Tag Archives: Safety

Security reminder – opportunistic criminals

From time-to-time opportunistic criminals will enter teaching and office spaces looking for things to steal. They are hard to spot, but if a person looks out of place or suspicious for any reason, please contact UC Security immediately.

Be particularly aware of people following you into spaces tail-gating on your legitimate access, without using an access card of their own. Once you have entered an area, please ensure the door is secure behind you.

If you see someone who seems out of place contact UC Security on 0800 823 637 (it is recommended you save this number in your mobile) or internally by dialing 6111.

This is not a major problem, but it’s important to remain vigilant.

Meanwhile UC Security are busy everyday on campus working to that help keep people and property safe. This includes:

  • assistance with access to rooms
  • campus patrols
  • responding to calls about suspicious people or activity
  • workshops about security.

VC comment on sexual harassment and sexual violence report

A report on tertiary students’ experiences of sexual violence was released yesterday by the New Zealand Union of Students Associations (NZUSA). The ‘In Our Own Words’ report is the result of an online opt-in survey conducted by NZUSA, which received over 1,400 responses.

NZUSA  has outlined a three-year action plan for preventing and responding to sexual violence within tertiary communities. ACC is providing NZUSA with $1.4 million over the next three years to support the action plan.

 Here, Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae  Dr Rod Carr reflects on how UC prioritises the welfare of our students.

Sexual harassment and sexual violence is an issue for all New Zealanders and all New Zealand communities. Our university community is no different.

UC prioritises the welfare of its students and is doing a great deal of work to create a safe and supportive community for our students’ wellbeing and success. We have decades of experience in student pastoral care.

Among the many initiatives we have established are:


  • A range of policies to set clear expectations of behaviour including an Anti-Harassment policy and Staff and Student Codes of Conduct
  • Communications and education in halls of residence and training of residential advisers
  • Extensive student support including Counselling, Health Centre and Student Care teams as well as UCSA’s Advocacy unit
  • A 24/7 security presence on campus, emergency towers, designated walking routes and a security hotline
  • Whistle blower hot line supported by independent off campus service provider to preserve anonymity of complainants
  • Diversity Fest, which promotes inclusiveness and discussion on gender, identity and cultural issues including topics related to sexual activity

UCSA with the support of UC

  • UCSA’s “Good One” party register and events procedures which are designed to address alcohol-related harm and Thursdays in Black initiative
  • A Student Equity and Wellbeing representative on the UCSA Executive and Equity and Wellbeing Advisory Group which has representation and a voice on UC’s Equity and Diversity Committee
  • The Raise a Concern process

UC takes the safety and security of its students and staff seriously. The University works closely with the Police. We do not have any reason to believe our University community is any less safe than any other given the demographics of our community.”

We will continue to develop and enhance our current range of initiatives in collaboration with UCSA. No matter what we do we can always do more to promote a safe community to which all students feel they belong. We are interested in evidence to support initiatives and interventions to support a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

Read the full ACC media release here>

If a student needs support or advice – listen, reassure and refer. There is good support at UC. Find out about support in the community and read information from New Zealand Police. Click here>


Cycle safety – have you seen a sharrow?

The Christchurch City Council has released a short video explaining some of the new cycle infrastructure and road markings popping up around the city, particularly around UC as part of the UniCycle Major Cycle Route.

The road markings and layouts are new to Ōtautahi Christchurch so will generally be unfamiliar to road users. UC students and staff who bike, walk and drive will come across the new road layouts, so watch the video about the new road markings to help ensure everyone gets safely to their destination. The video aims to keep everyone safe around the area’s schools and the University.

One of the new types of crossing shown in the video – the Paired cycle and pedestrian priority crossing – will soon be installed on Ilam Road, between UC and Ilam Fields.

Watch the video on the CCC website or on Facebook to learn more.

Pink Shirt Day photos

Staff and students are supporting Pink Shirt Day today and making a stand against bullying.

Check out some of the photos below.

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You can get your photos added to the slideshow, by e-mailling them to communications@canterbury.ac.nz


Read about UC tools to support an anti-bullying culture

Watch short video  on Facebook explaining what workplace bullying is and how to recognise the four main types of workplace bullies.

See some student perspectives on diversity and bullying: