Students tell Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis: Resubmit or Fail
Did you catch our action outside Raymond Priestley Building today? In case you missed it, a group of 'Professors' from the Fossil Free school of ethical investments delivered their response to Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis' statement that the University does not intend to divest. Check out the full tutor's comments below. Glyn got schooled!
The IPCC’s report released today shows that everything, everywhere is already being affected faster than anticipated by increases in greenhouse gas from burning fossil fuels. It’s another harrowing message encouraging our push back against the dangerous coal and gas industries and their government and financial backers, including the University of Melbourne.
Glyn Davis' response to our call for divestment was insufficient and hypocritical. The University of Melbourne cannot call itself a sustainable University whilst it continues to profit from climate change.
We students will feel the effects of the climate crisis in our lifetimes. Our futures matter to us, and they should matter to our University too. We will not be giving up on this fight until Glyn submits the correct response: divestment!
Transcript of Tutor's Comments:
Comments: Dear Glyn,
Thank you for submitting your assignment on Melbourne University’s exposure to fossil fuel investment before the June 30 deadline.
You’ve obviously worked hard to get it in early, however there are serious inconsistencies in your piece. On one hand, you’ve developed your point regarding Melbourne University’s sustainability credentials as both a teaching and research institution quite well. Indeed, you spend most of the assignment developing this theme, and provide a good range of evidence to support it.
You have failed however to extend that logic to the final section of the assignment, where you discuss investment practices.
We also noticed your assignment was submitted the same day we learned your classmate, Monash University, has taken the cynical approach of pretending not to have listened when the question about fossil fuel exposure was asked.
Given your maturity, we’d hoped you’d provide a better example. Unfortunately, given the circumstances and the similarity of your responses, it appears that you have plagiarised Monash’s work, something as you know the academic community takes very seriously.
In its current form, we cannot give your answer a passing grade.
However, given that the assignment is worth 100% of marks for this subject, we’re giving you the opportunity to resubmit.
You have until June 30. Use it well.
Grade: Resubmit or fail.
Assessor’s name: Fossil Free Melbourne University