The Education and Training Act 2020 provides for the University Council to take responsibility for the “good government and discipline” of the University. The High Court has confirmed that this responsibility goes beyond the boundaries of the physical campus to cover the way in which members of the University community interact with one another and with the wider community.
For many years the University has responded to these responsibilities through the Discipline Statute which includes the Code of Student Conduct.
A Vice-Chancellor-led group comprising key University, student and community stakeholders has been considering revisions to the Code of Student Conduct and the Discipline Statute.
The Group has suggested a number of potential changes, and sought and received feedback on these as part of a consultation process. Feedback has now been considered, and further work on refining the Statute is now progressing.
In early April the University commenced a consultation process on the review of the Code of Student Conduct and Discipline Statute, closing in early May. Consultation was via a website and feedback was actively sought from students, staff, the Otago University Student’s Association, Te Roopu Māori (Māori Students' Association), the University of Otago Pacific Island Students' Association, members of The Sophia Charter, the Office of Māori Development, the Office of Pacific Development, the University Mediator and Student Health Services. Submissions were received from a variety of groups, including members of the wider community.
The University thanks all those who took the time to make a submission.
The Vice-Chancellor led group has now considered all feedback received. A summary of the University response is in the list of documents linked below.
For more details see:
- Summary of proposed changes (Pre-consultation – April 2021) (PDF)
- The current Discipline Statute with proposed changes tracked (Pre-consultation – April 2021) (PDF)
- Submissions received (PDF)
- University response to consultation (July 2021) (PDF)
It is anticipated that a further revised Statute will be considered for approval by the University Council later in 2021.