‘We’re Failing Our Students’ When It Comes to Consent, Says Mitchell O’Connor

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today came out fervently in favour of consent education in universities speaking at the launch of the Systematic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) Charter launch today …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 15 May]

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How UCC’s Bystander Intervention Training Empowers Students

Posted in Teaching on May 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a university context, we have the privileged opportunity to facilitate and support student development both academically and beyond. Traumatic incidents of sexual harassment and violence, unwanted advances and unsolicited abusive comments are a deeply ingrained societal reality and are no less prevalent among third-level students …” (more)

[Louise Crowley, University Times, 9 May]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor Launches Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (5 April 2019) launched the Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions: ‘Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive – Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions’. The Framework aims to ensure the creation of an institutional campus culture which is safe, respectful and supportive …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 April]

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Consent classes ‘to help create safe college campuses’

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are under orders to work at making their campuses free from sexual violence and harassment through the implementation of a range of measures, including offering students classes in consent and calling out unacceptable behaviour. A drive to create campuses where everyone feels safe and supported is not a ‘box-ticking’ exercise they have been told …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 April]

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College consent classes too little, too late

Posted in Teaching on March 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A proposal to compel third level institutions to provide sexual consent classes or risk losing funding was floated last week after it was recommended in a Government-commissioned report. The report, which was sought by the Minister for State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor raised concerns about the levels of sexual assaults happening on Irish college campuses …” (more)

[Deborah Coleman, The Corkman, 30 March]

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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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Education and consent

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Carl O’Brien’s article rightly highlights the need for safer and more respectful campuses (‘Consent on campus: UCC says it is building zero tolerance to sexual harassment’, Analysis, March 19th) …” (more)

[Malachi O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 25 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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Consent on campus: ‘We’re building zero tolerance to sexual harassment’

Posted in Teaching on March 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“One of the most ambitious attempts to create a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to sexual harassment in Irish third level is unfolding on the campus of University College Cork (UCC). A few years ago, it began piloting a compulsory series of workshops on ‘bystander intervention’ during the first year of its law, nursing and applied psychology classes …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Apology after ‘consent app’ proposal sent to UCD computer science students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The head of computer science at University College Dublin (UCD) has apologised after the school distributed an email from a student seeking help developing a phone app aimed at combatting women ‘retracting’ consent after sex …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 12 March]

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Universities and colleges must provide training on consent – Archibald

Posted in Teaching on February 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said it is important that education and training on consent is provided by universities and colleges alongside appropriate support for those who are victims of sexual crime …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 February]

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Bystander intervention programme launched for UCC students

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An online bystander intervention programme against sexual harassment and violence was launched in University College Cork on January 28th. The programme was launched by Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor. It is an online project taught through six one-hour workshops available to 22,000 UCC students …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, The College View, 6 February]

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NUIG release consent video after finding 37% of students think intoxicated women can still give consent

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Debate about what consent actually means has been a major issue in Ireland and beyond this year. NUI Galway researchers made headlines last August when they found that out of 3,500 students in Ireland, 70% said a couple who had 28 standard drinks were able to consent …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 17 December]

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Should Irish universities follow the IRFU’s lead and provide consent classes for college athletes?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Following the news that the IRFU would provide mandatory consent classes to all professional players, Cliona Sadlier of the Rape Crisis Network told the Irish Independent: ‘You need a whole hierarchy to take responsibility, it has to go all the way up and down; you can’t just land it on the players because they are just products of that system’ …” (more)

[Martha Brennan, SIN, 6 December]

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Someone Who Should Know Better Spectacularly Misses the Point of Consent Workshops

Posted in Teaching on November 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“You’d be forgiven for thinking that the argument in favour of mandatory consent workshops has been won – and resoundingly so. After all, even national politicians – people we wouldn’t normally consider to be ahead of the times – warmly received the presidents of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union and the Union of Students in Ireland when they asked for increased funding for consent education …” (more)

[University Times, 19 November]

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Lack of funding for sexual consent classes in Trinity, Oireachtas committee told

Posted in Teaching on October 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It may not be possible to extend classes on sexual consent to all students at Trinity College Dublin due to a lack of funding, an Oireachtas committee was told on Tuesday. Trinity College Dublin students’ union has run consent workshops for students living in Trinity Hall college accommodation based in Rathmines, and these saw 90% attendance rates last year …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Sexual consent classes at Irish universities to be examined

Posted in Teaching on October 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An Oireachtas committee is examining the effectiveness, timeliness and certification of sexual consent classes at Ireland’s universities. The Joint Committee on Education and Skills is looking at whether third-level of education is the right time to introduce these classes – or whether this needs to happen more at secondary level …” (more)

[Jack Quann, NewsTalk, 23 October]

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Surge in college consent classes take-up

Posted in Teaching on October 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Attendances at sexual consent workshops at universities has ‘skyrocketed’ this year following a number of high-profile cases. In some colleges, the number of students signing up for the training courses has jumped 600% …” (more)

[Joyce Fegan, Irish Examiner, 22 October]

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The A&F hazing incidents proves why all colleges should have consent classes

Posted in Teaching on October 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Half naked students performing mock sex acts, some stripping down to their jocks, others breaking up with their other halves over the phone. This was an actual, real-life initiation procedure to get into the Accounting and Finance Society (A&F) at DCU for the 2018/19 academic year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 20 October]

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