Covid-19: University of Auckland exams scheduled for Friday moved online

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The University of Auckland says all exams scheduled to be held in central city campuses on Friday will be held online instead.

The decision affects all exams at the City, Grafton, Newmarket and Epsom sites.

Scheduled start times remained the same, but the online exams would run for an additional 30 minutes to allow for reading time and for starting and submitting assessments.

The news comes after a new community case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Auckland.

The new arrangements, “at this stage”, only applied to exams on Friday November 13.


The new arrangements, “at this stage”, only applied to exams on Friday November 13.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the source of the case was under investigation as there was no known link to the border.

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The case was one of three new ones announced on Thursday; two in the community and one imported.

The new Auckland community case, a female student at AUT, lived and worked in the Auckland CBD.

Since Saturday (November 7), she visited Smith and Caughey’s Department Store, Red Pig Restaurant, Starbucks Queen St, Sunnytown Restaurant and The Gateau House.

In a statement on the University of Auckland website, students were encouraged to reach out if they had any concerns about the sudden move to online exams.

The new arrangements, “at this stage”, only applied to exams on Friday, November 13.

Auckland University students association president Emma Rogers said it had been a “stressful” 12 hours for students.

“Having a community case was a surprise to the system and has caused a lot of anxiety among students,” Rogers said.

“Students are already under pressure with the stress of exams, so we are trying to support students as best we can.

“There are mixed reactions – many are relieved with the decision to take exams online – albeit still stressed over the whole situation.

“Like many of us, the waiting to see what happens next in terms of alert levels is stressful in itself so preparing for an exam on top of that is not easy.”

Staff and students at all other Auckland campuses (including Tai Tonga) were being asked to study and work from home where possible.

“We are very sorry for this late notice and any inconvenience it might cause.

“We understand it creates an additional layer of uncertainty for everyone. We expect to receive more information from the Government tomorrow, and will provide an update then.”

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