Investigating Sexual Harassment in Universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This morning I came across a piece in the Guardian about a report from the UK Office for Students about hate crime and sexual harassment in Universities. One of the recommendations of the report is that that Universities should hire specialist staff to investigate sexual harassment …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 June]

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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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UCC students unveil mural against sexual violence in college

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork students will unveil a mural on Monday calling for an end to sexual violence and harassment in third-level institutions. It is part of a campaign by the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) to create a culture of zero tolerance towards such behaviours …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 28 January]

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UCC to expand anti-harassment programme

Posted in Teaching on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A culture of zero tolerance to verbal or physical sexual harrassment is to be encouraged at one of the country’s largest universities by the expansion of an intervention programme to all 22,000 students …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 January]

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Facing up to the Existence of the Jerk

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

“As stories of harassment and bullying multiply in the media (social and otherwise), it is worth thinking about what it is in management and leadership that lets situations get out of hand. Too often I hear the phrase that someone is ‘on the spectrum’ provided as a rationale for why they aren’t too good at interpersonal relationships within a lab or team …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 13 January]

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Female Economists Push Their Field Toward a #MeToo Reckoning

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2019 by steve

“The economics profession is facing a mounting crisis of sexual harassment, discrimination and bullying that women in the field say has pushed many of them to the sidelines – or out of the field entirely. Those issues took center stage at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting …” (more)

[Ben Casselman and Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 10 January]

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When it Comes to Harassment, Silence is Often Complicity

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The topic of harassment, and more particularly sexual harassment, has certainly risen up the agenda in the past year or so in many different sectors. In universities, too, the topic has gone from being unmentionable (if privately acknowledged) to something that urgently needs to be tackled …” (more)

[Athene Donald, University Times, 9 September]

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Most female students ‘face sexual hostility’, study finds

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some 70% of female students and 40% of male students experienced sexual hostility or crude gender harassment by the time they were finishing third-level education, a study by NUI Galway researchers has found. The same proportion of women (70%) and more than 60% of men surveyed also felt sex education at secondary school wasn’t satisfactory …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 7 August]

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Why are so many academic conferences hostile to women?

Posted in Life on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

“I had looked forward to our association conference for months. I would be reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, visiting a new city, and hearing about exciting work in my field. In many respects, the event exceeded my expectations …” (more)

[Amber Pouliot, Guardian, 3 August]

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Are universities finally moving towards their #MeToo moment?

Posted in Legal issues on July 31st, 2018 by steve

“It’s a sad truth in the science world that hierarchical structures have permitted harassment to thrive. Inherent power imbalances between supervisor and PhD student or between professor and postdoc make an informal challenge to inappropriate behaviour terrifying. And it can feel career-threatening to the victim, since one’s research outputs and letters of reference are likely to be damaged …” (more)

[Athene Donald, Guardian, 27 July]

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Court lifts stay on NUI Galway investigation into bullying and harassment complaints

Posted in Legal issues on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An order staying an investigation into complaints of bullying and harassment made by a member of staff at NUI Galway against another staff member has been lifted by the Court of Appeal. In 2014, the complainant alleged bullying and harassment against nine members of NUIG staff …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 March]

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The Weinstein Fallout Will Surely Hit Ireland’s Universities, Too

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

Ireland“The ever-growing list of prominent men accused of abuse of power, sexual harassment, assault and rape over the last number of weeks has proven that it is not an isolated or Hollywood-specific problem …” (more)

[University Times, 12 November]

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University systems allow sexual harassers to thrive

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Geoff Marcy. From entertainment to academia, accusations of these people’s abuses of power have helped to create a sea change in the numbers of people willing to discuss sexual harassment in the workplace. Much of the conversation has concerned condemnation of harassers and praise for those who come forward to talk about what they have seen and experienced. This puts an interpersonal frame on a systemic problem. Attention must also be paid to systems that allow harassers to thrive …” (more)

[Laurel Issen, Nature, 1 November]


Abuse of female students increases each year

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Female students are more likely to experience sexual harassment as they progress through college, according to a survey. The Smart Consent Survey of approximately 400 students, conducted by PhD candidate Chiara Seery of NUI Galway, indicated that female students’ experiences of sexist hostility, sexual hostility, unwanted sexual attention, online sexual harassment, and sexual coercion increased each year as they passed from first year to third year …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 1 November]

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5 Sexual Assaults and 11 Harassment Cases Reported by Students to UCD Campus Services Since 2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Five sexual assaults were reported to UCD campus security between 2014 and 2016. Eleven students have also reported instances of harassment to campus services since 2014. An internal campus services report into student’s personal safety on campus, obtained by the Tribune, show a marked rise in reports of sexual assault and harassment on campus …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 March]

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University sex abuse report fails to tackle staff attacks on UK students

Posted in Legal issues on October 21st, 2016 by steve

UK“A long-awaited report investigating sexual violence and harassment in UK universities has been criticised for failing fully to address the problem. An inquiry was begun last year due to growing alarm about harassment, sexual violence and hate crime on university campuses, and concerns about the way in which some institutions deal with the problem …” (more)

[Sally Weale and David Batty, Guardian, 21 October]

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Sexual harassment of students by university staff hidden by non-disclosure agreements

Posted in Legal issues on August 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“Universities’ use of non-disclosure agreements (NDA) in sexual harassment cases involving staff and students is allowing alleged perpetrators to move to other institutions where they could offend again, according to academics, lawyers and campaigners …” (more)

[Sally Weale and David Batty, Guardian, 26 August]

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What I have learnt about sex at University

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on May 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD 200 scandal may be a hoax but sexual harassment in endemic on campuses. The unfortunate fact is we live in a world in which people assume feminism has reigned victorious and is programmed into modern society …” (more)

[Anna Joyce, Irish Times, 26 May]

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UCD brings in obligatory sex consent classes

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin will introduce mandatory sexual consent classes – as officials try to track down students who reportedly shared intimate images of female students …” (more)

[Martin Grant, Independent, 10 February]

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Female UCD student hits out at ‘toxic lad culture’ in Irish society

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A female University College Dublin (UCD) student has hit out at ‘the poison that is lad culture’ after it emerged last week that 200 male UCD students were involved in sharing sexual images of female students online …” (more)

[David Maher, Irish Mirror Online, 9 February]

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