Stop UC Postgraduate Printing Allowance Policy Change
Changes are planned to postgraduate printing and photocopying allowances at the University of Canterbury, following zero consultation with students or student bodies.
Postgraduate students are extremely concerned about the changes on a number of counts, largely based around the following:
· Two-weeks’ notice for a change of policy that can have significant financial implications on students is unacceptable.
· When postgraduate students for certain departments enrolled they were told printing would be free for them. They are concerned that this can be changed in the middle of their study. Moreover, we believe making such a change without consultation may be illegal.
· Despite pledges that all students will be charged the same, there are rumours that some departments have told their students the department will pay for printing, whilst other departments will not.
We, the undersigned, request the following:
In the first instance, we expect to have the current policy change postponed from being implemented on 29th August, due to the severe disagreement with the policy change among the postgraduate student body.
In the long term, we expect a thorough and open consultation on changes to postgraduate printing allowances.