Category Archives: Behaviour and Responsibilities

Staying safe on campus

We want to make sure campus is a safe and healthy environment for everyone.  Here’s the essential info on where to get help, what to do in an emergency and how you can help keep UC a safe place while you’re studying here: 

 Tiaki Paenga | UC Security

Tiaki Paenga | UC Security are on campus 24/7. You can call the team anytime on 0800 823 637. It’s a good idea to save this number in your phone. 

You can contact Security: 

  • if you notice any suspicious behaviour on campus. No matter how minor it may appear, you could be helping to prevent an incident
  • if you feel uncomfortable at any time
  • if you’re lost or need assistance. They know their way around campus really well and will be happy to help you
  • if you come across something dangerous, or have an accident or near miss 
  • if you have a medical emergency. All Security staff are trained in first aid.

Te Ara Pourewa o Ngāi Tahu | UC Help Point Towers

The pourewa (towers) across campus will put you in voice contact with the UC Security team. They’re easy to use – push the black button for information and the red button in an emergency. 

The images represented on the 13 help point towers across campus weave a story of creation, adaptation and development of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand through mythology, religion, art and architecture.

Personal safety tips 

  • Avoid walking alone at night
  • Travel with a mate whenever possible
  • Use well-lit walkways and recommended routes at night – take a look at the Safe walk map
  • Double check your car or bike is locked 
  • If you’re taking public transport, check your timetable so you don’t need to wait too long
  • If you’re taking a taxi, call ahead and book. If you’re by yourself, sit in the back seat on the opposite side to the driver
  • Be wary of strangers asking directions 

Read more safety tips here> 

Harassment, bullying and discrimination

Here at UC we’re committed to creating a culture of understanding, inclusiveness and caring where people can thrive. Everyone deserves to feel comfortable and to be treated in a respectful and equitable manner.

We stand against harassment, bullying and discrimination of any kind, both online and offline, on campus or off campus. We support our students and staff to speak out if they have been affected by unacceptable behaviour, and you can find out how to raise your concerns here. 

If you choose to make a formal complaint, your discussions will be completely confidential, no action will taken without your consent and you’ll be supported every step of the way. 

Any form of harassment, bullying or discrimination is never acceptable. We will do all we can to support those who may have gone through it. Please stand with us against all forms of harassment. 

Harassment, bullying and discrimination

Here at UC we’re committed to creating a culture of understanding, inclusiveness and caring where people can thrive. Everyone deserves to feel comfortable and to be treated in a respectful and equitable manner.

We stand against harassment, bullying and discrimination of any kind, both online and offline, on campus or off campus. We support our students and staff to speak out if they have been affected by unacceptable behaviour, and you can find out how to raise your concerns here. 

If you choose to make a formal complaint, your discussions will be completely confidential, no action will taken without your consent and you’ll be supported every step of the way. 

Any form of harassment, bullying or discrimination is never acceptable. We will do all we can to support those who may have gone through it. Please stand with us against all forms of harassment. 

Do you know the Code?

The UC community is a close-knit group of people committed to creating a campus culture of understanding, inclusiveness and caring. Ākonga Tū, Ākonga Ora.

The Student Code of Conduct is a key document that reflects our values. When you enrolled at UC you would have agreed to comply with UC’s regulations and policies, including the Student Code of Conduct.

Get to know the Code

Your time at UC is an opportunity to not only gain academic knowledge and skills, but to live independently, meet new people and get involved in new experiences that help you grow both professionally and personally.

As a student, you’ll try new things, make mistakes and learn from them, but you still have a responsibility to keep yourself and others safe and not bring UC into disrepute. 

If you haven’t already, take a look at Know the Code which sets out your rights and responsibilities and aligns with the Student Code of Conduct. It highlights the partnership between UC and students to provide a safe learning, living and working environment.

It’s all about knowing your responsibilities, keeping yourself safe and looking out for your mates and the UC community. 

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Raise a concern

You can voice a concern, complaint, grievance, or appeal a decision, without fear of disadvantage. Your discussions will be confidential and no action will be taken without your consent. See more information about raising a concern.

You can report any form of harassment or bullying by making a formal complaint or reporting it anonymously online using Report It. Complaints are kept on file and used to build a picture of the culture on campus and to inform initiatives.

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Support services on campus

Support services are here to help you if you would like support or someone to talk to. Read about support at UC.

More information about the Student Code of Conduct is available here