Telephone scams alert

UC has become aware of a number of sophisticated telephone scams circulating that aim to steal large amounts of money from people.

Current scams to be aware of include cold callers who say they work for Spark NZ and request bank account details, and a worldwide Chinese-speaking scam where the caller impersonates the Chinese government, tells the victim they are under investigation by Chinese officials and requests money.  

If you receive a phone call that you think might be a scam do not share any personal details, send any documents that confirm your identity or call any telephone numbers that the caller gives you. Hang up immediately.

Anyone who believes they are a scam victim should immediately report it to their bank and local Police. Students can also contact the Student Care team for support and advice.

Phone: 369 3388
Visit: Level 1, Forestry Building

Tips for spotting telephone and online scams
Visit the Netsafe website for more guidance on how to spot a scam.

Essay buying and cheating in the news

You may have heard recent news allegations about international students at Auckland University buying their essays from ghost writers. (Source: 1 NEWS)

Cheating and academic dishonesty are not tolerated at the University of Canterbury. Academic integrity is one of the cornerstones of being a successful student, and breaching academic integrity can lead to serious consequences, including exclusion from the university.

Behaviours that put you or others at serious risk can impact on your enrolment at UC, your career and subsequent employment opportunities.

As a UC student it is your responsibility:

  • to be self-motivated and actively contribute to personal learning
  • to complete course work to the best of your ability
  • to honestly engage in your course work
  • to understand that academic dishonesty including plagiarism and cheating has serious consequences.

Please refer to the Know the Code – Student Code of Conduct pamphlet (available at Student Success, Security and UCSA offices) or Know the Code webpage for more information.

If you need support with your academic writing, the Academic Skills Centre | Pokapū Pūkenga Ako can help. They offer services and resources that focus on academic writing and strategies to support student success.

Professor Ian Wright
University of Canterbury Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua

Grab a bargain and support a Haere-roa fundraiser

UC students (and their friends and families!) can get their tech fix with an exclusive deal from Noel Leeming Riccarton.

The local shop is generously offering UC students, families and friends cost + 10% store-wide (some exclusions apply). 2.5% of total sales go toward the fundraising campaign for the new student building Haere-roa.

Print and present the flyer below, or show it on your device in store.

If you’d like to take advantage of the deal, make sure you get in quick. The promotion runs until Sunday 26 May.

Noel Leeming deal for UC students

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