UCC course to combat sexual abuse reaches wider audience

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An anti-sexual abuse course developed in University College Cork is to be made mandatory for all new students at University College Dublin. The bystander intervention course, which focuses on how to help when you see someone at risk of predatory behaviour, was developed by UCC’s vice dean at the School of Law, Dr Louise Crowley …” (more)

[Shane Raymond, Irish Examiner, 25 February]

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UCD to introduce class on how bystanders can intervene in harassment

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A mandatory 90-minute lesson on how bystanders can intervene in cases of sexual harassment or assault will be taken by some 5,500 incoming first-years at University College Dublin in September. The aim of the lesson, which will be embedded into the orientation programme for first-year students, is to ‘equip students with the confidence to intervene in small ways in the event they do see something or experience it themselves’ …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 25 February]

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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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Colleges risk losing funding if sexual consent classes not provided

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

Ireland“All third-level colleges should be obliged to provide classes on sexual consent for students or risk losing State funding, a Government-commissioned report has recommended. The report follows rising concern over the level of rape and sexual assault on college campuses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 March]

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It’s Time for Conversations About How Universities Handle Sexual Assault

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new study launched by NUI Galway this week further cemented the fact that we are some ways away from solving the plague of sexual harassment that continues to blight our campuses. The results – 70% of women reported that they had experienced sexual hostility – offered yet another stark reminder that there is much left to be done …” (more)

[University Times, 12 August]

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5 Sexual Assaults and 11 Harassment Cases Reported by Students to UCD Campus Services Since 2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Five sexual assaults were reported to UCD campus security between 2014 and 2016. Eleven students have also reported instances of harassment to campus services since 2014. An internal campus services report into student’s personal safety on campus, obtained by the Tribune, show a marked rise in reports of sexual assault and harassment on campus …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 March]

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Student considered moving university over way her sexual assault allegation was handled

Posted in Legal issues on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A student from University College Dublin has spoken out about student safety after gardaí said they were investigating an alleged sexual assault on campus. The student, who is not the focus of this investigation, said she was sexually assaulted in October 2015 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 December]

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High-Profile Assault Cases Point to Incoherent Procedures from Colleges

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Two high-profile assault cases on students made the national news recently, one an alleged sexual assault on a University College Dublin (UCD) student on the campus of the university, the other a seemingly random attack on a first year studying at NUI Maynooth. While wildly different in many respects, the two have frightened students across the country …” (more)

[University Times, 4 December]

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UCDSU and UCD face criticism over handling of rape allegations

Posted in Legal issues on November 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD Students’ Union and UCD now face criticism over their handling of an alleged rape on campus in the early hours of last Friday morning. The union have confirmed that they were made aware of the case on Monday 28th November …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 30 November]

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Gardaí probe into alleged serious sexual assault of student at UCD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí have launched an investigation into the alleged serious sexual assault of a young woman at UCD’s Belfield campus last Thursday. A woman made a report to officers after claiming that she had been victim of sexual assault on the grounds of the university …” (more)

[Ken Foy and Robin Schiller, Independent, 30 November]

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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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Maynooth University ‘very disturbed’ by vicious attack on student

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has said it is very disturbed following the attack of one of its students last night. The 18-year-old woman suffered a broken jaw, a fractured eyesocket and lost several teeth in the attack which happened off campus …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 November]

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USI calls on students to report sex assaults

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has launched an initiative encouraging students to report incidents of sex assaults in the country’s third level institutions …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 3 February]

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LIT study highlights student experience of sexual aggression

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One in every four students have experienced unwanted and aggressive sexual behaviour, including groping, sexualised verbal abuse and unwanted sexual contact, according to a study conducted at a Limerick third level college …” (more)

[Andrew Carey, Limerick Post, 24 September]

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11% of women students believe they were sexually assaulted

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Survey in NUIG and UCC reveals different attitudes between genders to casual sex. More than one in 10 women students at universities in Cork and Galway believe they were sexually assaulted in the past year when drunk or drugged …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 4 June]

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Why we need to talk about student sexual assault

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In Ireland, like in many countries, we haven’t got the best track record when it comes to sex education. There are also many issues to be tackled in our society when it comes to sexual violence. As the nation begins to come to terms with and address the history of child abuse that occurred here, we should also turn our attentions to how adults treat one another …” (more)

[Laura Harmon, Irish Times, 4 May]

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1 in 7 UCC students were victims of rape or sex assault

Posted in Legal issues, Life on March 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Nearly one in seven students at University College Cork say they have been a victim of rape or serious sexual assault — although it is feared the actual figure may be far higher. Around a third of students at UCC also said they had experienced minor sexual assaults …” (more)

[Sean O’Riordan, Irish Examiner, 20 March]

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One in four female TCD students sexually assaulted – survey

Posted in Legal issues on January 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One in four female students at Trinity College who responded to a students’ union survey has had a non-consensual sexual experience. The soon-to-be-released study, which surveyed 1,038 male and female students online …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 20 January]

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Man accused of sexual assault on UCD grounds remanded in custody

Posted in Legal issues on September 24th, 2014 by steve

“Patrick Nevin appeared in Cloverhill Court today in relation to an alleged sexual assault on a woman on the grounds of University College Dublin (UCD) in July …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 24 September]

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