Proctorial Justice Stocks Just Vibing in University Storage

The University has the Proctorial Justice stocks tucked away in storage, and it looks like that’s where they’re staying. The stocks were removed during the first weeks of 2019, when they were loaned out to the Otago Museum as a feature in their Dare to Be Wise exhibition. The exhibition featured various items of importance in the history of the University as a celebration of its 150th anniversary.  A University spokeswoman...

University Libraries Reopen

The University of Otago has reopened many libraries across campus with new social distancing measures in place. At the time of writing Central, Science, and Roberston libraries have fully reopened with new social distancing measures. Libraries initially opened with reduced hours, closing at 5pm. They have now returned to 11pm closing.  OUSA Academic Representative Emily Coyle said that OUSA had been “in discussion” with the...

Cops Get Back-up From Aviation Security to Monitor Parties

Aviation Security (AvSec) officers have joined Campus Watch and police in foot patrols on the streets of North Dunedin. The AvSec officers, who wear black uniforms without hats and are not trained police officers, do not have the power to enforce Level 2 rules. A police spokesperson confirmed that AvSec “do not have any police powers”. “If AvSec were on patrol and came across a large gathering, they would advise police so...

Noise Complaints on the Rise Since Lockdown

Picture this: you’re having a rave with your ten friends. Yeah, it’s loud, but this is North Dunedin ffs. Not like anyone’s gonna call noise control at 10:30 on a Saturday. But then, as you’re blasting Poi E and dancing alluringly in view of the breathas across the fence, a noise control officer shows up. It’s over. Dejected, you take the little piece of paper from the noise control officer and turn the music...

Students Are Considering Leaving Otago Uni Over “Invasive” Exam Software

As of publishing, a petition that calls for the removal of ExamSoft software from Otago examinations has raised almost 600 signatures. Students are reportedly so unhappy that they are considering transferring University. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Pat Cragg, denies many of the petitioner's claims. Multiple students have called the software “problematic” and “invasive”. They are unhappy with the...

Vic’s International Students Petition for 30% Fee Reduction

The VUW International Students’ Association (V-ISA) are petitioning their University to get a 30% fee refund for international students who returned home for lockdown. The petition, hosted on ActionStation, was created on 16 May and has 849 signatures at the time of writing.  VUW provided a 30% refund to international students who were unable to enter New Zealand in early March. International students who returned to their home...