For all students & the public (Coronavirus situation)

Q & A - For all students and the public

Is AUT open and operating as usual?

Yes. AUT is following direction from NZ Government Ministries and receiving updates daily. The wellbeing of our community is very important and we have asked staff and students travelling from China since 17 January 2020, or those who have been exposed to the virus to not attend classes or visit the university. This is in line with advice from the Ministries of Health and Education.

Is it safe for me to come to AUT?

Yes. AUT is taking advice from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education who have confirmed that it is appropriate to continue operations. As we prepare for the arrival of everyone to start the semester, you’ll see extra precautions such as the provision of hand sanitisers and additional cleaning protocols. It’s important we all follow the Ministry of Health’s advice regarding basic hygiene practices and that we keep up-to-date with current guidelines and are sensible.

We’re looking forward to the start of semester and everyone being on campus together again as soon as possible.

What can I do to prevent the spread of any infection?

The best advice is to practise good hygiene and hand-washing techniques, including:

  • Washing hands thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) with soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • Coughing and sneezing into your elbow or a tissue (rather than onto your hands), and then putting the used tissue straight into the rubbish and immediately wash your hands
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone suffering acute respiratory infections and symptoms such as fever and cough
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, stay at home or in your accommodation
  • avoiding close contact with people suffering acute respiratory infections, fever and cough

AUT is installing additional hand sanitising stations around the campuses and has additional cleaning protocols.

How is AUT making sure no infected students come to campus?

There are no current Coronavirus cases in NZ and the NZ borders are being closely monitored.  In line with Ministry of Education advice, AUT have asked staff and students travelling from China since 17 January 2020 or those who have been exposed to the virus to not attend classes or visit the university and to self-isolate themselves for 14 days.

Should I wear a mask?

For the general population, the health authorities are not recommending this. It is more important to practise good hand-washing hygiene and avoid close contact with people with illness.

However, if you are ill and need to visit the Student Medical Centre or your General Practitioner (Doctor), please advise them when you make an appointment.  They may suggest a mask in this instance (and should be able to provide one).

How do I contact the AUT Student Medical Centre?

09 921 9992 or 09 921 9998