Sexual harassment ‘at epidemic levels’ in UK universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 6th, 2017 by steve

“Sexual harassment, misconduct and gender violence by university staff are at epidemic levels in the UK, a Guardian investigation suggests. Freedom of information (FoI) requests sent to 120 universities found that students made at least 169 such allegations against academic and non-academic staff from 2011-12 to 2016-17 …” (more)

[David Batty, Sally Weale and Caroline Bannock, Guardian, 5 March]

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Scale of sexual abuse in UK universities likened to Savile and Catholic scandals

Posted in Legal issues on October 7th, 2016 by steve

UK“The scale of sexual harassment and gender violence by UK university staff has been likened to the scandals involving the Catholic church and Jimmy Savile in accounts shared by more than 100 women with the Guardian …” (more)

[Sally Weale and David Batty, Guardian, 7 October]

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Sexual harassment is rife in universities, but complaining means risking your career

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 27th, 2016 by steve

UK“Sexual harassment in universities is real, it is ugly, and it is well known about – certainly in my departments. Yes, plural. I have heard about it, seen it and experienced it myself, throughout my career. It usually comes from nice, affable, older male academics who are all hot on equality and feminism until they’ve had a few drinks at the pub, or, worse, when we’re away for a conference …” (more)

[Guardian, 26 August]


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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USI calls on students to report sex assaults

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has launched an initiative encouraging students to report incidents of sex assaults in the country’s third level institutions …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 3 February]

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LIT study highlights student experience of sexual aggression

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One in every four students have experienced unwanted and aggressive sexual behaviour, including groping, sexualised verbal abuse and unwanted sexual contact, according to a study conducted at a Limerick third level college …” (more)

[Andrew Carey, Limerick Post, 24 September]

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What if you’re sexually harassed while you’re studying abroad?

Posted in Legal issues, Life on March 11th, 2015 by steve

UK“Lots of students find themselves doing a year abroad these days: language students generally have to, and many others choose to. It’s a time for personal and academic development, but it can also be a challenge …” (more)

[Rebecca Pinnington, Guardian, 11 March]

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UCD survey: 64% of females experience sexual harrassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“UCD, the first Irish university to research sexual harassment, has found troubling statistics regarding the rate of sexual harassment experienced in Ireland. UCD is the first Irish university to take part in a larger international study on sexual harassment …” (more)

[Aura McMenamin,, 28 October]

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The blatant sexual harassment scarring our university students

Posted in Life on February 21st, 2014 by steve

“‘Lad culture’ has led to a normalisation of sexual assault on campuses around the country, but students – male and female – are fighting back, and it’s a fight we can all be part of …” (more)

[Laura Bates, Guardian, 21 February]

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In academia, there is no such thing as winning a sexual harassment complaint

Posted in Legal issues on August 9th, 2013 by steve

“The University of Miami example might suggest there are now better outcomes for women in campus harassment cases. If only …” (more)

[Guardian, 9 August]

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Take back the net: Institutions must develop collective strategies to tackle online abuse aimed at female academics

Posted in Legal issues, Life on July 24th, 2013 by steve

“A recent conference panel explored the challenges and risks associated with being a female public intellectual given widespread online sexual harassment. Audra Mitchell summarises the panel and provides further insight into what can be done to stop the abuse …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 24 July]

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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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Evans to have sanctions reduced to one year

Posted in Legal issues on March 3rd, 2011 by steve

“Self-styled fruitbatgate lecturer Dylan Evans is to have his sanctions reduced to one year …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 March]

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‘Fruitbatgate’ sanctions reduced

Posted in Legal issues on March 3rd, 2011 by steve

“An academic who was found guilty of sexual harassment by University College Cork after showing a female colleague a research paper on oral sex among fruit bats has had the sanctions against him reduced following a court ruling …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 3 March]

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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


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Professor fired over sexual harassment

Posted in Legal issues on September 20th, 2009 by steve

USA“A professor who pointed out that his college’s sexual harassment policy contained no protection for someone who was falsely accused was later fired – for sexual harassment. Professor Thomas Thibeault, who was teaching at East Georgia College in Swainboro, noted the omission during a sexual harassment training seminar. A report prepared by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, says that two days later, in a Kafkaesque irony, Thibeault was fired by the college president for sexual harassment without notice, without knowing his accuser or the charges against him, and without a hearing …” (more)

[University World News, 20 September]

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