The University of Canterbury community is shocked and saddened at the horrific incidents that have unfolded in Christchurch today. Our thoughts are with all those affected and their loved ones.
Today’s events have impacted on all of us and we are committed to supporting our UC community, especially the safety and wellbeing of all staff and students, particularly those in our international community.
The University of Canterbury is proud to be a diverse and inclusive community. We host students from over 80 different countries and nationalities.
We abhor all acts of violence and extend our solidarity and support to our community.
We are offering support to all staff and students. We would like to remind our students and staff that there is help available and you are not alone.
Let us take care of ourselves and one another.
Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae
Support for students
- A drop in centre will be available Saturday 16 March for staff and students from 9am – 3pm in the Puaka-James Hight Library, where support will be available.
- In addition, we have arranged for a support line to be available if you need to talk to a trained counsellor, free call or text 1737 from your mobile phone.
If students need to talk to someone about anything, there are plenty of people who can help at UC including:
- Student Support
- Māori Development Team
- Pacific Development Team
- University Chaplains
- Disability Resource Service
- UC Health Centre (http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/healthcentre/counselling/)
- The Psychology Centre
- UCSA Advocacy and Welfare
For more see: www.canterbury.ac.nz/support
Security on campus
The Security Office provides support for students and staff on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People can call the 0800 823 637 or use the help points around Ilam and Dovedale campuses. There will be additional security at the prayer room.