With Hazing, the Dignity and Respect Policy and the Junior Dean Are Failing

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just three weeks after The University Times exposed an evening of hazing, the Master of the Knights of the Campanile, Peter Ledbetter, released a triumphant statement declaring the exoneration of his society and its student members of any initiation practices. The public letter, addressed to ‘Fellow Knights’, not only represented an unblushing attempt to reduce serious accusations to – simply – ‘the student Knights had a party’, but offered a worrying insight into the way the College handles disciplinary investigations …” (more)

[University Times, 15 April]

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Trinity students vote against slashing University Times funding

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin students have voted against slashing the funding of The University Times following a referendum on whether to dramatically cut funding for the newspaper over controversy into its reporting methods in a recent news story …” (more)

[David Gorman, Irish Times, 11 April]

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Students Vote Overwhelmingly to Save University Times

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a landslide, 74% of voters have voted against slashing the funding of The University Times. Just over 25% voted to make the Editor of The University Times an unpaid position and to limit the funding to just €3,000 …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 11 April]

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Student Conduct Committee to hear Knights case, after Junior Dean finds no hazing

Posted in Legal issues on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Student Conduct and Capacity Committee looks set to consider the case against the Knights of the Campanile following the Junior Dean’s dismissal of hazing allegations. Speaking to Trinity News, Editor of the University Times Eleanor O’Mahony said: ‘Essentially, the Junior Dean closed the investigation without speaking to us about it and without asking for evidence …'” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 11 April]

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Electoral Commission Condemns Spread of Misinformation in University Times Referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Student Union’s (TCDSU) Electoral Commission has condemned the spread of misinformation about the referendum on the future of The University Times. In an email statement to The University Times, the Chair of the Electoral Commission, Stephen Sheil, said …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 11 April]

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Save UT campaign threaten legal action against SU Electoral Commission

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Save the University Times (UT) campaign threatened legal action against the Electoral Commission (EC), the Students’ Union body that organises and regulates referenda and elections, Trinity News has learned. In a letter sent by Prof Eoin O’Dell, legal counsel for the University Times, he alleges that the EC incorrectly applied rules for sabbatical officer elections to the referendum …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 9 April]

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Defunding Trinity paper a disproportionate response – Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Voting to defund the University Times (UT) newspaper in a referendum among Trinity College Dublin students was not a ‘proportionate or reasonable response’ to controversy over its reporting, provost Patrick Prendergast has said. Last month the student newspaper reported on an initiation ceremony involving the all-male society, the Knights of the Campanile, in the apartment of the society’s president Ben Arrowsmith …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 April]

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Knights of the Campanile group claim exoneration over ‘hazing’ allegations

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

Ireland“The all-male Trinity College Dublin society at the centre of an alleged ‘hazing’ controversy, has claimed a college investigation has concluded only that an ‘unauthorised party’ took place. The investigation was into the behaviour of The Knights of the Campanile, during an initiation ceremony for new members, held in the student residence of the society’s president, Ben Arrowsmith, in late February …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 4 April]

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‘Peculiar’ – Trinity newspaper responds to all-male society’s statement on hazing allegations

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The college newspaper which uncovered an alleged hazing controversy at the all-male Knights of Campanile society said that the organisation’s statement today denying bullying or humiliation was ‘peculiar’. The Trinity College Knights of Campanile society released a statement on the back of the University Times investigation …” (more)

[Ryan Nugent, Independent, 2 April]

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Trinity society says hazing reports ‘not to be taken too seriously’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The all-male society in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) at the centre of a controversy over hazing allegations has defended practices in the club, following ‘misleading’ reporting, the group has said. In a statement, the Knights of the Campanile said media reports on an initiation ceremony that took place for new members ‘are not to be taken too seriously’ …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 2 April]

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Bid to defund Trinity student paper a ‘press freedom’ issue

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University Times student newspaper office in Trinity College Dublin looks out across the cobblestone front square of the city-centre campus. The window of the cramped office, littered with stacks of old papers, faces the 166-year-old campanile bell tower …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 26 March]

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Trinity ‘bug’ row: law professors clash over university paper’s secret recording

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

Ireland“Law professors at Trinity College have clashed over whether a university newspaper was justified in secretly recording an alleged society initiation ceremony. An article about the alleged ‘hazing’ incident appeared in ‘The University Times’ on March 15, prompted two investigations by Trinity authorities …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 25 March]

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Bid to defund Trinity student paper a ‘press freedom’ issue

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University Times student newspaper office in Trinity College Dublin looks out across the cobblestone front square of the city-centre campus. The window of the cramped office, littered with stacks of old papers, faces the 166-year-old campanile bell tower …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 26 March]

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TCD newspaper’s future to be put to referendum following bugging controversy

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

Ireland“Students at Trinity College Dublin are to vote in an upcoming referendum on whether to dramatically cut funding for a campus newspaper following controversy over its reporting methods in a recent news story. The referendum was triggered on foot of a petition signed by more than 500 students, a measure contained in Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union constitution …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 March]

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Trinity editor in bug row ‘gutted’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The editor of a student newspaper at Trinity College Dublin has described her disappointment at attempts to cut the paper’s funding following its reporting of alleged ‘hazing’ at an all-male society on the campus …” (more)

[Niamh Horan, Independent, 24 March]

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Future of UT funding to be decided in April referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) have called a referendum on the issue of the University Times’ (UT) funding, which will be held during the last week of term. The referendum was triggered by a petition signed by over 500 students, which calls for the salary and on-campus accommodation given to the UT Editor to be cut, alongside a cut in production costs to €3,000 …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, University Times, 22 March]

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Revelation of the Knights Hazing Was Clearly in the Public Interest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is a truth universally acknowledged that, where there are two lawyers, there will be at least three legal opinions. In the same way that there are two sides to every story, there are two legal arguments in every case. And where there are matters of public controversy, there can be at least as many legal views on them as there are lawyers commenting about them …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, University Times, 22 March]

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The University Times’ legal defence is fundamentally flawed

Posted in Legal issues on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On March 15 2019, the University Times published an article alleging the Knights of the Campanile were implicated in an on-campus hazing evening. On March 19 2019, the newspaper published a note to its readers about its reporting methods, in particular their decision to enter a student residential building …” (more)

[Neville Cox, Oran Doyle and David Kenny, University Times, 21 March]

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Trinity launches investigations after furore over alleged ‘bugging’ of secret society ‘hazing’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has launched an investigation after reporters from one of the university’s student newspapers planted a recording device outside a student’s on-campus apartment where an alleged society hazing event was taking place …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 20 March]

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Trinity students launch petition to remove University Times funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students from Trinity College Dublin are circulating a petition to cut funding to the University Times, a student-run newspaper based on campus. The University Times (UT) today reported that students are seeking to end the funding of a salaried position of Editor and stop the practice of providing on-campus accommodation for the Editor …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 20 March]

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