Section 3 - The University - Academic Freedom & Other

Academic Freedom

"That VUWSA believes that intellectual freedom is the basis of academic freedom and as such is essential for the development of a free and liberal education system.  To this end VUWSA continues to condemn any attacks on or attempts to restrict academic and intellectual freedom.  Furthermore, VUWSA believes that the development of a critical academia is vital to the formation of a complete education system and encourages moves towards critical schools."

"That VUWSA view the report of the Commissaries to the Visitor on the case of Bob Rig as an unwarranted assault on the integrity of an academic and an attempt to ensure that he is never again employed as a university teacher.  Furthermore, this report is an expression of a growing climate conducive to limiting academic and intellectual freedom.  VUWSA views these as serious attacks on education and instructs the President to write to the Governor General expressing our concerns in the strongest possible terms."

"That this Association abhors the practises leading to the physical and verbal attack an blacklisting of Auckland writer Mervyns Thompson.  We believe no one should be subjected to these forms of violence and that written works should not be condemned because of their author.  Furthermore this Association agrees to release a press statement to that effect, to be prepared by the mover of the motion, and approved by the president."

Other

 

"That this Association would support in principle any moves to increase the representation of sub-professorial staff on the University's decision-making bodies."

"That this Association supports the principle that the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman extends to the Universities of New Zealand…"

"That VUWSA believes that the draft report on the layout of the Academic Year is inadequate and that before the Association gives its support to any proposals, more information on alternative means of laying out the year be made available to students and that student opinion be more fully canvassed and considered."

"That VUWSA endorse the following recommendations of the Teaching and Learning Committee's report on the Layout of the Academic Year:

1.  That the University should retain a layout of the academic year which provides for a mid-year examination period.

3.  That the mid-year break period be extended by one week for half year courses to allow additional time for marking, advising, and course changes.

That both the May and August two week non-time-tabled periods should be retained.

That the May and August two week non-time-tabled periods should overlap by at least on week with the vacation periods of other universities.

That VUWSA opposes the recommendation number 2:  That mid-year examination period be extended by using the proceeding Saturday.

That VUWSA opposes the proposed layout of the academic year as set out in recommendation 7, for the following reasons:

It allows insufficient time for preparation before end of year examinations for undergraduate students.

It makes no attempt to alleviate the revision problem in the week before mid-year examinations.

Further that VUWSA urges the Faculties and Professorial Board to include the VUWSA policy on assessment (VUWSA57/77) as part of recommendation 8 of the report."

"That VUWSA endorses a proposed new layout of the academic year, being the Committee's recommendation with the following changes:

That the full-year teaching week in W24 be removed and that this week become a non-time-tabled review period, in order to allow adequate revision before mid-year examinations.

That a week of time-tabled teaching time for full-year courses be added in W41 making this a full teaching week for all courses.

That W42 become a full revision week for all courses.

That the examining period be weeks 43, 44, and 45, and that the marking period end by W48."

"That this SRC deplores the action of the University Administration over its sponsoring of the Labour Department’s STEPs programme and furthermore demands that the Administration review its position and remove its support for the scheme."

"That this Association considers the present staffing levels in Drama and Film to be inadequate and call upon the University to increase the number of staff to a level that can cope with student demand.

That this Association considers the introduction of majors in Drama and Film to be of a high priority.

That this Association calls on the University to recognise the importance of mass-media forms of communication within society as Film, Video, Television, Radio and printed media if relevant, when deciding on the curriculum to be covered by staff in any proposed Communication Studies Department."

"That SRC237/78 be repealed and that VUWSA pursue a grievance procedure to be negotiated between AUTNZ, NZUSA and NZVCC incorporating the following principles:

A standing commisionary should be appointed after consultation with the above bodies for a 3 year term;

At any time that the Visitor is called upon to act, the Commissary should be assisted by two colleagues, one each to be appointed from standing nominees of AUTNZ, NZUSA or NZVCC as appropriate to the particular case;

The nominees of the organisation should be appointed on fixed terms;

The Visitor should be able to impose a remedy;

The procedure to be consistent with the following:

complaints should first use the internal complaints procedure, where these exist;

that strict time limits apply to the processing of all complaints and the decision to accept jurisdiction;

that proper notice of all complaints to other concerned parties be given;

that the form of the enquiry be flexible to suit the circumstances;

that all parties have the opportunity to be heard, and where appropriate, be represented by legal counsel;

that procedures be economic and expeditious;

that the Commissaries have appropriate powers to discover documents and other necessary information;

that the relevant university provide all reasonable services for the Commissaries and any hearings."

"That VUWSA request that the Students' Association be made automatic recipients of UTDC end-of-course student evaluation results for the purposes of the publication of a course evaluations booklet."

"That VUWSA condemns the loss of the lecture-free slot and demands its re-instatement."

"(i)  That VUWSA recognise that police on campus would undermine the free and open exchange of ideas and impede the development of an effective learning environment, and would provide no solution to the problem of student security.

(ii)  That VUWSA supports its members in any active opposition to the introduction of police on campus.

(iii)  That VUWSA instructs its representatives to the vice-chancellor and Registrar to fight the introduction of police on campus."

"(i)  That VUWSA recognise that police on campus would undermine the free and open exchange of ideas and impede the development of an effective learning environment, and would provide no solution to the problem of student security.

(ii)  That VUWSA supports its members in any active opposition to the introduction of police on campus.

(iii)  That VUWSA instructs its representatives to the vice-chancellor and Registrar to fight the introduction of police on campus."

“That the SRC opposes the lack of consultation with staff and students on the Collection Appraisal project”

“THAT VUWSA does not oppose Police on Campus.”