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Kia ora koutou, 

Over the past few weeks, we have been communicating student concerns to the University about their sudden decision to shift all exams online, in the middle of the exam season. In addition to communicating these concerns, we strongly advocated for a universal grade bump to accommodate for the University’s shortcomings when it came to making this swift decision. We communicated to the University that their decision had caused major disruptions to students across every faculty, and that students had faced major barriers when trying to access the support services that were made available.

AUSA has been voicing student concerns and actively advocating for the University to make decisions that are in the best interests of students. Despite this, the University has responded to our pleas and has communicated that they will not be applying a universal grade bump for semester 2. Once again we are incredibly disappointed with this decision.  Every day we are reminded of the hardships that students are facing. From the loss of jobs which have added to financial strains, to the anxiety and stress of having to prioritise studying in the middle of a global pandemic. 

While we have worked constructively with the University this year in areas such as the Semester One Grade Bump, it has been difficult for us to implement this change as the University has not included AUSA representation in the Committees and other decision-making bodies that make these major decisions which affect students. Unlike AUT and other Universities, there has been no student representation on the University Strategic Response Team despite repeated calls from us - including in our open letter - for them to do so. Indeed, the recent report from the Auditor General criticizing the University’s purchasing of the Vice-Chancellor’s Parnell Residence is yet another example of where AUSA has been left outside of the decision-making room, because our University is one of a small minority who do not include the President of the Students’ Association as a member of the University Council. The University Council is the only decision-making body that could have reviewed this decision. Of course, this is despite the fact that the AUSA elections engaged more than four times the number of students who voted for the Student Representative on Council this year. 

The newly released final draft of the University Strategic Plan identifies reviewing student representation at the University. We welcome this and will be actively calling on the Vice-Chancellor and University to make changes to ensure that AUSA is properly represented in important decision-making bodies such as these so the raw reality of what we as students are facing is plain for them to see. 

We are disappointed that we were not able to effect this change but we promise that we will not stop in our mission to advocate for our student body. 

We would also like to remind everyone that there is support available, please see the links listed below. 

From the AUSA team, we wish everyone a restful Summer Break.

________________________________

AUSA Advocacy
senioradvocate@ausa.org.nz  

Student Emergency Fund 
https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/study/fees-and-money-matters/financial-support/semester-two-financial-assistance-fund.html

Support for International Students
https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/temporary-visa-holders.html 

https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/on-campus/student-support/personal-support/international-student-support/summer-support-for-international-students.html

Kia ora koutou,

Over the past few weeks, we have been communicating student concerns to the University about their sudden decision to shift all exams online, in the middle of the exam season. In addition to communicating these concerns, we strongly advocated for a universal grade bump to accommodate for the University’s shortcomings when it came to making this swift decision. We communicated to the University that their decision had caused major disruptions to students across every faculty, and that students had faced major barriers when trying to access the support services that were made available.

AUSA has been voicing student concerns and actively advocating for the University to make decisions that are in the best interests of students. Despite this, the University has responded to our pleas and has communicated that they will not be applying a universal grade bump for semester 2. Once again we are incredibly disappointed with this decision. Every day we are reminded of the hardships that students are facing. From the loss of jobs which have added to financial strains, to the anxiety and stress of having to prioritise studying in the middle of a global pandemic.

While we have worked constructively with the University this year in areas such as the Semester One Grade Bump, it has been difficult for us to implement this change as the University has not included AUSA representation in the Committees and other decision-making bodies that make these major decisions which affect students. Unlike AUT and other Universities, there has been no student representation on the University Strategic Response Team despite repeated calls from us - including in our open letter - for them to do so. Indeed, the recent report from the Auditor General criticizing the University’s purchasing of the Vice-Chancellor’s Parnell Residence is yet another example of where AUSA has been left outside of the decision-making room, because our University is one of a small minority who do not include the President of the Students’ Association as a member of the University Council. The University Council is the only decision-making body that could have reviewed this decision. Of course, this is despite the fact that the AUSA elections engaged more than four times the number of students who voted for the Student Representative on Council this year.

The newly released final draft of the University Strategic Plan identifies reviewing student representation at the University. We welcome this and will be actively calling on the Vice-Chancellor and University to make changes to ensure that AUSA is properly represented in important decision-making bodies such as these so the raw reality of what we as students are facing is plain for them to see.

We are disappointed that we were not able to effect this change but we promise that we will not stop in our mission to advocate for our student body.

We would also like to remind everyone that there is support available, please see the links listed below.

From the AUSA team, we wish everyone a restful Summer Break.

________________________________

AUSA Advocacy
senioradvocate@ausa.org.nz

Student Emergency Fund
www.auckland.ac.nz/en/study/fees-and-money-matters/financial-support/semester-two-financial-assis...

Support for International Students
www.workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/temporary-visa-holders.html

www.auckland.ac.nz/en/on-campus/student-support/personal-support/international-student-support/su...
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2 days ago

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In other countries when the university doesn’t listen to students, there’s protest. Here we just watch the injustice happen 👏🏽👏🏽

Ngā mihi nui for your advocacy AUSA - Auckland University Students' Association I wonder how much of our powerlessness stems from voluntary student union membership? Here is the University Strategic Plan www.auckland.ac.nz/en/about-us/about-the-university/the-university/official-publications/strategi...

Lucy Yin imagine caring for the welfare of students couldn’t be UoA 💅🏼

Nicole Cassidy-Koia time to start considering our options 🐒

Chloe Anderson

Quintin Kwok-Heon Henry Zhang

Thank you for supporting students, AUSA. It is good to see that the University Strategic Plan identifies that the University will be reviewing student representation at the University.

I didn’t even know we had an elected student rep on the university council

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Kia ora koutou,

Throughout this semester, AUSA has been advocating for all exams to be held online, with special considerations made to allow for practical assessments to be conducted in person. When advocating for this, our main concern was not only the health and safety of our students, but if Auckland had a sudden shift in alert levels as the result of a community case, the hindrance it would cause would add to the strain students are feeling during the already stressful exam period.  

We are incredibly disappointed with the way that the University has handled their sudden decision to move all exams online and we want to acknowledge the significant disruptions this has caused for students across the board. We are also aware of the substantial barriers students have faced when trying to access support services that the University has made available. Students have communicated that these support services were not only difficult to access, but they did not provide the sufficient assistance that they required. 

We are communicating these concerns to the University. We are also doubling down on our call for a universal grade bump to accommodate for the University’s shortcomings when it came to making the sudden call to move exams online in the middle of the exam period. 

While we are still waiting for a response from the University, we want to remind students that AUSA Advocacy is still open to help with making any formal complaints if you feel like the University’s support services that you accessed have not have not been compassionate or accommodating. If you require any assistance, please email senioradvocate@ausa.org.nz.

We hope to have an update on the University’s response as soon possible. 

Ngā mihi,
The AUSA Executive

Kia ora koutou,

Throughout this semester, AUSA has been advocating for all exams to be held online, with special considerations made to allow for practical assessments to be conducted in person. When advocating for this, our main concern was not only the health and safety of our students, but if Auckland had a sudden shift in alert levels as the result of a community case, the hindrance it would cause would add to the strain students are feeling during the already stressful exam period.

We are incredibly disappointed with the way that the University has handled their sudden decision to move all exams online and we want to acknowledge the significant disruptions this has caused for students across the board. We are also aware of the substantial barriers students have faced when trying to access support services that the University has made available. Students have communicated that these support services were not only difficult to access, but they did not provide the sufficient assistance that they required.

We are communicating these concerns to the University. We are also doubling down on our call for a universal grade bump to accommodate for the University’s shortcomings when it came to making the sudden call to move exams online in the middle of the exam period.

While we are still waiting for a response from the University, we want to remind students that AUSA Advocacy is still open to help with making any formal complaints if you feel like the University’s support services that you accessed have not have not been compassionate or accommodating. If you require any assistance, please email senioradvocate@ausa.org.nz.

We hope to have an update on the University’s response as soon possible.

Ngā mihi,
The AUSA Executive
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2 weeks ago

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John Boules

Nicole Arreola grade bump pls 😩

Hi AUSA can you also enquire about the plans uni are going to draw out next semester because this pandemic will still last the next year & likely the following too so hopefully they draw out a proper plan during the summer break. Plus, please advocate for future online tests & exams to give us more time to complete them as the time we are given is insuffiecient

Also, it would be reasonable to give students the option to re-sit the failed exams in the summer instead of making us do the entire paper all over again for free due to all the disruption this year. Especially students who have to do papers that runs across two semesters. And more time is needed for online exams. I don't understand the cut from 24 hours last semester to 2.5 hours... Where is the logic to this?? Super arbitrary. A lot of us grow up writing exams on pen and paper, I for one and having to type an exam under the same time pressure is not fair at all. the 30 mins extra doesn't sufficiently account for the inconvenience.

Thank you for advocating for students, AUSA.

Being able to retake failed S2 papers for free and replace the previous failed grades with the grade the student gets on their second attempt seems like necessary compensation; although the first lockdown gave everyone some chance to adapt the second semester was still hellish. Even if the paper can't be done for free at least let the second attempt replace the first failed grade, that 0 stays on a student's record forever and affects postgraduate applications. Not getting in to postgrad because of a failed course turns a small GPA drop into a massive brick wall. Plus, UoA changed some of the Masters entry requirements midway through the semester which (at least for physics) made this final shitstorm year count more towards entry requirements. Eg a Master of Science which used to require a 4.0 GPA from a BSci but now requires a 5.0 across 5 300-level papers. So now the two years of covid-free grades don't count at all towards postgrad and only the final covid year does.

Thankyou for your hard work ausa

Ralph Geoffrey grade bump or disband ausa pls

If only AUSA could manage this Uni

Binaifer Mody Compensation for those students who had to sit their exams on campus

Aman Zarrar

I can't type for s*t so on-line exams are just a test of my typing skills not my knowledge. Why can't we handwrite like in an in-person exam and upload a scan ?

Vishal Chaudhry

Mia Ware

Is Dawn not embarazzed?

Does anyone know how the grade bump for AB courses work?

Jasmine De Mel

Ella Speers grade bump would be ideal

Neve Horne the real 🐐s

Molly Jazmyne Zara Abby 😍💕 love this

Callum Craig grade bump yes thanks

Thank you 🙏🏽

Snehal Lal Nabeela Ahmed

Zheen Bazmouna Fady Ghazzi Rima Ghanim

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