Student feedback on the Otago Law School camp shenanigans appears to back up media reports of alcohol and sexual behaviour that has lead to the cancellation of the Society of Otago University Law Students (SOULS) event.
Dunedin barrister David Sim has been appointed to investigate the controversial camps after the university requested his enquiry and spoke with eight student who had attended the camps between 2011 and 2016.
His investigation is expected to be completed by the end of July.
A document containing the background to the investigation and its terms of reference was released yesterday following a request from the Otago Daily Times.
“The pro-vice-chancellor for humanities (Prof Tony Ballantyne) invited any students (past or present) with concerns about past law camps to contact him,” the terms of reference said.
“Eight students came forward and were interviewed about their experiences in order to determine whether there was a reasonable factual basis for the media reports.” One female student came forward and said that she had a positive experience at the 2016 camp and felt “safe and respected at all times”.
However the other students interviewed said most if not all activities had been “alcohol focused”.
“It was said that pressure was put on attendees to drink to excess, many activities had a sexual focus frequently involving nudity, there was a ban on mobile phones which removed access to outside support, and a ‘what happens at law camp stays at law camp’ culture discouraged the raising of concerns,” the document said.
Source: Otago Daily Times