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]


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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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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