English language students told they will not receive refund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on March 19th, 2020 by steve

“English language students have been told they will not be refunded money they have paid in advance for classes following the closure of all schools last week to contain the spread of the coronavirus …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Coronavirus and copyright – or, the copyright concerns of the widespread move to online instruction

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“I work in Trinity College Dublin, which announced on Tuesday that education would be delivered online from next Monday. The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has put together a very useful spreadsheet of links to useful online teaching resources. But, in our race to go online in time to deliver classes to our students, we must not forget that copyright law continues to apply …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 15 March]

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Universities must stop making it up as they go along on staff-student complaints

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 12th, 2020 by steve

“Recent media attention has highlighted problems in complaints processes for addressing sexual misconduct in higher education. These media stories have highlighted issues within both student-student as well as staff-student complaints processes, and it is clear that urgent work is needed to address both …” (more)

[Anna Bull, Georgina Calvert-Lee and Tiffany Page, Wonkhe, 12 March]

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‘Dangerous levels of staff bullying’ alleged at University of Limerick

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

Ireland“Staff at University of Limerick are reportedly being subjected to ‘bullying and harassment’ under what has been described as ‘dictatorship’ management within the university. The university’s union, UL-Unite, also stated in its February newsletter that members have claimed bullying has ‘escalated to a very dangerous level’, and is affecting the mental health of some staff …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 7 March]

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TCD saves €335,000 following planning costs appeal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has won a planning contribution row, saving it nearly €335,000 in costs, with Dublin City Council regarding the university’s planned new €60m E3 Foundry facility. The proposed project, at Trinity’s main city centre campus, involves new schools for engineering, computer science and natural science …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 20 February]

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Seanad elections and graduates

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

Ireland“Sir, – The Constitution originally permitted only TCD graduates and graduates of the three NUI colleges to take part in the Seanad ‘university panel’ election. Since 1979, after a referendum to amend the Constitution, this is no longer the case. However, in practice, for over 30 years Senators and TDs have refused to draft the required legislation …” (more)

[John Hughes, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Students who complain about abuse on campus are being ‘wokesmeared’

Posted in Legal issues on February 17th, 2020 by steve

“Far from being hotbeds of political correctness, universities are ignoring victims of sexual harassment, racism and bullying …” (more)

[Nesrine Malik, Guardian, 16 February]

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Former Lord Mayor says issuing fines to students for anti-social behaviour has proved successful

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Issuing fines to students has worked wonders for the area around UCC says Catherine Clancy. That’s according to former Lord Mayor and Chair of Magazine Road and Surrounding Areas Community Association Catherine Clancy who is welcoming plans by CIT to implement a similar policy in the future …” (more)

[Red FM, 11 February]

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UU and QUB outline measures in place to tackle student trouble in Belfast’s Holyland

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University said it has robust disciplinary procedures in place to deal with any student who is the subject of any off-campus complaint. ‘Off-campus complaints can relate to low level anti-social behaviour such as noise and social activity, and on occasions reports of disorderly behaviour’, a spokesman added …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 12 February]

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Gardai issue RAG week warning to students with more patrols in city

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork City Community Engagement Gardai on duty for UCC RAG Week in the city have warned students that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated, with residents in student areas concerned about student behaviour this week …” (more)

[Michael Hayes, CorkBeo, 11 February]

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‘Naked intimidation’: how universities silence academics on social media

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2020 by steve

“When Cardiff University PhD student Grace Krause began getting headaches and back pain after staring at a computer screen for days on end, she decided to speak out online …” (more)

[Tess Reidy, Guardian, 12 February]

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Gardaí Say They Will Be Taking A Zero Tolerance Approach Towards Anyone Causing Trouble During Raise And Give Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Annual events like Freshers and Raise and Give Week have been heavily criticised by some locals. Some community groups in Cork say some people are afraid to leave their homes at night due to increased levels of anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Red FM, 10 February]

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Students At UCC Have Paid More Than €11,000 In Fines For Anti-Social Behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The policy has led to a drop in complaints. Particularly during Rag and Fresher’s weeks over the past two years …” (audio)

[RedFM, 5 February]

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Unruly UCC students hit with €11k in fines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students of University College Cork (UCC) have paid almost €11,000 in fines as part of a new crackdown on antisocial behaviour. The new approach, involving university authorities and students themselves, has also seen the number of complaints from the public about antisocial behaviour linked to UCC’s Rag Week and Fresher’s Week events drop over the last two years …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 5 February]

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Belfield Papers: Case Closed?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In November 2019, the College Tribune discovered highly sensitive UCD documents open to student access. Included in these files were payroll reports, employee bank account details, PPS numbers and details of TD donations to student political societies. After the UCD Data Protection Office (DPO) investigated into the matter, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) was informed by the university with a late breach notification …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 28 January]

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New £45m Armagh college campus ‘threat to otters’

Posted in Legal issues on January 27th, 2020 by steve

“Otter activity at a Co Armagh lake could be harmed by building a new £45 million college campus on its shoreline, the High Court was told. Lawyers for a grandmother who lives close to the parkland site claimed it is currently used by the aquatic mammals with European protected species …” (more)

[Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph, 27 January]

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Firm sues Trinity over contract for managing visitors to college and Book of Kells

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A dispute over a contract for management of visitors to Dublin’s Trinity College, including to the Book of Kells, has come before the Commercial Court. Future Ticketing Ltd (FTL), with offices at Axis Business Park, Tullamore, Co Offaly, disputes how a €620,000 contract for supply of a Visitor Attracting Management System (VAMS) was awarded, following a public procurement process, to Ticketsolve Ltd, with offices at the Digital Hub, Dublin …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Examiner, 27 January]

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Universities hit with 250 claims over seven years

Posted in Legal issues on January 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Compensation claims for horseplay at Trinity College were among more than 250 cases levelled at four leading Irish universities in the last seven years. University College Cork was hit with claims totalling nearly €1m in the last seven years …” (more)

[Lynne Kelleher, Independent, 19 January]

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UCC gives update on Khan family deportation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork’s Students’ Union and Sanctuary Working Group have issued a joint statement in relation to the Khan family’s deportation order. Four brothers Hamza, Zubair, Umair and Mutjuba Khan, along with their sister Shazadi and parents Mubeen and Hina Mubeen, were facing deportation from Ireland after being refused international protection …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 17 January]

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Gardaí Launch Murder Inquiry After Death of Cork IT Student

Posted in Legal issues on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A murder investigation is underway in Cork City following the tragic death of a 20-year-old studying in Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 17 January]

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