Belfast Holylands residents ‘hostages in own homes’ due to anti-social students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

“Residents in Belfast’s Holylands who say that they are virtual prisoners in their own homes due to student mayhem fear there is no end in sight to the ongoing problem. Sunday marked the start of Freshers’ Week at Queen’s University, with those who live in the south Belfast ‘student land’ saying they are being held hostage to hooliganism …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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‘Don’t be a d*ck’ – Flyer encouraging University of Limerick students to stay safe during Freshers’ Week goes viral

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A leaflet encouraging students at University of Limerick (UL) to stay safe has gone viral on Twitter for its humorous slang. Students are warned to avoid ‘throwing shapes in public’ and to make sure they ‘obey the shades’ (Gardai) on a night where they may be drinking …” (more)

[Rachel Farrell, Independent, 11 September]

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Belfast Holyland residents’ angry at rowdy street parties

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2018 by steve

“Holyland residents have expressed outrage after being forced to endure a ‘weekend from hell’ as hundreds of young people partied on the streets of the south Belfast neighbourhood …” (more)

[Brett Campbell, Belfast Telegraph, 3 July]

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DCU student challenging exclusion for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ will cite ‘cultural differences’

Posted in Legal issues on May 14th, 2018 by steve

“A Dublin City University student has been given leave by the High Court to challenge a decision by college authorities to exclude him from his course over inappropriate behaviour, but what he says could be explained by ‘cultural differences’ …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin,, 14 May]

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Plans for Cork student accommodation raise fears of ‘marauding student gangs’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Cork councillors are set to meet with residents over concerns around student accommodation planned for the city. A student development at Gillian House on Farranlea Road in the city is currently before An Bord Pleanála …” (more)

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UCC Taking Hardline Approach To Anti Social Behaviour During RAG

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

Ireland“UCC’s Raise and Give (RAG) Week has in the past brought negative attention to the university through disruptive behaviour, and this year UCC has told the Evening Echo that they will be taking a more ‘hardline approach’, namely introducing a number of initiatives to respond swiftly and decisively to students who are in breach of university rules …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, UCC Express, 13 February]

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UCC Rag Week clampdown

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) President Patrick O’Shea is preparing a major clampdown on student anti-social behaviour by introducing new fines and restrictions that aim to ease the longstanding concerns of local residents. Community gardaí and college chiefs have been working to ease the fears of residents ahead of RAG week in February …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 29 January]

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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]


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, 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)

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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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