Universities lobbied for exemption to student housing rent caps

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

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities strongly lobbied to have college-owned student accommodation exempt from legislation to introduce rent caps and extra tenants’ rights for purpose-built student housing. The Irish Universities Association (IUA) claimed new legislation giving more tenancy rights to students would hamper colleges’ ability to deal with cases of alleged sexual assaults in campus accommodation …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 June]

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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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Cultural change needed to make campuses safer for third-level students

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

Ireland“Rape and sexual assault at third level is usually hidden. But last autumn, it tumbled out into the open when the Cork Sexual Violence Centre said it had been made aware of three rapes of first-year college students at the start of the academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 March]

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University of Limerick student claims ‘drunk’ men ‘exposed themselves’ to her

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is investigating claims that a female student was ‘assaulted by a group of drunk young men’ who cornered her and made her watch as ‘they exposed themselves’. The incident, details of which were first published in a letter to UL’s student newspaper, is alleged to have taken place on campus during Freshers Week …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 17 November]

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Consent Workshops Won’t Be Enough to Tackle On-Campus Sexual Assaults

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

Ireland“A few weeks ago, the Irish Examiner reported that three University College Cork (UCC) students were raped in the week that classes began this semester. As we watch the fallout in the aftermath of the Kavanaugh trial and Bill Cosby begins his prison sentence, one can only shake their heads in disbelief at RTE’s tweet last week, which asked whether the #MeToo movement has done more harm than good …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 11 October]

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Report: universities called on to do more to support students reporting sexual harassment complaints

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

“UK universities need to do more to avoid ‘failing sexual harassment victims’, according to a new report, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Catalyst fund …” (more)

[Out-Law.com, 5 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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Minister Mitchell O’Connor convened a major higher education workshop on consent and tackling sexual violence in Third Level Education at Dublin Castle

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

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, with special responsibility for Higher Education has today (4th October 2018) brought together higher education representatives, students unions and other stakeholders for a workshop on consent and tackling sexual violence in third level education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 October]

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A ‘Dignity and Respect’ Policy is Hardly the Place for Sexual Assault

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The news that three first-year students from Cork had been raped since the start of term rightly sent shockwaves through the country. Jolted into action, the government took the decision to create a forum on student sexual assault – a gesture that is not only long overdue, but arguably not enough …” (more)

[University Times, 30 September]


Government Supports Creation of Forum on Student Sexual Assault

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After reports of three students raped in University College Cork, the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan has lent his support to the creation of a Garda forum to tackle sexual assault in universities …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 26 September]

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Assessing level of sexual assaults at college almost impossible

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

Ireland“Again, and again, the same issues arise for those who deal with sexual assault allegations involving third-level students: alcohol, a fear of reporting and a lack of understanding about sexual consent. So often do those issues appear that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to discover how bad the problem of sexual assaults now is in Irish third-level colleges …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Conor Gallagher and Daniel Comer, Irish Times, 25 September]


Terrible assaults emphasise the need for educational campaigns surrounding consent

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour spokesperson on Justice, and TD for Cork East, Seán Sherlock has called on Minister Mitchell O’Connor to lay out a timeline for the delivery of promised compulsory consent classes in Irish Universities. This call follows reporting today of three incidents of rape of students in Cork in recent weeks …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 25 September]

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Have you experienced sexual assault at third-level?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As three young female students report being raped in Cork, we want to hear from readers. Three young female students from University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology have reported being raped in Cork since the start of September …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 September]

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Consent Conversations Must Respond to Students Who Barely Recognise Sexual Assault

Posted in Life on August 21st, 2017 by steve

“A survey on sexual assault was a long time coming in Northern Ireland. With national conversation erupting in the last few years around consent, Queen’s have followed in the footsteps of USI and Trinity respectively, in conducting their own survey to glean insight into the prevalence of sexual assault on campus. The Queen’s survey is unexpectedly pioneering in more ways than one …” (more)

[University Times, 20 August]

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Nearly 50% of Sexual Assault Victims Told No-One About their Experience, Queen’s University Belfast Study Finds

Posted in Life on August 16th, 2017 by steve

“A landmark study on non-consensual sexual experiences in Queen’s University Belfast – the first of its kind in Northern Irish higher education – has revealed that nearly 50% of students surveyed stayed quiet about their experience of sexual assault …” (more)

[Philip McGuinness, University Times, 15 August]

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UCD Must Take Responsibility for Tackling Sexual Harassment on Campus

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

Ireland“The rise in the number of students reporting incidents of sexual assault and harassment to UCD campus services shows the the college can no longer shirk their responsibility to victims. It’s not disputed that any victim of a sexual assault or incidents of harassment should first contact the authorities such as the Gardaí, or the Rape Crisis Centre. But this does not absolve UCD of taking responsibility for tackling the issue in the college community …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 March]

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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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Lack of Information and Emphasis Highlight UCD’s Problematic Approach to Sexual Assault on Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Several high profile incidents internationally and on campus have seen UCD’s policy and approach to sexual assault and harassment on campus come under question. Do students know how to report an incident with the university if they want to, or do the college need to make it clearer? Should the college take a proactive stance on tackling sexual assault or ‘rape culture’ on campus? …” (more)

[College Tribune, 2 March]

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Sexual consent: ‘They grab your arse or boobs and think it’s ok’

Posted in Legal issues on October 11th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThe Women’s Podcast: Kathleen Harris talks to students and experts about sexual consent workshops in Irish universities. ‘It’s actually worrying how common it is going out and getting touched’, says a female 20-year-old Irish student who wishes to remain anonymous …” (more)

[Irish Times, 10 October]

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‘I feel like I have zero protection on campus’ – Alleged rape victim slams response of Irish universities to sexual assault cases

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A third-level student has come forward to criticise the response of Irish universities in sexual assault and rape cases. The university student, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims that she was raped by a former student and that the college’s response has been ‘very bad’ …” (more)

[Clare Cullen, Independent, 13 February]

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