The University of Otago is committed to providing a safe and fair work and study environment. All complaints are treated seriously and the University will attempt to resolve them as quickly as possible.
The University has grievance procedures available to ensure that students are able to make complaints and that complaints are responded to appropriately without prejudice to the student.
If you have concerns about your treatment by the university, by a staff member or by another student the first thing you should do is try and resolve the problem directly with the person(s) concerned. Wherever possible, complaints should be resolved by a process of discussion, cooperation and conciliation.
If you cannot reach an agreement about your grievance, or if you do not want to approach the person(s) directly, please contact any of the following:
- The International Student Advisers
- The Otago University Students' Association (OUSA)
- A representative from the Ethical Behaviour Network
- The University Mediator
They will discuss the issue with you and try and help you reach an agreeable outcome.
If you are not satisfied with the proposed outcome you can make a formal complaint under any of the following:
- Academic Grievance Procedure
- Ethical Behaviour Policy
- International Office Complaints Procedure
Your support person will advise you which of these is the most appropriate for your complaint; they may also suggest another person to help you with your complaint.
- Talk to an International Student Adviser about your complaint. Together you will discuss the issue and try to reach an agreeable outcome. If the complaint is regarding an International Student Adviser, talk directly to the Manager, International Student Services.
- If you are not satisfied with the proposed outcome, you will be asked to put your complaint in writing to the Manager, International Student Services.
- The Manager, International Student Services, will discuss the complaint with you and inform the person (if there is one) that the complaint has been made against.
- The Manager, International Student Services, will decide upon an outcome and action to be taken and discuss this with you.
- If you are unhappy with the outcome, you should put your complaint in writing to the Director, International.
- If you still have any concerns with the decision of the University you can contact the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). This is an independent organisation that deals with complaints from international students. The NZQA enforces the standards in The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021.
The University of Otago is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. The University of Otago is a signatory to The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021. To find out more about this Code, please visit the NZQA website.
The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021 Complaints Procedure
There is a formal process in place for you or your parents to follow if you have a complaint about Otago University' s compliance with the Code.
If you or your parents have a complaint about Otago breaching the Code, you can make a complaint in writing to the Director of the International Office. The Director will take all steps necessary to ensure that the grievance is settled.
For more information about the complaints process for international students, please refer to the NZQA website.
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