Message to the Emmanuel College community

22 November, 2017

We regret to advise the Emmanuel College community of the serious issues arising from the Student’s Club Yearbook, which has some comments attributed to students that are offensive and totally unacceptable.

Such content will never be tolerated at Emmanuel College and we intend to establish who is responsible. Initial investigations into the matter suggest some students did not compose or authorise the attributed quotes in the yearbook.

With students now on university break and scattered across the country and around the globe, we anticipate our investigation will take some time. However, rest assured, any student found to be in breach of our Code of Conduct will face disciplinary action.

The annual yearbook is produced entirely by the Students’ Club for their peers with Emmanuel College staff not privy to the content until after printing and distribution by students. Until yesterday, Emmanuel College had entrusted its student body to act appropriately with this responsibility. This will no longer be the case. All use of the Emmanuel College brand and name for any publication and all the content therein will now be subject to a formal approval process.

This behaviour does not reflect Emmanuel’s culture of respect, safety, equality and caring for each other in a supportive co-ed community that has long been a genuine hallmark of the College.

We have stringent policies in place to support the College’s culture and run programs focused on behaviour, values and respect. The students also run Wellness Week where these core values are reinforced. Creating a safe and respectful culture and maintaining it is an ongoing process for the College and the broader community, and we are committed to continued work to improve it.

We are extremely upset and deeply saddened that a few students have stained our proud 106-year history of providing a productive collegiate environment that has successfully supported and promoted intellectual development and personal growth for thousands of young men and women.

Professor David Brunckhorst
Provost and CEO