13 May 2022

Teaching Arrangements for Term 1 2022–23 and Updates on Vaccine Pass

13 May 2022

Dear colleagues and students,

The city’s fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was rapid and fierce, but with the recent stabilisation in cases and the gradual relaxation of social distancing measures, the University is optimistic about returning to normal activities in 2022–23.

This message is intended to update you on a few important issues, so that you can plan for the next academic year accordingly.

Resumption of face-to-face classes in Term 1, 2022-23
Assuming infection rates continue their downward trajectory and government mandated social distancing measures ease over the coming months, we are very optimistic that the default mode of delivery of teaching and learning will be in person and on campus for all undergraduate and research postgraduate students in Term 1, 2022–23.

There may be flexibility in teaching arrangements for taught postgraduate programmes, i.e. the mode of delivery of teaching and learning can be in person or hybrid.

In view of the existing quarantine requirements for inbound travellers, all members of the University are advised to make their travel plans to return to Hong Kong well in advance for Term 1, 2022-23 as far as possible. Previous special arrangements for students who were unable to enter Hong Kong due to travel restrictions will no longer be offered as global travel gradually resumes and flights to Hong Kong become more readily available. Overseas students should observe the government’s arrangements for Provisional Vaccine Pass and non-local recovery record for inbound travellers, as well as the List of COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Specified Purposes. We appreciate that information regarding quarantine and vaccination requirements is subject to change and have included a link to the latest information here.

Phase 3 of the Vaccine Pass

As advised in previous communications, this is a reminder that with Phase 3 of the government’s “Vaccine Pass” scheme scheduled to commence on 31 May 2022, all staff and students accessing campus via CU Link Cards are required to update their vaccination records with information about their third dose via the COVID-19 Vaccination/Regular Testing Report System (VTR), declaring they have been vaccinated in accordance with government requirements. This will ensure compliance with the updated arrangements for Phase 3 of the “Vaccine Pass” Scheme. We also urge you to upload your vaccination records to the latest version of the LeaveHomeSafe app so that you can continue to access facilities such as canteens on campus, and other venues across the city.

The health and safety of the University community remains our highest priority. The University will continue to strictly observe social distancing measures, which include restrictions on group gatherings and catering, as advised by the government and the Centre for Health Protection. We will continue to closely monitor the pandemic situation in Hong Kong, and adjust our measures as required. Please visit our Act Together Against COVID-19 website and the FAQ page for the most detailed and up-to-date information about our response to the pandemic.

Yours sincerely,

Emergency Response Group
The Chinese University of Hong Kong