University decided not to hold balls at Level 2

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The University of Otago made a decision not to hold college balls under Level 2.

Selwyn College held a ball for its 200 residents on Friday night, despite concerns from students outside the college.

Other colleges had cancelled their balls due to Level 2 restrictions.

University director campus and collegiate life services James Lindsay said the university made a decision it would not hold any balls or formal dinners in its residential colleges under Level 2.

‘‘Some colleges have already held their annual ball, so for them it is not an issue.

‘‘We are hopeful that we may be able to hold the remaining college balls later in the year, however, if we are unable to do that we are open to postponing to potentially even next year.’’

Selwyn College was affiliated to the university, but was an independent college so could make its own decisions about how it operated, he said.

Warden Luke McClelland had said only Selwyn residents were involved.

Selwyn College organisers had taken advice on running the ball, and had planned well to ensure it did not breach any Covid rules, he said.

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