2011/3/11


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Announcement of teaching timetable for progressive re-start
We are pleased to announce the draft timetable for the progressive restart of our academic programme for 2011. From Monday 14 March approximately 250 courses will be being delivered either on campus, off campus, online, on field trips or through our distance learning programmes. Details of this draft timetable can be found on the website. The timetable for the week beginning 14 March will be finalised by 12 noon Friday 11 March. We have tried to minimise timetable clashes but, if you do have a clash, talk to the lecturer in one of the courses concerned and ask their advice.

This is the best available information at this time, but due to ongoing developments in the restart programme there may be some adjustments. Please continue to check the website for any changes before Monday and throughout the weeks ahead. Students whose course or courses do not appear on the final timetable are not required to be on campus. For those of you still waiting on information about your course please keep checking our website after 8pm each day as we continue to schedule more courses.

Due to the memorial day on Friday 18 March, the University will be closed and we will offer a full days teaching on Saturday 19 March.

Building Update
Our re-start team has been working hard to ensure buildings are ready for use for Monday’s progressive re-start activities.

The second stage of building inspections is expected to be completed by tomorrow for all 186 separate structural spaces. We are currently working on a ‘warrant of fitness’ for 40 separate structural spaces. In addition, we have begun erecting a range of sizes of marquees as interim teaching spaces for some courses.

Restart kit online
Tomorrow morning online re-start packages will be available. There will be one for staff and one for students. They will include practical information about what you will need for Monday including travel options, health and safety information, access to library services, car parking and building access information. We will also include highlights of this information in The Press on Saturday. Information about access to textbooks and the annual UCSA book sale will be made available before the weekend.

Refunds
We have already advised that the University will waive six months of this year’s fee for those staff and students who purchased a full-year parking permit before 22 February. People who purchased a permit for Semester One only will receive a full refund.

We will also provide a full refund of membership fees paid to join the recreation centre. In recognition of the circumstances, we find ourselves in, a refund of $500 will be provided to every full time equivalent student and pro-rated for part time students. This is in recognition of the physical damage to infrastructure which has led to a reduction in the quality of these services. Refunds can only be made by crediting a bank account. Due to the demands on our financial service function, refunds may not be available before 1 May. Further information will be available on the website, once confirmed.

Staff returning to campus on Monday 14 March
Staff requiring access on site to prepare for the commencement of teaching on Monday will be able to get onto restricted areas of campus. These are the Clyde Precinct and Dovedale College of Education College Office which will be available between 10am-2pm on Saturday 12 March. Staff will have to park on the street and walk through the Arts and Law car park as there is no parking in this area. You will be required to approach buildings from safe entry areas at the campus perimeter to sign in and out of the building that you are accessing. You will need to bring I.D. This limited access applies only to staff, there will be no access for students. There will be no access to campus for staff or students on Sunday 13 March.

If you require handouts to be copied, a Copy Centre is operating in NZi3. This is only available for printing services for teaching and learning starting this week.

If any staff member requires urgent assistance with course design or using Learn please call 367 0719. Staff can request a new Learn course, if one does not already exist. We are also making audio visual recordings on request for online viewing. To request a video complete this request form. There will be a curfew from 9pm until 7am seven days a week until further notice. Between 7am and 9pm only buildings in designated precincts can be accessed. The “Clear” sign on a building means that it was clear of people on 22 February. It does not mean the building is approved for access. Buildings which have been certified through all five stages will carry a warrant of fitness designation.

Staff working from home
Guidelines for staff that are not required on campus and can work from home will be released tomorrow. Staff working from home who have access to a computer with an Internet connection have the ability to use some of the University’s IT facilities from off-campus. This provides access to P: Drives (My Documents) and K: drives (departmental drives), email, Microsoft Office applications and Jade/SMS. Please note that during this phase of the progressive re-start this service gives you access to a server that contains a specific set of software but does not give you direct access to your office computer. This means that specialist software installed on your office computer will not be accessible. Review the following web page for more information, including instructions on how to request access to this service: http://rax.canterbury.ac.nz.

When we start on Monday 14 March it will be less than three weeks since the events of February 22. Our staff have been through a challenging time preparing for our progressive re-start while managing their own personal issues in the aftermath of the earthquake. I would like to thank the re-start team for their hard work and thank all other staff and students for your patience while you waited for us to begin the redesign of our academic year. This is far from the final design of our programmes. We will have to make adjustments as we progress to best meet the needs of our students and staff and, most importantly, to ensure we are all as safe as possible.

Keep safe.
Rod Carr
Vice Chancellor
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