GMIT ‘Peeping Tom’ faces teaching ban under new vetting policy

Posted in Legal issues on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer at GMIT – previously the subject of a student toilets ‘Peeping Tom’ investigation – could be banned from teaching under Garda vetting policy introduced at the college. At the time, the investigation did not determine that the lecturer had been responsible for drilling holes in student toilet cubicle walls, or that he had used them as peep holes. He continues to work there …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 24 March]

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Holylands: Belfast student area’s rowdiest streets revealed

Posted in Legal issues on March 16th, 2017 by steve

“More than 30,000 alcohol units have been confiscated in south Belfast’s Holylands by council officials over the past three years. And complaints of anti-social behaviour in the mainly student area topped 1,800 over the same period …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 15 March]

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Plan to prosecute firms who offer paid-for essays to students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education is planning to introduce laws to prosecute ‘essay mill’ companies who offer to write students’ assignments in exchange for money. The move is a response to mounting concern over the practice which allows students to circumvent their college’s plagiarism detection systems …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 March]

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Third Level Staff – Fixed-term Workers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if all the recommendations of the Cush report in respect of fixed-term workers in third level colleges have been accepted and implemented by him; and if not, the specific recommendations that remain outstanding …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 March]

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Higher Education Authority – UL Staff

Posted in Legal issues on March 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on his meeting with the University of Limerick whistleblowers; the feedback provided to them; the course of action he now plans to follow; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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Intellectual Property Management

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the national policy that exists to guide institutes of technology and universities on intellectual property policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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Video is ‘Brewing Up a Storm’ for NUIG 5 benefit concert

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… In the 2.34-minute video, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington eloquently states the history of the injustices committed against the five women, who have taken NUI Galway to court over the university’s refusal to promote them to senior lecturer in 2009. In addition, two NUI Galway students passionately voice their support for the women lecturers and their right to be promoted …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 8 March]

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Sexual harassment ‘at epidemic levels’ in UK universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 6th, 2017 by steve

“Sexual harassment, misconduct and gender violence by university staff are at epidemic levels in the UK, a Guardian investigation suggests. Freedom of information (FoI) requests sent to 120 universities found that students made at least 169 such allegations against academic and non-academic staff from 2011-12 to 2016-17 …” (more)

[David Batty, Sally Weale and Caroline Bannock, Guardian, 5 March]

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Third Level Funding – Legal Services

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the checks and balances in place to ensure third level institutions are not using public funds to access legal services to defend themselves against persons who have no access to similar legal services thus placing them at a disadvantage to the publicly funded institution; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Now a degree is a commodity, no wonder more students are cheating

Posted in Legal issues on February 22nd, 2017 by steve

“It was reported this week that the Department for Education is considering new penalties for students who plagiarise essays. This comes after an investigation by the Times in 2016 found that 50,000 students had been caught cheating on their university degrees in the three years before. Students were paying anywhere between £100 and £6,750 for an essay, and this widespread cheating has led to suggestions that criminal records could be dished out to offenders …” (more)

[Poppy Noor, Guardian, 22 February]

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Greater clarity given on students’ rights to judicial review

Posted in Legal issues on February 22nd, 2017 by steve

“The legal relationship between students and universities is complex. Students are – to some extent – consumers, with consumer rights that can be enforced in courts. They also have access to a form of ombudsman scheme, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, which was set up to address some of the deficiencies in the historic system of University Visitors …” (more)

[Philip Plowden, Wonkhe, 22 February]

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Trinity College found in breach of advertising guidelines over online course listing on website

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin’s Trinity College has been found to be in breach of advertising guidelines over a course listing on its own website. Details on the Trinity College Website for a Masters in Cognitive Psychotherapy provided details of the fees for Years one and two of the course …” (more)

[Brian O’Reilly, Independent, 21 February]

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University students could be fined or handed criminal records for plagiarised essays, new proposals suggest

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on February 21st, 2017 by steve

“University students who buy essays online face fines and a criminal record under plans to punish plagiarism being considered by the government. For the first time, students caught cheating could be criminalised amid fears that a burgeoning ‘essay mills’ industry is threatening the quality of a British university degree …” (more)

[Harry Yorke, Telegraph, 21 February]

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Cambridge University ‘Class Lists’ Could Be Scrapped Under New Data Protection Laws

Posted in Legal issues on February 16th, 2017 by steve

“A 250-year-old Cambridge University tradition of publishing students’ exam results outside the Senate House could be banned under new data protection laws. The legislation, set to come into force in May 2018, is likely to deem the current system of posting ‘class lists’ as illegal …” (more)

[Jasmin Gray, Huffington Post, 16 February]

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4000 ecstasy tablets destined for Galway rag week seized by gardaí

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí in Galway have arrested two men in connection with the seizure of cannabis and ecstasy. As part of ongoing joint investigations targeting drug trafficking in the Galway area, a joint intelligence led operation was conducted by Revenue’s Customs Drugs Law Enforcement and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau supported by officers from the Galway Regional Drugs Unit …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 10 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Payments – Overpayment of Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Charlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there have been a number of write-offs with regard to recouping paid funds in each of the years since SUSI was formed in relation to discovered overpayment of maintenance grants by SUSI; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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Legislative Measures – Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMary Butler (Waterford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the proposed timeframe for the Technological Universities Bill; when it will be before Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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Benefit concert announced! Tiernan to host; The Stunning, My Fellow Sponges featured

Posted in Legal issues on February 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Save the date: Wednesday, March 29th! Three local acts — The Stunning, Tommy Tiernan and My Fellow Sponges — will play a benefit concert supported by the NUI Galway Students’ Union with all proceeds going towards the legal costs of the five women taking court cases against NUI Galway …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 10 February]

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Gardaí prepare for RAG Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway Gardaí are preparing for this year’s unofficial RAG Week ‘celebrations’, which take place next week. There were 43 public order incidents attributed to the event last year, ten alone on so-called Donegal Tuesday …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 8 February]

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Hey student! Turn those lecture notes into cash!

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on February 7th, 2017 by steve

“I wrote here recently about the companies exploiting students and profiteering from helping them cheat. In similar vein there seems to have been a significant growth in websites which enable students to sell lecture notes to their fellow students …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Registrarism, 7 February]

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