Higher Education Institutions – Sexual Harassment

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Joan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address sexual harassment of staff in higher education institutions; the work programme of the new Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality to address same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 October]

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WIT ordered to review rules on sex harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has been ordered to review the way it responds to staff who complain about sexual harassment. The Labour Court issued the instruction when it awarded €10,000 compensation to a lecturer who was subjected to sexual harassment by male agricultural science students …” (more)

[Waterford Today, 3 October]

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Lecturer sexually harassed by students awarded €10,000 compensation

Posted in Legal issues on September 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A female college lecturer who was told male students ‘would do her’ in one of a number of incidents of sexual harassment has been awarded €10,000 …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 26 September]
[The judgment is here]

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Lecturer who was told how male students ‘would do her’ awarded €10,000 by Labour Court

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A female college lecturer who was told how male students ‘would do her’ in one of a number of incidents of sexual harassment has been awarded €10,000. In the case, the Labour Court has ordered Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to pay the €10,000 compensation …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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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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Quarter of students suffer unwanted sexual advances in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2019 by steve

“More than a quarter of students at universities or colleges in Northern Ireland have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour, a survey has revealed. Over 2,200 students took part in the survey on consent and unwanted sexual behaviour, conducted by the National Union of Students-Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI) …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 28 March]

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Education and consent

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Carl O’Brien’s article rightly highlights the need for safer and more respectful campuses (‘Consent on campus: UCC says it is building zero tolerance to sexual harassment’, Analysis, March 19th) …” (more)

[Malachi O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 25 March]

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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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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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It’s Time for Conversations About How Universities Handle Sexual Assault

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new study launched by NUI Galway this week further cemented the fact that we are some ways away from solving the plague of sexual harassment that continues to blight our campuses. The results – 70% of women reported that they had experienced sexual hostility – offered yet another stark reminder that there is much left to be done …” (more)

[University Times, 12 August]

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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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TCD students’ union candidate quits race after sex harassment claims

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A candidate for president of Trinity College Dublin’s students’ union has dropped out of the race following allegations of sexual harassment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Investigation Underway At UCC Into Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

Posted in Legal issues on February 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Under the Freedom of Information Act (2003), new information has been released that highlights 3 allegations of sexual harassment made by staff members in UCC last year. UCC has declined to comment further on the nature of the allegations, and did not maintain whether the complaints were made against the same individual …” (more)

[Molly O’Rourke, UCC Express, 15 February]

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Alleged victims in UCC harassment case asked to sign confidentiality agreements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has asked two staff members who complained of sexual harassment by a lecturer to sign confidentiality agreements. The lecturer has been accused of making inappropriate comments towards the two female members of staff and of attempting to engage in inappropriate conduct with a female student on campus grounds …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 12 February]

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8% of female students report sexual contact without consent

Posted in Life on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new survey of students has found that 8% of females and 3% of males were certain someone had sexual contact with them when they were unable to provide consent because they were drunk, passed out or otherwise incapacitated in the past year …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 21 December]

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Is there a culture of denial around sexual misconduct in academia?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 16th, 2017 by steve

“Hollywood and Westminster have been rocked by tales of sexual assault and abuse. Is academia similarly plagued by misuse of power and sexual misconduct? Five scholars offer their views …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 16 November]

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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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UCD Signs up to Campaign Tackling Sexual Harassment in Irish Colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD is partnering with the National Women’s Council of Ireland and several other universities for a campaign looking to tackle sexual harassment and assault on college campuses. UCD was the first major university to come on board, and now UCC, DCU and the University of Limerick have signed up to the ‘It Stops Now’ campaign …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 April]

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Universities to join ‘It Stops Now’ campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Two more major universities are expected by the end of this week to lend their support to the new campaign aimed at preventing sexual harassment and violence in third-level education. The ‘It Stops Now’ campaign was officially launched yesterday as part of the Europe-wide ESHTE (Ending Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence in Third Level Education) initiative, backed by the National Women’s Council of Ireand, the Union of Students of Ireland and student unions …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 6 April]

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We need a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment and violence in Third Level Education

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Over 30% of students in Ireland reported feeling sexually harassed or intimidated while in their current educational institution; 16% of students having experienced some form of unwanted sexual experience. The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) is delighted to announce the launch of the ‘It Stops Now’ Campaign …” (more)

[National Women’s Council of Ireland, 5 April]

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