Higher-risk students

The University defines ‘higher-risk students’ under COVID-19 Alert conditions as learners who face increased risk in attending on-campus events.

Guidelines

Higher-risk students:

  • Are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 as defined by the Ministry of Health.
  • Live with people who are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Have significant mental health issues that may be exacerbated by COVID-19 or COVID-19 Alert Level requirements.

This provision is available to all students enrolled in 2021 who may qualify. Applications to study remotely for one or more of the reasons above must be supported by written evidence from a medical practitioner or mental health professional. The written evidence must specify at what Alert Level (or Levels) the student should not be on campus.

Government guidelines underpin recommendations on higher-risk status. These guidelines state that risk of exposure and transmission in the community at Alert Level 1 is very low. Applications made under Level 1 conditions to study remotely for health reasons will be considered in accordance with this advice.

 

Timeframe for applications

To allow time for the necessary preparations to be made, applications for higher-risk status must be made by the relevant deadline. Requests received after this point will be considered on a case-by-case basis but in some cases late requests may result in the student being advised to apply for an aegrotat.

  • For Semester 1 by COB 1 April 2021.
  • For Quarter 2 by COB 22 March 2021.

 

Tests and examinations

  • Students supported to be studying off-campus should sit a time-limited, online version of course tests and examinations. Where that is not possible alternative assessment arrangements should be made.
  • Students sitting an online version of a test or examination must have access to a suitable computer and reliable internet connection.
    Note: Students may request devices through the Student IT Equity Initiative.
  • A student who provides the appropriate medical evidence may remain off-campus and sit time-limited, online versions of tests and examinations until such time as the higher-risk status is no longer required and their record is updated by Te Papa Manaaki | Campus Care.
  • Where a student is approved to study remotely in Semester One, 2020, Te Papa Manaaki | Campus Care staff will provide the relevant student and course information to the Examinations Services Office (results@auckland.ac.nz) to ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for examinations.

Faculties are asked not to move higher-risk students into a different Canvas section.

Identification of higher risk students

  • Under COVID-19 Alert Level conditions students who believe they may be at higher risk attending activities on campus may complete the Health Consideration Form available on the University website.
  • The form requires students to provide written evidence from a medical practitioner or mental health professional about why the student should not come to campus.
  • Te Papa Manaaki | Campus Care staff in Campus Life work with students to obtain additional evidence or clarification of circumstances as necessary, liaising with Student Disability Services (SDS) in cases where the student is registered with SDS.
  • Te Papa Manaaki | Campus Care staff verify that the evidence is provided and, as appropriate, recommend a plan be made for the student to study remotely.
    Note: Medical or health information provided to Te Papa Manaaki
    | Campus Care staff will be treated as confidential and in accordance with the University’s Personal Privacy Statements. That a student has been assessed as at ‘higher risk’ will be disclosed only to those University staff members who need this information to address the student’s needs with respect to teaching and learning situations.

Advice to faculties

The names, IDs and contact details of higher-risk students will be provided to the appropriate faculty contact (usually Student Academic Services and Engagement Managers / Student and Academic Services Managers), who will inform the Course Director responsible for addressing the student’s learning and teaching needs.

Faculty contacts will have access to the Campus Care system to view the relevant details for students in their faculty approved for higher-risk status.

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