Parties on campus lead to increased disciplinary action from DCU Campus Rez

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A series of gatherings in breach of Covid-19 restrictions have caused DCU Campus Residences to increase disciplinary actions towards tenants. This comes after a party with a gathering was hosted on the 11th of this month in House 11 in College Park Residences on campus. An inside source confirmed that the gathering was hosted by a short stay renter and had people from outside of DCU in attendance, including some students from Queens University Belfast …” (more)

[Niamh Quinlan, The College View, 25 November]

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Calculated grades: Draft suggested ‘negative consequences’ of excluding historical data

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

Ireland“A draft document circulated by the director of the Leaving Cert calculated grades office referred to the ‘negative consequences’ of excluding historical school data from a calculated grades model as including ‘better performing disadvantaged schools also [being] thrown under the bus’, the High Court has heard …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 25 November]

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Leaving Cert calculated grades memo deemed confidential, High Court hears

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A memorandum considered by Cabinet before approving the exclusion of historical school data from the Leaving Cert calculated grades process cannot be disclosed on grounds of Cabinet confidentiality, the State has told the High Court …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 24 November]

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ESB urges court to find UCC has some liability for flood damage to buildings

Posted in Legal issues on November 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The ESB has urged the Supreme Court to find University College Cork is liable, along with the ESB, for extensive flood damage to buildings on its campus in 2009. Neil Steen SC, for ESB, disputed arguments made on Monday by Paul Sreenan SC, for UCC, that the college should be found to have no liability in relation to the flood damage …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 23 November]

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Draft standardisation model would see private school’s grades drop, court told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on November 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A draft grade standardisation model showed a fee-paying Dublin school would see a substantial reduction in its traditionally high Leaving Cert grades, the High Court has been told. The model showed Mount Anville would see a reduction in some subjects by up to 70%, the court heard …” (more)

[Independent, 21 November]

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University governing bodies to be slimmed down under new reforms

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

Ireland“University governing bodies will be smaller and feature more external members under new legislation to be published next year, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said. He said current legislation on higher education governance is ‘not fit for purpose and does not reflect the world in which we live’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Hundreds of students suspended and fined over Covid breaches

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

“Hundreds of Northern Irish students have been suspended and hit with fines totalling over €14,000 for breaking lockdown restrictions. Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has imposed sanctions on 109 students for coronavirus-related offences, while Ulster University (UU) said it has dealt with 146 transgressions …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Independent, 19 November]

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Sexual abuse at English and Welsh universities ‘a public scandal’ – study

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

“An estimated 50,000 incidents of sexual abuse or harassment take place in universities in England and Wales every year, according to research, which accuses the sector of failing to adequately address what is ‘fast becoming a public scandal’ …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 19 November]

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Students and Contract Cheating

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on November 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dr Brian Maguire, Director of Quality Assurance at Quality and Qualifications Ireland, and Kevin McStravock, Deputy President and VP for Academic Affairs for the Union of Students in Ireland, discuss e-learning and contract cheating …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 18 November]

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Medical student recruitment company sues College of Surgeons

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A company which recruited students from Saudi Arabia for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is suing the college in the High Court over the level of fees paid by the students. The Nahj Company for Services is in dispute with the college over whether the €16,000 fee for participation in the medical commencement programme was inclusive or exclusive of a €5,000 commission said to be payable to the recruiting company …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 13 November]

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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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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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Challenge allowed to planning permission for Trinity Hall expansion

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

Ireland“A complainant seeking to overturn planning permission for 358 student accommodation bed spaces and four staff apartments on a site alongside the Trinity Hall student accommodation complex in Dartry, Dublin. The action is by Patricia Kenny, from nearby Temple Road, Dartry, whose husband James was involved in a 20-year saga of litigation with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) concerning development of student accommodation at Trinity Hall …” (more)

[Tim Healy, Independent, 23 October]

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Bullying in Educational Institutions

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

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which bullying has been identified in academia; the actions taken in response; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 October]

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Gardaí Say Arrests Likely If Halls Dwellers Keep Breaking Coronavirus Rules

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Hall residents were warned today that local Gardaí will arrest those who repeatedly violate health protocols by illicitly gathering in Palmerston Park. In an email to residents, Warden Dr Roja Fazaeli said …” (more)

[Jane Cook, University Times, 13 October]

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‘I’m not sure my friends can afford it’: International students face hike in health insurance costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“International students from countries outside of the European Economic Area will have to pay more than they currently pay for their mandatory private health insurance policies. Because of a Court of Appeal decision that came into effect this week, industry estimates suggest that some students will end up paying twice of four times what they currently pay …” (more)

[Ian Curran, TheJournal.ie, 10 October]

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Third Level Institutions – Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 9th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMairead Farrell (Galway West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Employment if universities and third level institutions are bound by SI 146 of 2000 Industrial Relations Act 1990 (Code of Practice on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 October]

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Climate protesters reject Gardaí warning following Trinity vandalism

Posted in Legal issues on October 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Today, System Change Ireland co-founder Ronan Browne has declined the adult caution given to him following the vandalization that took place on College grounds. Two climate change activists from System Change Ireland were arrested on the afternoon of August 15, following a protest action at Trinity as part of the group’s ‘Mobilise Peace TCD’ campaign …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 8 October]

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‘Out With The Old, in With The New’: Examining UCD’s Proposed Dignity and Respect Policies

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has released new drafts of their Dignity and Respect Policies for review to students and staff this week. The four documents contain proposed revisions of the University’s Dignity and Respect Policy, which concern bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct and how these issues will be dealt with by UCD’s Management team moving forward …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 7 October]

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Are Essay Mills Threatening the Integrity of Academia?

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

Ireland“Academic misconduct is an age-old practice. It dates back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, when Chinese students used miniature copies of books to cheat in their civil-service examinations. Fast forward a few thousand years, and cheating in academia is still alive and well – it has simply taken on a new, more sophisticated form …” (more)

[Naoise D’Arcy, University Times, 7 October]

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