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RoUndie 500 offenders face reorientation

RoUndie enginnering students to face reorientation

Chris Hutching
Tue, 07 Oct 2014

Gone are the days when Canterbury University engineering students had carte blanche to offend as many people as possible.

Canterbury University vice-chancellor Rod Carr has published a 14-page report into the latest engineering students’ RoUndie 500 stunt.

It is a time-honoured tradition involving old cars and a pub crawl.

But on September 19 this year, about 43 cars and 300 students gathered in the university car park where staff breathalysed drivers and ordered the removal of some offensive statements and images from the cars – alhough not before photos of them were posted on social media.

There was a subsequent furore and complaints from the public and many students including some from FEMSOC (Feminists Society) about racist and sexist material displayed by the ENSOC (Engineers Society) members.

Dr Carr’s 14-page report notes 130 complaints and it make 10 recommendations.

They involve developing protocols and re-issuing policy statements about racism and sexism, undertaking educational initiatives during Diversity Week in March 2015 to ensure students are aware of the effect of their actions on others, expansion of the Central Equity and Diversity Committee, meetings between FEMSOC and ENSOC and other similar initiatives.

Chris Hutching
Tue, 07 Oct 2014
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RoUndie 500 offenders face reorientation