Students behaving badly: sexual harassment, bullying and abuse on campus

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

Ireland“‘You’re not in school anymore, we don’t hold your hand. If you don’t hand in your assignments or show up for lectures, there’s no detention. Nobody is going to call your mammy.’ These are the annual words of one UCD lecturer to his first-year students …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 6 November]

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Students cheat in ever more creative ways: how can academics stop them?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 12th, 2017 by steve

“I volunteer to sit as a lecturer on our academic misconduct board several times a semester, joining a small panel that decides whether or not students flagged up by their lecturers for cheating have broken the rules. We get a stack of roughly 10 cases, and for two or three hours we pore over them, not only deciding if students are guilty as charged but also what the punishment should be …” (more)

[Guardian, 12 October]

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Belfast council has ‘graduated response’ to Holylands disorder

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council has defended not issuing any fines last month for on-street drinking in the Holylands, saying it adopted a ‘graduated response’. It said this involved advising students of the law during the freshers’ period and ‘warning them that they could be prosecuted’ for anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 9 October]

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Holyland ‘written off’ by Belfast council, claims Green MLA Bailey

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council has ‘written off’ the Holyland area, a Green MLA has claimed. Clare Bailey a representative for the area said a Freedom of Information request she had made revealed there had only been seven fines issued since January in the area. Last month residents told the Belfast Telegraph they felt ‘under siege’ during Freshers’ Week. They described mayhem, partying and drunkenness …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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Belfast Holyland residents ‘under siege’ during Freshers Week antics

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

“Three arrests have been made in the Holyland area of Belfast as students return for the Freshers Week ahead of the start of the University year. In recent years the Holyland in south Belfast has become infamous for large numbers of young people taking part in anti-social behaviour to the distress of residents. There were similar incidents this time last year as students arrived and took up accommodation in the area …” (more)

[Claire Williamson, Belfast Telegraph, 20 September]

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Belfast council spends £9,000 tackling Holylands disorder

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council spent almost £9,000 tackling disorder in the mainly student Holylands area over the St Patrick’s holiday period earlier this year. The cost emerges as thousands of students return to the south Belfast neighbourhood for Freshers’ events next week ahead of the new university term …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 14 September]

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Morality clauses and disciplinary fines: student rules for living on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Living in on-campus residences run by the university is one option for student accommodation, and nearly all of Ireland’s universities want to build more campus accommodation to meet the expected growth in demand …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 23 August]

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Calls to ‘force’ University of Limerick to tackle bad behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has been accused of not doing enough to combat antisocial behaviour in housing estates near its campus. At a meeting of the Travel and Transportation SPC, a number of Castletroy-based councillors also called on Limerick City and County Council to ‘force’ UL to do more to combat illegal parking and littering …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 14 June]

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Bullying, harassment, and cheats: FoI reveals college cases

Posted in Legal issues on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One student was expelled from Dundalk Institute of Technology due to alleged disorderly conduct and sexual harassment against a staff member. The college said there was ‘possible criminal proceedings pending’ in a separate case involving two staff members and the alleged misuse of email …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 18 April]

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Gardaí prepare for RAG Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway Gardaí are preparing for this year’s unofficial RAG Week ‘celebrations’, which take place next week. There were 43 public order incidents attributed to the event last year, ten alone on so-called Donegal Tuesday …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 8 February]

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Looming RAG Week raises fear

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

Ireland“Residents living near UCC say they are fearful of yet another out-of-control RAG week which last year saw drunken revellers jumping on cars, setting bonfires, urinating on the front doors of houses and smashing bottles on the streets …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 16 January]

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Universities’ disciplinary procedures need to evolve in light of new guidance on handling alleged serious misconduct by students, says expert

Posted in Legal issues on October 22nd, 2016 by steve

UK“The non-statutory guidance (23-page / 4.26MB PDF), drafted by Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, and published by Universities UK, represents a significant departure from existing guidelines set out in the 1994 Zellick report, which had been criticised by some as being outdated in places …” (more)

[OUT-law.com, 21 October]

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Drunken students ‘risking future careers’, says university

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2016 by steve

UK“Students involved in anti-social behaviour in Belfast’s Holyland area are putting their education and careers at risk, says Queen’s University. More than 150 complaints about the behaviour of students from various institutions have been lodged with Belfast City Council since Monday …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 September]

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University chiefs condemn St Patrick’s Day attacks on police

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 18th, 2016 by steve

UK“Three men have been charged after being arrested in relation to disorder in the early hours of St Patrick’s Day in Belfast. A 21-year-old man was charged with disorderly behaviour, a 19-year-old with riotous behaviour and a 20-year-old was also charged with disorderly behaviour, obstructing police, resisting police and two counts of assault of police. They were released on bail … ” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 March]

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Train trashed after DCU society event

Posted in Legal issues on February 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Irish Rail had to take a train out of service after it was left in a ‘horrific state’ from a joint DCU Engineering Society and Science & Health Society event on Monday, they have claimed. A joint ESoc and Accounting & Finance Society event, scheduled for next week has been cancelled by Irish Rail as a result of the condition the train was left in …” (more)

[Hayley Halpin, The College View, 24 February]

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Life is unfair, that’s just how it is, say UCC’s Rag Week revellers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There’s little sign of any trouble as you walk through the main gates of UCC on the Western Road. As I get closer to Áras na Mac Léinn, I hear the muffled thuds and muted bassline of Rihanna’s ‘Pon de Replay’ booming from within the student centre …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 20 February]

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RAG week revellers causing havoc for residents

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Drunken Rag Week revellers caused havoc for Cork City residents this week by jumping on cars, setting bonfires, urinating on the front doors of houses, and smashing bottles on the streets. One Barrack Street resident, who did not wish to be named, said …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 19 February]

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Gardaí have ‘zero tolerance’ plan for Galway’s Rag Week

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

Ireland“Gardaí have said a ‘zero tolerance’ approach will be taken as part of its policing plan for Galway’s Rag Week, which starts on Monday. The event has been the scene of a number of high profile public order incidents in the last few years …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 13 February]

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Inappropriate conduct by UCD students dismissed

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An internal investigation at UCD does not uphold the student newspaper’s allegation of inappropriate conduct on a Facebook group chat. Last week, the university newspaper College Tribune stated that …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 12 February]

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RAG Week returns

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

Ireland“Extra Gardaí and student patrol schemes will be in operation around Galway next week as the unofficial RAG Week kicks off. This year’s unofficial RAG Week also coincides with the annual Solemn Novena which runs from next Monday, 15 February until Tuesday, 23 February …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 10 February]

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