16 March: The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University has suspended all Spring 2020 programming in New Zealand. Read the full notice from the College.
All teaching will stop from March 23 until the scheduled mid-trimester break ends. Teaching will recommence online on Tuesday 28 April.
Because no face-to-face or on-campus activities are permissible, there will be no examinations for Trimester 1. As a consequence, the teaching period will be extended by three weeks at the end of trimester into the period previously occupied by the week-long study period and two-week examination period. The last day of teaching for the trimester will be 26 June. The mid-year break will remain as it is currently scheduled.
The University currently offers a range of high-quality, fully online courses for any student affected by the COVID-19 situation. A list of the available online courses can be found here.
Students who have to return home may wish to select an alternative course or courses if the courses they are currently enrolled in are not available through the online platform. Enrollment for these courses must be completed as soon as possible.
Our residential colleges remain open and are continuing to support college students who have stayed in Dunedin during the lockdown period. AskOtago and other essential services will operate online and by phone.
As of the 30th March, all University of Otago papers (courses) are now delivered online. Technical IT support continues to be available for students experiencing issues. The University also continues to offer an extensive range of library resources and services online, including access to the library staff for advice and support online.
Semester 1 online teaching will begin 20 April. This means students can continue to study from their current location, regardless of any change in New Zealand’s COVID-19 Alert levels.
Teaching for Semester 1 will end on 29 May. Study Week will run from 2-5 June as planned and no assessments will be due or conducted in this period.
The examination period will run from 8-20 June.
Assessments - all programs have been working to adapt assessments to ensure students receive the best learning possible. Students should check LEARN (UC’s online platform) for any changes to their assessments. All changes will be finalized by Thursday 16 April.
There will be a maximum of one assessment activity per course in the examination period and these may include assignment submissions, online tests and exams.
The university has moved into a full campus closure. During this period of closure, only essential services will be allowed to continue on campus.
The week of March 23 to 27 will be designated a Teaching Free Week; to accommodate this week of teaching, the Spring semester will now finish on 6 July (a week later).
Given it will now be possible for all courses to be taught online, an individual study plan for recalled study abroad and exchange students is no longer necessary. Auckland does still need to know whether you wish to study there in person, with them online, or to withdraw from your program.