University operations at different Alert Levels
The University has produced some general guidelines for University operations under different Alert Levels:
Alert Level 2 information for the week commencing 1 March 2021
The change in Alert Levels this week has complicated our first week of teaching at Otago, and is not the start to the year we had hoped for.
We are aware that for many of you, particularly our first years, the unexpected changes may be stressful. However, we have been planning for this for some months, so we are confident teaching will continue even in different circumstances.
Information on classes / lectures / tutorials for the rest of this week
This week we will be delivering information on each day’s timetable the afternoon before. This is because class sizes at this time of the year change each day, as new enrolments come in and people change their course.
How to find your stream
Some of our bigger classes are taught in “streams” – a large class broken into smaller ones for lectures. When paper co‑ordinators send out instructions for how to access your lectures this week, different streams may have different instructions.
You can find your stream in your timetable in eVision.
Student Health is currently experiencing an increase in call volumes, and will answer any calls as soon as possible.
If you require a COVID‑19 test, please email email@example.com to book an appointment rather than call.
If you need a non‑COVID‑related appointment, please continue to phone. Your call will be answered as soon as possible.
Zoom / Blackboard / Moodle
Our online classes are delivered in a variety of ways. Below are some links to our most common systems.
Your paper co‑ordinator will let you know what system they use, and how to access it.
You can also access IT help through Student IT.
How to find your paper co‑ordinator
If you need to contact the person co‑ordinating one of your papers, for help or clarification, you can find their contact details on the paper pages of our website:
Information for those not yet course approved, or changing their course
It’s common for some students to still be completing their enrolment or changing their papers at this point in the semester.
This week, however, this means that some won’t be able to access resources such as Blackboard or eVision, and won’t be contacted by their paper co‑ordinator with new times and locations for lectures.
If this applies to you, please find your paper co‑ordinator by visiting the paper pages on our website:
You can contact your paper co‑ordinator directly. Let them know you are planning on taking their course, and ask them to please keep you informed this week.
Otago has lots of support available for students. If you are a college resident, the staff there are a great first stop. Check out our full range at the link below:
Learning at Otago in 2021
The University of Otago is pleased to announce its expanded delivery options for coursework programmes for the 2021 academic year.
While Otago’s primary teaching mode is via face-to-face learning on-campus, in 2021, there will be three delivery options for eligible students:
- On campus
- Distance – existing programmes and papers designed to be delivered by distance learning
- Online – a limited number of papers and programmes that would normally only be delivered on-campus will be temporarily delivered online in order to accommodate students that are unable to attend classes in person due to COVID‑19
The deadline for semester 1 online study has now passed. Late requests will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. Applications for semester 2 study are still being accepted.
Deadlines and information for students who are returning to university through a managed isolation facility
Students completing the Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) programme
Students must arrive on campus, and be ready for attendance, no later than 9am Friday 26 March 2021, to meet assessment requirements for the programme.
Students completing one of the Health Sciences undergraduate professional programmes
Please contact the programme co-ordinator for your specific programme.
Students from other programmes who will be late onto campus in semester 1 due to a confirmed MIQ booking
Please contact AskOtago, who will assist you.
Students from other programmes who have not yet made an MIQ booking
Given MIQ is full until at least June 2021, students in this situation will not be able to study until semester 2 unless their papers are on the list of approved online papers.
Graduate research students
Processes for repatriating graduate research students is being managed through the Graduate Research School in conjunction with the International Office and Universities New Zealand for allocation of repatriation places.
To support contact tracing capability, we strongly encourage all students and staff with suitable devices to maintain a connection to the Wi‑Fi network while on campus.
Find out how to connect to Wi‑Fi:
- Student instructions for connecting to University Wi‑Fi
- Staff instructions for connecting to University Wi‑Fi
- Visitor instructions for connecting to University Wi‑Fi
All students and staff who are using a data-capable mobile device or laptop which is turned on and connected to the University Wi‑Fi, or a University computer hardwired to the network, will be able to be contact traced if required, via collected location data.
Any data collected is subject to the Privacy Statement appended below.
User sign‑in data from computers which are hard-wired to the University network will also be used for location / contact tracing as required.
NZ COVID Tracer app
QR codes have now been installed across our campuses that can be used with the New Zealand Government COVID Tracer app for contact tracing.
COVID‑19 Contact Tracing – Privacy Statement
COVID‑19 Contact Tracing Information means information collected in electronic and paper-based COVID‑19 building access registers, and derived from the University’s IT network, timetabling and electronic card access systems, which identifies physical proximity between individuals on campus capable of increasing the risk of transmission of COVID‑19.
As with all personal information collected by the University, COVID‑19 Contact Tracing Information will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993 and the University’s Policy on Access to, and Use of, Personal Information.
COVID‑19 Conract Tracing Information is collected and accessed by the University for the purpose of contact tracing aimed at decreasing the risk of transmission of COVID‑19, and may be supplied to the Medical Officer of Health and/or appropriate government agencies for those purposes.
COVID‑19 Contact Tracing Information will be securely stored and permanently deleted once no longer reasonably required for contact tracing purposes.
Medical certificates for Special Consideration
Medical certificates are not required if seeking Special Consideration for internal assessment, and are only required for Special Consideration in Final Examinations if impairment is due to illness or injury.
If you are concerned that you might have COVID‑19, call the COVID‑19 Healthline, Student Health, or your own GP for advice about getting tested.
Testing is free for everyone.
Important phone numbers
- COVID‑19 Healthline 0800 358 5453 (within New Zealand) or +64 9 358 5453
- Healthline 0800 611 116 (within New Zealand)
- Student Health 0800 479 821 (within New Zealand)
- Dunedin Urgent Doctors +64 3 479 2900
- Emergency Psychiatric Services 0800 467 846 Option 2 (within New Zealand
- You can also free call or free text 1737 to speak to a trained counsellor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Emergencies dial 111
These services are available for you to access online:
- Career Development Centre
- Disability Information and Support
- International Student Support
- Office of Student Success
- Pacific Islands Centre
- Proctor’s Office and Campus Watch
- Social Impact Studio
- Student Learning Development
- Te Huka Mātauraka – Māori Centre
- Te Whare Tāwharau sexual violence support and prevention centre
- Virtual OUSA Student Support
Pūtea Tautoko student support fund
Applications are open
Applications remain open for the University’s Pūtea Tautoko student support fund.
Apply through your eVision portal – a link to the application form should appear in the Finance section on the main page.
You will be asked to supply information about your financial circumstances, declare your current sources of income and financial assistance, and explain how COVID‑19 is impacting on your ability to continue to study at Otago.
You will also need to nominate a referee who can attest to your situation.
About the Pūtea Tautoko student support fund
A fund for students facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID‑19 global outbreak has been launched by the University, with applications now open.
The fund is open to all University of Otago students, whether you are a New Zealand or international student, full-time or part-time, undergraduate, or postgraduate.
The University has committed NZ$1.5 million as an initial investment to support Otago students, and is asking alumni, staff, and friends to contribute to increase the amount available.
Named Pūtea Tautoko, which translates as financial support, the fund is a way for the University community to support its students facing the greatest need in extraordinary times.
Pūtea Tautoko is the largest hardship initiative in the University’s history.
The fund is launched with the support of the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA).
Applications will be considered by several panels, all including student representation. The panels will robustly assess hardship, using tools we already have to assess applications for existing hardship funds, and for our needs-based scholarships.
New international students
Visit otago.ac.nz/coronavirus for ongoing updates.