Move all VUW classes online to protect students and staff

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Move all VUW lectures labs and tutorials online immediately

In light of the recent pandemic sweeping the globe and the 66 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, I am asking on behalf of the student body and the faculty that all lectures, labs, and tutorials be moved online.

Confirmed closures of Massey University, University of Canterbury and Auckland University indicates that universities have the resources to shift to an online platform in order to protect the wellbeing of their students and prevent the spread of this virus. 

Until those in charge mandate the movement to online services, students will still feel obligated to attend campus, putting their health and the wider community at risk.
We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly disease to our community at Victoria University and protect the health of our students and most vulnerable. 

VUWSA and Can Do Victoria, who speak on behalf of the student body and student population who are most vulnerable to this disease, reflect concern and disappointment at the inaction of the University in their recent Covid-19 update. 

This is absolutely the bare minimum response from Victoria University at this time.

Factors to consider 

- Supporting students who currently have no access to computers at home and thus measures must be taken to ensure all students have access. 

- Students with disabilities who require closed captions or other forms of extra support when the university shifts online. 

- Software such as statistics programs required for certain courses to be made available. 

- Postgraduate students, employees, and businesses that operate on-campus may still require access to campus services, thus reducing the number of individuals on campus is absolutely critical to implement social distancing measures and prevent a complete blanket closure of the University.  

- Tests and Exams will move online unless adequate social distancing protocols can be implemented.

- More support for students currently enrolled by the University. Funds need to be allocated to support living costs and loss of income and a focus on student's mental health and wellbeing. 

- Extra considerations for students currently living in close proximity, in university halls.