Semester 1 Law Marks 2022

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Dear University of Otago,

I am writing to request the law mark distributions (specific number grades, not merely letter grade) for all law papers for 300-level and 400-level for semester 1 of 2022. I am in NZ pursuant to the Act.

Yours faithfully,

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Kia ora

We acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act request.

If we have any questions or need to seek clarification on any points we will be in touch soon. Otherwise, we will seek to respond to your request as soon as practicable and no later than 20 working days after the date your request was received (by 27 July 2022 – “working days” as defined in the Act). If we are unable to respond to your requests by then, we will notify you of an extension of this timeframe.

Ngâ mihi
Richard Hogg
On behalf of the Office of the Registrar

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Kia ora


I refer to your information request dated 29 June 2022, made under the
Official Information Act 1982 (Act). You have requested mark distributions
of all 300 and 400 level LAWS papers in Semester 1 2022.


Subject to the comments below, please find attached the information you
have requested. Please note that there are two sheets in the attached
document (one for each paper level).


o The data excludes the paper LAWS498 which gives either a pass or fail
result (not a grade).


o The attached results are subject to change, but are accurate as at 15
July 2022.


o Students who withdrew from LAWS papers or those that have not yet
received a final result are excluded from the data.


o For privacy and student wellbeing reasons, and consistent with the
University’s standard practice, we have withheld the lowest failing
mark (where applicable) for each paper. Revealing these marks would
provide personal information about the lowest failing mark a student
in the class could have achieved. We therefore withhold this
information pursuant to section 9(2)(a) of the Act, and we do not
consider that the reasons for withholding this information are
outweighed by other considerations which would make it desirable in
the public interest to make the information available.


o It is the also the University’s standard practice to not report on
marks which relate to less than 5 students where we consider that such
disclosure could affect an individual’s privacy and wellbeing. Where
the numbers are very low, there is a risk that the identity of these
students could be determined/inferred, and that their personal
information (i.e. their grades) could be revealed. We note that where
the grade is Fail D or Fail E, where there are less than 5 students we
have indicated this using <5 – again to protect the privacy and
wellbeing of these students pursuant to section 9(2)(a) of the Act.


We trust that this information will be helpful.


We note your right to seek a review of these decisions via a complaint to
an Ombudsman. However, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss any
concerns with you first.


Ngā mihi

Richard Hogg

On behalf of the Office of the Registrar


Office of the Registrar | Te Tari o Te Pouroki me te Kaituhi ki te

University of Otago | Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo

New Zealand | Aotearoa

Email | Īmera [1][University of Otago request email]



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