Student Arrested in Trinity Library for Abusive Behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A male student was removed from Trinity’s library by the Gardaí for being abusive to other students this afternoon. At around 4pm, Gardaí escorted an unnamed student from the first floor of the Berkeley library …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 3 April]

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UCC win appeal over requirement to disclose details of loan agreement to RTÉ

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge has overturned the Information Commissioner’s decision requiring University College Cork to disclose to RTÉ certain information about a €100m loan agreement between the college and the European Investment Bank. The Commissioner must now reconsider RTÉ’s request, made under the Freedom of Information Act, in line with Mr Justice Garrett Simons’ findings …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 3 April]

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Trinity society says hazing reports ‘not to be taken too seriously’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The all-male society in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) at the centre of a controversy over hazing allegations has defended practices in the club, following ‘misleading’ reporting, the group has said. In a statement, the Knights of the Campanile said media reports on an initiation ceremony that took place for new members ‘are not to be taken too seriously’ …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 2 April]

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Quarter of students suffer unwanted sexual advances in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2019 by steve

“More than a quarter of students at universities or colleges in Northern Ireland have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour, a survey has revealed. Over 2,200 students took part in the survey on consent and unwanted sexual behaviour, conducted by the National Union of Students-Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI) …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 28 March]

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Yale Becomes First University to Rescind Admission for Student in College Fraud Scandal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on March 26th, 2019 by steve

“Yale University has rescinded the admission of a student who was accepted as part of the massive college cheating scandal revealed by the Department of Justice earlier in March. Federal prosecutors charged 50 people for participating in the scheme, which employed bribery, exam cheating and unearned athletic endorsements to help get applicants into prestigious colleges …” (more)

[Ciara Nugent, Time, 26 March]

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Trinity ‘bug’ row: law professors clash over university paper’s secret recording

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Law professors at Trinity College have clashed over whether a university newspaper was justified in secretly recording an alleged society initiation ceremony. An article about the alleged ‘hazing’ incident appeared in ‘The University Times’ on March 15, prompted two investigations by Trinity authorities …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 25 March]

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Revelation of the Knights Hazing Was Clearly in the Public Interest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is a truth universally acknowledged that, where there are two lawyers, there will be at least three legal opinions. In the same way that there are two sides to every story, there are two legal arguments in every case. And where there are matters of public controversy, there can be at least as many legal views on them as there are lawyers commenting about them …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, University Times, 22 March]

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The University Times’ legal defence is fundamentally flawed

Posted in Legal issues on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On March 15 2019, the University Times published an article alleging the Knights of the Campanile were implicated in an on-campus hazing evening. On March 19 2019, the newspaper published a note to its readers about its reporting methods, in particular their decision to enter a student residential building …” (more)

[Neville Cox, Oran Doyle and David Kenny, University Times, 21 March]

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Professor at Presbyterian College sacked over remarks on radio vows to fight his dismissal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

“A professor who was sacked by Union Theological College (UTC) after comments he made in the media has said he will fight against the ruling. Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick, who worked for the Presbyterian-run institution in Belfast for 22 years, is understood to be the first theological professor to be sacked by the Church … ” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 22 March]

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Trinity College launch investigation after university newspaper admits secretly recording students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has launched an investigation after a college paper admitted secretly recording students for an article. There are calls for funding to be pulled from The University Times after it reported the details of an initiation ceremony for an all-male, invite-only, sporting society …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Belfast theological college professor fired over BBC radio comments

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 21st, 2019 by steve

“A professor at Belfast’s Union Theological College (UTC) has been fired due to comments he made on a radio show. Reverend Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick, who worked at UTC for 22 years, was found guilty of ‘gross misconduct’ by a disciplinary panel of the Presbyterian Church, who run the college, the BBC reports …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 March]

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The Irish Times view on sexual consent classes: time to bring this hidden violence into the public eye

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Research indicates that rape, sexual assault and harassment are mostly hidden problems on our college campuses. A Union of Students in Ireland report in recent years, based on a survey of more than 2,700 students, found 16% of respondents had experienced ‘unwanted sexual contact’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 20 March]

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Colleges risk losing funding if sexual consent classes not provided

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on March 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“All third-level colleges should be obliged to provide classes on sexual consent for students or risk losing State funding, a Government-commissioned report has recommended. The report follows rising concern over the level of rape and sexual assault on college campuses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 March]

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We Asked 20 Elite-College Admissions Deans About the Bribery Scandal. Here’s What They Said.

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on March 19th, 2019 by steve

“Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Dartmouth College each pledged to increase oversight of athletics recruiting in light of an elaborate bribery scheme in college admissions that brought the indictments last week of 11 employees at eight universities, along with more than two dozen parents …” (more)

[Lindsay Ellis, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 March]

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Belfast Holyland residents urge crack down on drinking for St Patrick’s Day celebrations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 15th, 2019 by steve

“Fed-up residents in the Holyland area of Belfast have called for a crackdown on street drinking during this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The Holyland area of south Belfast has become infamous for students engaging in anti-social behaviour every March 17 …” (more)

[Mark Edwards, Belfast Telegraph, 15 March]

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Students better behaved

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Residents living near UCC have breathed a sigh of relief as students living around the college are behaving better. Locals living along College Road and the surrounding streets told a community forum this week that this year’s Raise And Give (RAG) Week was the best it’s been for them in years, as there was hardly any parties and very little anti-social behaviour to report …” (more)

[Niamh Aine Ryan, Cork Independent, 13 March]

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Departmental Legal Costs – Leaving Cert recheck appeal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount spent to date by his Department and agencies under his remit appealing the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 March]

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Patrick Kelly v University College Dublin, The Curious Case of

Posted in Legal issues on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“… This judgment is the most recent, publicly available determination in a dispute over gender discrimination that has spanned 17 years. The sprawling web of complaints and litigation has reached dizzyingly high levels of the Irish justice system and has even, at one point, been referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg. In a 2013 High Court judgment, Mr Justice John Hedigan, described the saga of litigation as a ‘sad and sorry tale of interminable, highly complex applications, most of which were found to be groundless’ …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 6 March]

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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to be given university status

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is set to secure university status within months after the Cabinet approved a change in legislation. Legal restrictions have prevented the 235-year-old Dublin college from being granted university status even though it is ranked among the top higher-education institutions in the world …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD supports university designation for the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“RCSI in line for university status. Minister Mitchell O’Connor presents legislative changes which allow for new university status. The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, has today welcomed the approval by Government in seeking to advance university designation for the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 March]

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