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]


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)

[, 20 October]

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Sexual consent classes needed across all of third level, says Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sexual consent classes for students should be embedded across all third level colleges, according to the Minister of State for Higher Education. Mary Mitchell O’Connor told a forum of higher education representatives that she was ‘appalled’ at the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault among students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor on consent: If no means no and yes means yes, where does the confusion lie?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“If no means no and yes means yes, where does the confusion lie? Why does it feel like we are in the trenches in the gender wars? The fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal has resulted in ‘Me Too’ and ‘Time’s Up’ entering the vernacular …” (more)

[Mary Mitchell O’Connor,, 4 October]

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‘Educate people about consent’ – student reps

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Student representatives of University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology have said they are ‘in the dark’ about the circumstances surround three alleged rapes that have taken place since the start of the college term. It was reported this week that three female students had informed Cork Sexual Violence Centre that they were raped since the college term began this month …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 27 September]

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IT Tralee Students’ Union President says education on consent needed at second level

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More education is needed around the area of consent according to the President of the Students’ Union at the Institute of Technology Tralee. It follows alarming statistics on alleged rapes and sexual assault on college students in Cork and Galway …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 26 September]

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New NUI Galway study shows worrying statistics about students and consent

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A recent NUI Galway survey revealed that 70% of female students and 40% of male students experienced ‘sexual hostility or crude gender harassment’ by the time they were finishing college. Sex education at second level was also deemed unsatisfactory by 63% of the male and 71% of the female respondents …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, SIN, 15 September]

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Report examines issue of consent among third-level students

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Young people’s ambivalence towards what constitutes sexual consent when alcohol is involved is captured in new research which shows that while the majority of college students (86%) agree that alcohol impacts on the ability to give consent, more than a third (37%) feel that a woman can still give consent after drinking heavily …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 7 July]

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