consequences to your programme of study.
My Vaccine Pass is the only permitted way of verifying students’ vaccination status under the COVID-19 Protection Framework. Once you are fully vaccinated, you can sign up to My Covid Record to see your vaccination status and request a pass. Your My Vaccine Pass will include your name, date of birth and a QR code. You can save this pass on a digital device, like your phone, or print a physical copy. More information is available on the Unite Against Covid-19 website.
Obtaining COVID vaccination verification from students will ensure AUT is complying with the COVID-19 Protection Framework. If an outbreak or change in alert levels occurs, we will be in a position to respond to public health directions accordingly. AUT will be able to better manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission between our students on and off campus by cross-referencing contact tracing data for locations of interest with supplied vaccination information. The information may also be provided to public health services and the Government to support contract tracing efforts.
AUT will be collecting vaccination verification information only, and not storing the My Vaccine Pass itself. Any vaccine information will be stored as part of students’ records on Arion, consistent with the Privacy Act 2020 obligations around the collection, storage, and use.
AUT is committed to protecting all personal information we hold. We will use appropriate security safeguards to protect this information from loss, unauthorised access, use or disclosure.
Only authorised persons who have a legitimate purpose to use your vaccine information will be permitted to use it. Unauthorised persons (including unauthorised staff) will not be able to access your vaccination records. If a privacy breach is alleged, this will be directed to the University’s General Counsel, who will consider if a breach has occurred and respond on behalf of the University. Privacy breaches are notifiable to both the Privacy Commissioner and affected individuals if the breach has caused or is likely to cause “serious harm”.
We will be collecting the following personal information and vaccination information (as shown on your My Vaccine Pass):
Alternatively, students may also provide evidence to support a valid exemption.
We will not keep any information for longer than is required for the purpose of managing COVID-19 at AUT. After this period, it will be securely destroyed.
AUT will not share your vaccination information in any other way, unless we are authorised to do so by law, or with your given consent. We may disclose aggregate level information to the Ministry of Health, Tertiary Education Commission or the Ministry of Education to assist with monitoring and planning COVID‐19 responses. Students will not be personally identified in the disclosure of information to these agencies.
At AUT all students can get free, confidential counselling sessions and mental health support. Counsellors are based at all of our campuses. You can also get help from our mental health advisors. If you’re a current student, check Student Hub Online, drop in to WB level 2, City Campus or phone 09 921 9292.
For support outside regular hours contact: