On Saturday this was published in the Newcastle Herald: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1142207/fight-on-to-clear-name/?cs=305
The following was sent to all students by the lecturer invovled in the case and then leaked to NUSA. It would appear that the lecturer does not want students to share information on Facebook. It's very simple, just click the above like symbol and you're off!
Sent to students:
10. I have one final point that I need to mention and this is again very delicate, but in light of what has preceded needs limited airing. Some of you may have read an article in the paper on Saturday about a colleague not entirely happy with the university process. Obviously the university will not discuss the facts surrounding individual students and I am also bound by that decree, which I actually totally agree with. However as an individual speaking in a very closed forum (my student cohort, but I accept this email can be more widely disseminated, but am hoping you will respect my trust in your professionalism and treat it with some measure of privacy) I cannot pass the opportunity to turn it into a learning exercise. As you all know I refer to the two current affair shows on television as classic examples of the total disregard of the facts to provide an unbalanced sensational “story” and totally ignore evidence based practice. Under no circumstances do they allow the truth to interfere with a “good story”, I also mention I love reading the Newcastle Herald to see their questionable level of responsible reporting of the facts. The author of Saturday’s article, if a student in my Course, would most definitely receive 0% for his/her presentation of a totally unbalanced article (no comment does not represent the other side of the argument), with no supporting evidence and sensationalised comments irrelevant to the actual facts. It is extremely important that you can be assured that the university and the Vice Chancellor have taken a position based on very clear evidence that is supported and that she and her institution have nothing but the best interests of all students and just as importantly the integrity of the Degrees this institution confers. As an MRS graduate of this University you will have earned your Degree, by hard work and dedication to our very demanding expectations that we make no apology for, and not just been provided with it for enrolling. Maybe I should say nothing but it is important that I alert you to this matter to reinforce the importance of professionalism. Certainly feel free to talk about it but please be very careful placing anything in writing and above all keep it off your Facebook page. I will not discuss the matter with anyone, I have provided, to the appropriate people, the verified facts they need and I feel the best way to finish is “today’s news is tomorrow’s vegetable offcut wrapping!”
Thank you for your effort this year and I wish you well for the future.
Lecturer* and Co-lecturer* ( but my comments do not necessarily represent his thoughts or beliefs for the last point!)
*The names of the lecturer and co-lecturer have been removed.
P.s Whatever happened to paragraphs?