Arts program cuts information

Joshua Grainger made this Official Information request to University of Canterbury

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From: Joshua Grainger

Dear University of Canterbury,

I would like to request some information under the Official Information Act about the proposed cuts to the Cultural Studies, American Studies, and Theatre and Film Studies programs.

I would like to request:

1) a copy of the proposal as sent to staff members, which I understand is marked not "freely available" to students.

2) any emails, reports, communications, papers, cost evaluations, or other documents that set out the background for the cuts. To clarify, can this please include drafts.

3) I would like to request any correspondence that the University has either received or sent to/from external agencies over these cuts: for example correspondence with the government or government agencies, or correspondence with the TEU. I am interested here not only in communication from the University administrative side, but also from University staff. To clarify, I am not interested in correspondence sent or received to general members of the public or students.

4) Whether any other programs were considered for cancellation, and if so, what those programs were.

Although not required by the act I understand it is often helpful to spell out for what purpose I am requesting information for. My purposes are multiple. My first reason is that I am annoyed that a proposal document about program cuts that will effect many students is marked as not "freely available," so that students can't get a full opinion of what is going on. Secondly, I am attempting to gain a greater understanding of the background to these cuts, and the reasons and justifications for them. I have heard different things from different people - such as this is part of the plan for the University to specialize into the hard sciences and engineering, and I want to know the truth.

Feel free to contact me if you want me to clarify my request.

Yours faithfully,

Joshua Grainger

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Attachment 12.09 Grainger OIA initial response 4 April 2012 signed copy.docx.pdf
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Please find attached our receipt of this request.

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Attachment 12.09 Grainger response 16 April 2012.pdf
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Good afternoon,


Please find attached the response to Joshua Grainger’s request of 30^th
March 2012.




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UC claimed that there was no correspondence with third party agencies over the proposed cuts. However, this story ( seems to indicate that the UC has been dealing with CPIT about these proposed cuts since August. In addition, there has been an OIA request from the TEU, which would fall under my request. I don't think I got the whole truth in my response.

I am filing a complaint with the Ombudsmen to see if I can get to the bottom of this.

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