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departure from existing guidelines set out in the 1994 Zellick report, which had been criticised by some as being outdated in places …” (more)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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UCD brings in obligatory sex consent classes

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

Ireland“University College Dublin will introduce mandatory sexual consent classes – as officials try to track down students who reportedly shared intimate images of female students …” (more)

[Martin Grant, Independent, 10 February]

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UCD inquiry into social media postings

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD has written to all its 27,000 students to inform them of its ongoing investigation into inappropriate social media postings, warning that any breaches of the student code could result in expulsion …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 9 February]

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‘University Discipline in the Age of Social Media’

Posted in Legal issues on February 5th, 2016 by steve

CanadaAbstract: In the wake of two high-profile scandals involving misconduct by university students on social media, this article explores the administrative and constitutional law dimensions of university discipline of online behaviour. Using the Alberta Court of Appeal’s decision in Pridgen v University of Calgary as a guide, the author examines how the characteristics of social media impact the jurisdictional, procedural, and substantive aspects of student discipline. Specifically, he explains that while universities may legitimately discipline students for online misconduct, their comments must amount to harassment of members of the university community, or threaten the learning environment. In addition, the author describes how social media raises the stakes for both accused students and victims, which militates in favour of broader and more extensive procedural fairness. Furthermore, he observes that the open and communal nature of social media interaction may lead to ‘guilt by association’, which is both unreasonable and unnecessary to combat online harassment. Finally, the author argues that a student’s Charter rights are engaged in disciplinary proceedings involving social media activity, but this does not unduly interfere with the traditional autonomy of universities.

[SSRN, 5 February]

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‘Now people can see how bad student parties get’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Paddy Hayes knows the fears of homeowners who live near major colleges and universities. He has learned to dread bank holidays, freshers’ week, rag week, Christmas and most major sporting occasions involving an Irish team …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 31 October]

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Students should feel the full force of the law, too

Posted in Legal issues on October 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The alleged anti-social behaviour of students in Cork, over the Jazz Festival weekend, was the subject of discussion on a local radio chat show this Tuesday. I was surprised to hear the host say that he asked a ‘senior member of An Garda Siochana’ what he considered of garda inaction in such cases …” (more)

[Michael Moriarty, Irish Examiner, 30 October]

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Student suspended from Queen’s University Belfast over child porn convictions loses High Court challenge to sanction

Posted in Legal issues on April 30th, 2015 by steve

UK“A student suspended from Queen’s University in Belfast over child porn convictions has lost his High Court challenge to the sanction. A judge ruled today that the 21-year-old engineering undergraduate must first take his case before an independent Board of Visitors …” (more)

[Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph, 30 April]

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Boozing student hordes need to learn lessons in decent behaviour

Posted in Legal issues, Life on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“… How dare these kids come here and feel entitled to trash the place? And where the heck are the PSNI and Queen’s and the University of Ulster when all this is happening? …” (more)

[Nuala McKeever, Belfast Telegraph, 23 March]

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The firm hand of discipline – Over 200 students faced disciplinary action last year

Posted in Legal issues on February 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“UCD has issued more disciplinary proceedings against its students than any other third level institution in the county, the College Tribune can reveal …” (more)

[Lauren Tracey, College Tribune, 11 February]

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Student thrown out of QUB over criminal conviction wins High Court permission to challenge decision

Posted in Legal issues on November 19th, 2014 by steve

UK“A student thrown out of Queen’s University in Belfast over a criminal conviction has won High Court permission to challenge the sanction. His lawyers were granted leave to seek a judicial review of the decision to exclude him for a set period of time …” (more)

[Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph, 19 November]

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