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UC pastoral care up to scratch after all?

By johnboy 23 May 2005 2

NowUC have published a rousing defence of the University of Canberra’s pastoral care program, particularly as it relates to foreign students coming to the campus.

The article is phrased as a response to criticisms of those services, in the wake of the sad case of Zhang Hong Jie, also known as Steffi.

Ms Fleming says this program is only effective if the student takes the initiative to be involved with the activities organised by the university.


Jandy Godfrey, Executive Director of Development and International, agrees with Ms Fleming on this point. She says there is only so much the university can do to offer support for its students.

So students need to know in advance they are going to be murdered and take appropriate measures to ensure their bodies are discovered in a timely fashion? Or the perhaps the corpses need to rise up and check in?

This looks like a cop-out to me.

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johnboy 8:34 pm 24 May 05

The person resonsible for the death was the person who killed her.

But that she lay dead for months with no-one checking how she was strikes me as a massive failure.

And if next time the victim isn’t dead, just incapacitated, unable to summon help, and thousands of miles from anyone who cares enough to check in when she doesn’t turn up?

What then?

jamius maximus 11:56 am 24 May 05

A better system of checking up on off-campus foreign students may have resulted in this poor lady’s body being found ealier, but how could it have prevented the murder?

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