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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. 


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.


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

Make sure your party is a ‘good one’

Make sure you have a ‘good one’ and register your party on the Good One party register.

Why register your party with the Police?

When you’re throwing a party, you want to make sure your mates and neighbours are safe.  Sometimes no matter how much planning you put in, parties can go bad. If this happens, it’s much easier for you to get help from the community Police when you know who they are and they know you. 

When you register a party with the police, they might give you a call, offer advice and help you to plan and throw a ‘good one’.  If things get out of hand you’ll know what to do and who to contact. 

It only takes two minutes to register! Find out more about how it works here>

24/7 alcohol ban in Riccarton-Ilam

Did you know Riccarton-Ilam has a 24/7 alcohol ban in place, which means you can’t drink alcohol or carry containers of alcohol in public places. Check out the map below: 

What is academic integrity and what does it mean for you in exam time?

One of the ways to be a successful student at UC is through academic integrity: acting honestly, ethically, fairly and respecting others. It’s important to take charge and avoid making mistakes, especially during exams and end of term assessments. Find out what you need to do (and avoid doing) here: 


Breaking the rules for assignments or exams is treated very seriously and can result in expulsion. It’s important to know what you can bring to exams, how they will run and whether or not you can use equipment such as calculators, which may need to be authorised by UC before use. Read up on the key information around examination instructions here>

If you’ve accidentally taken revision notes or other unauthorised material into the exam room, hand them to the supervisor immediately.


  • Looking at other candidates’ answers
  • Talking or communicating in any way with other candidates

These are both classed as cheating and could result in expulsion. 


When you’re asked to use examples in your assessments, it can be hard to know how to avoid plagiarism. Simply put, plagiarism is copying materials from another source (whether it’s a quote or data) without a clear acknowledgement of the original source.

It’s important to reference properly as all assignments are checked through UC’s anti-plagiarism software, Turnitin, which highlights when students have copied other authors’ work without citation.

Top tips:

  • Using quotation marks to quote someone is not plagiarism, as long as the source is acknowledged.
  • Check on AKO | LEARN to see which style of referencing your lecturer would like you to use for each assignment. This will inform how you cite your references and avoid plagiarism. You can read style guides for referencing here>
  • Feeling lost? Te Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | The Academic Skills Centre run workshops on avoiding plagiarism throughout the year. You can learn more and book here>
  • If you’d like specific advice, or the session dates don’t work for you, you can also make a one-on-one consultation with a learning advisor here>

When we work together to act honestly, ethically and respect each other and our work, we get the most out of our studies. You can learn more about academic integrity here>