2,000 Students’ UCD Connect Accounts ‘Compromised’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University IT Security system noticed ‘suspicious login[s]’ to 2,000 students’ ‘University email accounts’ on the 16th of September and responded to this data breach by changing the passwords of the ‘compromised’ accounts. The Data Protection Commission (DPC) confirmed that they had been notified of the breach and will assist in the assessment of the ongoing investigation …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 25 September]

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Second student wins calculated grades exclusion case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A second home-schooled Leaving Certificate student who was excluded from this year’s Calculated Grades process has won their case in the High Court. In his ruling Mr Justice Charles Meenan said the Department of Education’s failure to provide a system for the unnamed student was irrational, arbitrary, unfair and unlawful …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 24 September]

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NUI Galway warns students they could be expelled for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions, on or off campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has warned students that they could be expelled for breaches of Covid-19 related public health restrictions, either on or off the campus. As the new academic year gets underway, the university has sent an email to students warning of the dangers of parties or other risks associated with the pandemic …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 September]

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The college year will be well under way by time grades case is decided

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Even if students legally challenging the calculated grades system win their cases, they may not get their chosen place in college this year. The wheels of justice turn slowly and it will be the end of October, at the earliest, before a ‘lead’ case gets under way in the High Court …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 24 September]

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Ten Ulster University students suspended as police continue Belfast Holyland party patrols

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

“A number of students from Ulster University have received a precautionary suspension for breaching coronavirus guidelines. A spokesperson for the university said ten students have received precautionary suspensions, with a further three cases pending since a new disciplinary policy was introduced on Monday …” (more)

[Eimear McGovern, Belfast Telegraph, 23 September]

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Leaving Cert students at fee-paying south Dublin school launch High Court case against Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at a fee-paying south Dublin school who received their Leaving Certificate results earlier this month have initiated legal proceedings against the Government. Papers were filed on behalf of the students and the board of management at St Kilian’s German School in Clonskeagh in the High Court on Tuesday …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 September]

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2019 student withdraws case after securing college choice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A student who sat the Leaving Certificate in 2019 has withdrawn her High Court challenge to the 2020 calculated grades system after securing a place on her course of choice …” (more)

[Vivienne Traynor, RTÉ News, 23 September]

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Residents Living Near UCC Fear The New College Term Will Bring Another Spate Of Weekly House Parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s feared the current restrictions will drive students in doors to private house parties late into the night. Under the current restrictions socialising for college students will be limited with pubs closing at 11.30 and nightclubs remaining shut …” (more)

[Red FM, 22 September]

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Students could be prevented from returning home at weekends, Foster warns

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Students may be prevented from returning home at the weekends if coronavirus continues to spread in Belfast and other university towns, Arlene Foster has warned. Mrs Foster’s comments come amid concerns about the potential for students residing together in large numbers during the week bringing Covid-19 back to their local areas …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 22 September]

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Holyland: Students suspended as almost 200 Covid notices issued

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

“A number of students have been suspended from Queen’s University following disorder in the Holyland area of south Belfast in recent days. It’s after the university received notifications of coronavirus regulation breaches from the PSNI, which led to the suspension of the students for two weeks …” (more)

[Eimear McGovern, Belfast Telegraph, 22 September]

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Police issue 55 Covid notices in Belfast Holyland as Justice Minister Long calls landlords to check behaviour of disruptive tenants

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued 55 Covid notices, including 31 at one house alone, and eight prohibition notices after another night of disruption in the Holyland area of south Belfast. Two arrests were made for drug possession and assault, while a passing police patrol gave first aid to a 20-year-old man who was drunk and unconscious …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 September]

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Police issue 47 Covid-19 notices in student area of Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued 47 Covid-19 notices and nine prohibition notices over the last two nights in the Holyland area of Belfast. A 16-year-old male was also arrested for possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply during the same period …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 September]

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Leaving Cert is a total mess that could have been easily avoided

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on September 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The skies are darkening with the chickens coming home to roost. The High Court cases are the big test of a Leaving Cert which may have seemed two weeks ago to have been a success. In reality, it was always nothing short of a shambles. If the courts rule in favour of the students, then the whole house of cards will come tumbling down as a disorderly queue forms for those with similar claims …” (more)

[Colm O’Rourke, Independent, 20 September]

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Third Level Institutions – Harassment

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

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of incidents of bullying, intimidation or harassment including sexual harassment reported in each of the past five years to date in third-level institutions; the extent to which such allegations were investigated; the action taken arising therefrom; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 September]

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House party of 30 in Holyland broken up

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 19th, 2020 by steve

“Thirty people from across Northern Ireland attended a house party in Belfast’s Holyland area, police said. Three people attempted to hide by locking themselves in a bathroom for more than 10 minutes as officers dealt with other people …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Police frustration as 55 Belfast Holyland Covid notices issued after house party visits

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

“Police have issued 55 Covid notices and three prohibition notices after calling to seven house parties in the Holyland area of south Belfast. Officers discovered more than 30 people attending one party in an apartment, where three people tried to hide from police by locking themselves in a bathroom for over 10 minutes …” (more)

[Eimear McGovern, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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University Statement: Anti-Social Behaviour

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

“Dear Student, I hope you are looking forward to the academic year ahead. The University has been working hard to ensure that we can provide you with an authentic campus experience, whilst keeping you safe. I recognise that the vast majority of students appreciate that they, as with all members of society, have a personal responsibility to act in accordance with COVID 19 guidelines …” (more)

[Queen’s University Belfast, 17 September]

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2019 Leaving Cert student brings challenge over grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A student who sat the Leaving Certificate in 2019 has brought a High Court challenge after missing out on her first choice of university course …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 September]

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Belfast Holyland: Covid and prohibition notices issued after another night of unrest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 17th, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued a series of sanctions after a another night of partying in the Belfast Holyland area. In one case a 20-year-old man who had been arrested in the area late on Tuesday evening, was arrested on suspicion of breaching bail last night and was charged to appear in court …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 17 September]

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‘Dangerous’ house parties will not be tolerated, warns health minister

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 16th, 2020 by steve

“Dangerous and anti-social house parties in Belfast’s Holyland student district will not be tolerated, the health minister has said. Footage showing groups of young people congregating and drinking in the area of terraced housing near Queen’s University was ‘deplorable’, Robin Swann said …” (more)

[Michael McHugh and David Young, Belfast Telegraph, 16 September]

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