We know Friday’s events continue to have a deep impact on people, and we are committed to supporting the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff. Our love and support are with everyone. Help is available and you are not alone.
The University will be operating as usual from Monday 18 March, however all tests and assignments from 16-24 March have been cancelled. Course coordinators will be in touch with further information. New Zealand Police have asked people to return to their daily lives, but to also be vigilant. Let us take care of ourselves and one another.
Tomorrow, to welcome everyone back to campus and to provide an outreach service, UCSA and SVA volunteers will be stationed on street corners in the Ilam area around the University campus between 10am – 11.30am and 1.30pm – 3pm.
A drop in support centre for students and staff will continue operating next week, Monday to Friday, 10am – 2pm, in Puaka-James Hight Library.
As an act of solidarity and support we invite the UC community to band together for a period of reflection, and to support one another.
Time: 12 – 12.30pm
Date: Monday 18 March
Location: C Block lawn
The gathering will open with a moment of silence and karakia and will be followed by the sharing of halal kai. There will be time to pause and quietly reflect on the past few days, as well as leave a message on the Kia Kaha wall.
As an act of solidarity and to unite in a demonstration of inclusiveness, female students and staff are welcome to wear head scarves. This is a matter of personal choice.
- Classes scheduled between 12pm – 1pm have been cancelled.
- Lectures scheduled from 11am – 1pm will run from 11am – 12pm.
- Lectures scheduled from 12pm – 2pm will run from 1pm – 2pm.
- You can support each other in your learning through study groups and sharing resources, particularly during this week.
The UC community includes students and staff from over 80 different countries and nationalities. We support institutions, policies and practices that protect and promote individuals on the basis of who they are and what they do, not on the basis of the colour of their skin, their sexuality, religious beliefs or who their parents were.
We are committed to learning and will continue to work and improve inclusiveness for all. As we look toward the future, all UC students and staff can be assured that without exception the University will not tolerate racism or harassment of any kind.
Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast
Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae
There are a number of services on campus you can contact for help at UC:
- Student Care (https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/needtotalk) – Student Care can provide you a place to talk to someone if you do not know what to do, and also have a team of dedicated Student Advisors for both domestic and international students.
- UC Health Centre(https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/healthcentre) – you can make an appointment to talk to a health professional including nurses, doctors and counsellors to help you get through this difficult time. If you need to be seen straight away, please tell the Health Centre reception staff that your situation is urgent; they will then find a health professional you can talk to.
- UCSA Advocacy and Welfare(https://ucsa.org.nz/student-support/advocacy-welfare/) can help you if you are experiencing financial difficulties at this time, including support with food, and can help you communicate with your teaching staff and apply for extensions and Special Consideration if you are finding your study is being affected; and
- UC Chaplains (https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/health/chaplains), who are available if you need someone to talk to.
- If you are concerned about walking alone on campus, especially at night, follow the advice and tips from our Security team here: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/onsite-services/security/advice-and-tips/