Mosque attack video footage and document ban – research exemption

Office of Film & Literature Classification

Alongside the video footage of the Mosque attack of 15 March, a publication reportedly written by the terrorist behind the fatal attacks in Ōtautahi Christchurch, has been officially classified as objectionable.

The document, examined under the Films, Videos & Publications Classification Act 1993 (FVPCA), is deemed objectionable for a number of reasons.

It is an offence to possess or distribute an objectionable publication. People who have downloaded or printed this document, should destroy it immediately.

Access may be granted to some, including academics, researchers and analysts without penalty as they may require possession of the publication for a range of legitimate purposes, including education, analysis and research.

Those individuals must apply for an exemption to allow them to legitimately access and hold a copy of this document. Information on applying for an exemption can be found here.

For the University, objectionable material is covered under both the IT Policy Framework. This policy binds both staff and students.

IT Policy Framework
You may not undertake any activity with any element of IT that you would not ordinarily be allowed to undertake under your existing relationship with the University. Such restricted activities include:

· You may not break (or assist another to break) the law, for example, copyright violations, or viewing or holding objectionable material.

Wilful violation of any of the conditions of your existing relationship with the University may bring about sanctions, and that those conditions include the use of electronic equipment. Such violation can lead to the restriction, or exclusion, from using the University’s electronic equipment, computers and/or IT network, and can ultimately lead to exclusion from the University or, for staff, a finding of serious misconduct leading to dismissal.” [Pg 2 of 4]

If you have a copy of this publication that you are not legally entitled to possess, please delete or destroy it. If you see it, report it.  If you see material of this nature online, report it immediately.

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  • To report harmful content on YouTube, click here.

Any harmful content should also be reported to the Department of Internal Affairs, click here.

Outage for data storage improvements

From 9.30pm Friday 12 April until 5pm Sunday 14 April, a data storage migration will take place.

During this time you will not be able to log onto the UC network.

This planned storage outage is necessary to replace the outdated storage environment currently in place at UC. During this outage access to your files from university devices will not be available.

Why is it necessary?
The current data storage infrastructure is outdated and has almost reached the limit of its capacity. Demand for data storage capacity has increased approximately 30% annually in the last five years.

What will the benefits be?
Improved performance, reliability and larger storage allowance of our network for both students and staff. The system will look the same as before.

How to manage activities during the outage

  • Remote access will be disabled during the outage period.
  • Services such as the Library, RecCentre and Security will continue to operate as usual.
  • Staff will be able to use PeopleSoft, the intranet, email and LEARN from personal devices over the weekend.
  • Students will be able to use LEARN, Office 365, OneDrive, email and UCGo from personal devices over the weekend.

To ensure the success of the migration
Please log off and power down your UC PC desktop or laptop by 9.30pm on Friday 12 April and do not log on or power up your UC PC desktop or laptop until 6am Monday 15 April.

Please share this message with your team as soon as possible.

Information on this outage will also be included in UC’s staff newsletter (Intercom) and student newsletter (Insider’s Guide). There will also be an all staff and all student email sent week commencing 8 April.

For more information see the Q&A sheet here>.
For technical questions please email Vincent Jordan.

Ngā mihi

Andy Keiller
Chief Information Officer

E tū, kia ora – Academic Strategic planning process

The E tū, kia ora process is an exciting opportunity for staff to help set the future academic direction of UC. Staff are integral to the development of this strategy, and we would like your thoughts on a number of questions that underpin our role as a university.

  • What kind of university do we want to be when we turn 150 years in 2023?
  • How can we get even better at learning, teaching and research, and service functions that enable our academic activities?
  • What is our academic vision?
  • What plan or road map do we need to achieve that vision?
  • What strategies do we need to employ to implement that plan?
  • How does a new vision and plan inform other existing plans?

To share your thoughts and ideas, a staff survey has been created. The survey will be open for the next four weeks, click here to have your say>

We also have workshops scheduled on 10 May, 29 May and 7 June. Numbers will be capped at 80 people per workshop. To register, please click here>.

You will be required to set up an Eventbrite account to complete your registration.

Please join us to help shape our future.

Coping after a traumatic event – start with Self-Care basics

We have all been impacted by the events of 15 March. It is normal to feel distressed, anxious and maybe even angry for quite some time after the event. So what are some of the ways you can cope?

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for healing from trauma, here’s some self-care basics to start with.

1. Sleep
Sleep as much as you need, and you may need more than usual in this time of healing. Your body repairs and renews itself during sleep, get a good sleep routine, minimise caffeine (or avoid it if possible), turn off electronics at least an hour before bed, and take naps.

2. Exercise
Exercise is like medicine in the treatment of a huge range of medical conditions, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks and other trauma-related issues. It elicits hormone responses that will make you feel better, increase energy and improve your sleep. The social nature of physical activity can make you feel connected – take a gentle stroll through nature to boost your mood. Even a 10 minute walking break will do wonders for your soul. If you have more time, then perhaps a group adventure to New Brighton or Sumner beach, to reap the benefits of Vitamin Sea? If you don’t have access to a bike or car, then you can plan your trip using the Metroinfo.

3. Nourishment and Nutrition
Speaking of vitamins and minerals, the simplest (and most cost effective) way to get your essential nutrients is to ensure you eat different types and colours of food. Have a look at your plate…what’s the predominant colour? Sadly, those delicious comfort foods like donuts, chips and bread tend to be yellow and brown, meaning a lot of refined sugar and fat, providing very little nutrition. Eat your greens, reds, purples and oranges first, then if you’re still craving that donut, you’ll be good to go.

By taking care of your physical body, you’ll be in a far better place to take care of your mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Remember, there is plenty of support available for staff, but if you need to talk to a trained counsellor, free call or text 1737 from your mobile phone.

There are also additional resources and support services in the community that you can access from home: 
Lifeline: 0800 543 354
Need To Talk: 1737 (free text or phone)
Victim Support: 0800 842 846

Rec & Sport Team

Acts in the light of Recent Events

On behalf of the Emerging Leaders Development Programme (ELDP), I would like to provide some thoughts in the light of Friday’s events.

This event was designed to cause fear and a sense of hopelessness. Instead, we have seen acts by individuals, groups, communities and organisations, using what they have, to provide comfort, support and help to our Muslim Community.

It’s times like these that I am proud to be surrounded by such willingness to rise to compassion, kindness and to generosity, Not only in Ōtautahi Christchurch, but across Aotearoa New Zealand, around the word and, within our UC community.

Where many of us could have sat back overwhelmed by it all, we have instead seen the greatness of humanity within our community.

We have seen the Student Volunteer Army’s ethos and activation come to the forefront. Volunteers standing on the corners of our streets which made us feel safe and welcomed, and transportation provided for those who do not feel comfortable going alone.

We saw our UC community band together to support each other whilst coming to terms with the events of Friday 15March.

We saw our Muslim Students’ Association supporting the whole community, providing words of comfort, words of peace, words which also held immense grief. We saw our UCSA President address each individual student and staff with words that brought comfort, but also challenged.

“Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui
Be strong, be steadfast, be willing.”

Here at UC we have seen students reflecting on what they can give.

ELDP students Max and Louie and their fellow Rochester & Rutherford residents Harry and Oliver were inspired by this this willingness to rise above hatred and portray love.

The four created a fundraising t-shirt that went on sale last week. All proceeds from the purchase of the ‘‘We are one’ t-shirts go directly to St John Emergency Services.  

This is just one of the many initiatives we have seen over recent days.

The love, compassion and courage shown by our Prime Minister and how she has stood with those who have been affected, has challenged us to express support, empathy and strength. Ultimately showing us what the role of a true leader is.

Such leadership in the wake of the events of 15 March have spurred a lot of conversation around bystander intervention and how important it is for people to speak up when they see or hear something wrong. These conversations are necessary to shift prejudice attitudes, beliefs and to ensure the inclusiveness of everyone on our campus and city.

Last week an ELDP student was telling me how she had been finding her first year at UC. She spoke of the aroha, inclusiveness and warmth that she felt here.

Reflective of Friday’s events and the importance of ‘calling out’ when someone offends, she told me how she this week confronted The Edge radio station for an inappropriate comments made by one of the presenters, about the community she is a part of, the ‘Little People of New Zealand.’

She was then enabled to go on air, educate them on the proper terminology, and to make a stance. 

“Offensive comments have never been okay, and will never be okay,” she explained.

This is an example to all of us, of the capability we have to speak up when we hear something that is not right. Therefore, my challenge to you is to be the person that speaks out.

Be the person that advocates for inclusiveness, kindness, and compassion in a world that sometimes feels the opposite.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Martin Luther King

I think the message I take away from this quote is, that your words and actions can either destroy or bring life, so choose life. Your words can either bring darkness or provide light, so choose light. Your words can either bring hate or show love, so chose love.

Beth Walters
Emerging Leaders Development Programme