Nine colleges sign up for anonymous online system for students to report sexual assaults

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Nine colleges across the country have signed up to an online system for students to report sexual assault. The new service will allow victims of assault and harassment to report their cases anonymously. The aim is to provide a space for people to feel comfortable in coming forward, and to collect accurate data …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 February]

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Irish colleges to develop €80,000 online system for reporting sexual assault and harassment

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Nine Irish Colleges have signed up to an €80,000 online system that allows students to anonymously report experiences of sexual assault. Some of Ireland’s largest colleges, including Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway and Maynooth University, have signed up to the system, which is funded by the Department of Education …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 February]

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Amid Protests, Trinity Lets Students in Hong Kong Decide Whether to Stay

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has asked students studying abroad in Hong Kong to ‘carefully consider the situation and advise if they would like to stay or return’ after pro-democracy protests spilled onto college campuses this week, TheJournal.ie reported today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 14 November]

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UCD advises exchange students in Hong Kong to return home amid ongoing protests

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has advised its students on exchange in two universities in Hong Kong to return home. The students, thought to number fewer than five in total, have been studying in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CHUK) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU), both of which have closed for the remainder of term …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Kate Lamb and Jessie Pang, Independent, 14 November]

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University of Limerick Student Life launches investigation into alleged incident of ‘racial abuse’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick Student Life has launched an investigation into alleged ‘racial abuse’ of a student this week. In a statement on social media, it alleged that a group of young men racially abused a student who was walking home alone …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Leader, 13 September]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor Launches Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions

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

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (5 April 2019) launched the Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions: ‘Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive – Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions’. The Framework aims to ensure the creation of an institutional campus culture which is safe, respectful and supportive …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 April]

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Consent classes ‘to help create safe college campuses’

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are under orders to work at making their campuses free from sexual violence and harassment through the implementation of a range of measures, including offering students classes in consent and calling out unacceptable behaviour. A drive to create campuses where everyone feels safe and supported is not a ‘box-ticking’ exercise they have been told …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 April]

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The Irish Times view on sexual consent classes: time to bring this hidden violence into the public eye

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

Ireland“Research indicates that rape, sexual assault and harassment are mostly hidden problems on our college campuses. A Union of Students in Ireland report in recent years, based on a survey of more than 2,700 students, found 16% of respondents had experienced ‘unwanted sexual contact’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 20 March]

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Cultural change needed to make campuses safer for third-level students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Rape and sexual assault at third level is usually hidden. But last autumn, it tumbled out into the open when the Cork Sexual Violence Centre said it had been made aware of three rapes of first-year college students at the start of the academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Terrible assaults emphasise the need for educational campaigns surrounding consent

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour spokesperson on Justice, and TD for Cork East, Seán Sherlock has called on Minister Mitchell O’Connor to lay out a timeline for the delivery of promised compulsory consent classes in Irish Universities. This call follows reporting today of three incidents of rape of students in Cork in recent weeks …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 25 September]

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Have you experienced sexual assault at third-level?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As three young female students report being raped in Cork, we want to hear from readers. Three young female students from University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology have reported being raped in Cork since the start of September …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 September]

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Reports of rape among ‘vulnerable’ first year students are ‘common’ and happen annually – rape crisis centres

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Rape crisis centres across the country have said that reports of rape and sexual assault among ‘vulnerable’ first year students during the first few weeks of college are common and are a re-occurring issue. Almost 50 students have reported incidents of rape and sexual assault in Galway in the last six months …” (more)

[Rachel Farrell, Independent, 25 September]

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Three college students raped in Cork, say Sexual Violence Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Three teenage female college students have been raped in Cork since the start of the university term. Mary Crilly, the head of the city’s Sexual Violence Centre (SVC), revealed the shocking details of the assaults as she warned about ‘male predators’ who are targeting women as they leave pubs and nightclubs …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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University of Limerick students union alerted to incident of ‘harassment and intimidation’ on campus

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick’s students’ union has been alerted to a serious incident in women exercising on campus were ‘harassed and intimidated’ by a group of men this Monday night …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 12 September]

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UL plans new security system to monitor vehicles on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) is planning to erect special cameras to monitor the 5,000 vehicles that enter and leave the campus every day, including specific cars it would place on a security ‘watch list’. The proposal may raise concerns about the privacy of more than 11,000 students, 1,300 staff, and visitors to the 133-hectare site …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Inquest jury advises UCC to carry out safety review after student drowns

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A jury at the inquest into the death of a Cork student who went missing before being found in a river near student accommodation has recommended that University College Cork carry out a safety review of the grounds of the site …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 16 February]

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DCU to provide app to students and staff to boost campus safety

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

Ireland“Dublin City University is to provide around-the-clock emergency supports to staff and students through a new safety app, which links users with the college’s emergency response team. The SafeZone app is being made freely available to DCU students and staff – almost 19,000 people – across its Glasnevin, St Patrick’s and All Hallows campuses …” (more)

[Shaune Bowers, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Summer students ‘afraid’ of Dublin city centre after dark

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“International students studying English in Ireland have expressed concern about the city centre’s safety, following the news that gardaí are investigating the rape of an 18-year old Spanish student in Dublin on Saturday. Jane Wanj is a Brazilian foreign student in her late teens studying English in Dublin this summer …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 July]

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DASH app ensures all students get safely home

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway tech student has come up with an app to ensure that students get safely home at night – even if they are without cash or their bank card. DASH – which stands for ‘Driving All Students Home’ – had its official launch in Galway City last week; it is the brainchild of NUIG Business Information Systems student Richie Commins …” (more)

[Steven Heaney, Connacht Tribune, 2 March]

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Female students stick together after attack

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Female students at Maynooth University expressed concern and anxiety about personal safety following the violent attack …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Independent, 23 November]

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