Six Halls Students Fined €250 Each for Hosting Indoor Gathering

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Six residents in Trinity Hall (Halls) were this week fined €250 each for hosting an indoor gathering, which is forbidden under the complex’s coronavirus restrictions. Two of the students involved confirmed to The University Times that they and four others were called to a disciplinary meeting, held over Zoom, where they were issued the fines …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 6 November]

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Students are unfairly vilified for spreading Covid-19

Posted in Life on November 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“You only have to look at the comment section of any recently published Covid-19 scandal in any news outlet to see which demographic is on the receiving end of the public’s blame for spreading the virus. We have been treated to videos of house parties and mass gatherings in areas with high concentrations of students …” (more)

[Laura Galvin, Trinity News, 6 November]

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DCU, Maynooth, UL to Stay Online for Second Semester

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU), Maynooth University and the University of Limerick (UL) have all decided to remain online for next semester, the Irish Independent reported today. The move is a surprising one, considering the government has yet to publish public health guidelines for next semester …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 November]

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Remote education is rife with threats to student privacy

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on November 7th, 2020 by steve

“An online ‘proctor’ who can survey a student’s home and manipulate the mouse on their computer as the student takes an exam. A remote-learning platform that takes face scans and voiceprints of students. Virtual classrooms where strangers can pop up out of the blue and see who’s in class …” (more)

[Nir Kshetri, The Conversation, 6 November]

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Student Accommodation – Tax Rebates

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2020 by steve

IrelandJennifer Murnane O’Connor (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding engagement with student unions regarding refunds or potential tax rebates for private and or on-campus who have been unable to avail of student accommodation in the context of the pandemic; his position regarding providing tax credits for proven unnecessary college accommodation expenditure; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 November]

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