Fruitbatgate judgment now available

Posted in Legal issues on May 9th, 2011 by steve

MR JUSTICE KEARNS: “Right. Well, as I have reached a clear view as to what I should do in this case, I propose to give my judgment in the matter ex tempore. It is being recorded DAR, so a full transcript of the judgment will in due course be available. The background facts of this matter may be simply stated: On the 2nd of November 2009 the applicant, a lecturer in behavioural science, called in to the office or rooms of a colleague, Mrs Kennedy, in the School of Medicine in UCC and there produced to her a scientific paper which had featured in the October 2009 issue of PLoS ONE, a peer-reviewed scientific journal …” (more)

[Evans v UCC, 1 December 2010]
[Dylan Evans, 9 May]

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Notorious fruit bat research wins ‘Ig Nobel’ prize

Posted in Life on October 14th, 2010 by steve

“An academic paper about oral sex among fruit bats – which sparked a sexual harassment claim between two academics at an Irish university – has won an alternative scientific award …” (more)

[Breandan Morley, Independent, 14 October]

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Disciplinary proceedings halted in ‘fruitbatgate’ case

Posted in Legal issues on July 5th, 2010 by steve

“University College Cork has been forced to halt disciplinary proceedings against the academic at the centre of the so-called ‘fruitbatgate’ row after the Irish High Court agreed to consider the case …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 5 July]

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Fruitbatgate – update

Posted in Legal issues on July 3rd, 2010 by steve

UCC are curently restrained from acting on either the standard university processes in relation to Dylan Evans (such as processing his application for establishment) or the various disciplinary processes (for sexual harassment and for improper publication of confidential information). On UCC’s application, the full hearing on the injunction has been put back to 16 July. Judging from press reports, Evans’ case is based on lack of fair process in relation to the sexual harassment charge. Various affidavits have been filed:

09/06/2010 Deponent DYLAN EVANS
10/06/2010 Deponent JOHN KERR
02/07/2010 Deponent DAVID KERINS
02/07/2010 Deponent MICHAEL MURPHY
02/07/2010 Deponent JOHN HORGAN
02/07/2010 Deponent ADRIAN GREY

(Source: highcourtsearch.courts.ie)

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Lecturer bids to quash bat sex complaint

Posted in Legal issues on July 1st, 2010 by steve

“University College Cork (UCC) lecturer Dylan Evans has brought High Court judicial review proceedings seeking to quash a complaint against him related to the ‘sex life of fruit bats’ controversy. The college carried out an investigation earlier this year …” (more)

[Tim Healy, Herald, 1 July]

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Lecturer in bat-sex row takes fight to High Court

Posted in Legal issues on July 1st, 2010 by steve

“A university lecturer has taken court proceedings in a bid to quash a high-profile complaint of sexual harassment made against him. The complaint against University College Cork (UCC) lecturer, Dylan Evans, emerged in the recent ‘sex life of fruit bats’ controversy …” (more)

[Tim Healy, Independent, 1 July]

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Fruit Bat Gate Reframed

Posted in Legal issues on June 14th, 2010 by steve

“… I would suggest that the University appoint a task force or commission to rapidly investigate and modify University regulations to make clear this difficult territory in terms of behaviorally specific rules that can be taught and deployed to all members of the University …” (more)

[Creativeconflictwisdom’s Blog, 12 June]

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Court gives Dylan Evans leave for Judicial Review

Posted in Legal issues on June 12th, 2010 by steve

“An Irish Court has moved to grant Dr Dylan Evans, the lecturer at the centre of the so-called ‘fruitbatgate’ fiasco leave to apply for judicial review to the Irish High Court …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 11 June]

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Evans denies posting documentation to Facebook

Posted in Legal issues on June 10th, 2010 by steve

“Dr Dylan Evans, the lecturer at the center of the controversial ‘Fruitbatgate’ fiasco, has told the Cork Student News that he has no idea who posted confidential documentation onto the internet which revealed the details of UCC’s internal investigation process following allegations of sexual harassment by a member of the Medicine faculty at the University …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 9 June]

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Something to cheer up the lawyers

Posted in Legal issues on June 10th, 2010 by steve

“High Court grants Dylan Evans leave to apply for judicial review of #fruitbatgate investigation – see http://bit.ly/9UHdXx for court order” (tweet)

[Dylan Evans, Twitter, 10 June]

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Sign in haste, repent later

Posted in Legal issues on June 4th, 2010 by steve

“Regarding the Fruitbatgate affair (‘Yikes! Attack of the killer viral fruit bats’, 27 May), I would argue that the reputational damage has been done not to University College Cork but to the 3,763 academics who signed the petition supporting Dylan Evans without first checking the facts …” (more)

[Dorothy Bishop, Times Higher Education, 3 June]

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Bat sex

Posted in Legal issues on June 3rd, 2010 by steve

“In the recent past, an almighty debate has risen up over academic freedom. In Ireland, an academic has been investigated for having shown a female co-worker a paper on the subject of the sex lives of bats. As this blog is a family show, I will not describe what the bats have been doing …” (more)

[Mark Foreman’s Blog, 2 June]

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Postscript : Academic mobbing in cyberspace

Posted in Legal issues on May 31st, 2010 by steve

“Remarkably, if you scroll down to the end of the petition you find a couple of entries where people have signed up in order to warn others not to sign! It seems that the petition is really treated more as a blog …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 30 May]

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Academic mobbing in cyberspace

Posted in Legal issues on May 30th, 2010 by steve

“… My personal reaction on hearing of the petition was to check a few facts to see if there was another side to the story. The first point to emerge was that neither Evans nor his colleague worked in evolutionary biology or zoology. His post was in a Medical Education Unit in the School of Medicine, and his PhD was in philosophy …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 30 May]

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The complexity of academic freedom

Posted in Legal issues on May 27th, 2010 by steve

“As pretty much all the world knows, Ireland has recently experienced a major debate about the meaning of academic freedom. The particular context was the claim by University College Cork lecturer Dylan Evans that the university’s decision to discipline him for showing an academic paper on fellatio by fruit bats to a colleagues who had been made to feel uncomfortable by the encounter was an assault on his academic freedom …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 May]

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Yikes! Attack of the killer viral fruit bats

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2010 by steve

“It is every university public relations department’s worst nightmare: an internal human resources matter attracts interest online and quickly becomes a viral sensation, resulting in widespread criticism over a matter that the institution is unable to comment on. As the dust settles on the case of Dylan Evans, a lecturer at University College Cork who was accused of sexual harassment after showing a colleague a paper on oral sex among fruit bats, universities are left taking stock of the potential PR pitfalls of the Web 2.0 age …” (more)

[Sarah Cunnane, Times Higher Education, 27 May]

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Fruitbatgate: Sexual Harrassment or Intellectual Discourse?

Posted in Legal issues on May 26th, 2010 by steve

“… 1. The fact that Dr. Evans didn’t intend to offend is irrelevant on the question of harassment, if his behavior created ‘an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment’. His intent may be useful in mitigating the severity of discipline, but doesn’t change the effect of his actions on his colleague. 2. Dr. Evans exhibited a pattern of behavior over a period of a year that can only be described as overly familiar with a professional colleague …” (more)

[Susan Walsh, Hooking Up Smart, 26 May]

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Irish University Goes Batty

Posted in Legal issues on May 26th, 2010 by steve

“… Sexual harassment law is not supposed to be about totally de-sexing interaction between men and women. It is about enabling women to work in environments that are not hostile to them (whether because of sexual predation by those with power over them, or because of pervasive expressions of misogyny, or other reasons). It’s intended to support, not undermine, women’s equality …” (more)

[Russell Blackford, IEET, 25 May]

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Effects of fruitbatgate

Posted in Legal issues on May 24th, 2010 by steve

“Sadly releasing names & docs makes harder to report RT @9th_level_irl: Problem of harassment in unis http://wp.me/pjiT3-3NI #fruitbatgate” (tweet)

[Declan Jordan, Twitter, 23 May]

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Fruit bats and the right to Justice

Posted in Legal issues on May 24th, 2010 by steve

“I wonder when a Fruit bat couple are sitting at home in front of the TV on a Friday night wondering if they’re going to have an early one, does it cross their minds that the ‘fruits’ of there romantic endeavours would cause such a consternation in a University campus in Ireland … Not so much is it ‘What will the neighbours think?’ but ‘What will the Humans think?’ …” (more)

[What de focal, 23 May]

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