Otago Polytechnic

Covid-19 updates

Updated 27 November 2020

All campuses are at Alert Level 1. 

Visitors and members of the public are welcome on campus but please use the manual sign in sheets provided at all entry points and follow any directional signage. 

  Alert Level 1 rules

Remember our ten golden rules at Alert Level 1:

  1. If you are sick, stay home. 
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms, call your doctor. 
  3. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. 
  4. Sneeze or cough into your elbow. 
  5. General cleaning of high touch, hard surfaces. 
  6. As a student, ensure you engage with the class register for every class - we need to be able to contact trace at the request of health officials. 
  7. Continue to use the Government's NZ COVID Tracer App (QR codes are available at all campus entry points). 
  8. If you have underlying health conditions, talk with your GP and formal leader about precautions. 
  9. Stay vigilant. 
  10. Be kind to others and to yourself.  

You can read more about Alert Level 1 restrictions and guidelines beyond campus life (such as mask wearing) here >  

  Graduating in December or a guest at graduation? (Covid-19 protocols)

We're looking forward to graduation on Friday 11 December and hope you are too! To keep everyone safe, please find our Covid-19 Graduation Protocols below. 

Graduation at Alert Level 1

There is no limit on the number of people who can attend a social event or enter a public facility at Alert Level 1. It's perfectly safe to do so. To keep everyone comfortable on the day, we'll be following best practice, government advice on track and trace, and public safety. 

When to stay home 

Do not come to graduation (or attend gatherings or public events) if you are:

  • unwell
  • a confirmed or probable case of Covid-19 
  • waiting for a Covid-19 test result 
  • self-isolating. 

If you feel unwell before graduation day, please email graduation@op.ac.nz and let them know you won't be coming. 

If you feel unwell on graduation day, please freephone 0800 762 786 and let them know you won't be coming. 

What will happen during the ceremony?
  • We will not be shaking hands during the ceremony and will instead present awards to recipients.
  • Mask wearing is optional for anyone who wants to wear one. 
  • Mask wearing is also optional for Otago Polytechnic staff. Dunedin Venue staff will be wearing masks. 

How to track and trace 

Businesses must legally display Covid Tracer QR code posters in prominent places to help you keep track of where you've been. Dunedin Town Hall will be displaying these QR code posters - we recommend you use the Government Covid Tracer App to scan this QR code when you arrive at the Town Hall. Guests will be provided with a flyer which includes a printed QR code that they can scan. 

Please remember that you can't take any bags, flowers, other items into the Town Hall as you will change seats during the ceremony and can't carry items across the stage. 

We have a desk at the front door where you can check your items in before the ceremony and collect them again at the end. We have staff minders who look after these items to ensure they are secure. 

Hygiene practices 
  • We encourage everyone to keep using good hygiene practices to keep each other safe. 
  • There are plenty of hand washing facilities at the Town Hall (with soap, water, hand dryers/paper towels).  
  • Organisers have said they will be providing alcohol-based hand sanitiser. 
  • If you cough and sneeze, please do so into your elbow. 
Anything else?

To help prevent further spread of Covid-19 and other viruses (e.g. the common cold or flu), you may want to practice physical distancing where possible. While the risk of exposure to Covid-19 is low, it may re-emerge and you should always follow basic hygiene to prevent spreading the virus. 

People at higher risk of Covid-19 infection are encouraged to take extra precautions when leaving home to protect your own health. Use your judgement. You may personally want to avoid large gatherings or choose to wear a mask.  

  Support information

The safety of our students, staff and wider community remains our top priority and student support is very much available for all of our learners.  

Student Success Dunedin: 0800 762 786  |  studentsuccessdn@op.ac.nz   

Student Success Central: 0800 765 9276 |  censtudentsuccess@op.ac.nz    

Student Success Auckland: 0800 111 212 |  studentsuccessaic@op.ac.nz   

After-hours support: (+64) 21 735 421 




If you have the following symptoms, please contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor immediately. Call your doctor before visiting.

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing

Otago Polytechnic Student Health Centre is open Mon-Fri, 9.00am-4.30pm. It is important to call ahead on (03) 479 6082