18 November 2019
By email: [FYI request #11523 email]
OFFICIAL INFORMATION ACT REQUEST OIA-19-82 – LAWS 110 GRADE BREAKDOWN
I refer to your official information request dated 23 October 2019 for information on final grades for students
taking LAWS110 in 2018 and 2019. You requested:
1) A statistical breakdown of final grades for the course LAWS110 as taught in Semester 1 2018 and
Semester 1 2019.
This aspect of your request is refused under s9(2)(a), to protect the privacy of natural persons. This is
because the number of students achieving specific grades is smal , and would potential y al ow
individuals to be identified. The University considers grade information to be sensitive personal
information, and takes precautionary measures to protect it. This information is also withheld under
s9(2)(i) to enable an organisation to carry out commercial activities without prejudice or disadvantage.
There is concern that the release of this information would affect the University’s student recruitment,
student retention, and the administrative burden.
2) If this is not available, the pass rate for LAWS110 during 2018 and 2019.
This is provided below. Please note, that the fail rate includes students that withdrew from this course.
You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision. Information about
how to make a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz o
r freephone 0800 802 602.